While sexual assault is no laughing matter, supporters of Denver's Rape Assistance and Awareness Program will share a jovial evening while raising money at tonight's Give A Wit comedy benefit. "Our issue is so heavy -- we were looking for a way to lighten things up," says RAAP spokeswoman Kathie Kramer. "It's unfortunate that all these high-profile sexual-assault cases are happening in our state, but it does give us an opportunity to raise some awareness."
Billed as "a funny event for a serious cause" and emceed by Channel 4's Ed Greene, tonight's show features standup comedians Chris "Crazy Legs" Fonseca and Ron Feingold, along with a live auction and heavy hors d'oeuvres.
The festivities take place at the Soiled Dove, 1949 Market Street, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 at the door, $35 in advance and can be purchased at www.soileddove.com or by calling 303-329-9922, ext. 317. For more info, visit www.raap.org. -- Julie Dunn
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The monthly booty boogie known as Danceotron has found a permanent home at the Climax Lounge, 2217 Welton Street. The formerly venue-hopping dance night celebrates its two-year anniversary tonight, and will now shimmy at Climax on the second Saturday of every month, feeding the floor with eclectic sounds from Ladytron to 2 Live Crew. "It's really about getting your butt on the dance floor," says organizer Sara T. "We're not embarrassed to play whatever it takes to keep the dance floor heavy and grooving." Sara will share the turntables with fellow spinners Pantyliner and Soto at the monthly gig, which claims to be "Denver's no-bullshit dance party." "People don't come to Danceotron to be seen," says Ms T. "People come because they want to get down and dance their ass off." The electro starts thumping at 9 p.m., and the cover is $5 for the 21-and-over event. Go to www.saratea.com/flyer/danceotronapril.jpg. -- Kity Ironton
Tower-design contest gets people talking
Last fall, Highland neighborhood residents made such a fuss over the impending installation of what the cell-phone industry dryly calls a "canister tower" that the offending company, T-Mobile, was foiled in its plans. The fifty-foot-tall, three-foot-wide behemoth, designed to improve wireless reception, had been slated to go up at 32nd Avenue and Zuni Street. But what if someone came up with an alternative structure that urban folks could live with? It wouldn't resemble a giant saguaro cactus, and it might become what Denver urban designer Rich Carstens describes as "a neighborhood landmark instead of an eyesore."
Here's your chance to take it to the drawing board: The Cell Tower Design Competition, sponsored by AIA Colorado and T-Mobile, is accepting proposals for alternative tower-structure designs, and you don't have to be an architect to enter. Registration is open until April 15; models are due at the AIA offices, 1515 Arapahoe Street, by April 22. For details and an entry form, log on to www.aiacolorado.org. -- Susan Froyd