Stealing the show: Hickenlooper to get his moment and then some in ‘Denver Stories’

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a man who’s used to being large and in charge, will have more than his moment in the spotlight when Curious Theatre Company devotes its entire seventh annual Denver Stories play to the good guv.

It’s quite a departure for the annual production, which traditionally features multiple prominent Denver types.

“If you can find that one person, it ends up being quite the tribute to that individual,” said Curious artistic director Chip Walton. “We’re well on our way to being 70 percent sold out.”

The play, written by Josh Hartwell and acted by John Jurcheck (who I’m told shares Hick’s long and lanky physical features) will have a one-night run on June 20 at the theater at 1080 Acoma St. The evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Occasions Catering (formerly Occasions by Sandy) beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a live auction and post-show party as well as the performance.

Tickets are $1,000 per person. Sponsorships are available at $5,000 to $10,000 through Diana Gatschet, director of organizational advancement at 720-258-4212 or at

Will the governor make a cameo appearance in his own play? I’d bet on it. “It’s part of what we’ve talked to him about doing without a firm commitment one way or the other just yet,” Walton said. I’m betting the condo.

Masked men and women

The Mask Project, the every other year hearty party at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, is starting to display some of the fab porcelain masks up for auction on Wednesday, and will leave the dandy display up until May 13 – the day after the May 12 gala.

Here are some highlights: Vesta Dipping Grill executive chef Matt Selby is throwing in a five course wine dinner for four with his mask, while Lawrence French and Gregory Sargowicki of Lifestyles Catering are including a five-course dinner for 10 cooked in the winning bidder’s home.

The Colorado Restaurant Association mask by Meg Voigt Meersman (wife of CRA big cheese Pete Meersman) comes with four VIP tickets to Denver Food & Wine Classic, the not-miss party of the summer season. Bid on masks or buy tickets to the event at

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Scooter soiree

The wild and wacky Tom Downey, whose day job is director of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses, is one of the organizers (instigators) of Denver’s first Art Scooter Parade, an adjunct event to the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Half  Marathon, beginning at 6 a.m. May 20 at Denver’s City Park.

I’m trying to get new scooter owner Mr. On the Town (who bought the silver bullet at the Evening of Decadent Delights last week at Coohill’s, a benefit for Sense of Security) to get on board with this event where you trick out your ride to show your style.

I’m told that daffy Downey is making an Annie scooter by building a 1933 open-air limo around the bike. He’s planning on wearing a bald cap and tux aka Daddy Warbucks. Daughters Ella and Meg will be in the back of the “limo” dressed as orphans, and dog Bigsy will play the part of Sandy. Daughter Cate will wear her Annie dress and wig while riding her pedal scooter next to the Downey crew.

Mike Yankovich, who runs the Denver Children’s Museum, will transform into daredevil Evel Kneivel on his scooter. Register for the scooter shenanigans at

New dude

I told you dear readers on Sunday about the sad departure of The Ritz-Carlton Denver general manager Andrew Rogers who left Monday for his first trip to his new gig as GM of the under-construction Ritz in Chengdu, China.

Meanwhile, Rogers’ replacement (and I hope he has big feet, because he has big shoes to fill) Steve Janicek takes over The Ritz Denver GM job after serving as the top dog at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera.

Janicek’s 25-year hospitality career includes stints with Stouffer Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Aspen, The Coeur d’Alene Resort, The Lodge at Rancho Mirage and Vail Cascade Resort and Spa.

His biggest challenge as the general manager of one of Denver’s two luxury hotels will be to maintain the AAA Five-Diamond rating that Rogers led his team to earn two years in a row. Good luck!

Eavesdropping on a woman at Elway’s Cherry Creek: “I have a really small frame, it’s just the fat that’s hiding it.”