Mile High Life

Living the La La land lifestyle

Column by Penny Parker
Penny Parker

Mikael Padilla, local hair stylist and owner of Mikael Padilla Salon at 300 Fillmore St. in Cherry Creek, was in La La land last weekend for a trip to the Oscars.

Padilla attended the March 2 Academy Awards with friend and client, Taryn Rose, an orthopedic surgeon-turned shoe designer. You can see her designs at Rose is a Vietnamese refuge and became a doctor like her father before creating a successful shoe business, designed out of frustration with shoes that left women with aching feet.

Padilla also had an appointment to color Camila Alves' hair on March 1. Who is that you ask? Only the wife of Best Actor recipient Matthew McConaughey, nominated for his work in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Fallon takes 'pot' shot at Colorado

Spanking new "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon took a pot shot at our own Gov. John Hickenlooper Feb. 25 by making jest of Colorado's legal retail marijuana laws.

"Colorado expects to make $100 million from taxing legalized marijuana," the comedian said. "Governor John Hickenlooper (big audience laugh at the name) says he will use a lot of that money to build new schools.

Suggested names? "U. Holden Academy, Hot Pocket Prep and St. Mary Jane's."

Seth Meyers coming to Denver

Speaking of NBC late-night hosts: Seth Meyers, the new host of NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers," will perform live at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Sept. 13. Meyers replaced Fallon as host of "Late Night" on Feb. 24.

Tickets for the show are $49.50 to $59.50 and went on sale Feb. 28.

Proceeds will benefit The Zarlengo Foundation, a Colorado-based 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization whose guiding principle is to support families of learning disabled children.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to schools and programs in the community that provide specialized education for children with learning disabilities, including but not limited to language-based, attention and nonverbal disabilities such as dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.

TAG Burger Bar busts budget on Zagat list

Got a burger budget to burn? Zagat has some ideas on where to go and one of those m selected was TAG Burger Bar in Denver's Congress Park neighborhood.

The Zagateers wrote: "Troy Guard's funky Congress Park tavern opened well over a year ago, and still no one's managed to outdo his Andrew Jackson burger - a $20 topping."

TAG Burger Bar is located at 1222 Madison St.

The seen and heard

Actor John C. McGinley dined at Elway's Cherry Creek on Feb. 17. McGinley is most notable for his roles as Perry Cox in "Scrubs," Bob Slydell in "Office Space," Captain Hendrix in the "The Rock," Sgt. Red O'Neill in Oliver Stone's "Platoon" and Marv in Stone's "Wall Street." His most recent role was playing sportscaster Red Barber in the Jackie Robinson biopic, "42." He was in town for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation event, Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show.

Media personality, author and motivational speaker Marc McIntosh posted on Facebook: "CU's only Heisman Trophy winner, Rashaan Salaam, making a waiter's night at The Cherry Cricket on Tuesday, Feb. 25. First time this dude had ever served a Heisman winner."

Sign of the times: A sign seen on South Broadway in Denver: "I've wanted to run away from home a lot more as a grownup than I did when I was a kid."

Eavesdropping on a man in his late 50s at a local bar who was carded by the bartender: "What, am I too old?"

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.