Denver I Love https://www.denverilove.com The Inside Scoop On Denver Sat, 14 Sep 2019 12:42:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 125018964 Ten Shows and Exhibits in Denver to See Before They Go Away….Hurry! https://www.denverilove.com/ten-shows-and-exhibits-in-denver-to-see-before-they-closehurry/ https://www.denverilove.com/ten-shows-and-exhibits-in-denver-to-see-before-they-closehurry/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:07:34 +0000 https://www.denverilove.com/?p=6571 As the season changes, so do many of the great summer exhibits and shows in Denver.  Here are 10 shows and exhibits that are...

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As the season changes, so do many of the great summer exhibits and shows in Denver.  Here are 10 shows and exhibits that are so extra special you really need to see them before they go away!  From theater to concerts; art exhibits to architecture; and of course lots of food and drink – here’s the inside scoop from Denver I Love.

1. TOY STORY 4 IN FULL IMAX GLORY

Where: Denver Museum of Nature and Science: 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205
Last Day: September 14th at 7:30 PM
Tickets: $7.95 to $9.95 / additional discounts for members  – Click here for tickets.


Toy Story 4 received rave reviews, and everyone loves the new character Forky – who started his life as a spork and became the most loved toy in the pack.

Watching the animation changes and technological advances from Toy Story 1 to Toy Story 2 are stunning, especially on the big IMAX screen!  Pixar isn’t the only one keeping up with the times. A fun thing about Denver’s IMAX are the free water bottles that are aluminum and reusable!  To enhance its commitment to building an empowered community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has eliminated single-use plastic completely.

…and that’s not all Toy Toy Story fans – shout out to my dear friend and roommate from college, Jody Weinberg, who I always love seeing in the Pixar credits!  See if you can find her during the funny and fun credits at the end. Jody is one of the rare members of the Pixar team to work on all 4 Toy Stories.


2. THE MOST AMAZING SCULPTURE EXHIBIT AT THE BOTANIC GARDENS

Human Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens: 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206
Last Day: SUNDAY, September 15th
Tickets: $9 to $12.50 non members / Free for members – Click here for tickets and tours.


Denver Botanic Gardens has the MOST incredible art exhibits! Think back: Chihuly, Deborah Butterfield and Alexander Calder. The current sculpture exhibit, Human Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection, is one of the best I have seen!  While it has been showing since April, this is the very last weekend to see it!

What makes this exhibit so special?  First, the collection features pieces by an incredibly diverse group of artists from the most famous, such as Auguste Rodin, to local Colorado artists, like Kendra Fleischman. Also, you will find neoclassical mixed with modern, and, European mixed with American. Furthermore, the sculptures are spread throughout the gardens. So, it is fun to walk through and try to find all of them.  It took me a few trips around to not miss any.


3. CHICAGO AT DENVER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Where: Denver School of the Arts: 7111 Montview Boulevard, Denver, CO 80220
Last Day: SATURDAY, September 14th at 7pm
Tickets: $20-$30 – Tickets must be purchased in person at DSA since the rest of the run is sold out.

Denver has gained quite the reputation for its amazing arts education and long history of sending top tier talent into the world.  Catching the annual All-School Musical at Denver School of the Arts is always special! This year’s production of the fosse hit Chicago does not disappoint! Tickets are sold out. However, if you go at 6pm to the box office, they will release a few more seats as space permits.

Denver School of the Arts, commonly referred to as DSA, is an audition based arts magnet school (grades 6-12) in Denver Public Schools. The school is highly competitive in that every year thousands of students audition for a small number of coveted spots.  DSA boasts many famous alum including world class musicians, dancers, Broadway actors, directors, writers, set designers and visual artists.  You never know if you are watching the next Meryl Streep – and with the amazing cast of Chicago, you just might be!


4. MISS SAIGON AT THE DCPA

Where: The Buell Theatre, Denver Center for Performing Arts: 1350 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202
Last Day: SUNDAY, September 22th
Tickets: $45 – $179 – Click here for tickets.

Another hot ticket this week is Miss Saigon at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.  The national touring cast for this show is brilliant!  It is one of those really BIG Broadway productions…big talent, big songs, big set and big impact!  Every role is cast perfectly from the biggest roles to the supporting ones. The performance by Red Concepcion, the Engineer, is especially notable. If you are only going to see one show this season…this is it!  This isn’t a show for younger audiences though.

Miss Saigon is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim (played by Emily Butista) who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer (played by Red Concepcion). There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I., Chris (played by Anthony Festa), but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son and has remarried (Chris’ wife Ellen is played by Stacie Bono).

The show has some of  Broadway’s greatest hits like “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream.”

Did you know the DCPA is the largest not for profit theater organization in the United States?  No wonder, the DCPA attracts the nation’s best talent!  When it comes the amazing theater, Denver is certainly on the map every which way!


5. FOOD TRUCK RALLY AT RED ROCKS

Where: Parking Lot of Red Rocks Amphitheater: 18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465
Only Day: SATURDAY, September 14th – 3 to 8pm
Tickets: Free event

Sadly, most of the fun food truck festivals are winding to an end. However, Red Rocks Amphitheater’s food truck festival happening THIS WEEKEND will give our taste buds one last hurrah.  I know this story is about shows and exhibits, but a food festival is pretty much a show and exhibit at the same time, right?  Taking place in the upper north and upper south lots at Red Rocks, the Food Truck Rally will feature lots of food, drink and music!


6. BRIGHT STAR AT THE ARVADA CENTER

Last Day: September 29th
Where: The Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities: 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, CO 80003
Tickets: $53 to $60 – Click here for tickets.

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities launched its 44th theatre season with the regional premiere of Bright Star, playing through September 29th. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and inspired by a true story, Bright Star illuminates the great American tradition of storytelling with a dramatic and emotional tale of love, regret, and understanding.

Written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star features an Americana and bluegrass-infused score that ranges from heart-piercing ballads to up-tempo numbers that hearken back to old-time American dance music.

“A lot of what makes Bright Star enjoyable is in the emotions the characters get to explore through their journey and the songs,” says Producing Artistic Director of Musical Theatre and Director of Bright Star, Rod A. Lansberry. “There’s a close-knit sense of how these characters are connected because of the respective journeys they take and the music serves to deepen that emotional connection.”

The Arvada Center is known for giving audiences an intimate and up close experience – especially with the fabulous talk backs after certain shows.  There is still time to catch a talk-back opportunity for Bright Star on the following performances:

  • Tuesday, September 17 after the 7:30 pm performance
  • Wednesday, September 25 after the 1 pm performance
  • Thursday, September 26 after the 7:30 pm performance

7. RISE AND RESIST BY CLEO PARKER ROBINSON DANCE

Where: The Newman Center for the Performing Arts at University of Denver:
2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80210
Last Day: September 22nd
Tickets: $38-$48 –  Click here for tickets.

In my opinion there is no greater treasure in our city than Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.  The 49th Season of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance opens at the Newman Center with their latest production, “Rise & Resist” — a dynamic performance featuring works from Donald Mckayle and Micaela Taylor.  If you haven’t seen a Cleo Parker Robinson dance performance, treat yourself to one of the most impactful art experiences you can have in Denver.  If you have seen one, then you know – the talent, creativity, meaning and energy is like no other!


8. 2019 TASTE OF HIGHLANDS

Where: 3804 W. 32nd Avenue
Only Day: September 19, 6-9 pm, VIP access at 5pm
Tickets: $40-$60  Tickets can be purchased at: www.tasteofhighlands.com

Another great food festival happening in the next week is Taste of Highlands. When seeking out a hotspot for fabulous restaurants, its hard to beat Northwest Denver! The 7th annual Taste of Highlands will feature many favorite restaurants from Northwest Denver like: Revelry Kitchen, the Wayback, Happy Bakeshop, Himchuli Indian & Napali Cuisine, Vital Root, Sartos, Sweet Cow, Duo, and Sushi Hai.

The event, hosted by the Highland Merchants Association, will be zero waste and benefit the We Don’t Waste food recovery program. The evening will include live music from Woodshed Red. General Admission tickets are $40 and include unlimited tastes and access to the event. VIP tickets are $60 and include two drink tickets and a commemorative glass.


9. ROCK ON THE MUSICAL CHAIRS AT THE DENVER ART MUSEUM: LAS MUSIDORA

Where: the Denver Art Museum: 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
Last Day: October 1
Tickets:  None needed. Free.

 

“La Musidora,” combining the Spanish words for music (las música) and rocking chair (la mecedora) is an interactive outdoor art installation in front of the Denver Art Museum. The rocking chairs make musical sounds when you rock back and forth, seating 20 people at at time. Designed by Hector Esrawe and Ignaio Cadena from Mexico City, the musical chairs are woven in beautiful colors and textures.

This dynamic installation, created special for the Denver Art Museum, has also served as a canvas for Denver’s weaving community.  If you can make time over the next couple weeks to go rock, you will really enjoy it!


10. DOORS OPEN DENVER SANTA FE ART DISTRICT TOUR

Where: All over Denver, with a special neighborhood focus for 2019 at Center for Visual Arts, Su Teatro and Museo de las Americas.
Last Day: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, September 21st and 22nd, 10am to 4pm
Tickets:  Most events are free.  Special tours are $12 a person.  Tickets can be purchased through DenverArchitecture.org.

The Art District on Santa Fe will host an expert-led insider tour for Doors Open Denver (DOD) September 21 and 22nd. There are also self-guided tours and access to many spaces the public would not otherwise see.  This year presents a wonderful opportunity to learn the history behind the featured neighborhood: the La Alma/Lincoln Park community and discover some of Denver’s most incredible artists in the area!

There are three locations for the neighborhood activities: Center for Visual Arts at 955 Santa Fe Drive; Su Teatro at 721 Santa Fe Drive and Museo de las Americas at 861 Santa Fe Drive.  In addition the Byers Branch Library will serve as a mini DOD headquarters on Saturday only.

More About Doors Open Denver:

Doors Open Denver 2019 will feature overall 52 FREE open sites and 110 Insider Tours (Cost $12) and 5 Cultural Events!  Many of Denver’s greatest historic sites will be opening their doors for the event: Union Station, the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center, the Byers-Evans House, the Cass Mansion, Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver Firefighters Museum, the Governor’s Residence, the Lumber Baron Inn, Rockmount and the historic Sugar Building – to name just some.  Click here for the full list of site locations.

Doors Open Denver is an annual 2-day event that celebrates Denver’s architecture and design. Each year the Denver Architecture Foundation inspires the community to connect with Denver’s unique spaces and hosts dozens of tours by local experts.  The expansive tour schedule can also be found in the DOD Event Guide.

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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Art Exhibition Opens at Stanley   

Leave it to the folks at Stanley to bring a totally outside the box art exhibit to Denver!  Along with great food, drinks and eco conscience shopping, The Stanley Marketplace provides a number of immersive and creative arts experiences throughout the year. This month and next, Stanley is showcasing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel art exhibition in the 10,000 square foot event space known as The Hangar at Stanley.

This is the first time we’ve turned The Hangar into a lengthy art-focused exhibition, so we wanted to be as creative as possible when thinking about how to program the space,

said Mark Shaker, co-developer of Stanley Marketplace.

Fun Activities: Holy Yoga, Art Lectures, Tango Dancing, Gypsy Jazz, Opera and Italian Cooking

The creative team at Stanley has planned a plethora of creative arts programming centered around The Sistine Chapel exhibit.  Special activities include: an Italian disco party, yoga underneath the frescoes and a lecture series for children and adults.  Also planned are hands on painting events, an Italian cooking class and a variety of music and dance collaborations.

You can get tickets for the exhibition and for the special events online through Etix by clicking here.

Previewing The Sistine Chapel art exhibition with Bryant Palmer, Chief Storyteller for Stanley Marketplace

 

 

 

 

 

You might ask, how the heck can the world’s greatest artistic achievements, Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, make their way to Denver, Colorado?  The exhibit is a collection of magnificently reproduced images in near original size. The exhibition allows viewers a face to face encounter with masterpieces like The Creation of Adam​ and​ The Last Judgment.  

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is a licensed exhibition of SEE Global Entertainment, a Las Vegas-based exhibition production company which acquired the worldwide rights to the fresco reproductions by Bridgeman Images. The Colorado debut of the Sistine Chapel exhibit is presented in association with Beverly Hills-based Daniel Sladek Entertainment.

Shout out to my friend Daniel Sladek who lives in Los Angeles but happens to be from DENVER.  Talented Daniel Sladek is a graduate of Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School and the University of Colorado.

Schedule of Activities and Events with The Sistine Chapel Art Exhibition

Here is the full list and schedule of what’s happening between now and August 13th  at the Sistine Chapel art exhibition at the Hangar at Stanley. There really is something for everyone and every age.

Paint Your Own Masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel​

7/10, 7/17, 7/31, 8/7 from 7 to 9 p.m., $50

A sip-and-paint experience led by Aurora’s Painting with a Twist in which attendees create their own paintings inspired by Michelangelo’s work.

Holy Disco! Italian Disco Party featuring DJs Clayton K and Eric Lake​ July 12th

7/12 from 7 to 11 p.m., $35

Holy disco is exactly what it sounds like: a buzzing evening of music, drinks, and fun surrounded by Michelangelo’s frescoes, with Italian disco tunes and light bites. Polyester attire encouraged.

Renaissance Presented by Kim Robards Dance​ on July 13th and August 3rd

7/13, 8/3 from 7 to 10 p.m., $50

There are two elegant evenings planned with modern dance performances and chamber music.  Kim Robards Dance is a non profit professional touring modern dance company based in the Denver area.  A VIP option on both nights includes an Italian-inspired cooking class at Create Cooking School in The Stanley Marketplace for just $40 more.

Holy Yoga in the Sistine Chapel​

7/13, 7/27, 8/3 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., $15

I’m always looking for a creative way to exercise.  Holy Yoga certainly fits the bill.   The founders of OmFest have combined meditation and movement to make this yoga class one of a kind.

A Journey into Michelangelo’s Rome Lecture Series​

7/16, 7/23, 8/6, 8/13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $25

Author and Michelangelo expert Angela K. Nickerson will give a number of art lectures weaving the story of a powerful pope and a masterful artist that led to the creation of the Sistine Chapel.

Holy Swing! An Italian-Inspired Swing Party on July 19th

7/19, from 7 to 11 p.m., $25

On July 19th you can swing the night away with dancing and live gypsy jazz by Speakeasy Soiree. 

The Sistine Chapel for Children, with Angela K. Nickerson​

7/20, 8/10 from 8:30 to 10 a.m., $15

Kids are also in for a treat. A tour of the Sistine exhibit specifically for younger people, combines conversation and storytelling to bring Michelangelo’s art to life and inspire creativity.

DaVinci vs. Michelangelo Battle of the Titans Theatre Experience​

7/24 to 7/28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., $35

Denverites can embark on a fantastic multimedia journey through the Italian Renaissance. Performer Mark Rodgers will focus specifically on the life and work of rivals DaVinci and Michelangelo.

Holy Tango on August 2nd

8/2 from 7 to 11 p.m., $20

Who wants to tango?   CM Dance of Denver will be giving tango lessons among the frescoes on August 2nd.

Holy Opera on August 9th and 10th 

8/9, 8/10 from 7 to 9 p.m., $50

Holy Opera is a sonic experience inside the Sistine exhibition featuring songs, arias, and ensembles from some of the Denver area’s most accomplished opera singers, Leah Podzimek.

Hours and Exhibit Info:

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel art exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from now until August 13th inside The Hangar at Stanley. Special events inside the exhibition take place before and after regular operating hours. ​Tickets are on sale online now​.

The Hangar at Stanley is located at 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora.

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Colorado road trips up I-70 take you to world famous mountain towns like Breckenridge, Vail and Aspen.  Yet, when it comes to Colorado highway travel, Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, “life is a journey, not a destination.”   I-70 encompasses a spectacular stretch of smaller historic mountain treasures and natural wonders to discover from Denver to Fruita.  Hop off the highway honey!  You won’t regret it!

We know you don’t have all day, and time is precious.  Hoping this guide helps you make the most of your detours without missing the good stuff.  Recommendations are carefully curated to help you navigate a fun stop worthy of the journey and mindful of your time. Follow on instagram @denverilove for more pictures and ideas.

Hit the Road Jack: I-70 Hop Offs Along the Front Range

Part I of this journey travels from Denver to Loveland with great stops along the way: Golden, Idaho Springs and Georgetown. The three mining towns flourished during the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859 and today have become  each their own unique epicenter of outdoor activities, notable restaurants and mountaineering spirit.

GLORIOUS GOLDEN

Welcome to Golden Sign

Golden is less than a half hour drive from Denver and beautifully situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Too soon to hop off the highway?  Oh, but it’s well worth the detour!

History – From Gold Mine to the Beer Capitol of the World

First a hunting ground for the Ute Indians, Golden changed forever with the Gold Rush of 1859. Originally called “Golden City” for prospector Thomas L. Golden, it was the capital of the provisional Territory of Jefferson from 1860 to 1861 and the official Colorado Territory from 1862 to 1867.  In addition to gold, Golden’s industry thrived with brick, coal, clay…and BEER!

In 1873, Adolph Coors and Denver confectioner Jacob Schueler converted an old tannery into the Golden Brewery. Coors purchased Schueler’s interest and renamed the brewery the Adolph Coors Golden Brewery.  Around the same time, Colorado became a state, and the capital moved to Denver.

Also of note: Jolly Rancher candies were founded in Golden.  Jolly Rancher was originally an old fashioned western candy store started in 1949 by Bill and Dorothy Harmsen.  Located on Golden’s main street Washington Avenue, all the ice cream, chocolate and hard candy were made in house. Today, Hershey owns Jolly Rancher.

Golden Festivals:

Golden hosts a number of festivals throughout the summer starting with the Golden Games in May.  Two upcoming fun festivals to put on the calendar:

Buffalo Bill Days at the end of July is a special Colorado tradition with lots of fun activities. The first Buffalo Bill Days took place in 1940 with a trail ride up Lookout Mountain to Buffalo Bill’s grave.  Over the past 75+ years Buffalo Bill Days has become one of the premiere events of the year.

The 29th Annual Golden Fine Arts Festival, August 17 to 18, 2019, is Golden’s annual prestigious juried art show.  Drawing over 35,000 people in two days, the festival celebrates with art, live entertainment, beer and wine gardens, food vendors, and children’s activities, and the best part…free admission for all.

Fun Things to Do In Golden:

Denver Mountain Parks Golden Colorado
Thank you Visit Golden for the great photo

There is no shortage of fun to be had in Golden! From digging for dinosaurs to fine art and majestic hiking trails, Golden has tons of fun activities for all ages.  A few recs to help navigate this large playground:

1. Take a Tour of a Brewery

Golden brews more beer than any other city in the world!    Miller Coors, the largest single site brewery in the country, gives daily tours of the malting, brewing and packaging processes. Watch thousands of cans being filled with beer and slotted into six pack holders for only $5 if you are a Colorado resident.  Visitors over age 21 can enjoy samples in a commemorative glass.

13th & Ford Streets, (303) 277-BEER (2337), Tour Info – (866) 812- 2337

2.  Meet Thomas the Train or Ride the Rio Grande’s “Galloping Goose.”

Colorado Railroad Museum Gun Fight
It’s always great fun to ride Thomas the Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum

Stopping at the Colorado Railroad Museum  is well worth it! On Thursdays through Sundays, take a train ride on the unique Rio Grande’s “Galloping Goose” motorcar.  The museum also offers an hour of Colorado railroad history on Fridays.  Check the website for times. In September, a “Day out with Thomas,”  is a big deal.  Tickets are already on sale. Click here to purchase.

17155 W 44th Ave, Golden, CO 8040  (303) 279-4591

3.  Annie Get Your Gun

A favorite stops along I-70 is the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, located at Lookout Mountain Park.  Bill Cody, aka Buffalo Bill, was a pony express rider and energetic promoter of his Wild West shows.   The City of Denver runs the museum and offers occasional SCFD free days – and FREE ADMISSION EVERY DAY for kids with an accompanying adult and a My Denver Card.

987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Rd, Golden, CO 80401 (720) 865-2160

4.  Make a Big Splash and Build a Sandcastle

Splash at Fossil Trace is a fun place to cool off and play in the biggest sandbox in Jefferson County. Don’t forget your shovel and bucket.  For under $10 a person, you can soar down Splash’s water slides from May through August.

3051 Illinois Street, Golden, CO 80401 (303) 277-8700

5.  Hike, Bike and Horseback

Golden is home to one of Denver’s most treasured mountain parks, Lookout Mountain Park as well as Golden Gate Canyon State Park.  Colorado road trips don’t need to be lengthy to find spectacular hiking trails and paradise-like bike paths.

6.  Dig for Dinosaurs

Did you know, the world’s first dinosaur bones were discovered near Golden in 1877! Now home to a world famous geological and paleontological outdoor museum, containing more than a hundred dinosaur tracks. Dinosaur Ridge is a National Natural Landmark open 7 days a week from May through October.

State Highway 26 (between C-470 and Highway 93), (303) 697-DINO (3466)

Golden Food Recommendations:

Within short distances off I-70, you can find a great variety of excellent food from all of over the world. Schnepf’s Restaurant at Fossil Ridge, Sherpa House Restaurant, Abejas and Thai Gold are a few good ones to try.

THE BEST COLORADO ROAD TRIPS START IN IDAHO SPRINGS

The Vintage Moose Idaho Springs
The Vintage Moose – Idaho Springs

Up the road a few miles rolls out three exits to Idaho Springs.  For a tiny town, Idaho Springs has an extraordinary number of good places to eat, fun shops, breweries and activities to enjoy.  Victorian architecture lines Main Street dating back to when Idaho Springs was a major gold vein.  Idaho Springs is a favorite hop off on many Colorado road trips.

Idaho Springs History

According to the trusty Colorado Gov. site, “Idaho Springs is the site of the first significant discovery of the Colorado Gold Rush.”  Well that’s worth a hop off, don’t you think?! My favorite historic site in Idaho Springs is the Charlie Tayler waterwheel.  The wheel was moved by Bridal Veil Falls in 1948 and stands as a relic of Clear Creek County’s mining history.

The Charlie Tayler waterwheel at Bridal Veil Falls.

Idaho Springs Festivals

Idaho Springs also has lots of fun festivals coming up. The 2019 RapidGrass Bluegrass Music Festival takes place July 19th and 20th.  The Grillin and Chillin Music & Beer Festival takes place August 3rd and 4th with two days of live music, great spirits, and more.  In September, the 7th annual Dynamite Days Street Festival kicks up more of the same: live music, food and fun.

Fun Things to Do in Idaho Springs

1.  Tour a Mine

So many gold mines, so little time!  When choosing which gold mine to tour, there are some differences.

At the Phoenix Gold Mine you can tour a working gold mine and venture down a real mine shaft. Afterwards, try your prospecting skills panning for gold in the stream. If you find gold you get to keep it!   The mine is also known for its ghost tours exploring the legends of paranormal activities in mines.

Another worthy mine tour is the one hour Argo Mill and Tunnel Tour. The Argo Mine, built at the entrance of the Argo Tunnel, is one of Colorado’s most famous gold mines right in the heart of Idaho Springs. Notably, the Argo Gold Mine processed over $100 million worth of ore when gold was $18-$35 and ounce.  Today, the Argo Mine is a National Historic Site.

2.  Raft the Rocky Mountain White Water Rapids

Colorado Rafting
Photo Courtesy of Liquid Descent Rafting

Clear Creek runs through Idaho Springs with fierce class IV and V rafting rapids and great fishing.  This isn’t a ride at Disneyland though. Good safety and a trustworthy guide are a must.  There are a number of reputable rafting companies. We have a friend at Liquid Descent Rafting, and we really like that company.  Use this code for a 20% discount: MRC20.

3.  Soak in a Natural Hot Spring

First considered sacred bubbly waters by the Ute and Arapahoe Indians, the Indian Springs Resort has a long Colorado history from miners to presidents.  Today the resort offers an indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tubs.  Note: the road to the Hot Springs is under construction until September, so this might be one you put off until fall.

4.  Ride on the Highest Paved Road in North America

Mt. Evans Echo Scenic Byway
Echo Lake from Mt. Evan’s Scenic Byway

Requiring a bit more time than just a stop off, the Mount. Evans Scenic Byway at the Idaho Springs exit takes you up Highway 103, the highest paved road in North America climbing all the way to the peak of Mount. Evans at 14,265 feet above sea level.  The road travels through three ecosystems including Echo Lake.  Echo Lake is part of Echo Lake Park, another of the great Denver Mountain Parks managed by the City and County of Denver. There is a nice trail around the lake and a nearby general store.

5.  Walk in an Ancient Forest

Another great hop off on the Mount. Evans Scenic Byway is the Mount Goliath Natural Area.  Here you will find the largest, northernmost strand of Bristlecone Pine trees in North America, internationally recognized as one of the purest locations to study alpine ecology.  The area is home to some of the oldest tress in Colorado ranging from 1600 to 2500 years old!

Idaho Springs Food Recommendations:

There are lots of great places to eat in Idaho Springs, but we always gravitate to the same two tried and true.  Colorado road trips have led skieers and hikers to Beau Jo’s Pizza in Idaho Springs for many a decade. Known for its deep crust pizza and huge salad bar served in the bathtub, Beau Jo’s is always festive and delicious. A few doors down, the food at the Historic Buffalo Restaurant and Bar is another good option- connected to the West Bound and Down Brewery.

COLORADO ROAD TRIP: GEORGETOWN: WHERE PARIS MEETS THE WILD WEST

Georgetown Colorado

On the road again.  Heading up the hill before you get to the Eisenhower Tunnel, Georgetown is another favorite I-70 hop off  for Colorado road trips – a grand Colorado treasure not to be missed.

Georgetown History:

historic Georgetown

Georgetown, like Golden, was originally home to the Ute Native Americans who hunted game along Clear Creek. It later became the most important Colorado mining town of its time with an air of sophisticated elegance.  Known as “the Silver Queen of the Rockies,” Georgetown thrived in the hustle and bustle of wealthy mine owners and European travelers. The Hotel de Paris even served lobster – no easy feat high in the Rockies.

Colorado road trips present many ways for history buffs to learn about the old west.  In Georgetown, go back in time and tour the Hotel de Paris and the one of a kind Georgetown Energy Museum.  The energy plant is an operating museum, still producing electric power with equipment installed in 1906. Georgetown has even won preservation awards for its historic Victorian style “mansions” and buildings from the late 1800s.  Visit Hammil House  in the center of the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District. To tour with a guide check out Silver Queen Walking Tours.

Georgetown Festivals:

Summer in Georgetown is delightful, but the biggest festivals in this town actually come later in the fall and winter: Oktoberfest,  October 12; The Big Horn Sheep Festival on November 9th;  The Pumpkin Festival at the Train;October 5;  and The Georgetown Christmas Market, weekends in December. That said, there is a fun train festival starting August 23rd: Railroad Days at the Georgetown Loop Railroad

Fun Things to Do In Georgetown:

1. Ride a Rare Narrow Gage Railroad

Perhaps the most well known activity in Georgetown is riding on the reconstructed Georgetown Loop Railroad—a narrow gauge railroad from 1884. The train is powered by a steam locomotive and travels over the mountaintops to Silver Plume and over the 95 feet high Devil’s Gate Bridge.

1520 Argentine Street, GeorgetownCO 80444,  1-888-456-6777

2.  Catch a Fish

The fishing in Georgetown is epic.  Set up a chair on Lake Georgetown to hook a Trout, Brown and Brooke. Fly fish in Clear Creek to bring in some of Colorado’s finest trout.

Georgetown Lake: Co Rd 306  GeorgetownCO 80444

3. The Georgetown Rock Shop

Family owned since 1971, the Georgetown Rock Shop on 6th always always held great wonder for I-70 travelers. It does not have the big rock tumbler that fascinated me as a child, but it does have many shelves of fun gemstones and geological treasures.  The Georgetown Rock shop is a much anticipated stop on every Colorado road trip.

501 6th Street, Georgetown, Colorado,(303) 569-2750

4. Climb a Fourteener

This is my total badass friend Sherrie – amazing doctor, medical director, mother and friend!

Climbing a fourteener is obviously not a quick hop off the highway, but with careful planning, it can be the detour of a lifetime. Two 14ers near Georgetown are: Gray’s Peak (14,278) and Torreys (14,275).  Access the trail heads by taking the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway for a windy 22 miles along an old wagon route.  Also nearby between Idaho Springs and Georgetown is Mount. Bierstadt (14,065). Be sure to look for Big Horn Sheep.

5. See How Candy is Made and Taste it Too

Colorado road trips are always sweeter when you can stop at a local sweet shop. Known for homemade candy, ice-cream and popcorn, Georgetown Valley Candy Company is 100% worth a hop off the highway!  Watch the candy being made on big marble slabs and old fashioned machinery. Georgetown Valley Candy Company has two locations: 6th Street in Georgetown and Miner Street in Idaho Springs.

500 6th Street, Georgetown, CO 80444303) 569-2778

Georgetown Food Recommendations:

The local restaurants and food shops in Georgetown are all first rate.  You can never go wrong eating on the sunny patio at the Happy Cooker!  Everything on the menu is fantastic: homemade breads, big salads and a wide brunch selection. Also try the The Dusty Rose Tea Room for an old-fashioned Victorian Georgetown experience.

Well that wraps up Part I of some ways to make the most of amazing Colorado road trips.  I thank my family for putting up with all my detours and my dad for always taking time to stop the car and instill in me a love and appreciation for Colorado’s small town treasures.  Next up: funky Frisco; marvelous Minturn and grand Glenwood Springs. So, be sure to check back soon for lots of mountain festivals, food & fun.

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Five Reasons to Love Lowry

It was a beautiful blue sky day, 1999.  I was 8 months pregnant, and going to see a new home being built in Denver’s groundbreaking redevelopment project: Lowry.   Eager homebuyers had hurried to snatch up every house planned for the new neighborhood – already named “Community of the Year” by the Home Builders’ Association of Metropolitan Denver. Lucky for me, a contract had just fallen through.

Dirt covered most of the land, and construction crews bustled around the clock.  There was no Bayaud Park; no Beer Garden; no Town Center and no neighbors to the right or left.

I called my husband,

honey, can you come over to the old Lowry Air Force Base…and please bring a check.

20 years later…

Three Lowry houses (all new construction), 3 kids, and lots of great memories later…I consider myself somewhat of a Lowry expert.  As one of Lowry’s first residents, I have watched first hand the growth and evolution of this dynamic and thriving neighborhood.

When I moved to Lowry, I was working as a civil rights attorney for the State of Colorado.  I decided to trade my busy litigation schedule in for something more flexible while the kids were little.  My mother, Bobbi Lou, was and is one of the City’s top producing agents; and I became her partner in the real estate business.

I had planned to return to my law career in a few years. Well, two decades later, I am still in the real estate business with one of the longest sales records in Lowry.  Through the years I have loved connecting with my neighbors and selling homes in every part of the former Air Force Base area: from East Park to Park Heights; from Westerly Creek to Crescent Park; and most recently Boulevard One’s newest and finest million dollar homes.

Real estate prices in Lowry blasted off from the beginning and rarely slowed down.  In 2006 Lowry was named the most expensive zip code in Denver.  The last single family homes being built in Boulevard One reflect a strong history of consistently increasing prices and insatiable demand.

#LowryIlove

One of Lowry’s early “Glory Days” Celebrations

So, what makes Lowry so hot?  I’ve narrowed down 5 reasons to love Lowry. I can’t wait to hear your Lowry favorites and reasons you love Lowry too.

Use hashtag #lowryilove to share the Lowry love – new discoveries, upcoming events, favorite things to eat, places to hang out, fun things to do, great sales, and more. 


1. LOWRY FOOD & DRINK

Lowry has great restaurants—all walking distance from each other and sharing a common theme for fun outdoor patios.  The two main dining destinations in Lowry are the Town Center and Hangar #2.


Lowry Beer Garden

7577 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230

There’s nothing more “Denver” then grabbing a beer and bite to eat at  The Lowry Beer Garden. Capitalizing on 300 days a year of sunshine, the Garden is equipped with long outdoor picnic tables, blankets, heaters and fire pits.  The Beer Garden serves a wide selection of Colorado craft brewed beverages and great food.  The menu has a few seasonal specialties but mostly tried and true local favorites.  Gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches, blackened Ahi, brats, salads, sweet potato fries…and FRIED PICKLES!  Don’t miss the fried pickles!


North County

94 Rampart Way, Denver, CO 80230

If Lowry had a Cheers, North County would be it!  It’s the quintessential neighborhood meeting place where everyone knows your name.  The Seafood is flown in daily for delicious fish and street tacos that rank among Colorado’s best. If you are feeling decadent, get the cinnamon sugar dusted churros with spiced Abuelita hot chocolate!  With 100 different premium tequilas, try a flight of 3 to go with house guacamole and chips.  North County also has an extensive brunch and happy hour menu.


Officers Club 

84 Rampart Way, Denver, CO 80230

New to the Lowry dining scene, Officers Club, is a modern twist on the classic officers clubs of military bases during the mid-century. The menu, by Executive Chef Sterling Robinson, has highlights like: charcoal fired heirloom artichokes, pan fried Colorado mountain striped Bass, ahi tuna poke tower; and the “Kitchen Sink Salad.”  Other favorites: the charcuterie board and prime rib French dip.   In General, I never order chicken fingers, EXCEPT at Officers Club.  A special recipe of Chef David Stetson’s, chicken tenderloins are dipped in buttermilk and cooked to perfection – nice with an OC old fashion cocktail.


Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery

Lowry Town Center, 200 Quebec St, Unit 101, Denver, CO 80230

Chop Shop is a popular fast serve restaurant in the Town Center, serving gourmet cuisine in a casual setting.  Lowry’s laid back but bustling atmosphere is the perfect place for a second location of the award winning urban eatery.  Menu selections like “Grilled Bistro Filet” in garlic and kimchi marinade and the “Super Chop” are a couple favorites. Chop Shop makes a big effort to protect the environment. Committed to making as small a footprint on the planet as possible, Chop Shop uses sustainable bamboo plates, reclaimed bottles as glasses, reclaimed wood tables and washcloths in the bathrooms.


Café Mercato

Lowry Town Center, 200 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80230

Café Mercato is a modern Italian restaurant with a lively patio facing Wings Over the Rockies.  Operated by Giancarlo Macchiarella of Locanda del Borgo in nearby Hilltop, this Hangar 2 restaurant is one of Lowry’s more upscale options.  All of the pastas and sausages are made in-house, as well as gelato and desserts. Pizzas are made in a wood fire pizza oven imported from Italy.


Wood Grain Bagels

7559 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230

Lowry is one of Wood Grain Bagels three Colorado locations with Montreal style bagels offering gluten free and vegan options.  Open for breakfast, lunch and early dinners, Woodgrain offers deli sandwiches, burritos, paninis, salads and homemade soups.  One of Wood Grains Canadian specialties is poutine:  cheese curds and gravy on top of French fries!  The $10 lunch deals are a nice option:  avocado toast and salad or gourmet grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup.


Delectable Egg

Lowry Town Center, 200 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80230

One of the original Town Center restaurants, The Delectable Egg is a Lowry institution. Its longevity and popularity is due in part to its great food and community mindfullness. The management at Delectable Egg is always willing to lend support to the schools and non profit projects of the folks in the neighborhood. The Delectable Egg is best know for its breakfast food: scrambles, pancakes and Benedicts.  The Lowry Delectable Egg  is one of 5 in greater the Denver area.


Copper Door Coffee Roasters

7581 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230

Copper Door Coffee Roasters, located in Hangar 2, is Denver’s only 100% female owned coffee roaster. The Lowry shop is one of two Denver locations offering exceptional coffee roasted in small batches and locally baked pastries.  A cool thing about Copper Door is the company’s commitment to the environment and reducing its carbon footprint as much as possible.  Copper Door roasts its coffee with 100% locally sourced wind power.


Homemade Ice Cream

From the great indoor/outdoor counter at Glacier Ice Cream to the towering 50 foot spaceship that is home to Rocket Ice Cream (same family as Little Man Ice Cream), you can find some of Denver’s best locally sourced homemade ice cream right in Lowry.  For more on the ice cream, see Denver I Love’s Blog story, Where to Find the Best Homemade Ice Cream in Denver.

Lowry locals looking for a quick bite to eat also love to hang out or pick up at Qdoba and Pei Wei, in the Town Center.


2. ARTS & CULTURE

Lowry has a special place in the history, arts and culture of Denver and the nation.  Lowry attracts theatre goers, music lovers, history buffs and art aficionados from all over.


Wings Over the Rockies Museum

7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230

One of the most prominent features in Lowry is the historic Hangar 1, now home to Denver’s very own air and space museum and large community events. Named one of the top 20 aviation museums in the world, Wings Over the Rockies Air & space Museum, features 182,000 square feet full of iconic aircraft, space vehicles, artifacts, uniforms and special exhibits. There is even a jet engine powered car.  The museum welcomes 160,000 visitors a year and always has something exciting on the calendar. When Presidents visit Denver, they most always come to Wings Over the Rockies.


John Hand Theater

7653 E 1st Pl, Denver, CO 80230

Being a big theatre buff, I love that Lowry is home to one of Denver’s great community theaters. Founded by community visionary John Hand,  Hand first started the Firehouse Theatre Company and Colorado Free University on Colfax Avenue.  After Hand was tragically murdered in 2004, his sister, Helen Hand, kept the theater and John’s dream alive.  The theater found a new home in the old Lowry Air Force fire station where it continues to bring introspective plays and musicals to the people of Denver.


The Soiled Dove Underground

7401 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80230

The Tavern at Lowry was one of Frank Shultz’s first restaurants in the Tavern Hospitality conglomerate that now boasts 7  locations.  With a wide menu, fun trivia nights and lively sports watching, the upstairs Tavern serves as an apex of Lowry social.  Along with the positive vibrations upstairs, the Soiled Dove Underground, draws great crowds with live music shows and stand up comedy. Coming up is the all vocal rock bank FACE.  Shout out to Lowry neighbor and beat boxer extraordinaire Mark Megabow!


Swallow Hill Music & The Colorado Free University

7401 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80230

There are long established arts education programs that call Lowry home.  The Colorado Free University is a learning center with classes designed for busy adults wanting to explore personal passions and interests. Without having to commit a lot of time, you can find untapped talents and meet new people taking classes like: acting, singing, drawing and printing.  Similarly, Swallow Hill Music offers a wide range of arts classes, but for all ages – toddlers to teens and adults too.  Swallow Hill music classes focus primarily on: violin, guitar, ukulele, piano and singing.


The Lowry Reading Garden

7908 E 5th Avenue, Denver, CO 80230

The Lowry Reading Garden is a hidden treasure tucked away just south of 6th Avenue Parkway.  This quiet pocket park is lined with stone book spines of great literature and favorite authors.  Metal leaves hang overhead, and inspiring quotes are etched in the concrete below.  The Reading Garden is a special place for quiet reflection and getting lost in a good book.  The Garden won the Mayors Design Award in 2009 with sculptures created by artist Fred Meyers of blessed memory.  The Borden family kindly donated all of the Reading Garden’s art in dedication to the late Lewis Borden.


The Lowry Foundation and Public Art

293 Roslyn Street, Denver, CO 80230

The Lowry Foundation has made public art a priority from the get go.  The Foundation owns and maintains thirteen pieces of public art throughout Lowry.  To see pictures of all 13 pieces, click here.  Some of the most prominent art displays include: and the large aluminum “Sundial” at the east end of 6th Avenue and Uinta.  Both pieces were created by Mike Mancarella.


The Eisenhower Chapel

293 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80230

Another great piece of Lowry’s history and culture is The Eisenhower Chapel a nationally recognized historic landmark located in on the east side of the Town Center.  This beautifully restored military chapel is still used for weddings, memorials, bar and bat mitzvahs, community events and services.  Originally built to be interdenominational, it remains open to everyone. Thanks to the Lowry Foundation, visitors can see photos and other memorabilia from the Air Force Base days.  President Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, spent some of the summers of his presidency in Denver, and attended services at the Chapel.


3. UNIQUE BOUTIQUES

Lowry is a great place to find a unique gift and special find.  The people working in the Lowry shops go above and beyond to give you a friendly, personal shopping experience.

Marcella’s and Marcella’s Home & Gifts

200 Quebec St #127, Denver, CO 80230

Marecella’s is a local business success story.  The store sells so much great merchandise, it had to split into two shops: one for accessories, jewelry, shoes and women’s clothing; and the other for home décor and gifts.  The inventory is always changing and both stores are stock full of fun, clever, witty, flirty, bold and fabulous finds.  True to the original vision, Marcella’s is a special place where daughters, mothers, grandmothers and friends can find items they can afford, enjoy and treasure!


Kismet

200 Quebec St Bldg. 500 Suite 101, Denver, CO 80230

Kismet is a local Denver boutique with great fashion, shoes and accessories.   Some of Kismet’s customers have said things like, “the staff at Lowry aren’t just staff, they’re your friends,” and “I can’t say enough good things about Kismet.”  In addition to the Lowry store, Kismet has stores in the Highlands and Cherry Hills as well as a sister store, True, in Stapleton. See Also Denver I Love’s Story about True and the shops of Stanley Marketplace.


Savory Spice Shop

200 Quebec St #127, Denver, CO 80230

Lowry Town Center’s Savory Spice makes all its own blends and specializes in fresh, flavorful spices, simple meal solutions, gift sets, small batch barbeque sauce, and tasty local products.  The Lowry shop, opened in 2008 is the prototype for other  Savory Spice Shops. Future store owners spend time at the Lowry location learning the trade before opening their own shop. Proud to be a part of the community, this Town Center Savory Spice shop even sells a “Quebec Street” spice in the Colorado gift set.


Timbuk Toys

200 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80230

A present from Timbuk Toys is always the first opened at every party.   The snazzy wrap isn’t the only reason for the popularity, its the merchandise: a thoughtful book selection, rows and rows of art projects, science experiments, building sets, magnets, musical instruments, sleds, pullies, pogo sticks, kites, stuffed critters and figurines.  Sign up for the Star Account to get monthly deals and discounts.


Chewy’s Bonetique

200 Quebec St #600, Denver, CO 80230

Chewy’s Bonetique is a one of a kind experience for you and your pet. Considered one of the top independent specialty pet supply stores in Colorado, Chewy’s is THE place to pamper your pup or cat.  Whether using Chewy’s self-service dog wash or booking an appointment with an experienced groomer, your dog will love the Blueberry Facial and yummy treats.  Chewy’s even has its own “Bonetique” line of healthy cookies.  They is also a large section of collars, leashes, shampoos, and raw diets manufactured by local Colorado companies.


4. SPORTS AND RECREATION

Lowry is a hub of activity for team sports and personal recreation space.

The Montclair Recreation Center

729 Ulster Way, 80230

Located in the center of Lowry’s north neighborhood, Montclair Rec Center is a hub of activity with swimming, basketball, and classes for kids and adults.  Check out the latest schedule for all kinds of activities from Mahj Jongg to Pickleball.


Lowry Sports Park

8200 E. Sports Boulevard

Lowry Sports Park is a large area near Big Bear Ice Arena with fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, a playground  and a Dog Park.  There is also the Lowry Sports Park Loop, a 2.4 mile loop trail rated as moderate and primarily used for walking, trail running, and nature trips.


Jackie Robinson Baseball Fields

8400 E. Lowry Boulevard

Adjacent to Sports Park are the Jackie Robinson Baseball Fields. From little league to competitive baseball, Jackie Robinson Fields is a place for everyone who wants to play.   Additionally, the fields are used for flag football, touch football and other games.


Big Bear Bear Ice Arena

8580 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230

One of Denver’s biggest neighborhood ice-skating rinks, Big Bear offers public skate sessions & lessons and Colorado hockey games & leagues.  Big Bear’s rinks have convenient hours and is home to Colorado skaters from beginners to the most highly skilled.


Lowry Swim Club

352 Quebec Ct, Denver, CO 80230

If you want to get a good community feel, spend a weekend at the “no frills” Lowry Swim Club. Despite its bare bones “do it yourself” umbrellas and cook your own hot dogs, the swim club is a beloved summer meeting spot. Unlike Lowry’s public amenities, the Swim Club requires a private membership.  The current initiation fee is $1,250 and annual dues range from $375 for single members to $575 for a 3 or more people.  The club has a waiting list to join.  Click here for more information.


5. LOWRY PARKS

Last but not least, one of my favorite things about Lowry is the number of great parks there are -18 in total.  To see a full list of the parks and which are owned by the City versus the Lowry Master Community Association (LMCA), look online at Lowry Denver.

At the Opening of Bayaud Park, June 2002.

The first park, Bayaud Park, was built in the south neighborhood. Running from Quebec to the East and Fairmount Drive to the West, Bayaud Park features a long grassy parkway, playground, sledding hill, sandbox and picnic area.

A community wide costume parade is held every Halloween at Crescent Park.

Next was Crescent Park the north neighborhood’s flagship location for community events, winter sledding and summer fun. Other big parks in Lowry are: the Great Lawn to the east; Sunset Park in the West Lowry; the anchor of East Park Trailwind Park; and the new 5.5-acre community park in Boulevard One.

More Reasons to Love Denver

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Jenn Dechtman is a real estate agent at the Kentwood Company with an expertise in the Lowry neighborhood. You can find her with the Miller Dechtman Team, (303) 669-8889.  4949 S. Niagara Street #400, Denver CO 80237.

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DCPA Just Launched Its New 2019/20 Season With Big Hits Straight from Broadway: Mean Girls, The Band’s Visit & Hamilton! https://www.denverilove.com/dcpa-just-announced-its-new-season-straight-from-broadway-mean-girls-the-bands-visit-hamilton/ https://www.denverilove.com/dcpa-just-announced-its-new-season-straight-from-broadway-mean-girls-the-bands-visit-hamilton/#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 05:54:00 +0000 https://www.denverilove.com/?p=6436 The Denver Center is on a roll! In 2018, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) brought the curtain up for 1,143 performances...

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The Denver Center is on a roll! In 2018, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) brought the curtain up for 1,143 performances and 43 unique shows!  DCPA has launched its 2019/20 season with several new shows straight from Broadway! The line up boasts big current hits and treasured revivals.

How Do I Get Hamilton Tickets…Here We Go Again!

Hamilton is returning to Denver August 12th through October 4th 2020–so not this summer but next.  A season subscription won’t get you in the room where it happens. Yet, it will get you a better chance to purchase tickets. Patrons with 2019/20 DCPA Broadway season tickets will have priority access to buy Hamilton tickets before they go on sale to the public.

One problem…new subscriptions are not available at this time.  Current 2018/19 DCPA Broadway ticket holders have until April 7th to renew their subscription.  You can sign up for the Broadway waiting list if you aren’t a current subscriber: denvercenter.org/Broadway.  

What Shows Are Included in DCPA’s 2019/2020 Broadway Subscription?

The season is set to kick off with the musical theatre extravaganza Miss Saigon at the Buell Theatre, September 10 through 22, 2019.  Next up – we’ll be nibblin on sponge cake and watching the sun bake at Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville, December 23rd to January 5th.

The DCPA is also bringing in Elizabethan style theatre with a modern twist.  The Improvised Shakespeare Company is an exciting part of next season’s DCPA Broadway package.  The Chicago improv company is planning a long cabaret style run in the Garner Galleria Theatre – October 15, 2019 to March 22, 2020.  Each performance will be entirely improvised and new every time!

Come January 2020, the cast and crew of  SUMMER: the Donna Summer’s Musical will be working hard for the money in this dancing, singing, storytelling big booming production!  I saw this one on Broadway, and I CANNOT wait to see it again!  Summer tells the untold tale of Donna Summer’s tremendous talent and perseverance in overcoming shocking obstacles.  Three different Donnas portray different stages of Summer’s life on her road to making music history!

The new 2020 line up also features fun and jest with The SpongeBob Musical and Tina Fey’s Mean Girls!  The teen movie hit turned Broadway musical is my personal favorite because of the talented University of Michigan grads starring on stage–sometimes known as Broadway’s “Michigan Mafia!”  The casting for for the National Tour hasn’t been announced, but I’m hoping some Wolverine superstars will be heading to Denver! Go Blue!

Of course it is never a complete season without a few iconic revivals.   In addition to Miss Saigon, DCPA is planning to present My Fair Lady in July 2020!   In other words, you’ll have to wait over a year for Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins to make their way to the Mile High.

Also planned for summer 2020 is The Band’s Visit, winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of Best Musical Theater Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Itamar Moses, the writer, also wrote The Whistleblower –an introspective play making its World Premiere right now at DCPA!  See Denver I Love’s Three Important Shows In Denver You Really Should See!

The Band’s Visit is set in a fictitious Israeli town, way off the beaten path.  A band of Egyptian musicians take the wrong bus and arrive out of the blue and lost in this desert village.  The Bands Visit is on Broadway now but closing on April 7th to begin its National Tour.


Additional Shows Not Included in DCPA’s Broadway Subscription

A show not included in next year’s season ticket package but one you are definitely going to want to see is Disney’s Lion King – at the Buell Theatre May 13-June 14, 2020!

It’s been a LONG time since Lion King was last in Denver!

DCPA 2019/20 subscribers will have priority access to purchase Lion King tickets and other added attractions, except Hamilton, starting March 18th.

Some of other shows coming to DCPA, not included in the Broadway package, will be: Its Not You, Its Me – Second City; Erma Bombecks At Wit’s End; The Phantom of the Opera; Jesus Christ Superstar; Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical; The Book of Mormon; and Rent 20th Anniversary Tour.

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Denver performing companies continue to forge new ground as leaders in collaboration and artistic inspiration.  We are experiencing an arts apex in Denver with poignant productions delivering powerful ways to look at  history, ourselves and the world around us.  Here are three important shows in Denver you really should see!

THE WHISTLEBLOWER

Denver Center for Performing Arts

Denver’s status as an arts mecca is due in part to production companies taking greater risks, and Denver audiences receiving new work with thirst and enthusiasm. The Whistleblower is a trailblazing new show making its world premiere in Denver at the Space Theatre at Denver Center for Performing Arts. Whistleblower is an important show to see in Denver you really should see!

Written by Itamar Moses, author of the Tony award winning Broadway show for Best Musical, The Bands Visit, The Whistleblower runs through March 10th.  Oliver Butler is directing the premiere that features actors: Ben Beckley, Bill Christ, Meredith Forlenza, Karl Miller, Leslie O’Carroll, Allison Jean White and Landon G. Woodson.

Surprisingly, the plot isn’t at all what I thought it was going to be.  Being a former employment lawyer, I figured the play was about workplace discrimination–you know, “whistleblowing.”   Seeing it for the first time on opening night with little background, I realized I was pretty far off.

The Whistleblower takes its audience on an unknown journey through the mind and thoughts of the main character Eli.  Eli is a Hollywood screenwriter who is “blowing the whistle” not only on his career, but on himself and the people closest to him.

The play begins when Eli is about to sell his script for a major television series.  Abruptly, he has a major “aha” moment that starts him spiraling down (or up) a road of spiritual clarity.  After driving all night to his childhood home, he continues his sleepless quest to serve up some hard truths to his family and friends.

However, this show isn’t only about Eli.  It forces us to examine our own truths and authenticity.  Through Eli’s journey, we find ourselves turning inward and looking at our own actions and intentions in a more clear and sincere light.

Age Recommendation

The age recommendation for the show is 17+ and contains a significant amount of adult language. I would agree with that recommendation 100%. This is not a show for kids.

Performance Dates

February 26-28: 6:30 pm; March 1, 7:30 pm; March 3, 1:30 and 6:30; March 5-7: 6:30pm; March 8: 7:30 pm; March 9: 1:30 and 7:30 pm; March 10: 1:30 and 6:30 pm.

Tickets

To purchase tickets, and for additional details, visit the Denver Center online or call the box office at 303.893.4100. 

TOUR DE FORCE

Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Asuka Sasaki, Ben Youngstone and Martez McKinzy. Allen Birnback Photography 2019.

There is also no shortage of stunning and impactful dance performances here in the 303.  Yet, even with an abundance of beautiful work, Tour de Force stand out for its rare collaboration celebrating the inclusion and diversity in Denver’s dance scene.

About three years ago, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs decided to create a collaborative program that would feature three of Denver’s prominent dance companies working together to create new contemporary works. After juggling production, rehearsal and performance schedules of all three companies, this dream has finally come to fruition.

Tour de Force features the acclaimed Denver dance companies: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance,  Wonderbound, and the Colorado Ballet. Performances are March 8-10, 2019 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

The program will open with a new work The MOVE/ment choreographed by Cleo Parker Robinson to jazz and soul music. Following will be Amy Seiwert’s Traveling Alone by Colorado Ballet, and closing will be a work choreographed by Wonderbound Artistic Director Garrett Ammon to Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus.

Tour de Force exemplifies the way dance crosses boundaries and holds the power to unite artists from different backgrounds and styles.  Cleo Parker Robinson states,

This is an incredible opportunity to bring a diversity of dancers, in both culture and genre, together to create a work that is reflective of these powerful times in our community and the world. The arts have always been a powerful catalyst for positive social transformation. This project is an inspiring representation of this collective vision.

A truly unique program, Tour de Force will showcase very different styles of each Denver company.  Colorado Ballet’s style is rooted in traditional classical ballet.  Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble’s style is modern influenced by African-American dance traditions and the Diaspora.  Garrett Ammon’s style with Wonderbound is contemporary with a classical ballet foundation.

Performance Dates

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Tickets

Visit Colorado Ballet online  or call Patron Services at 303- 837-8888 ext. 2 to purchase tickets.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

The Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities

Margot (Annie Barbour), Anne (Darrow Klein), and Peter (Daniel Crumrine). Matt Gale Photography 2019

The Arvada Center’s production of  The Diary of Anne Frank sparks a high level of curiosity, anguish and understanding that only exceptional theatre can do.  Directed by Christy Mountour-Larson, The Diary of Anne Frank shows an intense and intimate glimpse into the thoughts of 13 year old Anne, coming of age, as she and her family hide from the Nazis in an attic in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank wrote in her diary to understand herself and the horrors of being Jewish in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. In writing down her most inner thoughts, she created one of the most powerful stories of the 20th century.  Today, the diary puts a face and a soul to the millions of Jews that perished in Hitler’s death camps during World War II.  As the one place for privacy, Anne’s diary held her fears, hopes, laughter and grief.

Her belief that,

in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart

has provided inspiration and hope in humanity for over 75 years!

Based on Wendy Kesselman’s 1997 adaptation of the 1955 script by Hollywood screenwriting team Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, the audience sees the full Anne. She was imperfect, funny, longing to become a woman and hopeful for a future she would never see.

The Diary of Anne Frank is not original to Denver. However, Arvada Center’s poignant interpretation and unique production takes risks and forges new frontiers.  For example, at intermission the cast stays on stage for the audience to experience how the Franks could not leave the tiny space, or get fresh air, or grab something to eat or drink.

Big applause on the casting too!  Darrow Klein, Anne Frank, not only looks the part to a T, but she is phenomenally skilled and engaging! Through Klein’s performance, the audience is  completely transposed in time to to feel what it was like for Anne Frank during her 25 months of confinement.

The same is to be said for every member of this impressive cast: Larry Cahn (Otto Frank), Emily Paton Davies (Edith Frank), Annie Barbour; (Margot Frank), Regina Fernandez (Miep Gies), Daniel Crumrine (Peter van Daan), Lance Rasmussen (Mr. Kraler), Emma Messenger (Mrs. van Daan), Abner Genece (Mr. van Daan), and Zachary Andrews (Mr. Dussel).

Talk back after the show with Daniel Crumrine (Peter van Daan) and Larry Cahn (Otto Frank)

Talk with a Member of the Cast

Before performances a member of the ensemble is usually in the lobby of the Black Box Theatre greeting guests and answering questions. Likewise, some cast members stay after the show for talk backs with informal discussion.

AC’s Black Box Repertory Theatre: Not One but Three Shows at Once!

Anne Frank is part of The Arvada Center’s third season of its critically acclaimed Black Box Repertory Theatre Company.   The AC Repertory actors have not only rehearsed for three shows at a time, but they will be performing three different shows in the same Black Box over the next few months: The Diary of Anne Frank (through May 17th), The Moors (through May 18); Sin Street Social Club (though May 19).

Performance Dates

Performances take place Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm, through May 17.

Tickets

To purchase tickets, and for additional details, visit the Arvada Center online or call the box office at 720-898-7200.

While these are three important shows you really should see in Denver right now, there are many making a meaningful mark.  I would love to hear from you about other Denver shows that have moved you.

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Valentine’s Day Denver – Celebrate! https://www.denverilove.com/valentines-day-denver/ https://www.denverilove.com/valentines-day-denver/#respond Sun, 10 Feb 2019 16:30:16 +0000 http://www.denverilove.com/?p=6365 Bonbons, bubbly and roses, oh my! Spending the week in Paris, the “City of Love,” had me thinking how much I love my own...

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Bonbons, bubbly and roses, oh my! Spending the week in Paris, the “City of Love,” had me thinking how much I love my own city – Denver. While j’adore french macaroons and pink champagne, I am amazed at how many extraordinary sweet shops, boutiques and romantic experiences there are right here in Denver!  Denver I Love’s guide to Celebrating Valentine’s Day will have you professing not only your love for your sweetheart but for the marvelous Mile High!

SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETIES

There is no shortage of fabulous hand crafted sweets in Denver, especially on the holiday of hearts! Here are a few favorite places to lavish your Valentine in sugar and spice:

Hand Painted Bonbons from Victoria’s Chocolates
2615 E. 3rd Avenue 💗 DENVER

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Victoria’s Chocolates is first on the Valentine’s list because this precious store in Cherry Creek North is  PINK!  Victoria’s has called its blush abode home for the past three years and has developed a rosy reputation for its boozy bonbons. Each piece is beautifully hand painted in chocolate and edible adornments.   Champagne filled chocolates are a good Valentine’s Day choice,  and you might also throw in one of the popular scotch infused bonbons with edible gold leaf!

Gateaux’s Finest Sugar Cookies
1160 Speer Blvd 💗 DENVER

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Denver has exploded with amazing bakeries!  However, the tried and true cookies at Gateaux Bakery are a forever stand out!  It isn’t a party in Denver without cookies from Gateaux! While custom made to order cakes, cookies and pastries are Gateaux’s specialty, there is always a tempting “ready to eat” selection in the display case on Speer Boulevard.   A few suggestions we LOVE: Valentine’s chocolate covered Oreos and red velvet cake pops!

Mulberries’ Strawberry Cupcakes
2027 E. Colfax Avenue 💗 DENVER

Celebrate Denver Valentine's Day

Mulberries Cake Shop is also a well established Denver go to for every holidays and special occasions. The fun and festive bakery located on Colfax and Vine, feels like a big pink happy heart every time you walk in the door!   Known for their custom cakes and yummy cupcakes with buttercream festively decorated frosting and polk-a-dots, a box of goodies from Mulberries is a direct feed to the heart!

Javonina’s Cookie Decorating Party
1520 Blake Street 💗 DENVER

Celebrate Denver Valentine's Day
Photo Courtesy of Jovanina’s Broken Italian

Jovanina’s Broken Italian  is hosting a Galentine’s pre-Valentine’s cookie making party downstairs at its speakeasy, Sotto Voce, in LoDo. On February 13th, from 6 to 8 pm, Chef Ashley will lead a workshop on cookie decorating.  The price of a $40 ticket includes a taste of charcuterie, pizza and 2 signature cocktails.  That’s not all, we extra LOVE this party because you get to go home with a box of a dozen cookies: 6 professionally decorated by Chef Ashley and 6 done by you!

Valentine’s Ice Cream Sundaes at Glacier
200 Quebec Street #109 💗 DENVER

Celebrate Denver Valentine's Day
Photo Courtesy of Glacier Ice Cream

How about celebrate Valentine’s Day with a scrumptious brownie, 3-scoop, ice cream extravaganza? Yes please! Glacier’s ice cream and gelato is hand mixed and homemade with super fresh ingredients: fruits and nuts from local farms and high quality cocoas and spices.  They also use homemade fudge, rich caramel and natural flavors!  See Denver I Love’s story Where to Find the Best Homemade Ice Cream in Denver.

WEAR YOUR LOVE

Denver boutiques deliver a heart full of perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day! A few “exclusively” Denver Valentine’s glam suggestions:

Jewelry & a New Outfit from Garbarini
239 Detroit Street 💗 DENVER

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If chocolate and baked goods aren’t the way to your heart,  a new necklace or outfit from Garbarini could certainly suit the fancy!  Garbarini carries carefully selected designs that are full of love and pizazz.  I’m a big fan of Denver based designer Aspen True, which I know I love to find at Garbarini.  Both Aspen True cashmere and Aspen True Fine Jewelry define luxury and make an exceptional Valentine’s gift!

Designer Zadig & Volaire is front of mind also from my trip this week to Paris – but no need to travel to travel to France to get this fun and flirty outfit d’amour that is featured at Garbarini. The store has dozens of other special Valentine’s gift possibilities: red leather coats, small clutches, cosmetic heart cases, hot pink dresses and the latest white ankle boots!

Mariel’s & Moore for Life’s Galentine’s Fun
Mariel: 3000 E. 3rd Avenue #11 💗 DENVER | Moore for Life: 3036 E. 3rd Avenue 💗 DENVER

Celebrate Denver Valentine's Day

Also check out Mariel’s for unique Galentine’s pieces along with Denver skin care guru Michael Moore’s: Moore for Life – beauty treatments across the street on 3rd Avenue! Mariel’s boutique, owned by dynamic Denverite Denise Snyder, is THE place to find a “wow” wardrobe.  Both Mariel’s and Moore for Life are a worthy stop in to get your Valentine’s goddess on!

For men’s clothing and gifts, Denver’s Andrisen Morton and Lawrence Covell are never short on style.   A super snazzy pair of kicks from Goose & the Goat at Stanley Marketplace or John Fluevog on Larimer will also knock your Valentine’s socks off!

BUBBLY AND BOUQUETS

While pink champagne and roses are universal,  Denver’s unique flower and wine & liquor shops offer their own special twist on special ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Bubbly & Wine Specials from Mr. B’s
Downtown at 2004, 2101 Market Street #112 💗 DENVER

Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits not only has a great selection of craft beers, but is putting on the romance this Valentine’s Day with specials on blush bubbly and red wines of the heart. Located one block from Coors Field, this local liquor store is unique in its diverse offerings and store knowledge.  If you are further east in the city, check out Mr. B’s other location in Stanley Marketplace.

Perfect Petal’s Pop Up at the Maven Hotel
The Maven Hotel: 1850 Wazee Street 💗 DENVER

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The Perfect Petal, one of Denver’s most creative and exquisite flower shops, is having a pop up Valentine’s sale at its flower boutique in the Maven Hotel in the Dairy Block, February 13th and 14th.  The sale will feature spectacular Valentine’s designs already assembled and ready for purchase.   For a larger array of flowers and unique gifts visit the Perfect Petal’s Highlands store at 3600 W. 32nd Avenue.

ART, MUSIC & ROMANCE- DENVER STYLE

The vibrant arts scene in Denver will make any heart throb!  Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic date to the art gallery, an evening of jazz or moving performance at the Symphony?

A Romantic Evening with CSO
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street 💗 DENVER

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The Colorado Symphony Orchestra always finds the perfect way to celebrate every occasion, and Valentine’s Day is no exception.  CSO’s, A Classical Romance Concert, presents a unique look at themes of love across multiple decades in America Hitchcock’s Vertigo to Diamond’s Romeo and Juliet.  Performances are February 14th at 7:30; 16th at 17th at 1:00 p.m. On Saturday, you can add on a $15 ticket to a pre-concert Happy Hour with appetizers and mingling.

Hearts for Art at DAM
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway 💗 DENVER

Celebrate Denver Valentine's Day

Visit the Denver Art Museum from Monday, February 11th to the 15th and celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing your love for your favorite art.  How it works:  fall in love with a piece of art and make it official by placing a heart on the floor in front of the piece you love.  Take a picture of your heart placed next to your art crush, and post it to social media, tagged with #denverartmuseum and #heartsforart.

Jazz at Dazzle
1512 Curtis Street 💗 DENVER

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with jazz and cocktails at Denver’s Dazzle, Wednesday the 13th. Keith Oxman and Rich Chiaraluce, two beloved Denver saxophone players, are paying homage to the legendary pairing of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt.  Oxman is not only a world renowned musician but the band director and teacher at Denver’s East High School.   Andy Wyel will be on piano; Dave Rohlf on drums and Mark Diamond on bass. Tickets are $12/$18.  Come back the 14th for Katie Glassman & Snapshot’s: Valentine’s for Music Lovers.

Annual Valentine’s Day Soiree, Arts at Denver Gallery
1025 S. Gaylord Street 💗 DENVER

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“Petit Dejeuner” by Kelly Berger on display at Arts at Denver Gallery, photo courtesy of Kelly Berger

Last but not least, I am especially looking forward to seeing Denver based artist, Kelly Berger’s series of romantic Paris cafes on display at Arts at Denver Gallery.  The Valentine’s Show, “Add some Color to Your Life” opened this weekend with new paintings to explore romance and color.  The Arts at Denver Gallery showcases original oil paintings by more than thirty Colorado artists.

Looking forward to a great week!💗 Have fun and share the love!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Denver I Love!

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Chef CJ’s Extraordinary Dumplings https://www.denverilove.com/chef-cjs-extraordinary-dumplings-the-chinese-new-year/ https://www.denverilove.com/chef-cjs-extraordinary-dumplings-the-chinese-new-year/#respond Sun, 27 Jan 2019 22:26:05 +0000 http://www.denverilove.com/?p=6363 While Denver I Love isn’t a food blog per se, it is a place to highlight extraordinary things and people in Denver.  Chef CJ...

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While Denver I Love isn’t a food blog per se, it is a place to highlight extraordinary things and people in Denver.  Chef CJ and his dumplings ARE just that: extraordinary!  When we stumbled into Fortune Wok to Table for a quick lunch, no sooner had Miss Li greeted us with a bright smile and a story to tell, that we knew it needed a spot on the blog!

Owner and Executive Chef CJ

Meeting Chef CJ, full of graciousness and a passion for cooking, set the tone for the perfect meal. Prior to immigrating to America, Chef CJ gained valuable experience as a chef preparing special meals for dignitaries in Shanghai. He opened his Cherry Creek North restaurant a year and a half ago and greets customers with a personality as authentic as his food!

Fortune Wok to Table is Small but Mighty

The tiny restaurant brings big flavors and an extraordinary dining experience to Denver.  It is located in the middle of the block on 3rd Avenue between Detroit and Fillmore where Osaka Ramen was last.

The thoughtful menu, like the restaurant itself, is small and packs a big punch!  All dishes are made from scratch using the freshest ingredients to embody the flavors of true Shanghai cuisine.  His concept is to offer a few dishes done extraordinarily well.

Chef CJ’s Extraordinary Dumplings and Noodles

Chef CJ's extraordinary dumplings
Chef CJ’s extraordinary dumplings

The lunch menu is simple but far from ordinary.  There are basically two things: noodles and dumplings.  The noodles are Shanghai street style and come either with broth or stir fried.  For the protein you choose different proteins like steak, pork rib, duck, shrimp and tofu.  Gluten free noodles are available.

Hand made dumplings also come two ways: either pan fried or steamed.   If you want to try all the dumplings bring more than one friend.  You can’t mix the proteins in the 7 piece orders.

Fast Service, Fresh Ingredients, Gluten Free and Vegetarian Options

If you don’t have a lot of time to spare, Chef CJ’s extraordinary dumplings and noodles come out super fast,  fresh and prepared to perfection.  Chef CJ is committed to giving his customers a real Shanghai style meal, and he has the culinary expertise to delivery it.

What’s for Dinner: Authentic Shanghai Style Halibut and A Few Special Entrees

The dinner menu is similarly small with just a few thoughtfully selected dishes to chose from on any given night.  Entrees are sized for two, so even the limited menu leaves you needing to come back for more.  Li explains, “there are only 7 choices but every one of them is special.”

For example, Li says, the halibut is made, not in butter,  but in ginger, onions and special seasonings. Chef CJ changes his upstairs menu seasonally to keep the choices fresh and exciting The crowd favorite prawns stay on year round.

Dinner is served in the upstairs dining room to create a more formal fine dining experience.  With only 4 tables you need to make a reservation in advance.  Reservations can be made on Open Table.

Special Menu for the Chinese New Year

Jasmine tea in an authentic China tea cup with a hole on the bottom

Throughout the year, Chef CJ offers special event menus like the one coming up for the Chinese New Year.  For 5 nights only, February 5th to 10th there some extra dishes made just that week, including a specially prepared whole sea bass.  The sea bass is prepared in spices that burst with flavor in honor of the New Year!

The Year of the Pig

Li says in Chinese culture, the pig is seen as honest and trustworthy and that the Year of the Pig means a “very fortunate” year ahead!  We feel fortunate already and can’t wait to come back again.

 

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Paper Haute Couture Puts Denver in the Spotlight https://www.denverilove.com/denver-paper-fashion-show/ https://www.denverilove.com/denver-paper-fashion-show/#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:56:52 +0000 http://www.denverilove.com/?p=6351 Denver is at the forefront of many things, but did you know Denver leads the way in designer paper fashion? One Paper Fashion Show...

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Denver is at the forefront of many things, but did you know Denver leads the way in designer paper fashion?

One Paper Fashion Show will feature couture designs on the runway this spring

One Paper Fashion Show features couture designs make entirely from paper.  The masterfully created fashions take the runway this spring. Boasting the largest show of its kind in the nation, One Paper Fashion Show celebrates its 15th year.  Proceeds support the non-profit Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, after-school programs providing quality arts education for at risk youth.

One Club for Creativity-Denver Brings Denver Creative Arts to an International Stage

ONE Club for Creativity – Denver (previously the Art Directors Club Denver) produces the fashion show with a talented and creative team of volunteers.  The non profit organization promotes collaborative creative culture throughout Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Region.  Bringing together art directors, media designers, writers, illustrators, photographers, videographers, animators, educators, and students, One Club champions local creative arts and is a hub for emerging internationally recognized work.

Couture Paper Designs on Display Now in the Hallway of Stanley Marketplace

The paper fashions don’t hit the runway until April. However, you can find a sampling of dresses now on display in the hallway of Stanley Marketplace.  After getting a bite to eat at Comida, we had a pleasant surprise running into paper fashion show designer Kim Lim.  Lim is one of the show’s veteran and ultra talented designers.  This will be her 4th year participating in the show.

Meet Paper Fashion Show Designer Kim Lim, Creator of “Kindness” En Haute Couture

Lim gave us a preview of her dresses that are on display at Stanley Marketplace.  Seeing just a small glimpse into what is involved in making each piece, we were blown away by the hundreds of hours and deep inspiration the artists pour into the show.   Lim calls this white dress “Kindness.”  It is not only wedding and couture inspired, but Lim says she was inspired in making the dress by the need for “kindness.” As a result of a friend going through a tough time, Lim made the dress to shine more light and goodness on the world. She created every layer by hand. A tiny rhinestone sits in the center of each square fold throughout.

Kim Lim, Paper Fashion Show Designer
Kim Lim, Paper Fashion Show Designer

Some describe “haute couture” fashion as “a piece of art.” In the case of Denver’s One Paper Fashion Show, the description could not be truer.  The designers weave extravagant artistic detail into layers of meticulous patterns, paper embellishment and original wearable works of art.  This is a show you won’t want to miss!

If You Go:

When:  Friday April 12th. Designers have until February 1st to register to participate. A sampling of paper couture dresses on display now at Stanley Marketplace

Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard Denver, CO 80230-6929

Tickets: $30 standing room tickets/$65 General seating/$95 to $125 VIP seating

CLICK HERE for more information on the show and to purchase tickets.

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Uniquely “Denver” Ways to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. https://www.denverilove.com/honor-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/ Sat, 19 Jan 2019 17:50:26 +0000 http://www.denverilove.com/?p=6343 Denver does Martin Luther King Jr. Day right!  Thank you to city leaders, artists and historians of today and yesterday for ensuring meaningful ways...

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Denver does Martin Luther King Jr. Day right!  Thank you to city leaders, artists and historians of today and yesterday for ensuring meaningful ways to honor Dr. King’s legacy.  Here are a few Denver I Love picks for commemorating MLK Jr. Day in the Mile High:


Marade - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. DenverThe Martin Luther King Jr. Marade

When: Monday January 21, 9:30 Pre-Marade Program; 10:45 Marade begins; 1:00 pm Festivities end
Where: Start at Denver City Park in front of the “I Have a Dream” Memorial;  End at Civic Center Park Greek Theater

Denver’s Martin Luther King Jr. Marade is one of the largest MLK celebrations in the nation.  The theme of this year’s event is “We Cry Freedom.”

Thousands of marchers and state and city leaders will start gathering one hour prior to the start of the Marade for a program at the base of Denver’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream Monument.”

The Marade route goes from City Park south down the Esplanade by East High School, west onto Colfax Avenue, and proceeds to the State Capitol- a total distance of 5k.  There will be a program with speeches and cake immediately following the Marade at Civic Center Park’s Greek Theater.

As we know from last year, the Marade will march on whether rain, or sleet or snow.  Lucky for us though, this year’s forecast is much sunnier and calling for mid 50s temperatures.

Denver Mayor Webb - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Denver
Former Mayor of Denver Wellington Webb and Former State Senator and First Lady of Denver Wilma Webb who paved the way for the Marade for all Denverites

The history of the Marade is one that can make all Denverites proud of our statewide leadership.  This year will mark the 33rd anniversary of the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King in Colorado. On April 4, 1985, Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm signed the legislation making the birthday of Dr. King a Colorado holiday.

It was Wilma Webb, then State Senator Webb, who spearheaded the formation of the Marade when her husband Wellington Webb was serving as Mayor of Denver. Prior to 1985, both Mrs. Webb and Mayor Webb had spent years trying to make Dr. King’s birthday a state holiday.

The name “Marade” combined the words “march” and “parade” to symbolize a combination of words meaning “to demonstrate” and “to celebrate.”

The Marade today is organized by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission.  The purpose of the Statewide Commission is to unify and educate communities within the State of Colorado and encourage appropriate observations, ceremonies and activities in commemoration of the holiday.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. DenverVisit Denver’s “I Have a Dream” Monument

When: Anytime!
Where: Denver City Park, 3001 E. 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205

Going skiing this weekend or can’t make the Marade? Visit Denver’s Martin Luther King Memorial anytime!  This larger than life memorial -26 feet tall- really is something everyone in Denver should go see!

The pedestal, made of Sierra White granite, is the base for an almost 3 meter tall statue of Dr. King.  Dr. King stand on top, symbolically on the shoulders, of four other influential historical figures who inspired Dr. King along the way: Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglas and Mohandas K. Gandhi.  The panels around the memorial highlight historical dates and quotes about civil rights and Dr. King’s dream.

The multifaceted and talented sculptor and engineer Ed Dwight has created notable public memorials and public art around the world, but the Ed Dwight Studios are right here in Denver at 3824 Dahlia Street.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. DenverHuddle With Hancock

When: Monday January 21st, 8:30 am
Where: Denver City Park, 3001 E. 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205

Mayor Michael Hancock will be gathering with Denverites before the Marade festivities get started. The huddle will happen just east of the “I Have a Dream” Memorial inside City Park at the Esplanade on 17th Avenue. No RSVP necessary. Just show up!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Denver

MLK Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show

When: Monday January 21st, 6:00 pm
Where: The Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt Street Denver, CO 80216

If you haven’t made it to the stock show yet, Monday night is a great time to go.  The MLK Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo of Champions aims to not only entertain but to educate how African American cowboys and cowgirls impacted the West throughout history.

Purchase tickets online at nationalwestern.com, by calling 1-866-464-2626 or at one of three local ticket outlets. The Rodeo will also feature Frontier Airlines Mutton Bustin’, always a crowd favorite!  Plan to go early because your ticket to the rodeo includes grounds admission for the day of the event.  Parking is free in National Western lots.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra Dvorak Symphony No. 9

When: Sunday January 20, 2019; 1:00 pm
Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202

There is still catch the last performance of CSO’s Dvorak Symphony No. 9 with conductor Brett Mitchell.  Three prominent composers: Aaron Copland, Joseph Schwantner and Antonin Dvorak reflect on their observations of America from the Civil War to the civil rights movement.

Actor Damon Gupton, the narrator, accompanies CSO as he brings the words of Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to life.  Dvorak incorporates influences of Native American musical rhythms, African-American spirituals, and the wide open spaces he encountered traveling through America in the early 1890s.

Purchase tickets online at Colorado Symphony Orchestra or at the Boettcher Concert Hall box office.

Civil Rights 101 – What You Thought You Knew at Black American West Museum & Heritage Center

When: Sunday Monday January 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Black American West Museum & Heritage Center, 3091 California Street, Denver, CO 80205

MLK, Jr. Day is a great opportunity to take a trip to Denver’s Black American West Museum.  The museum is housed in a Victorian home in Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood filled with artifacts telling the story of African-Americans in the Wild West.  On Monday the museum is showing a PBS documentary film paying tribute to nonviolent civil disobedience starting in the early 1940s.  Tickets are free but RSVP is required and donations are encouraged.

Note: Denver Public Libraries will be closed in observance of MLK, JR. Day, so be sure and pick up your Dr. King reading, like the great library book featured above, before Monday.

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