Joe Liss, left, and John Rubano are co-writers and co-stars of “The Bicycle Men,” opening July 10 at the Garner Galleria Theatre.
By John Moore
Writer, actor and obsessive cycling aficionado John Rubano is not taken to hyperbole. Not at all. Which is why The Second City comedy alum and Colorado native modestly calls his musical play The Bicycle Men no less than “The triumph of the bicycle over … death.”
He also says the first day of the Tour de France should be declared a national holiday … in America. Yes, that drug- and scandal-tainted exercise in steroidal cheating.
"American Mixtape" is a first for The Second City: It’s sketch comedy set to live music. The director is Billy Bungeroth, who left Colorado under mysterious circumstances after attending Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School in Colorado Springs. Cast members Randall Harr, Nicole C. Hastings, Meghan Murphy amd Travis Turner put their improv skills to the test in exploring the light-hearted rumor that Bungeroth can’t come home again. While singing the national anthem before a Colorado Rockies baseball game at Coors Field. "Second City’s American Mixtape" plays through June 29 at the Garner Galleria Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Call 303-839-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore.
In this ongoing video series (for adults only!), our own intrepid John Moore follows America’s randiest Tupperware Lady, Dixie Longate, on her latest visit to her adopted city of Denver. Episode 22: Dixie has a farewell message for KUSA Channel 9 Entertainment Anchor Kirk Montgomery, who is leaving the air this week and moving to Michigan. Dixie performs “Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull and 16 Other Things I Learned While I was Drinking Last Thursday” through May 11 at the Garner Galleria Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org.
By John Moore
Dixie had me in 2010, when she said to me, “Well, aren’t you sweeter than poop?!”
Dixie Longate, America’s favorite Tupperware Lady, is back in her adopted city of Denver for the fourth time, having just wrapped up another run of her silly fun comedy, Dixie’s Tupperware Party.
She’s back, and she’s spicier than a habanero pepper on a Biker Jim’s Alaska Reindeer Sausage. (We visited Biker Jim’s food cart on the 16th Street Mall. I swear to Jesus that Biker Jim’s slogan is “Off the Streets and Into Your Mouth.” If ever there were a match made in heaven, It’s Biker Jim and Dixie Longate.)
Dixie has become such a favorite at the Garner Galleria Theatre that spellbound hookers, er, honchos at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts asked her to stay and develop a new play. Dixie talks real fast, so it should come as no surprise that she can say, Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull and 16 Other Things I Learned While I was Drinking Last Thursday in less than three seconds flat.
In this ongoing new video series (for adults only!), our own intrepid John Moore follows America’s randiest Tupperware Lady, Dixie Longate, on her latest visit to her adopted city of Denver. Episode 10: Dixie meets a random Mall Make-Up Salesman and concludes, “You can’t read a book with a cover on it.”
Dixie performs her hit comedy “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” through April 20 before debuting the world premiere of her new show, “Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull and 16 Other Things I Learned While I was Drinking Last Thursday,” at the Garner Galleria Theatre through May 11. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Check back here for a new “Dixie” video most every day through May 11.
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In this new, ongoing video series (for adults only!), John Moore follows America’s randiest Tupperware Lady, Dixie Longate, on her latest visit to her adopted city of Denver. First up: Dixie tells you what you might not know about KUSA Channel 9 Entertainment Anchor Kirk Montgomery after they meet up at the Grizzly Rose. Dixie performs her hit comedy Dixie’s Tupperware Party through April 20 before debuting the world premiere of her new show, Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull and 16 Other Things I Learned While I was Drinking Last Thursday, at the Garner Galleria Theatre through May 11. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Check back here for a new “Dixie” video most every day through May 11.
Our return engagement of I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, playing now through June 24 in the Garner Galleria Theatre, is all about relationships. To coincide with this day that’s all about love, here are some tips from the cast to help you avoid those painful bumps in the road.
Heather Lacy: “My husband proposed to me in grand fashion on Valentine’s Day years ago, and at the time I thought it was the most special memory. These days I realize how much it means when I come home and he has picked up my favorite ice cream, or when he insists on driving me to work in a snowstorm, just to make sure I am safe. It is the little things we do for each other, every day, to take care of each other,that matter most.”
Daniel Langhoff: “Not sure if I’m the greatest resource for dating advice… I think if you have the chance to break the ice very simply, with a lunch or dinner, so the two people can actually talk and figure out if they have anything in common or any mutual attraction or any fun. Fun is imperative, and it must include both people, then worst case scenario, you’ve had a fun evening.”
Robert Michael Sanders: “The only advice I can give is this: If you are with someone that really loves Valentine’s Day, then make it special for them. As guys we tend to hate this day because Hallmark told us to go buy flowers, but if we don’t…….. could get ugly. Personally, I love to do what is called “US” day. It happens to fall the day after Valentine’s, and it’s not for everyone else…. just us. Plus, you can get into any restaurant without a reservation and still look cool.”
Scott Severtson: “I have two pieces of dating advice that got me through it all. Number one: women/men are like busses. If you miss one, another one will be along in 15 minutes. Don’t waste time longing for the one who got away. We all have success and failure in our dating lives and that’s all part of the fun. We take a valuable lesson from every relationship we have that prepares us for “the one”. That way when that person that you want to spend your life with comes along, you are ready. Which ties into my other piece of advice. Number two: you only get it the right the last time. In a perfect world, we would all marry our high school sweethearts, never have our hearts broken and live happily ever after. But we all know that isn’t the case. Most of us will fall in love and then have our hearts broken time and time again. The good news is that every time that happens, you get another shot at it! Just tell yourself, “Time to catch another bus.”
Shannan Steele: “I think the advice I would give with any phase of a relationship is to laugh at yourself. See the truth about yourself; know that it is perfect and good and potentially difficult for someone else to love at every moment. Be grateful for every kindness. Be honest, even when it’s hard to be so. Listen.”
I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE plays the Garner Galleria Theatre now through June 24. Come for the show; accepting dating advice is optional.