Penny Parker On The Town: Bizarre Foods show in Denver airs Monday

February 15, 2013

The Travel Channel star chef Andrew Zimmern filmed his “Bizarre Foods” show in Denver last fall, searching the city for worthy examples. A dinner at Parallel 17 with Jon Emanuel’s Adventurous Eater Club, a Tour de Testicle featuring Rocky Mountain Oysters in a variety of settings including Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, 1317 14th St.

Season 3, episode 2 featuring the Mile High City premieres at 7 p.m. Monday, on The Travel Channel (Comcast channel 74 or HD 774).

Euclid Hall will be celebrating the premiere show on Monday night with all the TVs tuned to The Travel Channel.

The restaurant also will be featuring Chef Jorel Pierce’s ballsy menu item that Chef Jennifer Jasinski cooked with Zimmern on the show – Rocky Mountain Oysters – grilled and fried, jerked banana chutney, Fresno chilies, scallions, toasted sesames, available for a limited time from Monday through Friday, Feb. 18 through Feb. 22. Fans are urged to stop by and join in the celebration. More information at:

Shotgun Willie’s shaking on over

Glendale’s iconic strip club Shotgun Willie’s is moving into the parking lot adjoining the existing building at 490 S. Colorado Blvd., according to a story in The Denver Business Journal.

“Club officials plan to break ground Friday on the new, $3 million to $4 million building, which will be slightly larger than the existing club and include upgrades to lighting, sound and food with the addition of a pizza oven,” according to the story.

“We’re going to get a picture with our shovels and champagne and we’re going to start mobilizing on the site work,” owner Debbie Matthews told the DBJ. “We’ve had a dream for a new building for 10 years. The current plan took about 18 months to put together.”

The current Shotgun Willie’s site on the corner of Colorado Boulevard and East Virginia Avenue will stay open during the nine-month construction. That building has been open since 1982. Check out the story at

Art for the young at heart

CultureHaus, a social and educational support group of the Denver Art Museum connecting the young at heart with art will host its annual fundraiser, Banner: Art of the Street, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22 with a VIP reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Center for Visual Art – Metropolitan State University of Denver, 965 Santa Fe Drive.

Each year, CultureHaus holds a “Banner” event, the organization’s signature party and fundraiser. The name of the Banner event is chosen by combining the phrase “Art of” with a noun. Past events have included Art of Fashion, Art of Pop, Art of Sculpture and Art of Mixology.

This year’s theme, Art of the Street, will celebrate and showcase the creative and cultural aspects of Denver’s urban landscape. The event will feature live graffiti demonstrations, local tattoo artists, inspired visual arts, delish street food, a silent auction and more.

CultureHaus member tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for VIP. non-member tickets are $60 for general admission and $85 for VIP. For tickets, go to

Train, the Grammy Award-winning band from San Francisco, will give a performance to benefit the Denver Health Foundation on April 27 at the National Western Events Center.

The pop rock band achieved success from its debut album in 1998, with the hit “Meet Virginia”. During the last 15 years, the band has won two Grammy Awards and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world.

Guests will enjoy many of the band’s hits such as “Calling All Angels,” “Hey Soul Sister” and “Marry Me.” Tickets and table sales to the full NightShine Gala include a cocktail hour, four-course dinner, auction and performance start at $500 and can be purchased by contacting Candice Jones at 303-602-2978 or by contacting

A limited number of concert-only tickets will be available for $50. Concert-only tickets may be purchased starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 18 at

Brittany Hill reborn

Brittany Hill, Thornton’s first upscale restaurant, closed in 2007, but has reopened as a Crystal Rose event and wedding venue, according to a story in Westword’s Cafe Society.

Brunch will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays – starting this Sunday – (call for reservations at 303-451-5151).  On Feb. 21, the restaurant will host a grand-reopening party from 4 p.m. till close. More information at

Edith Head revisited

Susan Claassen, a University of Denver graduate, returns to Denver as an actor and co-playwright for “A Conversation with Edith Head“, a live one-women performance and homage to the only eight-Oscar-winning female costume designer.

Neiman Marcus, French for Sugar bakery and FashionDenver are supporting the event, which makes its Denver debut at 7 p.m. March 3 at the L2Arts and Cultural Center on the corner of Colfax and Columbine.

Claassen’s performance in this 90-minute show has been called “utterly captivating.” Tickets start at $35 and are on sale at VIP tickets are $100 and include gold circle seating, a post-show champagne reception and a photo with “Edith.”

Head remains one of the most powerful and influential women in Hollywood history. In her six decades of of costume design, she dressed most of the great stars from Mae West to Elizabeth Taylor and the legendary “Hitchcock blondes,” Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedren and Eva Marie Saint.

Claassen stars as this iconic film diva in a show that brings to life great movie lore and behind-the-scenes stories of humor, ambition and glamor from the golden days of Hollywood.

Eavesdropping on a woman at The Colorado Restaurant Association Mile High Chapter’s fund-raiser “Drink Red Wear Red”: “I love shoes. I love having them, I just don’t like wearing them so much.”

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