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Legendary Folklore Center changes hands, keeps community focus by Haines Eason


BROOKS SMILES TO YOU ON HIS FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN FROM THE SANDBOX AT ILIFF PRESCHOOL. Brooks’ mom Heidi snapped the shot for our first-ever first-day-of-school photo contest. Brooks and family will receive a $25 Platt Park Tavern gift certificate. Be on the lookout for future photo contests from your friends at the Washington Park Profile!

ome things change, and some things stay the same. Sometimes, change and continuity happen in the same place at the same time. This appears to be the case for the Denver Folklore Center, the iconic business at 1893 S. Pearl St. According to Claude Brachfeld, who along with Saul Rosenthal purchased the center from its founder, Colorado folk music patriarch Harry Tuft, the spirit that made the Folklore Center a hub for education, community and outreach will be fostered and will remain unchanged. “People who walk into the store will find it unchanged from Harry’s time,” Brachfeld said. Behind the scenes, though, there will be an expansion in the way the store conducts business. The plan


Neighbors return a resident’s life to normal after theft by Haines Eason

ifelong Platt Park resident Delores Huner, 76, remembers the day clearly. It was late July, the 27th. She woke up at her usual time, climbed out of bed and looked to the front door, which is viewable from her bedroom. In the door is a window through which she can usually see one of two potted plants hanging on her front porch. The plant was not hanging in its usual place. Delores opened the front door and noticed right away that not only was one hanging plant missing, two were. Also missing: the bulk of a treasured ceramic animal collection, roughly 10 ceramic animals in all. “When I woke up the morning everything happened and I came outside and saw my plants [and animals] missing, I just sat down on my bench and cried,” she says. “To tell you the truth, that was it, I was ready to move. And I'm 76 years old!" The theft Delores experienced is but one instance of a handful of late-night, quickly occurring crimes that have happened recently in Platt Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Reports of smash-and-grab burglaries at Park Burger, Twisters and Little

India appeared recently in the TV and daily print news this June and July. Some venues were robbed twice. The Little India break in occurred in the overnight hours between July 19 and 20; Park Burger was broken into twice in June, first on June 6 around 3a.m. and again on June 19 between 3 and 6a.m. Twisters was also twice burglarized: first during the overnight hours between June 18 and 19, and again August 3 around 4a.m. However, despite these recent high-profile incidents, Denver’s District 3 Police Department reports an overall 11 percent decrease in crime, year over year. "Yes, there are certain areas of the district that have had an increase [in crime], yes there are certain areas that have had a decrease,” says Denver Police Department Lieutenant Mike O’Donnell. "Obviously we'd like to see success in every neighborhood, but we're not necessarily going to see that each and every time in each neighborhood." Lt. O’Donnell says District 3 is building off the positive momentum of the recently re-established neighborhood watch program in the Washington Park area, the vigilance of which was partly responsible for the arrests last spring of 27 suspects dubbed by some media out-




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KIDS ENJOY A BREAK FROM THE HEAT IN THE UNION STATION FOUNTAINS THIS past August. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that bring the most joy. Photo by Jeff Hersch

lets as the “African Crew.” This group of individuals was responsible for a rash of burglaries and automotive break ins during that time. At present, Lt. O’Donnell says District 3 officers are conducting “numerous operations, whether it's

bike patrols, covert operations, focused operations with officers in uniform and undercover in different areas where we see patterns erupting." Lt. O’Donnell says Denver’s District



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Inside the profile Folklore Center changes hands..................... 1 Local crime event ends happily..................... 1 A Representative View.................................... 2 Short-term rental online licensing................ 2 Business as Usual ............................................ 3 People of South Denver ................................. 4 Local history ..................................................... 6 Editor’s Note..................................................... 7 Entrepreneurs old to young .......................... 8 Denver’s first female DA candidates ............ 9 Calendar of Events ........................................ 10 South Pearl Street Pet Adoption Fair ......... 13 2016 Pet Lovers Guide .................................. 13 Rebel Rousers ................................................ 17 Arts & Events.................................................. 18 Concert Highlights......................................... 18 100 Years of bird protection........................ 20 Must Visit Shows............................................ 21 Service Directory ........................................... 22 Book Review ................................................... 24 University Park News & Views .................... 25 Gardening ....................................................... 27 Home Sweet Home ....................................... 28

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A Representative View By Jolon Clark, Denver City Councilman, District 7


took office just over a year ago, and in that time I have learned so much. It definitely felt like trying to drink out of a fire hose when I first started, and I certainly have much more to learn, but I think that the most important thing that I have learned so far is also the thing that is most relevant to the readers of the Wash Park Profile. Engage. Get involved. Speak up. It would be easy to oversimplify it into the cliched squeaky wheel getting the grease, but with so many things that have happened in the neighborhoods that I represent during this first year, I can point to a person who reached out to me to identify a problem. That is where it all starts. There are over 650,000 individuals in the City and County of Denver these days, and we are all eyes and ears in our community if we choose to be. It isn’t a platitude, and it isn’t political pandering to the people, it is the truth. You can make a difference. You can make this city better each and everyday. All you have to do is open your eyes and ears, and then engage. Graffiti on a wall? Pothole in the road? Something broken at the playground? Trash piling up on a vacant lot? All of these things affect our quality of life, and all of them have the ability to degrade how we feel about our community and about our city. I continue to be surprised by two things; first, how few people call or email me to tell me about these things when they are a problem, and second, how quickly the awesome men and women we have working for the city can jump on them and get them fixed when they are reported. I don’t think that it is apathy that is keeping people from reaching out about what is wrong on their block, at their park, and in their neighborhood. I think that people don’t know how to report it and they don’t realize that by doing so they can really make a difference. Before I was in office, if I drove by graffiti, I assumed that the city knew it was there. When I drove over a pothole, I thought

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that someone was aware of the problem and just hadn’t gotten to it yet. It turns out that we live in a big city and that city relies on all of the residents to be those eyes and ears in order to know where the problems are. Most of the time, if you don’t report it, chances are the city staff in charge of fixing it doesn’t know it’s there. So, here is my challenge to you. Get involved. I’m not talking about attending a neighborhood meeting, although that would be great, or going to a public meeting, although you are always invited! Start by opening your eyes and ears while you are out and about. Next, bookmark pocketgov.org on your mobile phone. If you see something that needs attention, use that page to snap a photo, use your GPS to map it and report it. Finally, email your councilman! You can call, too, but emails can be forwarded on to the appropriate staff to get quicker results.

Together we can make make our neighborhoods safer and cleaner. It may seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference. I’ll be waiting for your email.

Denver launches online licensing for short-term rentals by Jacob Karp


enver residents operating shortterm rentals (STRs) will have until Dec. 31 to become licensed by the city as part of ordinance 0262, which became effective on July 1. Defined as residential rentals of fewer than 30 days, STRs and their operators will be provided the rest of the year to become compliant with the city’s first online business license. A May 16 Colorado Public Radio story on the topic estimated there were 1,700 Airbnb units on offer in Denver at that time. Other leading STR providers VRBO and HomeAway also have strong Denver presences. Peer-to-peer transactions within the STR space allow individuals to rent a portion or the entirety of their home or property. According to Dan Rowland, Citywide Communications Advisor at City and County of Denver, as of Aug.

19 there were 26 STRs registered citywide. Rowland could not say how many licenses were in process, but said the city was granting new licenses daily. Stacie Loucks, executive director of Denver’s Excise & Licenses department, says her department’s goal from the beginning “has been to create a licensing structure that is easy to understand and reflects the tech-savvy nature of STR users. This new online application offers a simple and effective way for hosts to get licensed and be in compliance with the city’s new STR ordinance.” The license, which can be completed entirely online, is a first for the city, with Denver officials claiming it as the only one of its kind in the U.S. “This is the way of the future,” says Rowland. “There is a new proliferation of people doing peer-to-peer transactions, with more customers looking for



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Business As Usual by Kerry Hammond Please notify us of business-related news within your neighborhood so we can provide coverage in Business as Usual. This is the place for business anniversaries, key personnel changes, relocations, openings, new product or service offerings, residential or commercial developments, political intrigues and ownership changes. Call us at 303-778-8021 or send an email to bau@washparkprofile.com.

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Pearl Street Fitness (pearlstreet fitness.com) added so much bulk they outgrew their 2500 E. Sixth Ave. location. Their Downtown, Wash Park and Highlands studios are still open however, and their website asks us to “stay tuned for details” on the Cherry Creek replacement. Osaka Ramen (osakaramendenver

.com) has left its 2817 E. Third Ave. space, but Bento Box fans can still go the extra few miles to dine at the original in RiNo, located at 2611 Walnut St. We also bid a fond farewell to Eccentricity, the women’s clothing store formerly located at 290 Fillmore St. The store closed just shy of its 30th year anniversary. In the midst of the closings in Cherry Creek, we also have some openings to report. Halcyon (halcyonhotelcherry creek.com) is the new 154-room hotel at 245 N. Columbine St. It is a modern luxury hotel that General Manager, Cindy Bedan describes as, “that friend’s incredible house in Colorado you’ve always wanted to visit.” Inside the Halcyon, guests and locals can experience Departure Restaurant + Lounge (departuredenver.com), an Asian kitchen, as well as Departure Elevated, the rooftop bar. Later this year, Quality Italian (qualityitalian.com) will offer an Italian-American steakhouse cuisine.

But wait, there’s more, and it’s mysterious. There’s a Speakeasy called B&GC (bandgcdenver.com) hidden somewhere inside the hotel. Registered guests might be privy to more information, but locals will need to investigate. Check out the website, but don’t think it’s that easy. It merely shows the image of a doorbell on a brick wall with a telephone number. Good luck to you, the game is afoot.


The Red Coral has vacated after a three-decade run at 1591 S. Colorado Blvd. Taking its place is The Bronze Empire (thebronzeempire.com). Diners can look forward to a Hot Pot meal, a fondue type arrangement, along with udon and ramen noodle dishes.

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Sept. 3 for the Grand Opening party from 2:00-7:00p.m. The shindig will provide snacks and drinks and show off their clothing store, hair salon and skin care establishment. Birdsall & Co. (birdsallgarden.com) is leaving Antique Row and heading to Englewood at the end of the month. Visit them at 2870 S. Broadway to shop a much larger showroom, where they plan to up their Christmas game this year, using part of the 50-car parking lot for their Christmas tree sale. The 1500 block of S. Pearl St. is still in flux. Greentree Cyclery has vacated 1549 S. Pearl St. and Finn Real Estate (finn. re) has moved in. Next door, Gaia Bistro (gaiabistro.com) Is looking for a new home and will soon leave 1551 S. Pearl St. We will update you when that happens. Lea Marlene Actors Studio (lmactors studio.com), formerly Actasana, has a brand-new name and brand-new location. Now open at 1601 S. Pearl St., they


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People of South Denver Janet Anderson by Susan Dugan


rowing up in Louisville, Kentucky, as a self-described jock and oil painter, now-Washington Park resident Janet Anderson dabbled in drawing but never considered art as a future career. “It was not particularly encouraged, and other interests commanded my attention,” she says. She went on to attend the University of Tennessee, where she ran track and took a couple of drawing classes. “I would just do it now and then to relax, but never took it seriously. In law school at the University of Virginia, I started drawing a little more but still never painted.” Following law school, Anderson married, moved to Nashville and practiced law while her husband attended medical school. The couple then moved to St. Louis, where Anderson practiced law and their two girls were born, before relocating to Denver in 1993. “My husband was a big ski bum and had lived in Fort Collins,” she says. “We’d always wanted to move to Colorado.” She worked part-time before giving birth to her son, now 19, at which point she became a stay-at-home mom. “When my kids were in elementary school, I got into more crafty stuff, painting furniture and helping with

art projects in the schools,” she says. “Clearly, I had this creative thing that was being suppressed.” When a friend invited her to join her in taking an oil painting class with Colorado landscape artist Brenda Hendrix about 15 years ago, Anderson found herself instantly hooked. “But my first painting literally took about six months. The teacher was a great painter and very encouraging. But I only painted in the class, never at home, and probably for the next eight years just painted casually. I loved it, but I had kids and their dad was a physician and had really crazy hours.” As her children matured, Anderson studied with a number of respected teachers, including artists Tim Deibler, Kevin Wechbach, Scott Christensen, Michael Lynch and Quang Ho. “We’re really lucky to have some of the bigger-name painters here in Colorado; I didn’t really appreciate that at first,” she says. Still busy with her kids, Anderson continued to consider painting more hobby than vocation, until she began studying with Kevin Wechbach. “That was a turning point,” she says. “He taught me about composition. I didn’t really have that conceptual basis, but as it turned out, I liked the academic piece of art a lot.” She describes her work as “repre-

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sentational rather than photo-realistic, with a strong underlying abstract design. “Landscapes are my passion and to me, design is the most important thing,” she says. “Without it, you can throw all the paint on [a canvas] you want, but it doesn’t hang together. I really only had a drawing background when I started, but it turns out my real strength is color. I get a lot of compliments about my palette.” Encouraged by family and friends eight years ago, Anderson began selling her art and soon went to Idaho to study with preeminent landscape painter, Scott Christensen. “I did a 10-day workshop with him two years in a row and really had my eyes opened,” she says. “It was a plein air workshop, painting outdoors. That’s when I decided I wanted to do a lot more plein air work. I’m a big outdoor person; I mountain bike, ski and hike, so it was a good fit for me. You can do more in the studio where the light’s not always changing and you can plan what you’re doing, as opposed to just responding to what’s there, but I do a lot of plein air painting.” Anderson soon began showing her work in libraries and other venues and began submitting to juried events. “Maybe five or six years ago I started submitting to some of the bigger, national shows, and about four years ago

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Denver’s Municipal Auditorium: putting planning into practice by Becca Dierschow, Preservation and Research Coordinator, Historic Denver


s the 2016 Rio Olympics come to a close, many commentators have questioned the economic feasibility of hosting such large-scale events. Indeed, in the shadow of Rio’s missteps, many Coloradoans pat themselves on the back for voting down a 1971 funding referendum that would have brought the 1976 Winter Olympics to Denver. This was the first time in the history of the Olympics that a city has been awarded the games and turned them down. But these events can also offer cities a chance for legitimacy—15 minutes of fame on the world stage. And Denver, often considered a cow town on the western frontier, has long strived to make a name for itself. The city’s historic nickname, “The Queen City on the Plains,” simultaneously reveals Denver’s ambitions and shortcomings. At the turn of the 20th century, Robert Speer was determined to put Denver on the map. After a trip to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, he returned to his adopted city with a plan to turn Denver into a bustling metropolis. At the fair, he saw first-hand the effects of the City Beautiful movement, a city planning philosophy popular at the time. The City Beautiful movement held that monumental architecture, parks and greenspace could inspire civic pride in ordinary citizens, improving the morals of the general populace and lifting up society. A rising political star, Speer was first elected Mayor of Denver in 1904.



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He immediately embarked upon a systematic beautification of Denver—starting with Civic Center, but moving on to create Denver’s Parks and Parkways system. The improvements made throughout Denver were a central part of Speer’s three (non-consecutive) terms, taking over a decade to come to fruition. Speer had grand ambitions to improve Denver and instill civic pride in its residents, but he also wanted to raise the city’s national profile. A national political convention was just the event to achieve his aims. In 1907, Denver bid for the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Many delegates from the Democratic Party were hesitant to accept Denver’s nomination, citing the distance and expense of traveling to Colorado from the East Coast. Eventually, Denver’s promise of $100,000 to the national party swayed the committee, who awarded the convention to the Mile High City. The cornerstone of Speer’s ambitious convention plan was a brand-new auditorium. The proposed Municipal Auditorium would serve two functions: a state-of-the-art convention space and a lasting public amenity. To design the auditorium, Speer relied on architect Robert Willison. Willison first worked as a draftsman for Robert Roeschlaub, and later as a junior architect for Frank Edbrooke before being appointed city building inspector. Willison drew inspiration for Denver’s new auditorium from the recently completed auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota by architect A.H. Stem, who traveled to Denver to advise Willison and Speer on the project. The building is a Classical edifice,

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THE QUIGG NEWTON DENVER MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, NOW PART OF THE Denver Performing Arts Center and housing the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, has existed in one form or another since 1908. The building was erected thanks to threeterm Denver mayor, Robert Speer. Photo courtesy Denver Public Library

featuring buff colored brick and stone foundations. The auditorium’s façade features terracotta sculptures in musical and theatrical motifs. The original design also featured four, corner cupolas and a central roof structure with a fifth cupola. These features were removed in 1955. One of the most notable features of the Municipal Auditorium was the interior. The proscenium arch (which generally frames the stage in a theater) was portable, allowing the space to be highly flexible, holding 3,326 to 12,000 bodies. The auditorium could therefore host a diverse array of entertainments, including concerts, operas, and theater shows, as well as basketball games, circuses and rodeos. After convention-goers returned east, Denverites continued to reap the benefits of the convention. Denver billed itself as the “Queen City of Conventions,” hosting a wide array of professional conventions, as well as theater shows and concerts in the auditorium. Mayor Speer kept the auditorium in public hands, so that it would continue to benefit the citizens of Denver. The city rented out the auditorium to a variety of worthy causes, and hosted weekly Sunday concerts, open to the public where as many as 8,000 people joined in dancing on the open floor. Free lunch time organ concerts allowed downtown workers to take a break from their busy days. And when Mayor Speer died unexpectedly in 1918

during his third term, his body laid in state at the Municipal Auditorium—a fitting farewell for one of Denver’s most influential mayors. The Municipal Auditorium has been renovated several times throughout its life. The interior is completely modernized, while the exterior has lost many of its decorative features. It escaped demolition in 1955, and in the 1980s, it became part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Today, the historic building is the Quigg Newton Denver Municipal Auditorium and home to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The key to the auditorium’s lasting success is its ability to adapt—offering a flexible space to fulfill Denver’s commitment to making arts and culture accessible to all members of the public for decades after the Democratic National Convention left town. Historic Denver is committed to enhancing the city’s unique identity through education, activism and stewardship on behalf of local heritage and historic places. By exploring the dynamic between past and present, we shape a stronger community for the future and inspire engaged citizens. To learn more about Historic Denver and to become a member, please visit historicdenver. org. For more on Denver’s City Beautiful Movement, pick up Tom Noel and Barbara Norgren’s Denver, the City Beautiful (Historic Denver: Denver CO, 1987).

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Editor's Note Rather than pen a column myself this month, I am running a letter from former Life on Capitol Hill and Neighborhood Life co-publisher, Hilleary Waters. As ever, we welcome reader feedback. —Haines Eason, Editor, Denver Metro Media The following comments were given at Denver City Council in support of the Small Lot Development Moratorium Bill (CB16-0498) which passed unanimously on Monday, Aug. 22. Dear Council President Brooks and Denver City Council members, My name is Hilleary Waters. As the former co-publisher of Life on Capitol Hill and Neighborhood Life newspapers for over 21 years, I observed and our papers reported on the ebb and flow of development changes that came to the neighborhoods of Central Denver. What is currently happening is a per-

fect storm that most in the general public and many in government failed to see coming: the adoption of a form-based zoning code, the surge in popularity of Denver as a place to live, the trend of worshiping at the altar of density and the new trend of micro-housing. The result: neighborhoods that can instantly double in population density, neighbors that have no influence on what is constructed in their midst and a decrease in the quality of life. Developers are smart. Some are exploiting the unintended consequence of small-lot development with the use of micro-housing and the city’s worship of density, density, density. This trend will kill the goose that laid the golden egg which is the charm and beauty of Denver’s neighborhoods. Housing that is close, but not too close. Tree lawns. Tree canopies. Variety of architectural styles. Buildings that are in proportion, with landscaping, setbacks and pleasing rela-

tionships to their neighboring buildings. What are we getting today? Massive, high-density development in a monotonous, prison-like architectural style driven by developers exploiting every possible inch of their property. Whether rows of townhomes, full city block apartments, garden-court slot homes or microunit cram-and-jam projects—the designs are efficient, boring, repetitive and ugly. With these designs developers are maximizing profit, minimizing expense and stripping elegance, charm and style. I’m not anti-development, but I am anti-poor quality development, and that, I believe, will be the legacy of the current development trends. We are a city of Fischer and Fischer, William Lang, Robert Strong and many other talented architects. They produced elegant apartment buildings, grand homes, small, charming bungalows, classic Denver Squares, the medium sized apartment buildings of the ‘20s, ‘30s and

‘40s. The city encouraged the building of something worthy, substantial, elegant and proportional. Indeed, there once was a movement called “The City Beautiful” championed by Mayor Speer at the turn of the last century. It was unapologetically noble in its aspirations and we have many fine public and private buildings because of that vision. Now, I feel that the city just encourages development, period. Build, build, build. Get as much crammed in as possible. If it fits the form, it gets approved even if it is ugly, cheap, overwhelms its neighbors and hurts the eyes. Where are the visionaries of today? Thank you. Addendum: There are visionary developers in our midst. Westword recently published an article with examples of people who give developers a good name. Visit westword.com and search “developer dirty word.”

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From old to young: entrepreneurs remaking Denver by Elisabeth Monaghan

Overland: Curt Wallach, Matty Clark and Josh Terry, who are all stars in their own right and have spent the past several years enhancing the Denver music scene. If Curt Wallach’s name seems familiar to those who know nothing about local music, it might be because his father Greg owned Greentree Cyclery at 1549 S. Pearl St. for 35 years. Greg’s contribution as a business owner and community member was instrumental in transforming South Pearl Street into the quaint residential, shopping and dining destination it has become. As of June, when he sold his property, Greg is now retired and enjoying his “new job as grandpa.”


edia outlets were eager to cover the July opening of the new Overland bar at 1967 S. Broadway, site of the old Bushwacker’s Saloon. Of course they wanted to spotlight the Overland’s more noteworthy national investors, Nathaniel Rateliff, Pat Meese and Luke Mossman, who make up Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. After all, it’s a major deal when local musicians make it to the big league, and it’s a bigger deal when these big leaguers do business with the community that helped make them famous. Enter fellow local investors in the

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his year’s tour will feature six homes of various architectural styles, an art deco fire station, an English Cornish-style church and a neo-gothic school. A portion of the tour’s proceeds will be donated to a local school. Baker is unique among Denver’s neighborhoods, boasting the largest concentration of Queen Anne Victorian homes in the city’s historic center. Any passerby can quickly recognize this style by its ornate exteriors, fairytale turrets and decorative balconies. Several homes on the tour showcase these characteristic details, though other architectural periods are also represented. Take the tour Sat., Sept. 17, 11a.m.4p.m. Tickets are $20 pre-order, $25 day of.

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Greg will tell you he didn’t have anything to do with his son’s entrepreneurial drive. “Whatever he learned, he must’ve picked it up on his own,” says Greg. “Maybe he learned by my example, but I always felt he was a capable, smart person and whatever he decided to do, he’d be fine, and that’s proven to be the case.” Curt, on the other hand, credits both of his parents with encouraging him to pursue work he felt passionate about. Curt proved capable and passionate when he launched his first business at the age of 23. He and a friend founded Cheetah Couriers in 2006, drawing upon a love of fixing and selling bicycles that Curt learned from his father. Curt then went on to open his own bicycle shop, the Track Shack, in 2008. On the music side of things, Curt, along with friends Clark and Terry, is an integral participant in Denver’s independent music scene. The three play a variety of genres with a number of different bands, so when they were given the opportunity to take over ownership of the Hi-Dive bar, they, along with a handful of other partners, jumped at the chance. Last year, Curt sold the Track Shack so he could focus more of his efforts as the Hi-Dive’s talent buyer and help run the day-to-day operations. Located at 7 Broadway in the Baker neighborhood, the Hi-Dive originally opened in 2003. Since Wallach and his partners assumed ownership, the bar has become one of Denver’s most popular nightclubs and live music venues, helping boost the careers of such nota-

ble bands as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, the Lumineers, Paper Bird and Vampire Weekend. “The room is great, inviting, just the right amount of beat up,” says Wallach, speaking of his venue. “Our sound crew is top notch. The booking agent before me (Ben DeSoto) had a lot to do with putting us on the map, and I'm always trying to keep the standard of musical acts as high as he did. We try to treat bands as best we can—since most of the owners and staff are musicians, this is a priority—and because of all that we've gained notoriety nationally for being a cool place to play, which is in itself great promotion.” Outside of music, his work at the Hi-Dive and his participation as an investor at the Overland, Curt enjoys spending as much time as possible with his first loves, his wife, Suzanne, and their daughter, Willa. It is likely Denver’s popularity will continue to grow. New buildings will become tomorrow’s landmarks, while more one-of-a-kind shops like Greg Wallach’s Greentree Cyclery will shutter their doors. Neighborhoods and architecture that once defined the city will either be demolished or will be replaced with something bigger, shinier or more modern. While some native or longtime Denverites are sure to find reasons to share their woeful nostalgia about the old Mile High City, perhaps they can take heart knowing there will be others like Curt Wallach and his crew who are eagerly stepping up to shepherd the city through this growth spurt while bringing out the emerging richness of Denver’s changing culture.

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The race to be Denver’s first female District Attorney by Jennifer Turner


n January, for the first time in the city’s history, Denver residents will have a female District Attorney. It will be either Independent Helen Morgan or Democrat Beth McCann. Current DA Mitch Morissey is term limited. In order to secure a spot on the November ballot, Morgan collected over 1,300 petition signatures with the help of volunteers. McCann decisively defeated challengers Michael Carrigan and Ken Boyd in the Democratic primary on June 28, capturing 52.2 percent of the vote. Each woman has been Chief Deputy District Attorney, which is one of the top jobs in the DA’s Office. Morgan, 51, currently serves in that role and McCann, 67, held the position from 1981-1983. Both are also Democrats, but Morgan elected to run as an unaffiliated candidate because she believes the job of DA should not be a political one. While their careers have overlapped, the two women have also taken divergent paths. Morgan, a 22-year veteran of the DA’s office, has worked in virtually every facet of the organization during her tenure. Over the course of her career, she has prosecuted 20 homicide cases. One of her most high-profile assignments was five years spent prosecuting a white-supremacist prison gang as part of a statewide grand jury investigation. After that, Morgan reformulated Denver’s drug courts. From 1975-1983, McCann worked in the DA’s Office. In 1983, she left to join the Denver law firm of Cooper & Kelly for eight years and made part-

ner in 1985. Mayor Wellington Webb appointed her Manager of Safety, which is the civilian head of the Police, Fire and Sheriff’s Offices, in 1991. Subsequent positions included being the first director of the Safe City program, Denver’s Head of Excise and Licensing, and Head of Civil Litigation and Employment for the Attorney General’s Office. McCann has served in the Colorado House representing District 8 for the past seven and a half years. Some of her legislative focuses have been juvenile justice, human trafficking and gun safety. When asked to highlight key differences between herself and her opponent, McCann said, “A major difference is that I bring not only extensive prosecution experience, but also extensive management and legislative experience. I have attended many neighborhood meetings and have many contacts in the community, including communities of color. That broader community understanding is much more valuable than a limited career as a prosecutor, particularly now because of the issues concerning excessive use of force by police. A considerable part of the population doesn’t believe the system is fair and just, and that’s not acceptable. My time since being in the DA's office has allowed me to gain valuable experience in leadership and passage of legislation making a difference in people's lives. I would bring that leadership, a proven record of reform and community perspective to the position." Morgan’s response is she’s a prosecutor, not a politician. “I was in a criminal courtroom as a prosecutor [as recently as this past

FORMER CHIEF DEPUTY DAS HELEN MORGAN AND BETH MCCANN ARE facing off to be Denver’s first female District Attorney. Both candidates are hoping to improve relations between the community and the police department. The winner will take office in January.

month], and my most recent murder trial occurred a year ago,” Morgan said. “Beth last did these things in 1983. I have spent the past 22 years collaborating with defense lawyers, the court, probation, the police department and that’s how I’ve made changes. How do you come in from the outside and say you are going to change things if you haven’t worked with, and gained the trust of, the people who can actually effectuate the changes that need to be made?” Each woman outlined contrasting priorities if elected. Morgan feels the DA’s Office needs to do a better job of communicating to the public how and why her office makes decisions.

Although she will ultimately make all decisions on whether a law enforcement officer will be charged as a result of a fatal law enforcement incident or in-custody death, she will push for an independent group of experts from an outside jurisdiction to concurrently review the facts in these cases. This group will help assure her office is not influenced by bias, conscious or unconscious, in making decisions regarding officers her office works with on a daily basis Additionally, Morgan wants to partner with Denver Police, Manager

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Calendar Of Events Classes, Lectures & Forums Fridays, 09/02-09/30 Climate Change Presentation Schedule a presentation for your school, church, or business to learn about the reality of climate change and what we can do about it for our children, the Earth and future generations. Contact Paddy McClelland: paddy@verdedenver.com. | 722-300-0276 Verde Denver Real Estate 1817 S. Grant St. Sat, 09/03 | 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m. Demo & Dialogue Series Throughout the year, Art Students League of Denver’s talented faculty offer demonstrations in their medium. This month, Intro to Oil Painting with Andrea Kemp. | 303-778-6990 Meininger Art Supply 499 Broadway asld.org Wednesdays & Saturdays, 09/03-09/28 Denver Urban Gardens/Denver Recycles Learn to Compost class Leaves, branches, grass clippings and food scraps make up more than half of what is sent to the landfill. Reduce that amount by learning how to compost, RSVP required, free. | 303-292-9900 Gove Community Garden 13th Ave. & Colorado Blvd. dug.org Mondays & Tuesdays, 09/05-09/26 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Adult Open Lab Interested in recording music or editing your videos? Want to use a 3D printer or learn about Arduino? Need to scan your drawings and clean them up? ideaLAB has a wide variety of hardware and software available. Also, Thursdays, 1-3p.m. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org/idealab Mondays, 09/05-09/26 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Learn to Code Meetup An open house/study group for anyone, at any level, with any interest in computer programming. No prior knowledge/future commitment needed. | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library

10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway meetup.com/learntocodedenver Tuesdays, 09/06-09/27 | 12:15p.m.-1:00p.m. Civic Center MOVES Try a FREE lunchtime workout with full-body conditioning with Pearl Street Fitness! Check website for info on other workouts around the city and waiver (required). Broadway Terrace 238 S. Broadway civiccenterconservancy.org Wednesdays, 09/07-09/28 | 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Heart Health with Porter Hospital The risk of heart disease is easier to reduce than you realize. Learn how to spot the symptoms, dispel the myths and reduce your risk. It might be easier than you think to put an end to heart disease. | 720-865-0120 Ross-Cherry Creek branch library 305 Milwaukee Street denverlibrary.org Wed, 09/07 | 1:30p.m.-2:30p.m. Social Security Online Social Security Administration staff will provide a live tour of ssa. gov to demonstrate some of the things that you can do online using this website, from filing for retirement or disability to managing your Social Security benefits. | 720-865-0000 Schlessman Family branch library 100 Poplar St. denverlibrary.org

Sat, 09/10 | 1:00p.m.-1:00p.m. The Pastel Society of Colorado Do you have a passion for pastels? Do you want to meet other painters in the neighborhood? Join The Pastel Society of Colorado, they meet second Saturdays each month. Pastel painting demonstration is usually the main event. All are welcome! Denver Presbytery 1710 S. Grant St. Mon, 09/12 | 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Dr. Scott Ortman. Topic: The Magic of Social Networking, Past and Present One of the fascinating developments in urban geography is the discovery that modern metropolitan areas exhibit specific allometries with respect to population. In this talk I update on results so far and discuss their implications for archaeology. | 303-648-1968 Denver Museum of Nature & Science 2001 Colorado Blvd. cas-denver.org/meetings Wed, 09/14 | 10:15a.m.-10:15a.m. Jewish Aging Mastery Program What does it mean to master the art of aging? Improve your health, financial security and overall well-being all in the context of Jewish wisdom about aging. Find out at a 12 week class, $100. | 303-316-6324 Jewish Community Center 350 S. Dahlia St. jccdenver.org

Thu, 09/08 | 1:30p.m. No Strings Attached Book Club Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Together, we’ll build our list of books to read. No strings attached! | 720-865-0135 Ross-Broadway branch library 33 E. Bayaud Ave. denverlibrary.org

Thu, 09/15 | 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Active Minds presents - Brexit: What Does the Future Hold for the UK and the European Union? British voters elected to exit the EU, sending global stock markets down and provoking global reactions from horror to congratulations. Join Active Minds and place this pivotal event in its historic context and explore where this path may lead. | 303-320-7652 Ross-University Hills branch library 4310 E. Amherst Ave. activeminds.com

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New York Times Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah A reading and signing by the author of “The Nightingale”‚Äîwhich tells the heart-wrenching story of two sisters, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France. Tattered Cover 2526 E. Colfax Ave.Mon, 09/26 | 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Bicycle Maintenance 101 with the Denver Tool Library Bring your bike and learn how to tune up, do basic repairs, and maintain it. In this class we will go over how to keep your bike up to speed and then answer any specific questions you may have. | 720-865-0220 Decker Branch Library 1501 S. Logan St. denverlibrary.org Mon, 09/26 | 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m. Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share: A Community Discussion on Regenerative Thinking and Urban Resilience Regenerative systems are the next wave of the sustainability movement and are emerging all throughout the Front Range. This panel will lead a discussion on eco-social systems and how we can each be stewards of change in our own neighborhoods. | 720-865-1111 Denver Public Library: Central branch 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org Tue, 09/27 | 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m. Active Minds presents: The Supreme Court With the Presidential election cycle in full swing and the future of a divided court hanging in the balance, the stakes couldn't be higher. Join Active Minds and examine the dynamics surrounding filling a vacancy on the highest court in the land. | 303-322-7727 Tattered Cover 2526 E. Colfax Ave. activeminds.com Wed, 09/28 Candidate Forums Live on Denver 8 TV Denver Decides, a consortium composed of the League of Women Voters of Denver, Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation and Denver 8 TV, will hold candidate and ballot issue forums for the upcoming November 2016 election on Denver 8 TV. See schedule online. lwvdenver.org

Health & Wellness Sundays, 09/04-09/25 | 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Free Yoga for All Relax and stretch with free yoga at a year round class designed for all ages and levels. In Summer the practice is outside so call MJ for location. Bring a mat if you can. Donations are appreciated but not required. | 720-244-8252

Washington Street Community Center 809 S. Washington St. wscc-denver.org Tuesdays & Thursdays, 09/06-09/29 | 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. Essentrics: Stretch, Tone & Strengthen Dynamic, full-body workout suitable for all fitness levels. Combines stretching and strengthening while engaging all 650 muscles. Increase flexibility and mobility for an ageless, healthy, toned, and pain-free body. $5 per class. | 303-217-0990 Washington Street Community Center 809 S. Washington St. wscc-denver.org Sun, 09/25 | 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. Yoga Rocks the Park Outdoor yoga! Series of yoga and wellness events features a different instructor with live music or a DJ from a unique Denverarea yoga studio at each gathering. It is the vision of Yoga Rocks the Park to continue to make yoga accessible to everyone. Sunken Gardens Park 1099 Speer Blvd. yogarocksthepark.com

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Thursdays, 9/8-9/29 | 10:30a.m.-11:00a.m. Baby Storytime Join us at the library for stories, songs, rhymes and fun for babies ages 0-18 months and their parents or caregivers. | 720-865-0135 Ross-Broadway branch library 33 E. Bayaud Ave. denverlibrary.org

Sundays, 09/04-9/25 | 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. All Ages Open Lab Have a project you want to work on as a family? Want to learn more about Photoshop, 3D printing or anything else in the lab? Come on in! Family open lab is all ages, but no unaccompanied adults or kids under 10, please! | 720-865-1706 ideaLAB in Community Technology Center of DPL Central library 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverlibrary.org

Every other Friday, 09/09-09/23 | 9:30a.m.-11:45a.m. Moms Group Mom community is essential for the early mothering years. MOPS group for moms with children from birth through 6 years old. Practical and inspirational speakers and videos. Open to moms in the community. Don’t do mothering alone! New Denver Church 700 Bonnie Brae Blvd. newdenver.org/mops

Sundays, 09/04-09/25 | 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Days in the Dirt Every Sunday throughout our growing season, families have made Ekar a part of their activities. Planting tomato and cucumber seeds and tending the land is a wonderful place for families to share old wisdom with the next generation. Drop-in, free. Ekar Farm 6825 E. Alameda Ave. ekarfarm.org

Sat, 09/10 | 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration Watch American Indian dancers and drum groups, participate in hands-on activities, browse a selection of vendors and enjoy traditional fry bread. Social dances and special Hoop Dance performance at 10a.m. Free general admission and activities. | 720-865-5000 Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverartmuseum.org

Mon, 09/05 | All -day Every Kid in a Park An initiative the U.S Government announced that all fourth grade students and their families would have free admission to National Parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and waters for a full year. everykidinapark.gov

Sat, 09/10 | Times Vary Live at the Library: Modern Goon Start the weekend off right with rock music, donuts and coffee with Denver post-punk band Modern Goon. Bring the kids, and bring your earplugs! | 720-865-0120 Ross-Cherry Creek branch library 305 Milwaukee Street denverlibrary.org

Wednesdays, 9/07-9/28 | 10:30a.m.-11:00a.m. All Ages Storytime Join us at the library for stories, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers. | Ross-Broadway branch library 33 E. Bayaud Ave. Wed, 09/07 | 5:30p.m.-7:00p.m. Fee-based Workshop - What We're Handed: Mixed Media and Poetry with Wes Sam-Bruce Join us for a hands-on art making exploration into your connection with the natural world through collage, illustration and poetry. Tickets start at $10/member, $20/non-member and include Museum admission | 303-433-7444 Children’s Museum 2121 Children’s Museum Drive mychildsmuseum.org/events

Sun, 09/11 | 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. B’nai Havurah - PJ Library Story Adventure Programs The Parent Tot program will explore books and the lessons they teach about Jewish values and holidays. Enjoy quality time with your children and grandchildren ages 2-5 while experiencing learning, crafts, music, and connection with other families. B’nai Havurah 6445 E. Ohio Avenue Thu, 09/15 | 3:30p.m.-4:30p.m. Batman Party! Holy smokes Batman! Did you know there is an official Batman Day in September? Come decorate cookies and make Batman themed crafts. All ages. No registration. While supplies last. | 720-865-0240

Wed, 09/07 | 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Girls Who Code An afterschool program for girls in middle and high school to learn computer science in a collaborative, engaging and intensive manner, working with women who work in technology fields. Learn Python, build websites, create games and more,

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Outreach Daily, 09/2-09/30 | 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Youth Artists on the Spectrum: A Celebration of Neurodiversity Youth Artists on the Spectrum: A Celebration of Neurodiversity at the Denver Art Museum showcases artwork by Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative (BRAI) artists and celebrates the creativity of children with autism spectrum disorder. Admission is free. | 720-913-0068 Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverartmuseum.org/calendar Thursdays through Sundays, 09/07-09/30 | 12:00p.m.-1:30p.m. Nar-Anon Family Group A Nar-Anon family group meets each Wednesday. The free, selfhelp, 12-step, confidential meeting is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. | 303-871-7290 Evanston Center for Spiritual Wholeness and Healing 2122 S. Lafayette St. nar-anon.org


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eware of dog. A dog, or cat, can take you out with one look. Stroll through the annual South Pearl Street Pet Adoption Fair on Sunday, Sept. 18, at your own risk. In order to avoid the simple, yet insane, happiness a pet can force on you, do not run the gauntlet of the 20 to 35 rescue/adoption groups and 100-plus dogs that populate the fair, which runs 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. CJ Hirsh didn’t stand a chance. An older, white-faced beagle, who ultimately would be known as Pearl, overpowered her at one fair. “It was love at first sight. Why? I don’t know,” Hirsh said. “I didn’t know we were looking for a dog,” her husband, Malcolm, remarked at the time. They weren’t. “It’s just hard to argue with meant to be,” she said. The Whole Cat and Dogs, Too store proprietors Sue Green and Nancy Martin, who have organized and spon-

sored the fair for more than a decade, know the dangers better than anyone. They were cat lovers. But then terrier mix Gibson and chihuahua Marilyn moved in on them. “One pet fair was super busy,” Green recalled. “But Nancy came in and said, ‘You have to go look at this longhaired chihuahua. Gorgeous.’” Yes, she is. And she had an attachment, Gibson. The two dogs were close. That’s how Martin also ended up with a dog. Green hasn’t been able to track the numbers of adoptions begun at the fair and later finalized, but she estimates the event leads to matchups for a few dozen animals and families each year. Dogs and cats are the family members we get to pick and train. Or maybe they pick and train us. It’s a mutually agreeable arrangement if the human is well-adjusted. Donell Kotowski was out for a cup of coffee a few years ago and stopped by the fair. She was ambushed. A brown and white chihuahua escaped her minder and ran to Kotowski’s side.

“I never thought I’d get a small, small dog, but she’s been a life-saver,” Kotowski said of the her adoptee, Loie. Their immediate bond would quickly deepen when, a week later, they survived a car accident. While Kotowski recovered from a broken back, Loie provided comic relief, largely by running circles in a cartoon blur around tables, but also boosted morale with great snuggling. “I can’t imagine my life without her,” Kotowski said. The pet fair and farmer’s market can be a fun family and social event like no other, even for those who aren’t ready to embrace the fur on a permanent basis. But be aware of the risks—such as falling in love. “I’ve been really lucky with rescue dogs,” Hirsh said. “They’ve all been great dogs. They often are up for adoption through no fault of their own. There are so many dogs who need homes.” Their owner has gotten ill or passed away. Sometimes people have no choice because of financial circumstances. Or the pair just wasn’t a good fit—for exam-

ple, a couch potato guy and a workaholic border collie. “I think Pearl came from a very nice family,” Hirsh said. “She had good manners. She oozed personality.” While Pearl passed away after a long, full life, Hirsh still finds herself surrounded by rescue/shelter dogs. There is Emerson, “Emmy,” the shih tzu. There are grand dogs, pug mix Gumbo and mystery mix Layla, who visit often. “No jumping on the bed” at this house on Emerson Avenue only means that Emmy has her own staircase for it. The whole neighborhood fell in love with Pearl, whose daily walks on Pearl Street were announced with some enthusiastic baying that only her kind or a hound can summon. Pearl knew she would get a biscuit at The Whole Cat and Dogs, Too. Hirsh's husband wanted to know if she remembered some of the downside of pet adoption. “‘Don’t you remember telling Pearl to quit howling?’” he asked her. “No, I really don’t,” she said.


Some of the numbers don’t seem to support the experience that we had the first half of this year. In the early Spring, we saw many showings and multiple offers on several of our listings and much competition to secure a home for our buyers. We won one bidding war that had 30 buyers in it! I certainly feel that if we would have had more inventory, we could have sold it. There are many factors embedded in these numbers. For example, at first glance, it appears that prices in East Washington Park have either flattened or gone down slightly. However, the highest price per square foot has gone up dramatically from what we obtained last year. Is this apparent flattening real or just a reflection of the mix of homes sold when we finally have seen more inventory in the mid ranges? Subjectively, I would say we are still experiencing a Seller’s Market. Here at The Bridge Team we are experiencing multiple offers on well located and well priced homes that show well. We are far from the 6 months of inventory needed to balance out the market.

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AlchemyCreativeWorkspace(alchemy cw.com) is moving its co-working space into 66 S. Logan St. There will be a yoga studio and, in the Denver tradition, dogs will be welcome. Come for the office space, stay for the free microbrews served daily to members. “Alchemy’s layout was also done to promote chance encounters, which are intended to lead to collaborative ideas, partnerships and social interaction,” says Chris Fulenwider, co-founder of the concept. Adrift Tiki Bar & Grill (adriftbar. com), located at 218 S. Broadway, is temporarily closed for remodeling. They are scheduled to reopen this month, offering more handcrafted cocktails and island-inspired dishes. The Walnut Room (thewalnut room.com) has served its last pizza at 2 Broadway. Fans of the restaurant will be happy to know that they will continue to operate at their original location at 3131 Walnut St. in RiNo. Executive chef Jonah Munson says, “we’re focusing more on our original location, the music scene and the menu.”

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Old South Gaylord Street says goodbye to John Holly’s (johnhollysdenver. com), formerly located at 1028 S. Gaylord St. Diners can still visit the 2422 S.

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Scott Kohner (scottkohner.com) has opened a psychotherapy practice at 4900 Cherry Creek South Dr. The practice offers individual, couples and family therapy, and Scott sums it up perfectly when he says, "I teach people how to communicate more effectively with the important people in their lives."

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The Gathering Place (tgpdenver.org), located at 1535 High St., welcomes Holly A. Henke as the new Vice President of Development. The organization, which serves women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness, is excited to have Holly on board. They will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a gala on Saturday, Sept. 17. Too busy for laundry and dry cleaning? Now you have options. WashClub (washclubdenver.com) is in town, offering pick-up and delivery service within a 24- to 48-hour timeframe. They will launder or dry clean for individuals and businesses, allowing their customers more time to enjoy the things in life that don’t involve a washing machine. Kerry Hammond investigates and reports on the neighborhood happenings in the “Business as Usual” column and is a freelance book reviewer for the Washington Park Profile. Contact her with any business-related news at bau@washparkprofile.com.


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3 officers have conducted 45 operations in regards to the the group which has been targeting restaurants in the Platt Park area of late. No arrests have yet been made. To make best use of officers’ time while maximizing effectiveness, Lt. O’Donnell says there has been an intentional increase on the part of District 3 in “class two” activity. Class two activity is classified as officer-initiated actions which are based on analytics and historical data. In this case, District 3 officers are using historical data going back three years to determine what crimes have been occurring when, and with that knowledge, district sergeants have been able to place officers in the right place at the right time. These tactics have resulted in increased encounters with suspects and suspicious individuals, and Lt. O’Donnell says 64.5 percent of these actions have occurred in the Platt Park, Baker, Washington Park West and Washington Park neighborhoods. Year over year, January to July 2015 and during the same period this year, the biggest percentage increases in crimes in the Denver Police Department District 3, Sector 1, which emcompasses the Baker, Speer, Washington Park West and Platt Park Neighborhoods, are as follows: - Baker: 103 percent increase in reported burglaries, 32 to 65. - Platt Park: 110 percent increase in reported auto thefts, 11 to 23. - Speer: 475 and 233 percent increases, respectively, for aggravated assault and robberies, 4 to 23 and 3 to 10. - Washington Park West: 40 and 43 percent increases, respectively, for thefts from motor vehicles and auto thefts, 40 to 56 and 23 to 33. Lt. O’Donnell says District 3 has been experiencing increased calls from Platt Park residents interested in neighborhood watch resources. He highlights the efforts of Darci Barlow, a Washington Park resident who spearheaded the 2015 effort to re-establish a watch, as evidence of how an organized, vigilant

neighborhood can help police effect a reduction of crime across the board. “Overall things have gotten really, really better, at least in District 3,” Barlow says. Barlow has created a Google Drive folder containing all the resources anyone could need to start a watch program in their neighborhood. “Overall, the message I have for folks is, ‘get involved,’” she says. “We have a very manageable outline to follow, so it’s not an overwhelming task—it takes very little time [to set up a watch], but you’re serving a need and being a citizen, protecting your area.” Barlow says she is more than happy to share out her folder or meet with anyone interested in starting a watch. She can be emailed at darcibarlow1 @gmail.com. Delores grew up at 1616 S. Acoma St., and she attended Thatcher Elementary, Grant Middle (“the old Grant,” she says) and South High School, as did all three of her boys, all of whom live in the area. When asked about recent criminal activity in the neighborhood, Delores acknowledges it, but it doesn’t seem to spook her. Instead, she focuses on positives. "You hear so much negativity about construction, people are against that,” she says. “And I know there are a lot of cars that have been broken into, damaged. A couple of the stores on Pearl Street have been broken into; houses have been broken into… "We're very lucky to live in this neighborhood because of the schools, Pearl Street—everything's within walking distance—we have light rail, the zero bus, the 11 and 12 busses... We're very lucky.” To date, neighbors have replaced seven of Delores’ missing animals with two geese, two bears, a bunny and a turtle. She’s received numerous kind notes as well. In the end, she wants to thank those neighbors because, as she says, “I don’t get on nextdoor.com and don’t know how else to reach out. Please tell them thank you for me.”

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Community building is central to the mission at Denver South High School and it can only be achieved by a multi-pronged partnership between the neighboring communities, the students, faculty and staff and parents. That mission was definitely achieved this summer during the 2-4-1 Athletic Program for students in grades three through nine. Approximately 100 participants from all over Denver descended upon South this past July for a week of sports, fun and camaraderie. Current Denver South athletes, teachers and coaches joined forces to run the camp, allowing for campers to not only learn a variety of skills but have nonstop, organized action, a plus for any youth camp. Look out for information about summer 2017 in the coming spring. During the school year, the community established within Denver South amongst students, teachers and staff is buoyed even further by contributions from an outstanding group of community partners. Our neighboring businesses have proven to be excellent role models for Denver South students in how to give back to their community. We can’t strengthen our community bond without sharing our most important upcoming calendar dates. With the return of all students on Tuesday, Aug. 23, loads of action is sure to follow, including Back-to-School Night, which takes place on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 5:00p.m. Homecoming 2017 will be fast approaching as it falls on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:00p.m. against the George Washington Patriots. After that (and before you know it) Trick-or-Treat Street happens. This celebration is a fun, student-led evening for the youngest amongst us and takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 5:00p.m. in the main gym. November is also chock full of activities, with the I Am Denver South Fundraising initiative beginning Oct. 14 and continuing through the end of the year. November is also when the fall play will happen, which will be sure to please under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Rinaldi. Chief Sitting Bull once said, “Let us put our minds together to see what we can build for our children,” and that is just what the Denver South High School community and its generous partners are doing for our students. We could not be more grateful.


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ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS Fri 09.09 $20 advance

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The Bluebird Theater Presents: Car Seat Headrest Thursday, Sept. 1 | 8:00p.m. (doors open 7:00p.m.) Tickets: $15 advance, $17 day of The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax | bluebirdtheater.net Critical indie darlings Car Seat Headrest will blow out the speakers with songs from their first album, "Teens of Denial,” which was released in May. Begun as the project of lead singer Will Toledo, the four-member band burst on the national scene last year when they signed with Matador Records. Their sound has been described as "moody and introspective lo-fi pop tunes that are melodic but structurally ambitious at once,” with Pitchfork magazine proclaiming that "Toledo reaffirms that he is ahead of the pack as an imaginative singer-songwriter, capable of crafting dynamic indie rock."

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Taste of Colorado Presents: Boyz II Men Saturday, Sept. 3 | 7:30p.m. FreeMain Stage Civic Center Park, 101 W.14th Ave. atasteofcolorado.com/music Motownphilly’s back again / doin’ a little Colorado fling. If you need a dose of ‘90s R&B, Taste of Colorado has just the thing. Boyz II Men will play a free show at the Labor Day event. The Boyz are making their second appearance at the Taste after performing in 2011. Now in their third decade together, the group has four Grammy Awards and has sold 60 million albums. Comprised of the original lineup of Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman (Michael McCary left the group in 2003), Boyz II Men will be part of a ‘90s lovefest at the festival, where Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Blues Traveler will also be performing.

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Swallow Hill Music Presents: Sarah McQuaid Saturday, Sept. 24 | 8:00p.m. (doors open 7:00p.m.) Tickets: $12 advance, $14 day of Tuft Theater Swallow Hill, 71 E. Yale Ave. swallowhillmusic.com UK singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah McQuaid will dazzle Denver with songs before taking a yearlong break to record her fifth studio album. Huffington Postlauded and critically acclaimed, McQuaid has been compared to the vocal stylings of classic 1970s British folk singers like Sandy Denny and Nick Drake. She has spent the past seven years touring virtually nonstop on both sides of the Atlantic. Her fourth solo album, Walking Into White, was released last year and was selected as Album of the Month by UK publication, FolkWords, which went on to nominate it for both Best Album from a Female Artist and Album of the Year.

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Thu, 09/08 | 5:45p.m.-7:45p.m. Girlfriends A time to socialize and to develop more meaningful friendships with other women. Cost is free except for purchasing food. Panera Bread 2466 S. Colorado Blvd. girlfriendcircles.squarespace.com Thu, 09/08 | 4:15p.m.-7:00p.m. Wash Park Neighborhood Croquet Join us for the last of our summer series of Croquet in the Park at the Denver Croquet Club. We’re 50 yards west of the E. Mississippi entrance to Washington Park. Everyone welcome. No prior experience needed. We’ll show you how. Fun is guaranteed! The Lawn’ in Washington Park S. Franklin St at E. Mississippi denvercroquetclub.com Tue, 09/13 | 6:45p.m.-7:45p.m. WPENA Meeting The Washington Park East Neighborhood Association hosts a monthly meeting that are open and all are invited to attend. St. John’s Lutheran Church 700 S. Franklin St. wpenaonline.org Wed, 09/14 | 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Burritos and Bocce at Illegal Pete’s on Broadway Celebrate the Around Denver campaign with us while playing Bocce and enjoying some delicious burritos from Illegal Pete’s. AND, if you come and show your library card, Illegal Pete’s will even give you one menu item for FREE. Illegal Pete’s 270 S. Broadway Thu, 09/15 | 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. No Cook Night Community Cook Out! Join WSCC for a very special cook out with your friends, family, AND neighbors! | 303-733-4643 Washington Street Community Center 809 S. Washington St. wscc-denver.org Fri, 09/16 | 5:30p.m.-10:00p.m. Moonlight Euphoria Cemetery Photo Shoot Whether you are an amateur or a seasoned professional, the Fairmount Heritage Foundation Photography Club's Moonlight Euphoria offers the unique opportunity to photograph Denver's historic Fairmount Cemetery during the full moon. Tickets are $10. | 303-399-0692 Fairmount Cemetery 430 S. Quebec St. eventbrite.com Fri, 09/16 | 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Nat’l Active & Retired Federal Employees Assoc. (NARFE) Chapter #81 members champion the rights of retired and current Federal employees. All current and retired Federal employees and their guests are invited. Program: Report by delegates about the National Convention. | 303-779-4268 Windsor Gardens Inn - Blossoms Restaurant 597 S. Clinton St. Sun, 09/18 | 3:00p.m.-4:30p.m. End-of-Life Dialogue Respectful, life-affirming conversations about death and end-oflife concerns open to all lifestyles and faiths. It's an open format, facilitated dialogue rather than grief support or counseling. Free, refreshments served. Third Sundays. Porter Place 1001 E. Yale Ave.

Theater & Dance Daily, 09/02-10/02 | 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. #dancelab #dancelab is a creative dance installation created by local artistic dance partners Wonderbound and creative firm Legwork Studio. Follow dance steps choreographed exclusively for this installation, or show us your freestyle moves. | 720-865-5000 Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/dancelab Thursday through Sundays, 09/02-09/24 | Times Vary Middle Aged People Sitting In Boxes Middle Aged People Sitting in Boxes barely needs to be described because the entire show is perfectly encapsulated in the title. Imagine four middle aged people going about their daily mundane middle aged business while sitting in boxes. | 720-946-1388 Buntport Theater 717 Lipan St. buntport.com Fri 09/02-Sun 09/11 | Times Vary The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera, will come to Denver as part of a brand new North American tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is "bigger and better than ever before." | 303-893-4100 Denver Center for the Performing Arts 1350 Curtis St. denvercenter.org

Sat, 09/10 | 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Monologue Slam Historic Grant Avenue will host Denver’s first Monologue Slam featuring local actors performing a 3-minute monologue from a play, TV show, film or an original work. Popular in NY and LA, Monologue Slams are fun showcase for local actors. | 303-733-8940 Historic Grant Avenue 216 S. Grant Ave. historicgrantave.org Tue, 09/20 | 8:00p.m.-10:00p.m. The Great Debate Teams of non-experts head to head in lively debates of the inconsequential. Mundane topics are brought to life by ordinary, but opinionated folks. You’re bound to be a flip-flopper after listening to compelling arguments. | 720-946-1388 Buntport Theater 717 Lipan St. buntport.com Wed, 09/21 | 8:00p.m.-10:00p.m. The Narrators Hosts Andrew Orvedahl and Robert Rutherford present actors, comedians, musicians, writers and other creative types telling true stories from their lives, centered on a monthly theme. Check out thenarratorspodcast.com for details and how to sign up. | 720-946-1388 Buntport Theater 717 Lipan St. buntport.com Fri, 09/23 | 7:30p.m.-9:30p.m. Attitude on Santa Fe Colorado Ballet's second season of Attitude on Santa Fe will feature three new ballets choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet dancers. The choreographers include Tracy Jones, Domenico Luciano, and Kevin Ga√´l Thomas. | 303-837-8888 Colorado Ballet 1075 Santa Fe Drive coloradoballet.org/performances Fri, 09/23 | 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Flamenco Gypsy Jam Maestro Rene Heredia, “world-renowned virtuoso” (Denver Post) and “Denver’s living flamenco legend” (KUVO radio), will present one of the finest flamenco shows of Gypsy music and dance, featuring his Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre. | 303-246-1049 Mercury Cafe 2199 California St. flamencojam.bpt.me

Sat, 09/10 | 6:30p.m.-9:30p.m. Denver Monologue Slam A fun showcase for actors and audience members. Each actor performs a 3-minute monologue from a play, TV show, film or something they have written themselves. There will be a cash prize of $200 for the first place winner. | 303-733-8940 Historic Grant Avenue 216 S. Grant Ave. historicgrantave.org/events-2/denver-monologue-slam

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I SEPTEMBER John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Celebration with the Colorado Symphony SEPT 10


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Andres Lopera, conductor

El Latir de México SEPT 15


THU 7:00

Andres Lopera, conductor

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets available in person, at the Box Office beginning two weeks prior to the event. La entrada es gratuita, pero el cupo es limitado y se requieren boletos.

Opening Weekend: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2


SEPT 16-17 FRI-SAT 7:30

Andrew Litton, conductor Jon Kimura Parker, piano BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83 Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 STRAUSS

The Second City Guide to the Symphony


SEPT 24 SAT 7:30

Christopher Dragon, conductor Members of: The Second City Jeffrey Biegel, piano Program featuring the premiere of PDQ BACH’s “Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra”

An Evening of Bernstein’s Best


SEPT 30-OCT 2 FRI-SAT 7:30 SUN 1:00 ■

Teddy Abrams, conductor Morgan James, vocals Selections from Bernstein’s musicals such as West Side Story, Candide, and On the Town

OCTOBER Kellogg’s Concerto World Premiere Featuring Yumi Hwang-Williams


OCT 14-15 FRI-SAT 7:30

Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin BEETHOVEN Overture to King Stephen, Op. 117 Rising Phoenix DANIEL KELLOGG DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Inside Dvořák Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” OCT 16


SUN 1:00

Christopher Dragon, conductor

La Bohème Conducted by Andrew Litton


-Semi-staged production-

OCT 21-23 FRI-SAT 7:30 SUN 1:00 ■

Andrew Litton, conductor Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director Colorado Children’s Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director La Bohème PUCCINI

Movie at the Symphony: Raiders of the Lost Ark OCT 28

f you heard there was a 100-year-old law that made it illegal to pick up and keep a bird feather or rescue an abandoned baby bird, you might think it was time to get rid of that law. However, that law, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), has prevented several species of birds from going extinct over the past century. A variety of birds, including many we enjoy viewing in our local parks and wild spaces, have been protected over the past century, thanks to the MBTA. Beginning in the 1870s, many women’s hats were decorated with the plumes (long, delicate feathers) of many bird species. To meet the demands of this fashion statement, millions of wild birds were slaughtered every year. One of the most popular plumes was from the snowy egret, a bird you may see during the summer here in Denver, nesting in City Park and Washington Park. In addition, the hunting practices of the time involved killing as many birds and animals as possible for bragging rights. Consider the passenger pigeon, once the most abundant bird in the US, hunted out of existence. In response to these devastating trends, many conservation organizations, including the National Audubon Society, were formed. Even so, without a law to enforce, conservation efforts were unable to save many birds from certain extinction. So, on Aug. 16, 1917, the United States and Canada entered into a treaty that prohibited the hunting, killing, capturing, possession, sale, transportation and exportation of birds, feathers, eggs and nests. It also established refuges to provide birds with protected habitats, and it encouraged the sharing of data between nations to monitor bird conservation. To control the excessive hunting of birds, it set hunting seasons, listed what birds are considered game birds, and established the Federal Duck Stamp, a type of hunting license required of all waterfowl hunters over 16 years of age. Because of the success of the act, the U.S. expanded the act by entering into treaties with Mexico (1936), Japan (1972) and Russia (1976).

Despite the name of the act, birds need not migrate to be protected. And, the MBTA does not provide protection to all bird species. Birds that have been introduced, such as house sparrows and European starlings, are not protected. Currently about 1,000 species of birds are protected by the MBTA. Violations of the MBTA include: hunting protected birds, poisoning birds, poaching birds for sale as pets, destroying or disturbing bird nests, raising baby birds as pets and collecting wild bird feathers, nests and eggs. Penalties for these violations take into consideration the severity of the offense, the bird affected and the record of the individual violating the law. Fines start at $500 with up to six months in jail and can go up to $2,000 and two years in jail. If multiple birds are affected, sentences can be stacked, leading to hefty fines and jail time. The chances of being charged for picking up a bird feather or for rescuing a baby bird are extremely remote. However, it is a reminder that it is best to let wild birds stay wild and free. That baby bird that looks abandoned probably has a mama bird waiting for a human or pet to leave before coming to the rescue. And why not allow someone else to experience the joy of discovering a unique feather on their nature outing? Though the MBTA may be 100 years old, it is still providing essential protection for our feathered friends.

Great Walls


FRI 7:30

Christopher Dragon, conductor Special 35th Anniversary Celebration! Concert performance includes full screening of the live action feature film! Raiders of the Lost Ark licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd and Paramount Pictures. Motion Picture, Artwork, Photos © 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Halloween Spooktacular! OCT 29


SAT 2:30

Andres Lopera, conductor

Half Notes Please join us for family-friendly pre-concert activities in Gallery 2.



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Expanding the Dialogue: Part One Through Oct. 1 SPACE Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Dr. Subtlety can be an art form of its own, the creation of something so delicate or precise that it becomes difficult to analyze or describe. This show features subtle, ethereal pieces from Colorado women artists Tonia Bonnell, Taiko Chandler, Sophia Dixon Dillo, Carlene Frances, Jane Guthridge, Nancy Koenigsberg and Wendy Kowynia. This series of Dialogues aims to highlight women artists—who are historically undervalued and underrepresented—while exploring their abilities to produce expressive and direct abstract art. Presented in conjunction with Women in Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum and Colorado Women in Abstraction at the Center for Visual Art. 720-9041088 or spacegallery.org. Artwork: Reflected Light by Jane Guthridge (Detail)

Artwork: The Blue (and orange) River by Drew Sarka

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of Safety, Office of the Independent Monitor and other stakeholders to hold public forums explaining the role each agency plays in a fatal law enforcement incident or in-custody death.     Morgan also plans to immediately establish a protocol for presenting cases that allege unlawful behavior by the police. “Anytime there is a sustained allegation of an officer causing serious bodily injury, I’m going to have two prosecutors reviewing the allegation of misconduct separately and making a decision whether or not to charge,” Morgan said. “Right now we only do that for sex assault cases. We need to expand this process and start doing it when we have allegations of police misconduct. I can also see doing it in cases where there wasn’t serious injury, but lots of public interest. In those cases, we will issue letters or opinions if we decide not to charge. We will also issue letters or opinions at the request of a complaining party or police officer. The public has a right to know and has a right to ask questions about the cases we review and the decisions we make.” Top priorities for McCann include juvenile justice reform and keeping kids out of the court system through community programs she hopes to develop with the mayor and city council. She plans to review the issue of mass incarceration and how minor, nonviolent crimes are handled so fewer people are incarcerated.

She wants alternatives provided to those with mental health and substance abuse issues. She also believes a good relationship between the police and community is vital, and the DA’s office should be more involved in rebuilding trust. McCann said, “The DA’s office needs to be in the community more. I will require deputies to attend neighborhood meetings so they hear people’s concerns. We will definitely participate in the Mayor’s Cabinet in the Community program which the DA’s Office has not been involved in before. We work for the people and really need to know what they're thinking." Human trafficking has been an important issue to McCann throughout her career. She will also focus on child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse and domestic violence cases. As a Denver Deputy DA, she handled a number of high-profile cases involving trafficking and crimes against women and children. McCann was able to pass significant legislation in these areas while in the legislature. No matter who wins, the Mile-High City will have a female DA early next year. When asked about this, McCann said, “I think it’s great. It’s about time. Women certainly have good trial, management and collaborative skills, and they bring a bit of a different perspective.” For more information on the candidates, visit helenmorganforda.com and mccannfordenverda.com.

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Remember the Maine: how the sinking of a ship led to the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders by Kerry Hammond Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner William Morrow May 2016


f you’re like me, you know very little about Theodore Roosevelt and next to nothing about the Spanish-American War. Mark Lee Gardner’s book changed that. Beginning with Roosevelt’s push to fight in a war, climaxing at the famous

battle at San Juan Hill and ending with his decorated career and posthumously awarded Medal of Honor, the book takes the reader on a comprehensive trip alongside one of America’s most wellloved national heroes. The 1898 sinking of the USS Maine off the coast of Havana may have been the catalyst for the war to liberate Cuba from the Spanish, but we learn that Roosevelt’s anticipation of a fight, any fight, started years earlier. As Gardner explains, “Roosevelt’s war fever was actually due to America’s fever for war, or at least its long glorification of all things military.”


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Itching for “something worth doing,” Roosevelt wrote a letter to the Secretary of War in 1886 offering to gather troops in case of trouble with Mexico. When this trouble didn’t pan out he set his sights on a possible conflict with Spain. His appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Navy provided him the perfect position to use his influence to promote his ultimate cause: to lead men into battle. His time finally came, shortly after the sinking of the Maine, when he was offered command of a volunteer cavalry. Roosevelt shocked the Secretary of War by insisting that he be made a Lieutenant Colonel, serving under Captain Leonard Wood, an army surgeon, in the role of Regiment Colonel. It was agreed, and the duo proceeded to recruit men to the volunteer unit, receiving so many interested applicants that thousands were turned away. Rather than just a dry recap of history, Gardner’s book reads like a wellversed, personal war story told by your favorite uncle around a campfire. Adding to the inviting narrative are interspersed photos from the period which add a visceral, visual aspect to the story. Gardner’s book is a work of nonfiction, but it is related as a story. A large amount of correspondence survived from this time period and allowed Gardner the luxury of incorporating accurate dialogue and first-hand descriptions of events. What makes this narrative so compelling are his references to the lives of the soldiers and their experiences prior to battle.

The soldiers who volunteered displayed heroism and experienced glory, but through his research Gardner shows there was much mundanity, too. Hauling materiel, marching … the soldiers and their leaders spent plenty of time toiling. These were ordinary men, but they aspired to do extraordinary things. The book is more than just a story about Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, it’s the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his men, all who searched unceasingly for renown. Gardner illustrates how the charisma and leadership skills Roosevelt possessed brought about his rise from a position as a U.S. Civil Service commissioner to that of President of the United States of America, and how his rise brought so many others up with him.

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University Park News & Views by Diana Helper


o rhyme* this time, we choose the news to fill our space! UP’s a place of rising growth of all sorts—both large buildings and more buildings planned—a big concern! UP folks yearn for the good old days, before the maze of cranes and walls (so twilight falls much earlier now)! But this is how it’s always been here, change galore! It’s just that now it’s coming more in bulk, and as well as higher, faster, what once was pasture, now disaster. What to do? Watch like a hawk! Keep informed! Be sure to talk to the city, to


councilmen, developers! Give them good ideas of how we live in a neighborhood with a character we have long established and wish to be respected. Try not to whine or shout. Let’s work together to work things out in honor of our UP 103 years of tradition! In magnificent celebration of UPark turning 103 as a neighborhood, all agree it was a festive, eclectic, all-ages mix—a scene like 1886! Hundreds of folks, picnic blankets and chairs covered the park lawn everywhere. Good dogs wagged, fine children played, grownups chatted in the shade, the bands were great and the cake—we ate it all!

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is to add a full-service, online sales platform that will expand the center’s reach. “Our vision is to be not only a cultural center and musical instrument resource for musicians in Denver, but for musicians all over the country,” Brachfeld said. “Traveling musicians both amateur and professional drop in all the time, and we want to be able to maintain our contact with them and provide them with the instruments they need, even when they’re not here in Denver.” The platform will be a sales tool, of course, but it will also be a forum by which musicians can connect. Connection itself is what brought Brachfeld and Rosenthal to the table. Brachfeld said his and Rosenthal’s long relationship with Tuft as customers and friends made the idea of stepping in to take over a no-brainer. Brachfeld and Rosenthal have each had at least one other career, Brachfeld working for many years as an interventional cardiologist, then a healthcare consultant for insurance companies and as a teacher. All the while he has managed to foster his musical interests. “I’ve been a musician since I was a teenager,” Brachfeld said. When asked where he falls on the amateur to professional spectrum, Brachfeld said, with a chuckle, “I have played for money in the past, but that does not make me a professional. I would say I’m a serious amateur.” Brachfeld’s partner Rosenthal has himself been a professional musician for many years, most notably with Rocky

Mountain Jewgrass. He is also a cantor for Congregation Rodef Shalom, where the two met. Brachfeld and Rosenthal understandably bring much enthusiasm to this transition, but for founder Tuft, though his love of the store and its community remains undaunted, some of the joy was missing from his day-to-day duties. “To be brutally honest about this, some of the actual working of the store had lost its luster,” Tuft said. “I was not as ready to learn about new business models. I lost some energy around that aspect of the business, and I found myself being more in the office than out

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Thanks to those who planned it all so well, it was truly grand! Now, we commend you to the UP board which named a new president (by full accord): Debbie Harrington! You can greet her Wednesday, Oct. 5, when we next meet at UP School, 6:30p.m. to chat, speakers at 7:00p.m. More will be at your doorstep in UP-Words, delivered to all UP homes. Missed? Give us a call. In our newsletter UPWords you’ll see: - A fervent plea for park benches, a mission of Pat McCroskey’s vision! - A big “thank you” for new signs on Asbury Avenue to make it safer for

peds, bikes—and cars, too! - The tale of a kite and its rescue’s finesse! For much more UP news, visit upcc. us. If you have news or views of UP, please contact Diana Helper, 303-7334902 or chapinhelper@gmail.com. Diana is a writer, singer, neighborhood and open space advocate—including being a creator the Buchtel Trail/Prairie Project—an INC delegate, and an active alumna of Oberlin College. She has written for The Profile over 30 years; she and her husband John are longtime UP residents. *Read this article with care—you’ll find the rhymes are really there.

front. I realized that maybe those were signals that it was time to find someone else to take over.” On another front, Tuft found himself reconnecting with an old love. “I had found that the store’s three principal employees were doing so well and I could reduce my hours to half time, and this gave me more time to make music which made me realize how much I wanted to do that.” Though he’s sold the business, Tuft said he’ll remain an advisor to Brachfeld and Rosenthal. Still, retirement beckons, and Tuft has plans. When asked to comment on a rumor that he plans to spend time picking and traveling, Tuft said that’s pretty much

his plan. “I’ll continue playing as I’ve been playing in Denver, at the Clyfford Still Museum Oct. 9, some private parties and I’ll do the Jews do Jews Dec. 10,” he said. In February, he and his longstanding band Grubstake will play Swallow Hill. He also insinuated there is something large in the works for the spring, but he intends to remain mum on the subject until plans are finalized. California is also on his map. He’ll head that way for his daughter’s wedding and for gigs in Berkeley with old friends. When asked if he has made any big travel plans to celebrate this change in his life, Tuft said, with a smile, “I love Paris in the springtime.”

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Short-term this and more hosts coming on board.” Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman noticed the trend towards these types of transactions in 2014 and began to study them, calling them “an orbital shift in the way we think about social and economic exchange.” She quickly realized a licensing process would need to be put in place to govern the legitimization, regulation and taxation of this movement, with a priority being placed on ensuring neighborhoods remain safe and functional. “We wanted to protect neighborhood safety,” says Susman. “This gives a sense of security to everyone involved.” Rowland agrees. “Having this process in place will help build trust between hosts and neighbors, providing peace of mind that there is a licensing process to keep people accountable.” The ordinance allows operators to rent their primary residence for less than 30 days at a time, with primary residence being defined as that on your driver’s license, voter registration or utility bills, or as Susman says, the “place you normally return to at the end of the day.” The primary residence piece is important according to Rowland, for “neighborhood protection and the preservation of residential character” in the hope of avoiding the creation of “hotel streets” throughout the city. City Park West homeowner Calvin Smith rents part of his home out on Airbnb and has already completed the online licensing process. In becoming licensed, Smith wanted to be sure that everyone involved with his STR felt safe and secure. “We wanted neighbors to be com-

: Continued from PAGE 2 fortable that they knew guests and I are doing the right thing,” says Smith, adding that he “didn’t want guests to think we weren’t on the up and up.” If potential operators don’t own the property, they must obtain written documentation from the landlord or property owner allowing the operation of an STR. Potential operators will also need to check to verify that their STR is covered under insurance and if the residence is part of a homeowners association, operators must verify that STRs are allowed. Everyone seeking a license must also be legal residents of the United States. To apply for the license, operators will need to have their lodgers tax ID, which is free of charge and can be applied for and received digitally. All operators of STRs will be subject to a 10.75 percent lodgers tax, which is the same tax that hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts are subject to in Denver. Once this has been completed, operators can go through the formal STR application process for $25. They will then receive their STR license and business file number (BFN), which will need to be posted in each listing the operator makes online. License numbers will be required in postings so that Excise & Licenses can track, monitor and enforce the ordinance, with fines up to $999 and potential jail time possible for those who are not compliant. While there will be no limit on the total number of licenses granted, each operator may only hold one license, which is good for each calendar year. Rowland hopes the easy nature of

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People have the resources.” The trip also offered artists a step back in time to the ‘50s, when Cuba became a Communist state. “The buildings are very dilapidated,” Anderson says. “Buildings collapse all the time. It’s totally back in the ‘50s and these old trucks and cars are everywhere. I did a few paintings of those and was later invited, along with a selection of artists from the trip, to have work featured in a recent show titled Cuba Today: From Studios to Studio at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland.” Anderson says that despite the condition of many buildings and infrastructure, it’s easy to forget you’re in a Communist country while visiting Cuba. “Until the guide starts talking about some of the restrictions,” she says. “They make it appear that there’s free enterprise, but there’s not much. When President Obama was there recently, they made this big deal the last night of his visit where he had a meal at what they call a ‘private restaurant.’ Our last meal was also at a private restaurant, but we had gone to all these really nice tourist restaurants before that and they’re all owned by the government. Until they emphasize that this one restaurant is

cess was simple, quick and effective. “The short-term rental application was amazing,” he says. “This took me maybe two hours total over two days and the paperwork was easy to do because it is online. Within a week we had a license in our hand and a code for our business.” For more information on becoming licensed, visit denvergov.org/STR.

: Continued from PAGE 4 private, you don’t realize that means all the others are not. Apparently, there are a limited number of permits you can get [to operate] restaurants and shops. Most are not private. And average salaries, even for physicians, are really low. Tour guides make more than just about anyone because they get tipped generously.” Anderson found the restricted nature of traveling within Cuba the only real downside to the visit. “I’ve done some traveling in Third World countries, but in Cuba, they really shine things up for the tourists,” she says. “It’s not like traveling on your own, where you can experience local food and businesses. It will be interesting to see what will happen in the next five years. I think they’re going to have to loosen their grip a little; otherwise it will be really hard to encourage enterprise.” Although visiting artists did not get to interact with Cuban artists, they were encouraged to bring art supplies to donate to the art school. “They would even take donations of partial tubes of paint and old brushes,” she says. Her best day of painting occurred when the group visited a nearby fishing village outside of Havana. “It was not crowded and just a beautiful day; a great place where Hemingway used to hang out and you could actually paint the boats with nothing in the way. Overall, even though most of the time painting in Havana wasn’t my finest artistic moment, it really did challenge me. It was such an interesting place and the people, even though incredibly poor, were just so lovely and seemed happy.” Janet Anderson is represented by Arts at Denver and the Framed Image. You can check out an exhibit of her work Aug. 27-Oct. 30 at the Cultural Arts Center in Estes Park. Freelance writer and author Susan Dugan’s wide range of work includes newspaper and magazine articles, personal essays and fiction. She has been active in local schools, volunteering to teach creative writing and bringing authors into classrooms.

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September Gardening by Joan Hinkemeyer


eptember, the Harvest Moon month, is a love-hate month for gardeners. This month brings dramatic changes to our landscapes. Although this is an annual occurrence, we somehow are always emotionally unprepared. Hot sunny days early in the month lull us into a false sense of complacency, believing that summer is everlasting. Yet one heavy frost abruptly ends the seasonal life of annuals, and snow (yes, it does snow in September) breaks branches and creates landscape havoc. Many gardeners welcome September’s slower pace and shorter days after toiling in summer’s heat. Now is the time to savor the late season harvest and begin consigning healthy, spent foliage to compost piles. Those who consider September to be a month of death must realize that nature is on a continuum, always re-energizing itself. If things were permanent, we’d have eternal landscapes of iris and peonies. Many of the plants we love receive that love because their blooming season is so short but their roots are busy regenerating themselves during their non-blooming season. September changes the focus of our gardening activities. First of all, photograph your garden and landscape, both for memories and for a springtime guide when you plant again. Then, discontinue evening watering to discourage mildew and slugs, and then reduce all watering, especially around trees. They need to harden off to withstand early frosts and snowstorms. It’s also time to scrutinize trees and shrubs that might be fragile or near power lines in case of early snow because our most dangerous snow storms arrive in early fall and late spring. Q: We like bachelor buttons and mostly keep them confined to one area. They are unsightly when they go to seed, but the blank area after they’ve been cut down is even worse, especially to our neighbors who have “golf course” lawns. Is there anything we can plant to freshen up

the now-bare spots? A: Wildflowers and self-seeding annuals are fine in nature where plants freely continue their life cycles. They become a problem in urban landscapes where neatness is expected. For now, I suggest you buy some inexpensive mums. They’ll give instant color and may even survive the winter. Then, in the spring, intersperse the bachelor buttons with alternate blooming flowers such as gaillardia, coreopsis, monarda, rudbeckia, phlox or daisies. You get the picture. Don’t plant too heavy because you must leave space for the bachelor buttons to re-seed and develop sturdy systems. Q: Last fall while vacationing in the Upper Midwest we were captivated by the colorful, bittersweet vines we saw. We brought some seeds here and planted them, but with no results. The seeds didn’t even germinate. Bittersweet is supposed to be OK in our climate zone, so how do we start it here? A: First of all, you don’t want bittersweet in an urban landscape. It is as aggressive as bindweed. Secondly, zone designations primarily consider temperature ranges and don’t recognize the many variables, such as soil composition, rainfall, wind and insect environments. These variables even exist within our city. Denver’s clay soil, plus our intense high-altitude heat, irregular rainfall, sudden temperature shifts, wind bursts and air pollution all challenge our plants. Ours is as very different environment from the acidic, woodsy environments bittersweet vines find in the Upper Midwest. Q: Our landscape always looks so lackluster at this time of the year. It looks even worse this year because so much foliage was hail damaged. What can we do for color now? A: Buy lots of colorful blowsy mums. They’re inexpensive and make dramatic statements when massed. Also, buy pansies. These cheerful little bloomers love the cooler temperatures and will last

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IT’S EASY TO BE LULLED INTO A FALSE SENSE OF SUMMER LASTING FOREVER when September arrives. Discontinue your evening watering to discourage mildew and slugs. Eventually, reduce all watering to prepare your garden for early frosts and snowstorms.

through frosts. Mass one or two colors to fill blank spots. These are immediate solutions, but the real solution comes with serious planning in the spring. We are often so dazzled by the color parade nature offers in the spring that we don’t plan ahead. The solution is to note attractive landscapes and consider some of those plantings. Since all plants have peak seasons, you must include such late-bloomers as agastache, penstemon, gaillardia, rudbeckia and lots of striking lavender and ornamental grasses. Such annuals as cosmos and zinnias also bloom until late frost. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Q: How do I prune my overgrown raspberry bush? A: Ruthlessly remove all old wood. Raspberries produce fruit on two-yearold canes, so the older wood just absorbs space, creating an impenetrable thicket. Enjoy September, when “The morns are meeker than they were – / The nuts are getting brown / The rose is out of town.” —Emily Dickinson Joan Hinkemeyer is a long-time gardener from a family of green-thumbers. She was an estate gardener in Beverly Hills, California, and had her own landscape consulting business for over 20 years.

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