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    “He Was Very Special to All of Us…and A Very Unique Individual.”

    So sayeth noted jazz trumpeter and Downtown resident Bob Montgomery about the late Jerry Krantz, owner of El Chapultepec. “Jerry loved jazz. I played there a lot between 1982 and 1995. Every great jazz act that came through Denver played at the “Pec”. And, on many nights, after closing, Jerry would lock the doors and all the musicians would stay and jam until dawn!”, Bob said. Montgomery has a lot of fond memories of Jerry and El Chapultepec from those days, “before Coors Field opened and the crowd changed. Not for the better.” When that happened, according to Bob, the people coming in were not interested in listening to the jazz, so…

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    What is the Oxford Hotel Up To Now?

    You have to pay attention to the window displays at the historic Oxford. They are…well…fascinating. This is just a small part of the current offering which also features a B-Cycle with a basket full of malt beverage ready to go on a run, as well as other difficult-to-explain configurations of various items found in rooms and basements. This can only be classified as Mixed Media. Check it out. It’s free!

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    The Weekend Starts with Art and Closes With a Bang!

    If you stay in town for this Memorial Day Weekend, you’ll have plenty of company. If you walk over the bridges to Highlands, you can get a great ice cream! The Downtown Denver Arts Festival opens today, Friday, and runs through Monday afternoon at the Pavilions. Here’s a link to their website where you can preview some of the work and find your favorite artist. For instance, at Booth 16 you’ll find Frisco-based photographer Todd Powell. He’s a veteran exhibitor and a good guy! Look around. On Saturday, add about 100,000 people to our one main street for the Denver Day of Rock. Read more about that below. On Sunday,…

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    All You Need to Know About Saturday’s Day of Rock!

    One word. Zydeco! Okay. That’s our choice for the hottest sounds of this fine festival. But, you’re sure to have your favorite of the 25 bands playing on five stages along the 16th Street Mall from about 2:30 to 9:30. It’s all presented by Concerts for Kids, the organization founded in 2004 by Christie and Walter Isenberg to raise funds and awareness of childrens’ charities throughout the area. And, a great cause…and event…this is! (Click here for the full schedule and all the band profiles) This year, Concerts for Kids has also teamed with the Food Bank of the Rockies. Bring your non-persihable canned goods Saturday and donate to that…

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    Amato and Amato’s Offer Denver’s Best Views!

    Having the President in town today got us to thinking about taking a different view. Of the city. Also, the fact that he has a big lawn has us thinking about fountains and statuary anyway. Amato of Denver has been a family-owned and operated business since 1922. For 63 years, from 1947 to 2010, their business featured the landmark display patio above the corner of 16th Street and Central. A shrewd real estate deal sent the Amato family packing. Down the street one block to 17th and Central. Now, the walkable area for their trademark concrete fountains and statuary remains an inviting shopping spot for just what you may need for your urban balcony, garden,…