Saturday, December 31, 2016

Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame: Frank Welker

Responsible for creating the voices and sound effects of hundreds of animated characters over a span of nearly fifty years, Frank Welker has garnered the respect of audiences and peers alike for his unparalleled skills as a voice actor. While he has also appeared on television series, variety and talk shows, in pilots and commercials, it is because of his invaluable work behind the camera that Frank Welker was chosen to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys.

Now we are officially inducting Frank into the Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame!

Frank Welker
Born in Denver, Colorado, Welker developed a stand-up comedy act in college, which got him started on the concert circuit touring with The Righteous Brothers and Sergio Mendes. He continued with stand up, appearing in places including Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe as the opening act for such headliners as Sonny and Cher, Diana Ross, Loretta Lynn, Ann-Margret and Neil Sedaka.

Welker’s first on camera film role was as a bar fight participant in Stan Dragoti’s Dirty Little Billy. He played a college kid from Rutgers University in the Elvis Presley picture, and later co-starred with Don Knotts in Universal’s How to Frame a Figg. Welker also appeared in two Disney films, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and Now You See Him, Now You Don’t.

His on camera television appearances included Love American Style, The Partridge Family and The Don Knotts Show. He played a prosecutor in the highly acclaimed ABC special, The Trial of General Yamashita, and as ‘Captain Pace’ beside Richard Dreyfuss’ Yossarian in Paramount television’s pilot Catch-22. He also made appearances on Laugh In, The Dean Martin Roast, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, The Smothers Brothers, The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour and returned to an on-camera role in the film The Informant, playing Matt Damon’s father.

His first cartoon job was for Hanna Barbara voicing Freddy Jones in the legendary Scooby Doo series. It is believed that Frank holds the record for voicing the longest running character in the history of animation Freddy Jones. Frank is still doing the teenaged Freddy45 years after he began and is currently recording the latest iteration Be Cool Scooby Doo. In addition to Freddy Jones, he has been the voice of Scooby Doo for over a decade. Frank was also voices of Dinky on CBS’s Dinky Dog, Fangface on Ruby Spears’ Fangfaceand he also played Dynomutt in The Scooby Doo/Dynomutt Hour. He was the voice of Jabberjaw and the voice of Bufford on The Bufford Files, Schlepcar on Sid and Marty Kroftts’ Wonderbug, Herbie on Fantastic Four and seven regular voices on Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Space Race.

Other indelible characters created by Welker include Wonder Dog, Shmoo , Doctor Claw on Inspector Gadget, including various G.I. Joe heroes and villains, Baby Kermit and Skitter on the Muppet Babies. Also, he brought many characters alive in Steven Speilberg’s Tiny Toons! and in Animatics, including the studio boss Mr. Plotz, and the studio’s questionable “guard” Ralph the Guard. He also played Runt, the sweet but dumb dog, against Bernadette Peters’ Rita the cat; both strays.

His other characters include the wide-eyed monkey Abu in Aladdin to the Green Ghost Slimmer in The Real Ghostbusters. Welker voiced Gargamel‘s cat Azrael in live action/animated film versions of The Smurfs, a role that he will reprise in the upcoming SmurfsFeature Film. He can be heard as Nibbler in Futurama, as well as the very opinionated cat Garfield and the mischievous, curious monkey, Curious George.

Welker voiced many recurring characters in the multiple iterations of Transformers animated series, including eight of the original 14 Decepticons including Megatron, Galvatron, Soundwave, Skywrap, Laserbeak, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage and Ratbat. Welker also reprised the roles of Megatron and Soundwave in the series Transformers: Prime (retitled Transformers: Prime – Beast Hunters for its third season) and the video game Transformers: Devastation. In the motion picture world he voiced Soundwave in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), and reprised his role as Galvatron in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), adding to his already large list of roles within the Transformers franchise.

Responsible for a broad spectrum of character voices, and other vocal effects that have appeared over the last 45 years in American television and motion pictures, Welker was listed as the number one “All Time Top 100 Stars at the Box Office for five consecutive years,” not as a box office draw, but in terms of the total revenue generated by the films in which he has participated.

Friday, December 30, 2016

West Colfax Trolley

Denver is so proud of its' new light rail system, which is fine, but give me the old trolley cars any day! This one ran down #WestColfax.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds

Losing Debbie Reynolds is like losing a Colorado legend all over again: the Unsinkable Molly Brown! Being as Molly's house is very close to Colfax (1340 Pennsylvania Street), we hereby induct Debbie into the Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame, effective immediately.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

$1 Movies at Sie Film Center

Almost every first Sunday of the month film critic Howie Movshovitz hosts the screening of a classic movie for the Tattered Cover Film Series. Films screen at 1 p.m. in the Sie FilmCenter, next door to the Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue. Here’s the schedule through June of 2017. January 1: An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion, 1990). February 5: Closely Watched Trains (Jiri Menzel, 1966). March 5: Sansho the Bailiff (Kenzi Mizoguchi, 1954). April 2: Hobson’s Choice (David Lean, 1954). May 7: Shoot the Piano Player (Francois Truffaut, 1960). June 4: Innocence Unprotected (Dusan Makaveyev, 1968). Tickets are $1 and are available one hour before showtime, first-come, first-served. 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; 720-381-0813.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Retro Colfax: the Golden Ox of Colorado

The Golden Ox of Colorado, once stood at 3130 East Colfax and Steele Street back in the day. Serving the finest steaks in the West. Facilities were available for meetings, parties, and banquets. (Postcards courtesy Jonny B.)

Interior of the Golden Ox Restaurant, 1969

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Most Unbeatable Bars in Denver


I have had many a great times here and have seen 100's of shows. Big names like John Doe from X, to no name bands have played here. Joe Strummer from The Clash loved this bar. This little hole in the wall bar has been here since the 1930's; it used to be a jazz bar so I was told.  One of those dive bars that was kinda scary to go into. Ya know almost skid row seedy. It has its wonderful endearing qualities, like crack whores and bums hanging out in front trying to bum change or a smoke. Located on Colfax. Colfax itself was very seedy place, well, not so much anymore but it still has its edge.

Back in the late 80's friends of mine would go dive bar hopping this was their favorite bar. Why?  A great jukebox and Dinky, that's why. He was an old timer who would make up dirty songs about you and play the piano or take 2 quarters and drum on the bar with them. He even made a theme song for the lair.
Now use the song "Oh Christmas tree" and sing along with the entire bar.

"We like it here,We like it here, you bet your ass we like it here.The lions lair is out home, from here we will never roam.We like it here,We like it here, you bet your ass we like it here."

I think those are the lyrics. There are not many folks that go there now who even know about this song or this man.

Thursday nights we would all gather to watch Twin Peaks on the big screen and play darts. So here I am feeling like an old timer thinking back on the good ole days. Those days are over now, booths were torn out, stage was put in.  I like the fact I can sit at the bar and be able to see the band, the door and well the entire club in a glance. One of my favorite dives. I'm grateful.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Colfax Throwbax: Pesco Pete's

Pesco Pete's Cafe, once stood at 11305 West Colfax in Denver (now Lakewood).

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Beyond Holidome

This epicenter of 1970s excitement used to be 14707 West Colfax Avenue in Golden, CO. Thinking about a new Mad Max Colfax movie...Beyond Holidome!


Sunday, December 18, 2016

P.J. Harvey coming to the Fillmore Auditorium May 2

P. J. HARVEY
TO EMBARK ON LONG AWAITED
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
15-DATE RUN TO SUPPORT GRAMMY-NOMINATED 
THE HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT
FILLMORE AUDITORIUM
May 2
Showtime 8:30 pm / Doors 7:30 pm


During the alternative rock explosion, several female singer/songwriters rose to prominence, but few have proved as distinctive or as widely praised as Polly Jean Harvey. Over the course of her career, Harvey established herself as one of the most individual and influential songwriters of her era, exploring themes of sex, love, and religion with unnerving honesty, dark humor, and a twisted theatricality. At the outset, she led the trio PJ Harvey, which delivered her stark songs with bruisingly powerful, punkish abandon, as typified by the 1992 debut Dry. Over time, however, the subtle and artistic side of Harvey has prevailed.  

Her 2001 album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea featured a heady mix of trip-hop, guitar rock, and troubadourism, earning her the prestigious Mercury Prize. Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, Harvey continually shifted gears (to the delight of critics and fans), from the sparse Uh Huh Her to the art rock of Let England Shake. (The latter earned her a second Mercury Prize, making her the only artist to have done so.)

To create her ninth album, Harvey traveled to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C. and recorded parts of the album in public at the London cultural center Somerset House. The results were released as The Hope Six Demolition Project, which arrived in April 2016.

"Rhythms, in the form of militant drum beats, create a boots-on-the-ground feel. Guitars, jagged and fiery, cut through the groove like a fist in the air. And saxophones are raw, dirty and ready to howl… If times are tough, Harvey seemed to be saying, we may as well go down swinging.”--
LOS ANGELES TIMES

"The show transfixed thanks to the skill and versatility of all the players, and the synergy that makes Hope Six… so coolly well-rounded. In all its martial glory, the record, and the show by extension, speaks to the many tiny ways that America hides the truth that it’s a territory that subsists on a dream of prosperity many never live to experience. The music could be beguilingly sweet, but the message burned hotly underneath.”—VULTURE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800 – 745 – 3000. 

Tickets are $39.50 GA ADV and $45.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.   

For Private Box seating and other VIP ticket option information, please call (303) 837-1024. 

THIS SHOW IS AGES 16+

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ignite Theatre Celebrates Their 30th Production

Ignite Theatre presents
“The Wiz”
Adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Co-Directed by Keith Rabin Jr. and Amy Osatinski
Music Direction by Brandon Bill
Choreographed by Carlos Jimenez

January 7 - January 29, 2017
Ignite Theatre celebrates their 30th production with "The Wiz" January 7 through 29 at the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue.  Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets are $28 Adult, $26 Senior/Military, $20 Student and $25 Group (6+) and are available online at www.ignitetheatre.com or by calling 866-811-4111.

The Wiz is the glorious seven-time Tony Award-winning musical retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" set in the context of African-American culture. With an infectious funky soul score and lyrics, "The Wiz" brings a refreshing, edgy and extremely relevant update to a timeless classic. Musical numbers include "So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard," "Everybody Rejoice/A Brand New Day" and the ever popular "Ease on Down the Road."

The cast includes Clarissa DuBose (Dorothy), Lundyn Roybal (Scarecrow), Kuraan Jones (Tinman), Thairone Vigil-Medina (Lion), Shakeya Burkhalter (Aunt Em/Glinda), Keith Jackson (The Wiz), Brittney Caraway (Addaperle), Kenya Fashaw (Evilene) and Mike Lee (Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper). Rounding out the cast are ensemble members Jordan Duran, Brea Harris, Dr. Yvonne Henderson, Susannah Horwitz, Daja McLeod, Danny Moore and Aijiana Zanders.

The 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical was an early example of Broadway's mainstream acceptance of works with an all-black cast. The big-budget film adaptation by the same name released in 1978, starring Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor and Diana Ross, has since become a cult classic. A live television production of the stage show, The Wiz Live!, was broadcast on NBC on December 3, 2015, with an encore presentation on December 19 of the same year.

Ignite Theatre
"The Wiz"
The award-winning musical retelling of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
Jan. 7-29
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun at 2:30 p.m.; Mon., Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
$28 Adult| $26 Senior (65+)/Military| $20 Student | $25 Group (6+)
Online at www.ignitetheatre.com or 866-811-4111
Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO 80010 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Heritage Square, 1950s

Heritage Square is no longer there, but here is a postcard from the 1950s to remember it by...

Friday, December 9, 2016

Jackalope Art & Craft Fair

Our debut at McNichols Civic Center Building is sure to be an incredible weekend!  Here are all the details you need to plan your visit for the December 10th-11th Jackalope Indie Artisan Market this weekend!                


 


ESSENTIAL JACKALOPE INFO
The Key Details:
  • December 10th-11th 
  • Hours: 10am-5pm each day
  • Address: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202
  • It's FREE and Family Friendly (please no furry friends)
  • Donations are encouraged to the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies
GETTING TO JACKALOPE
  • We are partnering with PARKIFI this holiday season for their #12daysofparking, download their app and receive hints on where to park during our fair weekend for free parking around McNichols! 
  • Otherwise click HERE for our recommended parking lots around the venue
  • Or...Skip parking and take a Lyft! Use code JACKALOPEARTS for a first timers discount too!

JACKALOPE WORKSHOPS

Saturday, December 10th:
10:00am-11:00am: DIY Skin Salve by Turmeric and Old Lace
11:00am-12:00pm: Charm Necklace Design with Ashley Anne Jewelry
12:00pm-1:00pm: DIY Spritzers, Bath Salt and Candles by Moondance Botanicals
1:00pm-2:00pm: Letterpress Holiday Coasters with Cabin Press Studio
2:00pm-3:00pm: Ties that Bind with Doctor Origami
3:00pm-5:00pm: Gift Boxing with Doctor Origami

Sunday, December 11th:
10:00am-11:00am: SpaceBling Jewelry Making with Susanna Speier
11:00am-12:00pm: Charm Bracelet Making with Ashley Anne Jewelry
12:00pm-1:00pm Knit Hat Tutorial with Knit Stitch Yarn
2:00pm-3:00pm: DIY Spritzers, Bath Salt and Candles by Moondance Botanicals
3:00pm-4:00pm: Screenprinting Holiday Cards with Ink Lounge
SPACE IS LIMITED, REGISTER ONLINE HERE!
Chris Jehn Poinsetta Coloring Pages will be available each day AND The Denver Public Library will be present offering help in product photography and establishing an online presence both days!

JACKALOPE GRAB BAGS

The first 25 people to check in at the Info Booth on Saturday and Sunday
will receive a Jackalope Tote Bag filled with Jackalope swag! 


JACKALOPE EATS
PUMPWERKSCHIBBY WIBBITZ SLIDERZ N BITEZ and ROCKY MOUNTAIN SLICES
will be available both days within our food court!
Full Bar will be open for guests 21+ as well as The Sophisticates Tea and Redemption Road Coffee
Also find Boulder Organic Soup who will be passing out fresh soup samples throughout the weekend!
 

JACKALOPE MAP
Find over 150+ handmade artisans to shop from 

 

Get Involved!  

Volunteer:
Are you interested in helping out at our next community meets artisan event? Fill out a volunteer application and we will reach out with more details!   
Upcoming Jackalope Travel Plans:
Jackalope, an Indie Artisan Market is also located in Pasadena, California with our next 2017 Pasadena fair on April 29th & 30th, applications are open here. We will be back in Denver July 2017, more details coming soon!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Favorite Bar on Earth


The Nob Hill Inn - 420 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO
In Denver, you'll find plenty of candidates for the Favorite Bar On Earth List along East Colfax Avenue, including The Nob Hill Inn. Established in the early 30s, the current owner's father bought the place in '69, taking over himself in the late 70s. The paintings on the walls are his own creations from the 80s. Like any aged indigenous neighborhood public house, it opens at 08:00am daily ("so you can start off fresh", as they describe), features the classic red booths, and sports a mechanical push-button cash register. At one point in time, there was a phone in a corner so that the numerous state legislators who would hang out during the day could be alerted that they needed to dash back to the capitol building a couple of blocks away when there was a vote. (courtesy Tim Pogo)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

From the Sunset Strip to Colfax Avenue...Steel Panther


   106.7 KBPI PRESENTS

STEEL PANTHER
w/ Special Guests TBA

FILLMORE AUDITORIUM
Friday, January 27
Showtime 9:00 pm / Doors 8:00 pm

LIMITED $10.67 ADVANCE TICKETS!

Superb Musicianship – Hilariously Irreverent Entertainment
Longest Running Residency in LA History
35MM+ Video Views - 35MM+ Song Plays - 700k+ Fans
SOLD OUT March 2015 Wembley Headline Performance
SOLD OUT Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Odeon
Main Stage at Download Festival (80k In Attendance)
Three #1 Debut Comedy and Top 40 Overall Albums

Have Been Joined On Stage by:
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Paul Stanley (Kiss), Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger (Nickleback), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park/Stone Temple Pilots), Joey Fatone (NSYNC),
Corey Taylor (Slipknot)

Major Cameos Include:
NFL Sunday Pre-Game, Discover Card National Commercial, Dancing With The Stars, Bad Girl’s Club, Spike TV’s TNA Impact, Truck U

About Steel Panther
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the epicenter for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther have established themselves as the premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. The band has three full-length albums, a decade of sold-out residencies, worldwide touring, platinum-level You Tube status and such high-profile television appearances as “Dancing With The Stars,” commercials and most recently, FOX NFL Sunday.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800 – 745 – 3000. 

A $10.67 early bird ticket will be available at on-sale while supplies last.

Advance tickets will then be available at $15.00 while supplies last and then $20.00.

Day of show tickets will be available for $25.00.

For Private Box seating and other VIP ticket option information, please call (303) 837-1024. 

THIS SHOW IS AGES 16+

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Monday, December 5, 2016

The Grunge of Colfax Avenue

The Fluid
In my humble estimation the greatest rock band to ever come from Denver, Colorado, The Fluid were originally called Madhouse. After early 1980s Denver punk band Frantix broke up, bassist Matt Bischoff, drummer Garrett Shavlik and guitarist James Clower began playing as Madhouse. On July 5, with new band members Rick Kulwicki (guitar) and John Robinson (vocals), they played their first gig at the Denver Turnverein German House (about a block off Colfax Avenue) as "The Fluid", which was the only name all five members could agree upon. The show drew over 400 people.

In 1986 The Fluid released their first album, Punch N Judy on Denver based Rayon Records. The album was also licensed to and released by the German label Glitterhouse. They toured for the next two years in support of the album. In 1988, they released the album Clear Black Paper on Sub Pop. They were the first non-Seattle band to sign to the record label.

[The Fluid] are "one of the best American underground bands in existence." -  Phil West, The Seattle Times

Their last album, PurpleMetalFlakeMusic (Hollywood Records, 1993), is still arguably one of the best grunge-era records ever made, and almost 25 years later still stands the test of time and holds its' own with anything released by Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Soundgarden or Nirvana. The commitment by the band to the material is an all-out rock fight, their wailing and angst coming to a head as the genre itself was about to die.

Looking back, the album may have been released a year or two late to fully catch the grunge wave, and wasn't adequately promoted. Failure for the album to chart, or meet the expectations of the band commercially (considering the quality of the work) would be a reason for me to speculate it being the cause of the band breaking up shortly after its' release.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Retro Colfax: Foot of the Rockies Motel

The Foot of the Rockies Motel once stood at 11090 West Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Farewell Letter from Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower

The President spoke at the airport, Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colo., at 8:44 a.m. In his remarks the President referred to Maj. Gen. Martin E. Griffin, Commanding General of Fitzsimons Army Hospital, and Maj. Gen. John T. Sprague, Commander of Lowry Air Force Base.


My friends:
Again it is time for Mrs. Eisenhower and me to say goodbye to Denver after a summer's stay. This time we leave under somewhat unusual circumstances. As you know, I have spent some time in the hospital. Such a time is not wholly a loss.
Misfortune, and particularly the misfortune of illness, brings to all of us an understanding of how good people are.
To General Griffin, the staff at Fitzsimons, the medical staff, the nurses, the clinical technicians, the enlisted men--all of the people that even clean out the hospital: my very grateful thanks, because they have done so much, not only to take care of me, but to make my stay as pleasant as possible. They are devoted people.
In the same way, here at this Post, General Sprague and his staff have taken on an additional and extra load, and have done it cheerfully and in a way to earn my eternal gratitude.
Then, Mrs. Eisenhower and I have both been touched by the volume of messages that have come in--telegrams and letters and flowers and gifts. And finally we have been especially grateful. for the knowledge that over this country and over the world friends have sent up their prayers for a sick person.
So I leave with my heart unusually filled with gratefulness, to Denver, to the people here, to the locality--in fact to everyone who has been so kind.
And I hope that those people who have sent in messages--and Mrs. Eisenhower has not been able to reach them all; she did her best--that they will know, through this little talk, that we are eternally thankful to them.
Goodbye and good luck.



President Dwight D. Eisenhower


Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Denver City Center by Phil Goodstein

Phil Goodstein has been wandering the streets for 30 years, walking backwards as he tours the city. Among the first strolls he ever conducted was of the Civic Center.

Now he has put down his stories about it. They range from how Denver created the majestic central park at Colfax and Broadway to the artwork within it to the scandals behind it. His new The Denver Civic Center: The Heart of the Mile High City (Denver: New Social Publications, 2016. vi + 478 pp. ISBN 0–9860748–2–9), additionally looks at such surrounding structures as the City and County Building, the Capitol, the Mint, the Denver Art Museum, and the main Denver Public Library. In the process, he probes them from both the inside out and describes their problems and potentials. For those desiring spirits, there are occasional ghost tales such as the presence of a couple of heads floating in tunnels beneath the statehouse.

As is the case with all of Goodstein’s books, 484-page The Denver Civic Center is well illustrated. It touches on the surrounding areas of the Golden Triangle (the section bordered by Colfax, Broadway, and Cherry Creek) and the Silver Triangle (West Colfax to Speer Boulevard to about Champa
Street to 15th Street). The study revives gems of Denver’s past such as the glory that was 14th Street and peers at some of the cynical grasping and grabbing of the corporate elite. In a word, it is an excellent contribution to the city’s past and present.

The Denver City Center lists for $24.95. That is your price, postage and tax paid, from New Social Publications; Box 18026; Denver 80218. Copies can be ordered from Capitol Hill Books, 303/837–0700; capitolhillbooks.com. Or you can come and hear Goodstein rant and rave about the book at:
Book Bar (southeast corner of 43rd Avenue and Tennyson Street) Sunday, December 4, 4:00–5:30 PM (720/443-2227). This will include a discussion of North Denver and the distinctive role of the Berkeley neighborhood. It will also feature Goodstein’s book, North Side Story.

City Stacks, 1743 Wazee Street
Tuesday, December 13, 6:00–7:30 pm (303/297-1440)
A history of downtown is needed. The Denver Civic Center only touches the southeastern section of the area. Here the focus will be on how that area connects with the rest of downtown, especially LoDo

Wednesday, January 11, 6:30–9:00 PM
Everything about Denver
This is the first week of a four-part seminar on the history of Denver. The class will deal with the logic of the Denver street system and the Pikes Peak gold rush. The cost is $15.00 per person. It gathers in a private home at 1330 Monroe Street. (Monroe Street is four blocks west of Colorado Boulevard).

For more information call 303/333-1095.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Green Mountain Fire

Gabe Mercado sent this picture of the Green Mountain Fire from Colfax/Oak St. 2 blocks east of Simms St.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Not My President


 I think this might be the third time this week the Starbucks on Capitol Hill has been vandalized...

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sand Creek Spiritual Healing Run

Photo courtesy the Daily Camera
EADS, Colo. (AP) — Descendants of Native Americans killed in the Sand Creek massacre are making their annual healing run from Colorado's Eastern Plains to Denver as they mark the 152nd anniversary of the attack.
Starting Thursday, the Cheyenne and Arapaho runners and anyone wishing to join them will head from the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site near Eads and make their way toward Denver, nearly 200 miles away. The run will end Sunday at the state Capitol after stopping at Riverside Cemetery to honor two U.S. Army officers who refused to fire on their ancestors.

About 200 people were killed in the attack on Nov. 29, 1864 led by Col. John Chivington. He and his soldiers then headed to Denver where they paraded some of the victims' remains down Colfax Avenue. The healing run roughly follows their route.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Love on Colfax

Photo by Anistacia Barber
Can't buy me love, but you can rent it for a while...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol returns to Vintage Theatre December 2 - 23

Vintage Theatre presents
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
By Tom Mula
Directed by Katie Mangett

December 2 - December 23, 2016

Vintage Theatre presents "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" December 2 through 23 at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. with additional performances on Monday, December 12, Wednesday, Dec. 21 and Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30, and available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830.

Written by award-winning actor and playwright Tom Mula as “story theatre” the cast speak both the dialogue and the narrative, performing the action as they describe it. “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” is a witty, richly-theatrical re-imagining of Dickens’ holiday classic told from the perspective of Scrooge’s curmudgeonly business partner. 

Reprising their 2015 roles are Joey Wishnia (Scrooge), James O'hagan-Murphy (Marley), Darcy Kennedy (Record Keeper) and Gina Walker as the Bogle.

Tom Mula has been an award-winning playwright, actor, and director for more than 25 years. He received two Joseph Jefferson Awards in 1991 for his play Golem at the National Jewish Theatre and for his work on Nicole Hollander's hit musical, Sylvia's Real Good Advice. In 1995, Adams Media published his novel Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol; it became a Chicago Tribune bestseller. The audio version has been broadcast nationwide on NPR for seven seasons, and received an INDI Award for Spoken Word from the Association for Independent Music. The play version received the prestigious Cunningham Prize from the Goodman School of Drama at Depaul.



Vintage Theatre presents:
"Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol"
Dec. 2 - 23, 2016
 
A re-imagining of Dickens’ holiday classic told from the perspective of Jacob Marley.
 
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m.; Mon. Dec. 12, Weds. Dec. 21 & Thurs. Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
$15 - $30

303-856-7830 or online at www.vintagetheatre.org

 
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sting is giving Colfax Avenue some love on Valentine's Day!

STING – 57TH & 9TH TOUR
THEATRE, CLUB AND ARENA TOUR ANNOUNCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RELEASE
OF HIS NEW ROCK/POP ALBUM, 57TH & 9TH
CONCERTS CONFIRMED IN NORTH AMERICA & EUROPE
Special guests:  Joe Sumner and The Last Bandoleros
FILLMORE AUDITORIUM
February 14
Showtime 8:00 pm / Doors 6:30 pm

(Photo Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson)

Following the recent release of Sting’s highly anticipated rock/pop album 57th & 9th, Cherrytree Management and Live Nation today confirmed that Sting will take to the road in 2017 on a very special tour featuring concert dates in clubs, theatres and arenas throughout North America and Europe.  Additional dates in South America and Asia will soon be announced. Please visit: www.sting.com & www.livenation.com for complete details. 57th & 9th is promoted by Live Nation Global Touring, produced by RZO Entertainment.

On the 57th & 9th Tour, Sting will be joined by a 3-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, plus Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar). Special guests include singer/songwriter Joe Sumner as well as San Antonio-based Tex Mex band, The Last Bandoleros.

In North America, every ticket purchased online includes a digital download of Sting’s new album 57th & 9th.

Members of the official Sting.com fan club will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance beginning Tues., November 15th. Details at www.sting.com/tour. Citi cardmembers can also take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity for show dates in the United States, including a special “Citi presents Sting: 57th & 9th” concert at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, beginning Thur., November 17th at 10am through Sunday, November 20th at 5pm (all times local).  For complete pre-sale details visit:  www.citiprivatepass.com. Ticket purchases limited to between 2-4 tickets per person dependent on venue.

Sting’s twelfth solo studio album, 57th & 9th, his first rock/pop project in over a decade, was released November 11 on A&M/Interscope Records. The ten-song collection represents a wide range of Sting’s musical and songwriting styles from the raucous, guitar-driven first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” to the ferocious, Road Warrior-style imagery of “Petrol Head” and the anthemic “50,000.”  The album, produced by Martin Kierszenbaum, was recorded in just a few weeks with Sting’s long-time collaborators Dominic Miller (guitar) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), as well as drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n’ Roses), guitarist Lyle Workman and backing vocals by the San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros.

ABOUT STING: Composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and activist Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five studio albums, earned six Grammy Awards and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. 

As one of the world’s most distinctive solo artists, Sting has received an additional 10 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, a TONY nomination, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year.  Also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in December 2014 he received the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the most prestigious cultural prizes in the United States. Throughout his enduring career, he has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist.

Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach.  Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there.  Together they have held 17 benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for our planet’s endangered resources, with the next event scheduled for December 14 at Carnegie Hall. Since its inception, the Rainforest Fund has expanded to a network of interconnected organizations working in more than 20 countries over three continents.

ABOUT JOE SUMNER:
Joe Sumner has been honing his solo work for the past five years.  While simultaneously fronting rock band Fiction Plane and pushing boundaries in the tech space with his app Vyclone, Joe has been painstakingly stripping back all that he finds inauthentic. 

The result is a spacious and colorful sound that would not be out of place in a Wes Anderson movie.  Starting with just his voice and an acoustic guitar, he writes heartfelt, playful and genuine songs that are never quite finished.  'Every time I play a song I leave at least a few parts of it completely open to improvisation.' he says of his loose and collaborative performing style.  'After you play a song fifty times I think it should get better, not just stay the same!' 

This open-minded attitude comes in part from his extremely varied musical experiences - from touring with acts that he literally calls family (The Police, Sting) to artists like Snoop Dogg or singing in a modern opera and writing hits for other European artist.  Joe also teaches highly-acclaimed workshops at music schools focusing on the emotional pressures of songwriting.

Joe Sumner's debut solo single 'Jellybean' will be released in January 2017.

ABOUT THE LAST BANDOLEROS:
The Last Bandoleros are a four-piece outfit blending Tex-Mex, country and rock n’ roll. Their story begins in San Antonio, Texas with guitarist/producer Jerry Fuentes who, during a musical pilgrimage to Manhattan, chanced to meet New York native, singer-songwriter/producer Derek James. 

Fuentes and James began collaborating in Brooklyn.  But, Fuentes kept being drawn back to his native Texas to record in the same San Antonio studio where a couple of talented brothers were also emerging.  Diego and Emilio Navaira, sons of Tejano music legend, Emilio Navaira, Sr., had been making a name for themselves around town for their energetic live performances and sterling vocal chops.  Fuentes decided to combine both of his universes by introducing Derek to Diego and Emilio and inviting them to joint-sessions in Brooklyn and San Antonio where riffs and lyrics began flying fast.

Newly christened The Last Bandoleros, the quartet began playing live, opening for The Mavericks, Jon Pardi, Josh Abbott Band, Los Lonely Boys and Marc Broussard. Recognizing their high level of musicianship, Sting called upon them to sing backing vocals on his "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" single which soared the heights of radio charts around the world. 

Praise also began pouring in from the music press. Rolling Stone wrote: "[The Last Bandoleros'] music caroms wildly from rock and country to conjunto and pop, adding up to a sound that's hard to get out of your head." People Magazine dubbed the band "ones to watch” and Entertainment Weekly included them in their “Breaking Big” list. HITS Magazine described The Last Bandoleros as “Tex-Mex meets harmony-rich Beatlesque pop, with a healthy dollop of boy-pop charisma.”

The Last Bandoleros combine their unique cultural experiences with rare musical camaraderie and, as audiences will continue to discover, their exuberance and joy are contagious.

Media Contact Information:
For Sting, contact Tracy Bufferd (tracy@tracybufferd.com) 

TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 @ 10:00 AM
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800 – 745 – 3000. 

Tickets are $90.00 GA plus applicable service charges.   

For Private Box seating and other VIP ticket option information, please call (303) 837-1024. 

THIS SHOW IS AGES 16+

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