This Week's Day-by-Day Picks
Thursday, March 4
The Original Drag Queen Bingo hasn't left the building, or even the city; it's simply moved on up to the new Serengeti Nightclub, 1037 Broadway. That's where hostesses Alexandra Winters and Chamblee Tucker, two of Denver's funniest female impersonators, will now bitch and vamp their way through weekly bingo games, where prizes try to match the outrageous banter and a portion of each week's take goes to a changing list of charities. Give it your best shot, sweetheart: Doors open at 8 p.m. every Thursday, and balls drop at 9. For information, log on to www.serengeti-denver.com.
Friday, March 5
Art becomes a family-and-friends affair this weekend when the Other Side Arts community collective, 1644 Platte Street, hosts its second annual Art Party, an event designed not just to bring people together, but also to get their hands delightfully dirty in the process. The Other Side will provide all the materials free, so you and your loved ones can make art together as a cooperative group. Drop in today from 4 to 11 p.m. or tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday's family-themed session is especially kid-oriented. And it doesn't end there: Next Friday, March 12, a month-long display of completed works will open in the facility's gallery, and awards will be handed out; in May, the exhibit moves downtown to the Children's Library. Call 303-561-3000 or log on to www.theothersidearts.com.
Another unconventional arm of the art community -- the artists of cyberspace -- has gotten a nod from Andenken Gallery, which will host Internet doodler Sam Brown of www.explodingdog.com, along with assemblage artist Vincent Camparetto and kinetic sculptor Jonathan Stiles, in an exhibit titled Shapes for Now, part of the gallery's new trend of pairing national and local artists. Brown posts his quirky illustrations of robots, monsters and monkeys online in response to title suggestions e-mailed to his site by fans. Now the primitive figure drawings also appear in the Exploding Dog Music Video, produced by local film production company rehaB and featuring music by Radiohead. Brown and the video will be in attendance tonight at a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. at the gallery, 2110 Market Street, along with Camparetto, Stiles, and Denver musicians scaffolding and Tyler Potts. Shapes for Now continues through March 27; call 303-332-5582 or log on to www.andenken.com.
At Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street, art takes a whole different journey, one that sweeps across the West. Contemporary landscapist Don Stinson, a gallery favorite, headlines with Art and Ruins, a room full of images of modern roadside ruins and the remains of earthwork projects that are about three decades old. Complementing Stinson's solo exhibit are photographs by Chuck Forsman, from his book Western Rider: Views From a Car Window, and, in the Viewing Room Gallery, photographs by Eric Paddock (also from a book, Belonging to the West) and photo-realist landscapes by Jim Colbert. An artist reception/book signing takes place tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.; the show continues through April 10. Call 303-298-7788 or log on to www.robischongallery.com.
Saturday, March 6
The history of the American West includes stories not riveted by gunfights and cattle drives, but driven by the everyday struggles of life on the frontier. It's that aspect -- the tough yet feminine side that's been written about but is not as prevalent in pop culture -- that playwright and women's-history buff Laura Tesman sought to unearth in her new play, Petticoats & Pistols, an adaptation of pioneer women's writings and stories. A product of relentless research by Tesman, who teaches theater at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the play premiered this month in a UCCS Theatreworks production, which ends its run today and tomorrow at the Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, Colorado Springs. Tickets are $15; call 1-719-232-3232 or log on to www.uccstheatreworks.com for reservations.
Sunday, March 7
High fashion, Denver style, stands aloft tonight at Altitude: An Evening of Fashion, a benefit with a local focus. Designers Lourdes Rio, Fransisco Valencia, Crystal Sharp, Lula Maxine (Christina Ross and Melissa Santiago) and Buu Ho will show off their newest stuff, along with featured fashion photographer Laura Dombrowski. Funds raised will go to the Living With AIDS Project and Carmen Valencia Hope Scholarship Foundation. Doors at Club Ra, 1111 Lincoln Street, open for cocktails and silent-auction bidding at 4:30 p.m.; models begin to sashay down the runway at 5:30, and an after-party will keep patrons on their feet into the wee hours. For tickets, $30 to $125, call 720-366-2011; for information, log on to www.darkroom2photography.com.
Monday, March 8
Celebrate International Women's Day today with a testimonial to contributions made every day by women around the world. Global Girlfriend, a local fair-trade boutique, hosts the Colorado premiere of Peace By Peace: Women on the Frontlines, a new documentary by Canadian director Lisa Hepner that profiles key women working to promote peace in five nations: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi and the United States. Narrated by actress Jessica Lange, the film screens tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Philip Lutheran Church, 7531 South Kendall Boulevard, Littleton; attendees are urged to arrive at 6:30 to peruse booths focusing on local women's organizations. Call 303-498-8323 or log on to www.globalgirlfriend.com.
Tuesday, March 9
It'll be nothing but good, sparkling-clean fun -- for your ears, in particular -- at this evening's performance by the Colorado Chamber Players, an innovative local ensemble now in its tenth season. Four of the group's eleven players -- violinist Paul Primus, viola player Barbara Hamilton-Primus, cellist Thomas Heinrich and pianist Tamara Goldstein -- will be in the spotlight, playing a seldom-performed string-trio version of Bach's Goldberg Variations and Turina's Piano Quartet. The concerts starts at 7:30 p.m. at the King Center Recital Hall, 855 Lawrence Way on the Auraria campus. For tickets, $12 to $15, call 303-556-2296.
Wednesday, March 10
Here's your chance to help some of tomorrow's stars get a leg up on the competition. If the audience likes what it sees and laughs loudly enough during N20: Suck It Up! -- the taping of an often-interactive sketch-comedy show and television pilot -- it could bode well for local acting hopefuls. Tonight's filming, the second of two exclusive premiere events, takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street. For reservations, call the club at 303-595-3637 or log on to www.comedyworks.com; for information, log on to www.n20-suckitup.com.
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