Goosetown Tavern
Rarely do a squealer (Journey's Steve Perry) and a grunter (Fugazi's Ian MacKaye) lay side by side, but inside the jukebox at the Goosetown Tavern, everybody is friends! The diversity of the artists represented, from gutter punks to Motown divas, keeps the crowd interesting and interested. Goosetown regulars know that on any given night, the crowd can range from tattooed and pierced to moneyed and khakied. Note the framed painting of Gene Simmons above the right side of the bar. When a breeze rolls behind it, the canvas wobbles in and out, creating the illusion that Mean Gene is about to come down and lick you. And just wait until someone puts another dime in the jukebox, baby, and selects "Sweet Child O' Mine." You're sure to hear some of the finest Axl Rose impersonators tuning up for their ten-year reunions.

Celebrating a pagan holiday in a former church may be sacrilegious, but that doesn't scare us. Denver's most ghoulish characters congregate at The Church on All Hallow's Eve: One Halloween bash turned up a seven-foot-tall creature (the guy somehow managed to dance on stilts all night), an ape-masked person with red lasers for eyes, and a dead ringer for Prince. The winner of the costume contest that year got to go on a trip to San Francisco, and the second-place winner got a couple hundred bucks. No bones about it: This is one hell of a good time.
The Church
Celebrating a pagan holiday in a former church may be sacrilegious, but that doesn't scare us. Denver's most ghoulish characters congregate at The Church on All Hallow's Eve: One Halloween bash turned up a seven-foot-tall creature (the guy somehow managed to dance on stilts all night), an ape-masked person with red lasers for eyes, and a dead ringer for Prince. The winner of the costume contest that year got to go on a trip to San Francisco, and the second-place winner got a couple hundred bucks. No bones about it: This is one hell of a good time.
Since he began hosting his weekly Acid Jams in the northerly mountain town of Nederland in 1996, promoter "Michigan Mike" Torpie has seen some mighty fine players wander up on stage and play improvisational music for eager, dancing crowds: Stanley Jordan did it once, and Tony Furtado's done it often, as have members of the String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon. In February Torpie celebrated the 200th installment of the series, a victory he marked by briefly extending its reach into Boulder's Mellow Mushroom on Tuesday nights. Jazzheads who can't get enough jam in their diet can access archives of past events and stream live broadcasts through Torpie's Web site, www.michiganmike.com. With Torpie around, there's plenty of fire on the mountain.
Since he began hosting his weekly Acid Jams in the northerly mountain town of Nederland in 1996, promoter "Michigan Mike" Torpie has seen some mighty fine players wander up on stage and play improvisational music for eager, dancing crowds: Stanley Jordan did it once, and Tony Furtado's done it often, as have members of the String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon. In February Torpie celebrated the 200th installment of the series, a victory he marked by briefly extending its reach into Boulder's Mellow Mushroom on Tuesday nights. Jazzheads who can't get enough jam in their diet can access archives of past events and stream live broadcasts through Torpie's Web site, www.michiganmike.com. With Torpie around, there's plenty of fire on the mountain.
The rowdy and experimental Harp Seal Piñatas don't quite have a cutesy handle that will endear them to animal-rights activists, but that's okay -- they've got a good beat.

The rowdy and experimental Harp Seal Piatas don't quite have a cutesy handle that will endear them to animal-rights activists, but that's okay -- they've got a good beat.

Todd Bradley's ongoing experimental electronic project features characters with names like Bob the Robot and Grandmaster Dumbass. Considering that the Internet is Bradley's primary method of music distribution, the band's title -- the same message one gets when attempting to log on to a Web site that has moved locations -- can be viewed as clever, confusing or both. For the record, you can get to Bradley via www.404notfound.net/. And don't forget to say hello to Bob.
Todd Bradley's ongoing experimental electronic project features characters with names like Bob the Robot and Grandmaster Dumbass. Considering that the Internet is Bradley's primary method of music distribution, the band's title -- the same message one gets when attempting to log on to a Web site that has moved locations -- can be viewed as clever, confusing or both. For the record, you can get to Bradley via www.404notfound.net/. And don't forget to say hello to Bob.
The newly formed Boulder Film Alliance -- five movie-loving entities working as one -- is screening forty films this spring and summer that reflect the shared interests and various missions of the groups. Some highlights: Colorado University's International Film Series reprises Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern July 8 and 9 and the "Colors Trilogy" of the late Krzysztof Kieslowski July 22 to August 5; The Boulder Theater examines popular music on film with Grease, Woodstock, Saturday Night Fever and Menace II Society, among others; Boulder Outdoor Cinema's Saturday-night series includes Frankenstein and Dracula on July 15 and The Wizard of Oz on August 26; the Chautauqua Silent Film Series shows a recently rediscovered 1924 version of Peter Pan on August 9, with accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra; Boulder Public Library highlights writers and film July 14 with films about Allen Ginsberg, Samuel Beckett and others.

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