Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Spread the cheer

The Denver Post has a story today on CSU engineering and business students using their powers for good instead of evil. Read it here

Want to know where to find cheap gas without leaving your house? Or just want to know what the going rate is? MapQuest maps out gas prices at selected stations near you. Go here to check it out.

The Photo Atlas is touring but they'll be back for a show with Born in the Flood on Fri., Feb. 9 @ the Gothic.

Someone uploaded nearly the whole recent Jason Mraz concert (Lake Tahoe) onto YouTube.

Chocolate bread pudding w/ brandied cherries has been added to the dessert menu at Luca D'Italia, over there on 7th and Grant.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Wahoo's -- Free!

Hungry? Poor? Worry no more. Here's a coupon for a free taco and drink at Wahoo's

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Unless you're like me (my car was immobilized by a hit and run driver), there's still plenty of time for you and yours to get down to the Marquis Theatre (@ 20th and Larimer in Denver) to hear Tifah play tonight (1/27). They play tomorrow too in Littleton. Click on the band's name for more info and song samples.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Forecast

Remember how there was Paniolo, then Kettle Black? OK Kettle Black has changed their name to Hello Kavita, and they play Thurs. night, 1/25, at the Larimer Lounge for a mere $5.

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra plays Michael Daugherty's Grammy-nominated "UFO" with percussionist Evelyn Glennie, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1/26 at Boettcher Hall. If you can get to Boettcher Hall early, this is also opening night of a group show of visual artists at the hall, and there's a panel discussion with the artists at 6 p.m. All the artists have shown or will show with Self Made, the artist series at Double Daughters every Tuesday. Courtesy of Self Made, you can get discount tickets for the CSO performance for $10 if you go here and enter the password "SLFMADE" in the Promotions and Special Offers box. You must buy the tix before noon Friday for the discount. The promotion is for the CSO concert on Friday night OR the same concert Saturday night. (I just checked, and with all the Ticketmaster fees, it will cost you about $15, but there were seats available Friday in ORCHESTRA 2!!! Those tix are like $60+ regular price!)

Also this Friday and Saturday, 1/25-26, are those free shows in Aspen. Satellite Party on Friday, Common on Saturday.

Camera Obscura and Pony Up! play the Bluebird, Thurs., 2/8.

Snow Patrol AND OK Go AND Silversun Pickups, at the Fillmore, 3/6

Monday, January 22, 2007

Broadway boutiques

I've discovered True Love ... the store, that is. Right on South Broadway _ Broadway and Irvington to be exact. The store sells trendy shoes, sunglasses, accessories and jewelry, all reasonably priced. In fact, quite a few of the shoes in the window are $30 or less, and boots are under $45. Funky, chunky silver rings are $20 or so, and they have $4 lucite rings too.

Across the street at Broadway and Ellsworth is the Fancy Tiger, where you can find vintage fabric, albums by local bands, original art and jewelry, yarn and patterns. But mostly, Fancy Tiger is known for its knitting/craft classes and craft nights.

Right next door is Sputnik, where you can relax with a drink, alcoholic or otherwise, and get some snapshots in the photo booth. At night, slide on over to the Hi-Dive next door. There's plenty of fun places on that stretch of Broadway, including Decade, American Vogue and the Skylark.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Cyndi Lauper cover

The best cover songs reinvent and make you appreciate the original even more. The next cover to blow up is going to be Greg Laswell's piano and voice version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." Check it out on Laswell's Myspace here

What are your favorite covers?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Music News

COMMON plays FREE in Aspen! It's part of the Apres X concert series during the Winter X Games. Satellite Party (Perry Farrell's new band) plays Friday night, Jan. 26, and Common plays Jan. 27.

The first new album from Apples in Stereo in five years comes out Feb. 6! A tour is to follow, but no Denver dates are listed yet. I still remember seeing the Apples in Denver about six years ago at the tiny 15th St. Tavern here. That was the first time my co-worker had heard them, and he immediately fell into like, heading up to shake everyone's hand after the show with stars in his eyes. This may be the band's first album in a while, but perhaps you remember bandleader Robert Schneider appearing on The Colbert Report when Colbert challenged the Decemberists for Guitarmageddon. And has the new Apples video "Energy," directed by Elijah Wood.

OK, I just mentioned Colbert, which makes me think of Even Stephven, so watch Colbert and Steve Carell debate religion here

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Dems are coming!

Yep, Howard Dean announces today that the 2008 Dems presidential convention will be in Denver. Full story

To all the businesses who pledged money to bring the convention to town, get ready. There's $55 million to be raised before the convention in 2008. Molson Coors, EchoStar and Qwest have all pledged support so far, but the host committee is going to be making the rounds asking for more.

Money coordinator Willie Shepherd says $25 million or so already has been pledged, mostly in cash but with some in kind. Now he'll be reaching out to companies based in places other than Colorado for their support.

Members of the host committee that lured the Democrats (nearly all Denver-born) were giddy with the news that Denver had been chosen over New York (was that champagne I saw one member drinking before a news conference?), but then again, NYC Mayor Bloomberg didn't really sound like he wanted to be chosen.

FYI, booking hotel rooms during the convention as of this afternoon was not an easy thing. Prices at one hotel were 3x the normal rate. Others hadn't set their prices yet. Media will be snatching up rooms as will Democrats (one news organization is planning to book 100+ rooms), so keep that in mind, Denver wedding people and event planners.

So what do you say, Colorado? Olympics in 2040?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Forecast

The Photo Atlas play at the Marquis Theater (20th and Larimer) on Friday, 1/12. Click on the blue dots and take a listen to get you in the mood>>>..::..::...

(Or if that's not your speed, see Cat-a-Tac at the Hi-Dive for $7)

The very next night, 1/13, Grayskul plays @ the Marquis

It's that time of year to think about heading to Breckenridge to see the snow sculptures...

It's supposed to be bitterly cold starting Thurs. night, lasting for quite a few days. Load up on food, movies, books and TP, cuz you ain't gonna want to be heading outside any more than you have to! Plus there should be plenty of exciting football on TV on Sunday. If you simply must get out, how 'bout Bingo with Ben Kronberg at Sputnik on Sunday? The Sputnik (7 s. broadway) is always warm and cozy...warm hearts+warm souls

Colorado news roundup

Some dude won the lottery twice

I can't explain it: Man buys snow on eBay for $200. Can't wait to bid on some sunshine. Sheesh. I'll sell you some snow for $198.

One Brownco gone...The Broncos axe Andre Patterson, who worked with the Cleveland Browns defensive line with former Browns /current Broncos Courtney Brown, Ebenezer Ekuban, Michael Myers, Gerard Warren and Kenard Lang.

Downtown Denver has grocery stores! Cook's Fresh Market at 16th and Glenarm Place is new.
Also around, Pacific Mercantile at 19th and Lawrence and Hoa's Groceries at 14th and Tremont

And you knew this already but might as well mention it: The Legislature gets started with Dems in control, and a Dem is governor too. Let's see what they can get done.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Darrent Williams

Denver police need the public's help finding who shot and killed Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams. There's a $2,000 reward for good info. But the AP article includes this bit on how difficult it might be to get tips:

...the Rev. Leon Kelly, who helps Denver area teenagers escape gangs and drugs, suggested the specter of gang involvement might silence anybody with key information.

"You don't want the bad guys to win, but if you do the right thing, what do you get?" Kelly said. "Two thousand dollars? That's not even enough to take care of your funeral."

Chinese art

The New York Times has a story today on Chinese art, which includes some of the artists featured in the Anschutz Gallery at the Denver Museum of Art.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007