Thursday, February 28, 2008

CGRA Barn Dance

Join the 2008 Royalty Team at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 29th at the JeffCo Fairgrounds Horse Barn for a rip-roarin' Barn Dance. Come on out and scoot your boots!

Cinema Q in March: The Witnesses

The Denver Film Society is proud to announce the March film in their monthly Cinema Q program celebrating the best in new GLBT titles coming soon to the StarzFilmCenter.
"The Witnesses" is Director André Téchiné's ("Wild Reeds") fast-paced and compelling story featuring a wonderful cast and fascinating characters, set in Paris in the mid-1980s, an era of sexual freedom. Recent parents Sarah (Emmanuelle Béart), a novelist, and Mehdi (Sami Bouajila), a vice cop, both sleep with other partners because, as Sarah says, otherwise she would feel imprisoned in their marriage. Enjoying a summer holiday at the seashore, Sarah invites her friend Adrien (Michel Blanc), a middle-aged doctor, who brings his handsome young protégé Manu (Johan Libéreau). Surprisingly, Mehdi and Manu begin a passionate affair. But everything changes when a mysterious new disease appears.
Find out more at Denver Film.

Janet Jackson Alert!!!

All you fans of Janet Jackson (and there are a lot of you) can check out Miss Jackson on:

Feb 28: Jimmy Kimmel

Feb 29: Ellen Degeneres Show

March 5: Tyra Banks Show

Janet Jackson's "Discipline" is in stores now (but you knew that).

Calling all aspiring filmmakers/lovers of Democracy

The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) and Denver Film Society (DFS), producers of the Starz Denver Film Festival announce the creation and launch of the Cinemocracy Film Festival, an open source film festival to coincide with the 2008 Democratic National Convention. As an official event of the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee, Cinemocracy calls for open participation in the political process; a multitude of voices during an event that shapes the political future of the United States.

Info at a Glance:

* 2008 Cinemocracy Film Festival: an open source film festival addressing the topic of “How do you define democracy?”
* Top-ranked films (as determined by public online voting) will be publicly screened in Denver during the week of the 2008 Democratic National Convention (August 25-28).
* For submission guidelines and official rules, visit Denver Film Society.

During a year of monumental change, DOCA and DFS invite citizens of the world to speak out and share ideas on the definition of democracy through the creation of short films. All films submitted via free upload will be judged by the online public and the top 10 will be screened at a free public event in Denver during the week of the 2008 Democratic National Convention (August 25-28). Additionally, the winning film will be screened as part of the official program of the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival (November 13-23).

Submitted films can be up to five minutes in length and can be uploaded from March 1 through July 15 to Cinemocracy. Voting will remain open until August 1.

Dengue Fever: Sni Bong

Some hot Cambodian disco!

Dengue Fever coming to the Hi-Dive

Dengue Fever will be hitting Hi-Dive (7 South Broadway, Denver) for a 21+ show on Wednesday, March 26. Doors open at 8 pm, show begins at 9. Tickets are $8 in advance/$10 day of show. Mothership and Alan Alda also perform. For tickets and additional info, visit Hi-Dive.

New Monsoon Earth Day Concert at the Oriental Theater

San Francisco-based quintet New Monsoon, along with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, has announced a pair of concerts to benefit Rock the Earth and celebrate Earth Day, on April 4 and April 5 at Denver’s Oriental Theater. $1 from every ticket sale will be donated to Rock The Earth, a non-profit organization helping to preserve our environment. The bands will flip flop closing sets, and play a joint set at the end of each show. After packing the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco three years in a row, New Monsoon returns to the Rocky Mountain state, with Dumpstaphunk, which is New Orleans’ legend Ivan Neville’s newest project.

The band takes its audience on a multi-faceted musical journey marrying acoustic and electric instrumentation, fusing numerous genres from bluegrass to reggae, jazz to funk all in one rock ‘n roll package. In fact, one of their popular live recordings, released in 2005, New Monsoon Live at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival was nominated for a JAMMY award as live album of the year.

For up to date information, visit New Monsoon.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Colorado OutSpoken on YouTube

Colorado OutSpoken wants you!

Colorado OutSpoken is looking for GLBT military veterans and active service personnel for a story on gays and lesbians in the military, so if you're a GLBT vet or active service person, they would like to talk to you.

The show also needs local health care professionals (doctors, nurses, therapists, dentists, trainers, and more) to help them develop a new series.

For more information visit Colorado OutSpoken.

Stay tuned for Colorado OutSpoken

Colorado OutSpoken's next show is coming up on Sunday, March 30, at 10 p.m. on KBDI Channel12. Don't miss it! Check out Colorado OutSpoken for more information.

Demented Divas News

The Demented Divas recently presented Bootylicious Bingo starring Nuclia Waste, Gabbriella Butz'In, Portia Potty and Iona Trailer at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, 16th and Arapahoe, in downtown Denver. A great time was had by all and the event was a fun benefit for Project Angel Heart! Check out to get all the latest news and events from Nuclia Waste and the Demented Divas.

Colorado AIDS Project Announces New Board Leadership and New Board Members

As Colorado AIDS Project (CAP) begins its 25th year, they are excited to announce the appointment of new officers to the Executive Committee as well as the addition of two new Directors.

2008 Colorado AIDS Project Board Officers:

Rich Corbetta, an attorney with Corbetta & O'Leary, P.C., has been appointed Board President. Rich joined the Board of Directors in 2003, and recently held the position of Secretary.
Jacquelyn Kilmer, an attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck , PC, has been appointed Board Vice President.
Matt Adrian of Adrian and Associates, a recent addition to the Board of Directors, has been named Secretary.
Darrell J. Vigil of the Bibliographical Center for Research, has been selected to serve another term as the Board Treasurer.
New Additions to the Colorado AIDS Project Board of Directors:

Dan Reirden, a Physician at the Childrens Hospital
Sally Vogler, Director of Public Relations for Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

Read the complete list at

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Gender Identity Center of Colorado

The Gender Identity Center of Colorado, Inc., (GIC) is a non-profit corporation organized in 1978 and incorporated in June 1980. The organization was formed to provide support to transsexuals, or those people who cross dress, or are non-traditional in their gender identity. The Center is also an informational and educational resource to the community at large.
The GIC is available to anyone, male or female, who can benefit from its services or resources, including spouses and significant others, parents, and siblings.

The GIC is a tax exempt, 501(3)c nonprofit corporation which provides these public services to the community, but receives none of its support from tax dollars. It is funded by collection of door fees for meetings, tuition for seminars and workshops, membership dues and donations. Receipts can be given for any donation of money or materials. Find out more at

Cinema Q at Starz

Want some more gay culture in your life? Of course you do! Queer Lives. Queer Voices. Queer Visions. The DFS is proud to present them in all their diversity via one of the only regular showcases for GLBT cinema in Denver. Don’t miss limited first-run releases like Le Temps Qui Reste or encore presentations of genre pioneers such as Gus Van Sant’s Mala Noche. Sponsored by The Center and Out Front Colorado. Showtimes: see individual listings bearing the Cinema Q logo. Get the full scoop at Starz.

Denver Center options rights for Girls Only

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts President Randy Weeks and Denver Center Attractions Director of Programming and Operations John Ekeberg announced today that they have optioned the worldwide rights to GIRLS ONLY – The Secret Comedy of Women, by Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein. The initial production under this agreement will open at The Garner Galleria Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in September 2008, starring the authors.

“We are delighted that we’ve come to this agreement with Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein,” says Weeks. “We look forward to a successful run of the show at the Garner Galleria Theatre and are excited to share this title with our colleagues nationwide to fully realize the potential of this play on a wider scale.”

Called “raucously funny” by the Rocky Mountain News and “intelligent” and “astute” by The Denver Post, GIRLS ONLY – The Secret Comedy of Women is an original comedy that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being a girl. With a two-woman cast and female-dominated audiences, the play has found quick popularity in its unique examination of all things girl. GIRLS ONLY – The Secret Comedy of Women is currently enjoying a sell-out extended run at The Avenue Theatre in Denver through March 2. The show was previously seen at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

For more information, please visit

The show is currently running at The Avenue Theater and the entire run is sold out. The ladies are loving this one. Especially the straight gals. My sexy friend Mike and I were walking from JR's to the Wrangler one night as the show was just getting out and those ladies were pumped up full of estrogen and thinking with their labia. Their hands went everywhere. Everywhere.

Register today for the Furry Scurry

Hightail it to the Furry Scurry on Saturday, May 3, in Denver’s Washington Park. This two mile walk and fun run benefits the Dumb Friends League. Register now and start collecting pledges to earn great gifts all while helping the animals of the Dumb Friends League. For information visit or call 303-751-5772, Ext. 1378.

Jefferson-Jackson Dinner for the Colorado Dems

The annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner for the Colorado Democratic Party is this coming Friday, February 29, at the Denver Convention Center. Cocktails start at 5:30 and the dinner is slated for 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and at last check, they were still available. Go to for more information. The featured speaker will be Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) who upset the Republican opponent in the last election.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Tonight at The Robusto Room

It's Karaoke every Monday & the best live bands & DJs 4 nights a week with award winning live jazz, hip-hop, reggae & funk at The Robusto Room. See why the Denver Post named them "one of the 5 best jazz venues in Colorado."

Fun Fact: The Robusto Room is one of only six smoking bars in Denver! And speaking of smoking ...

Brothas4Ever Tonight

Tonight (Monday, February 25th) marks the 338th meeting of Brothas4Ever at 7 p.m. at "Reggie's Place" at It Takes A Village. The topic will be that age-old but ever popular subject: "The Big Brotha - Does Size Matter?" Brotha Wm will be providing some delectable vittles which will be served at 7 p.m., with the meeting called to order at 7:20 p.m.

Now who would want to miss that? And speaking of events that you simply can't miss, a reminder that the first Facilitators Academy in quite awhile will be held this coming Saturday, March 1st, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reggie's Place.

For more information contact Bruce E. Gipson, Program Director - Brothas4Ever at 303-367-5021 or by email at brothas4ever@ or brucegipson@

Pet of the Week: Mick

I was given up to a shelter in Wyoming because it appears that I'm 90% deaf. They asked MaxFund to take me in, and the great folks here welcomed me with loving arms! And they're so glad they did because I'm a FABULOUS boy! Even though I'm a middle-aged fella, I'm in extremely great health! My hips are solid, my heart is healthy, and my temperament is top-notch. I act more like a dog half my age!

I'm extremely friendly, house-broken, house-trained, and loyal. I'm a sweet boy who just needs an understanding home. It really isn't a great big deal owning a deaf dog. MaxFund has ALL KINDS of resources and information to help you understand what is needed for my care.

I'm also available for foster care! As a foster dog, all of my medical needs (should they arise) will be covered by MaxFund. Care to meet me? Come on down to the shelter! Want more information about fostering me? Contact Anne at

Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1

Paula Abdul's video for her new song "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" has been out for awhile (you can check it out HERE if you haven't seen it yet or would like another gander at it) and the song is inoffensive but it would have been nice if she had bothered to learn one new dance move in the past 20 years for the video.

A friend of mine is a little more forgiving and said, "It totally is every video of hers from the 80's/90's... BUT she looks great... and it's not bad for someone as old as she is, who's always drugged out of her gourd."

Anyways, Paula's co-host Randy Jackson has an album coming out March 11 and the new album's first single is fellow Paula's "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow." Randy's claim to fame is as a superstar music producer and he's always dropping names of the famous people he's worked with on Idol so it'll be interesting to see what kind of talent pool he's gonna be working with or if Paula's the showstopper.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Mr. Front Range Bear Contest at the Denver Wrangler

Denver Wrangler

Naughty Pierre at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

Check out Naughty Pierre's Burlesque Comedy & Vaudeville Variety show every Thursday at 8 p.m. at Lannie's.

Specials at Hamburger Mary's

Hamburger Mary's

Tuesdays at Charlie's

More at Charlie's.

Monday nights at BJ's Carousel

All You Can Eat Spaghetti for $3.50
Dart Tournament at 8 p.m.
There is no cost to enter the tournament and you can win a bar tab!

Find out more at BJ's Carousel.

Presidents Day with Brothas4Ever

Complete your holiday weekend by joining Brothas4Ever tonight for the 337th meeting at 7 p.m. at "Reggie's Place" at It Takes A Village. Brotha Lavelle will be facilitating a discussion in conjunction with Black History Month which will include a trivia quiz, so bone up on your African-American history facts in advance, fellas! The evening's repast, which Brotha Jim has graciously agreed to provide, will be served at 7 p.m., with the meeting called to order at 7:20 p.m. For more information contact Brothas4Ever Program Director Bruce E. Gipson at 303-367-5021 or or

Stonewall Democrats General Membership Meeting

This meeting we will be discussing the upcoming convention for the National Stonewall Democrats. The Stoneewall Dems will be forming the following committees to facilitate the organization and execution of the Stonewall convention.

1) Transportation – Chair Bill Fleming – The tentative purpose of this committee would be to interface with Grey Line on transportation issues at the convention. Control point for negotiations/pricing/contract.

2) Silent Auction - The tentative purpose of this committee would be to organize the silent auction. This will involve calling potential donors to solicit donations of items to be auctioned off. Arrange the programming and launch of the event.

3) Delegate Relations/Host Committee - The tentative purpose of this committee would be to establish a public face that delegates will be interacting with before the event and during the event to facilitate their arrival, any information or directions that they need/require. Provide onsite table staffing for questions during convention. Suggested Subcommittees: Ambassadors – on-call people available prior to and during that delegates can contact for quick response to information/directions/help.

4) Opening Night Reception- - The tentative purpose of this committee would be to organize and execute the opening night reception. Interfacing with Hotel relations to make sure all room/requirements are met.

5) Bar Crawl - The tentative purpose of this committee would be to organize and execute the Bar Crawl on Friday. This committee will likely contact Bars for bar tickets, arrange approved bar list. Work with Transportation committee to set bus pickup areas.

6) Saturday Dinner/Cocktail party/Awards dinner - The tentative purpose of this committee would be to organize and execute the VIP cocktail/dinner on Saturday night. This committee would work with Hotel Relations to make sure the room is set up correctly.

7) Booklet/Program/welcome bag - The tentative purpose of this committee would be to set up and publish the booklet/program and coordinating assembly of welcome bag. They would contact advertisers to solicit adds.

8) Speakers – The tentative purpose of this committee would be schedule and obtain speakers for the event. (Friday: Breakfast, Lunch. Saturday : Breakfast, Lunch, Awards dinner)

9) Merchandise - The tentative purpose of this committee would be decide on sellable merchandise (T-shirts, mugs, tote bags) that will be available to sell to delegates.

10) Membership – Chair: Nick Bush- The purpose of this committee would be facilitate the growth and retention of SWD membership.

11) Communications – Chair: Jessica Bowers - The purpose of this committee would be facilitate the growth of the SWD imagine, message.
12) Vital Issues – Chair: Matthew Duckett – Monitor legislative developments, research and discuss relevant issues to the community and the other vital issues to the LGBT community in Colorado. Please join us for refreshments at 6:30 with the meeting starting at 7:00. Remember, everyone is welcome at our membership meetings whether you're a member or not.

For more information visit

Celebration of Courage: The Little Rock Nine at Starz

During the 50th Anniversary year of the Little Rock Crisis the Denver Film Society is honoring the 9 courageous individuals who, by the simple act of going to school, contributed greatly to the civil rights movement in America. Three films will be screened followed by discussion and a reception at the Starz FilmCenter with Denver resident Carlotta LaNier and other members of the Little Rock Nine.

- Special Event Admission $5 -

JOURNEY TO LITTLE ROCK ~ Tuesday, Feb 26 at 7 p.m.
Minnijean Brown Trickey is an ordinary woman on an extraordinary mission. At the age of 16, she was one of the Little Rock Nine, the nine black teenagers in Little Rock Arkansas who defied death threats, hostile white demonstrators, and the National Guard, to attend an all-white high school. At the age of 22, she was active in the non-violence movement for civil rights and for peace. Her work eventually led her to live in Canada. At the age of 28, she and her husband moved to Northern Ontario, looking for a more meaningful life. There she learned to raise animals, farmed the land by hand, and gave birth at home to five of her six children. At the age of 47, she was supporting Native people's fight for their rights, protesting to save the environment, and working towards equality for all. At the age of 58, she returned to the United States and received the Congressional Gold Medal. Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey is an amazing journey of the heart, mind and spirit. Featuring the music of Sarah Vaughan and Bruce Cockburn, this documentary contains rarely seen archival footage, exclusive footage of the Little Rock Nine at the 1997 commemoration of the 40th anniversary, and powerful moments from The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Pet of the Week: Sid

I'm a cute and saucy little guy! I came to MaxFund all the way from Roswell, New Mexico. Before you even ask, I MAY have seen a UFO while I was living there, but I refuse to talk about it to anyone. I'm a good little boy who likes to meet folks on my own terms. Don't be a-reachin' into my kennel all grabbing at me! That's not going to cut it! (I TOLD you I was saucy.) Let me come out and meet YOU. Then I'm all sweetness and light. With the right training and plenty of love and patience, I'll soon show you that I'm just terrific in every way. I'm already 90% there! And SMART?? You know it! For more information visit

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

20th Anniversary of COPS

That's right, ladies & gents, "Cops" is celebrating its 20th Season Anniversary with a DVD box set scheduled to debut in this month. The DVD will feature a wide variety of material, including the 20th Anniversary Special that aired this year, plus the Pilot Episode that launched the series originally. Best of all, it's an excuse to post my favorite COPS segment of all time. Enjoy it and excuse my beauty.


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Out Spokin'

Good deeds by bicycle. Positive gay and lesbian visibility. Fitness. Fun. These are the values of OUT Spokin', a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied cyclists in Colorado. Visit Out Spokin' for more info or to join the team.

The following Calendar of events reflects events that OUT Spokin' riders will be participating in the 2008 cycling season:

OUT Spokin Season Kick Off Party - TBD, generally mid-April

Early Bird Courage Classic Registration Deadline - May 1, 2008

Community Classic Bike Tour (Loveland, Colorado) - May 18, 2008

Elephant Rock - June 1, 2008

Denver Pride Fest- June 21 & 22, 2008

Triple By-Pass - July 12, 2008

MS 150 - June 28 - 29, 2008

Courage Classic - July 26 - 28, 2008

Pikes Peak Classic Ride (S-CAP) - August 10, 2008

Moonlight Classic - July 19, 2008

Stonewall Century - August 16, 2008

Tour De Cure - August 23, 2008

Ride for Cystic Fibrosis - TBD, approx early September 2008

Moab Century - September 19-21, 2008

Mile -Hi Bullseye Dart League Finals to be held in March

The Mile-Hi Bullseye Dart League is a non-profit corporation that has been in existence for over 11 years and going strong. They are a social group for people who enjoy playing soft tip darts or want to learn how to play darts and enjoy meeting other people and traveling to new bars or host establishments.

The league's main focus is to provide a fun night out and help raise money for deserving charities. Play is from 7:30 until about 9:30 on Tuesday nights. Standings during league play are not as important as having a good time. Currently, the league has over 100 members and keeps growing with each season, adding bars and players.

The Season 28 Finals will be held in Denver on March 4 and 8.

First Round - Tuesday, March 4
Captain Meeting at Charlie's at 7:00 p.m.
First Round Play Follows (approximately 7:30 p.m.) At Various Bars

Final Tournament Concludes on Saturday, March 8, at The Denver Eagle
ALL Player Meeting at Noon
Play Begins Immediately Afterward

Patricia Nell Warren's The Front Runner

First published in 1974, Patricia Nell Warren's The Front Runner was a breakthrough bestseller about the triumphs and tragedies of a gay Olympic hopeful named Billy Sive. It is an absolute classic so do yourself a favor and run out and get yourself a copy today.

At the time of publication in 1974, here's what one reviewer from The St. Louis Post Dispatch had to say about the impact of The Front Runner: "Fascinating ... (Patricia Nell Warren) offers compassionate insight of a viciously persecuted minority ... She overcame my entrenched prejudices so that I was cheering for the Front Runner as he raced for the final tape."

Pretty powerful stuff.

The pic is a scan of my paperback copy of The Front Runner that I picked up in 1991 at Capitol Hill Books for $1.50. That is one seventieslicious cover illustration, isn't it?

Meet the Denver FrontRunners

Taking their name from the famous Patricia Nell Warren book, The Frontrunner (buy a copy TODAY if you've never read it!), the Denver FrontRunners are a group of local GLBT folks who meet up twice a week to stretch their long sexy legs, socialize and enjoy some beautiful Colorado scenery.

Saturday morning walk/run:
Denver Frontrunners meets every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. (gay time), in front of the Moore Elementary school at 9th Avenue, between Downing and Corona Streets, across the street from the King Soopers market. Walkers tour the Cheesman Park area, catching views of the Front Range. Runners most often head to Washington Park via the Marion Street Parkway (total run = 5 to 6 miles). Most everybody meets up for food and fun at a local spot afterwards.

Thursday evening trail runs:
Some of the runners also meet regularly for Thursday evening trail runs in the Foothills (daylight permitting). The locations and times do vary.

Check out the FrontRunners' great looking new website at Denver FrontRunners.

DATE: Denver Area Tennis Enthuisiasts

The 2007 season has officially ended. However, weather permitted, DATE will still meet on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings at City Park during the off-season. So, come out and swing!

DATE is a very informal group and they like it that way. They play a mixed doubles format, based on level. They split up the courts based on level and folks just sort of jump in and play a few games and then switch things up to make sure everyone gets to play. If there are enough courts, people play full sets. DATE is not a competitive group, so if you're looking for that, join a USTA team too! DATE is a social tennis group that is full of players who are just out to enjoy themselves and improve their tennis games.

Be sure to check out DATE for more information.

What is the CGIHA?

Founded in 2000, the Denver-based Colorado Gay Ice Hockey Association (CGIHA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to train GLBT hockey players for national and international competition in an environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination, and which encourages fair play, openness, and friendship; and to provide a compelling and social atmosphere which promotes the growth of leadership, coaching, and playing skills. The CGIHA overseas the Coors Light Colorado Climax hockey teams which participate as openly gay teams in mainstream leagues and in North American tournaments. Find out more at

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Brittney Elizabeth in Colorado

Fresh young singer/songwriter Brittney Elizabeth has become the go-to-gal for setting the musical backdrop to some of television’s most talked about programs, with a pair of songs from her debut album, Breathe In finding their way onto nearly a dozen television series. Music Supervisors have gone positively Elizabethan, lusting over the songs, “Last Song For You” and “Los Angeles With Open Arms”, both co-written by the 20-year old singer and scheduled to lend their emotional impact to an impressive array of shows including upcoming MTV’s The Real World: Hollywood, The Paper, My Super Sweet 16, Engaged and Underage, The Diary Series, Trick It Out, Cribs, High School Stories, Newport Harbor and True Life. Other shows that will be including Brittney’s songs include Lifetime Television’s American Psychic Challenge, E! Entertainment Television’s top rated show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Oxygen Network’s Bad Girls Club.

George Romero's Diary of the Dead at Starz FilmCenter

When a group of young filmmakers venture into the woods to shoot a low-budget horror film and discover that the dead have arisen from their graves to feast on the flesh of the living, they decide to capture the chaos on camera for the ultimate “cinema verite” experience but find that it causes more than the usual production headaches. Forty years after the original Night Of The Living Dead veteran filmmaker George A. Romero infuses his long-running series with a re-animating dose of Blair Witch sensibility.
Starts February 15 at the Starz FilmCenter.

Community HIV forum tonight

The monthly Community HIV Forum is tonight at Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 9th and Emerson beginning at 6 p.m. Dr. Greenberg will be speaking on "Understanding your Labs," and food will be provided by Whole Foods Catering. The educational forum is a monthly event which now takes place on Tuesdays. This forum is intended for people living with HIV.

Be a parrot's Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what better time to show a little loving to the parrots in the Sanctuary program at The Gabriel Foundation Aviary and Adoption Center? The Foundation provides sanctuary and permanently cares for birds who are not suitable for adoption or placement in foster care, as well as for birds whose owners have asked that they remain at The Gabriel Foundation. All sanctuary birds receive the same high level of care as the birds available for adoption and foster care. For a mere ten dollars, you can make a sanctuary sponsorship donation, and in celebration of Valentine’s Day, receive a simple, but heartfelt, heart-shaped pin with a photo of one of the sanctuary parrots you will be helping. Find out more at The Gabriel Foundation.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Wilde to open this month

There's no official opening date yet but I have it on good authority that the new dancebar and lounge, Wilde, will be finally opening their doors sometime in February.

Located at 2157 Downing Street in Denver, wilde should be a very welcome addition to the club scene in town. Find out more at wilde.

Romantic Colorado Getaways: Crested Butte

Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Crested Butte, Colorado one of its 2008 “Dozen Distinctive Destinations.” Since 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has annually selected communities across the United States that offer cultural and recreational experiences different from the typical vacation destination. From dynamic downtowns and stunning architecture to cultural diversity and commitments to historic preservation, the selected destinations boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place.

“Crested Butte is a delightful hidden gem that offers a rare mix of beauty, history and adventure,” says Richard Moe, president of the NTHP. “Filled with endless recreational opportunities no matter the time of year, this authentic mountain town is arguably one of the most charming vacation destinations in the Rockies.”

To commemorate being part of the NTHP’s prestigious Dozen Distinctive Destinations list, the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum will host a celebration on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. The museum also will debut its new textiles exhibit. The exhibit features historic clothing from Crested Butte that will rotate frequently using the museum’s sizable textile collection. The museum, located at 331 Elk Ave., nominated Crested Butte for the designation. Visitors and residents are invited to enjoy an evening of Crested Butte fun, refreshments and free admission to the museum.

Nestled in a stunning valley of wildflowers and majestic mountain peaks, this year-round destination is a recreational paradise offering a dizzying array of activities for any traveler—from the avid sports enthusiast to the history buff. The former coal mining town has faithfully held onto its 19th century heritage, retaining the heart and spirit of the landscape while creating a main street that oozes charm.

Historic attractions include the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Built in 1883 and one of the oldest standing structures in town, the building first housed the Crested Butte Hardware store and later a blacksmith shop and gas station. The museum is now a repository for relics from the town’s past mining era and more recent ranching and skiing history. It also houses the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame as Crested Butte has the unique distinction of being one of the birthplaces of mountain biking.

The village of Mt. Crested Butte is easily accessed from town by a free shuttle bus. Named after the 12,162-foot peak that has become the area’s signature, Mt. Crested Butte offers skiing and snowboarding thrills like few others at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Once the snow melts and summer blossoms, visitors to the area can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, kayaking and river rafting. Festivals and other cultural events run year-round, providing dynamic entertainment alternatives.

To book personalized vacation packages and request visitor information, call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association’s toll-free line, (800) 814-8893, or visit Crested Butte.

Divided We Fail: Affordable Healthcare for All

HRC joins fight for affordable health care

Today the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, announced that it has joined the growing coalition of organizations supporting the platform of Divided We Fail, a movement to propel our nation’s leaders to work together to provide all Americans with access to affordable, quality health care and long-term financial security.

“While access to quality, affordable health care should be considered a basic right, it is fast becoming a high-priced luxury that is out of reach for more and more people,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “We are pleased to join with these organizations that are committed to responding to this urgent health care crisis affecting all Americans, including the GLBT community.”

Divided We Fail is a joint collaboration between AARP, Business Roundtable, Service Employees International Union and National Federation of Independent Business. Launched in January of 2007, Divided We Fail is committed to compelling our presidential candidates, member of Congress and business and civic leaders to find common-sense solutions to the problems facing health care and financial security for all Americans.

For more information on Divided We Fail, please visit Divided We Fail.

Denver Nightlife

Female Illusionists cast their spells every Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at BJ's Carousel.

Hamburger Mary's is making sure that February and March will be exciting with the grand opening of their patio, new brunch menu and many more special events. Of course you can still catch all of your favorites including the Dream Girls, Slut Bingo, and Thank God it's Glitter Friday!

Things to do in Denver when it's Valentine's Day

Come find romance on Valentine's Day at JR's with $.50 beers and 1/2 price everything! Plus, ask your bartender about getting a rose with the purchase of a drink from the night's sponsor. Play your cards right and it won't be the only rosebud you get that night.

If you've already landed a sweetheart, take him to Lannie Garrett's Valentine Night show for a romantic evening in the sensual showroom of Lannie's Cabaret.

Or you cold always just dance your tail off on Valentine's Day at POUND NIGHT at The Compound with DJ Chaotic.

Florida Romance

From the moon over Miami to Lovers Key State Park and Seaside, the Sunshine State is a year-round romantic escape for couples looking to strengthen their bond. Below are some packages and ideas for planning a warm getaway for two. For more ideas and offers, click VisitFlorida.

Crystal River – The Plantation Golf Resort & Spa invites couples for an aquatic getaway. Located along the Crystal River inlets, the Resort offers a unique opportunity to observe native Florida manatees in their natural habitat. The Winter Manatee Snorkel Package includes one night’s accommodations, breakfast, guided boat tour, wetsuit, mask, fins, snorkel, tax and gratuities. The package rate during midweek is $142 per person per night based upon double occupancy and $209 per person single occupancy; weekend rate is $147 per person per night based upon double occupancy and $220 per person single occupancy. (800) 632-6262.

Orlando – Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress invites couples to reconnect with The Amour Package. This romance package includes: accommodations with rates starting at $369; breakfast for two at Cascade restaurant or from room service; late checkout of 2 p.m.; champagne with seasonal berries, chocolates and a rose. (407) 239-1234.

Palm Beach – Chef Girard Coughlin of The Chesterfield Palm Beach’s Leopard Lounge and Restaurant has created a Valentine’s dinner to dine for. The first course includes crab bisque or chicken satay; the second course includes baby gem lettuce with feta, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, olives and herb vinaigrette; third course includes beef tenderloin, lobster risotto or pan seared sea bass; dessert is a chocolate lovers trio – chocolate mousse, orange chocolate crème brule and chocolate ice cream (on one plate). This feast for two is $140. (800) 243-7871.

Pensacola Bay – The Pensacola Bay Area offers a multitude of activities, giving couples the chance to bond and just have fun. Couples can explore the pristine coast on a sea kayak or bike. Several bike trails wind around sand dunes along the Gulf of Mexico, and Tiki Island on Pensacola Beach rents bicycles for two. Known as the “Canoe Capital of Florida,” Coldwater Creek and Blackwater River in nearby Milton offer wonderful canoe and kayak excursions to secluded picnic spots. Lanier Sailing charters boats either for the afternoon or an entire week.

Lovers Key (near Fort Myers) – Adventure adds to romance, so grab a picnic lunch and head for Lovers Key State Park. Rent a kayak and paddle into Estero Bay’s dolphin territory. Or, watch the sunset from the shaded gazebo.

Miami – Captain Masoud and RA Charters welcome couples to try their hand at the wheel or simply enjoy the romantic opportunity of holding hands on the bow of a sailing vessel gently cruising on the calm waters of Biscayne Bay while watching the sun set or the moon rise above the city lights of Miami. (305) 666-7979.