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The Artsmyths costume shop is puttin' on the ritz at the Mercury Cafe

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Halloween is long gone, but costume fiends don't care: they're always on the hunt for the next party. Which is why the Denver mask shop ArtSmyths is presenting Puttin' On The Ritz at the Mercury Café this Saturday, November 30.

ArtSmyth's owner, Tiffany Smyth, is throwing Jazz-era dead-celebrities funeral party, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the shop. It's the third time that the store has celebrated its birthday in this way.

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"We themed it as an early Hollywood revival, jazz funeral," says Smyth, who will dress as artist Frida Kahlo. Her mother and business partner will be dapper as Charlie Chaplin, and Smyth confirms there will be a Carmen Miranda and Marlene Dietrich in attendance.

The night features live music from local bands Gora Gora Orkestar and the eclectic, not-from-this-century band, The Windows Bane. "I wouldn't know how to describe them, but they're awesome," says Smyth. "They have a very theatrical style, they have their faces painted like they're dead. They're really entertaining."

There will also be belly dancing, Greek-style dances, a Day of the Dead performance, and aerial dancers.

Smyth's masks are all hand designed and have become quite popular at Renaissance Fairs. The shop had been closed for remodeling, and all of her masks were in Texas for a Renaissance Fair there. But Artsmyths reopens today with a sale, discounts, prizes and giveaways running through tomorrow.

Puttin' on the Ritz starts at 8 p.m., Saturday, November 30 at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California. An appropriate costume gets you in the door for $10, while no costume costs $15. For more information visit the Facebook page here.

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