All dressed up for the DNC and nowhere to go? Fear not, since here’s the tentative list of the myriad shindigs, bashes and blow-outs planned throughout the city during the convention, August 23 to 28.
As this schedule demonstrates, there’s ain’t no party like a Denver DNC party. The merrymaking will include a Party Suite bash at Coors Field hosted by the New Democrat Coalition, “MySpace cafes” at the Corner Office restaurant, Daily Show tapings at the University of Denver, a “Sex, Politics and Cocktails” late night dance party at the Samba Room, and a $5,000-a-ticket “Salute to the Screen Actors Guild” event at Mile High Stadium.
The list was compiled by top Washington D.C. lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie & Associates, and you’re reading it thanks to the diligent work of the political transparency watchdogs at the Sunlight Foundation. They’re not too happy at the hundreds of receptions and VIP get-togethers planned for Denver, since politicians have promised to reign in the excess. Of course, all that special-interest pandering means more fun for us locals during the convention.
To find out about other events not listed on this schedule – for political transparency reasons only, of course – check back here regularly, since we'll be reporting on all the good times going down that we hear about.
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By the way, the revelry around here makes the Republican National Convention in Minnesota look like a tea party. While the Quinn Gillespie & Associates’ Denver event list is 16 party-packed pages long, their St. Paul version clocks in at a measly five pages -– and includes such clunkers as a “Political Chicks: Every Woman Counts” event hosted in part by Lifetime and a “Republican Party Jazz Brunch.” Hey guys, don’t be expecting our RSVP anytime soon. – Joel Warner