Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"A Song for Coretta" Now Playing at Vintage Theatre!

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"A Song for Coretta"
By Pearl Cleage
Directed by Pat Payne
Directed by Mark Brenche

On February 6, 2006, people began lining up at dawn outside of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay their respects to the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose body lay in state in the small sanctuary. People of all ages stood patiently for hours, waiting to say goodbye. Sometimes they murmured to each other quietly. Sometimes they shared memories of Mrs. King’s extraordinary life and expressed sorrow at her passing. When a cold rain began to fall at sunset, those who had thought to bring umbrellas shared them with those whose resolve was the only thing not dampened by the drizzle. At close to midnight, the crowd had dwindled to a determined few. The five fictional characters in this play are at the end of that long line of mourners.

"Pearl Cleage's "A Song for Coretta"…brims with wit, personality and life-affirming energy." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Vintage Theatre opens the evening with "Letters." Mark Brenche directs Andre Hickman and Lisa Young, portraying Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, as they read from selected letters the two exchanged while they dated, during their marriage, while MLK was growing the civil rights movement and during the time of his arrest.

Vintage Theatre presents "A Song for Coretta" and "Letters" March 28 through May 4 at 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $26 ($21 advance), Senior, Student, Group discounts available. Tickets are available by calling 303-856-7830 or online at * Note closing date change.

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The cast includes Lisa Young (Helen Richards), Davida Terrell (Zora Evans), Josephine Lemon-Lett (Mona Lisa Martin), Ilasiea Gray (Keisha Cameron) and ShaShauna Staton (Gwendolyn Johnson).

Vintage Theatre has partnered with Copacabana Grill Catering to create a menu especially for Vintage Theatre patrons who have a hankering to try some real Brazilian BBQ. A full meal, offered from 6 - 7 p.m., includes an appetizer or salad, the entrée and choice of dessert for $15. Appetizers such as Chicken Croquettes or Prosciutto with Melon and desserts like the traditional Brazilian Truffle confections or delectable cake by the slice, will be offered before and after the show with prices starting at $5. The full meal option is offered on the Vintage Theatre ticketing page. To view the full menu, go to

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Vintage Theatre presents:

"A Song for Coretta" and "Letters"
An evening commemorating the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King.
Mar. 28 - May 4
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; @ 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m.;
Thurs. Apr. 19 @ 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 3 @ 2:30 p.m.

$26 ($21 advance), Senior, Student, Group discounts available.
303-856-7830 or online at

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010

This is a show not to miss!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Music! Poetry! Art!

April 17 @ Mutiny Info Cafe 2 South Broadway 8pm
Micah Schnabel (Two Cow Garage)
Luke Schmaltz (King Rat)
Charly the city mouse Fasano w/Malamadre performing his book "Not Good With Names" in its entirety. 30 Poems influenced by the faces on Colfax Avenue and the treks of a people watcher.

April 19 @ Mutiny Information Cafe 2 South Broadway 9pm
Magic Cyclops Video Release for his hit song "Captain Badass" A Charly Fasano Film
w/ a performance by Magic Cyclops, Ken Arkind, Brian Polk and a reading and release of Charly Fasano's new film and poem called "Teddy's Bowling Alley" featuring music by Lucero.

Thank you
Charly Fasano
"the city mouse"

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Future of Fracking: Is Local Control the Answer?

Join The Denver Post editorial board for a forum on the conflict over regulation of oil and gas operations in light of ballot measures that voters could face in the fall. The event is free to attend, but you must obtain a ticket.

When: 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15. Refreshments will be provided in the lobby at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Denver Post Auditorium, 101 W. Colfax Avenue

Featured panelists:

Barbara Green is a partner in the law firm Sullivan Green Seavy, where she practices environmental and land use law, handling issues that include oil and gas development.  Green served on the Governor’s Task Force on state and local regulation of oil and gas development.

Elise Jones is a Boulder County commissioner who previously served as executive director of the Colorado Environmental Coalition. She also has worked as a regional director for the League of Conservation Voters, and a project coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation.

Tisha Conoly Schuller is president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. Previously, Schuller served as a principal and vice president with Tetra Tech, a national environmental consulting and engineering firm. 

David Neslin is a partner in the law firm Davis Graham & Stubbs, where he assists clients with energy and environmental matters. He is past director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and chaired the state review of environmental regulations. 

Editorial board members:

Vincent Carroll, editorial page editor

Alicia Caldwell, editorial writer

Jeremy Meyer, editorial writer


Have questions about The Future of Fracking: Is Local Control the Answer?? Contact The Denver Post

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Colfax History: Paco Sanchez

Francisco Paco Sanchez came to Denver in 1948 as the lead singer of his Latin music band. Six years later, he launched Denver's first Spanish-language radio station from his home. The same year, Sanchez and other community activists formed a credit union called the Good Americans Organization (GAO) to support economic development in the community. In 1968, GAO became the first private sponsors of a low-income housing project in Denver - the Avondale Housing Project on West Colfax. GAO continued to support affordable housing projects throughout Denver and Colorado. In addition to being a radio broadcaster and affordable housing advocate, Sanchez was chairman of the Coronado National Bank, a commissioner of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority and a founder of the Latin American Educational Organization. Notably, he was elected to a two-year term in the Colorado House of Representatives in 1968. Paco Sanchez died at age 57 in 1973.

Now a park bears his name: Paco Sanchez Park, at 1295 Knox Court in Denver, Co.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Colfax Weirdness 28

The sign at the corner of Colfax Avenue & Hooker St. is conspicuously absent from the intersection...hmmm. (photo by Jonny Barber)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Walking West - Colfax Ave.

The very act of walking in the city has become a marginalized practice in many American cities yet by walking we can experience the city itself, at a human pace, as a space of discovery and encounter. The symbolic act of walking Colfax Avenue acts as a lens to focus discussion on the role of the street in the cultural, social and political life of Denver.

Walking West is a durational performance in which new media artist Conor McGarrigle will walk Denver's Colfax Avenue, the longest continuous commercial street in America, drawing a 26.2 mile line to be captured in a satellite photograph.

Walking West acts as a psychogeographic exposition of Denver as it traverses its best known, and most controversial street (once dubbed the longest, wickedest street in America by Playboy Magazine) moving from the eastern plains through the heart of downtown toward the west. 

This project is a hybrid work, which combines the resolutely analog activity of walking mediated through advanced digital technology. It highlights the ways in which digital technologies permeate all aspects of our everyday lives, seeking to leverage them as tools to support new spatial practices, which have the potential to facilitate new thinking on the city and everyday life. It builds on recent work that has explored methods of combining the 20th-century avant-garde practice of walking art and the Situationist concept of psychogeography with digital technology to foster new thinking on the role of artistic and social practices in re-enchanting urban space.

Walking West seeks to inscribe the virtual on the physical as it combines the physical act of walking with the ephemeral digital traces of its GPS track and the invisible actions of a satellite 400-miles above capturing the scene.

The path will be marked with a physical line as a GPS device simultaneously traces a virtual digital line along the route, the route will be captured from space by a commissioned satellite photograph.


Walking West takes place on Friday April 11th starting at 9am at the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and the I70 and will continue for 8-8.5 hours. All are invited to join the artist for part of the walk to discuss the project, share their Colfax experiences and help him uncover the stories, connections and associations that transform city streets into our neighborhoods.

Locations will be posted to twitter in real time under the hashtag #walkingwest during the day. In the event of snow the walk will be postponed to Friday 18th April and any change of date will be announced in advance.

The Artist

Conor McGarrigle is an Irish artist whose work explores the intersection of digital technologies and real space. His digitally mediated art walks have been performed internationally including at the Venice Biennale and the Miro Foundation in Mallorca. He is an assistant professor in emergent digital practices at the University of Denver, this is his second year in Denver and he loves Colfax Ave.

After Party

Join the artist to celebrate Walking West at the after party, Saturday 12th at 7pm, hosted by Counterpath Gallery.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Upper Colfax Root 40 Musicfest 2014


APRIL 21-27, 2014

7 Days of Music and the Business of Making Music

The Upper Colfax Root 40 Music Fest takes place April 21 – 27, 2014. The music festival is a celebration of the Colfax music legacy. In partnership with KBCO and 9News, this 7-day music event is designed to entertain, educate, cultivate and enrich Colorado's music and performance community.

Along historic US Route 40, the 2014 Upper Colfax Root 40 MusicFest will be held in music venues, stages, bars, restaurants and shops along East Colfax Avenue and will feature established and up and coming musical acts.

Upper Colfax is the epicenter of Denver’s live music scene with more than 40 bars, restaurants and concert venues offering regularly scheduled live music. Anchored by the historic Fillmore Auditorium and Ogden Theatre, you will find the best of national and local musical acts.

Produced by the Upper Colfax Community Foundation, in partnership with the University of Colorado Denver College of Arts & Media (CAM) and 9Cares Colorado Shares, the Root 40 MusicFest kicks off April 21, 2014, with a launch and networking party open to the public on Monday evening at the Sie Film Center. A few of the topics covered will include: the business of making music, marketing and PR, social media, and the power of networking. Our goal is to include the local musician, small business owner, and young professional in these conversations. More topics will be added as we get closer to the event and look for special guests TBA.

The week will continue with networking events geared toward young professionals, small business owners, and local musicians along with live music performances for the public to enjoy. Lots more details will be announced later this month.

Be on the lookout for the Outdoor Pop-Up Concert on Saturday, April 26 at Argonaut Wine & Liquor and the Music/Small Business Industry EXPO featuring national and local music industry experts, vendors, and resources at the Fillmore Auditorium on Sunday, April 27 to wrap up this amazing week-long series of events.

Proceeds from the Root 40 MusicFest go toward supporting education about music and the business of music, and helping the homeless or under-employed. Beneficiaries are East High School, DenUM, CU College of Arts & Media and 9Cares Colorado Shares.