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Parallel Seventeen continues to set styles.

Parallel Seventeen is without parallel

Since it opened three years ago, Parallel Seventeen has always been a style leader -- in food (Mary Nguyen's classical Vietnamese cuisine, which Jason Sheehan raved about when he reviewed the restaurant), in decor (elegantly hip), in entertainment (with rotating DJs). And now it's becoming an ersatz gallery.

At 6 p.m. on November 16, Parallel Seventeen will host a viewing party for a new art installation, "Carved Thoughts," by Boulder artist Liz Quan. The work comprises seven sculptures displayed around the restaurant, each composed of hundreds of porcelein pieces, and will stay up through March -- but without the free appetizers and drinks that will be available Sunday evening.

But then, Parallel Seventeen has good deals every day -- including six $12 bottomless cocktail options at brunch on Saturday and Sunday. And this Sunday, Parallel Seventeen will also roll out new menus for all of its meals -- brunch, lunch Monday-Friday, and dinner seven days a week (with entrees including duck two ways, coq au vin, and beef and ox tail pho).

Parallel Seventeen is located at 1600 East 17th Avenue; for more details, go to 303-399-0988 or visit the restaurant's website. Which reminds of these words from Buddha: "Drink deeply -- live in serenity and joy."

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