Thursday Night on the Town


thursdayArriving in Denver early and not sure what to do Thursday night?  Join us for theatre–the comedy one-man show Defending the Caveman and/or dinner.  Here are details:

Fellow Historical Novel Society Conference attendees will meet in the Hyatt lobby at 4:30.  The free hotel shuttle will take us to the light rail station where each participant will purchase his/her own round-trip rail ticket for $8.00.  Arriving at the Theatre Centre rail station, we will walk the approximately five blocks to our restaurant, Euclid’s Hall.

Euclid’s Hall was selected for dinner because of its mathematical/alchemical/historical theme.  Once the epitome of skid row, Euclid House is now one of the few remaining original buildings in this now trendy area of Denver, serving as an example of successful urban renewal.  Here are historical details

Built in 1883 as a house for Dr. Byron Albertus Wheeler, Euclid Hall has been home to the Masons, the Colorado Women’s Relief Corps, The Cootie Club, Maudie’s Flea Market and is even rumored to have once been the very fancy headquarters of a brothel catering to government officials, law enforcement and members of the media. Perhaps its most memorable occupant was Soapy Smith’s Double Eagle Bar which operated from 1977 through the end of the century. Named after legendary con man and early Denver personality Soapy Smith, the bar was a long-time gathering place for good food and live entertainment.

Denver’s City Hall was right across the street and it was in front of Euclid Hall where the City Hall War of 1894 was fought when Governor Davis H. Waite tried to replace the corrupt police and fire commissioners who refused to leave. Waite called in 400 militia troops and they were challenged at City Hall by a force lead by Soapy Smith, a hefty case of dynamite and other leaders and members of the underworld. The standoff attracted more than 20,000 people to this corner. The governor stood down, took his case to court and lost, thus the underworld prevailed and skid row remained.

The food is eclectic–Pad Thai Pig Ears?  Take a look here http://www.euclidhall.com/menus.html.  Prices run two dollar signs out of 4–perhaps $30 for food and drink.  There are plenty of other restaurants in the neighborhood for those with different tastes, but this is where the main group will be eating, each person paying for his or her own meal and drinks.  It is possible for a group of participants to take a cab from the hotel, arranged and paid for on your own.

The show starts at 7:30, and we will walk approximately .3 of a mile back to the venue after dinner.

The longest running solo play in Broadway history, Defending the Caveman has become a worldwide hit. Having been translated into 18 different languages, Caveman has won the hearts of millions in more than 45 countries and is sure to win yours. Defending the Caveman has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition, affectionately nudging each other as they recognize themselves in the stories being told on the stage. Its “outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap” (Chicago Sun Times) has made Caveman “a comic phenomenon.” (New York Times). With hysterical observations into contemporary feminism, masculine sensitivity and the erogenous zones, Defending the Caveman mines the common themes in relationships that go straight through the funny bone and into the heart.

Tickets to the show are $33 apiece.  The Galleria Theatre is cabaret seating, which means snacks such as a cheese plate and drinks are available from a waiter throughout the show.  Some may find no dinner necessary.

Please address all queries to me, Ann Chamberlin annchamberlin@annchamberlin.com.  If you are interested in just dinner, you may join us without reservation in the hotel lobby just before we leave.  Friends and guests are also welcome to join the dinner and/or theatre group.

Theatre tickets, however, must be purchased and reserved by May 15, 2015.  Contact me for further details.

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