Gunning for Love

TUES, 5/13

If you're dating, you're obviously mentally deranged or soon will be, but still, we date as much as possible. Why? Guys date because we are on a never-ending quest to see naked breasts. For women, I'm not sure. They find the "perfect man" and immediately begin changing all his habits, clothes, friends, etc.People often say they don't date because they don't have time. I have a lot on my plate: my job, my daughter, honing my remote-control skills so I can watch as many games as possible at any given second. But you can maximize your dating time. The "Machine Gun Theory of Dating" states: If you shoot enough bullets, you're bound to hit something.

Enter Rapid Fire Romance. At 7 tonight, RFR's Speed Dating comes to Jillian's at Colorado Mills, 14500 West Colfax Avenue. For a mere $36, singles meet and interrogate ten potential mates (culled from two groups: 28- to 38-year-olds and 35- to 45-year-olds) for six minutes each. If two people indicate they are interested in each other, the service provides their contact information. Usually, meeting ten people takes several nights or several beers in one night, but Speed Dating allows you to make a fool of yourself ten times in just one hour! Go to www.RapidFire for information and registration.

I plan to be there. Maybe I'll meet that special someone. Or maybe I'll end up putting the machine gun to my head.

Barely There
FRI, 5/9

Feel like going someplace completely different and anonymously laying yourself bare? The next best thing is a gallery full of always-controversial Jock Sturges shots from nude beaches in the South of France -- like, who wouldn't want to hang out there? Do so, in the figurative sense, at Camera Obscura Gallery, 1309 Bannock Street, where Recent Work by Jock Sturges opens with a reception tonight from 5:30 to 8:30; the show hangs through June 22. Call 303-623-4059 or log on to -- Susan Froyd

Prints Charming
Spark papers the house
FRI, 5/9

When Spark Gallery opens its new show tonight, the festivities will be blessed by "Salve Regina," a madonna created by Lisa Michot, who shares the space with Annalee Schorr. This isn't just any madonna, however. She's made of papier-mâché, and not just any papier-mâché: Westword's January 16 cover on Tracy Baker's pornographic e-mails figures prominently. But this piece is about culture, not current events. "I was raised Catholic, and May is the month of Mary," explains Michot, a native of Louisiana. "I wanted to make a madonna. People put so much faith into this image, this belief, but it's really just pulp. It can be made out of newspaper."

Michot likes Westword for its "good colors, big ads," but since she switched to this medium a few years ago, she's used lots of different newspapers -- the Wall Street Journal, "Italian newspapers for Italian Renaissance pieces," stock listings. "I got into doing papier-mâché because it was a cheap, easy way to do my art, and that's an issue for me," she explains. "It's just a lot of fun. I'm trying to find meaning in using recycled materials."

Read all about it. The Michot/Schorr show hangs through May 25, when the artists will hold a second reception. Spark, a cooperative gallery, is located at 1535 Platte Street. For more information, call 303-455-4435. -- Patricia Calhoun

Steal This Book!
Kellogg's newest is Brilliant
SAT, 5/10

A new Marnie Davis Kellogg book doesn't last long on my desk. People who admire a feisty, fun heroine -- a heroine not unlike Kellogg herself -- keep running off with it. But Kick Keswick would approve. She's the star of Kellogg's latest, Brilliant, set in the glamorous world of London auction houses peopled with American upstarts and the broke British aristocrats who keep selling off their heritage. Kick, who has risen high above her Oklahoma trailer-trash origins, works in the most venerable of the auction houses -- and in her spare time just happens to pilfer jewels from those British aristocrats.The setting is a long way from Roundup, Wyoming, where Kellogg's five Lily Bennett mysteries -- starting with Bad Manners -- are set. "The Lily series is very closely attached to my family," explains Kellogg, a fifth-generation Westerner. "But now I've decided to leave them in my perfect world of Roundup...and move to France." Kick winds up in France -- and Kellogg did plenty of research in Paris, as well as in London. "Mystery readers are smarter than most readers," she points out. "And if the research isn't correct, you can't say to the reader, 'You just have to trust me.' You have to do the work."

Kellogg's done the work, all right, and she'll prove it when she discusses Brilliant at noon today at Murder by the Book, 1574 South Pearl Street. For information, call 303-871-9401. -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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