Saturday, September 5, 2015

Friday, September 4, 2015

Tours by Phil Goodstein August-October 2015

Saturday, September 26: Mount Olivet Cemetery, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

Meet by the fence across the road from the Madonna Mausoleum. The main entrance to Mount Olivet is west of Youngfield Street on West 44th Avenue. Go up the hill past the administration building to near where there is a big crucifix. On your left is the Madonna Mausoleum. (Coming from the east take exit 266 on Ward Road from I-70 and go west about a half mile to the cemetery. Coming from the west take exit 265 at Youngfield. and go north about a mile to West 44th Avenue and turn left. The cemetery is the first exit on the right.) The cost is $10.

Sunday, September 27: Park Hill Promise, 11:00 am–4:00 pm

Phil Goodstein will be hustling his books, especially Park Hill Promise, at the Park Hill Street Fair. This is a free event. The booth should be near Montview Boulevard and Forest Street Parkway.

Sunday, October 4: Crown Hill Cemetery, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

Gather at the parking lot along the main road of the graveyard, just west of the administration building
along West 29th Avenue about two blocks west of Wadsworth Boulevard. The cost is $10.00.

Saturday, October 10: Ghosts of Cheesman Park, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

Meet at the wooden gazebo near the equivalent of 12th Avenue and Gilpin Street. It is directly south
of the RTD bus stop on the 12th Avenue loop in the park. Gilpin Street is the 1700 east block. Park
in the park, east bound, on the 12th Avenue loop to the east of the RTD stop. The cost is $10.

Saturday, October 17: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax
and 14th avenues. The cost is $20.00.

Friday, October 23: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax
and 14th avenues. The cost is $20.00.

Saturday, October 24: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax
and 14th avenues. The cost is $20.00.

Friday, October 30: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax
and 14th avenues. The cost is $20.00.

Saturday, October 31: Ghost Walk, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Meet at the statute of the Indian on the east lawn of the Capitol along Grant Street between Colfax
and 14th avenues. The cost is $20.00.

Monday, November 16: How the West Side Won, 7:00 pm

This is a free talk at the Colfax Tattered Cover (at Elizabeth Street) on the publication of Phil Goodstein’s
new book, How the West Side Won.

To book a tour, call Phil Goodstein at (303) 333-1095.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tour de Fat Returns to Denver

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Returns to Denver 
on September 12 
for a Day of Bikes, Beer and Bon Vivants  
Daylong celebration includes ridiculous entertainment, wild and crazy costumes, hilarity in charity
and New Belgium beer! 

Ft. Collins, Colo., August 25, 2015 – Dust off the costume, shine up the bike and get ready for another epic and bewildering day as Tour de Fat rolls into Denver. Tour de Fat arrives in City Park on Saturday, September 12. The daylong event is free, yet all donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales go to Denver-area non-profits.

“Maybe you already bike all over town, or you’re a weekend warrior, or just a little bike curious,” said Matt Kowal, New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Impresario. “If so, this is for you. It’s a summer stew of sorts where we all come together, let our alter egos shine with no inhibitions. You’ll find dancing, contests, bike swapping, music making and a tiny tent where anything can happen. It’s one carnival you’ll actually regret missing.”

Some of the eclectic entertainment includes co-headliners Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – who recently performed on The Today Show– and The Suffers, a ten-piece band from Houston recently featured on the Late Show with David Letterman, who will bring the redefined sound of Gulf Coast Soul to the Mile High City. Brewing education, a bicycle revival, rideable art bikes, a “Thousand Person Dance Contest” to win a New Belgium cruiser bike, yo-yo performers, vaudeville acts and a fashion show are also in the mix. In addition, Tour de Fat’s Le Tigre Grande variety tent ups the ante, adding more entertainment options from past years.

Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including the brewery’s flagship brew, Fat Tire, New Belgium’s latest year-round offering, Slow Ride Session IPA, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series.

As for the fundraising, the entire 2014 season raised more than $625,000, with the Denver stop bringing in a record-breaking $101,003. This year, all funds raised in Denver will go to BikeDenver and The Denver Cruisers.

100th! Car-for-Bike Swap
Every year, New Belgium gets one brave role model to step on stage to trade in his or her car keys for a bike, pledging to live car-free for one year. Each swapper is awarded a stipend to buy his or her own commuter bike. Car-for-Bike swappers are chosen after submitting an application describing why they are ready to give up their vehicle for the gift of two wheels. This year, the Car-for-Bike swapper in Denver will be New Belgium’s 100th bicycling hero! We’d love to hear from interested swappers. Apply at -

Tour de Fat – Denver Details

Saturday, September 12

City Park

Main Stage:               
10:00 a.m. — Parade Registration
11:00 a.m. — Parade Kick-Off
12:45 p.m. — Fashion! (Best Costumes of Tour de Fat)
1:00 p.m. — Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
2:10 p.m. — The Slow Ride Races
2:40 p.m. — Barb’s Charms Puppet Comedy
3:10 p.m. — 1,000 Person Dance Contest – Winner receives a New Belgium Cruiser!
3:40 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade
3:50 p.m. — SSSSnake! Rides Sputnik!
5:00 p.m. — The Suffers
6:00 p.m. — Finale

Stage Stage:
1:10 p.m. and 4:10 p.m.
Superfriends Variety Hour: Death Defying Comedy, Chain Saws, Yo-Yos and Bananas

Le Tigre Circus Tent:
10:50 a.m. — The Other One
11:15 a.m. — Marnie Sams Muffin Show (Kids Show)
12:00 p.m. — Yo-Yo Time Machine
12:45 p.m. — Zip Code Man
1:20 p.m. — Fire Leopard
2:10 p.m. — The Kroup
3:00 p.m. — Yo-Yo Time Machine
3:30 p.m. — Honeymoon Cabaret
4:30 p.m. — The Other One
5:20 p.m. — Etiquette School

Grotto Stage:
12:00 p.m. — The Jekylls
1:15 p.m. — Wild High
2:30 p.m. — Eldren
3:45 p.m. — Bud Bronson and the Good Timers
5:00 p.m. — In The Whale

The Denver Cruisers

Admission – FREE!
Donations for non-profits are accepted
Beer – $5

You can pre-register and donate to receive a limited edition Tour de Fat license plate or bike light 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, one of World Blu’s Most Freedom-Centered Workplaces, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

First Kmart Blue Light Special was flashed on Colfax Avenue

I have this on no less of an authority than Bob Anderson, one of the Kmart workers who conceived the blue-light idea. It took place 30 years ago at the first Kmart store in the Denver area, No. 4101 at 7325 W. Colfax Avenue.

“Self-help department stores were a new idea, “Anderson writes,” we hhad a whole new merchandising system. I was managing mens-wear. We had to have a fast turnover for it to work.

“When we had slow moving items, we had to move them out. We announced “15 minute specials” (on the store’s public address system), but people couldn’t find out where they were. We tried helium balloons, beach balls suspended in the air over vacuum cleaners, but customers still couldn’t find us.

“We rigged up a cart used to carry shirts and other items to the counters where they were to be displayed. There was a tub on the top and a shelf at the bottom. We put the car battery on the shelf, a chrome tube through the middle of the cart with a blinking red light at the top.

“We would move it from department to department, and on Saturdays and Sundays, we kept it going all day long. It was a instant success. The Fire Department made us change the light from red to blue because the color red had the exclusive function of marking exits.

The district manager saw it and put the system in all his stores. Within six months, flashing blue lights were in every Kmart store in the nation. I’ll be that even the Kmart historians don’t know how it got started but I do—and now you do too!

“The story might bore the hell out of people, but it is an event in the history of merchandising and perhaps the closes thing I have to achieve celebrity status.”

Not only that, but the “Attention, Kmart Shoppers” announcements over the stores’ PA systems are still the stock and trade of comedians who stand in front of brick walls on cable TV and think they are making people laugh by using the MF words.

We are indebted to celebrity Bob Anderson for the information. Now, if we can just find out how “red-tag sales” started. My earliest recollection of them was 40 years ago at Nessie Nides’ appliance store on East Colfax during one of her frequent “sell-a-brations”.

Author Gene Amole - from his book "Amole One More Time" - October 8, 1992

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Confessions of a Happy Heretick: A Holy Roller on Colfax

Pentecostals of Aurora Service Times:
Sunday Morning: Sunday School Evangelisim 10:00 AM
Thursday Evening: Prayer and Bible Study 7:30pm

Multicultural Center at 9360 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, CO, 80010 For more information call: 303-695-4444, or visit

Monday, August 31, 2015

Interesting piece of Colfax Memorabilia

Scarce tintype photo and frame pin promoting Schuyler Colfax during his 1868 presidential campaign. Schuyler was not successful in his bid for the Republican nomination but accepted the Vice Presidential spot under Ulysses S. Grant. Original and interesting piece of Colfax memorabilia.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Trey Anastasio coming to The Fillmore Auditorium

Fillmore Auditorium
Friday, November 13 & Saturday, November 14
Showtime 8:00 pm / Doors 6:30 pm 

To celebrate the release of Paper Wheels, Trey Anastasio Band will embark on a short fall tour, kicking off with a two night stand at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Oct 16th and 17th.  The tour will then travel to the west coast and resume with two sold out shows at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. The tour will conclude with a two night run at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver.

Tickets for all shows will be available through a real time pre-sale beginning Thursday, August 27th at Noon ET and ending Wednesday, September 2nd at 5:00pm ET at  

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, September 3rd.  Please visit for specific on sale dates and times.

Paper Wheels, the new album from Trey Anastasio is now available for pre-order at Trey’s store and Phish Dry-Goods. The album will be released on October 30th on Rubber Jungle Records/ATO Records. Recorded at The Barn and inspired by the immediacy of Stax-era recordings, Trey Anastasio recorded the songs live, often in one or two takes. Paper Wheels was co-produced by Bryce Goggin and Trey, and mixed by Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Van Morrison).

Paper Wheels will be offered as a deluxe limited edition that will include 180 gram 45 RPM 2x LP splatter vinyl and a die cut gatefold package with six unique sleeves. Only 4,000 of these special packages will be manufactured. A CD format and t-shirt bundles are also available for pre-order. A pre-order is now available at Trey’s store and Phish Dry Goods.

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 – 3000. 

Tickets are $42.50 GA plus applicable service charges.
There is a 4 ticket limit.

The Fillmore box office is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 Noon - 6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  On days of Fillmore shows, the box office is open from 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm.  The box office accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express – No checks!  Service charges may apply. 


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