How Much Is That Kitty in the Window?

SAT, 6/25

Ever dreamed of bumping into a porn star and buying her (or him) a drink? Well, tonight's your chance, at the Pleasure's Second Annual Adult Film Star Ball, being held at La Bohme Gentleman's Cabaret, 1443 Stout Street.

"I think it's going to be a crazy, crazy night," says Lance Migliaccio, La Bohme's marketing manager. "These girls are actually coming to have fun, too."

Stars Kim Chambers and Hannah Harper will be there -- along with twenty other topless beauties -- mingling, bouncing around between customers and signing videos and photos. Three male stars will also be present, a treat for the ladies. The action starts at 6 p.m.; the $20 general admission includes the meet-and-greet (for which La Bohme has added a 6,000-square-foot tent), hors d'oeuvre and access to the dance floor and bar. A $30 all-access V.I.P. ticket gets patrons into the club, where the stars will perform fetish shows and skits.

"They might be dressed up like cheerleaders, maybe in latex; they could bathe themselves in milk or use iridescent paints," Migliaccio says. "Some lucky customer may even get spanked."

Sorry, kids: This party is for the 21-and-over crowd. For more information, or for early V.I.P. bottle-service reservations, call 303-588-5889. -- Luke Turf

Urban Renewal
WED, 6/29

When Kyle Ezell touts the joys of urbanization, he isn't just blowing smog. The author of Get Urban! The Complete Guide to City Living and other handbooks -- which are full of tips encouraging suburban folks to migrate back to the city -- is also a seasoned city planner with firsthand experience in urban-redevelopment projects. Tonight at 8 p.m., he'll wax poetic on all that city life has to offer and explain how to find the perfect urban home. His "Get Urban in Denver!" lecture is being hosted by Historic Denver Inc. at the REI flagship store, 1416 Platte Street. For tickets, $15 to $20, call 303-534-5288; for more about Ezell, log on to www.geturban.com. -- Susan Froyd

Dan Savage brings his love to town.
FRI, 6/24

Dan Savage is nothing if not controversial. In more than ten years of writing his internationally syndicated sex-advice column, "Savage Love," he has drawn fire from straights, gays, conservatives and liberals alike for his uncensored, often caustic, opinions.

Two years ago, for example, after right-wing Republican Senator Rick Santorum compared consensual gay sex to incest, bigamy, adultery and "man-on-dog" sex, Savage made headlines by asking his readers to nominate a sex act to equate with the senator's surname. The winning nomination was so popular that it's spawned its own website, www.spreadingsantorum.com, and is now the number-one result for "santorum" in Google. This past February, Savage proposed a radical plan to curb unsafe sex and encourage sexual responsibility among gay men: He posited that anyone who knowingly infects someone with HIV should have to pay them state-ordered "drug-support" payments.

Get an up-close and personal dose of Savage's love tonight at the University of Denver's Driscoll Center, 2055 East Evans Avenue. He goes live at 7 p.m. with "Skipping Down the Triangle HighwaySThe New Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Morality," which is being sponsored by Denver Public Health.

For more information on the free lecture, call Matthew Tochtenhagen at 303-436-7495 or e-mail mtochtenhagen@dhha.org. -- Debra A. Myers

Call to Arms
David McCullough brings America's revolutionary past to life. THURS, 6/23

For generations, U.S. elementary schoolers have been fed idealized descriptions of the plucky, indefatigable rebels who helped wrest independence from those villainous Redcoats. In truth, these freedom fighters were "exceeding dirty and nasty," due to an "unaccountable kind of stupidity in the lower class of these people, which believe me prevails but too generally among the officers." Or at least that's how they were described at one point by their commander, General (and future president) George Washington.

Details like these are sprinkled throughout 1776, the new book by author David McCullough, who's slated for a 7:30 p.m. appearance tonight at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. McCullough is a rigorous historian, yet his writing style is far more enjoyable and accessible than the sort of textbook prose favored by too many of his peers. As he did in John Adams, a fascinating biography that covers some of the same period as his latest creation, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner relies heavily upon contemporaneous letters and jottings, which transform the main players from plaster saints to flesh-and-blood characters of the first rank. While the tome isn't as exhaustive as some of McCullough's previous efforts, 1776 is absorbing and even suspenseful -- despite the fact that any third grader knows how the story ends.

For additional details, dial 303-436-1070 or go to www.tatteredcover.com. -- Michael Roberts

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