Halfway through my senior year in high school, I got a call from a military recruiter, who said something about how the Marines would pay for college if I enlisted. The offer sounded so promising that I actually went to his office and took a written test, which I aced (it was pretty damn easy). And once the recruiter found out that I wasn't a complete moron, he really started tightening the screws, trying to get me to sign up.
But I knew I wasn't cut out for the Corps. Remember Vincent D'Onofrio playing that pathetic lard-ass Private Pyle in Full Metal Jacket, struggling to climb over obstacles and hiding jelly doughnuts in his foot locker? That would've been me. Still, the recruiter was persistent as hell, and I kept stalling him until I found out I'd gotten accepted to a college near L.A., which finally got him off my back.
I was thinking about how my life might've turned out if I'd joined the Marines while I was sitting at GI Jodi's Bar & Grill (11550 West Meadows Drive, Littleton), which opened close to a year ago and bills itself as "Colorado's Only True Military Oriented Bar and Grill." For one thing, if I had a military ID, I could get dollar domestic drafts at this bar all the time. In keeping with its theme, GI Jodi's is decked out with all sorts of military paraphernalia: a parachute hanging over the bar, uniforms, swords, ammo boxes, helmets and banners, including a Marine banner right by my bar stool.
Aside from the dude bartenders wearing camo pants and a few guys with shaved heads, though, the place wasn't overrun with military folks. There were even a few longhairs in the joint, like the guy wearing a black knit cap who looked a lot like Jay from Clerks and Jay & Silent Bob. He and his buddy did a hilarious karaoke take on a Tenacious D song. The bar brings in bands on Fridays and Saturdays, and any band that wants to play can come during the open-mike nights on Tuesdays; otherwise, there's always karaoke.
Where do I sign up?
Club scout: Jet Entertainment, which opened Wicked Garden (1403 Larimer Street) last October as a rock dance club, recently revamped the space, putting in new furnishings and introducing a new "Uncensored Fun" concept. Jet's also done a slight remodel of the Purple Martini in the Tabor Center (1201 16th Street), which it bought last year, switching out the furniture and installing a new sound system. In the Martini deal, Jet also bought the Purple Martini in the Denver Tech Center (8000 East Belleview Avenue, Greenwood Village), which it's been changing into Jet South. If construction goes as planned, that club will open April 4.
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Blues on Blake (1925 Blake Street) opened at the end of December but celebrated its grand opening last week, with a packed house and a visit from Mayor John Hickenlooper. It's a slick space, and a cool spot to see some of the best local blues players Thursdays through Sundays. While there hasn't been much action at the Blue Note Lounge, in the basement of the 1770 Sherman Street Event Complex, over the past year or so, the club is starting up a "Fridays at Five" happy hour with live blues every week. On March 6, Hazel Miller will perform; Lionel Young plays the following week. Doors open at 4 p.m., with music from 5 to 7 p.m.; cover is $5.
Local label Jrumatic Records will bring the Chain Gang of 1974, dLux and Dynamic to the Snake Pit (614 East 13th Avenue) on Friday, March 6, for its monthly first-Friday electro/house night. The March of the Zombies Fashion Show invades Bender's Tavern (314 East 13th Avenue) on Saturday, March 7, filling the space with artists, designers and music from the Flash Mob, Chainsaw Love Affair and SHITWOLF. Between sets, gals in tattered clothes soaked in blood will transform into bloodthirsty zombies; the club will also have zombie art on the walls, and old-school zombie flicks like Dead Alive will be projected on the big screen. The undead action starts at 9 p.m.; cover is $5 in advance and $8 at the door.
Finally, DJ Kaya, who spins at Bar Standard (1037 Broadway) on Wednesdays, is the new resident DJ at Sugar House (1395 West Alameda Avenue) on Saturday nights.