Everyone loves 'Uncle John'

Column by Penny Parker

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"Beverly Hills Cop" movie franchise actor and Fort Collins resident John Ashton is about as happy as it gets for someone who has chosen and endured a rather tortured profession.

Ashton has ridden the Hollywood roller-coaster especially after finding fame in the Eddie Murphy vehicles "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Beverly Hills Cop II" playing the curmudgeonly Detective Sgt. John Taggart.

Ashton, who retreated to a relatively quiet life in Fort Collins years ago because Hollywood felt like an ill-fitting suit, is back in the movie game with "Uncle John," an independent film where he stars as the namesake character in this murder mystery set in Wisconsin and Chicago.

The movie will likely travel to the Sundance Film Festival or, if luck is on their side, first to producer/director David Lynch, who worked with "Uncle John" writer and producer Erik Crary on the film "Inland Empire" in 1996.

But Ashton, who earlier this week parted company with his agents, is most fired up about this movie, which he says has brought him back to his original journey to become an actor who does meaningful work.

"It's the best script I've read in years," Ashton told me during a phone interview. "It's something I've been begging my agents for me to do. I read the script and said, 'Man, I'm on board.' I don't think I'm going to work for anybody over 40 anymore."

Like I said, Ashton plays the title character who is a level-headed guy who helps out his neighbors with fix-it jobs in rural Wisconsin.

"He's Uncle John," Ashton said. "Everybody loves him. He fixes people's water pipes and cabinet doors. The honesty of the character I loved."

Have a ball

"The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd and Denver's own nice rich guy David Mandarich, along with his wife, Bonnie, will be honored for their philanthropic work with the High Hopes Awards during The Children's Diabetes Foundation Carousel Ball 2013 on Sept. 21 at the Denver Marriott City Center.

The Carousel Ball, founded in 1977 in Denver by Barbara Davis and her late husband Marvin Davis, raises money for programs for clinical care and research for more than 6,000 children and adults at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.

Barry Fey tribute tickets on sale

The Denver Film Society is honoring Denver's legendary former concert promoter Barry Fey with a screening of "Under a Blood Red Sky," with special performances by The Samples and Madam Sin, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 26 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, where the U2 concert was originally filmed.

Tickets are $20 (all fees included) and on sale beginning today at www.ticketswest.com, King Soopers stores or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT.

Stand by for take-off

Fashion, jets, sports cars and luxury Cuvee Ventures villas will come together under one roof on Sept. 20 for the fourth annual Flight to Luxury event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

The evening's goal is to raise $750,000. The Signature Flight Support private jet hangar at Centennial Airport will house the red-carpet event showcasing elite elements of high-end travel: Cuvee's custom-couture villas in locations around the world, first-class private jets by Jet Linx and luxury sports cars by Ferrari of Denver and Sill-TerHar Motors.

Also featured will be a couture fashion show from local Denver boutiques, cuisine and drinks from some of the Mile High City's top eateries and a silent and live auction. CBS4 sports anchor Vic Lombardi will emcee the event.

For more information and tickets, go to www.flighttoluxury.com.

Lone Tree Arts Center goes plaid

The Tartan Terrors will bring their signature blend of rock band, bagpipes, Highland step dancing and comedy to the Lone Tree Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Sounds like a family reunion of Mr. On The Town's clan. Just kidding!

The Tartan Terrors have produced CDs with titles like “Whiskey Before Breakfast” and “Who's Your Paddy?” Sounds like Lone Tree likes weird - and fun!

Tickets for this one-night event can be purchased at www.LoneTreeArtsCenter.org or by calling 720-509-1000. Ticket prices are $32-$42 (plus $3 service fee) for all seats.

Overheard

Eavesdropping on a woman on Facebook: "Heaven help me, but I learned just how old I am today by watching a video on twerking and then actually trying to twerk. Luckily there is no one here to witness this frightening maneuver."

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 Blacktie-Colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.

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