May Nightlife: Denver, CO
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Below are Jim's May picks for Denver, Colorado.
by Jim Guttau
Can't Stop Rockin' 2009 Tour featuring REO Speedwagon, STYX, and 38 SPECIAL
Sunday, May 31
VH1 Classic and Rock Band Â® present the definitive class rock event-the Can't Stop Rockin' 2009 Tour. Not only will spectators hear Styx and REO Speedwagon's new single, "Can't Stop Rockin'," they will enjoy one of the nation's best amphitheatres-Red Rocks. With phenomenal mountain and city views, Red Rocks showcases two, three hundred-foot monoliths that create near perfect acoustics for any live performance.
DJ Manny Lehman
Saturday, May 23
Get patriotic and celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Tracks with internationally acclaimed DJ Manny Lehman, known for his chart-topping remixes of artists like Cher, Janet Jackson, Sarah Brightman, and Madonna. Don't miss Denver's hottest go-go boys, appropriately termed "The Tracks Cammo Boys" for the evening. My favorite place to dance in Denver, this nightclub features a techno room, Heaven Lounge (80s and 90s room), and $3 Long Islands on Saturday nights.
Saturdays and Sundays
Denver's Tennyson Street Cultural District just got hipper last summer with the opening of Brasserie Felix (3901 Tennyson Street), a casual French eatery. Since then, Brasserie Felix has been met with rave reviews from food critics and its guests. Their brunch doesn't disappoint with omelettes, homemade croissants, merguez et oeufs (lamb sausage and poached eggs), and their oh-so addictive frites. And the best cure for a hangover-Felix's Bloody Mary bar with house-made horseradish infused vodka and $9 bottomless mimosas and bellini's.
A Wink and a Smile
May 15 - 21
Exposing more than bare skin, the film, A Wink and a Smile, offers a stimulating mix of gender, power, sexuality, and social identity, as it follows ten women who have just six weeks to learn the art of burlesque dancing and striptease. See these "ordinary women"-including a college student, a doctor, a homemaker, and a reporter -experience the revival of burlesque, as they reveal their hidden talents with tassels. The Denver Film Society presents this film at my favorite haunt for independent and arthouse films, Starz FilmCenter (900 Auraria Parkway).
Ride for the Pass
Saturday, May 16
Colorado is known for its mountain extremes, and the Ride for the Pass is no exception. With an elevation gain of 2,000 feet from 9,400 feet to 11,400 feet, this race and recreational ride takes cyclists from the "Winter Gate" on Highway 82 to the Independence Ghost Town ten miles east. Highway 82 is a seasonal road, so it's the first opportunity to ride this stunningly scenic route before it opens to automobile traffic for the summer. Even better, it's a fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation and ends with an after-party in ultra-chic Aspen.
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