To mark the fortieth anniversary of the Beatles' invasion of America and Denver, cruise down to the historic Brown Palace Hotel (where the lads stayed after playing at Red Rocks on August 26, 1964) for a special Beatlemania Overnight Package. "There was a line of people three deep all the way around the hotel, mostly young girls screaming," recalls Tom Baines, who works in the hotel's Ship Tavern and served the Beatles their lunch that day. "If they would have tried to come in through the front door, their clothes would have been ripped off, so we brought them in through the employee entrance."
For $189 per couple, guests can step back in time with a dinner of grilled cheese and English chips -- the same meal that the Fab Four ate when they stayed here -- as well as a souvenir photo of Ringo Starr and an opportunity to record your own Beatles memories in the hotel's Beatlemania Memory Book.
The package, which includes a one-night stay, is available through the end of the year. For reservations and information, call 303-297-3111 or visit www.brownpalace.com. -- Julie Dunn
American Weigh-In promotes health
Cancer is a weighty subject: Recent studies show a direct link between obesity (and the poor eating habits that often go with it) and cancer risk. The upshot? Eat right and exercise, and you just might buck those odds. But if you've somehow landed on the chubby side in spite of your good intentions, today's Great American Weigh-In, sponsored nationally by the American Cancer Society and Weight Watchers International, is a place to start changing. Drop by any participating Weight Watchers location for a free body mass index screening; from there, you can formulate a specific diet and exercise plan.
Weigh-ins and information are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; call 1-800-651-6000 or log on to www.weightwatchers.com. -- Susan Froyd
State of the Art
Culture lovers and party animals of all stripes will roam Serengeti tonight, when Westword's Artopia 2004 stimulates all the senses. This incarnation of the annual event, now presented by this very newspaper, will fill the Denver nightclub's three floors with an array of visual, culinary, performance and fashion arts -- complete with a fingerpainting contest featuring 295-lb. Bronco Trevor Pryce and a makeover competition featuring fashions by UROK and Eve. There's music, too, of course, with performances by bands ranging from DeVotchKa to Future Jazz Project to Rose Hill Drive; exhibitors showing their stuff include Mythos Gallery and Walnut Street Gallery. The fun runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Serengeti, 1037 Broadway. All-inclusive tickets (with food and free libations until 11 p.m.) are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, or $50 VIP; the Denver Public Schools Foundation and the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program will receive a portion of the proceeds. For information, call 303-777-6887 or go to www.artopia2004.com or www.westword.com.
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