Penny Parker’s On The Town: Elbow-rubbing in a custom tux at the Emmys

October 1, 2012

Man about town and Denver Farmer’s Insurance man Curt Corrado scored an A-list invite when he was asked to attend the Emmy Awards recently.

Here’s his account of the chi-chi event: “Got my invite from the (Farmer’s) CFO and a party at his house the night before. Limo came and picked me up at the Four Seasons and took us to the event with some champagne and toasts going on.

“Had a custom tux that said Emmys 2012 on the inside seemed to impress some of the red carpet party crowd. Limo to the event and red carpet walk was the highlight for sure. Met every guys’ dream Heidi Klum and also had some time with Seth Meyers from Saturday Night Live.

“Was in the VIP box and schmoozed with some select guests that were in the party up above. Catered party while the Emmys were going on was very cool. Dinner at a posh sushi place next to the Nokia Theatre. Sat next to the Dancing with the Stars cast as opening night was the next night for this season, and they were up for Best Reality Series.

“Lots of buzz on the red carpet that it was the ‘hottest’ Emmys in history. Many of the celebs came in the back entrance (Tom Hanks and Kevin Costner) and passed on the red carpet walk to avoid getting messed up and heat stroked. Was impressed Tina Fey walked the carpet and spent a lot of time talking to fans despite the 100 degree heat.

“Met the lady briefly from Mike and Molly and the Food Network host I e-mailed you that she was gorgeous. Michael J. Fox was the big buzz in the arena and got the loudest applause after presenting. Standing ovation in the arena. Also lots of boos for the Tracy Morgan stunt when they put him on the ground and tried to stage more viewers.”

Way to run with the Hollywood bold names, Curt! And thanks for sharing.

Caption: Curt Corrado at the Emmy Awards recently.

Art smart

The art of former Beatle John Lennon will be on display for the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 4 at The Streets of Southglenn, 6911 S. University Blvd., Centennial.

The exhibit will feature rare artworks that have never before been seen in the Denver area. The full exhibit includes more than 120 serigraphs, signed lithographs and lyric sheets by the legendary Beatle.

A complete portfolio of the 15 original “Bag One” lithographs will be also on exhibit with each one individually hand signed by Lennon in 1969.

A catalog will be on sale and the artwork will be available for purchase. For more information, call Richard Horowitz, curator, at 760-519-3823 or Paul C. Jillson, curator, at 800-477-5630.

Cookin’ with Kirk

9News entertainment reporter and all-around nice guy Kirk Montgomery will serve as master of ceremonies  for FosterSports’ 2012 Home Cookin’ in the White House event at the EXDO Event Cener on Oct. 20.

This event will bring the stories of chefs for past presidents and their food. Cultural historian Adrian Miller will give an entertaining non-political presentation that describes the relationships that the chefs had with Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.

Attendees will hear about what life was like for the chefs and the foods they prepared for the presidents they served. Dishes will be served from a menu of comfort foods inspired by the recipes of presidential chefs.

All proceeds benefit FosterSports, whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of foster, homeless and displaced youth by providing athletic programs, equipment, and sports-related financial scholarships to assist in their healthy development.

For event tickets and more information, go to

Chile dilly

Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace and the town of Taos, N.M., will present the Taste of Taos Chile Fest 2012 Friday through Sunday at the Boulder restaurant, 950 Pearl St.

Centro will be celebrating the fabulousness of Hatch green chiles with chile-centric food and drink specials and giveaways.  More information: or by calling 303-442-7771.

Eavesdropping on a woman commenting on the ever shrinking news content of The Denver Post Sunday newspaper: “I was reading the Sunday paper. They shouldn’t call it a newspaper, they should call it a coupon book.”

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