Gay & Away October: Denver, Colorado

By: Rick Andreoli
10.9.2010

From fundraisers to a new community center to clubbing on Halloween weekend, there's a lot to do in Denver, CO this October. Check out all the picks from our man on the street, Jim Guttau.

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CHARITY
RMAA Fundraiser Featuring Leslie Jordan

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Leo Goto’s Riverfront
2852 W. Bowles Ave.,
Littleton, CO

Emmy winning comedian, gay advocate, and celebrity funnyman Leslie Jordan, will host a fundraiser to benefit Rocky Mountain Arts Association (RMAA).

LJ The impact and connection that comes from an artist to the community in which he lives is exactly what brought Leslie Jordan’s name to the top of the list when choosing the best personality to host this special fundraising event. The openly gay actor started his career in 1982, after stepping off a Greyhound bus from the hills of Tennessee and heading straight to Hollywood. Since that moment, Leslie has never looked back, starring in hundreds of television shows, films and commercials, making him a familiar face on the entertainment scene.

He is the 2006 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of “Beverley Leslie” on Will and Grace. Feature film audiences will recognize Leslie from his performance as “Brother Boy” in Del Shores’ adaptation of his play, Sordid Lives, with Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke and Beau Bridges.

Tickets for this event are $90 for general admission or $150 for premium seating. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., followed by a silent auction and cocktail reception that features delicious appetizers and a cash bar. The entertainment and live auction will start at 7:45 p.m., followed by Leslie Jordan’s performance. The evening concludes with a dessert reception. Tickets to this fundraising event may be purchased online at www.rmarts.org or by calling 303-325-3959.

RMAA and its programs, the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, Denver Women’s Chorus, Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus, Mosaic Youth Chorus, and the musical theater program, Gravity Defied Theatre, serve the Front Range from Boulder to Colorado Springs with its mission to build community through music.

Denver_B-cycles FITNESS
B-cycle

All over the Mile High City, red bicycles can be seen at kiosk stations. What are they? B-cycles.

A citywide bike-sharing system, Denver B-cycle, was launched in April with 500 B-cycles at 50 B-stations around the city. Denver is B-cycle’s first installation; other cities, like Louisville and Des Moines, now have the program, too. Denverites will remember the program from the Democratic National Convention in 2008, when it was launched as a pilot program.

On a recent “bicycle pub crawl” with friends, I rented a B-cycle in the hip new LoHi neighborhood in Denver. The process was so simple; I signed up online, went to the kiosk the next day, swiped my credit card, and a bicycle was released. It is a cruiser-style bike with a basket on the front and a genius lock that connects through the basket.

What’s even more brilliant is that B-cycle bikes are equipped with computers to track mileage, calories burned, and carbon offsets. I can log on to monitor personal fitness, see my contribution to the city’s green efforts, and view the Denver leaders in mileage, most trips, and most money saved.

The nonprofit, Denver Bike Sharing, manages the program, so you can feel good about giving to a good cause.

Tracks NIGHTCLUB
Tracks

The best party in the GLBT community for Halloween is always at Tracks; even the website says, “The best venue for all your tricks and treats.” The nightclub goes above and beyond with outlandish and dramatic décor, even matching its go-go boys’ attire to fit the theme.

Halloween week is filled with festivities:
Thursday, October 28: Halloween Party
Friday, October 29: Drama Drag Presents Movie Mayhem
Sunday, October 31: Halloween Party #2

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Center COMMUNITY
GLBT Community Center of Colorado
1301 E. Colfax Ave.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center) hosted a Grand Opening celebration of its new $2.5 million home on September 17. The new building features 15,000 square feet (doubling The Center’s old space), four floors with a rooftop patio, and green construction.

A catalyst for the construction of the new building, the City and County of Denver provided The Center a $250,000 nonprofit community block grant.

Center hosts PrideFest every year, which creates an estimated $23 million in annual economic impact for the city, according to a 2009 research study by Birchill Enterprises.

Ski Week SAVE THE DATE
Telluride Gay Ski Week

Mark your calendar for February 26 to March 5, 2011! Named “Top Gay Ski Week in the U.S.” by Gay.com, Telluride Gay Ski Week offers a smaller, more intimate gay ski week experience in the historic and breathtaking city of Telluride. Sure to impress in its eleventh year, Telluride Gay Ski Week information can be found at http://telluridegayskiweek.com/.

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