Joe receives a ticket to the Super Bowl, but when he arrives at the stadium, he discovers he's in the last row. Then he spies an empty fifty-yard-line seat. After getting past security, he sits down in the choice spot and asks the gentleman next to him if anyone has been sitting there. "No," the man replies. "The seat belongs to me. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first Super Bowl we haven't been to together since 1967." "Well, that's really sad," says Joe, "but couldn't you find anyone to come along? A friend or close relative?" "No," the man replies. "They're all at the funeral." While some women are serious about the Super Bowl, it is a joke for others -- those who are completely exasperated by the macho- flavored cheese dip of football. On Super Bowl Sunday, they're left with very few options in their playbooks except to fumble around empty malls.
So here's an audible, ladies: Suit up and run down to the Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street, for today's Super Babe Sunday. This fashion show and comic face-off is all about girl power. "We are trying to create an alternative for women who don't care to watch the Super Bowl," says the Comedy Works' Susan Collyar, who confesses she would rather watch the million-dollar halftime commercials than the manly match-up.
Super Babe's play-by-play action will include comedians Teresa Logan, Stephanie McHugh, Nancy Norton and Edith Weiss. There will also be a fashion show from boutiquers Edward Dorian and Eve of Larimer Square, as well as an assortment of other fun-to-tackle goodies. A silent auction of locally donated girlie gifts, fine art and handbags is designed to score, with a portion of the proceeds going to a metro-area battered-women's shelter. Collyar says she hopes the happening will become an annual tradition. Doors open at 3 p.m. for the silent auction, with the big event kicking off at 4, around the time the helmet-heads get cracking. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are available by calling the club at 303-595-3637. Go to www.comedyworks. com for more info. -- Kity Ironton
Art & Heart at Boulder co-op
While Christmas remains the top holiday in terms of nationwide greeting-card sales, Valentine's Day comes hot on Santa's tail. You must, after all, pay homage to the one you love each year -- or suffer the consequences. But here's a way to make Valentine giving a little more meaningful this year: Art & Heart, a Valentine's tradition at the Boulder Arts and Crafts Cooperative for nearly ten years, drafts students from Boulder County schools to create oversized, one-of-a-kind cards to be sold at the gallery each February. In turn, the project raises funds for a revolving group of local charities.
"We feel the real root of our success and longevity comes from the local community," BACC's Ellen Spiller notes. "So we invented a program of art-related activities as a way to return that support." Though Art & Heart is only one of many charitable programs spearheaded by the co-op, Spiller says it's a natural fit for the kinds of "heart and home" causes it supports (2004 recipients are Boulder County Safehouse and the Emergency Family Assistance Association). And it's also a success: In 2003, BACC pulled in $900 for cards sold at $3 each. But in 2004, the addition of tiny, student-made house-shaped pins and magnets ($5) could cause that figure to rise. After all, Spiller reminds, "Everything is child-crafted." And what could be more heartwarming than that?
The co-op is at 1421 Pearl Street in Boulder; call 303-443-3683. -- Susan Froyd
Heads of the Class
Mayor John Hickenlooper has been in office only a semester or so, but he's already getting high marks. So tonight, the Community College of Denver and WB2 Charities will host Champions of Education, an evening honoring the freshman mayor, along with DPS superintendent Jerry Wartgow and past DPS boardmember Elaine Gantz Berman. The assembly will be held at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 1550 Court Place. After taking Denver's reins last year, Hickenlooper quickly stated his goal of increasing the city's educational muscle. He teamed up with the DPS Foundation to raise money for the organization, as well as to cover all the inaugural hoopla. The math was impressive: In eighteen days, Hick and friends raised $250,000 for DPS. "The 2004 CCD Champions of Education will recognize their creative efforts and extend the partnership to include higher education," says CCD president Christine Johnson.
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The event will benefit CCD academic programs, student services, the President's First Generation Scholarship and numerous non-profit charities. The gala begins at 6 p.m. with a student/faculty/alumni art show and auction, followed by dinner and then the program. Tickets are $150 per person (with scholarships available). For more information, call 303-556-3587. -- Adam Cayton-Holland
Monday Movie Nights show who's Who
Denver native Matt LaBarge flew the coop for New York, where he worked on the MTV production team for five years, got married and had two kids. Then he came back, seeking a less frantic environment for his family. So he opened a bar, right? And though he's perfectly happy living here, he hoped to infuse the place with a little of that bohemian Lower East Side ambience. The Hi-Dive was born, from the ashes of the old Seven South (revived for a time as Quixote's), at 7 South Broadway -- and so far, it seems to be working, Denver-style, blending live indie rock and a killer jukebox. Now he's added a new facet to the mix: Monday Movie Nights debuted in January, featuring -- in tribute to LaBarge's past in the music, film and TV industries -- weekly films with musical tie-ins. Tonight, the Who's Quadrophenia will be shown on the club's big DVD projector screen at 10 p.m. Eventually, LaBarge hopes to branch out by featuring such innovations as screenings with live bands dubbing the soundtrack and video scavenger-hunt nights.
Admission is free, and drink specials will be offered; call 720-570-4500 or log on to www.hi-dive.com. -- Susan Froyd