MON, 7/21

Hold on to your helmets, because tonight Mr. Pacman, those intergalactic video-game playboys and local Atari rockers, unleash the PacFashion show on Panopticon, 60 South Broadway. Like Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome meets Tron, PacFashion is a full-contact show of primitive punk-entangled astrowear, with the models engaging the Mr. Pacman bandmembers in a staged scuffle for ultimate control of the cyborgs' catwalk. Gigantic lobster claws, metallic moon boots and the signature golden motorcycle helmet are among the featured battle gear, resulting in a turbotronic tryst that resembles a low-budget sci-fi movie unraveling right before your eyes. PacFashion will also include the unveiling of Mr. Pacman's personal collection of authentic monster costumes from the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers television show, right down to the recently renamed "La Cucaracha," "Rear Admiral" and "Saxtual Harassment." And if merely watching a fashion show isn't quite your cup of dehydrated space food, perhaps the always-encouraged audience-participation wrassle with a life-sized anime character is more your light speed. "These are the best odds you have to increase your chances of being quasi-attacked by celebrity monster Power Rangers," tempts the Silver Ghost, Mr. Pacman's Commodore 64 instrumentalist.

A myriad of Denver designers will participate in the electronic runway, sharing their visions of what the Jetsons generation might have thought millennium fashion would be, all the while engaging in a little intravenous PacFun. "We definitely want to push the envelope," says the Silver Ghost. "And this time, we want all the girls to look a little sluttier."

The space oddities will continue after the show, as Mr. Pacman takes over the Panopticon DJ booth to spin electronic and video-game music; there are rumors that a few tracks off the soon-to-be released Mr. Pacman album Star Hustler might make their debut as well. Spontaneous surprises are commonplace anytime Mr. Pacman enters a room -- so expect the unexpected, and you won't be disappointed.

The PacFashion at Panopticon show blasts off at 10:30 p.m. tonight, and admission to 60 South Broadway -- 21 and over only -- is a measly five Earth dollars. Pac-tastic! --Kity Ironton

Start the Bidding
THURS, 7/17

Want to score -- a date, at least -- with hockey hottie Dan Hinote? Would romancing royalty like pageant princess Erin MacGregor, the current Miss Colorado, be a crowning achievement? Time to gear up for the Denver Date Drive. Ten of Colorado's top singles will be auctioned off starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight, on the pedestrian walkway at 20th and Wynkoop streets. "We're going to have lots of hot bodies on stage," says Christie Conti, spokeswoman for General Motors, sponsor of the event, which will benefit the Children's Hospital Foundation. "And the winners get to go on really fun-spirited dates." Options include a sunset helicopter ride or dinner and a Rockies game.

Of course, there's a catch: There are no tickets being sold for the event; instead, they're being doled out on Alice 106's Greg & Bo Show today from 5:30 to 10 a.m. So tune in for your chance to get lucky -- with tickets, at least. -- Julie Dunn

Dance Fever
THURS, 7/17

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance is a designated Denver landmark -- and a very limber one, at that. Now celebrating its 33rd year, the non-profit organization founded by Cleo Parker Robinson includes a world-renowned dance ensemble, a year-round dance school, a local lecture series and an international summer dance institute. The ninth incarnation of that institute, One Spirit Many Voices, runs through July 26 at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studios, 119 Park Avenue West, with intensive children's and master classes, book signings, demonstrations, and even a mind-and-spirit healing workshop on July 25. Although some classes are full, you can still get in the groove. (For a complete schedule, visit Want a fast primer on the company? Stop by the studios at 5 p.m. today or 4:15 p.m. tomorrow for a free showing of a video that captures many of the guest artists who've performed with Robinson and her company through the years. You may just be moved enough to return at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21, when the ensemble will audition new talent. -- Patricia Calhoun

Tea of Tranquility
THURS, 7/17

Here's a book signing you can really sink your teeth into! Colorado travel author Marge D. Hansen is a long, long way from the pastoral English countryside, but she'll do her best to conjure its peace and gentility today when she signs copies of her armchair guide, An English Experience: Exploring the Backroads and Byways of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Hampshire. It will be done over a proper cup of tea and just-so sweets and savories prepared by pastry chef Syd Berkowitz at the cozy, Tattered Cover-topping Fourth Story Restaurant, 2955 East First Avenue. Forget the traffic bustling below: At 3 p.m., travel with Hansen to green meadows and age-old, moss-covered climes a few hours from London as she talks about researching the Booklist-touted tome. Tea is $22, and the paperback book is a bargain at $17.95. For reservations, call 303-322-1824. -- Susan Froyd

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