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The wedding of Mike Shanahan's daughter Krystal rocked Denver.

David Parker, one of Denver's iconic Western painters until he split for France about 10 years ago, is back in town Friday to help Rockmount's Steve Weil sell off some of the late Jack B.

Weil's art collection.

And Jack, Steve's dad, had a good eye.

At a reception/sale 6-9 Friday evening at Rockmount, you'll see works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder — and Parker.

"We're keeping our favorite pieces from a collection of more than 300 works," says Steve.

"It's just way too big for us to hold on to." Seems Jack was a big fan of Parker's work from the get-go.

"The family kind of gave me my start," says Parker — who now paints French landscapes instead of cowboys.

He's married with two kids and has been making wine in France in a renovated 1867 chateau.

That's a long way from the LoDo loft where he lived and painted before LoDo was LoDo.

But he's moving away from the vines, where, he says in an e-mail, "the actual reality is manual labor beyond imagining.

Want to plant another hectare of vines? Well, first let's harvest the several thousand fifty-kilo rocks that have sprouted since the plowing." So now he's back in the studio.

And back in Denver.

But only for a few days.

"I miss Denver so much," he says.

"I am in love with France, but I miss my friends and family and America in general.

Still, I don't see giving up my European lifestyle." PartytimeDenver was still recovering from Mike Shanahan's daughter Krystal's late-night July 4 wedding reception — that included hot NYC wedding band the Deanna Jones Orchestra (that rocked the Michael Douglas-Catherine Zeta-Jones nups) and the Bush twins — when another blowout hit town Saturday night.

Insurance titan Steve Lockton was skedded to throw a 40th-birthday party for his wife, Nikki, that included about 320 guests and entertainment from the smokin' party band LA Allstars, followed by DJ AM.

Roll the Dice.

Andrew Dice Clay was down to play the Comedy Works in 2007 for $100 a seat.

But he canceled a week before the gig.

Now he's back at the Comedy Works on Aug.

14 and 15 — for a more reasonable $35 a seat.

But will he be as dirty with a discount? Dances @ Aspen.

Part-time Aspenite Kevin Costner and his band Modern West played the town's nightclub Belly Up on Friday — and Costner was ready to please the crowd and take some heat.

He told The Aspen Times that actors in bands take a beating, but bring it on.

"I can't control outside cynicism," he said.

"The only ones that really matter are the ones who have shown up that night." City spirit.

The bar is already pretty crowded at Houston's, but look for a grand piano in the corner with live music every night .

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Marie Claire magazine named Denver the No.

2 best city for "single gals on the prowl." That's why we call it Menver .

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Gary Sinise and his Lt.

Dan Band are at Civic Center with Opie Gone Bad 5-7:30 p.m.

Aug.

8 .

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Kim Lenz and the Jaguars are at Tambien 2-7 today .

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Sez who: "She deserves a good husband.

Marry her before she finds one." Oscar LevantBill Husted's column appears Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.

You can reach him at 303-954-1486 or at [email protected]

Take a peek at Husted's next column at blogs.denverpost.com/husted.



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