Mile High Life

Wine time to be had by all


If you love wine then you probably already have your tickets for this annual event. The DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting is being held on April 11 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $90 for Denver Art Museum members and $125 for non-members. Guests can beat the crowds and taste the best wines first with First Taste tickets, which are an additional $35 and allow access at 5 p.m. Events are at the downtown Denver museum and tickets can be purchased online at

The event features more than 300 wines and hors d'oeuvres from Kevin Taylor Catering. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction such as spa and restaurant packages or bottles of wine. Wine experts and novices alike will enjoy an evening discovering their new favorite wine.

The DAM Uncorked Dinner & Auction, on April 12, begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction reception featuring cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner and live auction. Guests can bid on rare bottles of wine, exclusive access to private art collections, tours with DAM curators and unique travel packages.

Word from Westword

Westword's Best of Denver 2014 is out and, as always, it's a fun read.

A few highlights ... Best Dive Bar is Lakeview Lounge; Best Contemporary-Cocktail Bar is Williams & Graham; Best Late-Afternoon Happy Hour is Old Major; Best French Fries at Jonesy's EatBar.

Sure to create controversy is Westword's choice for Best Hamburger, with the winner being new to the restaurant scene, Humboldt Farm Fish Wine, located at the former site of Strings Restaurant. Readers' choice is Cherry Cricket. As it should be.

Another hotly contested category is always Best Steakhouse. And the winner is Elway's Cherry Creek and Elway's Downtown. Reader's choice: Capital Grille.

As usual, Westword has "unique" categories. Best Mind-Altering Edibles That Don't Contain THC: The Chocolate Therapist. Best Place to Contemplate Death With Others: Denver Death Cafe.

Cher, Lady Gaga coming

It's going to be a great summer of concerts!

Cher kicks off a hot summer of powerhouse female stars coming to Mile High City.

Continuing to show she can "turn back time," Cher performs at the Pepsi Center on May 28.

Is this really her Farewell Tour? The Living Proof Tour in 2005 was originally billed as her farewell tour. More than 3.5 million fans attended that tour, which grossed $250 million. Tickets are on sale for the Dressed to Kill tour with opening act Cyndi Lauper. It may your last chance to see her live, or not?

Tickets are available at

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga comes to Denver on Aug. 6, also at the Pepsi Center, for artRAVE: the ARTPOP Ball Tour.

New staging was uniquely designed to bring the superstar closer to the fans. Fans will be able to walk and dance right under the walkways creating a unique concert going experience.

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday at, and other outlets.

Auditions in Arvada

The Arvada Center will hold auditions for the musical, "Tarzan, The Stage Musical," at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., on May 1 and 2 (chorus dance call on April 28) and in New York City on May 5.

The Arvada Center production will be directed by Gavin Mayer with musical direction by David Nehls and choreography by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck. The Arvada Center artistic producer is Rod A. Lansberry.

Photographer Kirk

You know him as the adorable 9News entertainment reporter, but did you know Kirk Montgomery is also an extremely talented photographer? Stop by John Fielder's Colorado gallery at 833 Santa Fe Drive through the end of May to check out his amazing work. You can also visit to see a sneak peak of his beautiful photographs. 

Brackney to be missed

John Brackney will be missed as the CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and was a great friend to businesses in south Denver and beyond.

On Facebook, Brackney said this about his retirement: "It has been an awesome ride, one I have appreciated and cherished every day. Admittedly imperfect but always driven, I hope I have made some small contribution to the success in your business and your life. My greater hope is that we all re-commit to building an increasingly vibrant business community and quality of life ... I hope our paths cross frequently as I remain at your service, only in a different capacity."

Good luck, John!


Eavesdropping on an office conversation: "Let's make a deal. If I need to be bailed out of jail you come and get me. If you need to be bailed out, I will come and get you."

"Of course! What do you think the company credit card is for?"

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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