Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Naked & Famous coming to The Fillmore Auditorium

Live Nation is pleased to announce that the THE NAKED & FAMOUS will perform at The Fillmore Auditorium on Friday, October 18.   Special Guests TBA will open the show. 
Show time is 9:00 PM. Doors open at 8:00 PM
The Naked & Famous
The Naked and Famous are a New Zealand post-punk revival band from Auckland.  They reached the end of a remarkable two years last summer, finally leaving the road having completed a 250 gig campaign reaching 24 countries in support of their debut album Passive Me Aggressive You.
The journey began with the release of the single “Young Blood” in their home country of New Zealand in June 2010. The delirious hit went straight to the top of the NZ charts and has gone on to be viewed over 20 million times on Vevo and You Tube.  It is now certified Gold in the U.S. and Canada and Platinum in Australia and New Zealand.

TNAF have built an ever-growing audience around the globe for their pulverizing live shows, a blend of the pure pop exhilaration of the hit singles “Young Blood” and “Punching In A Dream” with the thrilling dark electronic arts that drive the group’s sound.
In between sell-out tours of Europe, the USA and UK, the band took away a record-breaking haul of eight NZ Music Awards, including the big prizes of Best Album for Passive Me Aggressive You, Single for “Young Blood” and Best Group.

They add these to the NME Radar Award collected in February 2011 and the Silver Scroll songwriting prize already won in 2010 for “Young Blood”, the song that saw TNAF explode onto the world stage and airwaves. The group’s masterfully melodic blend of rock and electronic elements fronted by the boy-girl vocals of Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith has made them a festival hit.  The self-produced Passive Me Aggressive You received glowing four-star reviews in Uncut and Mojo and many other publications. NME’s 8/10 review called it a ‘glorious melting pot of pop perfection’, saying that the band’s ‘passive melodicism and aggressive innovation clash in a dazzling blaze of psych/sonic fireworks’.
These five young New Zealanders have at their disposal a seemingly effortless ability to capture the giddy fun and relentless hooks one has come to expect from the very best electro-pop, while at the same time striving for something grander, more brooding and atmospheric.

Their achievements to date already mark this New Zealand band as an exciting one in the new generation of electronic rock acts. A young group of warped sound merchants making do-or-die, heart-in-mouth, chart-bound pop to invest your heart and soul in, they’ve taken their meteoric rise and the workload of hundreds of gigs and relentless touring that goes with it in their stride.

Passionate about their music and connected to their equally fervent legions of fans, The Naked And Famous are very much not the emperor’s new clothes, they’re something special indeed.

The Naked And Famous are:
Aaron Short – keyboards, vocals
Alisa Xayalith – vocals, keyboards
David Beadle – bass, keyboards, vocals
Jesse Wood – drums
Thom Powers – vocals, guitar
               
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 31 @ 10:00 AM
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800 – 745 - 3000 

Tickets are $25.00 GA ADV and $28.00 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.                             
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 Ages 16+

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Queen City Skate Video Premiere

303 Boards Presents:

QUEEN CITY
Video Premiere

$10
at Bluebird Theater

6:00pm doors
8:00pm 1st showing
10:00pm 2nd showing

Bonus Special Presentation:

13 years of cinematography
A chronicle of our first 13 cinematic years

Divided / Out of the Blue / Who Cares? / The Fever / What are you doing? / Let the good times roll / Always sunny in Colorado

Monday, May 27, 2013

A Night of Poetry and Art at the Collection Gallery

Aurora, CO: On Tuesday, May 28th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. New America High School students will be exhibiting original photography at the Collection Gallery and poetry across the street in Fletcher Plaza. The exhibit is the culminating event of a project that encouraged students to explore how peoples’ perspectives shape their interpretation of events. Students explored events of both historical and personal significance.

     To kick off the night’s festivities, students will present their original work during an outdoor open mic. The students’ writing explores various topics related to the Civil Rights Movement. Each student researched a historical event and wrote about the event from three different perspectives. As they explored the various perspectives through which Americans viewed, and continue to view, issues of race and discrimination, students encountered many strong emotions. They found that honestly exploring these issues is often uncomfortable and controversial. By dissecting the reality of racism in American history, students began the process of facing our history and becoming agents for change in the present.
     Students were also charged with exploring a modern day topic, which they find important and interesting. Each individual chose a unique topic and has created a photo essay that communicates his or her own perspective of this topic. Students were challenged to use everyday technology to capture their photos, including cell phones and low-tech digital cameras. By doing so, students have explored the ways low cost consumer technology can be used to create compelling pieces of art.
     The New America School is a system of publicly funded charter high schools. The mission of The New America School is to empower new immigrants, English language learners, and academically under-served students with the educational tools and support they need to maximize their potential, succeed and live the American dream.
     If you would like more information on this event or New America High School, please contact Diana Myers at dmyers@newamericaschool.org or 720-261-7543.

The Collection Gallery: 9801 E Colfax Ave, #120 Aurora CO 80010
Fletcher Plaza: 9898 E Colfax Ave, Aurora CO 80010

Friday, May 24, 2013

303 Boards Store Wide Sale

303 Boards has been holding down the Colorado skate scene since 1997! They are an independently owned and independently minded skate shop. Give 'em a shout: 303.860.1303

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Voodoo Doughnut coming to Colfax!

by Michael Russell

     Voodoo Doughnut, downtown Portland's 24-hour doughnut shop, tourist attraction and purveyor of good things in pink boxes, is expanding to Colorado.
     Co-owners Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and Tres Shannon have been flying back and forth from Denver, talking with tourism boosters and city officials there while scouting out storefronts. They recently signed a lease on a space approximately the size of Voodoo Doughnut Too, the store's Northeast Portland location.
     "It's on East Colfax, this great gritty avenue, which used to be really, really scary and sleazy," Shannon says. "It's kind of like being on Burnside. There's a dentist nearby and a wonderful ... lesbian bar with a pink pool table, the same color as our boxes. That's a good sign. And there's a tattoo parlor and then a medical marijuana dispensary. It's kind of like one-stop shopping."
     Denver will be the first Voodoo outside of Oregon and the fourth location overall, including the original, at 22 S.W. Third Ave.; Voodoo Doughnut Too, 1501 N.E. Davis St.; and a store in Eugene.
     "People keep asking me, 'Why Denver? Why not New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the big fish?'" Shannon says. "We've always been very cautious. All of those places might be down the line. For now, Denver is a pretty great start. It's got a young population. It's health-oriented, sort of like Portland -- ironic, since we sell doughnuts. But everybody likes doughnuts."
     Circumstances also lined up in Denver's favor. The city offered Voodoo tax credits if it eventually hires more than 35 employees, applicable retroactively. And a homesick Voodoo Too manager from Colorado agreed to run the Denver store.
     "We haven't introduced ourselves to the dentist yet," Shannon says. "Hopefully we can do something together. 'No cavities, here's a coupon for a free doughnut.'"
     Back in Portland, Shannon and Cat Daddy are gearing up for the original store's 10th-anniversary bash, a "thank you Portland" party with live music, T-shirt giveaways and two golden tickets granting free Voodoo doughnuts for life. Check back for more details about that event next week.
     "We opened 10 years ago, in the middle of Krispy Kreme coming -- we beat that with 'eat local doughnuts' -- and then the trans-fat scare and the economy tanking," Shannon says. "Doughnuts were 85 cents. We've raised them to 95 cents, but we still strive to keep doughnuts under a dollar. It's still something every man can afford. You can buy a doughnut and a cup of coffee and still play a song on the jukebox at Voodoo Too."

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ACAD Meet & Greet with Tracy Weil

The Aurora Cultural Arts District (ACAD) is pleased to announce the hiring of Tracy Weil as the new Managing Director of the Aurora Cultural Arts District.

Please join us this Friday before you start your long weekend and celebrate with us! The event will be held at 1400 Dallas Street from 4-6pm and hor d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. The studio artists at 1400 Dallas will be showing some new work along with some work by Weil who is also an artist.

“We’re so excited to have Tracy on board to help us take the district to the next level,” said Moira Dungan, Senior Development Project Manager of the City of Aurora. “The City of Aurora and area stakeholders have spent years ‘setting the table’ in the Arts District and we are very excited to have the chance to work with Tracy and to bring more “food” to the feast! This means more and better events, marketing the area and working with our stakeholders to create more activity and additional destinations for both residents and visitors.”

Weil moved to the neighborhood when he was 3 years old and grew up in the Aurora school system surrounding the district. He attended Carousel Academy, Crawford Elementary, West Middle School and Aurora Central High School.

"I’m a product of this great neighborhood. I also lived in the area after I finished college and spent several of my formative years as an artist creating art here,” said Weil. Weil also taught classes at DAVA during that period.

Weil will report to the ACAD Board of Directors headed up by former State Representative & State Senator Bob Hagedorn.

"ACAD is extremely fortunate to find someone with Tracy's background and experience. He grew up in Aurora, he made the RiNo art district a top destination in just a couple years, he knows the challenges and opportunities facing emerging art districts, and he's an artist himself." Said, Bob Hagedorn.

The Aurora Cultural Arts District is a partnership of creative enterprises, individuals, local businesses, area residents and the City of Aurora whose mission is to enhance the district’s neighborhoods and market it as a destination through a variety of cultural and educational experiences. Come learn more about what we do!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Herbs & Arts Celebrates 20 Years!

Herbs & Arts celebrates 20 years in business today!! Since 1993 Herbs & Arts has served Denver and the region, striving to be a place of healing & sanctuary to all who enter regardless of one's beliefs. They live with a simple intention, to put forth compassion, love & gratitude into the universe with the belief that if they can inspire & empower healing and spiritual connection in themselves and others, the world will change for the better. The many products they make, as well and the other items they carefully choose in their store, are designed to support and facilitate these intentions. Their dear teacher Morning Glory birthed this dream into life when she began Herbs & Arts. With much gratitude, Kaewyn & John took over the store from her in 2001 and they have tried to carry these ideals forward as they have grown.
They are blessed with a knowledgeable and dedicated staff.  The Herbs & Arts family possesses a wide ranging set of knowledge & experiences to serve you. Between them, they have led large community rituals, travelled to & prayed at sacred sites around the world, and learned from teachers within Wiccan, Hindu, Native American, Celtic, Buddhist, Mayan, Faerie & Orisha communities. These experiences & the lessons they received from them, they joyfully share with all of you in the spirit of service.
     
Herbs & Arts has become very well known for the ritual & magickal oils and incense they make in the store. These formulas have been developed over the last 20 years through a mix of old school research, learning from their teachers and their own staff's work with their guides in the present. They believe in the wisdom of the elders and those that came before us, and at the same time, have come to learn, trust and honor the wisdom & information we all have access to in the present moment. They try to incorporate this ideal into all of their magickal products, sometimes resulting in products changing and evolving over time.

All of their oils & incenses that are made with a specific energetic intention, are done so in alignment with the moon phase and/or astrological occurences that will best heighten their energetic properties. They are then placed in sacred space on our in-store alter to be further charged before they are ready to be available to you.

They hope you will enjoy your experience browsing the products & information on their website. They intend to provide lots of information, recipes and education, along with all the tools you need for your journey. Let's laugh, dance, sing and play & pray & play together!!!

Dance in the Light!

-- The Herbs & Arts family

2015 E. Colfax Ave
Denver, Colorado 80206
Phone: 303.388.2544 Toll Free: 1.877.207.9136
Fax: 303.388.2793
herbsandarts@herbsandarts.com
Hours: 10 am - 7 pm Mon-Sat
11 am - 6 pm Sun
Open Seven Days a Week!
 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Fox on the Fax

This photo just sent in by Linda Collison: "Attended a Mommy Dearest dance show at the Fox last night. What a blast, that 80s music! Great to see adults dancing and singing. I didn't get any photos of the show but outside on Colfax there is always a performance!"

The Clarko Hotel

From the Terry J. Snyder collection comes this great view of East Colfax from the late '70's.

This photo features the once controversial Clarko Hotel (yellow building) which fronted Mammoth Gardens. Considered an eyesore on Colfax for many years, a civic organization hosted a "Bash The Clarko" party which leveled the building in 1990.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Gipsy Kings coming to The Fillmore

Gipsy Kings
Live Nation is pleased to present GIPSY KINGS at The Fillmore Auditorium on Tuesday,  August 5.   A Special Guest TBA will open the show. 
Show time is 8:00 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM
 
The Gipsy Kings consist of two bands of brothers: the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, Andre) and the Baliardos (Tonino, Paco, Diego).  The Reyes and Baliardo boys were the offspring of Spanish gypsy families that had fled into France to escape Spain’s Civil War. They grew up roaming the south of France, working harvests and making music. 

Jose Reyes – father of the GK’s Reyes – sang alongside guitarist Manitas de Plata and did much to popularize flamenco internationally: John Steinbeck, Charlie Chaplin, Pablo Picasso, Miles Davis and Salvador Dali were amongst the duo’s admirers.  Jose split from Manitas in the 1970s and formed Los Reyes with his teenage sons.  His death devastated the Reyes yet led to their fortuitous encounter with the Baliardos at the St. Marie de la Mer Gitan pilgrimage. On that warm night, as they passed the guitar, shared songs and wine, history was shaped.

Initially, the Reyes and Baliardos busked on the streets of Cannes, played weddings and parties, young men flavoring flamenco with Western pop and Latin rhythms.  When an American admirer told the band their name Los Reyes meant “The Kings” in English they realized they were born to be Gipsy Kings.  In 1987 The Gipsy Kings’ self-titled debut album introduced the world to ‘rumba Gitano’ – the sound of South America’s rumba rhythm married to flamenco guitars – and with ‘Bamboleo’ the Gipsy Kings scored a huge international hit.  Since then the Kings have never stopped singing to the world.

Today the Gipsy Kings still live with their families in the south of France.  Life may have changed for them – they no longer busk on streets or pick crops when times are hard or travel in caravans – but still, at heart, they remain Gypsies, the proud descendants of an ancient people who seduced the world with music and dance.  On Pasajero, the Gipsy Kings continue their epic musical journey. 
               
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800 – 745 - 3000

Tickets are $44.50 GA ADV and $50.00 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
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 Ages 16+

Saturday, May 18, 2013

American Ninja Warrior

NBC’s American Ninja Warrior is traveling the country to find the best athletes to compete for the coveted title of American Ninja Warrior and the $500,000 grand prize…and you can see the action live! The show is taping Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. and Monday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Center Park in Denver. The minimum age to attend is 12. Tickets are FREE, but space is limited. There is a 4 ticket limit per person. Before requesting tickets, know the following: The taping lasts approximately 5 hours and is outdoors. As a result, dress accordingly and be prepared. It’s advised you check the weather forecast first, as the taping will occur, rain or shine. As long as you arrive on time and follow the guidelines on the ticket, admission is guaranteed. To request tickets, click here. Remember, this is just to watch the show being taped, not to participate in the game show. Civic Center Park is located at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Lincoln St.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Colfax Marathon Starts Tomorrow!

The Ultimate Urban Tour

Experience Denver, Colorado's local marathon: established by the cities of Denver, Aurora and Lakewood to celebrate a vibrant Colfax Avenue and encourage healthy and fit communities. The marathon is 26.2 miles with an epic run through Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium - 7 miles of water - including Sloan’s Lake, The Platte and Cherry Creek.  Enjoy the majestic Colorado views, plus Colfax Avenue, eclectic neighborhoods, downtown, parks and amazing views. And a run through Denver Fire Station #1! Take the photo tour and learn some fun facts here.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Welcome Colorado's First Asian American Theatre Company!

Theatre Esprit Asia Announces Inaugural Season
at Vintage Theatre in Aurora

In the summer of 2012, while celebrating the success of Vintage Theatre's production of "The Joy Luck Club," cast mates Tria Xiong and Maria Cheng sparked an idea for a new venture. After a glass of wine [or two], they realized with utter certainty, the need for an Asian American company in Colorado's theater climate, and thus, like all great wine-induced ideas, Theatre Esprit Asia (TEA) was born.

Maria Cheng says, "Theatre Esprit Asia (TEA) is an idea overdue to happen. The national Asian American Theatre movement has been for years waiting and wanting a presence in the Rocky Mountains region. Well, finally we are here, due to phenomenal grass roots support from Colorado's Asian American Theatre artists and enthusiasts. The response has been humbling and TEA aims to fulfill the expectations of bringing passionate, truthful and humorous narratives on the contemporary human condition, inspired by the wisdom of the Asian cultures."

Tria Xiong proudly states, “Part of TEA’s mission is to present original voices as well as produce plays by established playwrights. Our first season features critically acclaimed plays that draw from the great traditions of China, Japan and Korea. In our second season, to fulfill the latter part of our mission, we will produce David Henry Hwang’s Pulitzer prize winning drama "M. Butterfly," Lisa Loomer’s poignant "The Waiting Room" and Phillip Gotanda’s "Yohen."

"Spirit & Sworded Treks," directed by Maria Cheng & Tria Xiong, plays in repertory with "Dust Storm," directed by Paragon Theatre founder Warren Sherrill from May 30 through June 23. Then from October 24 to November 17, TEA presents Julia Cho's "99 Histories" directed by Henry-Award winner Christy Montour-Larson

Season tickets are currently on sale for this 3-play series at $48 Adult; $43 Students/Seniors 60+ or with six *ACE tickets for $72 Adult; $65 Students/Seniors 60+.  Single tickets are $17 Adult/ $15 Students/Seniors 60+ (Advance purchase); $20 at the door.  Tickets are available by calling 303-856-7830 or online at www.theatre-esprit-asia.org. All performances are held at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010

*ACE - Asian American Cabaret Events $5 - gourmet tea and snacks provided.

  May 30 - June 23
Rick Foster's Dust Storm (in rep with Spirit & Sworded Treks)
Directed by Warren Sherrill

This coming of age story is about Seiji, a rebellious Japanese American youth interned during WWII. We journey through his eyes as he experiences the shock of forced relocation and imprisonment, to anger and violence, and finally from confused guilt to emerging insight. Using the art of Chiura Obata, also an interned US citizen and artist of international renown, this solo work relives a tragic period of American history through a powerful tale of hope and redemption.

Sonoran Union: powerful force …the most palatable examination possible of a grievous episode in history. And it's the greatest kind of drama - the truth.

"Dust Storm" is triple cast with, Dale Li, Peter Trinh as Seiji. Invited guest artist, Zachary Drake, who has been with Dust Storm since its creation, will perform the role of Seiji on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 at 1:30 p.m. "Dust Storm" opens on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. with performances on Thursdays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4:30 and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 1:30 and 4: 30 p.m. and Sunday, June 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Playwright Rick Foster joins the company Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2 and will be part of post-show talk-backs with the director, actor and internment survivors.

May 30 – June 23
Maria Cheng's Spirit & Sworded Treks (in rep with Dust Storm)
Directed by Maria Cheng & Tria Xiong
*mature adult language

What do Johnny Unitas, ecstatic sex, beheading a Barbie doll and martial arts have to do with the Tao of spirituality? Cheng weaves tai-ji forms, storytelling, stir-fry cooking and stand-up comedy in a tour de force performance work addressing the struggles of following a spiritual path by a Chinese American woman.

"Spirit & Sworded Treks" is double cast with Maria Cheng and Michelle Hurtubise in the role of Woman and plays Fridays and Sundays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and Sun, June 23 @ 4:30 p.m.

San Francisco Examiner: Cheng carves an exquisite show...frequently wry ...often affecting tribute to Cheng’s homeland and to the new world...an ode to all the ties that bind, the prejudices that impede and the dreams that inspire.

NY Times: exquisitely crafted…wickedly funny

Post-show talk-backs will include the directors, the actor, clergy of various religions and practitioners of various spiritual paths. 

October 24 - November 17
Julia Cho's 99 Histories
Directed by Christy Montour-Larson

What is remembered is made up.  The only homelands that exist are the imaginary.  29-year-old Korean American cellist prodigy Eunice, comes home pregnant and unmarried, and tries to mend her estranged relationship with her very Korean mother.  Haunted by memories of a violent past, Eunice must confront her ghosts before she can move forward.  This powerful story is about memory, legacy, and the bond between mothers and daughters across three generations.

Chay Yew of Mark Taper Forum: Cho offers great emotional maturity and economy of words and a great passion for language. She's very good at drawing characters who have emotional complexity.

"99 Histories" plays Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The King of Colfax

Pete Contos and Jonny Barber aka "The Velvet Elvis"
On Saturday, June 13, 2009, I had the honor of Pete asking me to perform at the Grand Re-Opening of the Satire Lounge, after he had newly remodeled the restaurant/bar. This was back in the days when The Velvet Elvis still walked the earth. At one time I may have foolishly considered myself the "King of Colfax", but after Pete joined me onstage for his rendition of "My Way", I had to abdicate the throne.

Copied from the plaque awarded to Pete when he entered the Foodservice Hall of Fame 2006:

     Pete Contos'  lifetime love of the restaurant business began the first day he arrived in Denver from Greece in 1956 when he watched a bartender mixing drinks and talking to customers.  He went on to work his way up in the business from dishwasher, busboy and bar-back to bartender, which he call his “trade”.

     His entrepreneurial spirit would lead him to own such unique Denver businesses as the Satire Lounge, Olympic Flame, Pete's Kitchen, Pete's Gyros Place, Pete's University Park Cafe, Pete's  Central, Pete's Ice Cream & Coffee, Pete's Greektown Cafe and The Bank Bar & Grill.

     Over the years, he has quietly lent a helping hand to people in need, whether it's paying medical bills, lending money to buy homes or financing an education.  He is known to help former employees to start their own business and regularly does such humanitarian deeds as serving holiday dinners to the elderly and neighborhood people.

     A dedicated family man with a quick wit, Pete keeps his door open and his cell phone on to anyone in need and has no plans to retire anytime soon saying “I'm having too much fun.  I wish everyone would love their job as much as I do.”

Monday, May 13, 2013

Hollywood Undead coming to The Fillmore


HOB 20th Anniversary Presents
Hollywood Undead
Fillmore Auditorium
Friday, July 26th

Live Nation is pleased to announce the HOB 20th Anniversary Presents Hollywood Undead Tour featuring HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD at The Fillmore Auditorium on Friday, July 26.   Special Guests Escape the Fate, 3 Pill Morning and All Hail The Yeti will open the show.  Show time is 6:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM

Hollywood Undead were born in the underground.  They survive there, they thrive there, and they'll die there. Ever since they clawed their way into the mainstream with their 2008 near platinum-selling debut Swan Songs and its acclaimed 2010 follow-up American Tragedy, the masked Los Angeles collective—Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Danny, Funny Man, and Da Kurlzz—never lost sight of where they came from. Their third full-length album Notes From The Underground emerges directly from that same place behind the curtain, underneath the veneer, and inside the darkest heart of their city. These are their Notes scribed in tears, blood, and truth.

Their truth has defined Hollywood Undead since day one. As a result, Swan Songs has moved well over 900,000 copies, and American Tragedy debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #4 with first-week sales exceeding 67,000. They've played sold out headline shows all over the world as well as rousing appearances at festivals such as the UK's Download and Rock on the Range, Epicenter, and more in the U.S. Their music has also received prime placements everywhere from the trailer for Paramount's hit film, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra to Madden NFL 2009. Meanwhile, in 2011, legends such as Jonathan Davis of Korn and KMFDM contributed remixes to American Tragedy Redux. 
               
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800 – 745 - 3000

Tickets are $26.00 GA ADV and $31.00 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.
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 This show is ALL AGES.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Colfax History: Tiki Boyd's

From Dale Sawin: "Found this picture on a old cd.......Its the long face Moai Tiki I carved for the amazing Tiki Boyds on Colfax inside the Ramada, Short lived but good god damn what a good time.

Picture is Tiki Bill (RIP Lovely man) Colorados own live legend, Boyd Rice, Aaron from Modern Drunkard magazine and Tiki Mike Skinner.

This was my favorite carving of all time...I think manager Matt claimed it when the place closed, as was his right.....anyone seen it? I might be interested in a buy back.

So wish this place was still kicking....just felt right......

I still remember an honest to gawd stock show couple getting up from my table just as I was on a real gone rum rant talking about art and life and the middle of nowhere and looking at me like I'd just been released from the local asylum......I was still gesturing and talking as they were halfway to the lobby.......ah shit...ha."
 
 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Our Generation Didn't Have The Green Thing...

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f or future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling's. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But too bad we didn't do the green thing back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Miss KOSI 1955

Miss KOSI 1955 - Courtesy Aurora History Museum
Aurora’s KOSI 1430 radio station began broadcasting in 1954 with its studios located at the Riviera Motel on Colfax Avenue. The station sponsored a beauty contest in 1955 to bring attention to their new 5,000 watt power transmission. Pictured here is the winner Esther Zgut, who promoted KOSI throughout the metro area by giving away Denver Bears baseball tickets. She also helped to draw attention to the local navy recruitment office, which co-sponsored the contest. Renamed KEZW in 1984, the station continues to operate today, playing big band, Broadway, and jazz from the 1930s-50s. It’s now the largest radio station in the United States to run on solar power. What are some of your favorite local radio memories?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Colfax History: The Chicken Box

Chicken Box, last stop for fried chicken on your way out of town west on Route 40. The location on W. Colfax is still there and has recently reopened as The Pub on Colfax. (courtesy The Denver Eye)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

What If Jack

by Gene Ervine

What if Jack Kerouac didn't 
Don sunglasses,
Wear a gray sweatshirt,
Or drink too much wine?

What if he was Irish?
Was red haired?
And a priest of a different religion?
There isn't enough here
To worry about really.

But it would've  been a different
Poem, a different song,
A different novel 
It may have meant something different
Like a wee cow nosing the day's food
Out of a tiny pasture smelling of smoldering peat

Clearly he would have walked
Different trails, in different mountains and
Rocky coasts and seen different vistas

Maybe no more questing, but maybe, just maybe
A lingering blessing.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Cinco de Mayo in Civic Center Park

    
     Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of a heroic people and their struggle for freedom. On May 5, 1862, in the town of Puebla, the outnumbered Mexican army defeated French forces providing the momentum to drive foreign power from their country. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of freedom and culture and acknowledges the beauty of Latino culture. The Denver Cinco de Mayo event is produced by nonprofit organization NEWSED Community Development Corporation and Santa Fe Drive Redevelopment Corporation. Their mission is, “To promote and develop economic, arts and cultural, and community programs that increase income and education levels, and political engagement of Denver area residents. This year we celebrate our 40th year as an organization and 26th Anniversary of the largest Cinco de Mayo Festival in the United States, held each year in Civic Center Park in Denver."

     Cinco de Mayo conmemora la Victoria de gente heroica y su esfuerzo por libertad. En el día 5 de Mayo del 1862, en el pueblo de Puebla, el ejercito Mexicano, que era superados en numero, derroto al ejercito Francés proporcionando el impulso para conducir fuerzas extranjeras de su país. Cinco de Mayo es una celebración de libertad y cultura y reconoce la belleza de la cultura Latina. El evento de Cinco de Mayo de Denver es producido por una organización sin fines lucros NEWSED Community Development Corporation y Santa De Drive Redevelopment Corporation. Nuestra misión es, "Promocionar y desarrollar la economía, artes y cultura, programas comunitarios que aumentan los ingresos y los niveles de educación, y participación política de los residentes del área de Denver." Este ano celebramos nuestros 39 anos como una organización y el 25 Aniversario del Festival Cinco de Mayo mas grande de los Estados Unidos.