If I had an alter ego, she would be sporty. Very sporty. Extreme-sports sporty. I'd snowboard (very sporty for a Colorado native who's never hit a slope). I'd parasail. I'd skydive. Hell, I'd be able to just play a game of softball without shrieking like a schoolgirl whenever the ball came near me. Best of all, though, I'd be very, very sporty while wearing four-inch Manolos, and after winning the game, I'd walk away with only a sexy muss to my perfectly coiffed hair.
Okay, so I want to be a Charlie's Angel.
Who would your alter ego be?
Come by aLteR egO: a mUltiMediA eXperIenCe tonight at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 East Colfax Avenue, and find out. Charlie Price, Cameron Letterman and Kelly Anolin of Planet Laboratories have teamed up with Tobie Orr, Anne Snyder and David Rossa to create an evening of crazy fantasy and fashion in which models explore the idea of the alter ego and the superhero, the dark and the light, the day and the night of their personalities.
The identity crisis starts at 7 p.m.; Mao and Zengo are catering, and drinks are the normal tasty Bluebird swill. Tickets are $21 in advance and $34 to $40 at the door, with all proceeds going to Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art. Alter-ego/superhero dress is encouraged. For details, call 303-298-7554. -- Amy Haimerl
See where unique handcrafted art is created -- and then buy it, at the ArtWorks at Roundtree Holiday Art Show and Sale. A variety of functional and non-functional ceramics, fiber works, jewelry and other mixed-media pieces produced by Colorado artists will be on display for your browsing and shopping pleasure. Prices, which range from $5 to $250, should only add to the holiday cheer. Proceeds from the sale will go back to the local arts community.
Shoppers will also have a chance to tour the artists' studios at Roundtree while enjoying complimentary hot beverages and other treats.
ArtWorks at Roundtree is at 2942 Welton Street; the sale opens tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. and runs through Wednesday, December 23. For hours and other information, call 303-294-9985. -- Richard Kellerhals
Buntport gets ready to play along
Since moving into a black-box building in 2001, the Buntport Theater Company has blossomed as a rascally younger cousin to the city's more established theater troupes. Audiences count on Buntport's programming to be ambitious, irreverent and, perhaps most important, funny as hell. This fall, the company became the first Denver theater group to stage a dramatic production on an indoor skating rink when it presented Kafka on Ice, an ingenious production that somehow mated serious biography and existential German literature with clumsy figure eights and a warped Disney-style score. Magnets on the Fridge, a series of live, improvised sitcoms, is now in its fourth season, with shows scheduled through next spring.
But because costumes, sets, and blocks of dry ice ain't cheap, Buntport will direct its creativity and pluck to a fundraising fete tonight at the theater, 717 Lipan Street. The event includes a silent auction, food and drinks, and performances by Denver comics including Hippie Man, Lori Callahan, host Chuck Roy and the Buntport company itself. Ice skates are optional. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m.; call 720-946-1388 for more information. -- Laura Bond
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Christmas on the 'Fax
The holidays put a new twist on old faves
In January, the Aurora City Council will discuss a proposal to spruce up the city's East Colfax Avenue corridor. The plan would impose strict guidelines on street-front businesses, chief among them a reduction in the amount of advertising allowed on store windows. Owners are furious, claiming that the revitalization efforts will hurt their business.
Angry proprietors ought to ditch the whining and soapy windows, and instead take a cue from their flashier neighbors. True Colfax staples know it's the lights that draw them, and nothing is brighter than neon. Main Street USA offers a barrage of classic neon signage, and a driving tour down the 'Fax over the holidays, the season of lights, showcases their vintage appeal.
Start by taking in the Denver Diner sign at Colfax and Speer, a pink-and-blue classic straight out of a Tarantino film. From there, make your way east to Colfax and High for the one-two sucker punch announcing the Satire Lounge and Pete's Kitchen. The meandering arrow snaking through the word "Satire" mirrors the ambulatory habits of that bar's patrons, while Pete's cherubic chef flips a dizzy semi-circle of neon flapjacks, the mindset of so many hungry midnight marauders. Continue on past Bastien's, at Madison Street, before arriving at the Saturday's "Nude Dancing" sign, an enticing orgy of perverse golden arches at Colfax and Valentia. Wind your silent night down with a stop at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, at Florence Street, before turning around to take it all in again. Coupled with the abundant, flashing holiday lights and typical 'Fax fanfare, the result can be altogether, well, inebriating. -- Adam Cayton-Holland