Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Aurora Arts Festival

Aurora Arts Festival     
Experience Art “from the Earth”
Saturday June 9, 2012 * 11am-7pm* FREE ADMISSION

Fletcher Plaza, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora CO 80010

Pottery Demonstrations: Walt Weinberg, Alberto Veronica, Molly Jones

Art Displays and Gardening Demonstrations

Live Music:
Sammy Dee Morton Band, Je T’aime, Strings & Steel Band, Charlie Milo Trio, Banyan Tree Whittier Drum Project

Kids Activities:
Petting Zoo, Painting, Recycled Art, Pick and Plant, Treasure Dig, Face Painting, Clay Play, and more.
 
For more information visit www.auroraartsdistrict.com

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

41st Annual People's Fair



Don't miss the 41st Annual Capitol Hill People's Fair- June 2 & 3!

     On June 2 and 3, Civic Center Park will once again come alive with the magic of the People's Fair! With FREE admission, the People's Fair offers something for everyone.  From festival food fare, to kids and family activities, to six stages with fantastic programming from local entertainers all weekend long- you don't want to miss it! Pick up a People's Fair Passport at any of the fair entrances and have a blast collecting your stamps for a chance to win one of many really cool prizes including two opportunities for beer for a year from sponsor, Miller Lite! 
     The CHUN Capitol Hill People's Fair exists as a celebration of the diverse Denver urban community and its residents. As Colorado's Premier Arts and Crafts Festival, the uniqueness and magic of CHUN's Capitol Hill People's Fair is created by the careful blending of great family fun, carefully selected handmade arts & crafts from over 200 artists, delicious culinary delights, fabulous entertainment featuring 130 bands and performance groups on six different stages, and the commitment to raise funds for and promote the missions of non-profit organizations.

Rise Against coming to Fillmore Auditorium


RISE AGAINST

Fillmore Auditorium
September 24 and September 25

Live Nation and Soda Jerk present RISE AGAINST at The Fillmore Auditorium on Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25.  Special Guests Gaslight Anthem and Hot Water Music will open the show.  Show time is 7:00 PM.  Doors open at 6:00 PM.

Rise Against has announced a fall tour of North America which will include performances in the state of Arizona, a place they have not been to since their July 14, 2009 performance at the Mesa Amphitheatre. Nearly two years ago Rise Against joined The Sound Strike, a coalition of Artists that have been committed to supporting the International Boycott of Arizona in the wake of the passage of the anti-immigration law SB 1070 and to raise awareness and opposition to the predatory and punitive treatment of immigrants in Arizona. Now that the ban has been lifted Rise Against will return to Arizona with performances in Flagstaff and Tempe during their North American fall tour.

The Flagstaff show on September 27th at the Orpheum Theatre is a special evening to raise funds and awareness for the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. 100% of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the Florence Project. For more information visit www.firrp.org
Rise Against released the Satellite digital EP in mid-April. Satellite is available exclusively at iTunes and includes the studio version of “Satellite” along with the video for the band’s third single off their sixth studio album Endgame. Additionally, live versions of “Savior” and “A Thousand Good Intentions” both recorded at the House of Blues in Boston are included on the EP.


TICKETS WENT ON SALE THURSDAY, MAY 24 @ 10:00 AM
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at www.livenation.com or call 800 – 745 - 3000 

Tickets are $35.00 GA ADV and $40.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.

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
CONNECT WITH US ON THE WEB
www.livenation.com  / www.facebook.com/LiveNationCO  /   www.twitter.com/livenationco 
 Ages 16+

Monday, May 28, 2012

Colfax Weirdness 3

Photo shot from the balcony of SliceWorks Pizza: The Easter (or is it Playboy?) Bunny and the Cereal Killer...only on Colfax!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Street Rodders for Life


     The Street Rodders for Life car show began five years ago as a way for a few dozen gearheads to talk shop and show off their rides. It has since grown into a full-on contest celebrating a classic American pastime.
     On May 28th, 2012, more than 400 cars, trucks and motorcycles, dating from the 1920s to the present day, will roll in to compete in classes that are divided by decades. The most popular years are the 1940's through the 1960's; fans can catch glimpses of everything from Model T's to Harleys, says organizer Randy Cheney. "It's just an awesome way to view and celebrate old cars."
     Street Rodders for Life runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Applebee's parking lot at 10625 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood (registration for folks showing cars begins at 7 a.m.). Admission is free, but $5 gets you an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast provided by Applebee's; there will also be $5 raffle tickets available with a chance to win a flat-screen TV, lawn mower and more. Live music will be provided by the Beloved Invaders, as well as mobile DJ Van Jeffries.
     For more information, call 303-519-2254.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ace on the Fax

Ace on the ‘Fax 
 
     The past and future have converged in the newest Ace Hardware store now open on Colfax Avenue in Denver. Ace on the ‘Fax opened in a 1947 "recycled" structure that has been abandoned since 2006 – after serving as a grocery store and auto dealership. The building has been renovated to preserve the original Art Deco fa├žade and expose the original roof trusses and wood barrel ceiling.
     Located at 7100 East Colfax, Ace Hardware is housed in a 16,000-square-foot building that sits on 1.1 acres between Poplar and Pontiac streets in the Quebec District. The store is now open to serve the needs of area do-it-yourselfers, and created approximately 20 new full- and part-time jobs.
     “The continued redevelopment of the East Colfax area means many people are either setting up new homes or renovating old ones, and they will find all the products, resources and superior customer service they need at our store,” said Mary Cottrell, owner of Ace on the ‘Fax. “We’re proud to play an integral role in the economic growth of this community and we’re appreciative of the strong support received from the Denver Office of Economic Development and Councilwomen Marcia Johnson and Mary Beth Susman.”
     The Ace project is a key catalyst for the revitalization of East Colfax Avenue, where more than $18 million in new investment is now underway. Ace Hardware also selected Denver as the site of its Fall 2011 Convention, which was held at the Denver Convention Center last October.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Development on Colfax and Pearl

NEW DEVELOPMENT COMING TO COLFAX AND PEARL--from www.swinerton.com:

"Swinerton Builders Colorado will be breaking ground on a new Office Depot store in mid May. Located at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Pearl Street, this in-fill project will further position Swinerton as the go-to builder for complex urban sites. Also included on the tight 10,000-square-foot site is a Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dog Restaurant. This shell and core project will include work on utilities, foundation, CMU exterior walls, and electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems. A joint effort between our Building and Special Projects groups, we secured this project through strong client and design team relationships. This fast-track project will be completed by October 2012."


Here is what the site looks like as of now:
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kerouac's 'On The Road' is finally a movie!

     
     55 years later, 'On the Road' is finally a movie
     CANNES, France (AP) — Fifty-five years after its publication, Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" is finally burning on the big screen.
     Everyone from Marlon Brando to Jean-Luc Godard to Brad Pitt has circled the classic 1957 novel over the last six decades, but Walter Salles' adaptation is the first to actually get made. The wait isn't for lack of desire: Kerouac passionately wanted to see his book made a film, even writing Brando a letter promising that he could turn the book's lyrical road trips into a "movie-type structure."
     "On the Road" premiered Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival, far away from the American roads crisscrossed by Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, the characters modeled on Kerouac and Neal Cassady, respectively.
     "Unless you revive it by rereading it, re-imagining it, performing it, it's a dead thing," said Viggo Mortensen, who plays the William S. Burroughs character in the film. "You have to reread it to make it live again."
     The pun is inevitable: It has been a long road for "On the Road." Though there was interest in a Hollywood adaptation as soon as it was published, nothing came of various negotiations and attempted screenplays. Francis Ford Coppola purchased the novel's rights in 1979, and he, too, failed to grasp an interpretation.
     It's his son, the director Roman Coppola, who's producing "On the Road," which is being released in various international countries over the next few months, with a U.S. release prepared for late fall by IFC Films and Sundance Selects.
     The Brazilian director Salles became involved after making another road movie: 2004's "The Motorcycle Diaries," which chronicled a South American trip by a young Che Guevara. The "On the Road" screenplay is also by the writer of "The Motorcycle Diaries," Jose Rivera.
     Both films, Salles said in a press conference for the film Wednesday, are about "a social and political awakening."
     "It's about the search of that last frontier that they will never find," Salles said. "It's about also discovering that this is the end of the road and the end of the American dream."
     Much of the problem in adapting "On the Road" is its meandering narrative in which Paradise (played by Sam Riley) and Moriarty make a series of cross-country road trips in post-World War II America, where their intellectual, passionate bohemian ways (and copious amounts of cigarettes, booze and marijuana) sometimes clash with a more conservative society. There are many girls along the way, who are played by Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Elisabeth Moss and Alice Braga.
     "On the Road" gets the group's passionate, carnal camaraderie, but it struggles more (as was perhaps inevitable) to capture the white hot pulse of Kerouac's book, which was famously written in three weeks on a long scroll (though that story underestimates Kerouac's earlier notebook writing).
     Kerouac writes: "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles."
     "Those characters in the book had the courage to experience everything in the flesh," said Salles.
But to make the early days of the Beat Generation (Tom Sturridge plays the Allen Ginsberg character) alive again, Salles went to great lengths for realism. He spent five years making an unreleased documentary on the book and says the entire process of making the film covered nearly 100,000 kilometers (more than 62,000 miles).
     Descendants of the book's real-life inspirations were also consulted and Salles held a four-week "boot camp" for the cast before starting shooting in Montreal to soak up Beat history. Stewart, who plays Moriarty's girlfriend Marylou, says she poured over audio tapes of Luanne Henderson, her character's inspiration, and met with Henderson's daughter.
     "I genuinely felt like I could look up in a moment where I wasn't getting somewhere or a moment where I was feeling like I was reaching too hard or too desperately," said Stewart. "I felt her. And I would have never had that without her daughter or those tapes."
     Whether "On the Road," the film, will seem as relevant to audiences now remains to be seen. Mortensen suggested the story bears particular contemporary resonance in a time of youthful protests over the economic collapse and in the Arab Spring.
     Said Mortensen: "I think it was worth the wait."

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Colfax Marathon is underway! (video)


Jake Schroeder (singer for Denver band Opie Gone Bad) sang the National Anthem and kicked off the 2012 Colfax Marathon early this morning. Video is courtesy of Jake's hand-cam.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

40 W: Arts Along Colfax

Arts Along Colfax

The “Arts Along Colfax” Program is a 40 West Arts initiative that places private art on display inside public businesses along West Colfax in Lakewood. This program will showcase local and regional artists and encourage public dialogue, understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts. The program’s goal is to build a foundation of the Arts as a fundamental part of the fabric within the 40 West Arts district while providing a meaningful opportunity for businesses, artists and art lovers in the area to connect. Download the Arts Along Colfax flyer (PDF).

40 West Arts has a shared vision of enhancing our community through the business, creativity and fun of an arts district. This vision promotes cultural, aesthetic, and economic vitality along Colfax. The Art Along Colfax initiative is an integral step toward this vision by integrating the work of artists into public places, civic infrastructure and private development.


BUSINESSES: why participate in Arts Along Colfax?

  • Arts play a fundamental role in the quality of life of this community and is well-documented as a catalyst for economic activity and the vitality of community businesses.
  • This program can help to drive more and new patrons to your business.
  • Participation includes free greater awareness of your business through inclusion in the 40 West Arts map and other marketing materials.
  • Participating in the program enhances the experience for your employees and customers through inclusion of art in the workplace.

ARTISTS: why exhibit in Arts Along Colfax?

  • Arts will help elevate the quality of life this community and its citizens. As an artist, you are an essential contributor to the development of 40 West Arts district.
  • Gain valuable exposure to a broad, new audience (exhibits & web profiles).
  • Potential direct sales through the inclusion of contact information and prices on your pieces.
  • Experience working with local businesses expands your network. 

How to get involved

Artists and businesses that are ready to get involved and are interested in learning how to participate in this exciting program, here's how to get started:
  • Download the Business Registration form HERE.
  • Complete the form and email it to us or drop it off or mail to at 40 West Arts office.
  • Your application will be reviewed and matched with potential artists.

And, if you have any questions at all, please call or email:
Phone: 303-275-3430   Email: info@40westarts.org
Address: 7125 W. Colfax Ave, Lakewood 80214
(Co-located in Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District office)

Summary of relevant downloadable PDFs.
Arts Along Colfax Flyer
ARTIST Registration form
BUSINESS Registration form

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Lions of Colfax

Colfax Esplanade

Ethiopian Restaurant "Lion of Judah"
Lion's Lair
Inside the Lion's Lair

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Indian Fights, Bathroom Blowjobs, and Me: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Squire Lounge.

     Boy where to begin. Been out of the restaurant game for little over year, but I got shit canned from my radio gig for reasons still unclear to me.  If you started firing people for being assholes on the air, rather than saying asshole mind you, there'd be a lot of dead air.  I can certainly get into why radio is a decaying mess of a business filled with lots of meatheads whose shit smells rosy at all times, but this isn't about me. Smash cut to March.  I need a job ASAP and a downtrodden search ensues.  Its pretty dry out there for someone whose only job skills are expertise in sports and booze.  Could have found product spokesman work again.  I could've been some kind of company mascot for a tech firm up in Broomfield.  I applied for god knows how many shitty radio jobs that are out there in the United States in plenty of towns I would eventually loathe if I decided to have to another go of it. Can't help that I enjoy the variety-filled, yet simple tranquility of life in Denver. Meanwhile I had quietly built up several years of solid experience managing a bar and restaurant and the opportunity came along. Never before had I been offered a job during the interview, but the uncommon marks this place. So it is that I find myself the brand new big swinging dick of The Squire Lounge. perhaps the most venerable of places on seedy Colfax Avenue, and trust me the 3200 block of colfax this ain't. 

     Now to why I'm here putting it all into the majesty or words. I am for transparency.  Its worked for the Broncos as soon as Elway hopped on the old twitter machine. I want to let people know the Squire is open for business.  I want you to know that the Squire crowd at night is a lot different than the Squire crowd during the days.  Really when you get down to it, if you go on Colfax in Denver, end to end, soup to nuts, the crowd is pretty much the same. We get the same kind of people who appreciate a diamond in the rough.  So while solid places like Encore fall by the wayside, we'll be here.  And I want customers to be privy to some of the cool stuff I will attempt to bring about in order to participate in the Colfax Renaissance. Like craft beer?  We'll be doing more of that.  Haven't been back to Comedy Night in a while? The guys and girls doing it every Tuesday are absolutely bringing the comedy meat.  And we're actually starting it before Wednesday now if you have shit to do in the morning.  Stay tuned.

     And the stories I could tell after a mere 8 weeks.   There's the time two mulletted Native American women got into a mini-brouhaha in our ladies room.  It was the first time I had to mop up blood here, luckily just a few splotches on the floor.  Of course it started the way these things always start with our day drinkers.  The heavier set of the two Rolling Rock drinkers was extolling the merits of Linger as the best restaurant in Denver, while the other was backing a more traditional setting like the Brown Palace.  Could happen to any of us.  And if you're a classy lady using Cinco De Mayo as an excuse to make out with about three different guys at the bar, have at it.  The entertainment she provided not only at the bar, but as she sat on the men's toilet sucking down one guy's churro will not soon be forgotten.  

     So thanks to the good people at colfaxavenue.com for allowing me a semi-regular forum to endorse the Squire Lounge.  Some of the guys behind it like Jonny Barber came in and put on a helluva musical performance at our place as part of the Root 40 Music Fest.  You can certainly expect a return engagement at our little house of the peculiar. Judging by the site's penchant for illustrating Colfax weirdness, I think we'll be right at home.  


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

2UP Barcade coming to Colfax

From Westword.com:

      Just over a year after opening the 1UP, the hot arcade/bar in LoDo, owner Jourdan Adler has taken over the former home of Pete's Monkey Bar, which closed on Monday, and will be putting a second bar, the 2UP, in that spot.
     According to Adler, the 2UP will have arcade and Skee-ball collections similar to those at the 1UP, but a slightly smaller pinball collection.
     Adler has long been friends with Jay Bianchi, who owns Quixote’s True Blue and Sancho's Broken Arrow, just down the street from the Pete's spot at 717 East Colfax Avenue. In fact, he ran Dulcinea's 100th Monkey from 2002 to 2009 in that space before it became Pete's Monkey Bar. And Adler has known Pete Penzastadler, who owned Pete's Monkey Bar, for thirteen years.
     "It was a thing that just worked for everybody," Adler says. "It wasn't like a hostile takeover. It was just one of those things that came up in conversation between Pete and I a couple of weeks ago, and it just made sense for everybody. We're excited. I know a lot of people will be excited. I know a lot of people are sad to see Pete's and the legacy of Dulcinea's go, but it's going to be great. I know the Bianchis are excited for it to be there and play off each other."
     Adler plans to keep the Steal Your Face bar that Bianchi put in when the spot was Dulcinea's, but will be cleaning up the place before it before it opens as the 2UP in early June. He also wants his new spot to emphasize the newer school jam-band side of things, while leaving the Grateful Dead to Sancho's.
     The 2UP will open every day at 3 p.m.; it will also be 21 and over -- unlike the 1UP, which allows kids during the day. "So that cuts out parents bringing their kids and that kind of thing," Adler notes. "It will definitely be a different dynamic. We want to cater to Capitol Hill and what's been there. I think it will be a great place for people to hit after the Fillmore, after the Ogden. It will be a great place before a show and after a show."



Monday, May 14, 2012

Vintage Theater has moved


Come visit Vintage Theatre at their new location just off Colfax Avenue in Aurora at 1468 Dayton Street, to see their opening production of The Joy Luck Club, which premiered on April 27. Moving an entire theatre has been costly - if you can help, tax deductible donations can be mailed to:

Vintage Theatre Productions
P.O. Box 300686
Denver, CO 80203-0686

or, better yet, click here to donate online.


April 27 - May 20, 2012

The Joy Luck Club

By Amy Tan
Directed by Craig A. Bond

Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their mother/daughter relationship.

To see showtimes or to purchase tickets, visit their website.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Stop Les Schwab Petition



Submitted by Teresa Caballero for Swallow Hill Neighborhood Association:


S T O P  the LES SCHWAB TIRE operation from destroying neighborhood’s character and bringing constant noise, chemical waste, traffic and pedestrian safety issues!
LES SCHWAB is planning to open one of their auto shops in the midst of residential buildings, offices and small businesses – corner of Ogden Street and Colfax Ave – a highly pedestrian block of Colfax and NEXT DOOR to RESIDENCES and OFFICES.
This type of industrial operation undermines neighborhood efforts to improve the area for residents and small businesses - for instance, we have invested in BRAND NEW trees and streetlights promoting a pedestrian community.  
LES SCHWAB is insensitive to the following neighborhood concerns:
- TRAFFIC SAFETY– there is no easy access to the planned auto shop – it is not accessible to eastbound Colfax traffic without crossing a median.
- TRAFFIC CONGESTION – this is not a business that promotes a pedestrian community – it is an operation that will bring cars from outside areas to pollute and congest.  Traffic will spill into parallel residential streets some with heavily enjoyed bike lanes.
- PEDESTRIAN SAFETY – constant car ingress and egress will pose risk to heavy pedestrian use on this block – that includes children from nearby school.
- NOISE POLLUTION – this type of operation will disrupt nearby offices, business and condos.
- AUTOMOTIVE SHOP CHEMICALS NEAR OFFICES AND RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS – massive use become now constant neighborhood sources of risk and stress.
- HIT TO PROPERTY VALUES – this SCHWAB automotive operation will impact value of surrounding properties.
EVERYONE WILL BE AFFECTED!
Please sign this petition NOW and make a difference.  Send it to all of your friends, family members, businesses and neighbors – to everyone who cares about the present and the future of our neighborhood, our families and our children. 
Sincerely,
Teresa Caballero
for Swallow Hill Neighborhood Association




Saturday, May 12, 2012

Denver Vintage Reggae at Tooey's Off Colfax


Denver Vintage Reggae Society aims to bring together all walks of life & music preferences under the banner of not only Reggae, but genuine music & UNITY through individuality. 

They are a society based around the love for and preservation of 60's/70's reggae. They meet the second Saturday of every month at Tooeys Off Colfax (1521 Marion St., Denver, Colorado 80218 (303)586-5075) to dance and appreciate reggae. Never a cover! Rotating roster of Denver's Best DJs.

Tonight Scott Damnit & DJ TONE bring you another rockin' DVRS night full of boss, vintage Reggae, Ska, Rocksteady & 2-TONE. This month they'll have new T-Shirts, a new DVRS Comp CD Vol. 2 and an old friend as their Special Guest DJ! See ya at the spot!



Friday, May 11, 2012

Colfax Weirdness 2

I recently played a show at the Squire Lounge as a part of Colfax Avenue's Root 40 Music Festival, and someone sent me this video shot during the performance. Classic Colfax!!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

East Colfax Local Flavor Guide

     The Mile High Business Alliance is working on it's new edition of the East Colfax Local Flavor GuideLocal Flavor Guides™ are full color, easy-to-carry brochures that feature one-of-a-kind Colorado businesses just waiting to be discovered. Great for locals and visitors alike! Local Flavor Guides™ are a project of the Mile High Business Alliance, a Denver-based organization committed to strengthening local business. 
 
     Tattered Cover and Twist & Shout are co-sponsoring the guide along with the Department of Environmental Health. The boundaries of the East Colfax guide are Josephine St. to Colorado Blvd. If your business is within that area, please contact Melanie Horton at 303-872-5646 Ext. 405 or melanie@milehighbiz.org to find out how to get your business listed as well as sponsorship opportunities.