June Nightlife: Denver, CO
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Below are Jim's June picks for Denver, Colorado.
by Jim Guttau
Vail Farmers Market
Sundays in June
Now that the snow has melted, Vail becomes an equally as fun playground in the summer. Located in the Heart of Vail Village, the Vail Farmers Market is the largest in Colorado and showcases more than 100 tents each week, tempting curious visitors with its fresh Colorado produce, crepes, wines, artwork, and more. While there, make sure to peruse the city's European streetscapes, including the $250 million Arrabelle at Vail Square.
Demented Divas: Half Baked/Fully Toasted
Wednesday nights in June
Featuring Denver's most famous bearded drag queens-Nuclia Waste, Portia Potty, Iona Trailer and Gabriella Butz'in, this campy show combines hilarious spoofs of pop songs, digs at American culture, and over-the-top costumes. Not your average drag show, this comedy buffet has been voted "The Best Place to Squirt a Martini Out of Your Nose." This comedy troupe hails from Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, a warm, sensual nightclub beneath the historic Daniels and Fisher Tower in downtown Denver.
City Park Jazz
Sunday nights in June
One of the best things about living in the Mile High City is its impressive park system; Denver has the nation's largest park system with over 200 city parks and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains. Enjoy the region's best jazz at Denver's crown jewel park-City Park. The City Park Jazz Summer Concert Series is a historic tradition that began more than 125 years ago and is the perfect place to enjoy great tunes, a picnic, fellowship with friends, and remarkable mountain views.
With the theme "Worldwide Pride...Connect the Dots," Pridefest 2009 aims to cross promote Prides around the globe; its first partner is Raduga 2009 in Vladimir, Russia. The largest pride between Chicago and Los Angeles with over 250,000 attendees, Pridefest features a Family Field Day and the inaugural Denver Dyke March on Saturday and a parade on Sunday, starting at 9:30 a.m. Not to be missed are the 240 booths, 40 food and beverage stands, and live entertainment on four stages.
Bump and Grind
A must-do when visiting Denver is the Petticoat Bruncheon at Bump and Grind (439 E. 17th Ave., Denver). When asked how he describes the interesting drag queens that act as servers, Owner Cliff says, "They are straight guys in skirts and lipstick. They are not trying to pass for Whitney Houston or anything." For 13 years, the cafĂ© has dished up solid brunches with standouts like Mexican Eggs Benedict, Egg Roulade (think an egg soufflĂ© rolled up), and my favorite, Strada. The Petticoat Bruncheon runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, but for those that are "faint of heart" and don't desire the drag, Bump and Grind does serve "normal" breakfasts and lunches on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
www.bumpandgrindcafe.com (Coming soon) (303) 861-4841
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