Mile High Life

Music, movies brighten those summer nights


Film on The Rocks is the talk of the town, and not just in Morrison, home of Colorado's beloved Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The 2014 Film on the Rocks schedule is out and features old favorites, like "Caddyshack" and "The Big Lebowski." And, of course, each film night features some great bands. Films are on Tuesdays except for June 16, a Monday.

The Film on the Rocks 2014 schedule was revealed May 15 on Facebook and here's the complete schedule (more details at

June 3: "Caddyshack" with Ark Life and Covenhoven

June 10: "Fight Club" with Flashbulb Fires and Face Man

June 16: "Labyrinth" with Grizfolk and Total Ghost

June 24: "This is Spinal Tap" with School of Rock USA

July 1: "The Fast and the Furious" with Native Daughters

July 8: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" with Boy & Bear and Inner Oceans

July 29: "Pitch Perfect" with Tracksuit Wedding and The Messers

Sept. 2: "The Big Lebowski" with The Congress and Tyler Lee Holter

Brown Palace names chef

Chef Daniel Sturm, formerly with the Wynn in Las Vegas, has been named the new executive chef of the storied Brown Palace Hotel.

Sturm has also worn the top toque at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, and he graduated from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas with a degree in hotel administration.

Christina Crawford at Lannie's

Leave your wire hangers at home.

Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, at Arapahoe and the 16th Street Mall, has landed the off-Broadway show "Surviving Mommie Dearest - An Evening With Christina Crawford," a documentary film and talk back, at 8 p.m. June 6 and at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. June 7.

This show covers 100 years of show business and details the turbulent relationship between Christina and her adoptive mother, movie legend, Joan Crawford. Christina's memoir, "Mommie Dearest," was the basis for the 1981 film of the same name starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford.

There will be a meet and greet on June 6 following the 8 p.m. show and on June 7 before the 6:30 p.m. show.

Tickets are $25 each, and available at, or by calling the box office 303-293-0075.

Dyer changing duties

Churn, churn, churn.

Add 9News morning anchor Kyle Dyer's name to the growing list of Channel 9 on-air talent leaving their posts.

Unlike sports anchor Susie Wargin, who is trading her microphone for a career in real estate, and entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery, who took an anchor job in Michigan, Dyer is sticking around the station on the 11 a.m. and noon news show and will be taping pieces that will air on various newscasts.

Oh, and don't forget traffic watcher and meteorologist Amelia Earhart, who departed not long ago.

The job switch, which Dyer says was per her request so she could spend mornings and evenings with her husband and two daughters, takes place mid-July. Dyer has been a fixture on the morning news set for 18 years.

Dyer explains her reasons for leaving the morning newscast (with its 1 a.m. wake-up call) and her new duties in a video interview linked here.  

Colorado rough on moms

Is Colorado selling moms short?

The state ranked an embarrassing No. 44 in's ratings of the Best and Worst States for Working Moms.

For child care, WalletHub ranked Colorado a 42, for professional opportunities a 37, and for work-life balance a 22. You can check out how other states ranked, and the criteria used for the results at the link above.

Hotel Teatro eatery gets update

Prima, the second restaurant inside The Hotel Teatro, helmed by chef Kevin Taylor, closed at the end of March and will reopen in July as The Nickel on the renovated ground floor of the historic hotel.

A chef-driven culinary concept, the menu will draw inspiration from its Rocky Mountain heritage, incorporating locally sourced ingredients into rustic stripped-down Colorado fare. The decor of the space will echo the menu, featuring textiles sourced from the Rocky Mountain region, custom-made furnishings and industrial materials.

The restaurant's name pays homage to the hotel's storied past. With an original vault dating back to the property's origins as Denver's Tramway Building in 1911, the space was once used to collect nickels from customers riding streetcars.

Leading The Nickel is chef/restaurateur, Jake Linzinmeir, a certified sommelier and executive chef. Coming from the mountains of Telluride to Denver, Linzinmeir brings an extensive knowledge of homegrown Colorado foods, having personally worked with farmers, ranchers and foragers across the state.

For more information, click here


Eavesdropping on a "dude from Wyoming" wearing a camouflage hat talking to a woman in a Capitol Hill bar:

"Hi. I think you're attractive, and I have to leave soon, but I was wondering if you date boys or girls? I noticed you're not wearing a wedding ring."

"That was an interesting opener."

"I'm told in this neighborhood, you have to ask."

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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