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May 2006
ENTERTAINMENT: A SHOE-IN
If you have more footwear than housewear in your home or call yourself a Carrie-Bradshaw kindred spirit, get thee to this Saturday's Museum of Contemporary Art "Shoe Ball"—complete with entertainment by multimedia performance group The Yummies and catering by Three Tomatoes—to see if you can walk the talk. The attire is shoe-fabu: Slip on your most outrageous, creative kicks and strut your stuff for a panel of contemporary fashion and art connoisseurs who just might dub you "Best Shoes of the Party." Plus, if you're a shoe-aholic with a passion for art, $500 will get you a ticket and a guaranteed original work of art created specifically for the MCA by a renowned Colorado or national artist. Sat 7–11 p.m., Ashbury Event Center, 3011 Vallejo St. Tickets $60–$75. For more information or tickets, visit www.mcadenver.org. ACTIVE: RACING FOR RECESS
We love that corporate giant Nike has stepped up to the plate to help local youth keep their favorite school subject—P.E.—alive and active. Run or walk in the Niketown 5K or kid-friendly NikeGo one-miler and 100 percent of your entry fee goes to a physical education program at the local school of your choice. Already proven successful in Honolulu, Las Vegas and Atlanta, this inaugural Denver event is expected to see 5,000 participants and raise $75,000. Sun 8 a.m., Niketown, Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St. Entry fee $15. For more information, visit www.niketown5K.com/denver. Register in person at Niketown. FUND-RAISER: MUSIC TO OUR...EYES
The Painted Violin project is a fund-raiser to benefit the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. Eleven distinguished local artists poured their artistic talents onto the "blank canvases" of these unplayable violins in a collective creative challenge to demonstrate the synergy of art and music. The violins have traveled the city for two months, but if you haven't caught the exhibit, the Painted Violin Carnival and Raffle is your chance. If a particular violin strikes your fancy, buy a $10 raffle ticket, or a group of six tickets for $50, and you could go home with the ultimate symbol of cultural appreciation. Sun 1 p.m., Walnut Foundry Event Center, 3002 Walnut St. Free. For more information, call 303-433-2420 or visit www.paintedviolin.com. STYLE: NARS STARZ
This summer's look is all about the supernatural, so it's a good thing NARS Cosmetics senior makeup stylist James Boehmer is visiting Denver to help us mountain mavens get that perfect out-of-this-world glow. Boehmer and his team of NARS pros will invade Saks this weekend to introduce the NARS Summer 2006 color collection, "Supernatural." Stop by during your weekend browsing to get color tips, application techniques, and even a consultation from this high-profile New York makeup artist with the inside scoop on what's hot and what's not. Fri–Sat 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Saks Fifth Avenue, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 2900 E. First Ave. For more information or to make an appointment with Boehmer, call 303-393-6333 and ask for the NARS counter.