But weight: There’s less


If you’ve ever wanted to travel on a weight-loss journey in front of millions of folks on TV, your chance is coming up.

Eyeworks USA, the producers of the hit series “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” is beginning a nationwide tour to 13 cities — including Denver — in search of participants for season four of the weekly show.

Candidates are invited to either attend an open call in one of the cities or send in a home tape.

“Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” features transformational specialist Chris Powell, author of the New York Times bestseller “Choose to Lose.” Powell documents the amazing makeover of 15 courageous “super obese” people who have 365 days to safely lose up to half their body weight.

Powell provides a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight. He guides each of the participants through a transformation process by moving into each person’s home.

The Denver open casting call takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, 8260 Northfield Blvd., #1370, Denver.

Information on how to apply can be found on the official casting website at www.extrememakeovercasting.com. Casting call attendees should bring a non-returnable photo.

Wild about Harry

Britain’s Prince Harry will make an official visit to the United States — including Colorado Springs — in May, according to a story broadcast last week on CBS.

The prince is scheduled to be in the U.S. from May 9 through May 15 on behalf of several charities and the British government, the report said.

“The 28-year-old royal is also scheduled to attend the Warrior Games for wounded veterans in Colorado Springs and visit New York City for an event promoting community-based youth athletics,” CBS reported.

The prince also plans to visit New York City and New Jersey towns that were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Harry’s last visit to the U.S. in May 2012 didn’t end up as a positive PR campaign after naked photos surfaced showing him with a female companion that were reportedly taken inside a VIP suite in a Las Vegas hotel.

Southern comfort

Southern Hospitality, the eatery that opened with barely a whisper recently, is a delightful and casual entrant into the downtown Denver restaurant scene.

A gal pal and I checked it out last week, and I can’t wait to bring back Mr. On the Town, a Southern-fried food freak.

The restaurant, at 1433 17th St., arrived among a plethora of press because of its New York roots with original investor, entertainment superstar Justin Timberlake, who since has sold his interest.

But the Denver location is backed by Ryan Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic and a Colorado native. Celebrity buzz aside, we found some solid Southern comfort with the service and the fare.

Some of what we sampled were crispy buffalo shrimp, crispy fried pickles, Southern fried chicken and roasted corn. No room for the much-lauded banana pudding or “grandma’s bourbon pecan pie.”

Southern Hospitality is known for its extensive whiskey and bourbon selection, but since I don’t drink brown, I was perfectly happy with a vodka and soda.

Great place to drop into or go on the website for a reservation: www.shdenver.com. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Game day Grill grub

Vesta Dipping Grill wants to “take you out to the ballgame” (so to speak) beginning April 5 when baseball fans will have another alternative for food on the way to Coors Field.

Vesta’s Pre-Game Pop-Ups will feature Korean BBQ Rib Sandwiches ($6) and Fresh Fruit Cups ($4) sweetened with agave syrup and chili lime. Other specials may “pop-up” throughout the season as well.

The concept is the brainchild of Chef Brandon Foster, who says he wanted to “provide an alternative to traditional ballgame food on the way to Coors Field.”

Both the sandwiches and fruit cups will be available out front of Vesta, 1822 Blake St., 90 minutes before every Rockies day game, and select evening games through the 2013 season.

Check out the restaurant’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/vestagrill, for additional games and specials.

Hank Williams reborn

Check out the Lone Tree Arts Center’s production of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” opening on April 4 and running through April 14.

“Lost Highway” is the story of the legendary country singer and songwriter, who died at the age of 29. “Lost Highway” was conceived and workshopped originally in 1986 by the Denver Center Theatre Company. It opened on off-Broadway in 2002 to rave reviews.

Local favorites, Kathleen Brady and Randy Moore, are among the many talented cast members.

Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at www.lonetreeartscenter.org/hank or at 720-509-1000. The Lone Tree Arts Center is located at 10075 Commons St., just off of Interstate 25 at the Lincoln Ave. exit.

SMART911 ready for Wheat Ridge

An enhanced SMART911 technology has been installed for use by the Wheat Ridge police department, and the city is asking its residents to sign up for the free service at www.smart911.com.

By signing up, residents will provide vital information that could help first responders, including the police, firefighters and other emergency personnel, act fast to save lives. Residents are encouraged to create a profile before an emergency happens.

“We are really excited about this new service for the community and strongly encourage residents to take advantage of it. Taking a few minutes of your time to sign up could be invaluable in an emergency situation,” said Police Chief Dan Brennan.

The free voluntary service is funded by the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority, and allows citizens residing in Jefferson and Broomfield counties to create a profile of personal, medical and household information. The data can include medical conditions, medications, disabilities, children’s photos, floor plans and other pertinent information about family members and even pets.

To register your free and protected profile, visit www.smart911.com or for more information, contact Communications Manager Larry Stodden at 303-235-2937.

Readers Choice party

Colorado Meetings + Events magazine threw a fab party last week to hand out the awards for the 2013 Best Of Colorado Readers Choice award winners, selected by the magazine’s readers via online voting.

The top picks include attractions, planning companies, photographers, caterers, venues and more. As the magazine said, “We’re confident that the winners represent businesses and organizations that are defining the excellence our state is so well-known for, and we thank you for joining us to honor this elite group.”

The event (which was quite fun, and attracted a host of well-dressed young folks) took place Monday at the Denver Art Museum, catered by the awesome staff at Kevin Taylor Restaurant.

Here’s the description of the awards criteria from the Colorado Meetings + Events website: “Every single winner in the annual Readers’ Choice Best Of Award campaign is hand-picked by the meeting planners, event planners and suppliers who read Colorado Meetings + Events magazine.

“The Best Of awards are designed to honor the cream of the crop in the regional meetings and events industry. We achieve this by giving the power to determine the winners solely to the readers — every vote in each category is influential and important to determine the final winner.

“The awards are a celebration of the hard work and above-and-beyond service of suppliers who help planners be at the top of their game. Once the votes are tallied, the top nominees are notified, and the winners are kept secret until the Best Of party, then announced in a special issue of the magazine.”

Check out this year’s winners online at www.co.meetingsmags.com/article/meet-winners.

More honors

The Business Journals (the company that owns the Denver Business Journal) rated 102 metro areas with a population of 500,000 or more in the U.S., and Denver ranks ninth of the nation’s best places for young adults. The Business Journals’ G. Scott Thomas gave the rankings in his “On Numbers” blog, ranking Austin, Texas at the top. See more at http://denv.co/16WnBVN.


Hey, golfers: DineOut Colorado’s Restaurant Hound is producing a restaurant guide for golfers who bring their greens-fee receipts to local restaurants for exclusive Facebook specials. To learn more, “like” DineOut Colorado’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dineoutcolorado. As a golfer, this sounds like a great idea!


SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book “Fifty Shades of Grey” to life with sexy and fun musical comedy performances from a hunky leading man plus lots of surprises.

The Paramount Theatre shows are at 7:30 p.m. April 4, and at 8 p.m. April 5 and 6. Plus, a performance was added at 3 p.m. April 6. Tickets are $45 and on sale by calling 303-534-6773. For more information about the show, visit www.spankshow.com.

Goodwill hunting

Goodwill Industries of Denver will open its newest retail store at 3100 S. Sheridan Blvd., in Denver’s Bear Valley Neighborhood, at 8 a.m. May 25.

The 24,000-square-foot building will contain a retail store, donation drop-off area and Goodwill’s newest Career Connection Center.

In addition to the 35 new jobs Goodwill plans to create to staff the store, the Career Connection Center will serve as a free career resource for anyone seeking job skills or career support.

The center will host classes on how to write a resume, dressing for an interview and other tools needed to gain employment. People will have free access to computers to search for jobs, research companies, work on resumes and answer professional emails.

On the May 25 opening, Goodwill will host a celebration for the community, which will include a 50 percent off sale on nearly everything in the store.

Regular store hours will be 9 am. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. More information at www.goodwilldenver.org.

Maybe not so good

Eavesdropping on two girls at the bar at Hacienda Colorado after their workout class when one put on her hood and jokingly said: “Do I look sexy?”

“Oh yeah, like the Unabomber in pink.”

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. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.pennyparker.blacktie-colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.


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