Children of Men (R: 2006)

Children of Men
2006: Rated R. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Starring: Clive Owen …. Theodore Faron; Julianne Moore …. Julian Taylor; Chiwetel Ejiofor …. Luke; Charlie Hunnam …. Patric; Danny Huston …. Nigel; Claire-Hope Ashitey …. Kee. In the distant future, the world has started its countdown to its end of humankind, as the race has become sterile, and can no longer reproduce. Torn in war and anarchy with no hopes of a future or ability to pass things on to our children, the world has lost hope and virtue. But a woman conceives and its a race to save the baby from harm and laboratory studies as a new hope is passed on to humanity. Good plot and good flick, but the ending was abrupt and less than satisfying. Rating 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Viewed 12/27/2006.

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Bad JuJu Lounge, Seattle, WA

Bad Juju Lounge
1425 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 * 206.709.9442. http://www.thebadjujulounge.com/. In a new location, and a little different vibe. But Belgium fries to die for next door and attached – so can enjoy with your favorite beverage. A different ambiance than the last location, still a great place to hang out. You can find good music flowing there every now and then, unless you’re into hiphop and lounge – where your ear palates would be pleased. Good drink specials and a friendly staff. Less seating and space than their last venue, still a good place to chill. Rating 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/2006.

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Cafe Vita

Cafe Vita
1005 East Pike, Seattle, WA. (206) 709-4440. http://www.caffevita.com/. A unique cafe and coffee roasting company in the heart of Seattle’s Capital Hill. Enjoy a cup of coffee or chai while watching the beans get roasted and coffee truly produced. A local Seattle-based coffee company (not new in concept since Seattle is a coffee city) which specializes in small-batch coffee roasting, espresso preparation, and espresso equipment. A great spot and great staff. Free wifi. Visited 12/27/2006. Rating 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

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Utilikilts, Seattle, WA

Utili-Kilts
866-666-MYUK.
http://www.utilikilts.com/. Located just behind Merchant’s Cafe, down the alley, off of Yesler, this little warehouse shoppe has the finest and most utilitarian kilts on the market. Specially known and crafted in Seattle, these kilts are a must addition to your wardrobe. Started in April of 2000, originally started in order to fund a global arts project, involving seven double-deck busses that would travel the world, the company took lift and went on its own providing the world with the best kilts known to mankind. Check them out! Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/2006.
   


Utili-Kilts
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Merchant’s Cafe, Seattle, WA

Merchant’s Cafe
109 Yesler Way • Seattle, Washington • (206) 624-1515
One of Seattle’s oldest and most historic restaurants, nestled into the heart of one of many of Seattle’s historic districts, in the birth epicenter of Seattle’s famous Pioneer Square. Excellent food and great drinks. At least with former management. It has apparently changed hands recently. They used to have really good fish and chips, and the Black Orchid drink specials during Confessional night’s were potent and mind-numbing. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

 


Merchant’s Cafe
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Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

Pioneer Square
http://www.pioneersquare.org/. The heart of the city, where it all began. Thriving in history and many tales of times passed. This historic section of Seattle will enrich your spirit just from strolling past the historically preserved architecture that looms above you. There is over 20 blocks of Victorian Romanesque architecture, over 30 fine art galleries, and over 200 unique shoppes. In addition to coffee houses and restaurants, its also a section of Seattle’s thriving nightclubs – bringing entertainment to the city from the city’s birth. Rating: 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/06.

 


Pioneer Square
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Seattle Aquarium, Seattle, WA

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101 * 206.386.4300
http://www.seattleaquarium.org/
A beautiful addition to Seattle’s downtown area, Puget Sound wharf location, just down the hill literally from Pikes Place Market. A great place for kids and adults alike to learn about sea life – from fish to seals and see the beauty that is underneath and above the ocean’s surface. Rating 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

 


Seattle Aquarium
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Seattle Underground, Seattle, WA

The Seattle Underground. Dirt. Corruption. Sewers. Scandal.
608 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 * 206.682.4646. undergroundtour.com.
Gather together for $9-12/person for a 90 minute walking tour down into the old extinct level of the first buildings, streets, and sidewalks of Old Seattle – back when it really was skid row, and find out why it was called Skid Row. The tour begins with a orientation and brief history lesson in old Doc Maynard’s, a restored 1890’s saloon. Then the tour takes you on a 3 blocks tour of really old Seattle – back in the days from when it was once known as “Mud Flats”. The terrain is uneven, wet, dark, dank. Be shown places where pedestrians once had to climb up and down ladders just to access the street in order to cross it, how before they built up the streets, a boy drowned in a 8′ deep pothole, and how 18+ pedestrians committed involuntary suicide officially just by wandering down the street and falling into the sidewalk. The day when Seattle was embarrassed to have created a waffle iron grid of a city, with the streets the high top part of the grid, the stores and sidewalks the holes. The tour ends in the Rogue gift shop where you can get souvenirs. Cute and humorous tour, not really worth its weight in pay, but a fun thing to do. Rating 2 1/2 stars out of 5. Humor gets a 4 star rating.

 

   


Seattle Underground Tour
An old bath room
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Pike’s Place Public Market, Seattle, WA

Pike’s Place Public Market
1531 Western Ave, Seattle, WA
http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/. One of the largest attractions to downtown Seattle – Pike’s Place Public Market – where the deals are sweet, the goods diverse, and the fish go flying. Covering 9 acres of downtown overseeing the Bay, with a 100 years of history, makes Pike’s Place a very special place. It’s nicknamed “The Soul of Seattle”. It was started on August 17, 1907 – by eight farmers who brought their wagons to town to sell their goods. By 11:00 am that day, and 10,000 shoppers later, they realized this would be a good place to sell. By end of 1907 they opened their first building. Now its home to 200 year round commercial businesses, 190 craftspeople, 120 farmers, 240 street performers and musicians, 300 apartment units, and attracts over 100 million visitors a year. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/2006. 


Front of the Market
   


Fish flingers

 


Pikes Market
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Washington State Conference Center, Seattle, WA

Washington State Trade and Convention Center
Pike St. Seattle, WA 98102 *
A large convention center in the heart of the Emerald City. One of the most innovative and encompassing Trade or Convention centers in metropolitan hubs, and is within walking distance of Seattle’s attractions. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/06.

 


Convention Center
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Plymouth Pillars, Seattle, WA

Plymouth Pillars
Boren Ave. between Pike St. and Pine St.- Seattle, WA 98102 * (206)684-4075
A small stretch of park overlooking I-5 and downtown Seattle from Capital Hill. features a close-up panoramic view of urban center of Seattle. The newly renovated park features a dog off-leash area, benches, a pedestrian corridor and public art. The four limestone columns were donated to the City by John Hauberg – a local builder and art collector. They originally stood at the entrance to the Plymouth Congregational Church which lay in the path of I-5. The building, demolished in March 1966, was located at the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and University Street. The columns were dedicated at their new location in the park on October 24, 1967. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/06.

 


Plymouth Pillars Park
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Edge of the Circle Books, Seattle, WA

Edge of the Circle Books
701 East Pike st, Seattle, WA 98102 * 206.PAN.1999http://www.edgeofthecircle.com
The best Pagan and occult shop in the region, Edge of the Circle trys to appease the earthy and true Occult paths while steering away from the New Age and fluffy-bunny witchcraft types. Owner and Manager – Robert – a spitting image of Harry Potter grown up; and the charming and all-knowing Raven who does an incredible reading … this place has everything you need for spellcrafting and ritual. From Santeria to Satanism, from Ceremonial Magic to Faeries, from Witchcraft to Druidism. Great books, great art, great supplies. A must visit for any magical practitioner. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/2006.

 


Edge of the Circle Books
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Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington a.k.a. “The Emerald City” (due to the lush evergreen trees in the area and to pull attention away from its other name “The Rainy City”. It’s a gateway to Alaska, The Queen City, The Jet City.
2006: Population – 578,700 with a metropolitan population of 3.8 million
Believed to be the birthplace to grunge music, reputation for being the largest coffee consumption city, birthplace for Starbucks and Seattle’s Best, and Tully’s. Seattle has the highest percentage of college graduates in the U.S., and home to one of the U.S. largest gay populations. The true town of “Boom” or “Bust”. It thrived and demised on its big booms … the lumber industry boom in its beginnings, till it burnt down. THe Panic of 1893. The Klondike Gold rush 1897, until it went bust. The ship building boom. The Boeing boom. The Microsoft boom. the .dotcom boom. Inhabited by nomads and tribes for 4,000 years – since the end of the glacial period (c. 8,000 BC – 10,000 years ago); First inhabited by the Duwamish Tribe with some 13 villages in the area of what is Seattle today as the first recorded inhabitation in 1850’s. Then the Denny party moved in 1851 to Alki beach and started the foundations of Seattle. Of course, there was a reason the native tribes did not inhabit that area, and they quickly felt the wrath of the area and decided to move to Elliot Bay where downtown Seattle now sits. A fellow named “Doc Maynard” moved in just south of the Denny’s. The area was first called “Mud Flats” because they chose to build the city of Seattle on top of mud flats. Little did they plan or organize, not knowing the tides, and the severe flooding that constantly took place on the space that they chose. So from the lumber industry boom, just kept filling in the streets with dirt, rock, and sawdust. The roads became quicksand. For 25 years. They continued with the lumbering and shipping the wood to San Francisco. Henry Yesler moved in and brought the first steam sawmill to the region. Struggling with the flooding, and battles with the Native Americans, it was a difficult city to live in. Prostitution, liquor, gambling, opium dens, etc. became prevalent in the downtown area. Rivalry with its sister city Tacoma also made competition tough. 1873 the Railway chose Tacoma over Seattle making times difficult. The railway didn’t hit Seattle till 1884. It wasn’t till 1906 before Seattle got a major rail passenger terminal. Seattle was often lawless and had a corrupt mayor. Lynch law was prevalent, schools barely operated, and indoor plumbing was a nightmare. Those who lived on the hills ran their sewage down into the downtown area in hollowed out wooden tubes, with current drifts from Tacoma, and dumping into the Bay, with tides and what-not, it all cess-pooled in the original Skid Row, that is now downtown Seattle. Sewage came in with the tides. The mudflat base kept making potholes throughout the city, regardless of how much they filled them with dirt and sawdust. When one pothole became so large a boy drowned in it, the city realized they had to face this problem as the pothole became 8 feet deep. The Great Seattle Fire of 1889 pretty much burnt down the entire city. Starting in a glue factory, spreading to a paint factory, then to a warehouse holding explosives and gunpowder, during low tide with no fire trucks and means to fight the fire, the city was essentially demolished burning 29 city blocks. The city rebuilt, replacing the wooden ash structure piles with brick and mortar – requiring a building code to mandate that. The city was renamed to “Seattle” – named after “Chief Noah Sealth” who was chief of the two tribes living in the area – anglicized to “Seattle”. Within a year after the fire, the population grew from 25,000 to 40,000. Mainly from the large amounts of construction jobs created from the fire. While rebuilding the city, they filled in the mudflats, and built a waffle-iron effect of a city in the downtown area. Building on top of buildings, levels, and layers – causing many new problems. This is why Seattle has an underground labyrinth of mazes. (which I’ll write about later) Now a booming city of technology and industry, a fascinating place to visit, with arts, culture, music, and business opportunities galore. The largest city in the Pacific Northwest, located in the United States, in Washington, between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Nearly 108 miles south of the US-Canadian border, in King County.
   


Seattle from the docks

 


Puget Sound
View of Seattle from Capital Hill
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Noah’s New York Bagels, Seattle, Washington

Noah’s New York Bagels
220 Broadway East, Seattle, WA 98102 http://www.noahs.com
One of the few restaurants open up at 7 am on Broadway, and a fine place for a quick healthy breakfast. Fresh bagels and breads, and a great roomy restaurant in which to sit. During warmer weather, they even have patio seating. The Bagel n’ Locks is to die for, as a platter, with potatoe salad. Mmmm, mmmm good. Fresh squeezed orange juice. Made my morning. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/2006.

 


Noah’s Bagel shoppe …
   


Bagel with locks
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The Metro, Seattle, WA

The Metro
231 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 * (206) 726-7978
One of the best Gothic, Fetish, Alternative clothing shops in North America – Seattle’s alternative Capital Hill cherishes this storefront landmark. If you are out for club fashion, this is the place to go. Affordable and great selections. Good sales and specials quite often. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 12/27/06.

 


The Metro
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The Ballroom, Seattle, WA

The Ballroom
456 N 36th Street, Seattle, Washington (Fremont)
http://www.clubzone.com/c/Seattle/Lounge_Bar/Ballroom.html
An ambient nightclub/bar/pub with decor of a unique charm. Fire tables and 60’s meets 90’s lamps. Good drink specials, a very late night happy hour, pool tables, and foodstuffs. Pleasant staff, and friendly patrons. Imbibing a few whiskey n’ cokes sheltered us from the rain as we popped into this pad. Not bad. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Visited 12/26/06.

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Three Kings Tavern, Denver, Colorado

Three Kings Tavern
60 S. Broadway, Denver, Colorado. http://www.myspace.com/3kingstavern
A place of history – originally the “Zu Denver”, then “60 South”, “South Park Tavern”, then the “Cherry Pit”, and now “The Three Kings”. Owned by Jim Norris, Jeff Campbell, and Martin Kilorin, presenting a new tavern with a “punk/rock/metal” bent that is to die for. Great staff, cool ambience, and affordable drinks. Its a great place to chill and to socialize. I visited for the first time during the aftermath of Denver’s 2006 blizzard that made parking impossible in this area. But that didn’t stop Kitty and Michelle from having a ‘Fuck Xmas’ bash, serving us up some great drinks during their guest bartending event. Good times. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 12/26/2006.

 


Denver side streets by Three Kings Tavern …
   


not a great sidewalk to walk when sober, I almost cracked my skull here …
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Eragon (PG: 2006)

Eragon (2006-PG)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449010/. Directed by Stefen Fangmeier. Starring: Edward Speleers …. Eragon, Jeremy Irons …. Brom, Sienna Guillory …. Arya, Robert Carlyle …. Durza, John Malkovich …. King Galbatorix, Garrett Hedlund …. Murtagh, and many more …
A fantasy flick of dragons and heroes in your typical magical evil vs bravely good, King Arthur twist dragon egg replaces sword in stone type of tale. Story of a young boy, living in a peon village under the power grip of an evil king, discovering a magical dragon egg in the woods. Only to discover his prophecy as the boy king to save his kingdom from the evil tyrant – with sorcery and swords, dragons and ogres, it’s all fantasy fun. It was lacking somewhere, I can’t find the words exactly where – because it was good, and entertaining. Just lacked substance. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Viewed 12/17/06.

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Denver Diner

Denver Diner
740 West Colfax, Denver, Colorado * 303.825.5443. Denverdiner.com.
A blast from the past with decor to match, along the old route 40, in downtown Denver – Denver Diner has some great dishes and offerings and gives the diner ambiance we all adore and they offer late night dining. It’s the hip place to be after clubbing during the weekends as the club zombies invade the joint. Everyone knows the place as its the hangout afterhours. Great breakfasts! Rating 4 stars out of 5. Visited 12/15/06. Multiple times in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Visited 7/18/08.

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Lipgloss @ La Rumba, Denver, Colorado 12/15

“Lipgloss” @ Club La Rumba
Every Friday – 99 W. 9th Ave. • 303 -572-8006 • One block west of Broadway • $5 Cover after 10 • 21+ Only • $2 G&Ts • $2 PBRs
http://www.denver3.com/index.html

DJ’s Michael Trundle and Tyler JacobsonI took a break from Church: Friday’s, and hit one of my favorite Britpop/Mod/Rock nights in Colorado … it was a chilly walk from the church down ice covered streets on this fine cold December evening. But our crew were ready to roll. Club Rumba where “Lipgloss” – Denver’s hottest Brit pop night springs to life every friday night. Free cover before 10 pm, and $2 gin wells and PBR’s …. its a night of good affordable fun. The place was packed, noted quite a few regulars, dancing was fantastic. Music was good. The Staff of La Rumba were incredible and drinks certainly affordable. The DJ’s were fantastic and addressed inquiries and requests quickly and very friendly – knowing their stuff, I’d recommend them for any event. The Denver3.com. It’s always good to get my fix. We danced for hours and skipped out on the Church (our original destination) as the fun was never ending at Lipgloss, and so were the flirts. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 12/15/06.

  Lip Gloss
Lip Gloss

Previous reviews: Technogypsie 12/3/2006, Wander Words: 8/19/2006, The Single Life: 12/3/06, The Single Life: 6/17/2006, Virtualtourist.

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The Church – Goth Fridays, Denver, Colorado 12/15

The Church, Fridays (Denver, Colorado)
http://www.coclubs.com/church/churchMain.html
1160 Lincoln, Denver, CO 80203 * 303-832-2383 * churchmanager@coclubs.com
Located in a artsy art-deco cathedral, this multi-roomed/ multi-bar club has an ambience worth dying for. With a delicious sushi bar (2008: shut down, no longer) in one of the back rooms, this bar has it all. I originally visited the venue during the Colorado Dark Arts Festival in 2006 and had an incredible time at their establishment. Sunday nights they have Goth in the basement and hiphop up above. Fridays, there is a derivative of sundays in which 1 (instead of 2 (the other had hiphop)) of the downstairs rooms hosts Goth/Industrial/EBM. Music is enchanting, though the mish-mash of sub-cultural patrons, not as favorable as club nights when everyone is of like-mind and like-dress, but fun nonetheless. We didn’t stay this last friday as long as usual, but its been a good night. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5. Visited 12/15/06. Update: I’ve visited many many fridays since this last review, the quality of the night has spiraled down substantially for the Goth room. While ladies are free on Fridays, Guys have to pay $10 cover. It has become quite lame for fridays. Though the music in the Goth room is still very good – much more 80’s flavor these days (July 2008). Sundays still hold the charm and beauty though. Fridays (Goth): Rating 3 stars. Visited 7/18/08.

Previous reviews: Technogypsie 12/3/2006, Wanderwords: 12/3/2006, The Single Life: 8/19/06, The Single Life: 5/13/06, Virtualtourist.

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Apocalypto (2006: R)

Apocalypto (2006: Rated R)
http://apocalypto.movies.go.com/
Directed by Mel Gibson. Starring: Rudy Youngblood …. Jaguar Paw; Dalia Hernandez …. Seven; Jonathan Brewer …. Blunted; Morris Birdyellowhead …. Flint Sky; Carlos Emilio Baez …. Turtles Run; Ramirez Amilcar …. Curl Nose; Israel Contreras …. Smoke Frog; Israel Rios …. Cocoa Leaf, and many more.
It’s a haunting tale of history, of omen, and of prophecy – dazzled in the history of the Mayans facing their demise as they have deforested their surroundings, met plague, and hunger, and in a rampage of violence, gore, and mutilation shows the harvesting of Mayan tribes in the forest to join the assembly line of head slicing, head rolling sacrifices to the Sun God for salvation and cures. The prophetic Jaguar warrior will bring on the Apocalypse and the end of the world as they know it. Filmed at Catamaco, the last tracks of rainforest left in Mexico, and in Veracruz with a cast of indigineous crew. Alot of research and history was drudged up in the film making, and correspondence with Dr. Richard Hansen, an reknown archaeologist and expert on the Maya served as a consultant on the film. Very real and very invigorating, passionate, and terrifying … this film is a must see. Rating: 5+ stars out of 5. Viewed 12/12/06. 

   

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Turistas (R: 2006)

Turistas (2006: Rated R)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454970/
Directed by John Stockwell. Starring: Josh Duhamel …. Alex; Melissa George …. Pru; Olivia Wilde …. Bea; Desmond Askew …. Finn; Beau Garrett …. Amy; Max Brown …. Liam; Agles Steib …. Kiko, and many more.
A bunch of tourist hostel seeking youths travelling through the Brazilian jungles discover a beach paradise while awaiting a bus that never seems to arrive. Intoxicated and drugged they discover all their belongings, including identification, to be stripped from them, and find themselves in difficult positions. As they search for shelter, those who seem to be friends can only be questionned, as something dark, dreary, and dangerous awaits their futures. In fashion of “Hostel”, this film plays on an age-old urban legend. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Viewed 12/10/06.
 
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Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls – Take you Medicine Tour, Denver, CO 2006

Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls
http://www.bigjohnbates.com/
~ Take Your Medicine Tour ~ (Wolverine Records, Germany)
Bender’s Tavern, 314 E 13th, Denver, Colorado 303.861.7070
Special Event: Friday, 12/8/06
Direct from Vancouver, British Columbia … my friends Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls, held a spectacular performance at Bender’s in Denver this last friday. It appears that Denver might be annually on their circuit, and if so, I’ll be in my bliss. It’s really tough to explain this band in words – fantastic Rock-a-billy, Psycho-billy, dark rock n’ roll, with a twist of sounds like “The Stray Cats” and “White Stripes” with a sense of rhythm you can really dance to. Accompanied by the beautiful troupe of Voodoo dolls, who every other song do a burlesque performance or skit – from fire spinning to role playing nurses giving audience members “their medicine”. This tour is one of their most scintillating ever … and celebration is in the air as they preach their new CD.
 
Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls
Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls
photos © 2006 Technogypsie.com

 In addition in 2006 to be pleased that their music and performance was headlined in Vancouver’s International Burlesque Festival & the Voodoo Ball; played on season 3, episode 1 of Battlestar Galactica; and 2005 started by receiving first Canadian Jagermeister band endorsement. Big John as the singer, guitarist, and lead; sCaroline spanking the bass with outrageous twists, turns, and moves in her playing; in addition, adding in spectacular bellydancing performances; and the new addition JT Massacre on the drums. Little Miss Risk and the new arrival Ruby Roulette will melt your soul …. in dance, trance, and enchantment. If BJB and the Voodoo Dolls come to your town, it would be a big mistake to miss them … so step right up and “Take your Medicine” at a bar near you. Tour dates can be found at their web site. Highly recommended! Rating: 5+ stars out of 5.

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Burlesque as it Was, Denver, Colorado


Vivienne VaVoom
  Burlesque as it Was
http://www.burlesqueasitwas.com/
Bender’s Tavern, 314 E 13th, Denver, Colorado 303.861.7070
Special Event: Friday, 12/8/06
What a special treat … a travel up to see my friends “Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dolls” play at Bender’s in Denver, to discover a incredible and wonderful burlesque troupe “Burlesque as it was” opening up … what a awe-inspiring assortment of acts and skits, as the beautiful and lustrous women tantalized the audience. This troupe has been enchanting their audiences since 1998 from San Diego to New York, centered in Denver, Colorado. They became one of the first Neo-Burlesque Troupes in North America and are still considered to be one of the preeminent and most influential troupes today. Directing the group, Michelle Baldwin, is also author of the definitive book on neo-burlesque called “Burlesque and the New Bump-n-Grind.” If you get a chance to see this troupe, definitely don’t miss their show, you’ll regret missing such a fantastic assortment of acts. Highly recommended! Rating: 5+ stars out of 5.

 

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Lipgloss @ La Rumba, Denver, Colorado

“Lipgloss” @ Club La Rumba
Every Friday – 99 W. 9th Ave. • 303 -572-8006 • One block west of Broadway • $5 Cover after 10 • 21+ Only • $2 G&Ts • $2 PBRs
http://www.denver3.com/index.html

DJ’s Michael Trundle and Tyler JacobsonI took a break from Church: Friday’s, and hit one of my favorite Britpop/Mod/Rock nights in Colorado … it was a chilly walk from the church down ice covered streets on this fine cold December evening. Club Rumba where “Lipgloss” – Denver’s hottest Brit pop night springs to life every friday night. Free cover before 10 pm, and $2 gin wells and PBR’s …. its a night of good affordable fun. The place was packed, noted quite a few regulars, dancing was fantastic. Music was good. The Staff of La Rumba were incredible and while the drinks were weak on the national average, they were certainly affordable. The DJ’s were fantastic and addressed inquiries and requests quickly and very friendly – knowing their stuff, I’d recommend them for any event. The Denver3.com. It’s always good to get my fix. I couldn’t stay longer than an hour as my ride was back at the Church, but it was well worth the visit in. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

  Lip Gloss
Lip Gloss

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The Church – Goth Fridays, Denver, Colorado

The Church, Fridays (Denver, Colorado)
http://www.coclubs.com/church/churchMain.html
1160 Lincoln, Denver, CO 80203 * 303-832-2383 * churchmanager@coclubs.com
Located in a artsy art-deco cathedral, this multi-roomed/ multi-bar club has an ambience worth dying for. With a delicious sushi bar in one of the back rooms, this bar has it all. I originally visited the venue during the Colorado Dark Arts Festival and had an incredible time at their establishment. Sunday nights they have Goth in the basement and hiphop up above. Fridays, there is a derivative of sundays in which 1 (instead of 2 (the other had hiphop)) of the downstairs rooms hosts Goth/Industrial/EBM. Music is enchanting, though the mish-mash of sub-cultural patrons, not as favorable as club nights when everyone is of like-mind and like-dress, but fun nonetheless. Drinks were good, sushi was good, and upstairs in the Cathedral main dance room had more techno, trance, rave – some paid dancers and an incredible acrobatic act. It was a good night. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
 

Acrobatic show @ the Church
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Penny Dreadful (R: 2006)

Penny Dreadful (2006: Rated R)
http://www.pennydreadfulthemovie.com/, http://www.horrorfestonline.com/film2.html
Directed by: Richard Brandes (“Out For Blood”, “Devil In The Flesh”); Written by: Diane Doniol-Valcroze (Kill by Inches), Arthur Flam and Richard Brandes; Starring: Rachel Miner, Mimi Rogers, Michael Berryman (“The Hills Have Eyes”, “The Devil’s Rejects”, “One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest”), and Mickey Jones (“Sling Blade”, “Tin Cup”, “Home Improvement”); and many more.
Penny is a young woman who has a horrid fear of cars. Her therapist is teaching her to face her fears and takes her on a camping trip in the woods. They hit a hitchhiker, and feeling bad for what they’ve offer him a ride to a campground a few miles down the road. But the campground is closed. After dropping off the silent creep, they breakdown to only become the target of a wildnerness slaughter and daunting of fears. Tragic and delicious, classic gore and horror, the shock factor has a thumbs up. Penny’s fears are no longer only about a car. Must see! Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Viewed 11/18/06.
 
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The Abandoned (R: 2006)

The Abandoned (2006: Rated R)
http://www.horrorfestonline.com/film7.html
Directed by: Nacho Cerda (Genesis, Aftermath); Written by: Karim Hussain, Nacho Cerdà, Richard StanleyKarim Hussain, Nacho Cerdà, Richard Stanley (Dust Devil and Hardware); Starring:Marie – Anastasia Hille, Nikolai – Karel Roden, Misharin – Valentin Ganev, Olga Kaidavosky – Paraskeva, Djukelovaj, Anatoliy – Carlos Reig – Plaza; and many more.
A LA Director goes back to her homeland in Russia to discover who her parents were, only to discover being willed a mysterious farm on an island in the middle of nowhere. She goes to investigate and unwraps a fate yet unfulfilled, but continually looped into understanding the brutal slaying of her mom, father, herself, and brother. Its a classic tale of dopplegangers and true evil, haunted and abandoned in the woods where there is no escape. Is the truth to the past really worth it? Great movie. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Viewed 11/18/06.
 
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Gravedancers (R: 2006)

Gravedancers (2006: Rated R)
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Directed by: Mike Mendez (The Convent, Killers); Written by: Brad Keene and Chris Skinner; Starring: Clare Kramer (House, The Rules of Attraction) Dominic Purcell (Prison Break, North Shore); and many more.
Four oldschool classic high school friends reunite at a funeral of their fourth member of their quartet. After some drinks together, they decide to properly celebrate and mourn his passing – by going to the cemetery at night. They discover a weird card left on the gravestone, and reading the spell out loud while dancing on some random graves (that turned out to be undesireables and psychopath murderers) they awaken them from their graves for a serial haunting of classic proportions. Teamed up with a University parapsychologists, they seek to save their appointment with death. Can they do it? Its a haunting class tale. Must see. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Viewed 11/18/06.
 
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