Real Life

FRI, 10/8

I remember spending glorious afternoons at my grandmother's house as a child, thumbing through yellowing issues of LIFE magazine. The stunning photographs spoke to me, took me to places that a poor, small-town girl could only dream about. LIFE was truly a window on the world. In 2002, that window went dark after 66 years of publishing. Thankfully, last Friday the lights came back on -- just in time for the Filters of the Twentieth Century: Eyeing history through the lens of life, Margaret Bourke-White and Carl Mydans exhibit at Gallery M, which features two of the magazine's most famous early photographers.

Bourke-White is perhaps best known for her oddly compelling images of industry and of New York, while Mydans made his name covering the world's bloody battlefields and shooting haunting images of poverty for the Farm Security Administration. Mydans passed away in August, but his nephew, Robert, will talk about his uncle's life and work at tonight's reservation-only opening reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The new LIFE should create a world of wonder for a new generation. But even if it doesn't, some of the old magic will be on display at Gallery M, 2830 East Third Avenue, through January 31, 2005.

For information, call 303-331-8400 or visit -- Amy Haimerl

Too Tough to Die
FRI, 10/8

Do you remember rock-and-roll radio? According to filmmakers Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields, it launched in 1974 with a quartet of lanky mop-headed misfits known as the Ramones. Their cretin hop, which spanned more than two decades, 21 albums and 2,300 live performances, is chronicled in a 137-minute documentary titled End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones. The film, opening tonight at the Starz FilmCenter, is not the bebopping lovefest some might expect; like the band itself, it's raw, cutting-edge and full of all the grimy grit of genuine rock and roll, delivering the final word in the Ramones legacy. Starz is in the Tivoli building on the Auraria campus; tickets are $8.50, with discounts for students and Denver Film Society members. For complete showtimes, visit or call 303-820-FILM. Gabba gabba yeah! -- Kity Ironton

Doll House
The Beauty Bar offers one-stop glam
SAT, 10/9

More often than not, when young Denver women decide to doll up, they do it for a clubbing adventure. But tonight they can go directly to that sweet night on the town and do all their primping when they get there. Shopping just got way more user-friendly with the advent of Beauty Bar @ the Coral Room, an event that combines trendy-cocktail imbibing with a showcase of fashionable and beauty-enhancing wares. The brainchild of local handbag designer Brandi Shigley, who was inspired by a similar affair at San Diego's Martini Ranch, the new take on a girls' night out includes Shigley's stylish bags, boards and apparel by Cherry Skateboards, jewelry from Lauren Esther, accessories by Taft and LaPorte, and manicures by Statice Salon and Spa. The fun begins at 10:30 p.m. and goes till 2 a.m. The Coral Room is at 3489 West 32nd Avenue; for more on the Beauty Bar, go to -- Susan Froyd

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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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Amy Haimerl
Kity Ironton