Monday, August 29, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tour de Fat is coming to Denver on September 10th

Mark it Down! Tour de Fat is coming to Denver on September 10
with more zany antics than ever before

Day includes costumes, bikes, music, contests, fundraising,
and the only place to get Carnie Blood!

Ft. Collins, Colo., August 24, 2016 –  New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat, a traveling celebration of all things bike, is returning to Denver Saturday, September 10. Tour de Fat will take place in City Park (west side) offering a day of eclectic entertainment, a costumed bike ride, a gameshow, car-for-bike swap, fashion showdown, great music, and of course plenty of New Belgium beer. The event is free, yet all donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales will go to Denver-area non-profits.

“We can’t wait to bring the magic of Tour de Fat back to Denver,” said Matt Kowal, New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Impresario. “New Belgium celebrates 25 years this year. To me, more than anything, that means 25 years of Fat Tire shining like a rainbow over a waterfall of ho-hummity. Emblazoned with a red cruiser bicycle, Fat Tire speaks to the inspiration of our company, our founding beers, and our ethos of balance. And so it was and so it continues to inspire us all, let's celebrate! Whether you ride your bike down or ride one of our mutant bikes around, we will have a bash and raise some cash for bike-orgs that work hard for you all year!"

The main stage in Denver will feature Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, a seven-piece band that plays a mixture of soul, rock and dirty funk. The band shakes up rock ‘n’ roll and has shared stages with Gov’t Mule, Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, and Galactic.

Other main stage acts will include cellist, singer-songwriter, and composer Ben Sollee. Ben plays the banjo, guitar, mandolin, and percussion. His cello playing is the most unique around, with music ranging from folk to R&B.

The Kolars will also play in Denver. This husband and wife duo are members of the renowned band He’s my Brother, She’s my Sister. To complement his disco, glam-a-billy, space guitar blues; she has reconceived a rhythmic contraption to tap and play atop a kick drum. The Kolars thrills audiences with its unabashed exuberance.

Two Variety Venues: Sputnik mobile stage and Le Tigre Grande, will offer all-day entertainment featuring comedy, spectacle, and interactive happenings. And finally the Fat Tire and Friends Stage will feature local and regional bands. This year we are pleased to present: The Parlor Pickers, Chimney ChoirBrent Cowles, and The Other Black.

Everyone 21 and older will be able to sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including the brewery’s flagship brew, Fat Tire, New Belgium’s latest year-round offering, Citradelic Tangerine IPA, along with more esoteric beers from its Lips of Faith series. It’s also the only place to enjoy Carnie Blood, a beer made in honor of the Tour de Fat Carnies that make this tour possible every year. Carnie Blood Vol. 3 is an Imperial Stout brewed with two single-origin cocoas and chicory.

As for the fundraising, this year all proceeds in Denver will go to Bike Denver and Denver Cruiser Ride. The entire 2015 season raised more than $647,668, with the Denver event rolling in $113,305.

Swap your car for a $2,250 Bike! New Belgium is once again on the hunt for a lucky swapper willing to trade in four wheels for two and commit to using a bike as their sole means of transportation. Each swapper is awarded a stipend to buy his or her own commuter bike. Potential swappers just need to submit a video explaining why they have what to takes to go car-free and what the new lifestyle would mean to them. Apply at

Tour de Fat – Denver Details

Saturday, September 10

City Park, west side

Main Stage:
10:00 a.m. - Ride Registration
11:00 a.m. - Bike Ride
12:00 p.m. - Fashion Showdown
12:30 p.m. - The Kolars
1:20 p.m. - Slow Ride
1:40 p.m. Ben Sollee 
2:40 p.m. - The Bike is Right! Game show to win a 2016 New Belgium bike
3:10 p.m. ****SPUTNIK @ MAIN STAGE****
3:30 p.m. - Car For Bike Trade
3:40 p.m. – Sister Sparrow
5:00 p.m. - Adios Amigos! (curfew)

Fat Tire and Friends Stage:
12:00 p.m.  The Parlor Pickers
1:15 p.m.    Chimney Choir
2:30 p.m.    Brent Cowles
3:45 p.m.    The Other Black

You can pre-register and donate to receive a limited edition Tour de Fat license plate, sunglasses, or patch at

See for the Tour de Fat credo, schedules, videos and to submit an entry to swap your vehicle for a fancy new bicycle. For more on the Denver stop, click here.

About New Belgium Brewing Company 

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Transit opens at DAVA September 22nd

Transit explores the future of transportation with artworks by DAVA youth focused on modes of transportation and the design process. Works by Industrial Design students from Metropolitan State University complete the exhibit. You are invited to the opening reception and special film screening Thursday September 22nd, from 4 pm to 7:30 pm.  The exhibit runs through November 18th, 2016. DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) is located at 1405 Florence Street, one block south of Colfax in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. All DAVA exhibits are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday or by appointment.
David Klein, professor of Industrial Design at Metropolitan State University came to our studios to initiate the design process with DAVA students.  He will contribute a selection of drawings, computer renderings and 3D models created by students from his department at Metro.
DAVA’s Job Training Students in Computer and Fine arts, along with select high school students, examined the evolution of transportation devices, then researched and developed future designs. Younger students, in DAVA’s Open Studio created a fully articulated road scene with vehicles and boats, bicycles and traffic signs.
Also included in this exhibit are the results of fast paced summer projects in art and technology. 15 short films related to the future of transportation will be shown, produced by DAVA students led by Professor Geoffrey Chadwick from the Colorado Film School at Lowry. A new remote controlled “artbot” will be introduced, created during a special section of robotics in our Job Training program.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with a primary focus on youth engagement. For more information about our programs, visit

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Artwork of Kirsten Denbow

Riviera Motel
Aurora Motel
The pendants are from left to right Lions Lair, Riviera Motel, Niagara Motel, Driftwood Motel.

Love this Colfax artwork by Kirsten Denbow! Find out more about her and her art here.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rip Van Winkle's Motel

Re-use, Recycle is what I always say! The Rip Van Winkle's Motel/Desert Inn Motel, 1939. #WestColfax

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Festival of Mountain and Plain, 1895

People walk in a baseball stadium (probably Broadway Athletic Park) at Colfax Avenue and Broadway in Denver, Colorado, during the Festival of Mountain and Plain. The Colorado State Capitol building shows through the entry arch. (courtesy Denver Library, Western History Collection)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016