I booked 2 rooms in this B&B, a queen for my husband and myself, and 2 queens on the 2nd floor for our mothers. On the good side, the staff was friendly and helpful, and they serve a great breakfast. On the bad side, the place was shabby but moderately clean. However, the worst was when we discovered the 9 (yes 9!!!) bullet holes in the window of our mothers' room!! Given the location and the homeless population in this area, it was very concerning to me. When I asked the management about the holes, they said a customer was drunk TWO MONTHS AGO and shot out the window with a BB gun. I can not believe this was not fixed and it was very upsetting (and embarrassing) to me!!
Vintage Theatre presents "Stella and Lou" October 28 through November 27 at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Added performance on Monday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m..Tickets are $22 - $30 and available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830. Group discounts for 6+ are available.
Lou is just about to close up his bar for the night when Stella, one of his favorite regulars, walks in. The two friends are sharing their usual comfortable conversation, when Stella suddenly reveals an unexpected surprise and even more startling suggestion. As the two deal with the difficult decisions they now face, they reflect on their pasts and look ahead to the future. From the author of The Outgoing Tide comes an intimate exploration of friendship, forgiveness, and the longing for companionship that grows with the passage of time.
Director Lorraine Scott has cast Emma Messenger as Stella, Chris Kendall as Lou and Peter Marullo as Donnie.
Bruce Graham began his career as a playwright at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays (PFT) in 1984 with Burkie. Graham became playwright-in-residence at PFT and later served two years as Artistic Director. He has received grants from the Pew Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and was a past winner of the Princess Grace Foundation Statuette. The Edgerton Foundation supported his most recent work, White Guy on the Bus. He won the Rosenthal Prize for Coyote on a Fence. He has won consecutive Barrymore Awards for Best New Play (Something Intangible and Any Given Monday) and Chicago’s Jefferson Award for The Outgoing Tide. He is the first American playwright to be invited two years in a row to the Galway Arts Festival, which produced The Outgoing Tide and Stella and Lou. An ex-high school teacher, Graham still teaches playwriting and film courses at Drexel University.
Vintage Theatre presents
"Stella and Lou"
Oct. 28 - Nov. 27
A second chance at love is still possible, even for two people with a lot of miles on them.
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m; Mon., Nov 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
$22 - $30
303-856-7830 or www.vintagetheatre.org
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010
Approximate run time is 75 minutes with no intermission
Turn your regular evening walk into something
special – and feel free to bring your dog along – by joining Lakewood
Mayor Adam Paul for the second part of his walk ‘n’ talk about the arts
loop, a new walking and bicycling route through creative northeast
WHAT: Mayor Paul’s dog-friendly walk ‘n’ talk with creative stops along the way.
WHEN: Walk leaves promptly at 5:15 p.m. and finishes around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26
WHERE: Meet outside Casa Bonita, 6715 W. Colfax Ave.
Free parking is available in the lot, but we encourage walking or
cycling to the event. Feel free to stick around to enjoy an after-walk
informal happy hour at WestFax Brewing Company, adjacent to Casa Bonita
at 6733 W. Colfax Ave.
WHY: Come walk and talk with the mayor and project team about the kind of
art you’d like to experience along Lakewood’s arts loop.
DETAILS: 1.5 mile route through Aviation Park and the 40
West Creative District Mural Corridor. Feel free to walk, bike or bring
your dog. Expect a twilight atmosphere with fun glow-in-the-dark route
markers and stops at creative places, including 40 West Studios, where
participants can chat with an artist and enjoy free refreshments for
people and dogs.
2018, the Arts Loop will create an interactive experience connecting
Aviation, Walker-Branch and Mountair parks in 40 West through art in the
parks and along the route, and will enhance the area’s recreational
and cultural assets. The artwork will reflect the unique context, voice
and culture of the neighborhoods along historic West Colfax Avenue in
Lakewood and the new W Line light rail. The arts loop has received a
$100,000 Our Town grant, the largest amount awarded under the program
from the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more, watch a short
informational video and take an online survey at Lakewood.org/40WestArtsLoop.
Ruth Handler, inventor of the Barbie Doll, graduated from East High School on Colfax Avenue in Denver. Barbie was known for her over-the-top near impossible body dimensions and artificially enhanced beauty originally based on a German sex doll. Once complete with a Ken doll partner in crime and a materialistic superfluous array of expensive gadgetries, it looks like all those years on Colfax have finally taken their toll. Like many of the other Colfax denizens, Barbie has fallen on hard times.
ANNOUNCES THREE-NIGHT NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION SHOWS
Thursday, December 29/
Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve)
Showtime 8:30 pm / Doors 7:00 pm
STS9 just announced a three-night New Year’s celebration run at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver for Thursday, December 29, Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December 31. The headlining shows—fresh off their two sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre September 9 and 10, marking their 20th performance at the famed Colorado venue--will cap off a massive year for the acclaimed and adventurous electronic rock band who released THE UNIVERSE INSIDE, their first new full-length studio album in nearly seven years, last month. Live Nation pre-sale tickets go on sale this Wednesday, October 5 at 10am Mountain Time, with public on-sales beginning Friday, October 7 at 10am Mountain Time. Go to www.sts9.com for more information and ticketing links.
‘THE UNIVERSE INSIDE’
OUT NOW VIA 1320 RECORDS
DEBUTS AT #2 ON BILLBOARD DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUMS CHART
THE UNIVERSE INSIDE—released September 2 via the band’s own 1320 Records--debuted at #1 on the iTunes and Amazon Electronic Albums Charts and #2 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums Chart, marking their highest position to date on that chart. The 13-track album--the band’s first featuring bassist Alana Rocklin—features lead single “Get Loud,” acollaboration with singer/songwriter Betty Idol and acclaimed production team the J.U.S.T.I.CE. League, and opens with “Supercluster,” which samples the original NASA STS-9 radio transmission and represents the band’s return from a journey that began with their 1998 debut, Interplanetary Escape Vehicle.
THE UNIVERSE INSIDE has been receiving critical praise since its release, with Kyle Rutherford of The Untz calling it, “a conscious expression of the beauty in the world, and a motivation for all listeners to follow the path they wish to choose” (9/5), and Live For Live Music’s Rex Thompson adding, “With such a quality effort after all this time, fans can only hope that this release reinvigorates STS9’s passion for producing more of the magic that The Universe Inside shows them clearly capable of” (8/30). See below for more critical feedback.
The members of STS9—Hunter Brown (guitar/sequences), Jeffree Lerner (percussion), David Phipps (keyboards/synths), Zach Velmer (drums) and Alana Rocklin (bass)—went through a lot over the course of making this record. In order to connect and express something more direct than they could with the music alone, the band chose to utilize more lyrics than they have on any of their previous efforts. It’s an album about human identity and the magical truth of who we are, where we’re going, and our place in the Universe. THE UNIVERSE INSIDE—written, recorded, produced and mixed by the band at their own 1320 Mission Control in Santa Cruz, CA—comes on the cusp of STS9’s 20th Anniversary (in 2017).
Beginning October 20 in Minneapolis, STS9 will head out on a fall headlining tour in support of the album’s release bringing their expansive sound, innovative style combining the energy of 21stcentury dance music with the dynamics of a band,one-of-a-kind critically acclaimed production and message of unity to audiences throughout the Midwest and East Coast, including a stop atNew York City’s Terminal 5 on November 12. The quintet—consistently ranked on Pollstar magazine’s list of the nation’s top 40 touring acts--then head back to the West Coast for two nights in San Francisco: Saturday, November 19 for their debut performance at The Masonic and Sunday, November 20 at The Fillmore, marking the band’s first show at the acclaimed venue in seven years. Tickets for the recently announced Bay Area shows, including a 2-Day Pass, are available here. Additionally, the festival favorites are set to perform at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience,Suwannee Hulaween and Dominican Holidaze.
Critical Praise for The Universe Inside:
“The Universe Inside sees the band return with a message…in all, the record marks a new dawn for the long-standing outfit.”
“The album guides you on a journey to understand your place within the cosmos while importing the funkadelic feels!...The tracks lift your spirits as they introduce a groovy disposition. The Universe Inside reminds listeners that they’re significant to the design of the natural world. Plus combining elements of rock music and electronic has never sounded so sweet.”
“The use of layered, ebb-and-flow distorted dialogue segments compliment the music perfectly…‘World Go Round’ in particular does an amazing job of simulating the inescapable power of the celestial dance of gravity. Hunter Brown and Dave Phipps layer pulsing beats, wide screen washes of psychedelic atmosphere and an endless series of perfectly placed sound effects that create a wall of sound that obliterates any other sensory input. While different kinds of music are suited to different situations, there can be no multi-tasking when The Universe Inside is transmitting its space funk goodness.”
This is a message recently received from a cab driver on East Colfax:
hi. Good evening. My french. This is bill Matthias. I'm a taxi driver.
Just drove one of your guests, and I do that all the time. I'd like her
pants and drink some and how much they are I want to apologize because
he paid for the customer with his credit card, and it didn't go through
the system was froze. So I want to just to tell him sorry the payment
went through and thank you very much, and I will country new you know
driving your gassed, and I just apologize so I thank you very much, and
if you want to call me back - thank you very much. Have a
beautiful day. Bye.
Rapper Snoop Dogg will bring his Puff Puff Pass Tour to the Fillmore Auditorium on Sunday, December 4.
Dogg, who also has gone by the names Snoop Doggy Dogg and Snoop Lion,
has sold more than 23 million albums in the United States and 35 million
albums worldwide.His 13th solo studio album, Bush, was released in May 2015.
His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A. and was featured in Dr. Dre’s solo debut album.He
has played host to several television shows, including Doggy Fizzle
Televizzle, Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood and Dogg After Dark.
Puff Puff Pass Tour will feature Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G, DJ
Quik, Tha Dogg Pound, Pomona City Movement and LBC Movement.
The Bar X Motel has had more than its 15 minutes of fame. In the 1990s, episodes of Matlock (starring Andy Griffith) were shot here. More recently, the 2006 film "Looking for Sunday" included scenes from this classic West Colfax spot.
“We need to think about how the walking experience feels, how streets
make us feel. This is East Colfax Avenue,” Montgomery said, showing the
audience some familiar pictures
of people playing Frogger in an attempt to cross the urban highway.
“Just imagine how you would feel crossing that street. Super. Scared.”
As part of his research, Montgomery put sensors on people crossing
streets like Colfax, and found that people are, in fact, super scared —
just to cross a street! “And you know what, it should feel scary,” he
said. “Six people killed there in 2015. You have this group here called WalkDenver,” Montgomery said, commenting on the advocates’ push to get pedestrian-friendly streetscape improvements
on Colfax into Mayor Michael Hancock’s budget. “I don’t think this
intervention is being funded in this year’s budget, and this stuff
really needs to be. The city has adopted Vision Zero. That means it’s not okay for anybody to die by car. So you need to get on it.”
singer/songwriter/producer PARTYNEXTDOOR has announced his headline
Summer’s Over Tour in support of his second studio album, PARTYNEXTDOOR 3
(P3), out now on OVO Sound / Warner Bros. The 19-date tour will take
him and collaborator Jeremih across the United States as well as a
special stop in OVO’s home city of Toronto. PND has also shared the
official video for his album’s lead single “Not Nice,” his upbeat
dancehall-inflected hit that has gained over 28 million streams to date.
Tickets for the Summer’s Over Tour are available on pre-sale today at
partyomo.com/tour, and on full sale starting this Friday, September
3 was met with critical and commercial success, debuting at #1 on
Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, #3 on the Billboard 200
chart, #1 on iTunes Top Albums, selling over 50,000 equivalent albums in
its first week, and earning over 150 million Spotify streams. Between
his latest album success and critical acclaim writing Rihanna’s #1 hit
“Work," and his contributions to Drake’s latest album Views, New York
Times called Party’s ascent this year “one of the more quietly
influential runs of 2016.” Pitchfork additionally lauded the album as
“his most assured and confident work yet,” while Billboard celebrated P3
as the “latest Canadian success story.”
Assistant Director of Communications - The Colorado Trust
The place where you live—the actual, physical space—makes a
difference to your health and prosperity. That’s the takeaway from all
kinds of research; neighborhoods affect how easily people can move out of poverty, how they relate to each other, how safe they feel, and how physically active they are. Here in Denver, the physical space that perhaps most captures the hopes
and angst of residents and urban planners is Colfax Avenue. Colfax was built for cars, but planners and activists are trying to make it walkable.
Once the major east-west thoroughfare in the city, Colfax was a fine place when it showed up in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road:
a spot to hit the bars while searching for grown-up Denver street
urchin Dean Moriarty, and then retire to a friend’s parents’ swank
Yet by 1978, when columnist George Will arrived—after I-70 had stolen
Colfax’s mantle as the east-west interstate—he declared that the threat
of nuclear annihilation “loses some of its sting when you see Denver’s
Colfax Avenue.” In the decades that followed, East Colfax solidified its
reputation for drugs, prostitution and violence.
The street hasn’t gotten any less polarizing.
Last year, the West Colfax Business Improvement District
held a small street fair at the intersection of West Colfax and Utica
in Lakewood, erected at the site of a shuttered day-labor service
sandwiched between a truck dealership and an elementary school. The
point of the event was to “Re-Imagine West Colfax” as a street that is
friendly to pedestrians and bikers.
It certainly took some imagining: as it stands, West Colfax can feel
like an endless stretch of auto body shops and fast food franchises. The
organizers put up potted plants to simulate a tree-lined sidewalk,
painted a crosswalk and added a bike lane. There were free samples of
Little Man ice cream (salted Oreo, Mexican chocolate, and toasted
coconut sorbet) and a flamenco band. Artist Ian Kane painted a mural while we watched.
whose small custom furniture studio and home have been at that
intersection for the past eight years, says he can see West Colfax
becoming walkable and bikeable. He has already noticed the neighborhood
changing, with some of the car lots disappearing and other businesses
moving in. Nearby, the former site of St. Anthony’s Hospital is being
reconceived as a pedestrian-friendly spot with shops, restaurants and
“It might take eight to 10 years, but it’s gonna happen,” says Russell.
That might sound ambitious if you’ve ever walked on Colfax, an avenue built by and for cars. Ken Schroeppel, an urban planner at the University of Colorado Denver,
points out that the avenue is a reflection of policy decisions in the
post-World War II automobile era, ruled by drive-through restaurants and
the parking lots of businesses catering exclusively to motor vehicles.
Add to that the challenge that Colfax remains a state highway, under
the jurisdiction of the Colorado Department of Transportation, whose
primary objective is “moving the maximum amount of cars from Point A to
Point B,” says Schroeppel. “It’s no surprise that we end up with this
automobile-dominated mess that’s not walkable or bikeable.”
Still, Schroeppel is an optimist. He points to East Colfax near the
Capitol. Zoning changes in the past decade scrapped the outdated
requirement that businesses be set back from the road, and allowed for
There are now stretches of Colfax that fulfill the three requirements
for a walkable street, Schroeppel says: decent pedestrian
infrastructure, like lighting; interesting things to look at, like
storefront windows and restaurant patios; and genial physical
characteristics, like buildings that come right up to the sidewalk
instead of skulking in the background.
“If you’ve got those three things,” he says, “you’ve got a good chance.”
I live and work close to the part of Colfax that’s being redeveloped
in the way Schroeppel describes. You can see the changes in architecture
wrought by zoning changes and gentrification. At Colfax and Pearl, for
instance, is a stretch of road that fits the new standards. On the north
side, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless built the handsome
Renaissance Uptown Lofts as affordable housing in 2010. It’s across the
street from the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe, whose logo “Belgium’s
Oldest Tradition on America’s Longest, Wickedest Street” capitalizes on
Colfax’s seedy reputation.
The businesses there have had mixed success. The Cheeky Monk has done
well enough for its owners to open the Lost Highway Brewing Company
next door. But Pizza Fusion, which the Coalition ran in the storefront
under its lofts as a job-training and employment initiative for homeless
Coloradans, couldn’t make a go of it and closed last month. A lot of
the nearby businesses are chains: McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, Office Depot.
Phil Goodstein is a local historian who gives walking tours in
Denver—precisely the kind of person who might be expected to benefit
from a more walkable, tourist-friendly town. Count him among Colfax’s
“My view of the street is extremely negative,” says Goodstein. “It is
a very boring street. It is a very hard street on which to walk.”
But he thinks city planners should save taxpayers’ money by leaving
Colfax alone instead of “trying to turn it into Cherry Creek North,”
Goodstein says. “Colfax has generally succeeded by being a low- to
Just a block or two to either side of this part of East Colfax, the
leafy streets are beginning to tell a different story. Rents and housing
prices have soared as the allure of downtown living—precisely the kind
of compact, healthy lifestyle touted by urban planners—has drawn in
millennials and young families like mine. I grew up in the Centennial
(then Englewood) suburbs, but lived in New York for nine years. When my
husband and I moved here, we were looking for a place where we could
walk to the local coffee shop and grocery store, and take our kid to the
park without getting in the car. We found it in Capitol Hill, and
unlike in Brooklyn, we could afford to buy our apartment.
There are costs to this kind of gentrification, and for the most
part, I don’t pay them. There are people who sometimes sleep in the
alley behind our apartment, and others slumped in the park and the
doorways my husband and I pass on our short commutes to work.
Does making Colfax walkable in the way Schroeppel describes have to come at the cost of the people who lived here first?
That’s something Dan Shah, director of the West Colfax Business
Improvement District, grapples with. He points out that rejuvenated bus
shelters, safe bike lanes and signalized crossings benefit the people
who are most likely to be walking, biking to work and using public
transportation. On much of Colfax, that means people who are middle- and
low-income, and don’t have other options.
Whether these improvements drive people out, says Shah, depends on
policies related to affordable housing—how much of a neighborhood is
subject to gentrification and how much income-restricted housing remains
or is built.
“If you have a neighborhood [of people with diverse incomes] that’s
going to be here in a few years, you are achieving health equity,” says
Further east on Colfax near the Anschutz medical campus in Aurora,
roadside motels with throwback names designed to draw in interstate
travelers—Carriage Motor Inn, Skyline Motel—have become last-resort
housing for a growing number of financially strapped families, people
with bad or no credit, and those with criminal backgrounds.
Visit these motels, and you can meet veterans, families, and the
elderly living provisional lives, their belongings piled around them as
they wait for something better and often fear something worse. The wait
for subsidized affordable housing can be five years or longer; most of
the Aurora Housing Authority’s various wait lists are closed.
Poverty rates along this part of Colfax jumped by more than 50 percent between 2000 and 2013, according to Census data compiled by the Piton Foundation.
The largest concentration of poor people in the state now lives here.
Forty percent of the people in the census tracts north of Colfax live in
poverty; south of Colfax, it’s 29 percent. Those are levels akin to the
Megan Vizina directs the Colfax Community Network
here. The group offers after-school programs and emergency supplies to
families living in the neighborhood. She says Colfax’s development has
so far failed to provide a viable safety net for the people displaced by
“It’s great to have a safe space for everyone. But it’s a one-part
approach when it really should be a two-part approach,” says Vizina.
“People really become refugees in their own city.”
Don Nixon lives with his 10-year-old daughter and wife in a motel
here called the Kings Inn. The family moved in six months ago after a
bout with homelessness that followed an eviction. He works two jobs, and
“Colfax is horrible,” says Nixon. “That’s the only thing I can say about it.”
He hates the drugs, as somebody who used to be part of that life and
is trying for his daughter to stay clean. “Living in a hotel, I want to
[use drugs],” says Nixon. “But I don’t because of her.”
He hates that he arouses suspicions just walking down the street;
he’s been beaten by police, he says, and arrested for no reason. “I’ve
been harassed on Colfax my whole life,” he says.
Nixon worries about his daughter. He worries about the asthma that
kept her out of class too many days last year. He worries that she has
felt neglected. He worries about her walking to school on Colfax.
“There’s so much crime, kidnapping, molesting,” he says.
It’s not an unwarranted fear. Three men convicted of felony child sex
crimes (sexual assault and pimping) live at the Kings Inn, according to the latest count by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Two more registered sex offenders live in the motel next door.
On the Thursday when I visited earlier this month, signs on the doors
alerted residents that an exterminator would be spraying for bugs the
following day—a persistent battle here.
People were talking about a kid—a school friend of a girl in the
building—who was shot dead the night before, less than a block away on
the other side of Colfax.
As little kids circled their bikes in the parking lot, volunteers
drove up to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables—the kind of emergency
relief effort that’s routine around here. As his daughter re-emerged
from their room sporting her Broncos shirt for the last pre-season game,
Nixon pointed her to the boxes of produce.
“It’s going to be hard to change Colfax,” says Nixon. The main
problem, he says, is that there are too many poor people, too many
homeless people; but the government seems more concerned with making
things beautiful. “It’s the community you’ve got to help out.”