A group of women frustrated with the local lesbian dating scene are reviving the flower-speckled 1960s game show The Dating Game, with a twist.
The MissKiss Game Show, premiering tonight in Boulder and hosted by comedienne Edith Weiss, will feature four single gay women -- one MissKiss and three suitors, called "Kissables." Separated by a curtain, MissKiss will ask her Kissables a series of questions to try to determine which one is the best love match for her."They are going to be sensual, silly questions like, 'If you were a musical instrument, what type of music would you play?'" says MissKiss spokeswoman Susan Jameson. "But there will be some serious questions thrown in as well."
Here's the catch: Each audience member who attends the show at the Boulder Theater will be given a bright button to wear -- "Kissable" for the unattached spectators, and "Kissing Couple" for dynamic duos. During the intermission, the two groups will separate into clusters to vote on who should win the dream date with MissKiss; the date will include a limousine ride, a romantic dinner and tickets to a show.
"This isn't just for the women on stage; it's also a way for single people to meet other singles and for couples to make new friends," explains Jameson. "We're sick of going to bars and never knowing if people are single or not, so we thought that this kind of facilitated interaction would be fun. We just want people to laugh and to play."
All fun and games aside, Jameson cautions that this is a serious event. "Gay women are often an invisible segment in our society, but tonight we're going to give them top billing," she says. "We don't want this to be an exploitative event, we want to honor and respect the lesbian love relationship."
Gay men and straight singles need not worry: The group will is organizing similar events for them early next year.
MissKiss begins tonight at 7 p.m. at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street. Tickets are $29.75 each and can be purchased at www.bouldertheater.com or 303-786-7030; 5 percent of all proceeds will benefit the Humane Society and Birds of Prey.
For further information or to download contestant applications for upcoming shows, go to www.misskiss.net. -- Julie Dunn
CD-release party benefits homeless artistS
Nobody is saying tonight's Starfish on Broadway CD-release party will be a little insane. But with a slate of musicians deemed either mentally ill or homeless, it's possible. And that's just fine. After all, haven't creative masters always seemed a little off, anyway? At least these performers all sport both ears. Even though the problems suffered by the event's talent really aren't funny, that doesn't mean their benefit bash can't be a good time. Organizer Dave Babek agrees, observing, "We're doing this to have some fun."
Still, there's something more. The CD's title is the same as the DCTV show that features Babek and partner Don Briggs. Loaded with talent coming from unexpected sources, both the cable show and the new disc have street cred -- and both challenge stereotypes that so-called normal people have about less fortunate folk. Babek brings his studio to the streets, noting that the homeless have less access to professional recording facilities.
"It's a small corner, but it's what I can do," he says.
The offbeat party, which takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Salon Euphoric, 116 East Eighth Avenue, features live performances by the disc's contributors, a silent auction of donated local art, raffles, and beverages courtesy of Maximum Wine Company, Le Central and Armedes. Proceeds go to Charg, a Denver-based mental-health resource center, and the artists. Go crazy! -- Catalina Soltero
Star Light, Star Bright
The city of Castle Rock is about to get a little flashier. The 67th annual Starlighting Festival starts shimmering at 12:30 p.m. today and finishes with a new downtown fireworks display at Third and Wilcox. The Starlighting ignited in 1936, when Castle Rock was a small town caught between the Depression and a drought that dampened the hopes and holiday spirits of the residents. The city council and area businesses donated forty-foot metal rods, gas for welding them, electricity and land, then collaborated with the volunteer fire department to scale Castle Rock and hoist the community-made star onto higher ground. This year, residents joined together once again to raise the necessary funds to add a booming fireworks display, which will immediately follow the 5 p.m. countdown to the Starlighting.
A winter festival accompanies the twinkling tradition; it includes a Santa's Village workshop, a reindeer petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows, carriage rides and enough hot chocolate to keep the stargazers snug. The Castle Rock Fire Department also joins the merriment by hosting a chili supper at its firehouse from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce at 303-688-4597 or log onto www.crgov.com/Calendar.asp. Shine on! -- Kity Ironton
East Meets West
Nouveau gala promises a wine time
Tonight's sixth annual Nouveau en LoDo: Tokyo unites Eastern and Western cultures in celebration of the latest Le Beaujolais Nouveau wine at Tommy Tsunami's Pacific Diner. "We think that Pacific Rim cuisine and the Beaujolais go really well together," says Tommy Tsunami's general manager, Ken Kerver. "We wanted to do something different than your typical wine-tasting event, put a twist on it."
While the French wine is paired with Japanese delicacies like sushi and spring rolls, traditionally dressed geisha girls will be on hand to greet guests at the door and present the wine; an Iron Chef competition and acoustic musician Jason Vigil provide the entertainment. Attendees can even try their hand at rolling their own sushi. "It's fairly easy to do," says Kerver.
Nouveau en LoDo: Tokyo happens from 8 to 11 p.m. tonight at Tommy Tsunami's, 1432 Market Street. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door; you must be at least 21 years old to attend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SafeHouse Denver, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.
For more information, visit www.teamplayerproductions.com/nouveau.html or call 303-777-6887. -- Julie Dunn
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