A Break in the Chain…and Other News

The imposing “Block of Chains” running from Larimer to the Corner Bakery and The Palm along the 16th Street Mall has lost one of its links. Ling & Louie’s closed its location here and the space will turn into Ambria, with another mountain chef, Jeremy Kittelson coming down from Avon.

Fear not, chain lovers. You still have the Cheesecake Factory, Smashburger and much more to get you around the block. But, stoke up soon because the Southwest Airlines Ice Rink is going back up now and will be open soon for your skating and slipping pleasure. Good work in keeping this area energized from the folks at Lannie’s Clocktower and Jerry Arca!

When it gets to January, though, don’t look for Big Air. That event at the Civic Center… with skiers and boarders careening down a giant steel mountain and jumping into space, landing in the Mayor’s Office…won’t be back this year. Scheduling conflicts are reported, but Denver organizers are planning something to show that the city is Olympics-worthy. Really?

Come summer, the Biennial of the Americas, slated for every two years, won’t be back either. At least not until early 2013 when the event will be over 5 days instead of the month long celebration of the arts held in 2010. See today’s Denver Post for more information.

But, closer on the calendar, Saturday, November 12 is the date for an annual Thanksgiving feast for the needy. This year, the event has moved to Bannock Street between 14th and Colfax. Look for 15,000 people to be fed from noon to 6. And, if you like, you can still volunteer to help out. Here’s the information.

And, we have a final Film Festival recommendation for you. “KArt Across America” will screen one more time, Sunday, at 11:45 at the Starz Film Center. If it is at all possible for you to get a ticket…do it! This is a fun trip, full of great insights into our culture all around the country…with two guys in a golf cart! See it if you can. And, be careful crossing the streets!