christy fantz
Christy Fantz

W hen we were wee lads and lassies and brought home art projects to litter mom's refrigerator doors, we thought we were going to be the next Bob Ross.

Then we grew up and realized our artwork looked like we ate a can of botulism and barfed all over construction paper. But there was always that artfully genius kid who grew up with pure talent, but couldn't afford to prosper with schooling and guidance.

On Saturday, Denver Paint the Runway will provide a night of art and fashion to raise funds for at-risk children to attend Camp ArtReach -- a hands-on, professional program for students ages 6-12.

A design by CU alum Rachel Hurst. Hurst will be showcasing her designs on the runway in Denver on Saturday.
A design by CU alum Rachel Hurst. Hurst will be showcasing her designs on the runway in Denver on Saturday. (Courtesy photo )

Paint the Runway, at Denver Art Society, 734 Santa Fe Drive. Denver, will feature guest artists from Denver, a runway event showcasing local designer wares -- including Rachel Marie Hurst of Fashion House of Rae Marie, a University of Colorado grad and the founder of CU's Fashion Design Student Association. The event will also introduce student designers from the Art Institute of Colorado.

Prices range from student rate at $17.50 to a VIP ticket for $50, which gets guests a private local art viewing, two cocktails, front row seating and a swag bag featuring CoverGirl goods. There will be free beer samples from Fort Collins Brewery and Renegade Brewing Company, fashion vendors, a live art auction of donated work, and Denver's Beauty Bar will offer mini-spa services.


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Info: Doors at 7 p.m., VIP entrance at 6 p.m.; firstclassfashionista.com; denverartsociety.org; artreachdenver.org; $17.50-$50

 

Colorado gaming gig

Gaming nerds: Denver has something for you on Saturday.

Video game marketing company, Colorado Cutthroat Connection (C3), is hosting the Fighter Frenzy Campus Tour at the Rocky Mountain Art + Design campus, 1600 Pierce St., Lakewood, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

The event will feature tournament play in games such as "Injustice," "HALO 4," "Super Street Fighter 4:AE," "Tekken Tag Tournament 2," "Street Fighter X Tekken," "Call of Duty: Black Ops," "Rock Band" and more, while attendees vie for prize packages.

There will also be various workshops -- from learning about story development, animation, production and post-production process, as well as meet-and-greets with various Colorado game developers.

Casual play will also be offered -- for those terrified of competing with that pasty kid who only leaves his mom's basement once a year.

Among some outside disc golf and art, there will also be gaming vendors and grub. Plus, all attendees get a prize. Everybody wins. Yeah!

Info: Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; coloradocutthroat.com; $25-$30

 

 

AM Gold

You wish you were born in the '70s: Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

Nevermind. You do that every day.

Fine, but how awesome would've it been to see Led Zeppelin or Queen live?

Too late.

However, Denver cover band, Mr. Majestyks' 8-Track Revival and his Cavalcade of All-Stars (MM8TR) will be rocking the roof off of Casselman's, 2620 Walnut St., Denver, Friday in their Denver debut.

Featuring a talented crew of longtime Denver musicians, the eight-piece tribute band (with a string section) will play a set that captures the '70s spirit, boasting when the music was raw -- from the likes of Zeppelin, Foreigner, Alice Cooper, David Bowie and more.

Info: Friday at 9 p.m.; 18 and up; casselmans.com; 720-242-8923; $10

 

'Gorestep'

Friday at Beta, 1909 Blake St., Denver, Israeli producer and DJ Borgore will be whomping it like it's hot with his heavy-metal tinged brand of dubstep.

Remember, he was at CU for the World's Largest Paint Party in December? Now you can check him out in a club. With booze.

If you're 21, dear sweets.

Info: Friday at 9 p.m.; 18 and up; $20