Bee There

Poor Scooter Brightman. As host of Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret's Celebrity Spelling Bee and Quiz Show, the extravagant Irishman (the alter ego of Jefferson Arca, Lannie's general manager) has to hold his own among local celebrities, burlesque girls and audience members. They're all matching wits starting at 7 p.m., hoping to score tonight's $50 grand prize. To test his meddle, we had him define a few words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee:

Zoilus: "Something that reminds you of zoy."

Vituline: "It's the generic Vaseline for tree huggers in Boulder."

Videlicet: "It means when you make love to a woman without even touching her. You've just made videlicet."

If you can do better, purchase a $5 ticket to the festivities online at or call 303-293-0075. The party continues every Tuesday night in August at Lannie's, 1600 Arapahoe Street.
Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Aug. 7. Continues through Nov. 27, 2007

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Joel Warner is a former staff writer for Westword and International Business Times. He's also written for WIRED, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Slate, Grantland and many other publications. He's co-author of the 2014 book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, published by Simon & Schuster.
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