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Fit to Be Tied

FRI, 10/24

Pour on the liquid latex and give that corset an extra tug, because the 4th Annual Victorian and Fetish Ball will cast its sexy spell tonight. The masquerade tease will harness the talents of four professional dominatrixes, unleash an exhibition of the sensual art of Japanese bondage and release a fleet of dancers decked out as naughty nurses and delinquent schoolgirls. New this year is a black-light room where the willing can be dipped in glowing goo. And did we mention a revue by the big boys of Bare Assets? "Everything from the music to the lights to the fragrances is designed around sensuality," says host Kevin Larson of Kevin Larson Presents, who adds that "people start asking me about this party in January."

Housed at Rise Nightclub, 1909 Blake Street, the Fetish Ball will also have a new third-level VIP area known as the "Marquis' Playground," where the wild things can gather discreetly. "I call it white-collar bondage," explains Larson. "It's more feathers and ice than leather and whips."

The fun begins at 9 p.m.; tickets are $25 ($50 for VIP) in advance at, or $30 at the door. Costumes and IDs are required at this 21-and-over event, but please leave your cameras at home. Call Rise at 303-383-1909 for the dirty details. -- Kity Ironton

Bats Nice
WED, 10/29

Whatcha gonna do when Lasiurus cinereus or Eptesicus fuscus come swooping down out of your attic? Don't call Ghostbusters; turn to the Colorado Bat Society instead.To alleviate the public's general fears about the creatures, CBS president Rick Adams will give a talk tonight on the biology of bats and their use of historic buildings: Build It and They Will Come: Bats, Human-made Structures and Historic Preservation.

Part of Congress Park Neighbors Inc.'s Historic Preservation series, the free lecture will be held in Heitler Hall at National Jewish Hospital, 1400 Jackson Street, tonight at 7 p.m.; parking is available across the street.

For details, let your fingers fly to -- Julie Dunn

Cash Cowed
Future of Money spends time pondering dough
MON, 10/27

"Twenty years from now, you're standing in front of a vending machine. What kind of currency are you going to use?" asks Thomas Frey, executive director of the DaVinci Institute, a futuristic think tank in Louisville. "Will it be U.S. dollars, global dollars, your fingerprint -- maybe a retinal scan?" Exploring currency's fate will be the hot topic at DaVinci's Future of Money Summit, taking place today through Wednesday at the Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Boulevard in Broomfield.

Forbes magazine is the event's main sponsor, and the DaVinci Institute has lined up more than seventy speakers, including a Nobel Prize winner, a member of the Federal Reserve Bank and the architect of the Euro. "Some of the topics that we're going to dive into are going to come from left field," warns Frey. "There are going to be sparks."

The summit, which is open to the public, costs a hefty $1,495 to attend. For futurists with a little less disposable income, the DaVinci Institute also offers its "Night With a Futurist" series, $20 monthly lectures that cover a range of topics.

For registration and other information, call 303-666-4133 or visit -- Julie Dunn

Outer Limits
Literary convention is out of this world
FRI, 10/24

If space is the final frontier, then science fiction must be the road map to the stars. To honor the genre and its purveyors, Mile Hi Con is beaming up a galactic gala this weekend. More than sixty authors of science fiction, fantasy and horror will be in attendance, including guest of honor Barry B. Longyear, who wrote the best-selling novel Enemy Mine. The fiction fest, Mile Hi's 35th, will orbit around author signings, seminars, live gaming rooms, a Japanese anime area and a fantasy art show.Highlights include tonight's "star fleet" wedding (with the betrothed and attendants in full deep-space regalia), tomorrow night's costume contest, during which conferees can flaunt their fandom, and the Denver Area Mad Scientists Club Critter Crunch, which organizers describe as "robotic sumo wrestling," on Sunday.

"This is the largest literary science convention in the Rocky Mountain region," says chairwoman Linda Nelson. And even though 1,000 attendees are expected, Nelson says it will feel more intimate because "you can actually meet these infamous authors that you've read all your life."

Mile Hi Con launches today at the Sheraton Hotel at 360 Union Boulevard in Lakewood. Weekend passes are $30-$32; individual day passes are $12-$16. Call 303-657-5912 or go to for registration and schedule information. It'll be a blast! -- Kity Ironton


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