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Considerations on a Cloudy Friday Downtown

Cold…but Spring really will come. Thousands of Denverites would consider the significance of Saturday, February 26 to be the beginning of Denver Restaurant Week. From tomorrow, through March 11. And, at this link, you can find all the restaurants, menus and information for reservations at nearly 300 places. Dozens of them are Downtown. Most of the best. But, to many others, the most significant event of Saturday is the first Rockies game of the season.…

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On Ghosts, Lipstick and Microclimates

Many Downtown Denver buildings are said to be haunted…or, to at least have some pretty odd things occurring from time to time. But, there is only one actual Ghost Building, and it’s named that for a person by the same name, not a spirit. So, now and not in the best spirit, it is again empty. The owners failed to successfully negotiate a new lease with 20-year occupant, the Rocky Mountain Diner. By the way,…

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Rumors Good Enough to Chew On!

Friday is always a good time to spread a little gossip. And, no, we don’t know any further changes in the status of Carmelo Anthony. But, isn’t it a shame that most of the rumored deals for him include a Chauncey Billups departure as well? But I digress. Downtown is getting more restaurants. Surprised? A couple of new ones, a probable move, and a replacement. Let’s see how this all works out. First, the replacement.…

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Translations to Open “New Perspectives”

Continuing with our weekly report of gallery goings-on in Downtown Denver, this week brings the announcement of a new show at Translations Gallery, 1743 Wazee. Opening today, February 17, and with an Artist’s Opening Reception on February 18 (5:30-8:30) is “New Perspectives: Exploring New Outlooks on Familiar Topics.” Gallery owner Judy Pereira Hagler and Assistant Director Jillian Pate have assembled a show of several artists in a variety of media to challenge both theirs and our normal views of the…

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This New Mall Kiosk Has Sole!

Scuffs! Right there close to Tremont and  Republic Plaza, Starbucks and Peet’s. Shoes are shined for $6. Boots for $8. Leave them off, or stick around. Monday through Friday. 7 to 5. The 16th Street Mall is a work in process. One of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s efforts is to populate the Mall with appropriate kiosk businesses for us to walk around or into. They don’t all work. The food carts change. Coffee comes and…

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Assignment: Stay on 16th Street. And, Find a Good Cup of Coffee.

Can you do it? It may not be as easy as you think. And, yes, we have our reasons for saying that. Recently, a woman visiting from San Francisco and riding the Mall Shuttle asked if the 16th Street Mall had a Starbucks on every block. It seemed that way to her. That’s not the case, of course. In fact, there are only four along the Mall…out of the 18 or so Downtown. And, to…

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Spring Arrives at MCA Denver!

Step out of the cold and into the Spring exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Three major exhibits opened last Friday, February 4 and they fill the Museum with some intoxicating, thoughtful and strong work. Houston-based Dario Robleto has created An Instinct Towards Life including one piece done especially for this exhibit. It fills the first floor until May 15. Oakland-based Allison Smith created Piece Meal, and is still creating it, along with…

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