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table of contents | issue 19: Spring 2018
Hot Jazz, Great Whiskey Denver’s fun jazz scene started way back when and has grown to showcase great local and national talent. The city’s jazz clubs are serving up a diverse array of cocktails that provide a great backdrop to an entertaining night on the town.
By Jamie Siebrase
Dancing to the Edible Beat Local chef Justin Cucci’s fabulous restaurant empire features venues that are as dazzling to behold as they are delicious.
By Monica Parpal Stockbridge A Weekend in Fort Collins Colorado’s “other” college town is a lively destination, teeming with great food, great beer and great activities. The fabulous new Elizabeth Hotel adds a new sophistication to the mix.
By Monica Parpal Stockbridge
Denver’s Top Bartenders Cocktail hour has never been more fun when you meet some of the highly skilled bartenders who are as appreciated for their mixology prowess as they are for their art of conversation.
By Eric Elkins
The Healing Power of Cannabis This ancient plant is being embraced for its proven ability to ease pain and suffering. From the young to the elderly, cannabis is becoming a natural alternative.
By Nora Olabi
Cover Story Colorado’s Got Game
A tribute to some of the state’s best-known athletes.
By Ellen Gray
Eric Lars Bakke/ Denver Broncos
about the cover John Elway: Photo by David Gonzales/Denver Broncos Joe Sakic: Photo courtesy of Getty Images/Colorado Avalanche Lindsey Vonn: Photo by Jack Affleck
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SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED
A fun look at some of Colorado’s top athletes — how many will you recognize?
Denver’s Top Bartenders Mix it Up
Our Guide to the City’s Best Jazz and Whiskey
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THE RUNDOWN An insider’s look at what makes Colorado unique and special. From our people to our communities, we introduce you to the best of the best!
THE SCENE In Colorado there are shows, concerts and events to suit everyone’s style. Check out our calendar for the best of the state’s culture and entertainment that takes place during your stay.
SPORTS The weather is beginning to warm up and the sun is shining in Colorado. Check out the home games, including basketball, hockey and more.
DINING Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite or prefer an elegant dinner, Denver and Colorado offer plenty of unique and mouthwatering dining experiences. Take a look at our guide before heading out for your next culinary excursion.
SHOPPING From trendy boutiques to high-end malls, hip vintage stores and more, we know the smart spots to shop in our beautiful state.
ATTRACTIONS What will make your visit memorable? Allow us to recommend what to do and where to go for fun and adventure around Colorado.
OUR PARTING SHOT Denver’s Ritz-Carlton let kids “rough it” with an in-room camping experience … tent and all!
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publisher’s letter | issue 19: Spring 2018
Welcome to Colorado
pring in Colorado is a unique time. The snow generally falls through the end of March, then the flowers begin to bloom, and the crisp air turns a bit warmer. By May, skiers have put away their winter gear and are looking forward to all the warm-weather activities that the state offers in abundance. But of course, it’s not unusual to see runners and walkers braving even the harshest of elements, because unlike many other thriving metropolitan cities, people live here as much for the outdoors as they do for their work. The lifestyle here is unique, attracting visitors who appreciate all of Colorado’s riches. In this issue we introduce you to some of what makes our city and state such a special place, and as many of our readers can attest, a place that they return to year after year. There are so many beautiful places to visit here, and so many experiences to be had. In this issue we take a look at some of the wonderful venues you may want to check out during your visit. From great dining to sophisticated new hotels, we give you the low-down on what’s new and what you won’t want to miss. If you’re a jazz aficionado, you’ll want to peruse our story on local jazz and whiskey venues. Gone are the days when a jazz experience consisted of listening to someone playing their sax on a downtown street. Today’s jazz clubs are all grown up, and their striking ambience and fantastic cocktail pairings make this a wonderful way to spend a memorable evening on the town. Along those lines, you’ll also want to check out our piece on the city’s best bartenders, who are as quick with a smile as they are with an intricate yet oh-so-creative cocktail. These maestros behind the bar are waiting for your visit, so make sure to stop by and tell them you read about them in the magazine! The 2018 Olympic Games are well underway as we go to press, which made us realize just how many top-tier athletes we have in our state. Colorado truly has a disproportionate share of competitors, and in this issue we take a look at some of the notables who not only shaped local sports, but impacted the national scope as well. From John Elway to Lindsey Vonn, we are so proud of our sports stars, and our fans are undoubtedly among the most loyal in the country. So welcome and please enjoy our spring issue. And more importantly, enjoy your stay in our beautiful state.
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TAKING UP RESIDENCE, COLORADO An inside look into why people are flocking to the nation’s most lifestyle-inspired state
BY BRITTANNY HAVARD, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
he secret is out that Colorado features a quality of life that makes it one of the best places in the country (and arguably the world) to live, work and play. With its vibrant economy, abundance of outdoor activities, and welcoming atmosphere as a place for education and business, there are many reasons to visit to Colorado, and today, an increasing number of people are viewing the state as an excellent place to stay. Offering a quality of life, hard to match anywhere in the world, it is hard to ignore the question, is living in Colorado right for you?
UNPARALLELED SETTING Home to more than two dozen world-class ski resorts, nestled among the majestic, Rocky Mountains, few people realize that locals wake up to more than 300 days of sunshine each year in Colorado. In metro Denver, temperate conditions bring only 8 to 15 inches of precipitation annually, where the nearby mountains and ski resorts often receive a significant amount of the light, fluffy, “champagne” snow Colorado is known for. In Summer, Colorado enjoys low humidity, making for beautiful, sun-filled days and cool, comfortable evenings. The average daily high temperature in August is a mild, 86 degrees. Denver features the largest public park system of any U.S. city, with 205 parks within the city limits, more than 60 miles of bicycle paths, 374,000 acres of open space, and more than 100 public and private golf courses in the metro Denver area alone.
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D E NVE R F E ATURE S THE LARG E S T PU BL IC PARK SYS TE M O F ANY U. S . C I TY, WIT H 20 5 PARK S W I THI N THE C I TY LI MIT S. Colorado boasts ten pristine national parks and monuments and 42 state parks, offering endless recreational opportunities for biking, hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, and more. Whatever your interests are in the outdoors, Colorado answers the call for adventure.
BOOMING ECONOMY - DENVER With a population of approximately 3 million people, metro Denver’s cost of living is just slightly above the national average, but well below many other major cities. The median household income in Denver is 25.8 percent higher than the national median income, and business-friendly tax laws welcome entrepreneurs into the state.
PEOPLE WHO CARE - HEALTHCARE Metro Denver is home to some of the finest hospitals and medical research facilities in the world, with the National Jewish Medical and Research Center ranked in the top two best respiratory hospitals in
the nation for the past 20 years, Craig Hospital, ranked sixth nationally in rehabilitation, and Children’s Hospital Colorado ranked seventh nationally in pediatrics. Additionally, the number of new healthcare facilities continues to rise. Centura’s St. Anthony Central Hospital recently constructed a $440 million, 330 bed hospital in Lakewood, and the redevelopment of Fitzsimons military base, resulted in a 227-acre Anschutz Medical Campus for education, research, and hospital facilities. For families seeking some of the top healthcare in the nation for their loved ones, Colorado delivers the best personal care and cutting-edge research available.
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BREEZY TRANSPORTATION Located 23 miles northeast of downtown Denver, Denver International Airport is the 18th busiest airport in the world. An iconic Denver landmark, DIA provides nonstop service to more than 188 domestic and international destinations, with nonstop service to 25 international destinations in eleven countries. The Westin Denver
International Airport Hotel is now conveniently located just steps from the main terminal. For easy transportation around the metro Denver area, the state offers the Regional Transportation District (RTD) line, which is in the process of building out its entire mass transit system, adding hundreds of miles of rapid Light Rail transit and expanding its existing bus network. Currently, there are more than 1,071 buses on 170 fixed routes. A new rail line running from downtown Denver to Denver International Airport in just 37 minutes, makes local and international travel easier than ever before.
A ‘HOT’ HOUSING MARKET Throughout many of Colorado’s popular real estate markets, sellers sit in the driver’s seat, enjoying the fruits of what many consider a booming time in real estate. The state’s low unemployment rate, combined with the opportunity to purchase homes in a place that offers unparalleled lifestyle opportunities, continues to position Colorado’s real estate market as one of the strongest in the country. Buyers enjoy still-low interest rates and the opportunity to purchase homes in a state whose home values will likely continue to rise. Most 2018 real estate market predictions remain bright, with some minor adjustments. Inventory levels for the average metro Denver home should increase slightly by summer, and will likely take longer to sell in mid to upper price ranges. Mortgage rates are projected to inch up from 4%, to between 4.5% and 5%, before year-end.
THE LIFE YOU LOVE With the numerous recreation, health, wellness and employment opportunities that Colorado offers, people are continuing to invest in the place that’s being recognized as one of the best places to live in the country. Whether one is considering a move to Colorful Colorado based on lifestyle preferences or employment, understanding the reasons why people are drawn to the state will help consumers make better real estate decisions whether considering a move. Relocating to a new area can often be an exciting, yet challenging process. LIV Sotheby’s International Realty understands this challenge, and is committed to making these transitions as seamless as possible. For more information, please contact Kim Taylor, VP of Relocation and Referral Services at 720.488.6035, or firstname.lastname@example.org. To buy or list your home for sale with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, please visit www.livsothebysrealty.com or call 303.893.3200. Let us help you live the life you love. #thelifeyoulove
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Network International Helping the Worldâ€™s Destitute Help Themselves by Ellen Gray
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eff Power is on a mission. Working through his organization, the former pastor from Broomfield, Colorado is passionate about carrying out the work of Global Hope Network International (GHNI): to bring help and hope to the hidden and hurting. For the last seven years, Power has traveled to the worldâ€™s most downtrodden areas of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, to lift up communities that have scant food sources, no running water, access to healthcare, schools or money. But unlike many other aid organizations, GHNI is dedicated to teaching the villagers to help themselves, rather than merely providing funding or services.
The norm for humanitarian aid shows that for the past 70 years, the solution was to throw large sums of money at a problem, which just does not work. “It creates a dependency upon the aid organization and sets nations and villages back,” Power explains. “Instead, we teach the people in the poorest villages to be self-sustaining. It’s a dance, one that is much like parents who give their kids everything and are later shocked when they end up living in their basement at age 35, because they cannot live on their own.” In each village where they work, GHNI hires coaches; locals who grew up in the village and somehow found a way to obtain an education and better themselves. Coaches are provided with a motorcycle which permits them to move easily about, and the village must agree to participate in the program, meeting with the coach once a week for five years. With the coach’s help, the village forms five committees: food, education, water, health and income generation, addressing the fundamental needs of any community. “If we can help a destitute village work in all these areas, they will turn that community around in five years,” explains Power. “It’s the committees’ job to lift the village, not the donors.” Together, the coach and the committees can make sure the village lifts itself out of poverty.
Power is proud that GHNI captured the attention … and approval … of the United Nations, which awarded the organization with consultative status. But more than the recognition is the fruit of the labor, in this case evidenced by very real success stories in villages that literally have risen from the ashes. “We worked with a village in Kenya that had no money, no school, no clean water, rampant disease, families living on $1 per day, one small meal per day, and one baby dying every month. Today, that same village has access to clean water, grows enough food for three meals per day for every person, incomes of $10 per day, every child in school, and one infant death per year – all accomplished in five years. The total cost of the project to turn around an entire village was less than $90,000,” Power says. Power first learned about GHNI from friends who put him in touch with the founder. His interest in the organization resulted in a trip to Kenya to see first-hand what could be done to lift up the poorest communities. Today, Power works to secure donors who can work with specific villages (hopefully through a five-year commitment) to lift a village out of poverty. Half the donor money goes to the coach, the rest to the village to carry out the work. denver + colorado
The premise of GHNI is fairly straightforward, Power says. “If we can get enough organizations working together, we can improve one million villages. The bottom billion people (living in utmost poverty) are located in less than one million villages. And one million villages is a finite number.” Aside from the obvious benefit of vastly improving villagers’ quality of life, there are less tangible events that will occur. “When people are less desperate, there will be less extremism, because much of terrorism stems from poverty and lack of hope. If people have hope and resources, when they are working together instead of fighting one another, there will be no place for extremism,” Power explains. In a growing movement, Power is successfully spreading the word about GHNI to corporations, capturing their interest in a unique way. In a nutshell, for $15,000 a year, a company can adopt a village and watch as it progresses along the path from poverty to productivity. Some companies today are so vested in the program that they are adopting clusters of villages, which makes sense both from an economic perspective as well as a functional and operational one. When several villages in a cluster all work to better themselves, an entire region becomes stronger and more vested in sustaining a strong future. This type of partnership is about so much more than giving money to kickstart a village’s road to recovery. Some organizations are sending their employees to the village to see the work being done firsthand. Technology now allows villagers to Skype or facetime with the organizations providing the helping hand, so employees and employers can follow the progress being made. They can watch in real time when running water is first brought to the village, they can see the children attending their new school, they can relish the looks on the faces of the destitute when they understand what it is to have hope and a vision for a better life. “There is nothing better than watching as a village is being lifted out of poverty. And even though it’s far away, when we can connect someone living in a remote part of Kenya with the people here who are helping them help themselves, and they can laugh together and cry together, it truly is changing the world,” Power says with a smile. For more information on how you can get involved with Global Hope Network International, contact Jeff Power at email@example.com 18
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and Make Merry
Bobbii Jacobs’ celebration of great music, wine and food
By Marian Tuin
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ne of Colorado’s most understated, yet incredibly effective entrepreneur is a woman by the name of Bobbii Jacobs. She is responsible for curating some of the most coveted and exclusive events nationally that pair fine dining, choice wine and celebrated music hosted in the vineyards of the Napa Valley. In 2017 Bobbii expanded her brand, creating an entertainment group that serves as an umbrella to the exclusive experiences she cultivates. Under the creative brand called Live in the Vineyard Entertainment Group (LITVEG), you may find the charismatic Jacobs aboard a Southwest Airlines flight surprising passengers with a band for a live music performance she calls Live
at 35. This serves as a promotion and precursor to an exclusive private event called Live in the Vineyard, hosted each fall in the luxurious vineyards of Napa, pairing food, wine and music. More immediately, you can taste and experience just what it means to be a part of LITVEG’s intimate affairs by joining them in Yountville to celebrate some of the nation’s best cuisine. Taking place March 15-18, 2018, Yountville Live will showcase Jacobs’ creative prowess, as well as Denver’s renowned chef, Frank Bonnano. Get acquainted with this remarkable visionary and find out more about LITVEG’s unforgettable experiences.
Colorado Hotel Magazine: Can you briefly tell us a little about the evolution of the Live in the Vineyard Entertainment Group? Bobbii Jacobs: It was a natural progression with what I envision this company to be and how much we are growing, to create an overhead company with LITV Entertainment Group. We are now tapping into so many corridors curating specialized events that are experiential custom buildouts, marketing, consulting, producing and much more. I thought it made sense to create an umbrella company where all the events and activations we have our hands in, can live. CHM: As a nationally successful entrepreneur, what made you choose Denver as home? What are the unique attributes of this community? BJ: I am originally from Iowa and made my way to California for a while, but Denver is the sunniest place to live in the country. My husband and I wanted to come here and raise a family. I am a frequent flier, so being in Colorado is a pretty quick flight to anywhere in the country, especially California, where we host most of our events. Parker, where I actually reside, is a very inclusive and growing community that I have never felt anything other than right at home in and my two sons love it! CHM: I understand you’ve teamed up with local chef extraordinaire, Frank Bonnano for an event you’re producing in March called Yountville Live? BJ: Yes, Chef Bonnano is incredibly talented and has such a massive footprint with some of Denver’s finest dining and drinking establishments! So, I could not think of a better chef from my hometown market to come to Yountville Live and represent his talents at the 25th Annual Taste of Yountville.
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CHM: What makes Yountville Live different from other festivals? BJ: Yountville Live is a public event that anyone can attend. It is that up-close, personal touch point we have with all of our events pairing music, food and wine, but a bit heavier on the culinary side. It gives fans the chance to attend one of our coveted events, since Live in the Vineyard is a private event you can only win access to. Yountville is considered the culinary capital of the world, so fans can expect a high-end luxury weekend with rock star chefs like Stephanie Izard, Bob Blumer, Ken Frank and many more, with performances by Foy Vance, X Ambassadors, NEEDTOBREATHE, Marc Broussard, and others. And of course, pourings by some of the most revered vintners that the Napa Valley has to offer. CHM: Is LITVEG putting on any other Colorado events? BJ: I have always wanted to curate an event here in Colorado, because it is clearly the perfect setting. I have been in discussions with a few local people, but nothing is set in stone yet. So stay tuned because it’s coming, I promise! CHM: What else is on the horizon for you and LITVEG in 2018? BJ: We are expanding in May with our first ever Live in the Vineyard Goes Country, in partnership with the Academy of Country Music, which has been creating a ton of buzz! And as a big country music fan, I am so excited to see this finally being planned! We are continuing to work with national brands like Southwest Airlines on the Rapid Reward Credit Card member’s experiential events and have a few more fun activations in the works as well. To purchase tickets to Live in the Vineyard visit: https://yountvillelive.com
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BORN DESIGNER Design pro Ellen Bruss and her team deliver comfort and culture with Denver’s new Hotel Born
by Monica Parpal Stockbridge
hen Ellen Bruss and her husband, Mark Falcone, set out to design the Hotel Born, they weren’t lacking in qualification. After all, Bruss has been the name behind the brand development firm Ellen Bruss Designs for nearly 30 years, working for corporate identities creating brand collateral, websites and environmental graphics for local legends like Hammond’s Candies and Marczyk Fine Foods. Falcone owns Continuum Partners, a development firm which was the master developer for the Union Station Redevelopment. But a hotel? This was their first. “Born was a personal passion project that combined my three greatest interests,” Bruss says. “Branding, interiors and art.” Opened in August 2017, Hotel Born (which honors Bruss’ mother’s maiden name) is a welcoming urban- and
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alpine-inspired refuge in the heart of the city. It lends a look and feel both deluxe and leisurely; affluent and at-home. They hired architect and design firm Semple Brown to design the hotel and its adjacent restaurants, Tavernetta and Citizen Rail. “Everything is custom,” says Bruss, who with Semple Brown oversaw every fabric, carpet and furniture item. Indeed, Hotel Born was conceived with European sophistication in mind, but planted firmly in Colorado’s capital city. Just off the lobby is a cozy den with tufted furniture, herringbone wood floors and handwoven rugs beneath a windowpane fireplace. Plenty of reading material in the form of vintage magazines — cut and hardcover-bound, still bearing the book binder’s handwritten notes within — offer page-turning peeks into Bruss’ style inspiration.
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In the 160 guest rooms (and 40 suites), contemporary plaid carpet, board-formed concrete walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and knotty pine canopies create a pleasant symbiosis of city and mountain motifs. Snug linens and barn doors lend a cabin-like feel, while miniature graffiti artworks tucked behind the closet coat hangers offer urban Easter eggs for the observant occupant. An art collector herself and longtime boardmember and donor to the neighboring Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Bruss championed the inclusion of local art — along with MCA Director Adam Lerner, who acted as the hotel’s curator. More than 700 originaland limited-edition works produced by 32 local artists (the likes of Ian Fisher and Mark Sink) are permanently located throughout the lobby, hallways, rooms and suites for an elevated and original guest experience. Lerner conceived the idea to affix shelves of small works throughout the corridors, which further enhances the home-like feel. What’s more, all guests’ hotel keys grant free MCA admission for continued artistic discovery outside the hotel’s walls. After more than three years in the making, Hotel Born is Denver’s latest masterpiece, offering guests both culture and comfort in the Union Station neighborhood. denver + colorado
In the Mix
What could improve live jazz on a cold winter’s night? Whiskey.
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by Jamie Siebrase
ess than a century ago – in the 1930s and ‘40s – downtown Denver was the best place to hear jazz between St. Louis and San Francisco. Back then the spot to be was in the Five Points neighborhood, at the club inside the Rossonian Hotel, a triangular ballroom filled with good sounds, great company, and so much magic that Jack Kerouac immortalized the area in his book On the Road. The music died decades ago at the Rossonian — but there are plenty of other swinging spots where travelers can warm up with fresh beats and craft cocktails. 24
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Begin in LoDo on the corner of 20th and Market streets at El Chapultepec, which earns serious bragging rights as Denver’s oldest jazz and blues club. A downtown landmark since 1933, the ‘Pec (as locals call it) launched as a Mexican cantina that quickly distinguished itself by pairing authentic, house-made comida with the unexpected sounds of traditional jazz. It’s perfect. This no-frills dive – and we do mean dive! – still serves up some of the best live music in town, inviting local artists to jam from 9 p.m. until last call, which is usually around 1:30 a.m. Eat tamales or a burrito, smother your order in the joint’s legendary green chili, and chase your meal with a shot of local whiskey from Breckenridge Distillery, which is always available at the bar. Make sure to bring cash; credit cards aren’t accepted at the ‘Pec.
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Dazzle 1512 Curtis St. 303-839-5100 dazzledenver.com Cover: Up to $40
Speaking of well-known clubs, Dazzle has been a staple in the Denver jazz scene for two decades, hosting an unmatched level of talent, accruing accolades and earning a spot in DownBeat magazine’s top 100 jazz clubs in the world. From its upscale digs in LoDo’s historic Baur’s building, this venue books all the big names in modern jazz, including René Marie, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bill Frisell, and Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band. During shows Dazzle operates as a seated supper club with tiered seating and correlative pricing; at select performances, though, an area is cleared on the wood floor for patrons to boogie down. A big attraction is Sunday Brunch, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., when $25 gets guests access to an all-you-can-eat buffet and music. A $15 minimum purchase is required at performances, but that’s never a problem: More than a jazz house, Dazzle is also a popular barroom. We recommend the Dazzle Fashioned with Old Forrester whiskey, bitters, and seasonal jam. “Colorado Casual” attire – aka dressy casual – is also advised.
Mercury Café 2199 California St. 303-294-9258 mercurycafe.com Cover: Varies
Powered by wind, sun, and unicorn sneezes, Mercury Café is where local foodies and hipsters head for live music and farm-to-cup cocktails. The vibe at this split-level spot is funky, and like the food, most performers are local, including crowd-pleasers like Queen City Jazz Band and La Pompe. Order food on the main floor, or follow the signs upstairs to a dance hall for larger crowds ready to shake their tail feathers under an enchanting canopy of twinkling lights. Drinks change with the seasons, but we can pretty much guarantee you’ll find offerings you haven’t yet tried. We’re currently digging the Black Widow, made from Hatch green chili bitters and Better Days Bourbon, the cask-strength spirit Colorado-based craft distillery Feisty Spirits makes exclusively for this venue. Too much? There’s no shame in ordering an Old Fashioned, dressed up with fresh, organic fruits. Bring cash for the evening. denver + colorado
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Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club
Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club 1330 27th St. 303-295-3333 nocturnejazz.com Cover: $5 to $15
Three-year-old Nocturne might be newer to the downtown arts scene, but the River North neighborhood club has already earned its reputation as a can’tmiss stop-off on any proper tour of Denver. Think of the cover as an artist’s fee; it’ll be added to your tab to support a residency program that pairs up like-minded musicians for multi-week stints, helping groups boost their careers. Sets run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and – on Fridays and Saturdays – bands play until midnight. Beyond top-notch music, Nocturne delivers an eclectic food menu inspired by iconic albums and a strong cocktail program showcasing all the classics: Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, and the bar’s top-seller, the Sazerac — available for $7 during social hour, daily from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The bar’s “newfangled list” has creations like Quoth the Raven, a dark, warm, and bitter rye and scotch rinse with a shaved egg topping. Yes, you’re in Colorado, and jeans are always acceptable; but if you want to get gussied up, you won’t be out of place here.
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Herb’s 2057 Larimer St. 303-299-9555 herbsbar.com Cover: None
Located in the heart of LoDo, this musician-owned and operated venue is a dimly lit dive bar that happens to attract some of the best artists in town, from big names to emerging talent. Herb’s books live music nightly, and while the venue welcomes entertainers from all genres, it always reserves space for jazz performances on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Don’t be fooled by the bare-bones décor: This old-school watering hole serves up some of the hippest cocktails around, stocking small-batch brands such as Knob Creek and Booker’s, as well as all the requisite Irish whiskeys. Order up a rye Manhattan at the bar, grab a stool on the perimeter of the dance floor, and settle in for a mellow evening that’s sure to warm your soul.
The Crimson Room 1403 Larimer St. 720-639-6987 thecrimsonroom.com Cover: None
In a turn-of-the-last-century brick building on Denver’s historic Larimer Square, you’ll find the telltale crimson door with stairs leading patrons below ground, to a speakeasy that’s known to locals as one of the best destinations for live jazz and acoustic sets. You’ll always hear jazz, blues, or funk on Thursdays, and the owner books jazz trios on the weekends, too, from 5 p.m. until last call. What’s really special about this sophisticated hideout is the intimacy. Settle into one of the oversized chairs circling the stage, and you’ll be an arms reach from the band. Tables are available, too, and drinks are made tableside on vintage bar carts. We’re loving the Excitable Boy, named after a Warren Zevon song, made with Old Forester Bourbon, grapefruit juice, Cynar, and oolong simple syrup. The bar specializes in smoking its Old Fashioneds, most notably with Angel’s Envy rye.
La Cour 1643 S. Broadway 303-777-5000 denversartbar.com Cover: None
Sometimes it pays to venture past Union Station. Case in point: La Cour Art Bar, a South Broadway neighborhood gem where traditional jazz gets a French reboot. La Cour brags the second largest French wine selection in Denver, but we suggest the barrel-aged concoctions dreamed up by award-winning mixologist Matt Cowan, who’s usually working the charming, first floor bar. Cowan’s Neige Alpine is best described as a high-altitude Manhattan, a boozy snow cone with rye whiskey and chartreuse VEP. Any of the bar’s French whiskeys will go down smooth when consumed fireside; there’s a pit out back. Upstairs, the music picks up at 7 p.m. nightly; whether it’s a solo badass pianist or a fiveman ensemble, you’ll always hear jazz, and you’ll always get local talent — unless there’s a French band passing through town. denver + colorado
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the [Edible] Beat How veggies and verve fuel Justin Cucci’s restaurant empire
by Monica Parpal Stockbridge
Photographs by June Photography
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ustin Cucci always knew he’d end up in the restaurant business, despite his better wisdom. “From a logical standpoint, everything should have told me to run in the other direction,” says the chef/owner of the Edible Beats restaurant group. We’re thankful he didn’t. Cucci grew up in his grandparents’ restaurant in New York City, from the time he learned to walk until he could bus tables, wash dishes and eventually run the place. He saw the physical, emotional and financial toll the business could take, but felt privileged to work alongside just about every one of his family members. It sparked a fire within him that he simply could not extinguish. “My passion outweighed my intellect,” he says. “I was completely enamored with that life.” Since then, Cucci has gone on to build a family of restaurants all his own — not in New York, but in Denver, Colorado.
Cultivating Roots In the mid-2000s, Cucci had just come to Colorado from New York via Key West, where he opened two restaurants with his mother. “I was at a point in my career where I felt like I had always done restaurants that were not my restaurants, not exactly what I wanted,” he recounts. “So when I came to Denver, I felt I was at the point where I was going to make something I felt great about and it would work,” he pauses, “or something I felt great about that would be an epic failure.” Of course, it wasn’t a failure. Cucci’s first Denver restaurant, a seasonally driven and produce-focused eatery called Root Down, opened in a former automotive garage in the Lower Highlands of Denver to almost fanatical anticipation. “I believe Denver was waiting for something like this to happen somewhere. It just ended up being us,” he says. In a town best known for meat and potatoes, Root Down certainly was different. A focus on seasonal vegetables from local farms — a philosophy inspired by his time at Denver’s former Beehive restaurant which Cucci describes as “a beacon of the farm-to-table movement” — sprang to life in the Vegetable “Charcuterie” & Cheese Board, Parsnip Gnocchi with lamb Bolognese, and longstanding shareable dishes like Devils on Horseback with Tender Belly bacon and Gournay cheese fondue stuffed into peppadew peppers with Sherry gastrique. Combined with eclectic décor and an unexpected venue, Root Down made for an original, unusual dining experience that proved irresistible. “It was a big ball of ideas and passion. It felt way too ambitious, but I was in the middle of it, and I loved it.” There’s that passion again, the passion that made root vegetables interesting and a former garage an overnight hotspot. He didn’t plan for it, but over the next 10 years he would continue to open restaurants (that is, Linger, Ophelia’s, Root Down DIA, Vital Root, and El Five) that captivated hungry diners and firmly cemented his role in the Denver dining scene.
A Lingering Passion “To me, the name of this game is the guest,” Cucci says. “If the guest wants to make a substitution? No problem. Guests with allergies? Bring it on.” To him, it’s about embracing guests’ needs, and anything that detracts from that experience is simply not allowed. That philosophy prevails at Cucci’s second restaurant, Linger, an eccentric culinary journey around the world, housed within the former Olinger mortuary. “Linger is an evolution of what began at Root Down. I got better. I knew how to do the dance, and how to get people to do it with me.”
Once again, guests converged on the new restaurant, whose ambitious opening was both magnetizing and charmingly macabre. Haunting reminders of the past (water jugs that resemble formaldehyde jars; gift cards that look like toe tags) live alongside vibrant, globally inspired and shareable dishes, and somehow it works. Persian Sliders Made with “Impossible burger” and Roasted Beet Falafel hearken to Cucci’s vegetable devotion; his beloved Devils on Horseback reappear with Medjool dates and sambal gastrique; and Sweet & Sour Crickets (yes, crickets) remind diners what a wonderful time it is to be alive and dining in Denver. denver + colorado
Flying High Cucci had the opportunity to open a second Root Down in 2013, this time in the Denver International Airport. It wasn’t a funky, reclaimed space like a garage or a morgue; heck, it wasn’t even that inspiring. But the project did remind Cucci of a time when air travel was special, and luxurious, and these nostalgic influences guided him. In order for Root Down to take off at DIA, Cucci launched a mid-century aesthetic enhanced with vintage décor, including neo-futuristic Saarinen chairs, salvaged globes revitalized as light fixtures, and vintage suitcases adorning the bar top. “You can sit and look into these suitcases as if peering into the 1960s,” Cucci says. After being open for nearly 20 years, DIA’s addition of Root Down marked a giant leap for the airport’s culinary offerings. 30
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Irresistible Challenges When Cucci’s landlord told him about a former bordello and adult video store up for rent in the heart of downtown Denver, Cucci chalked it up to fate and scooped up the venue — and the challenge. “We had to create a space holistically honoring the bones of the original building while making it something unique and new,” he says. But if anyone could turn a former bordello into a restaurant, Justin Cucci could. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox opened in 2015, serving dinner and drinks as well as weekend brunch. Here, Cucci’s familiar seasonal and global influences play in tune with local brews and creative cocktails whispering hints about the building’s past life. The Brothel Burger (made with elk, Korean barbecue sauce, miso-candied bacon and pickled veggies) is a perennial favorite, as are the Drunken Mussels and Dry Rub Ribs, washed down with cocktails like the Passion Tramp cocktail (white rum, dark rum, passionfruit and lime) or Pulp Friction (gin, aquavit, suze and genepy). Come for the food, but linger for the live music. Everything from jazz trios to dueling pianos to local DJs take the stage every night and weekend for an intimate musical and culinary experience. “I’m a music-first kind of person,” Cucci says. “I use it in the way I speak to staff, the way I run the business. There’s an element of organic improvisation and risk that seems more akin to music than anything else.” For Cucci, Ophelia’s serves two passions on one plate, with plenty of racy history for garnish.
Staying Vital When he opened Vital Root, Cucci detoured from his usual full-service restaurant style — but not by much. The fast-casual vegetarian spot along Denver’s constantly evolving Tennyson Street opened in 2016 to offer what he describes as fast service and slow food. Guests can order at the counter, online or togo, but you’ll want to stay to check out the living herb garden integrated into the walls of the outdoor patio. Plenty of vegan and gluten-free options take the form of soups and salads, Banh Mi Tacos, ramen and even Coconut Oatmeal Pancakes. And don’t miss the reincarnated Devils on Horseback, served at Vital Root as “Devils on Unicorns” with Medjool dates, goat cheese and coconut “bacon.” The Major Fifth In 2017, Cucci opened his chef d’oeuvre: electric, exuberant El Five on the fifth floor of a mixed-use space only half a mile from Root Down and within shouting distance of Linger’s adjacent rooftop patio. This restaurant took forever, Cucci says. “I went through so many iterations until I found it in my mind. I sat in every table, experienced every view.” He describes the process of working with Boss Architecture as “they designed what I told them, then put down their pens and heaved a sigh of relief, and then I took everything, threw it in the air, and saw how it landed. And then rebuilt.” The end result is a restaurant that is part speakeasy, part cinema, and totally captivating. Arrive on the ground floor and check in with the host before stepping into the mysterious elevator to the fifth floor. Once the doors slide open, you’ve arrived in another world — one with oversized Turkish film posters on the walls, geometric mirrors dancing with light, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lights of the Mile High City. The Mediterranean tapas menu murmurs of Cucci’s roots, with signature touches in the vegetarian Green Sofrito Paella with sorghum, lentils, and smoked almond romesco and the Ash Roasted Carrots with spiced yogurt and mint. Other standout dishes are the OilPoached Albacore Tuna, the Matzo Ball Soup Dumplings, and a new iteration of an Edible Beats favorite, known here as “Diablos.”
A wise decision to locate the kitchen in the center of the restaurant opened up the perimeter for unmatched views on all sides, a design element that earned the restaurant kudos in 5280 Magazine’s “25 Best Restaurants in Denver” in 2017. “I had a great time with it,” Cucci says. “I think it was successful.” Cucci knows restaurants, no doubt. He also knows that success can be fleeting. He continually adjusts, tweaks, and redesigns everything in each of his restaurants. “It’s the pursuit of perfection,” he says. “We’re never going to get there, and we’re committed to the journey. The future is about making sure all the restaurants are as vibrant, funky, satisfying and delicious as they should be,” he says, adding “which is about five full-time jobs.” While he’s finished opening restaurants (for now), his passion continues to fuel an insatiable creative spirit. Look for forthcoming creative projects including a podcast and a biannual magazine with recipes and stories on chefs and sustainability. One thing’s for sure; the Edible Beats restaurants will continue to enhance the rhythm of Denver’s culinary composition, and we’ll continue to listen. denver + colorado
How to Spend
in Old Town Fort Collins
by Monica Parpal Stockbridge
here’s no denying that Fort Collins — the “other” college town in northern Colorado — is getting more attention lately. About 65 miles north of Denver, Fort Collins has been named one of the top 10 fastest-rising housing markets in the country. It was Money Magazine’s No. 1 best place in the country to live in 2006, and is reportedly Time Magazine’s “most satisfied city,” as of 2014. While word continues to spread, locals have long known that Fort Collins is something special. What began as a fur-trading outpost in the early 1800s became a thriving agricultural center with the arrival of the Colorado Central Railroad and Colorado Agriculture & Mining College — later renamed Colorado State University (CSU) — in the late 1870s. Today, Fort Collins is the brewing and biking capital of the Front Range, a spirited college town and friendly community that offers something of a refuge from the breakneck growth and traffic of Colorado’s capital city. “Fort Collins is home to a magical mix of urban vibrancy and natural beauty, so it’s a wonderful place to spend a weekend (or even a week!) and never get bored,” says Katy Schneider, director of marketing for Visit Fort Collins. That said, here is our itinerary for a memorable weekend stay in Northern Colorado’s most up-and-coming city. 32
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Day One: Dine, drink and discover Get to Fort Collins by taking I-25 north about 75 miles from downtown Denver, or hop on I-470 from Denver International Airport. Enjoy the views of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak to the west as you arrive. If you’re hungry, immediately head to Silver Grill Café for breakfast or lunch. This is Northern Colorado’s oldest restaurant (dating back to 1912), best known for its gloriously gooey, baked-fresh-daily cinnamon rolls. If you’re on a different kind of diet, take heart; a leisurely walk down College Avenue will take you to The Gold Leaf, the town’s first 100-percent vegan eatery, which serves comforting porridge bowls, savory tofu scrambles, and tasty baked goods. And just across the street, the longstanding Rainbow Restaurant serves vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and traditional fare for breakfast and lunch, with a heavy focus on local produce. Once sated, it’s time to explore Downtown Fort Collins. Walk along Walnut until you arrive at Old Town Square, where locals can be found walking dogs, chatting in cafes, and chasing down their kids on the pedestrian-friendly streets. Peek in the independently owned Old Firehouse Books and pick up a guide to Colorado hiking trails or a primer on homebrewing, then sample a sip of tea from Happy Lucky Tea Shop on your way out. Pop culture and gaming fans can geek out in Halley’s Comics while browsing the impeccably organized selection of vintage comic books, then head to Pinball Jones for an afternoon at the arcade. When you’re ready for another bite to eat, make your way to one of the city’s newest destinations, Ginger & Baker. This market, café, event space and restaurant grew out of the former Northern Colorado Feeders Supply store, and now feeds hungry locals, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and their specialty, sweet and savory pies. Plan ahead and sign up for a cooking class to learn how to pair wines, fold a dumpling, or can your own pickles.
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For a pre-dinner drink, do as the locals do (that is, the CSU students and grads) and head to Lucky Joe’s, a friendly dive where Irish bar meets old western saloon. With homecooked daily specials and live music several nights a week, it’s perfect for an inexpensive meal or a drink with your old college buddies. The Blind Pig Pub and Pour Brothers Community Tavern are equally welcoming, with laid-back vibes and late-night service. Dinner at The Kitchen (which also has Boulder and Denver iterations) serves high-quality, farm-to-table cuisine, and offers prime people watching along the bustling pedestrian thoroughfare. Another local favorite is Cafe Vino, serving European-inspired tapas, pizzas and wine flights. As the day draws to a close, check in to your weekend lodging at The Elizabeth Hotel, just opened in late 2017. Operated by Sage Hospitality, this Marriott Autograph Collection hotel is deeply rooted in the local music and nature scenes. “The town has a vibe, a special friendliness from its people,” says the hotel’s general manager, Scott Sloan. “There’s a lot of pride in Fort Collins for what it is and how comfortable it is. From the craft beer, to the art, to the shops that aren’t chains or brands, it all comes together like a piece of music.” With curated art, thoughtful design elements and inspired amenities that make it a welcome addition to Old Town Fort Collins, The Elizabeth is an ideal place to base your weekend explorations.
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Day Two: Adventure, art and ale Wake up rested and refreshed, and put a record on while you brush your teeth — after all, every room in The Elizabeth is outfitted with an old-school record player and a selection of vinyl. As the music plays, consider your day: Will you continue exploring Old Town? Plan a day of active adventure outdoors? Brush up on your knowledge of hops and barley? There are no wrong answers here. First things first: get your caffeine fix at Little Bird Bakeshop around the corner. With house-made quiche and daily baked-from-scratch muffins, this is a place to linger for hours over the morning paper. If adventure is calling, pick up a bike from one of the Fort Collins Bike Share stations around town (there’s one right on Walnut and Linden), and hop on the Poudre Trail or the Spring Creek Trail to see Fort Collins from two wheels. The more rugged among us may head to Lory State Park just beyond Horsetooth Reservoir, where 20-plus miles of hiking and biking trails make for a rewarding day outdoors. For fishing enthusiasts, the Cache la Poudre River is an ideal place to cast a line. If your idea of adventure is more about sampling a new brew or two, you’re in luck. Fort Collins is home to 20 craft breweries, including renowned New Belgium Brewing (with a self-guided tour if you can’t make it into the popular weekend guided tours) and its popular neighbor, Odell Brewing Company, each within walking distance. On your way back, check out the beer garden at Equinox Brewing or try a Signa’s Green Chili beer at Coopersmith’s. When you need a snack in between brewery tours, the Welsh Rabbit Cheese Bistro will transport you to a Rocky Mountain version of a European pub. Locally and internationally sourced cheeses include the truffled, slightly ashy Sottocenere cow’s milk cheese, or stinky, semi-hard Quadrello di Bufala. Pair it with an olive-oil drenched baguette and another beer (hey, you’re in Fort Collins!). If you’re packing a picnic, stop into the Welsh Rabbit Cheese Shop around the corner. Feeling more cultured than fermented? Pay a visit to the Museum of Art Fort Collins. Luckily, even outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy art in alleyways and on street corners thanks to Fort Collins’ Art in Public Places program, which continues to curate murals, sculptures and other public art. Or, simply return to The Elizabeth to get your art fix. Colorado-based NINE dot ARTS curated the hotel’s extensive collection of over 130 original artworks and over 800 unique styling objects and décor pieces that embrace themes of nature, music, and community which drive the town’s cultural identity. “Purchasing local works became the embodiment of the soul of this hotel,” says Martha Weidmann, CEO of NINE dot ARTS (and herself a CSU grad), whose team “put together a complex, interesting and indepth collection of objects that pays homage to Fort Collins as a place.” A prime example is artist Kevin Sloan’s whimsical and expressionistic Picnic, which welcomes guests from behind the concierge desk with a painting of woodland creatures, a faint musical score representing Colorado’s state song, and, of course, a ram peeking his head into the scene — a nod to Colorado State University’s much-loved mascot. Also in the lobby, the hotel’s instrument lending library features guitars, keyboards and banjos for hotel guests to learn and play, including a grand auditorium-style Taylor and two locally designed Avian Songbirds. 34
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Just before dusk, ride the exclusive elevator to The Sunset Lounge on The Elizabeth’s fifth floor, and take in the horizon with a crafted cocktail. “It’s the most incredible view in all of Fort Collins,” Sloan says. As the sun goes down, make your way to The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Bar for dinner. Ask your server to show you around the wine market, where you can hand pick your own bottle to be opened at your table. Then, it’s on to the meal. Begin with a creamy, savory Hazel Dell Mushroom Veloute and 7x Wagyu Beef Steak Tartare before deliberating over the selection of main dishes, such as Hunter’s Chicken, Bison Bourguignon, and Saturday’s daily special, Elk Wellington — tenderloin and mushroom duxelles enveloped in puff pastry served with creamed kale and Yukon gold mashed potatoes. Thanks to impeccable design, warm service and a salon-style wall showcasing curated art from the local community, The Emporium Kitchen and Bar already feels like a staple in Old Town Fort Collins. After dinner, walk through the hotel to the inhouse concert venue, The Magic Rat. Here, local and national artists take the stage in an intimate setting with funky furniture, a dedicated bar, and its own interior marquee. Most shows are free of charge, making this a popular new addition to the town’s already thriving music scene. “When you walk in there, the marquee is on, the staff is buzzing, there’s popcorn popping,” Sloan says. “It’s a cool vibe.” After the concert, you’ll be keen for some late-night bites. Take a walk in the moonlight to seek out “The Gyro Cart Guy,” a locals-only experience that will bring you back to your college days. Anchored on the southeast corner of Mountain and College, the gyro cart serves up piping-hot lamb pitas drenched in tzatziki sauce from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. most weekends.
Day Three: One for the road Sleep in! Then, take one last tour of the hotel’s art-filled ground floor (don’t miss the “sound totem” installation near the elevators) as you make your way to Bowerbird Coffee. Grab a cappuccino and a few homemade pastries before checking out — but if you have time, don’t rush it. Sit down at a sunny table in The Emporium for a leisurely omelette or house-made kielbasa for brunch. And since no visit is complete without a souvenir, walk over to nearby chocolate shop, Nuance Chocolate, before you depart. With a thoughtful selection of velvety chocolate bars and bags of roasted cacao nibs made by two local self-proclaimed chocoholics, you can be sure you’re getting the good stuff. As you leave town, keep an eye on the horizon. Those rocky peaks in the distance serve as still sentinels of how far Northern Colorado has come since those early frontier days, and continue to symbolize the promise of a good life in Fort Collins — even if only for a weekend.
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Denver’s Embarrassment of Riches A Surfeit of Brilliant Bartenders
by Eric Elkins
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ho are the best bartenders in Denver? In a booze-happy city like ours, it’s a fraught question for several reasons. First, we have so many talented drink-slingers, and narrowing it down to the best ones could fill an entire magazine. Second, just defining “best” has its hazards — is it the award-winning mixologist? The LoDo powerhouse who knocks out a billion drinks an hour when the bar is four people deep? Is it the quietly competent bartender in the fancy restaurant, not flashy or trying to build a personal brand, just steadfastly taking care of her customers every single night? Third, with so many new spots opening every month, the roster behind any individual bar can change quickly. By the time you read this, a favorite bartender at one spot may have moved on to another, or drifted into the liquor rep game, or left the craft entirely. And, finally, as a confirmed carouser who counts many local bartenders as friends, no matter who is included and who is left out, I’m going to miss someone crucial. So instead of trying to provide a long list of bartenders and what makes them special, I created categories to make my life easier: ensembles (so I can talk about whole crews and not have to pick a bartender from among them), unsung heroes, volume rockstars, and Denver legends. And then I reached out to some of my trusted friends in the industry for their recommendations.
But even that doesn’t simplify things as well as I’d like. For instance, the Ste. Ellie is like my second home, and the ensemble there is made up of lovable, talented professionals, who make every visit a warm and memorable experience. But journeyman bartender and unsung hero Alex Kady deserves his own shout-out, as does Minetta Gould, the powerhouse heart of the place. And by the time you read this, Kevin Burke, whose leadership helped shape Ste. Ellie (and Colt & Gray upstairs), will have moved on to Denver legend Sean Kenyon’s (Williams & Graham and Occidental) new RiNo juggernaut, American Bonded. Kevin deserves extra consideration, because he was mentioned by several of his peers as one of the most-respected bartenders in Denver. When news came about his move to the new digs, the accolades were universal. Some of my favorite spots in Denver are special because they have a whole posse of charming, talented, personable bartenders to make your experience noteworthy, no matter who happens to be working that night. At the Occidental in LoHi, the raucous team doesn’t take itself too seriously (just get a load of their Instagram account to see for yourself ). Not only can they all spin up anything from a gin and tonic to a boozy and brown concoction to match your taste, they keep the crowd entertained with their back-bar shenanigans. Just down the block, sister restaurants Bar Dough and Señor Bear sport ensembles of bartenders with a depth of mixology skills and a love of the delicious food coming out of both kitchens, which means they’ll help you pick the right cocktail to go with your carne crudo or brócoli saltado. Maggie Maxwell is my favorite reason to visit Bar Dough, and Shawn Williams is one of those unsung heroes who has built a following in the neighborhood. Garrett Alvarez was so good at Bar Dough, they recently promoted him to run the bar at Señor Bear. If you’re in Cherry Creek, you can’t go wrong with the teams at Departure and B&GC. Order a stellar, refined cocktail from the menu, or buckle up for a bartender’s choice if you’re down for something unique and delicious. Whatever you order, the uber-smart crews of both spots will regale you with the deep history behind the ingredients in your drink. Unsung heroes Chris Cleary, Daryl Prior, Geoff Goggins, and Marcelo Petrone can be found here, so be sure to say hi for me if you see them. I have so much love for the Wayward/Way Back ensemble, led by another Denver legend, Chad Michael George. He and unsung hero Alexandra Parks have built a crew that works between both restaurants — a talented A-team of foodies who know their wines and spirits. Customer service is of the highest value and you’ll feel like you’ve made new friends by the time you stumble your way out the door. Speaking of stumbling, if they’re not at the aforementioned Ste. Ellie, you’ll find most of Denver’s bartender family rambling into downtown’s Star Bar late-late, where that ensemble, led by unsung hero Brandon Meyer, keeps the bourbon and craft beer flowing until the wee hours.
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When it comes to volume rockstars who are also a seamless team of fun and friendly bartenders, the fast and furious ensemble behind the two busy bars at the hipster food court Avanti Food and Beverage are unbeatable. Led by fearless leader Jason “Snap” Snopkoski, the posse of veterans and future hall of famers manages to keep a diverse clientele (20-somethings, 30-plus Bumble daters, LoHi locals, and families with kids) like they’re the only people at the bar who matter. Definitely doing their part to keep the Red Bull and vodkas flowing for the better part of a decade are Front Porch’s Brooke Sutter and Isaac Leon. These two volume rockstars (who also qualify as unsung heroes) are in perpetual motion on weekend nights, keeping their young crowd drunk and happy while never losing their cool. And Stuart Jensen at the high-volume bar Curio in the Denver Central Market, is succeeding in his mission to make bartenders nice again. He’s training his team to be gracious and kind when powering through a busy night, as they get pummeled by the masses craving liquid refreshment. When it comes to unsung heroes in Denver — you know, the humble mixologists who aren’t out to make a name for themselves in bartending competitions or build a following on the ‘gram — the name that always comes up is Dwight Long at Colt & Gray. He’s unassuming and eminently likeable, always putting the customer first, and quietly knocking out some of the best cocktails in Denver night after night. He has that old-fashioned quality of quiet, friendly reserve, happy to be there at your service. And the Denver legend field is deep. You won’t find a more beloved bartender than Jason Patz, a Williams & Graham alum who relentlessly ignores the spotlight. He ran the bar at Union Lodge #1 before moving to open sister spot Tartarian in the Highlands, where he’s raising up the next generation of talented, proficient, bartending acolytes. Patrick Murphy at Mercantile Dining & Provision is a Denver native, a bartender who started a “Friendsgiving” event that benefits the Denver Food Bank every year. Ky Belk, beloved bar manager at Linger, is probably responsible for training and grooming as many successful bartenders as just about anyone in the city. Over at The Family Jones Distillery, another legend, the eminently likable Nick Touch, has created a whimsical, sophisticated bar program that’s only going to get better over time as the distillery’s spirits age and mature. Amber Osborn at Acorn is a hybrid — a wicked-fast volume rockstar whose fine mixology skills make her an unsung hero whom Denver’s bartenders mention with reverence and admiration. Whether the bar is rocking at capacity, or you’re one of just two or three people bellied up for a craft cocktail, she’ll be sure you’re served exactly the liquid refreshment you need.
What the Bartenders Say
I’m a fortunate soul, because some of my favorite people are beloved bartenders in our fair city. When I asked for their advice, they gave me a rundown of folks they respect and love. Here’s a sampling in their own words. Minetta Gould (Ste. Ellie) - Unsung Hero: Caleb Russell. “One of my favorite regulars, Caleb is gracious, honest with what he knows and what he doesn’t, and is a doer, something every bar team needs to be successful, especially with an ambitious program like Tartarian. I’ve always loved seeing Caleb at his places of work, and I look forward to watching him grow on Tennyson.” Chad Michael George (Wayward/The Way Back) - Volume Rockstar: Les Baker. “He’s as fast and accurate as any bartender I have ever spent time watching or working with. Whether he’s slinging beers and vodka sodas at Star Bar or mixing up tiki drinks or old fashioneds, when he’s in the zone, he can move.”
Geoff Goggin (B&GC) - Unsung Hero: Marcelo Petrone. “I have never seen a bartender’s choice sent back if that’s the guy putting it out! A bartender for more than 10 years, he is 100 percent the guy you want on your side of a weekend night. Worked with him at two high-end locations now and most of the industry knows him well and has a very large amount of respect for him.” Greg Studley (Avanti) - Volume Rockstar: Duke DeGraff. “Duke is unflappable. The man is impervious to stress, I swear. Forty people could walk in off a party bus and he’d be, like, “Howdy.”
Finally, pour one out for the beloved Denver bartenders who’ve crossed over to the other side, shilling spirits as liquor reps, relinquishing late nights and working weekends for regular schedules and healthy expense accounts. You may never have a drink mixed and served by Kamuran Matturaci, Ryan Conklin, Brittany Wangsness, Chad Larson, or Gentleman Jack Bethel, but their influence remains in the labels carried in bars across the city. Wherever you go in Denver, you can’t flip a shot glass without a superb, friendly bartender right there to help you find that next perfect cocktail (or the right beer or the perfect wine pairing). Denver is a hub of talent that’s been nurtured over the last decade-plus. The smart thing to do is ask the right questions, surrender to the expertise of your hosts, be gracious and friendly (and patient on a busy night), and, of course, tip well. Jack Bethel
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No Stoner Stereotypes Beyond This Point:
By Nora Olabi
Cannabis Is Rediscovered for Medicinal, Wellness Benefits
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et’s start with the obvious: Although 64 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana — a record high since Gallup first posed the question 50 years ago — the image of the lazy pothead who can’t hold down a job is still heavily ingrained into the mainstream perception of cannabis use. But that stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth. A 2017 study from market research firm BDS Analytics shows that cannabis users are far different than the stereotypes that have dogged them for decades. Data shows cannabis users are more educated, have higher household incomes, are more likely to be parents, have healthier lifestyles and are more likely to be satisfied with their lives than their counterparts who don’t consume the plant. A brief note on terminology: The word marijuana is fairly controversial in cannabis culture due to its association with the “reefer madness” era and racialized propaganda that played heavily into the plant’s prohibition in the 1930s. And as mainstream culture becomes increasingly herb-friendly, cannabis – the Latinate name for the plant – has become the preferred term for many patients and consumers. The relationship between humans and cannabis extends as far back as 10,000 years, far predating alcohol consumption. More recently, however, U.S. policymakers’ War on Drugs has attempted to drive a wedge between cannabis consumers and this ancient plant, stigmatizing those who utilize it for its healing properties. But a rolling wave of domestic and international cannabis policy reforms is reawakening people to this plant’s legitimate medicinal uses. And now modern consumers are rediscovering its health and wellness benefits, with the top two reasons cited for cannabis consumption now being pain relief and sleep enhancement.
Cannabis is known for its pain-relieving properties and is currently being studied as an alternative to opioids for chronic pain sufferers. Opioid overdose deaths have killed more than 30,000 people in the U.S. since 2015, while federal data tells us that no deaths have ever been reported from cannabis consumption. About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and prescription narcotics are commonly prescribed for these patients. Similarly, millions of Americans suffer from sleep or wakefulness disorders, with one in three Americans struggling to get enough sleep. Because poor sleep is a risk factor in 10 chronic health conditions, patients have turned to pharmaceutical sleep aids, which are associated with a high risk of mortality. Now, more people are using cannabis as an alternative sleep aid. But the medicinal value of cannabis isn’t the only draw. Just as important as the therapeutic value is its use in promoting a personal sense of well-being. Naturally occurring chemicals found in cannabis, known as cannabinoids, interact with the human endocannabinoid system to both produce medicinal effects and stimulate feelings of balance, creativity, spirituality and calmness. Using cannabis isn’t always about getting stoned. It’s about being able to experience the present, internally focus, feel centered and create connections that can be used to promote wellness and improve mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. Because each person reacts to cannabis differently — and some may be more susceptible to its psychoactive chemical known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — inexperienced users should follow the golden rule: start low, go slow. A good rule of thumb is to start with a low THC variation, try a little and slowly experiment. Lighting up a joint or brandishing a piece of glassware isn’t the only way people can enjoy cannabis these days. Legalization has opened up a universe of consumption choices for consumers, and here are four of the most-popular methods in the modern cannabis space.
Topicals Researchers around the world are finding new applications for cannabis. Most recently, scientists in Israel and the Netherlands are separately studying the effects of different cannabinoids on common skin conditions like psoriasis, a systemic inflammatory disease that causes symptoms and signs including itchy plaques of skin. Preclinical studies have shown cannabidiol to have anti-inflammatory properties. Cannabidiol — also known as CBD — is one of more than 60 cannabinoids found in cannabis. Unlike the better-known cannabinoid THC, CBD doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects, making it a prime target for researchers looking to study the medicinal uses of cannabis. As the cannabis brand that was started by EGOT-winning entertainer Whoopi Goldberg, Whoopi & Maya recently expanded its product line to Colorado in November 2017. Whoopi & Maya’s in-house herbalists craft every product with fresh herbs and essential oils that each have their own wellness benefits, and they infuse them with the therapeutic effects of cannabis. Lotions, balms, salves and other topicals not only allow for a range of healing, they’re also a great entry point for those looking to experiment with cannabis without the fear of “getting high”—since topicals, even those with active THC, don’t deliver cannabinoids into the bloodstream. The only exceptions are transdermal patches and certain creams, which can deliver cannabinoids to the bloodstream.
Vaporizers Vaporizing is the process of heating cannabis to release its active ingredients without combustion. This process releases a fine vapor mist instead of smoke, allowing for a smoother experience and less lung irritation. Inhalable cannabis tends to take effect within a few minutes. Smoke inhalation, even for cannabis, can put smokers at greater risk of respiratory infections. While studies are limited, those who vaporized showed fewer respiratory symptoms than those who smoked. Vaporizers also have another advantage — they’re more discreet and don’t leave lingering clouds of odorous weed. Incredibles, a top-selling cannabis-infused edibles brand in Colorado, recently launched its Incredible Wellness line of cannabis products to give consumers better control over their consumption experience. The Incredible Wellness Better ePen delivers about a 2 mg. dose each time, which is great for longtime users who know their limits as well as novices exploring their boundaries. The vapor pen, which is available for patients with medical cards and for recreational users in Colorado, is available with a 1:1 THCto-CBD ratio cannabis distillate oil. Since CBD is known to reign in the psychoactive properties of THC, an even ratio of the two cannabinoids is recommended for consumers looking to dip their toes in without getting too intoxicated. denver + colorado
Edibles While the effects of cannabis inhalation can be felt within minutes, cannabis-infused edible products take longer to kick in and the effects can differ among individuals. Generally, there is a 30-minute to twohour delay between consumption and the onset of effects. That’s because edibles are ingested and metabolized, rather than hitting the bloodstream immediately. Edible cannabis products also provide longer duration of effects because THC is metabolized into its more potent form, and the effects can last for several hours. That’s why the golden rule of cannabis consumption is especially important for those experimenting with edibles. Be patient and start with a low dose. Edibles come in a wide range of products, from cannabis-infused sodas to fruit snacks and traditional baked goods like cookies and brownies. Understanding the labeled potency is critical to a positive experience with edibles. The most common labeling method for edibles is expressing each active cannabinoid—most commonly THC and CBD—in the form of milligrams. In Colorado, one full dose is considered 10 mg on THC. Novices should start low, however, at about 2-3 mg of THC. 42
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Flower (a.k.a. bud) Of course, the most popular way to consume cannabis is to smoke the flower, the green buds that are typically associated with the plant. Smokers will grind up cannabis flower and place it in a hand pipe, water pipe or rolling paper. Dispensaries carry myriad strains these days; It can be an overwhelming experience for those new to cannabis. Patients and recreational users looking to peruse quality cannabis can head to a dispensary such as GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique, a friendly shop on East Colfax Avenue in Denver’s City Park West neighborhood. A great starting point for the discerning consumer is the Logic Diesel strain, which has sweet top notes and creates a euphoric experience with mild full-body relaxation. Logic Diesel was created by GroundSwell cultivators and geneticists at the request of world-renowned electronic acid jazz musician DJ Logic, and the proprietary strain can only be found at the dispensary. Feeling a little more experimental? Try Otiel’s Egyptian Kush — a celebrity collaboration between GroundSwell and the Grammy-winning bassist from the Allman Brothers and Dead & Company, Otiel Burbridge — for a cannabis strain that’s both uplifting and physically healing. Of course, when purchasing any cannabis flower, it’s important to understand potency and labeling. The most common labeling method expresses THC and CBD as a percentage of the dry weight of the product, i.e., 16 percent THC and 1 percent CBD. And there’s another point to consider when buying flower.
Cannabis has two distinct subspecies: indica and sativa. These two variations generally produce different kinds of sensations when consumed. While most cannabis strains these days are the result of cross-breeding between the two, strains run on a continuum between indica dominant, a middle ground known as hybrid and sativa dominant. Generally, indica strains relax the body, aid in sleep and have a sedative effect. On the other hand, sativa strains are known to be uplifting and energizing. With that in mind, consumers can select the right cannabis flower that most aligns with the kind of experience, sensation or therapeutic properties they’re searching for. A popular site to search for cannabis strains on the market is Leafly, which has created a database of strains similar to Yelp where each strain is reviewed, and its effects and flavors are listed. Modern Cannabis Landscape Cannabis has come a long way since it was first introduced into the American cultural landscape, and the plant is no longer tethered to its old stoner stereotypes. Its many different uptake methods and potential efficacies make cannabis an increasingly popular medicinal and lifestyle aid for many different walks of life. From unwinding with friends to treating chronic illness, this plant offers something for everyone — even those not looking to get stoned. There’s no single way to consume cannabis; all that’s left to do is experiment and find what works best for you.
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The Athletes of
COLORADO C Showcasing Winning Attitude at Altitude
We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time. — Vince Lombardi
Ryan McKee/Denver Broncos
I’ve experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. I think to really appreciate anything you have to be at both ends of the spectrum. — John Elway
John Elway Nicknames: The Duke of Denver, The Comeback Kid It’s pretty standard that when you think about the Denver Broncos, you think about John Elway. As both a star quarterback and later general manager of this beloved team, Elway has had immeasurable impact. He joined the Denver Broncos in 1983 and throughout his 16-season career No. 7 set records too numerous to count. He took his team to five Super Bowls and is a two-time Super Bowl champion, including being named Super Bowl XXXIII MVP. In addition, Elway is a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, and as starting quarterback he amassed 51,475 passing yards and 334 touchdowns. Notably, he holds the record for the most fourth quarter game-winning, or game-saving drives in NFL history. He was inducted in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Today, he leads the Broncos off the field as President of Football Operations and General Manager. 44
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olorado has been home to an unusually high number of top athletes, and in this issue we recognize some of the household names that sports enthusiasts nationwide have loved over the years. From football to figure skating, boxing to baseball, we love our sports icons and want to showcase them and highlight their accomplishments. Some are still playing; many others have retired, but all have provided inspiration both on and off the field (or court, or rink!). This list is far from comprehensive, representing just a sampling of why we are so proud of our Colorado teams.
The more I can hear, the more I can learn, the better off I’ll be. — Joe Sakic
Joe Sakic Nicknames: Burnaby Joe, Super Joe, Mr. Clutch When the Quebec Nordiques relocated to Colorado as the Colorado Avalanche in 1995, their captain was Canadian-born Joe Sakic. That first season Sakic scored 120 points and took his hockey team to the Stanley Cup championship. His stellar career with the Colorado Avs lasted 13 years, and at the time of his retirement he ranked eighth on the National Hockey League’s all-time point leaders, 14th in goals and 11th in alltime assists. He was voted to play in 13 NHL All-Star games and was named MVP in the 2004 game. In the international arena, Sakic was part of Canada’s silver medal team at the World Championships in 1994 and took gold in that tournament in 2004. In 2002, he played with the Canadian team to win the gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games. Today Sakic continues to work with the game he loves as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Colorado Avs.
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I want to keep pushing the limits to see what’s possible. That’s the nice thing about ski racing – no one is stopping you from going faster.
Nicknames: “Kildon”, “Don Don” and “The Don.” At the time of this writing, Lindsey Vonn is in PyeongChang, South Korea, competing in the 2018 Winter Games. Her incredible career as a downhill ski racer began at age 7, and her zest for the win has never wavered. She moved to Vail at age 14 and made history when she won the slalom at Trofeo Topolino In Italy, the first American woman to achieve this win. Despite injuries throughout her career, Vonn has the distinction of being a four-time Olympian, two-time Olympic medalist (gold and bronze), and 7-time World Cup medalist. She is arguably the best-known female ski racer of all time. Her perseverance and will have been an inspiration to ski enthusiasts and aspiring racers, who have watched her overcome devastating injury only to return to the slopes stronger and more determined than ever.
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— Lindsey Vonn
The game was very, very good to me. I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process.
— Chauncey Billups
Nickname: Mr. Big Shot Denver native Chauncey Billups will always be a hometown favorite. Raised as an inner-city kid who attended Denver’s George Washington High School and later the University of Colorado in Boulder, Billups led CU to its first NCAA Tournament berth in nearly 30 years. He played in the NBA for 17 seasons, including two different stints with the Denver Nuggets. His prowess on the court earned him the name Mr. Big Shot, and he was the 2004 NBA Finals MVP when he played with the Detroit Pistons in the championship game. During his career, he scored a total of 15,802 points and was a five-time All-Star. Today Billups maintains a strong connection to basketball working as an NBA analyst with ESPN.
It’s like a puzzle or a painting or music. When I ski, it’s like a song. I can hear the rhythm in my head, and when I start to ski that rhythm and I start to really link my turns together, all of a sudden there’s so much flow and power that I just can’t help but feel amazing. That’s where the joy comes from. — Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin Nickname: Mika She grew up skiing in Vail, and her dedication to the sport she so loves has earned her two gold medals in the winter Olympics. At age 18, Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest skier ever to win Olympic gold in slalom at the Sochi games in 2014. Competing in this year’s games in South Korea, Shiffrin already took gold in giant slalom, and may win more. Her accomplishments are remarkable for someone so young. In 2017, she became the first woman to win three consecutive slalom world titles in 78 years and has numerous first-place finishes in the FIS World Cup Standings. In 2013, Shiffrin became the first non-European skier to win four World Cup slalom races in a single season. She’s a local favorite and an international star. denver + colorado
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I’ve heard every reason why I shouldn’t be successful. My story is the story of someone who was overlooked, someone who was told they can’t: ‘You’re too slow. You’re too short.’ — Becky Hammon
I want people to expect more from me because I expect more. If you don’t set goals high, you’re not trying.
Nickname: Big Shot Becky Probably no woman has made more of a name for herself in the sport of basketball than Becky Hammon. She played college ball at Colorado State University, where she was an All-American in the 1998-1999 season, as well as Western Athletic Conference player of the year, leading her team to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA tournament. When she joined the WNBA, Hammon was a standout, playing as a point guard and earning a first-team All-WNBA selection in 2009 and the seventh WNBA player to score 5,000 points. She retired in 2014 and made history once again when she became a full-time assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, the first female to join the NBA as a fully recognized coach. In July 2015 she coached the Spurs in the NBA Summer League, becoming the first female head coach of an NBA team, and leading them to the title in the process.
— Todd Helton
Todd Helton Nickname: The Toddfather As a youth growing up in Knoxville, Tenn., Todd Helton made news on both the baseball field and the football field, where he lettered in both sports. He continued playing both in college, until his football days were unexpectedly usurped by a new recruit named Peyton Manning. Helton enjoyed a memorable 17-year run with the Colorado Rockies, playing from 1997 to 2013. When he retired, he was one of just two players to log at least 2,500 hits, 550 doubles, 350 home runs and a career batting average of .315 or higher. The other player was Stan Musial. Helton will always be remembered for his talent, which earned him many titles including a five-time All-Star, fourtime Silver Slugger and three-time Gold Glove Award winner.
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I was always taught as a kid if you do something, do it right. If not, go do something else. For me, soccer was life. — Marcelo Balboa
Marcelo Balboa Nickname: Iron Man Often, an athlete chooses a sport. But once in a while, the sport chooses them. The son of a professional soccer player from Argentina, Marcelo Balboa was born to play the game, and today the defender is recognized as one of the best to ever compete. He helped kickstart Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States, and brought star power to the Colorado Rapids professional soccer team, where he scored the team’s first goal in its inaugural home game. All told, the five-time MLS All-Star started in 146 season games over six seasons. In 2001, he made history by becoming the first defender to score more than 20 goals and 20 assists in his career. Today Balboa continues to work with the sport he loves so passionately as the U14 coach of the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club and commentator for Colorado Rapids telecasts.
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To the girls that gave me a hard time in high school. I want to say thank you. This is a victory for all the nerds out there. — Amy Van Dyken
Amy Van Dyken
One of the fastest swimmers ever to compete in the sport, Colorado-born Amy Van Dyken took gold, silver and bronze at the World Championships and then won six gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympic Games. She set records in the 100-butterfly and 50-freestyle and made history as the first American female ever to win four medals in a single Olympics. She was Colorado’s hometown hero and she never wavered in her dedication to her sport. In 2014 Van Dyken was thrown from an ATV and paralyzed from the waist down. But true to her spirit, she learned to walk with braces and a walker, and recently took to the ski slopes in Breckenridge on an adaptive ski. Together with her husband, former Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen, she runs Amy’s Army, a charity that aims to improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injuries.
Sports constantly make demands on the participant for top performance, and they develop integrity, self-reliance and initiative. They teach you a lot about working in groups, without being unduly submerged in the group. — Byron White
Skating was the vessel into which I could pour my heart and soul. — Peggy Fleming
Byron “Whizzer” White Nickname: Whizzer While football, basketball and baseball launched Byron White and honed his competitive edge, this former University of Colorado football and NFL star gained even greater recognition when he became Colorado’s first Supreme Court Justice. Born in Fort Collins in 1917, White was valedictorian at CU and a Rhodes Scholar. He led the CU football team to the university’s first bowl appearance, set multiple records, and earned his nickname Whizzer. He played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Lions, leading the league in rushing yards. Retiring from sports, White became a naval intelligence officer during World War II, then earned his law degree at Yale. President Kennedy appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1962, where he was involved in high-profile decisions such as Miranda v. Arizona and Roe v. Wade.
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Peggy Fleming Nickname: Ice Princess It’s been half a century since Peggy Fleming won a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble, a feat made even more special since it was the only U.S. gold at that year’s competition. Now newly relocated back to Colorado, where she grew up training at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Fleming remains a force in the figure skating world. In her heyday, she was hailed as one of figure skating’s top competitors, winning five U.S. titles and three world championships. Following her competition on the world stage, Fleming remained on the ice touring with the Ice Follies, Ice Capades and Holiday on Ice. For 20 years, Fleming served as commentator on ABC figure skating broadcasts, along noted figure skater Dick Button. Thirty years after she took gold, Fleming was diagnosed with breast cancer, and took her fight public to raise awareness of the disease.
Nobody remembers who finished second but the guy who finished second.
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— Bobby Unser
Nickname: Uncle Bobby There is probably no racing family that is better known than the Unsers, including Bobby, Louis, Jerry, Al, Johnny, Al Jr., Robby and Al III. As a three-time winner of the famed Indianapolis 500, Unser was widely regarded as one of racing’s toughest competitors. He was master of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, winning the dangerous race seven times in eight years, and 13 times overall. His other notable accomplishments include two-time national champion, two-time winner of the International Race of Champions, Indy 500 Hall of Fame Member and new land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in 1993. Retired from racing, Unser went to work for ABC as chief analyst on the network’s Indy 500 telecasts.
Without strength and courage it’s really hard to perform at the highest levels of international figure skating, because you’re alone on the ice and you only have seven minutes over two nights to prove yourself. — Scott Hamilton
A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t. — Jack Dempsey
Jack Dempsey Nickname: Manassa Mauler Jack Dempsey is said to have loved three kinds of work: boxing, mining and cowboying, but it was his prizefighting years that brought him fame and glory. Born in Manassa, a small Mormon town in Colorado, he learned how to fight from his brother, Bernie. By the age of 17, Dempsey realized he could make more money fighting than working. His first big fight was on July 4, 1919, when he dominated world heavyweight champion Jess Willard. He defended his heavyweight title five more times, achieving one of boxing’s greatest runs. He is remembered for his famous line to his wife after being defeated by challenger Gene Tunney before a record crowd in Philadelphia in 1926. “Honey,” he told his wife, “I forgot to duck.” Dempsey ranked second only to Babe Ruth among the great American sports icons of the 1920s.
Nickname: Colorado’s Ambassador Scott Hamilton set the bar for male figure skating. When he debuted his finesse and style at the Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo in 1984, he became an overnight sensation, taking home the gold and cementing his place in the figure skating world. He moved to Colorado at the age of 18, where he honed his skill at the Broadmoor Ice Arena under the tutelage of skating icons Carlo Fassi and Don Laws. Standing at just 5 ft. 3 in., Hamilton earned four Athlete of the Year citations from the U.S. Olympic Committee and forever became known as Colorado’s ambassador of goodwill. Over the years he has battled recurrent cancer, yet despite ongoing health issues he has published three books, skated with Ice Capades, headlined his own ice shows, and served as a hugely popular commentator at the Winter Olympic Games. denver + colorado
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Paying Tribute to Our Athletes The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Honors the Best
But Wait, There’s More! A list of more noteworthy Colorado Athletes Football Peyton Manning Von Miller Champ Bailey Otis Armstrong Steve Atwater Earl “Dutch” Clark Floyd Little Goose Gonsoulin Billy Thompson Terrell Davis Shannon Sharpe
Basketball David Thompson Dikembe Motombo Alex English
Baseball Larry Walker Dante Bichette Andres Gallarga Vinny Castilla Goose Gossage Stan Williams
hen you’re in the mood for some sports trivia or want to learn a bit more about your favorite Colorado athlete, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (CSHOF) is the place to go. Housed in a museum at Sports Authority Field, home of the Denver Broncos, this treasure is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any sports enthusiast. For Tom Lawrence, president and CEO of the organization, the hall of fame is truly a labor of love. “We’ve had a lot of superstars in this state across the board,” Lawrence says. “Being able to honor them and having their stories told – how they got here and what they’ve accomplished – is so motivating for young people. It’s amazing what sports can do in terms of teaching life skills. It teaches young people about perseverance, taking care of your body, never quitting, and team playing – qualities that apply to any profession. The CSHOF began in 1964 as the brainchild of one of its first inductees, Supreme Court Justice and former football star Byron Whizzer White. In all, about 250 inductees have been ushered into the hall, selected by a committee of individuals drawn from print and electronic media. Nominees must be born in Colorado or lived in Colorado during the years they performed. Each year, between four-to-six individuals are selected, from a field as high as 200 nominees. In addition to pro athletes, nominees include coaches, managers, high school athletes and others involved in sports. Besides being an entertaining venue, the CSHOF is a standout in another way. “There are sports halls of fame in every state,” acknowledges Lawrence. “But we are the only sports hall of fame in the United States that donates our profits back to the community. So far, we’ve donated $1.6 million to 30 different youth sports organizations.” Now that’s sportsmanship!
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Hockey Peter Forsberg Milan Hejduk Patrick Roy Adam Foote
Golf Hale Irwin Steve Jones
Swimming Missy Franklin
Skiing Billy Kidd Gus Kenworthy Jeremy Bloom Hank Kashiwa
Cycling Davis Phinney Connie Carpenter-Phinney Taylor Phinney
Boxing Eddie Eagan
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March 1-April 1 Hamilton Buell Theatre
April 4 Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive 1stBANK Center This incredibly talented ventriloquist is the consummate entertainer, and holds a Guinness World Record for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour.” With more than 1 million YouTube subscribers amassing more than 1 billion views, Dunham and his cast of characters (Walter, Peanut, Achmed and Me) are beloved by his fans.
The national tour of the highly acclaimed musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, about America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton. A wonderful blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, this is the story of America then, as told by America now.
May 8 P!NK Beautiful Trauma World Tour Pepsi Center From her first album “Can’t Take Me Home” in 2000, this singer/songwriter has turned out the hits. She’s a Grammy winner, topped the Billboard charts and sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. She received the BMI President’s Award for “her outstanding achievement in songwriting and global impact on pop culture and the entertainment industry.”
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March 5 Lorde Pepsi Center This New Zealand songwriter and singer rose to prominence with the release of “Royals” in 2013, making her the youngest solo artist to reach a No. 1 single since 1987. She curated the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1; the lead single “Yellow Flicker Beat” was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Song.
March 1-April 22
First Date Garner Galleria Theatre
G-Eazy 1STBANK Center, Broomfield
k.d. lang Paramount Theatre
When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friend, manipulative exes and protective parents.
His career started when he opened for superstars such as Drake and Lil Wayne, and following his college graduation he released “Must Be Nice,” which landed at #3 on the ITunes Hip Hop Chart. His most recent album, “The Beautiful & Damned”, was released this fall, and is a huge hit among his rapper fans.
For more than a quarter century, k.d. lang has entertained fans with her blend of country-rock with a bit of punk thrown into the mix. Her best-known hit, “Constant Craving,” earned her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She has collaborated with the best, including Bonnie Raitt, Elton John and Tony Bennett, who declared her “the best singer of her generation.”
March 1-11 The Great Leap Ricketson Theatre When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. Tensions rise right up to the final buzzer as history collides with the action in the stadium.
March 8 Justin Moore 1stBANK Center, Broomfield The country music singer was named 2014 ACM New Artist of the Year. His single “You Look Like I Need a Drink” is climbing the country charts, following up his second consecutive No. 1 album release of Off the Beaten Path. He has several gold-certified #1 hits and has sold more than 7 million digital downloads.
March 3 Trevor Noah Bellco Theatre Africa’s most successful comedian and host of the Emmy and Peadbody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central comes to Denver for one fabulous night. Noah was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary You Laugh But It’s True, the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa.
March 5-April 23 Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Garner Galleria Theatre Jazz legend Billie Holiday’s troubled life story comes to life through the songs that made her famous, including “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.” 52
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March 9 Jim Jefferies Live Bellco Theatre Jeffries stops in Denver as part of his 2018 tour across the United States and Canada. The tour follows his successful Netflix comedy special, “Freedumb”. Jefferies has garnered strong popularity for his controversial views delivered in original and entertaining standup performances.
March 10 L.A. Dance Project Gates Concert Hall A wonderful performance featuring a fresh, contemporary vision of dance and stylistically diverse repertory. The audience will be treated to a night of bold musicality, dynamic movement and ballet.
March 11 Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Carnival of the Animals Boettcher Concert Hall An enjoyable performance especially for kids, as the symphony performs some of the best-known pieces from French composer Camille Saint-Saens, with each movement depicting a different animal from the royal lion to the graceful swan.
March 16-17 Denver Gay Men’s Chorus Presents British Invasion! Ellie Caulkins Opera House Now in its 36th season, the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus entertains audiences with old and new works. Recent chorus highlights include DGMC’s participation in the 2016 Film on the Rocks Prince Tribute. DGMC is devoted in its commitment to commissioning new works, including “I Am Harvey Milk” by Andrew Lippa.
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March 17 Harlem Globetrotters 1stBank Center Since 1926, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained more than 144 million fans in 122 countries and territories worldwide, popularizing the slam dunk, fast break, the forward and point guard positions and the figure-eight weave.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 Boettcher Concert Hall
Kid Rock’s American Rock ’n Roll Tour Pepsi Center
Paula Poundstone Paramount Theatre
Pianist Zhang Zuo (Zee Zee) performs Beethoven’s vigorous and demanding Piano Concerto No. 5. Zee Zee has been dubbed “full of enthusiasm and glamour, radiating the vigor of youth” by Chinese Gramophone.
This rockin’ recording artist has had a slew of hit singles, and his 2018 tour will introduce fans to his brand-new album, Sweet Southern Sugar. Drawing his musical influence from The Beastie Boys and Bob Seger, his work is a combination of hip hop, rap, rock, country, blues, funk, heavy metal and soul.
March 17-18 Amsoil Arenacross Denver Coliseum A thrilling spectacle as riders are jammed onto the track in a nail-biting chase where anything goes. The event is a mixture of sports and entertainment, and only the strong — and the fearless – will make the grade.
March 17 Sam Bush Boulder Theatre This American bluegrass mandolin player is hailed as the originator of Newgrass style. His achievements have earned him three Grammys, including Album of the Year for “O Brother, Where Art Thou” in 2001.
March 20 The Illusionists Present Adam Trent Ellie Caulkins Direct from Broadway, Adam Trent, the breakout star of the world’s bestselling magic show “The Illusionists,” presents an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music perfect for the entire family.
March 22, 24 Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert with The Colorado Symphony 1stBANK Center
The host of NPR’s #1 weekly comedy news quiz summed up Paula Poundstone when he said, “Air becomes funny having been breathed by her.” She’s hailed as one of the funniest comedians performing today, and her newest book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search For Human Happiness,” was best described by Lily Tomlin who said, “I laughed. I cried. I got another cat.” She will truly keep you in stitches!
March 24 John Hiatt Boulder Theater
Performed for the first time in full in Colorado, this performance relives the epic score by John Williams. The score was named the greatest American film score of all time by AFI in 2005. A screening of the film will accompany the concert.
American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter Hiatt has a far-reaching repertoire, including new wave, blues and country. He’s been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards and has received several distinctions in the music industry. He remains one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters.
March 22-April 15
This is Modern Art The Jones Graffiti crews are willing to risk anything for their art. But when one crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong?
March 23 Colorado Symphony Orchestra – John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Boettcher Concert Hall Musical legend John Denver is honored in this special concert. The two-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter preforms classic songs in archival video footage, backed by live performances from his former bandmates and full symphony orchestra. A wonderful multi-media treat.
Romeo Santos Pepsi Center Romeo Santos is a singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and former lead vocalist of the American bachata band Aventura. His solo career includes seven No. 1 songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart and 11 No. 1 songs on the Tropical Songs chart.
March 28 Buddy Guy Paramount Theatre The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has had a major influence on rock superstars including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix. At age 81, he’s still going strong, and Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” His work continues to keep the blues alive.
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April 11 Judas Priest Budweiser Event Center, Loveland For nearly 40 years this British heavy metal band has wowed fans, and their 2008 album “Nostradamus” was the highest-charting album of their storied career. They won a 2010 Grammy for Best Metal Performance, are a VH1 Rock Honors recipient, and have sold more than 50 million copies of their albums. They are truly one of the greatest metal bands of all time.
Disney’s Aladdin Buell Theatre A thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.
April 6-May 6
Jake Bugg Bluebird Theater
Native Gardens Space Theatre
“Lightning Bolt” and “Slumville Sunrise” made him famous, but it’s his latest work, “Hearts That Strain” that is creating a buzz for its largely acoustic emphasis, as well as for his collaboration with Miley Cyrus sibling Noah Cyrus in “Waiting.”
Dealing with neighbors can be thorny, especially for a young Latino couple who move into a well-established DC neighborhood. Though their neighbors have the best intentions, their newly budding friendship is tested when they realize their shared property line isn’t where it’s supposed to be.
April 5 Dan Auerbach Paramount Theatre The former Black Keys frontman released his solo album, “Waiting On A Song,” acclaimed as a love letter to Nashville. His music is a mix of blues and rock, and his newest work contains collaborations with acclaimed songwriter John Prine.
April 5-29, 2018 A Picasso - All’s Fair in Art and War Cherry Creek Theatre at The MACC Paris 1941, German occupation forces have dragged Pablo Picasso from his favorite café into a dark basement storage vault. The Third Reich’s cultural attache, Miss Fisher, interrogates the cubist master to verify three of the master’s works for the Ministry of Propaganda’s “degenerate” art exhibition. Through their thrilling power play, truths are revealed and tensions rise when art, politics, sex and lies collide. 54
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April 6-8 Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Coplands Rodeo Boettcher Concert Hall Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton’s tenure concludes with this rollicking piece of American Rodeo: Ballet In One Act. Litton recorded and released the performance with the Colorado Symphony, and it was named one of Colorado’s best classical albums of 2016. Cellist Alban Gerhardt joins Litton onstage for a rare performance of Barber’s Cello Concerto.
April 8 Disney On Ice: Frozen Denver Coliseum Kids and adults alike will thrill to this dazzling ice show, replete with special effects and beloved musical score. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie with special appearances by other Disney characters.
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Paramount Theatre Bradlee’s PMJ has garnered more than 740 million YouTube views and 2.7 million subscribers since its creation in 2009. Bradlee continues to add new arrangements every week, featuring interpretations from artists such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Radiohead, Maroon 5 and more.
April 13-14 Bela Fleck: Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. 3 Boettcher Hall Bela Fleck has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy history, and has won 14 awards. The king of the banjo performs with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in this regional premier.
April 14 Toughest Monster Truck Tour Budweiser Events Center, Loveland Watch six of the nation’s toughtest monster trucks, including Bigfoot, Quad Chaos, Dirt Crew, Heavy Hitter and Dawg Pound. The event also brings back Megasaurus, the transforming, fire-breathing, car mangling dinosaur robot.
April 14 The Dixie Dregs Boulder Theater This American band formed in the 1970s and continues to pave the way with a unique instrumental sound that fuses hard rock, southern rock, progressive metal and classical forms. The band remains a loose collection of its former members, reuniting briefly for short tours and rare studio work.
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April 18 Branford Marsalis Fort Collins Colorado Lincoln Center Saxophonist, composer and bandleader Branford Marsalis has been described as “arguably the most respected living U.S. jazz instrumentalist.” Marsalis, with his father and brothers, were group recipients of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award.
April 19 311/Method Man & Redman Red Rocks Amphitheatre Method Man is a rapper, actor and record producer, a member of the East Coast hip hop collective Wu-Tan Clan, and half of the hip hop duo Method Man & Redman. Redman is a member of Def Squad.
April 19-21 Return to the Cabaret
David Feherty: Live Off Tour Paramount Theatre
April 20-May 27
The Who’s Tommy Stage Theatre
Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles Memorial Hall, Pueblo
After a traumatic incident, young Tommy retreats from the world around him. But a newfound talent for pinball introduces him to the fame and fortune of success. Tommy and his family give new voice to The Who’s iconic 1969 concept album as they navigate the troubles and joys of being alive.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! The historic album is brought to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular. A note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Wagner The Ring Without Words Boettcher Concert Hall
The Velveteen Rabbit Gates Concert Hall
Fort Collins Colorado Lincoln Center The High Performance Dance Theatre delivers an inspiring performance where you’ll be entertained by dancers and singers. The show is inspired by cabaret-style musicals and clubs, and takes you back to a time when jazz was alive and hot!
Music Director Brett Mitchell leads the orchestra through the fundamental sequences of Wagner’s Ring cycle in this piece which normally takes days to perform in its entirety.
Spring with the Children’s Chorale Boettcher Concert Hall
Lewis Black Paramount Theatre This comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor is best known for his angry demeanor and belligerent comedic style, in which he often simulates having a mental breakdown. His comedy routines often escalate into angry rants about history, politics, religion, or any other cultural trends.
April 20 Flosstradamus Red Rocks Amphitheatre Curt Cameruci, or Flosstradamus is an American DJ and producer, who has produced iconic tracks like Major Lazer’s “Original Don” “CROWD CTRL,” “Mosh Pit,” and “TTU (Too Turnt Up). The latest single is “Back Again.”
This professional golfer and TV personality is a entertainer. He won five European championships during his career, and played on the PGA Tour. His books include A Nasty Bit of Rough, Somewhere in Ireland a Village is Missing an Idiot, and David Feherty’s Totally Subjective History of the Ryder Cup. He’s smart, quick and very very funny.
Kids and adults will be charmed by this celebration of the enduring power of love. Known for their athleticism and passion, the ODC dancers seamlessly navigate the many roles that bring this story to life, in this tale of the enduring relationship between a boy and his stuffed rabbit.
April 28 The Comedy Get Down Bellco Theatre
A memorable performance by the internationally acclaimed Colorado Children’s Chorale that includes a wonderful repertoire ranging from opera to pop. The performance blends creative artistry with an infusion of theater.
Four groundbreaking comics come together for a night of hilarity. Featuring Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and George Lopez. From sitcoms, to standup to radio and books, these comedians are not to be missed.
Wild Child Bluebird Theater This Texas band is really a seven-piece pop mini orchestra, presenting violin, ukulele, cello, keyboards, trumpet, harmonica, drums, guitar, trombone and bass. Their latest album, Expectations, is an artful combination of their indie-pop sound that has shaped so many of their hits.
Carmen Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, Pueblo A story of love, jealousy and fate, Carmen will leave you breathless. This one-act ballet written in 1967 by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin is based on the Bizet Opera with original choreography, and will captivate you from the moment the dancers take the stage. denver + colorado
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May 1 “Weird Al” Yankovic – The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour Paramount Theatre
May 11-13 Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Mozart’s Elvira Madigan Boettcher Concert Hall
He’s a singer-songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, voice actor, music video director, film producer, and author. Weird Al is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts.
Mozart’s sprightly Overture to The Marriage of Figaro conducted by Ken-David Masur opens the performance, leading to pianist Orion Weiss and the Colorado Symphony performng Mozert’s Piano Concerto No. 21, often called “Elvira Madigan”.
Maks, Val & Peta Live on Tour: Confidential Bellco Theatre
An Evening With Michael Wolff Paramount Theatre
Dancing With The Stars hottest stars, Maks and Val, present a spectacular dance show that combines the elegance of the ballroom, some confidential revelations and a true love story.
May 2 George Ezra Ogden Theater This soulful artist with the beautiful deep voice is gearing up for the release of his third album, “Staying At Tamara’s”, an album of positivity and hope written during a tumultuous time. With songs such as “Pretty Shining People” and “Get Away”, this will be a memorable performance.
May 3 X Ambassadors Red Rocks Amphitheatre Their gold-certified album, VHS debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, and the platinum-selling “Renegades” spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Alternative chart. The band recently released “Ahead of Myself,” their first single off their forthcoming set.
May 3-4 Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Jurassic Park in Concert Boettcher Concert Hall Featuring the iconic musical scores of John Williams, you will experience this groundbreaking film set to the beautiful performance of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Jurassic Park was the highest-grossing film of all time in 1993, and won three Academy Awards.
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Wolff is an author and journalist and contributor to USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter and the UK edition of GQ. But he is best known for his recent tome, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which quickly rose to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
May 5 Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band/Leftover Salmon Red Rocks Amphitheatre Phil Lesh performed with the Grateful Dead and uses the songbook as the impetus for much of this band’s music. What began as a house band is now so, so much more. Colorado band Leftover Salmon serves up a mix of rock, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. Their music is always entertaining, always evolving.
May 6 Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Pirates of the Symphony Seas Boettcher Concert Hall Christopher Dragon conducts this quirky program that takes you on an adventure to an island of swashbuckling delight. A symphony of treasure that is sheer fun and entertainment for kids and adults.
May 10 The Purple Xperience – The Greatest Prince Tribute Red Rocks Amphitheatre This tribute to one of Rock’s greatest icons showcases the talent of Marshall Charloff, who’s vocals and artistry are reminiscent of the incredible talents of Prince. A great night of singing and dancing to classic songs including “Purple Rain”, “1999”, “Raspberry Beret” and more.
May 12 Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute Ogden Theatre This 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute band recreates the musical genius of the band. A fun celebration of this new-wave band who took the ‘80s by storm. You’ll love the sounds as the band performs hits such as “Psycho Killer”, “Burning Down the House” and “Once in a Lifetime”.
May 13 Modest Mouse Red Rocks Amphitheater This American rock band, formed in 1982, derives its name from a passage from the Virginia Woolf story, “The Mark on the Wall”. Their work draws strong influence from groups such as Pavement, the Pixies, XTC and Talking Heads.
May 14 Khalid Red Rocks Amphitheatre Khalid’s debut album, “American Teen,” was best described by TIME Magazine: “Preternaturally soulful 19-year-old Texan singer-songwriter Khalid has a way with beats – and words -- that speaks to the Modern American experience of youth in a natural, resonant way.” Enough said.
May 17 Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Musique Nouveau Boettcher Concert Hall Guest conductor Edwin Outwater conducts a quartet of modern composers. Principal Violist Basil Vandryes offers an intricate pace for viola and the orchestra then delves into the beauty of five more feature works. The evening’s centerpiece is Mason Bates’ spectacular Anthology of Fantastic Zoology.
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May 25 Taylor Swift Sports Authority Field at Mile High Swift is a seven-time Grammy winner and the youngest recipient in history to win a Grammy for Album of the Year. Her latest album, “Reputation”, was the top-selling album in the country when it was released in 2017.
May 27 The Disco Biscuits Red Rocks Amphitheatre This jam band from Philly draws inspiration from a variety of musical genres, melding electronic and rock into a style described as trance fusion. They are true rock artists with a technological flair.
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Three Dog Night Paramount Theatre
Celtic Woman Budweiser Events Center
When this iconic rock band formed in 1967, it helped introduce mainstream audiences to the work of many songwriters, including Paul Williams (An Old Fashioned Love Song), Hoyt Axton (Joy to the World and Never Been to Spain), Laura Nyro (Eli’s Comin), Harry Nilsson (One), Randy Newman (Mama told Me Not to Come) and Leo Sayer (The Show Must Go On).
For more than a decade, the Irish group has celebrated Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage through a fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary song craft. Their 2016 release “Destiny” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best World Music Album.
This prestigious rocker has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and 5 Grammy Awards. His lineup of hits includes “Fire and Rain”, “Country Road”, “Mexico”, “Carolina in My Mind”, “Sweet Baby James” and so many more. James Taylor was honored with the 1998 Century Award, Billboard Magazine’s highest accolade for creative achievement.
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May 18-June 24 Human Error Garner Galleria Theatre After an unfortunate mix-up by their blundering fertility doctor, Heather is mistakenly impregnated with the wrong child. Now two very different couples face sharing an uproarious nine-month odyssey of culture shock, clashing values, changing attitudes and unlikely – but heartfelt – friendships.
The Devil Makes Three Red Rocks Amphitheatre The band’s fourth album, “I’m a Stranger Here”, was recorded at Dan Auerbach’s Nashville studio. The album is a compilation of part road songs, part heartbreak songs and part barnburners, accompanied by great harmonies and strong acoustic guitar and bass elements.
May 25-27 May 19 Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Rock On! Boettcher Concert Hall Take a trip back to the Rock and Pop hits of the 1970’s and 1980’s with three dynamic musicians. Featuring the works of Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Queen and many more.
May 20 Elephant Revival Red Rocks Amphitheatre Their latest album, “Petals” is a journey into new territory for the Colorado band. Their music is rooted in American and Celtic song craft, but “Petals” is infused with a more modern classical approach.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Bernstein and Mahler Boettcher Concert Hall
James Taylor & His All Star Band Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
School of Rock The Musical Buell Theatre Based on the hit film, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star who turns a class of straight-A students in grade-A rockers. The hilarious musical features new songs form Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first ever live kids rock band.
May 30 Vance Joy Red Rocks Amphitheatre
The centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth is marked in a program highlighting the maestro as both composer and conductor. From Bernstein’s spirited Overture to Candide to Bernstein’s Serenade, capped off with a performance of Mahler’s Titan Symphony.
The Australian singer-songwriter hit it big with his single “Fire and the Flood,” which was featured on his 2014 debut album, “Dream Your Life Away.” His behind-the-scenes video set that accompanies the song gives fans a glimpse into Vance Joy’s life on the road.
Bill Maher Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
Paul Simon Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
(May 27 at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs) Comedian, political commentator and television host Bill Maher is best-known for his HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher and the late-night show, Politically Incorrect. His repertoire spans a wide range of topics, including religion, politics, bureaucracy, political correctness and the mass media.
Rock ‘n Roll great Paul Simon has received numerous awards, including 12 Grammys. He was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his Simon and Garfunkel days, and his song “Mrs. Robinson” was named in the top 10 of The American Film Institute’s 100 Years 100 Songs.
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Avelina is a new American restaurant from award-winning husband and wife team, executive chef John Broening and pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Lissom. Delicious fare features seasonal, rustic, wood-fired new-American dishes and a diverse bar program. Don’t miss the dessert menu, featuring a ginaduja ice cream seven-layer bar, honeycomb crunch and guanabana meringue cake and more! 1550 17th St. Avelinadenver.com
There’s nothing like sitting down to enjoy a great steak in a hip, attractive setting. Founded in Des Moines in 1993, 801 Chophouse is modeled after the classic New York steakhouses of the 1920s, with contemporary cuisine and an award-winning wine selection. This great USDA prime steak territory is located in the beautiful Cherry Creek Shopping Center. 300 E. 1st Ave., Denver 303.393.0090 801chophouse.com/denver
Chef/owner Steven Redzikowski serves up contemporary American cuisine in this innovative epicurean marketplace located in the River North (RiNo) district. Housed in a reclaimed 1880’s foundry, the atmosphere is as innovative as the food. Co-owner Bryan Dayton delivers fabulous cocktails, artisan wines & beers. 3350 Brighton Blvd. 720.542.3721 denveracorn.com
A wonderful restaurant inside the vibrant and eclectic Stanley Marketplace, this delicious eatery was included in Bon Appetit’s list of 50 best new restaurants in the country. Chef/owner Caroline Glover serves farm-to-table and wood-fired fare that will leave you anticipating your next culinary adventure at this charming venue. 2501 Dallas St. 720.710.9975 annettescratchtable.com
Atelier by Radex
Acclaimed chef Radek Cerny introduces a French-influenced restaurant in Denver’s City Park neighborhood. Cerny’s creations have been dubbed “edible works of art” that are “as stunning as they are delicious.” 2011 E. 17th Ave. | 720.379.5556 atelierbyradex.com 62
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Part of the Sustainable Restaurant Group out of Portland, Ore., Bamboo Sushi is the world’s first certifiably sustainable sushi restaurant. With a focus on reducing the carbon footprint, the restaurant is dedicated to serving high-quality, sustainable fish in a presentation owner Kristofor Lofgren calls “deconstructed sushi in a bowl.” 215 17th St. | 303.284-6600 Bamboosushi.com
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Beatrice & Woodsley
The tastes of the Old World and new cuisine blend wonderfully to create a memorable dining experience. Beatrice & Woodsley is as original as the name implies, and has garnered great attention and kudos from foodies around town. The dinner menu is a delight, and the brunch is sure to put a smile on your face. 38 S. Broadway | 303.777.3505 beatriceandwoodsley.com
Award-winning chef Hosea Rosenberg opened this beloved Boulder favorite in 2014, and it quickly earned accolades for “best new restaurant.” He expanded with Blackbelly Butcher, Boulder’s only whole animal, artisanal butcher shop and sole independent retailer licensed to make and sell its own cured and fermented meats. This inventive chef achieved national culinary fame as winner of TV’s Top Chef, Season 5. 1606 Conestoga St., #3, Boulder (303)247-1000 | blackbelly.com
Block & Larder
A lively venue where Caribbean beachshack fare is served well into the night. The bar is hopping; the menu is globally influenced, and the calypso music makes this venue a fun place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 1310 Pearl St. | 303.792.4949 Banguptotheelephant.restaurant
Housed in the cool Berkeley neighborhood of Denver, Block & Larder sources the highest-quality meats and has an in-house finish butchery. Add to the great fare fresh salads, great desserts and an extensive craft beer, wine and cocktail list and you have a winner! 4000 Tennyson St.| 303.433.4063 blockandlarder.com
Blue Island Oyster Bar
This Denver favorite features a seasonal menu showcasing authentic northern Italian dishes with locally sourced ingredients. The spectacular wine cellar at this award-winning eatery includes a large collection of Barolo wines. 3030 E. 6th Ave. | 303.393.1040 barologrilldenver.com
Beast & Bottle
Owned by siblings chef Paul C. Reilly and house manager Aileen Reilly, Beast + Bottle is considered a favorite among locals, and an amazingly successful one at that. Just blocks from Denver’s city center, Beast + Bottle has raised the bar on the “farm-to-fork” genre of cuisine. They work with ranchers, farmers and other purveyors, offering unique cuts of meat prepared in their in-house butchery, and organic ingredients. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Beast + Bottle offers a delicious adventure in dining in a friendly, comfortable setting. 719 E. 17th St. | 303.623.3223 beastandbottle.com
Chef DJ Nagle has crafted a wonderful menu that brings the coast to the milehigh city. The seafood is extremely fresh and delicious. As the name implies, the oysters are simply divine shipped from blue island shellfish farms in New England. This hip bar serves up a wonderful assortment of wines, beer and cocktails that complement every seafood serving, from steamed mussels, lobster rolls, clam chowder or succulent crab cakes. 2625 E. Second Ave. | 303.333.2462 blueislandoysterbar.com
An Asian-inspired noodle house with a twist that’s uniquely Frank Bonanno’s, the chef/owner of a growing empire of topnotch local eateries. Situated between two other highly popular Bonanno restaurants, Luca d’Italia and Mizuna, Bones offers a unique, casual dining experience that nevertheless has a gourmet feel. The space is small; the flavors are anything but. And the noodle bowls are all the rage. 701 Grant St. | 303.860.2929 bonesdenver.com
Chef Troy Guard delivers a healthy twist on the Asian-fusion concept, featuring build-your-own-bowls using the freshest ingredients. Protein selections are rounded out with a choice of locally sourced vegetable toppings, and the Lowry location offers full dinner service including share plates, ramen bowls and raw favorites. 7559 E. Academy Blvd., Lowry 1423 Larimer St., downtown 303.36.2025 | bubu-denver.com
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Chef Duncan Holmes, who served as culinary director of Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine, is serving up a creative menu in this bustling European-style café. From breakfast to dinner, the food is wonderful, and the setting – with a popart influence – makes it a fun experience. 2845 Larimer St., RiNo 303.954.0230 | Call-denver.com
Cart + Driver
Located next to the new Hotel Born, this restaurant is all about the grill, which serves as the focal point for diners. Executive Chef Christian Graves presents a smorgasbord of wood-fired dishes, from smoking to searing to grilling. A heated patio lets the happy hour crowd enjoy the sites of the lively Union Station neighborhood. 1899 16th St. | 303.323.0017 Citizenrail.com
Colt & Gray
Enjoy everything from juicy burgers and beer to delectable lobster dishes complemented by vintage wines at this cozy local pub. The classic setting is augmented by the affordability of a neighborhood restaurant that prides itself on superior food and service. 1553 Platte St., No. 120 303.477.1447 | coltandgray.com
Chef Kelly Whitaker spins creative, offering up everything from authentic briny oysters to delicious salads and house-made pastries. Pizza is a staple at this unique establishment, which has developed a loyal and enthusiastic local fan club since opening in a 640-sq.ft. shipping container space right in Denver’s RiNo arts district. Experience the great fare of southern Italian farms at this fun and friendly venue. 2500 Larimer St. | 303.292.3553 cart-driver.com
With a focus on local, regional, and farm-fresh ingredients, this LoDo hotspot invites you to relax in its uniquely modern, European setting. Enjoy crudo salads, cheese or salumi selections or warm cassoulets served before, during or even after plates of pasta, fresh seafood, grilled or smoked meats, and locally grown vegetables. You can pull up to the community table, tuck in at your own intimate table or enjoy the outdoor terrace for a spirited drink. 1400 Wewatta St. | 303.623.5700 coohills.com
Acclaimed chef Elise Wiggins introduces her latest sensation in the Eastbridge project in Denver’s lively Stapleton neighborhood. Cattivella, which means “naughty girl,” lives up to its moniker with a fun take on wood-fired Italian fare served in a hip and fun setting. From the entertaining exhibition kitchen, watch as meals are prepared before your eyes. 10195 E. 29th Dr. | 303.645.3779 cattivelladenver.com
Cholon Modern Asian Bistro
Named after the largest market in Saigon, this historic LoDo restaurant offers a creative spin on traditional Asian dishes along with handcrafted cocktails that enhance the vibrant flavors. The large projection screen in the lounge makes Cholon a suitable location for business meetings and presentations. 1555 Blake St., Ste. 101 303.353.5223 | cholon.com/denver
Coperta is run by brother and sister duo Paul and Aileen Reilly. This quaint Italian restaurant offers up some delicious classic Italian dishes as well as some off-menu selections and a mozzarella bar. Not to mention a fabulous wine selection. 400 E. 20th | 303.393.6917 copertadenver.com
Cucina Colore has been a local favorite for years, and recently underwent a renovation that is truly a knockout. If pasta is your thing, Cucina Colore never disappoints, whether it’s wood-fired pizza or a great serving of pasta or fish. But leave room for dessert, because the signature bread pudding is truly unbeatable. 3041 E. Third Ave. | 303.393.6917 cucinacolore.com
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Truly a classic American steakhouse, Del Frisco’s specializes in aged USDA prime beef, hand-cut steak, chops and fresh seafood. The atmosphere is everything you’d expect from a great steak place, and the hand-shaken martinis are an extra bonus. 8100 E. Orchard Rd. 303.796.0100 | delfriscos.com/denver
Del Frisco’s Grille
A refreshing update to the classic bar and grill, Del Frisco’s Grille in Cherry Creek North is simply delicious. Order some cheese steak eggrolls or ahi tacos and enjoy them with a glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail. Or stay true to the Del Frisco’s concept and indulge in a prime cut of beef cooked just the way you want it. 100 St. Paul | 303.320.8529 delfriscosgrille.com/cherry-creek
Denver Central Market
Located in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, Denver Central Market brings a chic restaurant vibe to the area. It’s a onestop-shop of specialty vendors offering up some delicious artisan bread, ice cream, coffee, meat and cheese and so much more. 2669 Larimer St. Denvercentralmarket.com
Departure is known as Denver’s modern Asian kitchen. This restaurant serves up some authentic Asian dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner. Departure also hosts private events for anything from a corporate event to a rehearsal dinner. 249 Columbine St. | 720.772.5020 departuredenver.com
This farm-to-table treasure is tucked away in one of Denver’s hippest neighborhoods and offers a relaxed and unassuming environment. A word of advice: save room for dessert. Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, Duo’s renowned pastry chef, presents magical treats to top off any meal. 2413 W. 32nd Ave. | 303.477.4141 duodenver.com
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Nestled high above LoHi on the fifth floor, El Five boasts spectacular, unobstructed city views of the downtown Denver skyline, and a large open-air patio. El Five is a melting pot of all the Mediterranean regions, creating dishes without a home country, that taste like favorites from each one. 2930 Umatilla St., 5th Fl. 303.524.9193 | elfivedenver.com
Denver Broncos legend John Elway and longtime friend Tim Schmidt teamed up to open this wildly popular restaurant which since day one has attracted a fun, high-profile mix of movers and shakers. The food is top-notch and the bartenders know their craft. Locations in Denver, Vail and DIA 303.399.5353 | elways.com
Denver Chef Troy Guard has done it again, this time with an innovative neighborhood eatery where you’ll discover an elevated level of comfort food. From sandwiches and burgers to steak and fish, the food is wonderful and stays true to the high expectations of one of the city’s best-known restaurateurs. 3940 W. 32nd Ave. | 303.963.5931 Fngrestaurant.com
Chef Frank Bonanno trained with the best, including the French Laundry in Napa, and Daniel in Manhattan. Now he adds to his repertoire of fabulous restaurants with French 75, offering fine French dishes in a relaxed setting. 717 17th St. | 303.405.7575 french75denver.com
Chef Alex Siedel, named one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs of 2010, creates a seasonal menu of sophisticated comfort food using only the highest-quality, local ingredients. Fruition’s symphony of mood, service and cuisine reflect a grace that elevates this dining experience to a new level. 1313 E. 6th Ave. | 303.831.1962 fruitionrestaurant.com
Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
Located in historic Euclid Hall, this American tavern specializes in fine cocktails, craft beers and innovative, high-quality pub food from around the world. The eatery is a convenient location for Pepsi Center attendees, LoDo club-goers and Denver Center for the Performing Arts patrons. 1317 14th St. | 303.595.4255 euclidhall.com
The Family Jones Spirit House
One of Denver’s hottest venues, this is the place to be for delicious fare and unique cocktails. The décor is both trendy and sophisticated, and the staff never fails to deliver. True to its moniker, you can also purchase the spirits that are distilled in-house. 3245 Osage St. | 303.481.8185 Thefamilyjones.co 64
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In the heart of the trendy blocks of Broadway, just minutes from downtown, Go Fish offers creative Asian appetizers, entrees, noodle and rice specialties. The sushi and sashimi are innovative and delicious and great for vegetarians. The contemporary interior is a perfect blend of eclectic and chic. 1 Broadway | 303.733.8811 gofishdenver.com
South Broadway is brimming with flavor, and the taste of Italy shines through in this unique, contemporary restaurant. There’s everything from tapas-style smaller plates to larger entrees, but it’s the wood-fired pizza that keeps ‘em coming back for more. 30 S. Broadway | 720.638.1462 gozodenver.com
Guard and Grace
A refreshing take on the big, fancy, modern steakhouse, Guard and Grace offers the gamut — delicious cuts of beef, a 4,000-bottle glassed-in wine cellar, and a visually stunning space that provides a huge change from the heavily dark wood ambience of many a steakhouse. 1801 California St. | 303.293.8500 guardandgrace.com
Hearth & Dram
Located in downtown Denver’s Union Station neighborhood, this is a rustic American restaurant and modern saloon, featuring wood-fire cooking and more than 300 whiskeys from around the world. 1801 Wewatta St. | 303.623.0979 hearthanddram.com
Milanese chef/owner Andrea Frizzi prepares excellent dishes inspired by northern Italy. Featuring locally grown organic farm ingredients, the sophisticated restaurant is always a local favorite. 2601 Larimer St. | 303.394.0100 ilpostodenver.com
A popular place for dinner or late-night, with a menu that features extensive sushi and sake selections and always-changing chef’s menu. Enjoy a meal in the first-floor dining room, then head downstairs to the repurposed boiler room to the late-night moguri Izakaya (a speakeasy), for pubstyle Japanese small plates and creative cocktails. 3053 Brighton Blvd. / 303.953.1602 Izakayaronin.com
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
This acclaimed seafood haven prides itself on serving sustainable seafood, and Jax brings sumptuous ocean fare to our landlocked state, with highly regarded executive chef Sheila Lucero at the helm. If you’re an oyster aficionado, this is the place! Locations in LoDo, Glendale & Fort Collins | jaxfishouse.com
This recently opened Southern-style restaurant stays true to the tradition of southern hospitality in a sophisticated setting. Husband-and-wife duo Kyle and Katy Foster grew up in the South and bring their wonderful “family-to-table” traditions to Denver. 3258 Larimer Street | 303.295.8977 Juleprino.com
Enjoy the spirit of the family kitchen in this neighborhood restaurant. This spot serves exceptional contemporary American cuisine with local, organic ingredients and is deeply committed to eco-friendly practices and the community. Boulder: 10390 Pearl St. 303.544.5973 Denver: 15th St. | 303.623.3127 thekitchen.com
The vibrant international cuisine at Linger reflects a broad farm-to-table sensibility with a spin on traditional ethnic eats. Design elements create a purposeful contradiction, featuring reclaimed boxcar floors, a lite brite bar top and infinity windows with incredible views of downtown Denver. 2020 W. 30th Ave. | 303.993.3120 Lingerdenver.com
Nestled in an intimate cozy setting, Leña is a Latin American-inspired restaurant that emphasizes sharing and communal dining. The venue’s focal point is the white oak, wood-fired grill that serves up a tempting assortment of grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. The tortillas and empañadas are homemade, and the traditional offerings represent South and Central America, Spain and Mexico. 24 Broadway | 720.550.7267 lenadenver.com
Little Ollie’s has been voted the best Chinese food in Denver by newspapers and magazines for the past 11 years of their 17-year history. MSG-free, Chinese made fresh is their stamp of excellence; the peking duck a highlight. Little Ollie’s patio is open year-round and abounds with flowers in the summer months. 2364 E. 3rd Ave. | 303.316.8888 littleolliescherrycreek.com
Lola Mexican Fish House
Just a scenic stroll or a few minutes cab ride from downtown, Lola Mexican Fish House offers everything from custom guacamole mixed tableside to a varied array of remarkable, fresh entrees reminiscent of coastal Mexico. Patio seating, terrific weekend brunch and tantalizing cocktails are also a part of what makes Lola Mexican Fish House the place to be. 1575 Boulder St. | 720.570.8686 loladenver.com
Restaurateur Troy Guard’s foray into the world of Mexican food is really all about tacos, and his selections are drawing rave reviews. Locals are going gaga over the octopus tacos, the shrimp tacos, the butternut squash tacos. Pretty much everything you would ever dream of putting in a taco has made its way into one at Los Chingones, and the result is wonderful. It’s not a fancy place, it’s just plain fun. 2461 Larimer St.| 303.295.0686 4959 S. Newport St. | 303.567.4258 loschingonesmexican.com
Zagat once named this bistro the top Italian restaurant in the western United States. The food is lovingly prepared, thoughtfully served and thoroughly enjoyed. A seasonally changing menu features Sicilian-style meats, pastas, breads and cheeses all prepared fresh in-house. 711 Grant St. | 303.832.6600 lucadenver.com
This unique sushi restaurant is owned by the world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Located in Aspen, Vail and Denver, Matsuhisa offers up some delicious sushi and new style Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner as well as a great selection of cocktails and beer and sake & wine. 98 North Steele St. | 720.408.6656 matsuhisarestaurants.com
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Acclaimed chef Alex Seidel takes diners on a culinary journey featuring fresh Colorado ingredients, many farmed from Fruition farms’ artisanal sheep dairy and creamery. Located in Union Station, the atmosphere is hip, friendly and urban. Alex Seidel gained a following as owner of the award-winning Fruition restaurant, and now takes diners to a new level of inspired eating. 1701 Wynkoop St. | 720.460.3733 mercantiledenver.com
This trendy restaurant in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood is another culinary delight from well-known restaurateur Troy Guard. The space is as cool as the fare, featuring sleek furnishings, raw bar, large open kitchen and an enormous wall mural at one end. The menu is varied and delicious, featuring homemade pastas, and a rotisserie that lends a special flavor of seafood, meats and veggies. 3033 Brighton Blvd. | 303.831.8862 mistertuna.com
Hailed as one of North America’s best restaurants, Mizuna delivers tantalizing French cooking through culinary artistry. The menu changes monthly to reflect the bounty of the season, and this charming little restaurant is the flagship of Frank Bonanno’s stellar lineup. 255 E. 7th Ave. | 303.832.4778 mizunadenver.com
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For a delicious alternative to a heavy meal, Olive & Finch is inspired by European cafes that excel in locally handcrafted, fresh food. This charming marketplace and eatery serves sublime fresh-baked pastries, artisan sandwiches, soups and salads, made from scratch using organic and locally sourced produce. 1552 E. 17th Ave. | 303.832.8663 3390 E. First Ave. | 303.955.0455 oliveandfincheatery.com
Ototo offers diners an intimate setting to enjoy Japanese robata-style tapas, sashimi, grilled whole fish and noodles. A robata grill with bincho-tan charcoal infuses a distinct flavor into the food, and an extensive raw bar features catch of the day – fresh and on point. Ototo is the creation of Toshi Kizaki, a well-known fixture of Denver’s culinary scene for more than 30 years. 1501 S. Pearl St. | 303.733.2503 ototoden.com
The original Palm debuted in New York City in 1926, and is still family-owned and operated. The guest list reads like a who’s who, and the signature caricatures adorning the walls are a showcase of local Denverites and well-known visitors. And the food... Exceptional! 1672 Lawrence St. | 303.825.7625 thepalm.com/denver
A unique setting inside the iconic Hotel Teatro, the Nickel offers up mouthwatering Rocky Mountain comfort food. Don’t miss the great popular brunch, or inventive cocktails in the barrel bar, all in a great setting that pays tribute to the hotel’s storied past. 1100 Fourteenth St. | 720.889.2128 thenickeldenver.com
Decorated chef Elise Wiggins offers excellent contemporary northern Italian cuisine. Each handmade dish is unique and made with local, organic, sustainable ingredients. An award-winning wine list features hand-selected pairings that will please even the most discriminating palate. 909 17th St. | 303.296.3525 panzano-denver.com
When a restaurant prides itself on serving sustainable cuisine, that definition can be all over the board. Not so at Old Major, a venue that cures its farm-raised meats in-house, serves sustainable seafood and sources ingredients from local farms. An experience in contemporary farmhouse cuisine. 3316 Tejon St. | 720.420.0622 oldmajordenver.com
Olive & Finch
The menus are constantly changing at The Plimoth, as the restaurant’s team of talented, creative chefs continue creating food that is fun, fresh and flavorful. Whether your taste runs toward a smoked salmon salad, smoked pastrami tartine or creatively prepared steak, you won’t be disappointed when you order items that taste as good as they sound. 2335 28th Ave. | 303.297.1215 theplimoth.com
This gem of a restaurant has won kudos for so many reasons: the sense of community created by the numerous community tables, the creatively prepared small plates that are simply meant to be savored and shared, and the wonderful food and wine. The menu is fun, the drinks are fun, the experience is … well … fun! 3163 Larimer St. | 720.432.3163 thepopulistdenver.com
The Post Brewing Company
The Post Brewing Co. Is a real homestyle family friendly kind of place that is known for serving up some all-natural chicken. With four locations, the Post Brewing Co. Also holds events, has a happy hour, to-go menu and caters. www.postbrewing.com
Punch Bowl Social
With two locations in Denver, Punch Bowl Social has it all – great food, music, games and beverages. Their website describes the venue as “a dirty modern mashup of chandeliers, food for foodies, PBR tallboys and craft beverages.” There something for everyone, including shuffleboard, bowling and all-you-cansing karaoke. 65 Broadway, Denver | 303.765.2695 3120 Uinta St., Stapleton | 720.500.3788 | Punchbowlsocial.com
Quality Italian Steakhouse
This unique Italian-American steakhouse brings together the regional Italian cuisine with the traditional steakhouse fare. Quality Italian presents a menu combining these two cuisines and also offers up a dynamic cocktail program and extensive wine list. 241 Columbine St. | 303.532.8888 qualityitalian.com
A very cool Colorado-themed restaurant, housed in an even cooler setting: an historic bank turned hotel, right in the middle of Downtown Denver. The delicious food matches the incomparable setting; the bar scene is fun and the sea scallops are not to be missed! Oh, and desserts are awesome too. 918 17th St. | 720.726.4800 rangedowntown.com
Featuring a menu inspired by Mediterranean food and influenced by local ingredients, rioja offers pure food and bright flavors. With a wine list that offers fun, interesting varietals and a menu that features plenty of vegetarian options, this spot is consistently rated among the top restaurants in Denver. 1431 Larimer St. | 303.820.2282 riojadenver.com
The Root Down credo is that food should be sensational, igniting all the senses to create a full dining experience. Following a field-to-fork mentality, food is as organic, natural and local as possible, and menus are globally influenced and inspired. 1600 W. 33rd Ave. | 303.993.4200 Concourse C, DIA | 303.432.6959 rootdowndenver.com
Inspired by acclaimed Chef Hosea Rosenberg’s home in Taos, N.M., this special eatery is a heartfelt tribute to the flavors and sights of Northern New Mexico. The rich blending of Spanish, Native American and Mexican foods results in mouthwatering flavors in sauces, salsas and more. 1265 Alpine Ave., Boulder 303.386.3509 | Santoboulder.com
Sarto’s social Italian eatery provides its guests some authentic Italian cuisine from its made-from-scratch menu. Whether you are looking for an extensive multi-course meal or a quick bite to eat, Sarto’s social Italian eatery offers it all. 2900 W. 25th Ave. | 303.455.1400 sartos.com
From the décor to the fare, everything about Shanahan’s is first class. The steaks are prepared to perfection and the stunning bar in the center of the restaurant brings a great energy to the place. In the summer a fun patio scene makes for great people watching. 5085 Syracuse St. | 303.770.7300 shanahanssteakhouse.com
Inspired by the best of coastal Baja California, Sol Cocina offers up an upscale dining experience of authentic Mexican cuisine. Everything in Sol Cocina is made fresh every day. They even have 24 fresh salsas to choose from to pair with your dish. 200 Columbine St. #110 303.953.2208 | solcucina.com
Located in the bustling Highlands area, Spuntino serves seasonal Italian-inspired cooking under the new ownership of husband-and-wife team Elliot Strathmann and CIndhura Reddy. The menu features fresh ingredients from local farms, sustainably raised seafood, locally sourced meats and housemade pastas and breads. 2639 W. 32nd Ave. | 303.433.0949 spuntinodenver.com
Stanley Marketplace is unique because not only can you grab some delicious market-style food, it’s also a place for you to eat, drink, shop, exercise, play, work and so much more. Nestled in Aurora, CO, it is clear Stanley Marketplace has a lot to offer. 2501 Dallas St. | 720.990.6743 stanleymarketplace.com
Stoic & Genuine
Located in the hip and happening union station in Denver’s lower downtown neighborhood, Stoic & Genuine has a simple motto: fresh is everything. This multi-coastal seafood house and oyster bar flies in fresh seafood every day and features an innovative menu. Executive chef Jennifer Jasinski is also behind three of our other favorite Denver restaurants: Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall. 1701 Wynkoop St. | 303.640.3474 stoicandgenuine.com
Regarded as one of the premiere sushi and Japanese restaurants in the U.S. since the mid ’80s, this popular spot continues to set a standard for high-quality cuisine. With its own pesticide-free farm for produce, plus seafood flown in from Japan, Sushi Den leads Denver restaurants in quality. 1487 S. Pearl St. | 303.777.0826 sushiden.net
Celebrated Chef Jeff Osaka introduces Denver’s first Kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) to Colorado. And so far, everyone is loving this unique, fun and colorful concept that delivers freshest delicacies that can be handpicked directly from the conveyor belt, or select a great variety of small plates. The drink menu is equally fun, and cocktails are served from a rolling beverage cart. 2615 Larimer St. | 720.476.4643 sushiramadenver.com
Owners and Chefs Amy Vitale and Dustin Barrett transformed this spot into a cozy, eclectic restaurant with personality and charm. The creative New American cuisine and friendly service at tables are bright spots. Menus are regularly updated to feature the freshest seasonal ingredients. 2267 Kearney St. | 303.388.0299 tablesonkearney.com Chef/owner Troy Guard uses fresh local ingredients to offer a cross-cultural culinary adventure. Guard’s playful cuisine, described as continental social food, melds classic and contemporary styles in a chic urban atmosphere to inspire a sense of community among friends. The menu is unconstrained by national boundaries, drawing from Chef Guard’s Hawaiian rearing and his travels in Asia and Latin America. 1441 Larimer St. | 303.996.9985 tag-restaurant.com
Highly regarded chef richard sandoval delivers a perfect take on modern mexican cuisine. Sit at the bar and peruse more than 100 tequilas and agave-based spirits, then get ready to indulge. The menu boasts all the delights of mexico with a contemporary flair, paying tribute to Chef Sandoval’s deeply rooted ties to his grandmother’s and father’s authentic mexican cooking. 1400 larimer Square | 720.946.1433 richardsandoval.com/tamayo
The James Beard Award winning team of Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, Bobby Stuckey and Peter Hoglund first received acclaim with Frasca Food and Wine, their popular Boulder restaurant. Now Tavernetta, in the Union Station neighborhood, will wow the Denver crowd, with an innovative Italian-themed menu for lunch and dinner. 1889 16th Street | 720.605.1889 Tavernettadenver.com
Vesta is that intimate dining setting you have been looking for. Run by Colorado-raised Executive Chef Nicholas Kayser, guests can look forward to a menu with some bold flavors and seasonal and fresh ingredients. There is also a vast wine and cocktail section designed to pair up with Vesta’s dishes. 1822 Blake St. | 303.296.0700 vestadenver.com Wayward opened in Riverfront last summer in the space vacated by longtime restaurant Zengo. Focusing on regional cuisine, the menu is a diverse selection of small plates to large dishes inspired by harvest ingredients and seasonal fare. The bar features a great variety of flavorful drinks with fun names. 1610 Little Raven St. | 720.449.8300 Waywarddenver.com
West End Tavern
Boulder’s favorite spot for cold beer and good eats, the Tavern offers a menu of mouthwatering homestyle cuisine and great BBQ burgers. Featuring a wonderful selection of craft beers, or choose from a selection of more than 75 of the finest bourbons, straight from Kentucky. 926 Ppearl St., Boulder 303.444.3535 | thewestendtavern.com
Chef Justin Goerich serves modern Southwestern cuisine using the best local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Everything is made inhouse, including smoked chorizo, bacon, pickles, desserts, sauces and salsas. Behind the bar, mixologist and master of tequila Giovanni Buonsante shakes up the most delicious handcrafted margaritas in Boulder, featuring more than 150 varieties of tequila. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder 303.449.0444 | Zologrill.com
Urban Farmer Denver
A modern farm-to-table steakhouse located adjacent to the historic Oxford Hotel, this eclectic restaurant emphasizes locally sourced ingredients and authentic straightforward preparations. The great fare is enhanced by a wonderful selection of locally crafted beers and spirits. 1659 Wazee St. | 303.262.6070 Urbanfarmerrestaurant.com
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shopping Aspen Grove
Located in Littleton, this pet-friendly, open-air retail village is home to over 55 stores and restaurants, including Pottery Barn, The Gap, Apple, See’s Candies, Hot Mama, Ted’s Montana Grill and more. 701 S. Santa Fe Dr. | 303.794.0640 ShopAspenGrove.com
An eclectic and well-planned destination for shopping, dining and events, Belmar is reaching new heights in the Denver scene. Located in the beautiful suburb of Lakewood, Belmar is a trendy escape from the busy city. 408 S. Teller St. | 303.742.1520 BelmarColorado.com
Cherry Creek North Cherry Creek Shopping Center
The Rocky Mountain region’s premier shopping environment features more than 160 shops such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & co., Burberry and Hyde Park Jewelers. plus popular dining hotspots like Elway’s, Kona Grill and 801 Chophouse. 3000 E. 1st Ave. 303.388.3900 ShopCherryCreek.com
16Th Street Mall
Built in 1982, the 16th Street Mall is a tree-lined, pedestrian promenade that runs through the center of downtown. Lined with outdoor cafés, shops and restaurants, the mall has a great family-friendly atmosphere and a vibrant nightlife. Free shuttle buses cruise the mile-long Mall seven days a week. Entire Length of 16th St. 303.534.6161 DowntownDenver.com
Although known locally as “Antique Row,” this eclectic mix of merchants offers the gamut, including high-quality antiques, garden supplies, fine wines, antique rugs, handcrafted picture frames, tiles, vintage lighting, custom furniture craftsmen, a host of fabulous dining and a tea room. 1100-1800 S. Broadway Antique-Row.com
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More than 350 businesses make up the Cherry Creek neighborhood, representing local and national brands. Check out this retail and dining area where you will find fashion, jewelry and home furnishings, spas, salons, art galleries and restaurants. 299 Milwaukee St 303.394.2904 CherryCreekNorth.com
Denver’s only indoor outlet mall features high-end shops including Coach Factory, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Eddie Bauer Outlet. Great restaurants round out the mix, along with numerous entertainment options such as United Artists Theaters & IMAX, Jumpstreet and The Putting Edge. 14500 W. Colfax Ave. 303.384.3000 Simon.com/Mall/Colorado-Mills
Located on the 16th Street Mall in the heart of downtown, this three-story, open-air shopping center has it all: 40 shops and restaurants, bowling lanes and a movie theater. Ride the free 16th Street Mall Shuttle to your favorite retailers, including Banana Republic, Express & more. 500 16th St.| 303.260.6000 DenverPavilions.com
Set on a rise between Boulder and Denver, Flatirons Crossing invites you to enjoy blue skies, fun restaurants and top-flight movies. Explore more than 200 fashion and specialty retailers, including Coach, Coldwater Creek, Bebe, BC Surf and Sport, and more. One W. Flatiron Crossing 720.887.7467 FlatIronCrossing.com
Golden Triangle Museum District
Denver’s Golden Triangle district is brimming with restaurants and culture. Within walking distance of downtown, it features more than 50 galleries, museums and specialty stores. Don’t miss free First Friday Art Tours every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with complimentary shuttle service. Bordered by Lincoln St., Colfax Ave. & Speer Blvd. 720.253.2774 GoldenTriangleofDenver.com
Three diverse commercial districts comprise this neighborhood: cosmopolitan Lower Highlands (LoHi), charming Highlands Square and artsy Tennyson Street. Denver’s largest neighborhood features local and national retailers, restaurants, landmarks, art galleries and entertainment. 32nd & Lowell Streets 303.892.1112 Highlands-Square.com
Historic Downtown Golden
If you want a change of pace from busy malls or more populated shopping districts, this is definitely the place to be. With one-of-a-kind boutiques that offer all things unique, serious shoppers who want to bring back that hard-to-find-gift will love this district with a flavor all its own. Downtown Golden | VisitGolden.com
Historic Downtown Littleton
Visit one of the few remaining historic shopping districts along the Front Range and experience a true hometown atmosphere where people smile and take life a little slower. With more than 250 eclectic shopping, dining and entertainment options, you are certain to find just what you’re looking for. West Main St. btwn. Santa Fe Drive & South Rio Grande 303.795.5006 DowntownLittleton.com
Pearl Street Mall
Located in the heart of downtown, the shops at Larimer Square offer a truly distinctive selection of fashion, jewelry, gifts and home accessories for shopping connoisseurs and fashionistas of all ages. Larimer St. between 14th & 16th Streets | 303.534.2367 LarimerSquare.com
Nestled between Coors Field and the Pepsi Center, LoDo is Lower Downtown’s prime destination for fun and trendy shops. The eclectic stores and vibrant historic district offer everything from antiques and ranchwear to fine jewelry and eyewear. 1616 17th St. | 303.628.5428 LoDo.org
Old South Gaylord St.
One of the oldest business districts in Denver, here you can find passionate business owners who offer personal service. Old South Gaylord Street offers a variety of upscale boutiques, galleries and restaurants, as well as professional services and talented regional craftsmen. 1059 S. Gaylord St. 303.733.2670 SouthGaylordStreet.com
Old South Pearl St.
This laid-back neighborhood features an eclectic mix of shops, boutiques and restaurants. An antidote to the modern megamall, it features seasonal events year-round, one-of-a-kind stores and some of the city’s most popular nightspots. 1569 Pearl St. | 303.892.1112 SouthPearlStreet.com
Olde Town Arvada
With more than 150 unique shops, Olde Town Arvada has plenty of variety. Whether you’re in the market for books, clothing, handmade jewelry, furnishings and antiques or a great restaurant, this vibrant shopping district is full of treasures. 7307 Grandview Ave. 303.420.6100 OldeTowneArvada.com
Outlets At Castle Rock
The Outlets at Castle Rock is the largest open-air outlet center in Colorado, housing more than 100 name-brand stores, including Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. 5050 Factory Shops Blvd. 303.688.4495 OutletsAtCastlerock.com
Outlets At Loveland
A true gem tucked at the foot of the Rockies between Greeley and Fort Collins, the Outlets at Loveland is a great destination for hikers wanting a little shopping to top off a perfect day, or anyone looking for a fun and upscale experience. Featuring more than 40 great outlets, including Ann Taylor, Under Armour, Nike and J. Crew. 5661 McWhinney Blvd. 970.663.1916 OutletsAtLoveland.com
Outlets At Silverthorne
Nestled in the scenic Rockies, just off I-70 on your way to the mountains, the Outlets at Silver- thorne is home to three villages of impressive retail including Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Guess, Banana Republic and more. A beautiful setting for some fabulous buys. 246-V Rainbow Dr. 866.746.7686 OutletsAtSilverthorne.com
A unique and visually stunning retail resort, Park Meadows features fashionable stores and delectable dining choices, along with entertainment and events. With over 165 retailers and 14 full-service restaurants, shoppers experience the classic Colorado lifestyle while enjoying the beautiful resort setting. 8401 Park Meadws Center Dr. 303.792.5384 | ParkMeadows.com
A four-block pedestrian mall in Boulder, Pearl Street is home to a number of locally owned businesses and restaurants, national chains and the Boulder County Courthouse. This popular tourist destination is loaded with charm, from the fountains and gardens to street performers. Btwn. the 1100 & 1400 blocks of Pearl St. | 303.892.1112 BoulderDowntown.com
River Arts North District (Rino) Situated just north of downtown, RiNo is home to an eclectic mix of galleries, artists, wineries, breweries, and more. If you’re in the market for unique, fabulous art, RiNo is the place to be, with a host of galleries showcasing works by some of the city’s most talented artists. North of downtown Denver RiverNorthArt.com
The Shops at Northfield Stapleton
Located just minutes from downtown, The Shops at Northfield Stapleton is a pedestrian-friendly, open-air shopping district featuring specialty shops and restaurants including Macy’s, Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor World and Harkins Theatres 18. 8340 Northfield Blvd. 303.375.5475 NorthfieldStapleton.com
Streets at Southglenn
This destination builds on the character of the surrounding neighborhood with a mix of retailers, restaurants, entertainment and services. Southglenn is an unmatched upscale shopping, dining and entertainment experience. S University Blvd & E. Arapahoe Rd 303.539.7141 | ShopSouthglenn.com
Tennyson Street Cultural Arts District Located in the Berkeley District, the Tennyson Cultural Arts District offers music, live performance, film, and art galore. Located in Northwest Denver btwn. Sheridan & Lowell and 38th & 52nd Ave. BerkeleyDistrict.com
Town Center At Aurora
An indoor mall with more than 150 fun stores including Macy’s, Dillard’s and Victoria’s Secret. A neighborhood shopping destination, the Town Center has great options for dining, children’s fashion, home electronics and everything for your style. 14200 E. Alameda Ave. 303.344.9764 Simon.com/Mall/Town-Center-at-Aurora
Twenty-Ninth Street is the premier mixeduse outdoor shopping center in Boulder, featuring local and national eateries and shops like Anthropologie, Apple, Sephora, California Pizza Kitchen and more. 1710 29th St. | 303.444.0722 TwentyNinth.com
Village Shops at The Landmark
Featuring the best designers in Denver and some of the finest retailers in the world, Village Shops at the Landmark is one of the foremost shopping destinations in the city. Quebec St. btwn Belleview & Orchard 303.892.1112 VisittheLandmark.com
An outdoor lifestyle center with a community plaza and four blocks of retail shops, restaurants and entertainment options, Southlands offers a movie theater, Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer, Irish Bistro and Pub and more. 6155 Main St. | 303.627.5000 ShopSouthlands.com
Conveniently located in southwest metro Denver, Southwest Plaza features popular retailers and restaurants such as Forever 21, BC Surf and Sport, and Tokyo Joe’s, plus department stores including Dillards flagship store. 8501 W. Bowles Ave. 303.973.7062 SouthwestPlaza.com denver + colorado
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Art District on Santa Fe
Home to many artists and studios, this arts district has become a national model of success in community revitalization. The art district has cultivated a friendly, welcoming feel for both seasoned collectors and new art lovers. 801 Kalamath St. | 303.868.8680 ArtDistrictOnSantaFe.com
Arvada Center for the Arts
With two performance venues, three galleries and a multidisciplinary arts education program, the Arvada Center showcases theatrical shows, musical performances and local and touring art exhibitions. 6901 Wadswroth Blvd. 720.898.7200 | ArvadaCenter.org
Just steps away from the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, the U.S. Mint and more, the park is an historic urban oasis nestled amid one of the country’s grandest architectural campuses. 14th Ave Pkwy & Broadway 303.861.4633 civiccenterconservancy.org
A treat for classical and modern dance enthusiasts, the Colorado Ballet boasts 30 members from around the globe presenting a variety of exciting performances. 1278 Lincoln St. | 303.837.8888 ColoradoBallet.com
The Colorado Symphony
Performing traditional, modern and classical works, the Colorado Symphony offers year-round concerts featuring everything from light summer shows to performances by celebrated musicians. 1000 14th St. No. 15 303.623.7876 ColoradoSymphony.org
Denver City Attractions
Denver City Attractions provides a showcase for live theater, touring Broadway shows, acting classes for the community and more, located at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. 1101 13th St. | 303.893.4100 DenverCenter.com 70
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Once known as the “Garden of the Angels” and later as the “Garden of the Titans,” this stunning venue is a favorite for concertgoers and musicians. Towering red rocks frame the site, and the views are nothing short of incredible. 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy, Morrison 720.865.2494 TheRedRocksAmphitheatre.com
The Great Outdoors
The Butterfly Pavilion
This treasure features a visually thrilling rainforest with 1,600 free-flying tropical butterflies, live animal exhibits and interactive fun for all ages. 6252 W. 104th Ave. 303.469.5441 Butterflies.org
The Chautauqua movement of the early 1990s promoted simplicity, learning and art appreciation. That spirit lives on in this haven for cultural enrichment. Rental cottages are available at the park. 900 Baseline Rd. | 303.442.3282 Chautauqua.com
This beautiful park adjacent to downtown Denver features lakes, historical monuments, playgrounds, tennis courts, and is home to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, IMAX and the Denver Zoo. 2001 Colorado Blvd. DenverGov.org/Parks
Denver Botanic Gardens
As one of the top-ranked facilities in the United States, the Denver Botanic Gardens presents a wide range of grounds and stunning collections from all corners of the world. 1007 York St. | 720.865.3500 BotanicGardens.org
Mount Goliath Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Located 17 miles from Idaho Springs near Mt. Evans, this stunning area abounds with wildflowers and wildlife. Great views and hiking trails make this a local gem. Bailey, CO | 720.865.3585 MountEvans.com
Denver Mountain Parks
The entire parks system contains more than 14,000 acres of parklands in the mountains and foothills just west of downtown. It also encompasses a wide variety of striking Colorado terrain, perfect for activities like hiking and sightseeing. 303.987.7800 DenverMountainParks.wordpress.com
From the birth of an exotic animal to the exhilaration of a world-class exhibit opening, the area’s largest zoo is an adventure for the senses. 2300 Steele St. | 303.376.4800 DenverZoo.org
Dive into food and fun – and an underwater adventure! Enjoy the Aquarium restaurant and explore more than 1 million gallons of sealife including sharks, otters, tigers and more. 700 Water St. | 303.561.4450 DowntownAquarium.com
What’s your sign? Test your astronomy knowledge at the University of Colorado’s popular planetarium. Check out the dazzling array of laser and star shows, live star talks & more. 2414 Regent Dr. | 303.492.5002 Fiske.Colorado.edu
Flatirons Vista Trailhead
Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, trail running and picnicking on the Trailhead’s two- or three-mile loop through the Ponderosa pines and meadows along the Flatirons. 3663 State Hwy. 93 303.441.3440 | ProTrails.com/trails
Rocky Mountain Arsenal
National Wildlife Refuge This area supports more than 330 species of wildlife such as bald eagles, hawks and more, on a 15,000-acre expanse of short-grass prairie. 6550 Gateway Rd. | 303.289.0232 fws.gov/Rocky_Mountain_Arsenal
At more than 100 years old, the area known to locals as Wash Park is one of the largest parks in Denver, featuring flower gardens, a 2.6-mile jogging trail, two lakes, a bowling green, tennis courts and more. S. Downing St. & E. Louisiana Ave. 303.698.4692 | WashPark.com
Children’s Museum of Denver
Engage with interactive playscapes, daily educational programming and popular special events. Serving children and their grown-ups, the museum provides a dynamic learning environment to explore. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. 303.433.7444 MyChildrensMuseum.org
Clyfford Still Museum
The Clyfford Still collection represents one of the most comprehensive single-artist collections in the world, encompassing approximately 2,400 works, most never before exhibited. 1250 Bannock St. | 720.354.4880 ClyffordStillMuseum.org
Colorado Railroad Museum
Revel in the sights and sounds of more than 100 narrow- and standard-gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and more in the museum’s 15-acre railyard, and visit the Depot General Store where you’ll find thousands of trail gifts. 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden 303.279.4591 coloradorailroadmuseum.org
Denver Art Museum
Founded in 1893, the city’s largest museum is one of the most storied in the state with more than 68,000 pieces of art. With an extensive American Indian collection, the museum is a must-see for art lovers. 100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy. 720.865.5000 DenverArtMuseum.org
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
For more than 100 years, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has allowed visitors to explore the cosmos and uncover brilliant gems and minerals. Enjoy the IMAX theater and planetarium or go toe-to-toe with a T Rex... if you dare! 2001 Colorado Blvd. | 303.370.6000 DMNS.org
History Colorado Center
A fascinating view of Colorado history comes alive, with a comprehensive collection of books, artifacts and photographs that encapsulate the state’s history. History is truly brought to life in this award-winning architectural venue. 1200 Broadway | 303.447.8679 HistoryColorado.org
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Contemporary Art
With painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics and an elastic hodgepodge of classic works from the past 100 years, this one-of-a-kind facility features some of the best-known designers of our time. 1201 Bannock St. | 303.832.8576 KirklandMuseum.org
The 76-acre Coors Field stands at 20th and Blake Streets in Denver’s lower downtown/ballpark neighborhood and is home to the Colorado Rockies. Fans sitting in the first-base and right-field areas are treated to a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains. 2001 Blake St. | 303.292.0200 Colorado.Rockies.MLB.com
Molly Brown Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
MillerCoors Brewery Tour
Experience the legacy of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, a leading socialite and philanthropist best known as one of the survivors of the RMS Titanic. 1340 Pennsylvania St. 303.832.4092 | MollyBrown.org
Featuring regional, national and international artists, the vast array of rotating exhibits and public educational programs promotes creative experimentation with art and ideas for visitors of all ages. 1485 Delgany St. | 303.298.7554 MCADenver.org
Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum
Located on the former grounds of Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado’s Air and Space Museum offers a trip through history from distinctive aircraft nose art to stirring exhibits. 7711 E. Academy Blvd. 303.360.5360 | WingsMuseum.org
Blackhawk and Central City
Just 45 miles from Denver, this historic area was once known as “the richest square mile on earth” when gold was discovered in the 1800s. Today the area is home to several casinos, charming Victorian buildings and lots of fun. 303.582.5251 BlackHawkColorado.com Colorado.gov/CentralCity.com
Colorado State Capitol
Opened in 1894, the Colorado State Capitol stands as a living museum of history and an active seat of state government. See where legislation takes place in the House and Senate chambers during free daily tours. 200 E. Colfax Ave. | 303.866.2604 Colorado.gov
America’s only downtown theme park and waterpark has operated continuously for more than 120 years. Elitch’s is sheer fun, making this a go-to destination for locals and out-of-town visitors. 2000 Elitch Circle | 303.595.4386 ElitchGardens.com Experience traditional beer brewing in the Rocky Mountains. Become acquainted with malting, brewing and packaging processes, then sip a cold sample while resting on ice-cube benches in the fresh beer room. 13th & Ford St. | 303.277.2337 MillerCoors.com
National Center for Atmospheric Research
How do clouds form? Why is climate changing? Learn all this and more at NCAR, which is dedicated to understanding our earth on a national and international scope. 1850 Table Mesa Dr. | 303.497.1000 NCAR.UCAR.edu
This massive venue offers 46 water adventures on 64 beautifully landscaped acres. Thrill rides abound, including Colorado’s only magnetic water coaster, and 3 separate children’s play areas. 8801 N. Pecos St. | 303.472.7873 WaterWorldColorado.com
The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Housing more than 450 rescued lions, tigers, bears and other carnivores, this 720-acre space is the largest carnivore sanctuary in the world. Come view the animals on the mile-and-a-half of elevated walkway and step into the wild. 1946 County Rd 53, Keenesburg 303.536.0118 Wildanimalsanctuary.org
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Glamping at The Ritz Kids can experience the joy of camping, Ritz-Carlton style when they sleep in a tent. The setup includes a Colorado wildlife story book, plush lion stuffed animal, Ritz Kids sunglasses, coloring activity and a Sâ€™mores cupcake amenity or sliced apples, nuts and hot caramel sauce for dipping. Camping has never been so easy!
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