Thursday, January 31, 2013

Colfax Barbie

Colfax Barbie
     Ruth Handler, inventor of the Barbie Doll, went to East High School on Colfax Avenue in Denver. Although she modeled Barbie after the German Bild Lilli doll, (which was not meant for children at all, rather a gag gift for adults) I wonder if she'd approve of what Barbie is up to now?!

     *NEW* 'Colfax Barbie' - This recently paroled Barbie comes with a 9mm handgun, a Ray Lewis knife, a Chevy with dark tinted windows, and a Meth Lab Kit. This model is only available after dark and must be paid for in cash (preferably small, untraceable bills) ...unless you are a cop, then we don't know what you are talking about.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rockley Music Center


     There's magic in a good music store. There's the smell of sheet music and the whiff of hope that you might soar into celebrity-hood by playing someone's composition with your unique style and talent. There are rows of acoustic guitars, maybe even one with a checkerboard face. There are more rows of Gibsons, Peaveys. Trills, Volts and more hanging from the ceiling where you can bend your head back, stare with your mouth wide open and dream rock star dreams. And then there are the Marshall stacks and packages of power cords and the drum room and piano room and the temptation of sitting on the bench in front of a shiny grand piano and playing a showboat piece for the clerks to oooh and aahhhhh about. This is the stuff of when-you-wish-upon-a-star. No doubt.

     One of Denver's most comprehensive music stores is located at 8555 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood (next to the Charles Whitlock Recreation Center): ROCKLEY'S MUSIC CENTER. The business opened in 1946 when Mildred and Mel Rockley decided on a combination appliance and music store (wash and play, maybe?) It has since been passed down the line to Bob & Nina, then to Tobin and Leanne. They've maintained a vitality in the business with continual updating, expansion, and a row of music studios complete with teachers on the north side of the store. They've created their own Rockley Foundation which works with schools directly, giving them musical equipment which they sell at the end of the year and using the profit to buy new instruments. Get out and take a step back in time. Enjoy the painted mural on the store's front where student musicians are suspended on the wall, laboring with their instruments to reach their own natural Rocky Mountain high. Take joy in an authentic, been-around-awhile store full of that ephemeral thing known as music.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Video: Reno Divorce

Check out this rockin' video from Reno Divorce, featuring scenes shot on Colfax Avenue!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Scene on Colfax: Jesus & Elvis

Photo by Julian Mondragon
Another sighting of Jesus & Elvis on East Colfax Avenue last Saturday night at The Zephyr Lounge!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Colfax Contender For The Longest Street?

     Is Colfax Avenue really the longest street in the U.S.A.? According to Bil Munsil from Mesa, Arizona, it's not!

     Colfax Avenue is 26.5 miles long through the metro area. Indian School Road in the Phoenix, AZ area is almost 40 miles long. It starts on an Indian Reservation (over four miles) on the east end and goes in almost a straight line westbound all the way through Scottsdale (four miles), Phoenix (21 miles), Litchfield Park (two miles), Goodyear (five miles), and Buckeye (three miles), ending at a new development up against the White Tank Mountains west of Luke AFB.
     Before that development was built it went up INTO the White Tank Mountains (a desert mountain range) for several more miles.
     Obviously there are longer roads in North America (Yonge Street in Ontario claims to be the longest street in the world!) but our claim is that Colfax Avenue is the longest commercial street. And OK, so Indian School Road is longer than Colfax Avenue in the metro area maybe...but Colfax's claim to being the longest commercial street is secure if you count the towns further east: Strasburg, Bennett, and Watkins all have Colfax Avenue addresses, so it is's opinion that we still hold the title!

     Other contenders: Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, California and MacCorkle Avenue in Charleston, West Virginia. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

The xx Coming to The Fillmore Auditorium

The xx
Fillmore Auditorium
June 3

Live Nation is pleased to present The xx at The Fillmore Auditorium on Monday, June 3.  
Special guests TBA will open the show.   Show time is 8:00 PM.  Doors open at 7:00 PM 

The xx exist in a time and space of their own making. In 2009 the south London trio’s debut album ‘xx’, quietly made at night over the course of two years, bled steadily into the public consciousness to become shorthand for newly refined ideas of teenage desire and anxiety. Articulated with a maturity beyond their years, its hallmarks were restraint and ambiguity. In the age of the over-share, ‘xx’ was pop with its privacy settings on max.

Three years on, Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith are back with a new album, ‘Coexist’, and a new perspective. Where ‘xx’ lent in close to whisper in your ear, ‘Coexist’ gazes warmly in your eyes. Much has happened to lead to this point: most pertinently, they’ve grown up.

While the fingerprints of their debut album remain, ‘Coexist’s dawn realizations flicker into life under house music’s gaze, most resonant on Reunion, Sunset and Swept Away. It also echoes in Romy’s guitar riffs and Oliver’s bass lines, which circle and build like loops. “That’s something I love about dance music, how something insignificant can somehow become profound after the fifth repetition,” says Oliver.

Above all, though, ‘Coexist’ is an album of confident adult reflection. Angels, sung by Romy, is a perfectly distilled love song. Its counter is Fiction led by Oliver, a bittersweet ballad that’s strength lies in naming its fear. What has changed for The xx? Nothing and everything. Older and wiser, surer yet still so tender, ‘Coexist’ finds itself on the other side of heartbreak, when the light returns.

“All of our friends had been to university and left home,” says Romy. “We really wanted to do that natural thing that you do when you go to uni or grow up.” All three moved out of their family homes within two weeks of being back. They made up for lost time with friends, hung out and embraced a summer of festivals and shows that Jamie was booked to DJ. “We were his groupies,” laughs Romy.

Previously cast as the quietest of the three, Jamie became the public face of The xx in 2011. In-between DJ gigs, he focused on growing his production skills, developing a distinct sound and presence. His remix of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep, re-imagining of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album on ‘We’re New Here’ with its defining single I’ll Take Care Of U, and his debut solo single Far Nearer set him apart as a highly regarded producer in his own right. That position was cemented when Drake asked Jamie to produce the title track of his album ‘Take Care’, inspired by I’ll Take Care Of U. 

Career Highlights include:
•The xx nominated for 2013 Best British Group BRIT Award
•The xx's ""Coexist" score No. 1 on U.K. Album Chart
•The xx receive Best New Music from Pitchfork

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 - 3000   

Tickets are $32.50 GA ADV and $35.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.

The Fillmore box office is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 Noon - 6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  On days of Fillmore shows, the box office is open from 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm. 
The box office accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express – No checks!  Service charges may apply. 
 Ages 16+

Bullet For My Valentine coming to The Fillmore

The HardDrive Tour
Fillmore Auditorium
Friday, April 12

Live Nation is pleased to present BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE at The Fillmore Auditorium on Friday, April 12.  Special guests Halestorm and Young Guns will open the show.   
Show time is 6:30 PM.  Doors open at 6:00 PM

Bullet for My Valentine, along with Halestorm and Young Guns, will take on the 5th annual HardDrive tour, celebrating the longest running nationally syndicated new rock radio show of the same name.

Welsh heavy-metal outfit Bullet for My Valentine will release its fourth studio effort, "Temper Temper," in mid-February. The Don Gilmore-produced set will follow 2010's "Fever," which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and at the top of the magazine's Rock and Alternative Albums charts.
The video for the impending album's first single, "Riot," is currently streaming at the band's website:

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 - 3000

Tickets are $29.75 GA ADV and $33.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.

The Fillmore box office is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 Noon - 6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  On days of Fillmore shows, the box office is open from 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm. 
The box office accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express – No checks!  Service charges may apply.   
 Ages 16+

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pizza Max - Enzo's End Pizzeria

Pizza Max
Pizza Max has taken over as's official pizzeria reviewer. In his 10 years on Earth, he has eaten pizza twice a day for at least six years. He knows more about the intricacies of flavor, ingredients, and crust style than anyone we have ever heard of. He feels the true test of a pizza's merit lies in an order of a straight-up, cheese-only slice. He recently visited Enzo's End Pizzeria at 3424 East Colfax Avenue, and here is what he found...

He ventured out in the cold down to Colfax Avenue on the chilliest night of winter so far this year.  Looking around the place after placing his order, he commented on the restaurant's decor, "If this place wasn't decorated by dudes it would be more fancy schmancy. Definitely decorated by a dude; it's a dude's place..."

His pipin' hot cheese pizza arrived in no time and he hovered over it to help stay warm. French pop songs were playing on the radio, adding a nice touch as he put the famous thin crust pizza to the test.

It only took a couple of bites before the verdict was in: "Yummy!"

After his first slice, he was visibly excited by the caliber of the pie, and went straight after another. Other comments echoed his initial stance. "Perfect amount of crispiness"..."I like the sauce and that it has no tomato chunks, I like it smooth"..."I like that it's not too floppy!" and  "Under the pizza so far is really good..."

"The cheese smells good, the pizza is very cheesy but with the right amount of cheese. I don't like it when they put too much cheese." said Max.

When asked if he would recommend Enzo's End to a friend he replied, "Yes! Even to Uncle Jimmy!"

What did Max like the most? "The taste. All of it."

He decided to give the pizza a final score of  9.5. He was going to give it a perfect ten, but the last pizza place he gave a perfect ten (Naked Pizza) went out of business shortly after his review, and he doesn't want Enzo's to share their fate! He wants them to keep cranking out their amazing thin crust pizza for years to come.

Charlie and Pizza Max
"You'll be completely satisfied with your Enzo's Pizza or I'll make it right or refund your money!" - Charlie, Enzo's owner and pizza lover.

Enzo's End Pizzeria serves Denver's Tastiest THIN CRUST pizza with YOUR Favorite Toppings, Plus FREE Delivery! Each pizza they bake is the best because they use:
  • California Vine Ripe Tomato Sauce - No Added Sugar
  • Homemade Thin Crust with the Richest Hearth Baked Flavor
  • 33 Premium Toppings PLUS the Finest Natural Mozzarella
"Denver's Best Thin Pizza" - Westword

CALL NOW! 303-355-4700 and tell them that Pizza Max sent you!

Dine-in, Take-Out & Free Delivery. Open Evenings at 4:30 pm. Closed Tuesdays.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Minoru Yasui

By Gil Asakawa--Minoru Yasui's name is preserved forever. Those who walk into the Minoru Yasui Plaza at 303 W. Colfax Avenue will know that he had a great impact on the city he loved. That's the power of a memorial -- it reminds the future of the legacy of the past. And I can think of hardly a more appropriate memorial to someone of Yasui's accomplishments than to name a building after him.

The civil rights leader was memorialized as the namesake of the very building he worked in for years, as director of what is now called the city of Denver's Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations. Yasui was one of the Japanese American heroes who first fought in the courts the injustice of the Japanese American internment during World War II. The ceremony was attended by a large contingent of Japanese Americans and Yasui's family, and Denver's Mayor Wellington Webb, among others, spoke eloquently about Yasui's contributions to the civil liberties of all people. At the end of the ceremony, the Mayor unveiled a bust of Yasui, who died in 1986, in the building's lobby. Yasui was one of three Japanese American heroes (the others were Fred Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi) who first fought in the courts the injustice of the Japanese American internment during World War II.

Born in 1916 in Hood River, Oregon, and a graduate of the University of Oregon Law School, Yasui was working for the Japanese Consulate in Chicago when Pearl Harbor was bombed. The next day he returned to Oregon, and began representing Japanese Americans. On Feb. 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 into law, paving the way for internment. That April, in order to set a legal precedent, Yasui purposely ignored a Portland curfew, demanding to be arrested. He was eventually sent to Minidoka internment camp in Idaho, and spent part of the time in solitary confinement. He fought the charges all the way to the Supreme Court -- and lost his case. But he never stopped fighting to right the wrong of internment.

In the late '70s he became involved with the Japanese American Citizens League's efforts to gain governmental redress for internment, a battle that was finally won after his death. It's worth noting that Yasui's life wasn't just focused on the experience of Japanese Americans. He came to Denver in 1944, and served as early as 1946 on a Denver mayor's committee which became the Commission on Community Relations. He became director of the commission in 1967, during a time of turbulence throughout the U.S., and ran it until his retirement in 1983. At the building dedication ceremony, Bill Hosokawa, one of the speakers who had known Min since childhood, reminded people that it was largely because of Yasui's pioneering community network efforts that Denver was one of the few major American cities which didn't suffer race-related riots and civil unrest in the late '60s.

Minoru Yasui Plaza
Seeing Minoru Yasui's name forever gracing the edifice of a city and county building -- the first Asian American to have this honor -- was a powerful statement to me that this man made a difference in his community. And in the larger American community, the Japanese American Memorial would be an equally powerful statement, that our community served patriotically during WWII but also that we were wronged by our own government. I'm usually too much of a cynic to believe that a memorial can affect people in any way other than mere nostalgia, but I have to admit, I think this memorial is important. It's important to me as a third-generation Japanese American, especially because no one in my family was affected by internment. It's important to me because the memorial would remind others like me, who grow up with no idea of the pain an entire generation suffered. I'd bet anything that if Minoru Yasui were alive today, he'd be asking you to do the same.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Denver Catholics Mark 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Denver, Colo., Jan 22, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA). Hundreds of pro-life advocates gathered on Colfax Avenue on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol Building on Sunday for the March for Life rally and walk ahead of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Father Rocco Porter, pastor of Blessed John XXIII University Parish in Fort Collins, Colo., encouraged the crowd to persist in their advocacy to end legalized abortion, which the U.S. Supreme Court declared a constitutional right in 1973.

“God's plan takes time. God's conversion in everyone’s heart takes a lifetime,” he said at the Jan. 20 rally.

“God allows us to fight this fight,” he added. “We have to fight this fight, because he knows we will be victorious. In every fight from David and Goliath to now, the giant will fall. And when the giant falls, we will see our victory. It is not a victory for ourselves but a victory for God.”

Police estimated attendance at 1,500 people, while organizers said it drew more participants than any previous pro-life march in Denver. After the rally, marchers took a winding path through downtown Denver, with many people carrying pro-life signs and banners. Organizers said the march was half a mile long.

Other rally speakers included Fr. W. Scott Daniels, O.P., a priest associate with Priests for Life; pro-life speaker and founder of Issues4Life Walter B. Hoye II of Oakland, Calif.; author and former legal abortion advocate Jane Brennan; Julie Averill, Denver regional coordinator of Silent No More; and Michael Voris of Church Militant TV.

Author and former radio host Gregg Jackson emceed the rally.

Several women who had had abortions shared their stories. One woman said she had an abortion at age 16 after her father and stepmother threatened to throw her out of the house. She recounted how she later acquired her medical records of the act in an effort to heal. She discovered, however, that the records from the abortion clinic misrepresented her age and the age of her unborn baby and incorrectly said she had been shown an ultrasound of her baby.

March for Life Denver director Rosalinda Lozano told CNA Jan. 20. that the pro-life movement in Colorado is “blessed with amazing pro-life advocates” and there are “many  dedicated people” who want to find “the key to ending abortion.” She said the pro-life movement only needs improvement in “unity in numbers.”

She credited the organization Personhood Colorado for encouraging more interest in the movement. Lozano expressed gratitude to long-time pro-life advocates for their “dedication and perseverance.”

Lozano said young people new to the movement should remember that their life has value.

“Be an example of that value and actively promote the pro life movement in your life. You are the generation who can end this evil against the innocent,” she said.

One of the many young attendees was Jessica Clark, Vice President of Regis University Students for Life.

Clark told CNA that pro-life advocates have to testify that life is “not a burden, but a gift.”

“Life is a gift and our culture is constantly trying to tell us otherwise,” she noted.

Earlier that day, Catholics packed the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception across the street from the capitol for the Respect Life Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver.

At the same time as the capitol rally, about three hundred people attended a prayer vigil at Lighthouse Women’s Center in north Denver. Archbishop Aquila led the vigil and blessed participants before leading a procession to the abortion clinic Planned Parenthood Stapleton, the Archdiocese of Denver reports.

They prayed at the clinic and a choir of seminarians led a song in honor of the Virgin Mary. Many people placed flowers at the facility’s fence.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Marade

DENVER - The largest Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally in the U.S. is today in Denver. The “Marade” kicks off at the Martin Luther King memorial in City Park at 9 a.m. Thousands will march along Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park. This is the 28th year for the Marade. King's birthday was declared a state holiday in 1984.
     This Martin Luther King Day also marks the 50th anniversary of his march on Washington. It’s also the same day President Barack Obama will be publicly sworn in. He’s participating in community service events this weekend and is encouraging everyone to volunteer during this time.

Photo by Anistacia Barber

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Pleasantville & A Sock Hop at the Sie Film Center

Don't miss the movie Pleasantville, followed by a Sock Hop with Jonny Barber & The Rhythm Razors
at the Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Avenue!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bad Religion coming to The Fillmore Auditorium

Fillmore Auditorium
April 10


Band Announces North American Spring Tour

Live Nation is pleased to present BAD RELIGION at The Fillmore Auditorium on Wednesday, April 10.  Special guests Against Me! and Polar Bear Club will open the show.   
Show time is 7:30 PM.  Doors open at 6:30 PM 

Bad Religion
LA's legendary punk heroes Bad Religion are streaming their new album True North in its entirety starting today, in front of their January 22nd album release date. In anticipation of their new release, Bad Religion have announced a North American tour starting in March of 2013 with support from Against Me! and Polar Bear Club.

To stream the new record, please go to:

True North celebrates the power of cogent punk in the face of personal pain and adversity. It is one of the band’s most emotionally accessible albums to date. Beneath the bristling guitars and surging drums exists one of the most cathartic works of the band’s career. With True North, Bad Religion deliberately revisits and refines the fast melodic Southern California sound they helped to define on albums such as Suffer, No Control and Recipe For Hate.

With a new album around the corner, Bad Religion cements their place in punk rock history with 16 studio albums, worldwide critical acclaim and countless world tours and will continue the celebration of their distinguished career with extensive touring in 2013, a rare intimate show in Los Angeles on January 23rd at The Echo in Los Angeles and their first ever appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this January 30th.

Fans can pre-order True North by going here:

Check out the single "True North" via YouTube:
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 - 3000

Tickets are $25.00 GA plus applicable service charges.

The Fillmore box office is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 Noon - 6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  On days of Fillmore shows, the box office is open from 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm. 
The box office accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express – No checks!  Service charges may apply. 

 Ages 16+

Friday, January 18, 2013

Rob Drabkin's Birthday Bash at the Bluebird

By Tyra Sutak

     Sometimes in life, you cross paths with people that you can’t help but like. The kind of genuine people that radiate positivity and throw sparks of life into a crowded room…the kind of people who make it impossible to be angry around.
Photo by Todd Roeth
     Denver-based singer/songwriter, Rob Drabkin, is definitely one of those people.
     Easily recognizable in the local music scene by his head of sky-high curly locks and infectious smile, Drabkin is kicking off the New Year by throwing himself his Annual Birthday Bash at The Bluebird Theatre tomorrow night.  For the sixth year in a row he’ll celebrate by performing a combination of new music, original songs from his previous five albums and, of course, a few of his favorite Paul Simon songs that he covers so well.  As many of his fans know, it just isn’t a Rob Drabkin show without a stripped down version of “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes”.
     Having left a career utilizing his degree in science from Trinity University in 2007, Drabkin grabbed his guitar and set out on his own to pursue his musical dreams. “I woke up one day and decided that I really wanted to do music,” he said.
     And “do music,” Drabkin did. He started playing open mic nights and coffee shops all over town, mastered the vulnerable art of performing acoustically, refined and developed his natural songwriting skills, and eventually worked his way up and on stages at The Walnut Room, The Soiled Dove, The Bluebird—and the mack-daddy of all venues in Colorado—Red Rocks Amphitheatre—where he opened for REO Speedwagon and STYX in 2012.
     These days, Drabkin is definitely living his dream and has settled nicely into the singer-songwriter niche in Denver’s prestigious music community as the leader of a talented 5-piece band, performing a mix of energetic and soulful tunes with an “edgy-jam rock feel.”
     His music is upbeat and carries a relaxed and positive vibe—which is an absolute mirror reflection of Drabkin himself.  With the recent release of his sixth album, he feels like he’s definitely hitting his stride as an artist and a musician.  “I’m really excited about this CD. It’s cool to see how the music has developed, how my voice has changed and how the sound has changed,” says Drabkin. “I feel very proud about sharing it.”
Like most people on their birthday, Drabkin will have family in the house on Friday night to celebrate with, but unlike most people on their birthday, his accomplished, talented saxophone-playing dad, Harry Drabkin, will be joining him on stage to add some jazz action to a few songs.
     And his mom—well like any good mom celebrating her son’s birthday, his mom will be bringing cake—for everyone. That’s right, live music by the winner of Westword Magazine’s “Best Singer-Songwriter” three years in a row—and birthday cake by is mom.
     Doesn’t get much better than that.

      Drabkin will take the stage at the Bluebird following opening performances by the whimsical, classically-trained, all-girl folk band, SHEL, and a solo performance by singer-songrwiter, Dave Tamkin.
Advanced tickets for this show are $12.00 and $15.00 day-of
Birthday cake and smiles on the house.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Phamaly Theatre Company presents The Foreigner

The Foreigner
By Larry Shue
Directed by Edith Weiss
Join Phamaly Theatre Company for the “charmin’ ‘n side-splittin’ comedy,” The Foreigner, January 17 – February 2 at the Aurora Fox Arts Center.

Intensely shy Englishman, Charlie Baker, visits a resort-style fishing lodge in rural Georgia with his eccentric army buddy, Froggy LeSueur. Froggy concocts an outrageous scheme to save Charlie from his pathologically shy self by introducing him to the lodge’s inhabitants as an exotic “foreigner” who can’t speak or understand English. It isn’t long before Charlie’s guileless persona backfires and like a fly on the wall, he overhears more than he should about the scandalous and damaging revelations of those around him. The nonstop hilarity of the play builds to an uproariously funny climax where events go awry for the “bad guys” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.

The cast includes Don Gabenski (Billy), Michael Leopard ("Froggy" LeSeur), Jaime Lewis (Owen Musser), Jeremy Palmer (Charlie Baker), Lyndsay Palmer(Catherine Simms), Trenton Schindele (David Marshall Lee), Daniel Traylor (Ellard Simms) and Kathi Wood (Betty Meeks).

Executive Director, Chris Silberman, says “This play is a perfect vehicle for Phamaly that audiences will love. It places a humorous twist on what happens when people misperceive someone as different, something Phamaly actors can definitely identify with.”

“The Foreigner” runs at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010. Previews are Thursday, January 17 & Friday January 18 @ 7:30 p.m.; opening Saturday, January 19 and running through February 2. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 2 p.m., and Monday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Audio Description & Sign Language Interpretation, Sun. Jan 27 @ 2 p.m. with a post-show talk back. Phamaly will also offer a backstage sensory tour at 11:00a.m. The sensory tour brings individuals on stage for a tactile experience, touching elements of the set, costumes, and prop pieces. The tour is free but advance reservations are required by calling the Phamaly office at 303-575-0005 (lunch will not be provided).

Tickets for the Aurora Fox performances on sale now, are $29 adult, $26 seniors, students & military, $22 for groups of 4 or more; $15 all seats preview Jan 17 & 18 and on Monday, Jan. 28. Please call 303-739-1970 or purchase online at

Now entering its 24th season, Phamaly is an award-winning Colorado based Theatre Company comprised entirely of performers with a wide variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities.  Phamaly’s mission is to provide professional theatre opportunities and artistic development for performers with disabilities, and to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the performing arts community.

Named Best Theatre Company of 2012 by 5280 Magazine
Recipient of the Alliance for Colorado Theatre’s 2012 Professional/Community Theatre Award

Phamaly Theatre Company presents
“The Foreigner”
Jan 17 - Feb 2 (Opens Jan. 19)
@ The Aurora Fox Theatre – 9900 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO
Fri./Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m.; Mon., Jan. 28
$29 Adult, $26 Student/Senior, $22 group of 4+
$15 on Jan17, 18 & 28
303-739-1970 or online at

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Athena Project Arts Festival

The Athena Project Arts Festival was created out of Athena Project’s desire to celebrate local female artists (visual, dancers, musicians, sculptors, theatre artists, etc.), in collaboration with the community.  Performing artists will appear from March 15-March 31 at the Aurora Fox Theatre (9900 E. Colfax Avenue), while visual artists and musicians will be showcased at The Collection (9801 E. Colfax Avenue) from March 8-April 26.  From now through January 31, 2013, Athena Project and The Collection will be accepting images of artist submissions pertaining to the theme of CHANGE.

Visual Artists!!    
Deadline for 2013 Festival Visual Arts Submissions is January 31, 2013.
Criteria to submit:
  • Artists must be female
  • Works must be original and ready for sale
  • Email a jpg image with a file size of no more than 1000 pixels in any linear dimension and no more than 2MB by midnight on January 31 to  2 dimensional works may submit one picture only; 3 dimensional works may submit 2 pictures.  Please include name of artist, email address, phone number, and title of the piece with your submission.
  • Submit an artist’s statement including why the artwork represents CHANGE.  Include medium submitted and detailed artist contact information.
  • Athena Project and The Collection at Aurora Arts District will not provide artist insurance, nor accept liability for any artwork not insured.
There is no entry fee and no prize awarded at the end of the Festival, but there is the opportunity to sell your work.  A portion of the sale will be given to two non-profits (Athena Project and The Collection at Aurora Arts District) for hosting the Festival.  60% goes to the artist and 40% goes to the non-profits. 
Selected artists must complete the consignment agreement upon acceptance into the Festival.  All pieces will be judged for entry based on the relevance to the theme of CHANGE.  Please keep in mind, we expect families to attend this art show.

Call for Submissions:  December 5, 2012-midnight, Jan. 31, 2013
Artists notified of selection:  February 15, 2013
Drop off of Artwork:  February 25, 2013 between 12pm and 4pm
Gallery Opening Night Public Reception:  March 8, 2013
Arts Festival Opening Night (to take place at The Aurora Fox Theatre):  March 15, 2013
Gallery Display:  through April 25, 2013
Pick up of Unsold Artwork:  April 26, 2013 between 12 and 5pm
All mediums are welcome but the size limitations are as follows:
2 dimensional pieces will be a minimum of 12” x 9” and a maximum framed size of 24” x 36”. 
3 dimensional pieces may be no more than 35lbs and 18”x18”x24”h.
All artwork must be framed, dry, and ready to hang with a wire (no saw tooth hangers please).  Canvas works may be unframed as long as they are gallery wrapped.

Delivery:  All artwork, ready to display, must be delivered to The Collection (9801 E Colfax Ave, #120 Aurora, CO 80010) between noon and 4pm on February 25, 2013.  Aurora Fox Arts District or Athena Project is not responsible for picking up artwork.  All unsold artwork must be picked up between noon and 5pm, April 26 or will become the property of Athena Project and The Collection.  Athena Project and The Collection are not responsible for returning artwork to you unless proper packaging and postage is delivered up front along with artwork.  No substitutions at the time of delivery.

Reception:  The Collection will host an opening night reception from 5-8pm on March 8, 2013.  All artists are invited to attend, as are members of the public.  Athena Project will be hosting another opening night reception for all Festival participants, after the World Premiere of the play, Tell Martha Not to Moan by Clinnesha D. Sibley on March 15 at The Aurora Fox Theatre.  All artists and members of the public are invited to attend.

Athena Project’s mission is to empower women and strengthen the Denver community through developing and showcasing women’s and girls’ artistic contributions, while inviting new audiences into the creative process.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Aurora Public Schools Art Educators’ Exhibit at DAVA

Please join us for an exhibit of Aurora Art teachers Artworks at DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts). This marks the 13th annual Aurora Art Educators show.

DAVA is located at 1405 Florence St., one block south of Colfax Avenue in Original Aurora. The exhibit will be open to the public from January 18th to February 22nd with the opening reception from 4 to 8 pm on Friday January 18th. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday or by appointment through February 22nd, 2013. 

Genesis by Leigh Gonzales
This year, in addition to artwork on display from art educators in Aurora Public Schools, there will also be a charity art sale to benefit a scholarship fund in honor of Gateway student A.J. Boik.  A.J. was killed during the Aurora theater tragedy and was a devoted student to the arts.  “We dedicate this show to A.J. ,” comments Debbie Nolasco art teacher at Boston K-8.  “Our community lost both a student and an artist that day.”  Proceeds from a dedicated part of the show will benefit his scholarship fund.

For more information e-mail: or call DAVA at 303 367 5886.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with youth as its primary focus. For more information about our programs, visit

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Seafarer at The Aurora Fox Theater

Aurora, CO – The regional premiere of Conor McPherson’s Tony Award-winning play “The Seafarer” will open February 8, 2013, for a four-week run at the Aurora Fox Theater.
     The play, one of the most frequently produced plays at regional theaters around the country, is about four Irish drinking buddies gathered together on Christmas Eve; one of them has to play poker with the devil for his soul.
PHOTO by A&J Photography
Steef Sealy, John Ashton and Kevin Hart appear in the regional premiere of Conor McPherson's Tony Award-winning play THE SEAFARER, set for a four-week run February 8 through March 2 at the Aurora Fox Theater.
     “A deep and enthralling fable of despair and redemption,” the play also contains “the liveliest, funniest dialogue yet written by Mr. McPherson,” according to Ben Brantley of the New York Times.
The play has also been called “an unmistakable masterpiece” (Houston Chronicle), “a timeless classic” (Hollywood Reporter), and “far and away the best Irish play since the glory days of Samuel Beckett” (Chicago Tribune).
     Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from February 8 through March 2, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays February 17 and 24, at the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Ave. For reservation or more information, call the Aurora Fox Box Office at 303-739-1970, or go to
     The production is a collaboration between Ashton Entertainment and some of the key creative members of the Paragon Theatre ensemble, including founders Michael Stricker (Executive Director) and Warren Sherrill (Artistic Director), and Managing Director Wendy Franz. Stricker is directing, Sherrill is in the cast, and Franz is the sound designer and dramaturge.
     The cast features John Ashton (Dearly Departed, Sylvia – Aurora Fox, Avenue Theater); Brock Benson (Newark Violenta, It’s Just Sex – The Edge); Kevin Hart (Conviction – 59E59 Theater in New York, November – Avenue Theater); Steve Sealy (Dearly Departed, Picasso at the Lapin Agile – Aurora Fox), and Warren Sherrill.
     Stricker is the Director of the Northglenn Arts & Humanities Foundation and Cultural Programs Supervisor for the City of Northglenn. Directing credits include A Moon for the Misbegotten, (W)hole, and the multiple Henry Award-winning Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune.
Set Designer is Stuart Barr, technical director of the Department of Education for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
     “We are very proud and excited to be working with these great creative talents from Paragon,” said Ashton. “We’ve got a powerful cast, a skilled design team, and we’re glad to be back at the Aurora Fox.”

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tech N9ne Coming To The Fillmore Auditorium


Krizz Kaliko, Brotha Lynch Hung, Kutt Calhoun,
Ces Cru, Rittz
Fillmore Auditorium
Friday, March 22

Live Nation is pleased to present INDEPENDENT POWERHOUSE TOUR 2013 featuring
TECH N9NE at The Fillmore Auditorium on Friday, March 22.  Special guests Krizz Kaliko, Brotha Lynch Hung, Kutt Calhoun, Ces Cru and Rittz will open the show.   
Show time is 8:00 PM.  Doors open at 7:00 PM
Tech N9ne 
After embarking on last year’s record setting “Hostile Takeover” tour and then following up with back-to-back runs in Canada and Europe, Tech N9ne has announced that he will be headlining the “Independent Powerhouse Tour 2013.” The hard-hitting rapper will be joined on the tour by his Strange Music label mates: gold recording artist Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, along with newcomers Rittz and Ces Cru.

“I'm very excited to tour with the guys on the roster. I've always wanted to take Ces Cru out. I admire what Rittz does on stage and everybody's been asking about Lynch on every tour. It's also great to have Kutt Calhoun back on the road with us. I can't wait for the Independent Powerhouse Tour. I wish it started today and so does Krizz Kaliko!”

In addition, Tech N9ne has also been confirmed to perform at the 2013 Paid Dues Festival in San Bernadino, CA on March 30. Tech will share the stage with De La Soul, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Immortal Technique, Hopsin and festival headliners, Black Hippy, whose members include Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Strange Music recording artist, Jay Rock.

Each artist on the Independent Powerhouse Tour 2013 will release at least one project on Strange Music during the duration of this tour. Headliner Tech N9ne is putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming studio album, Something Else, releasing in May 2013. Brotha Lynch Hung’s Mannibalector, the third and final installment of his historic album trilogy, is due in stores February 5, 2013. Strange Music stalwarts Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun will each add another project to their prolific recording catalogs, while Rittz and Ces Cru will be releasing their respective debut Strange Music albums in 2013, as well.

Last month, MTV aired Tech N9ne’s Hostile Takeover: The Story Behind The Tour, a 30-minute tour special that gives an in-depth look at what went in to pulling off the most challenging tour in rap history.  

Twitter: @TechN9ne

For more information regarding Tech N9ne and Strange Music please contact:
Richie Abbott at

Don't miss your chance to experience the Independent Powerhouse Tour like a VIP! For $150 plus shipping you can roll like a VIP - you'll get complimentary admission with front of line access to the show of your choice, a one-hour Meet & Greet with the artists, a limited edition VIP shirt (XL only), along with other kick-ass merchandise worth over $350! Don't miss your chance to experience the hottest tour - VIP style! To order your Tech N9ne's Independence Powerhouse Tour 2013 VIP Packages, go to

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 - 3000

Tickets are $34.50 GA ADV and $37.50 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.

A GA 4 PACK is also available: $25.00 per ticket

The Fillmore box office is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 Noon - 6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  On days of Fillmore shows, the box office is open from 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm. 
The box office accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express – No checks!  Service charges may apply. 

 Ages 16+