Baby, now that was suspenseful

Column by Penny Parker


Media madness or a pregnant pause, perhaps?

Was KOSI radio/9News personality Denise Plante pulling a prank on thousands of Facebook friends when she posted a picture of a pregnancy-testing stick she allegedly used on Oct. 16?

She let the drama play out as she posted evolving pictures of the stick as it was turning positive or negative. She even snagged 9News medical expert Dr. John Torres to witness the gag.

“Am I pregnant? We will soon find out, Dr. John Torres from @9News is in the house!” Plante posted. The plot thickened with pictures of the stick as it revealed her pregnancy status.

And the “results?”

“Turns out, I'm just a moody momma. Not pregos ... good news for (husband) Michael Plante.”

Lakewood High to `Roar'

Congrats to Lakewood High School for winning the “Good Morning America” contest to have Katy Perry perform a song at their high school!

More than 2,000 Lakewood High students lip-synched to Perry's hit song, “Roar,” as part of the school's video entry.

Perry announced the winner on “Good Morning America” Oct. 18.

“For me Lakewood really embodied a whole school spirit. You saw so many different people coming together to do one shot,” Perry said Friday. “It was so interesting and so well done.”

Amazingly, the video was shot in one take and has been viewed on Vimeo more than 564,000 times and earned 246,000 views on YouTube. 7News first reported the news.

Perry will perform at Lakewood High — the home of the Tigers (how's that for some cosmic karma!) — on Oct. 25 and will be broadcast on ABC's “Good Morning America.” Proceeds from the concert reportedly will go to the Colorado flood relief effort.

Check out the video at

Strings restrung

I've been back to Strings once since owner Noel Cunningham died. Since his wife, Tammy, opted to close the place (running a restaurant is not her thing) the building on 17th Avenue and Humboldt had stood like a monument to a time when the restaurant was frequented by celebrities from stage and screen, along with loyal locals.

When it was announced that there would be new life stirring in that space with the occupation of Humboldt Farm — Fish — Wine, a Rock Bottom founder Frank Day project, I, for one, was happy to hear of the rebirth.

Humboldt opened recently under the leadership of Concept Restaurants.

“From the instant our guests walk in and have that `wow moment' to the time they leave, we want to make sure their experience here is spectacular and memorable,” said Concepts designer Dianna Lynn. “Whether you are on top of the Denver foodie scene or visiting Humboldt for the first time and looking for an amazing dining experience, we are a welcoming place for everyone.”

The remodeled restaurant features an oyster bar and open kitchen. The menu features reinterpreted classics as well as seasonal and modern cuisine. Humboldt is open daily from 11:30 a.m. Weekend brunch starts at the end of October. For more information, go to or call 303-813-1700.

People's court

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction up a notch when the 2014 Fans Rule World Tour comes to the Pepsi Center at 2 p.m. March 30. The Globetrotters also will perform March 28 at World Arena in Colorado Springs, twice on March 29 at Loveland's Budweiser Events Center (1 p.m.) and at Broomfield's 1stBank Center (7 p.m.).

Through online voting at, fans can choose which new game-changing rules they want to see when the creative b-ballers come to our court.

Tickets start at $19, and are available at or

Lottery line

Although the second Denver run of “The Book of Mormon” is not sold out, a limited number of tickets for each performance (Oct. 22-Nov. 24) will be sold through the luck of the lottery.

Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning 2½ hours before each performance. Each person will print his or her name and number of tickets (one or two) they wish to purchase. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each.

Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner.

Additional tickets for the hit musical start at $40 by calling Denver Center ticket services at 303-893-4100, at the Denver Center ticket office or at

“The Book of Mormon” features story, music and lyrics by Colorado natives Trey Parker and Matt Stone of “South Park” fame, along with Robert Lopez.

`Mommy Rants' coming

The Athena Project — professional group of artists dedicated to women's artistic contributions to the Denver stage and the community — hosts “The Mommy Rants” for five theatrical shows on Nov. 2-3, 9-10 and 16.

This humorous one-act, one-hour performance promises to tell “what happens at a baby shower stays at a baby shower.” “The Mommy Rants” was created by Connie Ferger and Christie Winn and takes you on the crazy journey of motherhood. Ah, yes, I remember those days!

“Mommy Rants” will be performed at the Rotunda Building at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design at 600 Pierce St. in Lakewood.

Show times for Saturdays are 1, 4 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m.

Tickets are available at 303-219-0882 or online.

If moms arrive 45 minutes before each show, they take advantage of the Mommy Pampering Boutique that includes free food, free massages, art and fine products geared toward moms. Drop-in day care also is available.

For more information, visit

Tribute to Tough Women

Speaking of women, Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton is celebrating “tough women” with a collection of November films showing at the eater-tainment movie house.

Among the films and the stars in Alamo's tribute to “tough women”: “Bonnie and Clyde” (Faye Dunaway); “Coal Miner's Daughter” (Sissy Spacek); “Fargo” (Frances McDormand); “9 to 5” (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton) and many more.

The Alamo Drafthouse is located at 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. For more information, visit


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Penny Parker's “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.


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