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The Third Annual Soul Revival offers a chance to either get up or get down

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The work week is draining. You get up in the morning and trudge to your job at the soul-disassembly factory with nothing to look forward to but your lunch break and a homeward commute that fills you with existential dread. But that's almost over now. It's Friday, and that means it's time to squeeze every last ounce of joy you can out of the weekend -- time to reclaim your soul. And what better way to do that than with the Third Annual Soul Revival, a celebration of soul music, soul food and -- why not? -- a bottomless cup of Great Divide Beer.

The party is hosted by WinWear, a collective of artists, musicians, filmmakers, chefs and anyone else creative that typically throws artier shows and events; the last one was a screening of experimental films having to do with dreams and nightmares at the Mercury Cafe in July.

"So once a year, we just get together and party," says Shane McAllister, one of the organizers of the event. "Last year was pretty epic -- it got way crazy big -- and this year's going to be even bigger."

It's not hard to understand why: For one thing, the $10 entry fee includes unlimited beer from locally brewed Great Divide, one of the event sponsors, and an extra $5 will get you a plate of soulful goodness courtesy of Mark Schusterman, a former baker for Beatrice and Woodsley. For another, there's the music -- soul classics from eight DJs, including Scott Beck and Rett Rogers, resident soulmeisters at Lost Lake for some time now (they're spinning there tonight, as a matter of fact).

"Dance parties in Denver tend to be lame," McAllister laments, "with all that electronic stuff. There's something about soul music that just makes you feel good."

Get on up (or get down, depending on your preference) at Theory and Practice Gallery, 738 Santa Fe Drive, tomorrow night from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Your soul will thank you.

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