Thursday, April 24, 2014

Colfax Linoleum Cuts by Elizabeth Kurtak

"I have always been fascinated and a little frightened of Colfax.  I was born in Denver, and we drove by these signs when I was a kid.  We moved to the mountains when I was 4.  I often drive Colfax all the way from my parent's house in Aurora to I-70 because I find it relaxing and it is a good way to get out of town during rush hour.  I wanted to do all my favorite signs while they were still up.  I prefer to work from my own pictures and show things as they are existing now, in my day.  Everything becomes "vintage" and "history" before you know it, anyway.  I hope to make some paintings, too, but I thought this medium, linoleum cuts, was a great choice for this subject matter." - Artist Elizabeth Kurtak








Wednesday, April 23, 2014

26 Things You Need To Know About Lakewood

This little city west of Denver is usually not on anybody’s radar. Here’s why it should be:

9. Go To Casa Bonita, And Then Tell All Your Friends

 
11. It’s On The Side Of Denver That Can Actually See The Rockies

 20. Colfax Avenue Is The Longest Continuous Street in America


See the rest of the list at Movoto.com!!

Join the Community Celebration on the Sheridan Plaza W Line Station on April 26th from 11AM-1PM. This event is to celebrate the completion of the 20" walkability study around the 10th Avenue and Sheridan area. The surrounding neighborhoods of Two Creeks (Lakewood), WECAN (West Colfax Association and Neighbors) Denver, Villa Park (Denver), the City and County of Denver and the City of Lakewood have all participated in this effort. (Two Creeks Neighborhood boundaries are Sheridan to Wadsworth - Colfax to 6th Avenue. Villa Park approximately includes from 13th to 6th Ave. Sheridan to Federal and WECAN approximately 13th to 17th - Sheridan to Federal).

There will be Free Kids Activities, FoodTrucks, Exhibitors, Entertainment and Free Popcorn. A fun time for all!

Help make West Colfax Shine for the Colfax Marathon. The West Colfax Community Association is sponsoring a Clean up of West Colfax from Sheridan to Garrison on May 10th at 7:30 am. We will be meeting just west of Burger King in the JCRS shopping Center (roughly Lamar and Colfax). Contact Maddie Nichols if interested email ranzell@juno.com or 303-237-0054.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ColfaxAvenue.com Compilation CD Vol. II is Out Today at Twist & Shout!

After nearly a year of searching for all of the songs, the ColfaxAvenue.com Compilation CD Vol. II is finally done and now available exclusively at Twist & Shout at 2508 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver!! Since Colfax is 15th Avenue, 15 musical artists and bands were selected for their original compositions about the Nation's Longest Commercial Street. The proceeds of the project will go to the Colfax Community Network to support their efforts to provide aid and assistance to homeless families along the Colfax Corridor. Thanks again to everyone for their contributions to making the project a success!! Sincerely, Jonny Barber

Read more about the project on Denver's Westword.com, and be sure to stop by Twist & Shout to pick up your copy today! Make a $10 donation to the Colfax Community Network, and receive a "free" CD. Thanks!!

Here's a song from the comp, Miss Colfax by BLKHRTS:



Although this next song by Kevin Gordon is really about the town of Colfax, it's just so good I had to include it on the comp. Check out the video:


Monday, April 21, 2014

The Photography of Diane Victoria Flores

Over the years, Diane Victoria Flores captured one of our favorite subjects on film: the neon signs of Colfax. Many of these signs are no longer in existence, so if it weren't for Diane, we'd never get to see them! Thanks!!

She also creates one of a kind and limited edition jewelry (www.wadibijou.com). Eventually she plans to put together work for a show featuring the neon sign images, but that is tentatively scheduled for sometime in July.

















Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Holy Grail has been found - by an 8 year old!

The Aurora Fox and Visit Aurora announced winners for their
Quest for the Holy Grail – a geocache treasure hunt

Aurora, CO – To generate excitement for The Aurora Fox’s production of SPAMALOT (April 11th through May 4), The Aurora Fox Theatre on Colfax Avenue, and Visit Aurora created a Quest for the Holy Grail geocache game.
     The game involved finding hidden caches in various locations in Aurora, collecting stamps on a game card and deciphering clues and puzzles to come up with the winning phrase. Played in 4 phases, the first phase went live on March 20, with subsequent phases on the following 3 Thursdays.
      Home-schooled 8-year old Nate Siebert, with chauffeuring services offered by his mother, Laura, diligently plugged away week after week to solve some pretty cryptic puzzles. He had never done geocaching before but caught on fairly quickly. When asked about the game, Nate explained, “The caches were pretty easy to find, but the puzzles were hard!” 
     On the day the final cache was to be announced, Nate and his mother left the house at 5:50am and drove to the “middlest” part of Aurora they could think of (near 1-225 and Alameda)  and awaited publication of the coordinates .  Not long after, they found the final cache, quickly solved 3 math problems, finished filling out their game card and emailed the winning entry to The Fox by 7:31am. Second place winner, Wesley Schwarz, trailed by just an hour, submitting his entry at 8:32am.
     The Grand Prize ($500 plus a gift basket with an official Holy Grail, some fun Monty Python swag, Season Tickets to the Fox and coupons for free concessions) was awarded by Fox Marketing Director Patricia Wells and CEO of Visit Aurora, Gary Wheat, during the Fox’s SPAMALOT performance on  April 18th. Nate didn’t know in advance what exactly was going to happen that evening, so his surprised smile when he was called up to the stage was as genuine as they get. 
   Of note: Nate decided early in the game that if he won, he would donate $100 of his prize money to the Denver Actor’s Fund, a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in great and sudden medical need. But he’s keeping the Grail (and the SPAM) for himself.
    Wesley Schwarz and his mother, Janice, collected their 2nd place prize basket that evening; 4th place winner,  Dala Giffin was also in attendance. Jerry Berry, a regular Fox patron and novice geocacher, was awarded his 3rd place prize package today, on Easter no less!! 


Meanwhile in Colorado...

It's 4/20 in the Mile High City!! There's something really bad about marijuana, I just can't remember what it is...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Celebrating the Roots of 4/20 on Colfax with The Waldos Music Fest

Fillmore Auditorium
April 20 
Celebrating the roots of 4/20
MATISYAHU
Talib Kweli
Congo Sanchez
Native Roots Apothecary & Dixie Elixirs are thrilled to present THE WALDOS MUSIC FEST featuring MATISYAHU at The Fillmore Auditorium on Sunday, April 20.  Special guests Talib Kweli and Congo Sanchez will open the show. Show time is 7:30 PM.  Doors open at 7:00 PM

Native Roots Apothecary and Dixie Elixirs are proud to bring this festival to Colorado for 4/20 to celebrate the “growing” industry and showcase the new cannabis community. 

Owner of Native Roots Apothecary, Rhett Jordan (age 29) is a local entrepreneur and Colorado native. He has dreamed of promoting events like this since he saw his first show at Red Rocks when he was 13 years old.
Jordan said “It is an honor to have amazing artists such as Matisyahu and Talib Kweli involved in this historic weekend.  This is a great showcase of the positive nature of Colorado’s cannabis industry, which is a fast growing sector in the local economy.”

THE WALDOS – HOW APRIL 20 BECAME WEED DAY
The Waldos were a group of young adults in California that had to hide their cannabis usage so they came together – often at 4:20 pm – to smoke cannabis prior to it being legalized.  The day has managed to become something of a national holiday in the face of official condemnation.

This year’s 4/20 is an historic date and symbolizes our culture stepping away from the wall.  It is the culmination of an 80 year struggle for cannabis to transition from the black market to a socially acceptable past time and medical standard. It has also become the inspiration for naming this evening of celebration and music as the 1st Annual Waldos Music Fest.

MATISYAHU
When Matisyahu emerged in 2004 with his debut album, Shake Off the Dust ……. Arise, his musical persona seemed a novelty to some. Here was a Hasidic Jew -- dressed in a black suit with a broad-brimmed black hat worn over a yarmulke, and sporting a full, untrimmed beard -- who nevertheless performed toasting raps about the glories of traditional Judaism over reggae beats in a dancehall style directly from Jamaica. Moreover, he punctuated his performances with stage diving. It may have seemed like a joke at first, but Matisyahu was serious about his craft, and his diverse style soon garnered Grammy nominations, gold record certifications, and a broad audience.

His second studio album – Youth - appeared in 2006 and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Reggae Album. In late 2011, the singer posted a picture with a shaved head and payes cut with the caption, "No more Chassidic reggae superstar." As such, his 2012 effort Spark Seeker was more secular pop.  He is currently touring in Germany and his latest release – Akeda – will drop in June.

TALIB KWELI
The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. He travels around the globe as one of rap’s most in-demand performers.  The result of his recent artistic growth and exploration arrives with Kweli’s latest – the dynamic Prisoner Of Conscious AKA P.O.C., an artistic tour de force that signals the start of the next chapter of Kweli’s remarkable career.









CONGO SANCHEZ
Musician extraordinaire, Congo can generally be found in one of two places. If he's not on the road drumming with DC's own, Thievery Corporation or See-I: he's jamming out to fresh vibes at the mysterious Lillypad studios. He is developing a unique blend of Afro-Latin Dub, as he evolves in to his own on the DC music scene.

Tickets are on sale now
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at www.livenation.com or call 800 – 745 - 3000 

Tickets are $49.50 GA plus applicable service charges.

Limited VIP tables are available - $300.00 for a group of 4

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.   
THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM IS LOCATED AT 1510 CLARKSON ST. AT COLFAX.     
THIS SHOW IS AGES 18 AND UP

For Sponsorship opportunities and other VIP ticket option information, please call
Rhett Jordan @ 720 308 6280