The blog shortcut, September 17 edition

Trance, trance, trance.

Today in Cafe Society:Notiq Rupture wins Hpnotiq Bartender Competition. • Tonight: Harvest week wine dinner with monkeys at Avenue Grill. • Confusion reigns over Zaidy's Fusion Grill. • Part two: Chef and Tell with Paul Reilly of Encore. • Ten breweries we can't wait to try at the Great American Beer Festival.

Today in Backbeat Online:The Fray's manager fires back. • When music meets movies: Ten Great Hollywood Decisions. • Frank E: The takeover continues with Madonna, Lil Wayne and Toni Braxton. • 3OH!3 becomes a game-show question. • A first look at the Rouge's new video for "Heat and Light."

Today in The Latest Word:Andrew Romanoff more than a "nice Russian boy."Mile Highs and Lows: The ReLeaf Center. • Channel 31 execs take cruise, staffers get furloughs. • Ken Salazar pulls the plug on a boneheaded royalty scheme. • Brady Quinn vs. Kyle Orton: We got the ugly one. Lucky us.

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