This Prom’s Da Bomb

Proms suck. Underneath all the glitz and limousines, they’re pretty much raging cesspools of ritualized awkwardness and expectations destined to go unfulfilled, populated by horny teenagers badly disguising their terror with clandestine booze — at least in execution. In concept, they could be so much more. Like Bike Denver’s Bike Prom: Bike to the Future, for example.

It wouldn’t be the first bike prom Denver’s been host to, but it will be the first time that torch has been picked up in a couple of years — though Bike Denver spokeswoman Jodi Kopke says the non-profit bike-advocacy organization’s decision to do one was not really predicated on any history. “I think we were just looking for a fun event, and the Bike Prom just happened,” she speculates. Nonetheless, she says, “this is the first year we’re doing this, and we’re super-psyched.” With good reason: The Bike Denver version will feature decorations, a photo booth and a dance party headlined by German new-new-wave outfit Total Ghost, a band so devoted to its me-decade influences that it routinely wears acid-washed jeans. As for Kopke? “I’m going shopping this week, and I want to find the biggest, most ruffled prom dress on the planet.”

To get in on the party, bike on down to Casselman’s Bar and Venue, 2620 Walnut Street, at 8 p.m.; tickets are $20 at the door, and proceeds go to Bike Denver. For more information, visit www.bikedenver.org.
Fri., May 20, 2011

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