Saturday, May 31, 2014

Forty-Five Plus One at Lost Lake Lounge

THIS SATURDAY! MAY 31st! Forty-Five Plus One is back at Lost Lake! Another killer line-up, including many performers making their 45+1 debut. And with Maris on the bill, might this become Forty-Five Plus One...Minus One? Find out Saturday!

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Longest, Wickedest Street in America

Thanks to the girls at Hot Chick a Latte for keeping the spirit of Colfax alive and well!! Come check them out - they are a locally owned drive thru, walk up, patio sitting coffee shop with bikini baristas serving damn good locally roasted coffee, breakfast burritos and smoothies!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Colfax Dance Party with DJ Rockstar Aaron

COLFAX DANCE PARTY TOMORROW NIGHT! Spread the word! Every Friday join DJ Rockstar Aaron Kinga's Lounge located at 1509 Marion Street (across from the Ramada on Colfax). They have a great dance floor. He'll be playing everything from the Jackson 5 to Lady Gaga. No cover! The party starts around 9:30pm. #DanceParty

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wookin Pa Nuggs


I was just hopin' they were gonna open! And...Nuggs Ice Cream is OPEN today!!! Stop by today 5135 E. Colfax Avenue (near Filbert) and try all handmade ice cream flavors crafted in-house with top quality ingredients. YUM! (Photos courtesy Save the Signs)

Photo courtesy The Fax Partnership


Tuesday, May 27, 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.


















Monday, May 26, 2014

Save the Signs: Dale Sawin


On Saturday, May 24th, Dale Sawin walked the entire length of "America's longest, wickedest street" with his hand-made Save the Signs flag. Starting at 7 am in Aurora where East Colfax crosses I-70, Dale made it to Golden later that night in the rain. He even waited out a tornado warning at Casa Bonita.

Here's what Dale had to say about the adventure: "It was always a bucket-list idea to walk America's longest street. But helping raise awareness for Save the Signs seemed like the right thing to do while I walked. It was truly one of my favorite days ever."

The photos in this album are courtesy of Dale Sawin and were taken during his epic walk. (courtesy: Save the Signs)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Taste of Mayhem coming to The Fillmore Auditorium


HEY DENVER!

Hungry for some heavy music?

Get A Taste of Mayhem on Sunday, July 13
@ Fillmore Auditorium
Doors Open @ 1:30PM

Tickets are just $25
ON SALE NOW!


FEATURING A BLISTERING LINE-UP:
CANNIBAL CORPSE, TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, SUICIDE SILENCE, EMMURE, MISS MAY I, MUSHROOMHEAD, DARKEST HOUR,                 VEIL OF MAYA, UPON A BURNING BODY, ILL NINO, WRETCHED, ISLANDER, ERIMHA, and KING 810

The Mayhem continues Monday, July 14th at Red Rocks Amphitheatre  with Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium and Body Count featuring Ice-T.
Tickets are on sale now. 

**VISIT WWW.ROCKSTARMAYHEMFEST.COM FOR FULL FESTIVAL DETAILS**

For press inquiries and additional information, please contact Adrenaline PR and Maria Ferrero at 732-462-4262 or maria@adrenalinepr.com.


TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 25 @ 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 $30.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.


For Private Box seating and other VIP ticket option information,                           please call (303) 837-1483

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Scene on Colfax: American Idiot

Members of the cast of American Idiot The Musical checked out downtown Denver today. Among their stops was Colfax Guitar Shop!
And OK, #IdiotNation, are you ready?! This Tony Award winner opened last night at The Buell Theatre and runs through Sunday.
Here's where you can learn more about the show and access tickets online easily: http://denvercenter.org/buy-tickets/shows/american-idiot/about.aspx

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Taste Of Something New on Capitol Hill

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This Saturday May 24 at 6pm, at Colfax and Logan, for those of you who aren't heading out of town for the holiday, restaurant owners Helen and Nancy are inviting friends of friends to sample items from the menu they'll be serving at their new breakfast/lunch diner on Colfax, Fork & Spoon, for free.

Mural artist Tommy Nahulu will be there to celebrate their pre-opening tasting, and welcome friends who are using this opportunity to check out his new mural in person. Love to see you there!

Mural by Tommy Nahulu. Photo by Jonny Barber.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

311 at The Fillmore Auditorium

Fillmore Auditorium
August 5
                                                                                                                                                                              
Live Nation and Bill Bass Concerts are pleased to present 311 at The Fillmore Auditorium on Tuesday, August 5.  Special guests TBA will open the show.
Show time is 8:00 PM.  Doors open at 7:00 PM

311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Los Angeles, California.

311 mix rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique sound. After years of consistent touring, 311 have developed a reputation as one of the hardest working, most influential and most entertaining live bands in the U.S.

311 have released ten studio albums, one live album, one greatest hits album and three DVD's - and have sold over 8.5 million albums in the U.S.  Seven of their albums have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Sales Chart ... and nine of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Alternative Rock Radio Chart.

311’s 11th album STEREOLITHIC was released on March 11 and features 15 new songs.  Don’t be surprised if 311 fans rabidly discuss whether to hail the collection as a return to signature-sound form or a stylistically diverse breakthrough. True to its twin-tone name, STEREOLITHIC manages to be both.

For more info www.311.com


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.

For Private Box seating and other VIP ticket option information, please call (303) 837-1483

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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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Civic Center Moves

FREE!
Civic Center Moves
New in 2014, Civic Center Moves is a free fitness series for all fitness levels. Civic Center Moves classes will meet in various areas of Civic Center Park, including the Great Lawn, the Broadway Terrace, the Greek Theater and around the Seal Pond.  Look for the Civic Center MOVES flags for the class location. Test your limits and get fit in the heart of the city! Featured classes include: yoga, bootcamp and full body work out.
Civic Center Moves
Civic Center Park
Through Mid - October
Various Times

Schedule and more info at:www.civiccenterconservancy.org

Monday, May 19, 2014

Capitol Hill Project: Colfax Marketplace

If you looked closely at the map from the September 2013 Residential Boom Update, you may have noticed there are a couple of projects we haven’t covered yet here on DenverInfill. Today, we are going to look at one of those projects; a new 74-unit apartment building, named Colfax Marketplace, going up in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. This project will be situated on the southeast corner of Colfax Avenue and Corona Street. Here is a map with the project site outlined.


Here is a conceptual rendering of the project courtesy of KTGY. Even though this isn’t the final design, this apartment building will have a modern design with brick and stucco for the exterior materials. Since the Colfax Marketplace will face Colfax, which is zoned as a main street, there will be ground floor retail along the entire building.


Right now on the site there is an old 3-story building, that used to house Smiley’s Laundry, and a parking lot. Recently, Slipstream Properties, the developer of Colfax Marketplace, bought the 3-story building and will be renovating both the 28 apartments and the 7,000 square feet of already existing ground floor retail space.



Units in the 3-story building will be a combination of studio and one-bedroom units ranging from 400-600 square feet in size with monthly rents between $800-$1000. Unit sizes and pricing are not yet available for the new 5-story building which is expected to break ground in March 2014 with completion in the Fall of 2015. East Colfax is going through a huge transformation and each infill or adaptive reuse project is helping restore what Colfax used to be; Denver’s Main Street.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Colfax Marathon Traffic and Road Closures

ColfaxMarathon_RoadClosureMap

More than 16,000 athletes are anticipated to participate in the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon on Sunday, May 18, 2014. To provide a safe environment for the 2014 Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon, the cities of Aurora, Denver and Lakewood will have temporary traffic impacts along Colfax Avenue. While travel will be restricted, normal traffic patterns will resume as soon as it’s safe for athletes, spectators and motorists. 
 
General Traffic:
  • The marathon will have full and partial closures of westbound and eastbound Colfax from Aurora to Lakewood starting as early as 3 a.m. and ending as late as 1 p.m.
  • Roads that cross Colfax Avenue and 17th Avenue could experience significant delays.
  • The easiest places to cross Colfax Avenue between Havana and Kipling will be at Interstate 25, Havana and Kipling.
  • Drivers are urged to avoid Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue altogether until noon.
  • Crossing intersections along Colfax will be allowed on a very limited basis when safety allows and only at intersections with uniformed police officers.
  • Eastbound Colfax Avenue will be open from Denver’s City Park west to Quitman Street and from Colorado Boulevard east to Ursula Street.
  • Westbound Colfax will be closed from Dayton Street in Aurora to Garrison Street in Lakewood in certain sections.
  • As the race progresses from Denver’s City Park to Aurora and Lakewood simultaneously, streets will open to normal traffic as rapidly as possible.
Colfax Avenue in Aurora:

The Half-marathon Course will impact Aurora streets from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The race starts at Denver’s City Park, heads east on Montview Avenue to Yosemite Street in Aurora, continues south to East 17th Avenue, then East to Galena Street, then south to 16th Avenue, west to Del Mar Parkway, north to East 17th Avenue, then returns west to Dayton, south to Colfax, west on Colfax to Oneida, north to East 17th Avenue, west on 17th back to Denver’s City Park.
  • Westbound Colfax Avenue will be closed from Dayton Street to Oneida Street at 5:40 a.m.
  • East 17th Avenue will be closed to all eastbound traffic from Colorado Blvd to Oneida Street at 7 a.m.
  • East 16th Avenue will be closed to all east and westbound traffic from Havana Street to Chester Street at 6 a.m.
  • Yosemite Street will be closed to all north and southbound traffic from Montview Ave  to Colfax Ave
Colfax Avenue in Denver:
  • Westbound Colfax will be closed.
  • Colorado Boulevard between Colfax Avenue and East 23rd Avenue will be closed.
  • Southbound off-ramp to I-25 at Colfax Avenue will be closed.
  • Speer Boulevard at Colfax Avenue in both directions will have very long delays.
  • The only places to cross Colfax Avenue will be at I-25.
  • Seventeenth Street will be open as the runners will be in the far north lanes only. Some cross traffic and turns will be limited.
  • The last runner will cross westbound Colfax Avenue at Speer Boulevard at approximately 7:30 a.m. and the road will open shortly after.
  • The last runner will leave Perry and Colfax (they will go north and south on Perry to Sloan’s Lake, encircling it) at approximately 8:45 a.m.
  • The last runner will cross westbound Colfax Avenue at Sheridan Boulevard at approximately 10 a.m.
  • The last marathon runners will pass through downtown at 11:15 a.m.
  • The last marathon runners will cross eastbound East 17th Avenue at Vine Street at approximately 11:25 a.m.
  • The last marathon runners will enter City Park at East 21st Avenue & York Street at approximately 11:55 a.m.

Colfax Avenue in Lakewood:

This year’s marathon route in Lakewood will take runners along West Colfax, turning north on Pierce Street, traveling through Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, returning to Pierce Street and heading north to West 20th Avenue. The runners return to Colfax Avenue at Glen Moor Drive, heading east, remaining in the westbound lanes of Colfax Avenue.
  • North to south streets that cross Colfax from Sheridan Boulevard to Garrison Street will be closed to through traffic from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • North to south streets that cross Colfax Avenue between West Sixth and West 26th Avenues will be closed to through traffic
  • To move traffic north and south through the area, motorists will be funneled on detour routes to Interstate 70 and Federal Boulevard, using West Sixth, West 26th and West 32nd Avenues.
  • Kipling Street is open to north/south traffic crossing W. Colfax.
  • Traffic traveling east on W. Colfax will be diverted south on Garrison Street, then continue east on W. 14th Ave.
  • Traffic will be allowed to proceed westbound on Colfax from Garrison.
  • Traffic will be allowed limited access to local only traffic across W. 20th Avenue at signaled intersections, expect delays.
  • Local traffic and marathon spectators will be permitted access.
  • Access to Colfax businesses open on May 18 will be allowed from side streets either through limited-access lanes on Colfax Avenue marked with cones or through police escorts.
  • Access to and from residences and churches adjacent to Colfax Avenue will be allowed through the use of side streets.
  • The last runner will be off of Colfax Avenue in Lakewood at approximately 10:30 a.m.
  • Colfax Avenue will be cleaned and swept immediately following the passage of runners.

RTD Operations:
The marathon will cause delays on RTD routes that run on and/or cross Colfax Avenue. Riders are encouraged to contact RTD directly for full details by calling (303) 299-6000 or visiting www.RTD-Denver.com under Detours and Alerts.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Save the Signs: Eddie Bohn's Pig & Whistle

Photo by Jonny Barber
You may have noticed the Pig'n Whistle property on West Colfax has been fenced off. There are plans to turn the property into a marijuana dispensary. Currently, we're working with the West Colfax Business Improvement District and the property owner to ensure the sign gets saved.


This sign is historic, iconic and needs to be preserved. Eddie Bohn started his empire on West Colfax in 1924 with some cash he earned sparring with Jack Dempsey. The Pig saw numerous celebrities in the years that followed and remained a popular destination until the interstate highway system effectively choked off the businesses on Colfax. By the time Clint Eastwood filmed a scene there for the movie "Every Which Way But Loose" in the late 1970s, The Pig was already in decline. This sign and the old gas station building next to it are all that remain of Eddie Bohn's empire. Hopefully, they will remain for many years to come. (Courtesy Save the Signs)


Photo courtesy Punch Bohn
Recent renovations of the building have uncovered other signs with historical significance:

Photo by Colfax Jack

Friday, May 16, 2014

TEXT opens today at DAVA


TEXT

This exhibition explores communications systems across time and cultures.  Through text and images, DAVA youth explored past and current ways of messaging, culminating in stories described through a variety of print/3d media.  Works by guest artists Rick Griffith, Joel Swanson and Xi Zhang add different approaches. The exhibit opens May 16th with an opening reception from 4 to 7:30 pm and a spoken word performance by Molina Speaks at 4:30 pm. The exhibit will be open to the public until June 28th. DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) is located at 1405 Florence St., one block south of East Colfax in the Aurora Cultural Arts District.

After examining the history of communication, DAVA middle school age students used typewriters, texting abbreviations, stop motion and digital animation to tell stories. Younger students inscribed personal stories with drawings and words on hand built clay stelae, drawn selfies, ideograms, and words on wood panels. Visitors will also be able to write messages using ceramic emoticons to share their impressions during the exhibit.

Guest designer Rick Griffith introduced the concepts of typography and communication to DAVA students.  A selection of Griffith’s prints created with the letterpress will be included in the exhibition. Xi Zhang’s series of paintings represents people taking selfies within traditional settings, mixing old and new. In his digital media pieces, Joel Swanson uses abstract shapes to communicate through Braille and keyboard keys.

This exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday or by appointment. For more information, please e-mail gallery@davarts.org

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with youth as its primary focus. For more information about our programs, visit www.davarts.org, or call DAVA at 303 367 5886. 



Thursday, May 15, 2014

Retro Colfax: Chris Maurer's Town House

Chris Maurer's Town House Restaurant, formerly located at East Colfax and Peoria Street (12100 E. Colfax Avenue) in Aurora, CO.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mountainsmith Colfax 25 Backpack


The Mountainsmith Colfax 25L is built with all of the outdoor DNA of our All Terrain backpack line but focused on getting you, your laptop and supplies to school, office or distant lands. This solid laptop bag employs a unique top loading style for easy access to computer and extras while numerous zippered pockets keep all your essentials safe and organized. From laptop to mountaintop, this pack will take you there!

Monday, May 12, 2014

30 MILES OF CRAZY! by Karl Krumpholz


Time for another 'tru-ish' tale about Colfax and the Mile High City. A new 30 MILES OF CRAZY! (#43)! This week: A Question of Priorities... or YES, I DID ANOTHER COMIC STRIP THAT TAKES PLACE AT THE LION'S LAIR.

The World Famous Lion's Lair... No frills space for a beer and a shot. The bar has been there for years (I hear various stories, but can be traced back to the 50's or 20s [as a dancehall] depending who you ask) and to me, best represents what Colfax Avenue is: barebones, down low, dirty place full of stories and awesome characters.

This was also one of the first bars I found myself in when I finally moved to Denver (living only a couple blocks away also helps). Not only had I been hearing about that place for years (even before I started visiting the city), but at that first night there was able to see one of the best, most welcoming (at least to me) events after I'd only been living in the Mile High City for less than a month. If Denver was some sort of communicable disease, I got it that night from the sheer press of the crowd around me. Yes, it was Slim Cessna's Auto Club show in such an intimate setting.

Yes, I used the word 'intimate' which in all ways seems wrong. It kind of brings to mind singer/songwriters strumming on acoustic guitars, singing about their lost cat by candlelight... which is totally not the case if you've ever set foot in the place. The size of the Lair is so small that you can be punched on one side of the bar and still hit the wall of the other, likely hitting a half a dozen band stickers that have been placed there over the years (I can still find the sticker of a local Philly band that I saw many times in the 90's among the collection of band debris scattered over the Lair's walls). That first night, and most other nights I've been there for shows are cramped, beer soaked, rowdy, near riots. People yelling for drinks or at each other; booze being tossed onto the floor, over the patrons, and down their gullets; shoving matches that could be called dancing or drunken stumbles; and music blaring over everything, demanding some attention. Events that have to be experienced to be believed.

 ... so there it is. (I'm sure I was at that show as well.)

... Ready... Set...  Musical Accompaniment... and GO!


 Read more 30 MILES OF CRAZY! on Karl's website.