How exactly do you outfit a dog in drag? Do you dress him up like a cat? Do you put Fifi in a muscle tee, squeeze Buster the boxer into a tutu?
Anything goes, say organizers of the Dogs in Drag competition at this year's PrideFest. So feel free to use that sequined leotard that's been collecting dust in the back of your closet, because everyone's letting their hair down today, even if it's dirty, matted dog hair. The canine competition starts at 11 a.m. at Cheesman Park, Eighth Avenue and Franklin Street.
PrideFest isn't all about dogs in dresses, though: More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the annual celebration of Colorado's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community this weekend. After this morning's doggie do, an entire roster of family-friendly events -- from a limbo contest to a scavenger hunt -- will ensue. Tomorrow's Pride Parade will be led by Grand Marshal/Senator Jennifer Veiga, the state's only openly gay elected official; it kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at Cheesman and moves down Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park. There the festival continues until 5 p.m., with food and drink, vendor booths and exhibitors, as well as the unveiling of Civil Rights -- No More, No Less, an outdoor art exhibit commemorating the gay-rights movement. For more information, call 303-733-7743 or go to www.pridefestdenver.org. -- Adam Cayton-Holland
The Denver Film Society casts its parties.
When it comes to pairing movies and party themes, the possibilities are endless, starting with Casablanca and fast-forwarding all the way up to the present. Anyone for a Pulp Fiction bash? Bring your own overdose, please. Or how about an American Splendor-inspired Harvey Pekar look-alike contest? No, no! How about a Crumb-based look-alike contest? The Denver Film Society Summer Circuit is offering a whole slate of glitzy film-themed fundraising soirees, most of them at private residences. Tonight, for instance, you can mimic Matt Damon's down-and-out reformed gambler in Rounders at Double Down Town, a 7 p.m. Texas Hold 'Em poker party in LoDo.
Future themes include Sweet-N-Sour (Chinatown, on July 9) and Frida, Refried (Frida, on July 29, with Mexican food, margaritas and, as mysteriously promised, manifestos), but our favorite is The Gutter Ball on July 26, a bowling night at Lucky Strike Lanes that recalls the Coen Brothers cult favorite The Big Lebowski, complete with bowling-alley food, a free drink and the Dude himself. Fuck it, man: Let's go bowling. Party admission ranges from $25 to $50; for reservations, call 303-595-3456, ext. 15. For a complete schedule, go to www. denverfilm.org/ summercircuit. html. -- Susan Froyd
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Imagine a Great Fundraiser!
Say, is that a cranky restaurant critic around the corner? Run! Zololympics, the annual competition and party hosted by Zolo Grill, benefits Imagine! (formerly the Developmental Disabilities Center), which has been helping people with cognitive and developmental needs in Boulder County since 1963. Sure, the event's for a good cause -- but it's also a good time, with four-member teams attacking an obstacle course filled with restaurant-related perils. You don't need to be on a team to enjoy the day: Zolo will be serving $3 margaritas, $2 beers and $4 fish tacos (all proceeds go to Imagine!), and the live music's free. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Zolo, 2525 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder; call 303-449-0444. -- Patricia Calhoun
Comedian Tig Notaro returns to Denver.
When Tig Notaro worked in Denver, marketing and promoting bands, she was a regular at new-talent night at the Comedy Works. But not on stage: The timid wannabe sat and studied the performers, secretly pining to be the one telling jokes. It wasn't until she moved to Los Angeles that she was able to work up the moxie to take the mike. She's never looked back. Tig has since performed all over the country, including with the likes of Sarah Silverman and David Cross, has a recurring role on AMC's Movies at Our House series, and even has her own highly coveted half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. In addition, she finally returned to the Comedy Works as the feature act, and reportedly killed. Tig triumphantly returns to Denver at 9 p.m. tonight at Jazz@Jacks, 1553 Platte Street. Tickets are $6; for more information, call 303-433-1000 or go to www.jazzatjacks.com. Comedy fans can also catch Tig at the PS 1515, Madison Street and Colfax Avenue, Saturday, June 25, at 9 p.m. for a $5 cover. Call 303-394-1515 for reservations. -- Adam Cayton-Holland