Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Vintage Theatre presents A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Craig Bond

Vintage Theatre opens Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” on Friday, July 18 and plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through September 7 at Vintage Theatre in Aurora. Tickets are $26, $21 in advance and available online at www.vintagetheatre.com or by calling 303-856-7830. Group discounts for 6+ are available.

Set against the steamy backdrop of New Orleans’ gritty French Quarter, Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize–winning drama tells the story of Blanche Dubois, a faded Southern belle driven to madness by her animalistic brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Taking refuge from her crumbling past, the fragile yet determined Blanche arrives unexpectedly at her married sister Stella’s doorstep, hoping for a better life and restoration of her senses.

Reprising their 2008 roles is Haley Johnson as Blanche, Kurt Brighton as Stanley and Patrick Collins returns as Mitch. Kelly Uhlenhopp steps into the role of Stella and the cast rounds out with Loren Cogswell (Steve), Darcy Kennedy (Eunice), Brad Wagner (Pablo), Jake Gallegos (Doctor), Ben Griffin (Young Collector), Madison Kuegler (Nurse), Kathy Baerns (Mexican Woman) and Bevin Antea (U/S Eunice and Nurse).

Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955. In addition, The Glass Menagerie (1945) and “The Night of the Iguana (1961) received New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards. His 1952 play The Rose Tattoo (dedicated to his lover, Frank Merlo), received the Tony Award for best play.

Vintage Theatre presents
“A Streetcar Named Desire”
The sultry Tennessee Williams story of sensuality and madness.
July 18 - Sept. 7
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m.
$26 ($21 advance); Groups of 6+ $18
303-856-7830 or online at www.vintagetheatre.com
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010

Monday, June 30, 2014

RMCAD Watertower Art + Craft Market

Don’t miss the Watertower Art + Craft Market on Saturday, July 19th from 10am-4pm at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (1600 Pierce Street). RMCAD faculty, staff, students, alumni and local artists will see their handmade goods. Throughout the day, local bands will provide entertainment and Susie’s SweetsBuck Creek BBQ and Sweet Bloom Coffee will offer lunch and treats. Bring little ones to the 40 West Arts kids corner for caricature drawing, face painting and jewelry/bubble wand making. Tours of the facility, trivia games where you can win RMCAD goodies and demos will also be offered during the event. This event is free and open to all ages.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Labor of Love

I've been running this website for 10 years as a labor of love, without asking anything in return from the local community, and have reached a point where I can no longer continue to operate without funding. I'm open to any suggestions or collaboration from the Colfax Community, and would love ideas how this site can best serve the people of Colorado, while keeping banner ads and other annoying content from the site.

I'm even willing to discuss selling the domain name colfaxavenue.com to someone who feels they have a better use for the site. Please inquire at info(at)colfaxavenue.com.

Thanks for 10 great years!!

Jonny Barber

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Former ‘Idol’ Winner David Cook to Play at A Taste of Colorado

DENVER – Rock singer-songwriter David Cook will perform at the 31st annual A Taste of Colorado on Sun., Aug. 31, at 1 p.m. on the Access Health Colorado Main Stage presented by MIX 100. The four-day, free admission, food, music, and entertainment Festival will take place in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.

Cook was crowned the season seven champion of “American Idol” in 2008. He made chart history soon after with a record-breaking 14 launches on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart from his eponymous platinum-selling debut.
After releasing his second album in 2011, Cook relocated to Nashville in June 2012. Since moving, he has focused on honing his songwriting skills. His latest project is a studio album, which will feature songs to be performed at A Taste of Colorado.
In the years since being crowned the “American Idol” winner, Cook has enjoyed success in both professional and charitable endeavors. His songs have sold over two million tracks, with the singles “The Time of My Life” and “Light On” both platinum-certified. From a charitable aspect, Cook has raised over three million dollars for brain tumor research and funding, and traveled thousands of miles to perform on USO Tours for soldiers in both Kuwait and Iraq.
In addition to the Access Health Colorado Main Stage, four other entertainment stages located throughout the Festival will serve up a continuous menu of music featuring rock, country, jazz, blues, and ethnic music and dance groups. Plus, a fireworks light spectacular will illuminate Civic Center Park on Friday, Aug. 29, and feature synchronized lights on the City and County Building along with choreographed music.
More than 50 of Colorado’s favorite food establishments will be selling a wide variety of small portions to full meals, ensuring that there will be something for every palate. The Fine Dining area will host some of Denver’s finest restaurants. The Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase features local and nationally-renowned chef demonstrations creating simple, yet elegant meals.
Festivalgoers can shop in more than 275 Marketplace booths for original arts and crafts, home and gift items, furniture, jewelry, imports, and more. Fine Art in the Park will display original works in a variety of mediums created by artists from around the country. Shoppers also can explore the Home & Lifestyles area, which features a variety of exhibitors displaying products and services such as window installation, kitchen remodeling, cookware, basement refinishing, and salons and spas.
There will be plenty of music, magic, clowns, and puppets on the Colorado Access Health KidzStage, and the KidZone features play equipment and hands-on craft activities. Kids and adults also can enjoy carnival rides and games Saturday through Monday.
In the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, families can learn about the state’s pioneer past, nature, and the environment. Featured artisans will demonstrate Navajo weaving and culture, spinning, rug braiding, lace crocheting, felting, and quilting, along with the popular blacksmith demonstration. At the Raptor Education Foundation (REF) exhibit, children can learn about birds, their environment, and their interactions with humans.
Sponsors of this year’s Festival are: 9NEWS, Access Health Colorado, Aggreko, LLC, 2014 Air National Guard Mobile Experience, Albert Bartlett, All Copy Products, Allstate®, American Family Insurance, American Medical Response, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Blue Moon, Coast 2 Coast Communications, Colorado Access, Colorado Lottery, Colorado Native, Coors Banquet, Coors Light, Costco Wholesale, Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown, Cricket Wireless, Cutarelli Vision, The Denver Post, Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc., Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, 2014 Ford Experience Tour, Grand Lodge on Peak 7, LBA Realty, Levinson Eye Clinic, Lowe’s, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, PEPSI, Residence Inn Denver City Center, Sparkling ICE, Sport Clips Haircuts, State Farm®, Sturgeon Electric, and TownePlace Suites Denver Downtown.
Festival hours are Friday, Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Festival of Mountain and Plain … A Taste of Colorado is a community celebration that is produced by and benefits Downtown Denver Events, Inc., the Downtown Denver Partnership family’s community events nonprofit organization. The Festival is an opportunity for people throughout the region to come together to experience and appreciate our diverse cultural traditions, and to learn more about our state’s Western heritage. The Festival highlights visual and performing arts in addition to featuring educational programs and culinary demonstrations.
Visit www.ATasteofColorado.com, www.facebook.com/ATasteofColorado, www.twitter.com/ATasteofCO, or call (303) 295-6330 for more information.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Double Dutch Bus

Photo by Richard Caccavale

Always something to see on World Famous Colfax Avenue! This bus is a part of the Jewish Food Festival.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

30 Miles of Crazy! 53: Neal Cassady

Time for another 'Tru-ish' tale of Colfax and the Mile High City. A new 30 MILES OF CRAZY! (#53)! This week: Neal Cassady or... ANOTHER CASE OF SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION!

Neal Cassady is a Beat Icon and Mile High native... but I'll let the comic tell you about him if you are L7 on the details (oh yeah... I went there.) Even better... Check out the new documentary 'Neal Cassady: The Denver Years' (done by the incredible Heather Dalton... who also helped me with this strip...) which is premiering tonight! at the SIE Film Center in scenic City Park-ish East Colfax. Be there for all the historic docu-drama hijinx. It's a 'real cool scene' as the kids all say... (wait, they don't say that anymore??)

Plus... My artwork is featured in the film!!!! In many places... and animated!!! SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION!!! It will be magical if you like that sort of thing. Be there or... well, you know the rest!

With that.... three... two... one... Musical Accompaniment... and GO, CAT GO!!! (they don't say that either??)