Miss Modernism hopeful Laura Powers.
Miss Modernism hopeful Laura Powers.

You don't have to be mid-century to love the Denver Modernism Show

In the new millennium, modernism is something of a conundrum. As immediate as it is retro, the mid-century ethos of streamlined design and space-age concerns is enjoying something of a style renaissance. Blame Mad Men if you must, but mid-century is cool again. That explains why Dana Cain's Denver Modernism Show has grown into an annual tradition and a draw for modernism fans from across the nation -- well that, and a lot of smart marketing voodoo.

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Ms. Retro, Alisa Reynolds, host of Denver Modernism's mid-century fashion show.
Ms. Retro, Alisa Reynolds, host of Denver Modernism's mid-century fashion show.

This year's show brings lots of new programming to the table, along with more than 100 vendors, an art show juried by MCA Denver's Adam Lerner, a tiki lounge manned (womanned?) by Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, the Motorama Car Show on Sunday and tonight's Miss Modernism pageant, a beauty pageant like no other, for which contestants must prove their love of all things mid-century onstage. Past performances have included torch singing, a robot-themed burlesque strip-tease, cocktail-mixing while hula-hooping and speed prefab furniture-building. Guest judge Mondo Guerra and host Naughty Pierre of Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret will preside.

But the pageant, which starts at 7 p.m., is just some of the fun in store when the Denver Modernism Show begins at 6; the evening also includes art awards with Lerner at 8:30 p.m. and live music.

The show continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the National Western Complex Expo Hall. Friday night admission is $20 and includes show entry throughout the weekend, or pay $8 daily for Saturday or Sunday only (children ages twelve and under admitted free). Visit the Denver Modernism Show online for a complete schedule and vendor information.

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