Ted’s Picks: What’s up in Denver
Vail, CO Colorado
All-Gallery Weenie Roast Picnic, Navajo Street Art District
You can see fireworks any old 4th of July ” why not sub-out the explosions in the sky for explosions on canvas? That’s the idea behind the All-Gallery Weenie Roast Picnic, wherein four Navajo Street galleries join forces for a massive, independent Independence-Day celebration. At each gallery you’ll sample a different food course and view artwork by a diverse roster of up-and-coming artists. Timmy Flynn’s Hardware Store rocks the Edge Gallery, Louis Recchia’s work will be featured at Zip 37, NEXT will showcase works by Brianna Martray and Bonnie Johnson Stolzmann, and Pirate hangs pieces from painters Peter Illig and Jessica Kirkpatrick. After perusing the art, The Serpent Moon belly dance troupe will perform a Sparkler-enhanced fireworks routine. Not enough pyrotechnics? You’ll still have a view of some of the city’s best fireworks displays.
DJ Z-Trip, Beta
Among disc-jockey specialties, mash-ups have been de rigeur, and DJ Z-Trip lords over all with deft combinations of tracks like AC/DC’s “Back in Black” and Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” ” augmented with bumpin’, danceable beats. His techno trips keep pop-rockers and beat-freaks alike happy, and his deft spinning ability has kept him a champion of the turntable circuit for years. If you’re looking to celebrate your Independence Day by dancing up a storm with a bunch of like-minded booty-shakers, DJ Z-Trip’s party is the only place to be.
True Colors Tour, Red Rocks
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Say what you will about the GLBT community, but they sure can throw a fabulous concert. The True Colors tour features “gay-friendly” acts like Cyndi Lauper, the B-52s, Joan Armatrading and Rosie O’Donnell; luckily for everyone else, they’re also everyone-friendly acts and classic entertainers. Also look out for hot indie acts like Tegan and Sara and Girl in a Coma. The five-hour party, hosted by “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” host Carson Kressly, will also raise awareness and money for the gay community through a partnership with Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. For a little progressive message with your party, it’ll be hard to go wrong at the True Colors tour.
Super Fresh Block Party, East Colfax
No one can resist a block party ” especially if it includes hot models wearing local fashions and bearing free cupcakes! East Colfax’s Super Fresh Block Party includes live painting, barbecues, art exhibits, live music, a bikini car wash in the Rockbar parking lot to benefit Iowa flood victims and 60 Denver Roller Dolls wearing the hottest local fashions. They’ll use the entire block as their runway, bringing free cupcakes to all comers as they swish and sashay in their custom-made outfits. If that doesn’t celebrate just about everything that makes our country great, I don’t know what does.
We look to Canada for so much of our comedy ” could rock n’ roll be next? Bursting from Toronto’s fertile scene comes Constantines, a hard-bitten art-punk fivesome who combine the ragged storytelling of Bruce Springsteen with the razor-wire guitars of Fugazi and blistering politics of The Clash. Their latest, “Kensington Heights,” showcases them at the height of their prodigious powers. If you think of Canadians as polite and mild-mannered, prepare to have your perceptions rocked into the ground. There’s nothing funny about that.