Archive for May, 2011

Weekend Update: Activities to Keep the Rain Away!

Ever hopeful for good weather, Denver by the Slice has a few suggestions for the Memorial Day weekend.

Diane Huntress Photo

Have some ice cream or gelato at Little Man, over the bridges, up the hill in the big milk can of a building behind the Olinger’s sign. Umm!

Go another couple of blocks to Gallop for brunch and Denver’s finest Bloody Mary.

Or, stay Downtown and get all arty at the Downtown Arts Festival today through Monday at the Pavilions, 16th Street Mall between Welton and Tremont. All media, 130 fine artists. Browse and buy!

Mix in some music. Yes, it’s that time again. Denver Day of Rock! See the details and schedule here for over 20 bands at 5 stages throughout Downtown (2 at Skyline Park), all starting at 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Some will be very loud. Pick your favorites. Day of Rock is put on by, and benefits, Concerts for Kids!

For more sublime musical sounds, take note that the Downtown Denver Partnership has put out those street pianos again, up and down the mall. It’s called “Keys to the City” and artists and piano tuners donate to the effort. Luckily, on occasion, someone really good sits down to play!

At Union Station you can tour the mock-up rail car…just like the one you’ll take from DUS to DIA in a few years. Representatives are there to answer your questions…like “where does my bike go?”

Then, stop by Margs Taco Bistro on Wynkoop between 15th and 16th. Have a traditional Margarita…and a less traditional Caprese Taco. Right on the street. Good people who also bring you the Smiling Moose just next door.

And, while hoping for good weather, hope for some good baseball. The “best record in baseball” of last month has morphed into a below-.500 also ran and it has not been pleasant to watch. Hope, hope, hope and perhaps the sun can shine on our Rocks!

Oh, and take Monday off. Apparently everyone else will.

3 Years and Seeing a Bright Future!

Congrats, Madeleine!

On June 1, Optique of Denver, 1580 Blake Street, celebrates its 3rd Birthday with a designer trunk show throughout the afternoon and an art opening that evening. This bright, stylish optical shop covers all the best brands of eyewear and professional vision assistance. Conveniently located right between 8 Rivers and that coffee place. Drop in and wish them a Happy! And, have your eyes checked.

Here Comes Some Steam!

Look for increasingly disruptive work at the intersection of 16th and Wynkoop starting May 31. XCEL is working on its steam system there through the month of June. By mid-month, there could be some total (and, we trust temporary) closures. Don’t get too hot over this!

Ahhh…Technology!

Well, a feisty computer part has snuck up on The Slice and bit it right in the byte. Posts should resume later this week. Please hang around and we’ll get back to bringing you the news about living in Downtown Denver! Instead of talking with a guy on the phone about a computer. Thanks!

Tired of the Rain? Soak Up Some Great Jazz on Saturday!

The 8th Annual! Saturday, starting at 1:00, an afternoon of great music, all FREE, at the Five Points Jazz Festival! Wander over to Welton Street between 26th and 29th for good food and good vibes non-stop from five different music venues. 

As a special treat, you can also partake in a lecture/conversation with Jake Adam York…professor, poet, and expert on many diverse subjects…as he discusses what makes a “Jazz Standard”. With audio support, of course. You likely know Jake from his many eclectic appearances at Mixed Taste, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. His presentations are at 1:30 and 3:30 at the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton.

The Main Stage will close the day with the 6:30 performance of the Bob Montgomery-Al Hermann Quartet. You can read more about Bob here from our archives. And, you can see him perform Saturday at the 29th and Welton stage location.

Here’s where you can find out more about this annual event brought to us by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, which for the sake of accuracy is now part of the Arts and Venues office of the city. Good work!

What You Can and Cannot Do Next Week Near Union Station…

Can do this:

Visit a mock-up of the rail cars that will whisk you one day from Union Station to Denver International Airport. RTD is previewing the cars to the public Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 28 from 10 until 4 p.m.

The one-third length mock-up will sit on the Wynkoop Plaza side of the Station, and have seats, access and luggage racks as proposed for the line, planned to open in a few years. Public comment is welcome. And, RTD people will be there to answer your questions.

Can’t do this:

Have a drink at McCormick’s. On Monday, May 23, the popular local bar will close for about a month for re-modeling. We did not know that it was broken and that it needed to be fixed. The Cruise Room will remain open, though.

After the bar remodel is done, they’ll close the restaurant and do more of the same. The outside seating area on Wazee will not be available during the remodel time. Hey, it’s baseball season!

Out of Order

McCormick’s is hugely popular…all year…as are many of the restaurants in that chain. They have not been sold yet, although their board is considering that option. However, off the table, apparently, is the offer from a member of the Landry’s group. Those are the folks who operate Willie G’s on the Mall, and the Denver Aquarium. We can only guess they were trying to corner the fish market in Denver.

The McCormick’s Fish House and Bar in the Oxford Hotel has been open since the mid-80’s. And, this bar is very similar in look and feel to the original McCormick’s in Portland, Oregon. That site took over a 100 year old landmark building and the site of Jake’s Famous Crawfish Restaurant in 1979, launching the McCormick and Schmick’s chain.

In the 1970’s, in the same space that is now McCormick’s, sat The Corner Room, a funky entertainment venue that saw jazz and comedy. Denver by the Slice attended one New Year’s Eve show there which starred an about-to-be-very-famous Steve Martin…and an audience of only 12 people! He wore his only white suit, and an arrow through his head.

Now, for the makeover. Please don’t change the floors. Don’t change the Happy Hour menu. Don’t take the window bench seats out (the best place to sit on a cold night in Denver, right over the radiators). And, are you really taking out the stained glass! Seriously, they plan to open the bar area to the room behind, which has been a cozy dining addition, the Crystal Room. The stained glass outlook is unknown.

The train is a symbol of changing the future of transportation from Downtown. Let’s hope the McCormick’s project doesn’t derail a LoDo icon, simply for the sake of change.

New Body of Work This Week at Translations Gallery!

Lance Green, "Sirena"

“Figuratively Speaking” will open this week, May 19, at Translations Gallery, 1743 Wazee in LoDo. The exhibit will explore the boundaries of body language and expression…for the next several weeks until July 2. Several artists are featured in this new show.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, and the Opening Artists’ Reception will be on the 19th, from 5-8:30. And, on Saturday, June 18, the Gallery will host a “Brunch with the Artists” from 11-2, free and tasty to the public!