Ever since the Rangeview Library District changed its name to "Anythink," something peculiar's been going on: The locals began to embrace their libraries like never before, and once you step inside Anythink Wright Farms, way up north on 120th Avenue in Thornton, you get an inkling of why. The building itself is beautiful in a very modern, inviting way, and it lends itself both to browsing and maybe just setting a while among the airy shelves, enjoying the ambiance. That's what's folks did on Friday night, when the library opened its doors after hours for Sparkopolis, an interactive gala full of mist and magic. Here's what we saw, heard and ate. Our Anythink wanderings first took us outside, where you could taste beer, bang on a wooden xylophone or pose in a fancy frame. Then we got hungry. And thirsty. First off, let it be noted that the food was catered by chef Ian Kleinman's Inventing Room, which in itself almost promises gastronomic showmanship of the highest level. Kleinman, famous for his expertise in molecular gastronomy, works with liquid nitrogen, invariably unveiling each new dish in a cloud of hissing mist. A trip to the bar was worth the wait, as wizardly mixologists shook up their potions. The magical food and drink was offered at stations throughout the library and out on the lawn, as well, where Kleinman, like any great circus performer, personally amazed the crowds at the culminating ice cream bar. The band Fever tuned up to play danceable bar classics. Emceeing entrepreneurial fashionista Brandi Shigley and Anythink's Stacie Ledden were the first to hit the dance floor.
Local designer Francis Roces of KimonoDragons was there, hard at work sewing up a spontaneous creation using swatches of fabric chosen by partygoers.
While fellow local designer Tricia Hoke, a master of fashion drawing, sketched patrons in their party duds.
Some folks went the extra mile, like this partygoer, who added glow-in-the-dark jewelry to her evening ensemble.
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And these gallant pedi-cab dudes ferried folks to and from the parking lot. Thanks, guys!