Ain't It a Drag?

Fresh City Life’s big blowout bash Awful Things in Denver begins tomorrow at the Tivoli Turnhalle Opera House on the Auraria campus. The annual fundraiser raises money for the Denver Public Library’s adult cultural programming.

But the fun starts tonight with a Bette Davis Bar Crawl, which kicks off at 8 p.m. at Hamburger Mary’s, 700 East 17th Avenue. The crawl is hosted by San Francisco entertainer and Bette Davis impersonator Matthew Martin (channeling Davis doing Margo Channing) and the Denver Roller Dolls. And Martin is certainly entertaining. He remembers, as a child, holding a tape recorder up to his TV to record the Davis classic All About Eve. “I didn’t understand the sophisticated dialogue at the time,” he says. “I really didn’t even know why I was taping it, but something beyond myself was compelling me.” Now he’s starring in an all-male remake of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, currently in post-production.

Catch Martin at Hamburger Mary’s or tomorrow at Awful Things, where he’ll also host a 7 p.m. screening of Baby Jane (and a preview screening of his own flick), accompanied by Vivenne VaVoom and her V Burlesque girls and the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus.

Tickets to Awful Things are $15 to $50; for information on all events, visit www.denverlibrary.org/babyjane or call 303-733-7743, extension 107.
Thu., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., 2009

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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