The Circus is in town

Chris Loffelmacher, the witty and wicked Fresh City Life programmer at the Denver Public Library, always infuses his productions with both fun and drama, but Frock Out 2010: Sideshow will be totally over the top — the Big Top, that is. This year’s local fashion-design showcase and fundraiser has a sideshow theme that Loffelmacher and fellow event planner Tran Wills are playing to the hilt.

“It’s going to be a cultural Noah’s Ark,” Loffelmacher says. “From beginning to end, you’ll feel like you’re at the parade leading up to the circus. It’s going to be old-school, with that working-out-of-a-trunk-in-whatever-city-you’re-in feeling about it. We’re going to have a real old-time sideshow: We have a bearded lady, we have a giant, we have a fat guy — he’s a big boy — who calls himself Sexy Man and acts like he’s the hottest thing on two legs, and we have a classic muscle man with the barbells.”

There will also be models walking the runway, of course, showing off the fashions by eleven top-notch local designers, as well as the Immundo burlesque troupe with diva Cora Vette; members of the Denver Roller Dolls; and drag queens and other surprise guests — and local fashion celebrity Mondo Guerra will be judging the show. “It’s going to be a spectacle,” Loffelmacher promises. “I want this to be the most spectacular fashion show ever, so I can retire from ever doing another one.”

Let’s hope not. But either way, you won’t want to miss this Frock Out, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Denver Central Library’s grand Schlessman Hall, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. Tickets range from $10 to $100; reserve your spot at or by calling 720-865-2051.
Thu., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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