Monday, December 30, 2013

Lane's Tavern

Photo courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Collection
Photo courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Collection
Photo courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Collection
Courtesy Save The Signs
Photo courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Collection
This picture of Lane's Tavern from 1995 gives some perspective on the size of the sign that now hangs at the Lakewood Heritage Center. Not only is it big, but it's animated -- with neon beer slowly filling up the glass and flowing over the top.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Lorde coming to The Fillmore Auditorium

Fillmore Auditorium
Saturday, March 22  



Live Nation is pleased to present LORDE at The Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, March 22. Special guests TBA will open the show. Show time is 8:00 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM.This is an ALL AGES SHOW. 

As 2013 closes in, Grammy nominated New Zealander Lorde continues her worldwide reign. Already becoming the youngest artist to write all of her own material and top the U.S Billboard charts, her debut single ‘Royals’ [Lava/Republic Records] remained at #1 for an impressive 9 weeks, topping the charts in an additional 45 countries and selling 7.5 million copies across the globe.

In March, Lorde and her band will be embarking on a 16-date tour across North America which starts in Austin, Texas and winding up on the west coast at the 2,800 capacity Fox Oakland Theater in California.

On December 3rd Lorde released the new video for her follow-up single ‘TEAM’, which is also currently climbing the charts. The concept for the video was realized by Ella herself, as explained on her Facebook and Twitter “(The video) was borne from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was Queen. I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. And of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn't need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger.” ‘TEAM’ is currently the #1 greatest spin gainer on the Alternative Radio charts for 3 consecutive weeks now, and climbed to #4 on the iTunes Alternative Singles Chart.

Watch the video for ‘TEAM’: 

Her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ [Lava/Republic Records] has already topped most “Year End” lists including Rolling Stone Magazine’s who noted “Lorde's languidly aphoristic lyrics balance rock-star swagger and torqued-up teenage angst”, and The New York Times, who praised “(Pure Heroine) commandeers those wide-open spaces with her lustrous voice and angel-choir harmonies carrying serious thoughts.”

On December 6th, Lorde performed live at the prestigious annual Grammy Nomination Concert and came away with an impressive 4 nominations, ‘Record of the Year’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’ and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’.

Lorde, also known as Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, who recently turned 17-years-old back in September, is officially the youngest artist to top the chart since 1987. 'Royals' recently set a new record for "Longest #1 at Alternative Radio by a Female Artist" with a staggering seven weeks at the top.

'Royals' has held the #1 spot at Alternative and AAA radio for seven consecutive weeks, and it has become the #1 greatest gainer at Rhythmic and Hot AC formats. 'Royals' also soared to #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart as well as #1 on the Alternative Songs Chart.

As soon as it was released, 'Royals' stirred up a frenzy online. It reached the coveted #1 spot on Hype Machine, and it has racked up over 150 million YouTube/VEVO views.

Last year, she took New Zealand by storm when her self-released, The Love Club EP, rose to #1 on the country's top albums chart.

For more info:

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

Tickets are $42.50 GA ADV and $45.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.
For Private Box seating and other VIP ticket option information, please call (303) 837-1483

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. 
This is an ALL AGES SHOW 
For all media inquiries, please contact:
Alexandra Baker |
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Colfax History: La Rue Motel

La Rue Motel at 8828 E. Colfax, late 1940s. The motel is still there today, next to the Pupusas y Tacos restaurant.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas on Colfax

Season's greetings. Lakewood police were called to Burger King, 6435 W. Colfax Ave., after a man who had written "Ho Ho Ho" on a restroom stall wall in his own excrement and then had thrown up on the floor was asked to leave by the manager. The man was cited.

Drumroll, please. Lakewood police were contacted by the Regional Transportation District for an assault involving a security officer. Security was sent to a bus stop at West Colfax Avenue and Garrison Street after a man boarded a bus and then refused to pay the fare or exit. The man was escorted off the bus, at which point he swung his bag, full of drumsticks, and hit the RTD officer in the shoulder. He was arrested.

Read more: Lakewood Crime Blotter: Season's greetings - The Denver Post

But then again, Colfax Avenue was recently featured by AOL Travel!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Colfax History: Bide-A-Wee Theater

Bide-a-wee theater at 1036 W Colfax (1934). Courtesy DPL, Western History Collection X-22086

Bide-A-Wee Theater

1036 West Colfax Avenue,
Denver, CO 80204

Monday, December 23, 2013

Vintage Colfax - Yesterday and Today

In 2013, 40 West Arts presented a two-show collection of Colfax Avenue photos only, which travelled to multiple locations along Colfax, in conjunction with Month of Photography Denver (MoP). The MoP program occurs in every other year, and 40 West Arts will present ‘The 4 Seasons of Colfax” Photography show in March 2015. In 2014, 40 West Arts will present a celebration of what makes Colfax the historical heart of the region, as well as what keeps it so alive and relevant today.

Join 40 West in its 2nd annual Colfax-themed show. 40 West Arts proudly presents Vintage Colfax: Yesterday & Today, an arts exhibition celebrating the history and character of Colfax Avenue (America’s longest commercial street) from yesteryear to the present. We invite visual artists of all kinds—photographers, painters, sculptors, mixed-media artists, etc.—to use their artist’s eye to capture the spectacle that is Colfax—it’s neon, its people, places, events, history and ever-changing character of Main Street Colorado. Colfax Avenue has been at the epicenter of entrepreneurial activity in the metro area for more than 150+ years, and many businesses and buildings are still intact today, many which carry over from the 1950s car culture and related businesses. Come on photographers and artists—channel your inner Jack Kerouac! Get out “On the Road” and experience the grit and the glitz of Colfax. All art forms are welcome. Photos need not be recent; as we welcome historical images too.

  • Artists: Call For Entries (Entry Deadline: Feb 1, 2014)
  • Opening Event: Friday, March 7th, 2014, 4 to 7pm at 40 West Gallery
  • Exhibition: March 7th–April 5th on Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-4pm, plus additional dates & times as listed at 40 West Gallery, 1560 Teller St, Lakewood 80214


Tracy Weil:

Painting for over 20 years, Weil's work is distinctive for its bold use of color. Unabashed and expressive, Weil's zest for people and life emerges clearly in bright works thick with paint. Weil has also been working in bronze, iron and clay transforming his iconography into 3D. Weil is the Co-Founder of the RiNo Art District where his studio is located. Weil is also an Art District Consultant. He's helped the City of Lakewood and the neighborhood communities on the creation of their new 40 West Arts District. He's currently activating the Aurora Cultural Arts District also located on Colfax Ave.

Dane “Colfax” Stephenson: Tiny People Photography

Dane “Colfax” Stephenson is co-owner of Fuel Gallery (which is currently on hiatus), a concept gallery featuring new and emerging artists, especially photographers. This very urban gallery and was founded by an emerging photographer, Dane "Colfax" Stephenson, whose street photography and “Tiny People Photography” work has been gallery shown in Denver, Los Angeles and Portland, OR. He was also one of ten winners in's "America's Next Master Photographer" in 2010. He is currently working on his MFA in Photography, with his thesis centering on Colfax Avenue in Denver. He is a member of the Royal Photographic Society in the U.K and 40 West Gallery.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Starlite Cocktail Lounge

(photo courtesy of the Denver Public Library Western History Collection)  

1970s-era photo of Del Teet Furniture, the Starlite Cocktail Lounge and the Galaxy Theatre, formerly located at Colfax and Washington St. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

KBPI's Low-Dough Show coming to The Fillmore

With Special Guests Pop Evil, Devour the Day,  Butcher Babies and All Hail The Yeti
Fillmore Auditorium
January 7                                                                                                        ALL TICKETS JUST $10.67 INCLUDING SERVICE CHARGES!

KBPI and Live Nation are pleased to present IN THIS MOMENT at The Fillmore Auditorium on Tuesday, January 7.   Special guests Pop Evil, Devour the Day, Butcher Babies and All Hail The Yeti will open the show.   Show time is 6:00 PM.  Doors open at 5:30 PM

IN THIS MOMENT are kicking off 2014 with more than a bang – they’re ushering in the new year with THE HELLPOP TOUR II.

IN THIS MOMENT are currently on the road headlining the first leg of their HELLPOP tour.  The tour is being fueled by the band’s continued success at radio, where current single “Whore” sits at #21 at Active Rock formats and is poised to break the Top 20.

“I am so proud and excited for the world to hear ‘Whore’,” says IN THIS MOMENT front woman Maria Brink of her band’s latest single. “The message behind this song is taking back control. It is about taking the power from a disgusting and degrading word and turning it back around on the accuser. It’s about self-empowerment, love and liberation. This is an honest and raw movement that needs to be heard.”

The imagery the band has created around “Whore” is just as provocative: “I decided to pose nude for the visual art for ‘Whore’ to evoke a raw vulnerable emotion. The word WHORE written down my back and the dunce cap symbolize me placing myself on the stake for those who are suffering, and I can only hope to encourage at least one person to find the self-worth and love they deserve to transcend out of a painful situation into a beautiful one. It is about finding our power and taking a stand. We are resilient beings and need to realize our incredible strengths. I will not bow down to others perceptions of me. I will only rise in the name of art, love and music.” 

“Whore” is the third single from IN THIS MOMENT’s Century Media Records release ‘Blood’. The album was released in August 2012 and marked the highest debut of the band’s career, entering the Billboard Top 200 at No. 15 and selling more than 20,000 units first week. The record has emerged as one of the bestselling rock albums of the past year, with sales of more than 195,000, and counting.

In This Moment began in Los Angeles in 2005, when Brink and Howorth met at an open jam. Their debut album, Beautiful Tragedy, landed the band on the 2007 and 2008 editions of Ozzfest. Their first collaboration with Kevin Churko came with the release of 2008’s The Dream – earning them a slot on the 2009 Warped Tour. Their third album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland (2010) was their highest-charting album.  With the release of Blood, In This Moment is geared for the next level — as musicians, songwriters and performers. 

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

Tickets are $10.67 GA including all 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.   
Part of the Bud Light Concert Series
 Ages 16+

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Scene on Colfax: Steven Tyler

Working from his studio on West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, Artist David Uhl has been commissioned by Harley Davidson Motorcycles to paint everyone from Elvis Presley to The Pope. Steven Tyler, lead singer for the band Aerosmith, is the featured subject of his new work, "The Reckoning" (oil on canvas 72"x60"). All framed canvas prints will be available at ALL profits will be funneled to to fund art and music programs in public schools. These are signed & numbered by Steven Tyler and David and will only be sold through Jan 19th. Then closed forever.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Aurora Cultural Arts District presents A Christmas Carol

Performed by Kim Tenreiro!

Kim Tenreiro will bring his one man presentation of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens to the Vintage Theatre in the Aurora Cultural Arts District, Wednesday, December 18th at 7pm. All proceeds for this event go to the Aurora Cultural Arts District!

Tenreiro brings to life over 25 characters during his show. Adapted from Dickens' tale, Kim Tenreiro will perform a dramatic interpretation of this classic. Brought to life the unforgettable characters will relay the timeless message of the story: Giving and loving others are the true joys in life.

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $12 for youth under 12
The Aurora Cultural Arts District is a Non-Profit c(3)

Seating is limited, so get your tickets early!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sneaking Voodoo Doughnuts from a Pink Box

Photo by Anistacia Barber
Photo by Jordan Feltner
Voodoo Doughnut opened its first shop outside of Oregon on Friday — on East Colfax Avenue in Denver. With long lines for 2 straight days, Voodoo is almost out of doughnuts and may not reopen until midweek. The new Colfax... No longer sneaking liquor from a paper bag... It's now doughnuts from a pink box...

Photo by Jordan Feltner
But...the end of voodoo doughnuts' line just so happens to be the entrance to BLush Denver! Come stop in for a drink and a delicious doughnut... Jordan is working the door!  

Burgers at Steve's Snappin' Dogs voted 2nd Best in Denver

The Denver City Page Selects Steve's Snappin' Dogs Original Smashburger as the Second Best Burger in Denver!
Steve's Snappin' Dogs
3525 E Colfax Avenue; City Park; 303.333.7627
Steve’s is known for their crazy hot dogs, but don’t sleep on their damn good burger. The Smashburger comes with Dijon mayo, lettuce, grilled red onions, American cheese, tomatoes, and dill pickle chips, which provide a nice, satisfying crunch. Make sure to get fries.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Scene on Colfax: Something Underground

Brothers Seth and Josh Larson of Something Underground are ready for their CD Release Party at The Bluebird Theater tonight!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Benefit for Conscious Alliance Tonight at The Fillmore Auditorium

Special Guest Kyle Hollingsworth Band
Fillmore Auditorium
Friday, December 13
A Benefit for Conscious Alliance

Live Nation is pleased to present LETTUCE at The Fillmore Auditorium on Friday, December 13. Special guest Kyle Hollingsworth Band will open the show.   
Show time is 8:00 PM.  Doors open at 7:30 PM

Celebrating their 20th anniversary as modern day rulers of old school funk, the seven-piece Brooklyn-based juggernaut Lettuce dropped their third studio album Fly—a decidedly raging slab of relentless groove, hyper-charged syncopation and psychedelicized soul anthems. Having blown up stages from coast to coast last year, ranging from The Fillmore in SF to Terminal 5 in NYC, Bear Creek Music Festival to Camp Bisco and all points in-between, Lettuce entered Brooklyn recording studio The Bunker last winter with a fresh batch of road-tested material and a revitalized sound honed razor sharp by a year spent on the road.

“We’re more together and set to crush than ever before,” says drummer and chief songwriter Adam Deitch of the all-star group that he and his accomplished band-mates cut their teeth with back in their Berklee School of Music days. That much history, along with the A-list crop of projects that each member has taken on away from Lettuce, gives the group a bottomless well of musical ideas and unrivaled chemistry—in fact, referring to themselves as a band of brothers. “I was in a practice room at 16 with Kraz, Zoidis, Shmeeans and Deitch and it all clicked,” says “lead” bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes. “We all felt rhythms in similar ways. We were all about the pocket from day one.”

Kyle Hollingsworth has established himself as a formidable and versatile music talent, with the ability to contribute, collaborate, compose, and communicate on a number of levels and within a vast spectrum of musical environments. Today, as a member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. Playing in SCI has allowed him unrestricted access to the world of music, and has bestowed on him the kind of fearlessness a composer needs to flirt with such disparate genres.

His latest release, titled The There’s Now, finds the musician coming in to his own. With solid song material and a slamming new band, Kyle is making his mark in the new, always-evolving music scene. Then There’s Now delivers a blend of vocal and instrumental tunes and seamlessly displays his growth as a musician and as a songwriter. 

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

Tickets are $26.00 GA ADV and $30.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.

A 4 PACK GA is available: $18.75 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. 


Part of the Bud Light Concert Series
 Ages 16+

About Conscious Alliance
Since the inception of Conscious Alliance in 2002, the nonprofit has successfully collected and distributed enough food to provide over 1.6 million meals to people in need. This national 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization operates through ongoing, grassroots food collection, hunger awareness and youth empowerment programs throughout the United States, primarily by organizing food drives at concerts and music events. Donations to Conscious Alliance benefit America’s local food pantries and economically isolated Native American reservations.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lights for Life at Ace Hardware on The Fax

Don't throw away your old or broken holiday string lights. Recycle them for a great cause at Ace Hardware on The FAX instead! We're proud to partner with Lights For Life once again with their amazing recycling program that benefits families with a child who has cancer. Drop them off through January 2014.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

PUBLIC MEETING: RTD ROUTE 15L - Transit Priority Study

Photo courtesy Save the Signs on Colfax
Wednesday, December 11
6:30pm - 7:30pm
1600 Blake Street, Denver 80202 

Voice your opinion! Attend this important public meeting to weigh in your concerns on the 15L bus route and bus stop stations throughout Upper Colfax. Hear about potential improvements along the 15L Route.

The RTD will host a public meeting to share the results of a planning and design study on potential improvements along the 15L Route. Staff will also be present to hear community feedback, answer questions and explain next steps.

RTD partnered with the City & County of Denver, coordinated with the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Denver Regional Council of Governments to study improvements along the 15L Route on East Colfax from Broadway to Yosemite.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please visit

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Vintage Theatre's Got A Brand New Stage!

Opening night of "Young Frankenstein" is being pushed back one week to December 20....
but for a very exciting reason!

Executive Producer and Artistic Director Craig Bond explains, "Vintage Theatre has built a reputation on intimate staging; which we found challenging with the configuration of the Jeffrey Nickelson Auditorium.  Although our long awaited new stage has taken longer to produce than anticipated, we feel that opening a week later will give our audience the improved experience and a heightened look and feel to Young Frankenstein... and beyond. Imagine the theatrics of being able to fly a monster vs. mildly elevating him to face an electric storm."

Bond went on to explain these added benefits:

·         By lowering the stage we eliminated the IBEAM issue and height of 9 1/2 feet. The new higher ceiling elevations allow us to have a scale to the designs that show off the power of dramatic heights and vast length of set. 

·         We were able to increase the off stage playing area and wing space allowing us to have larger sets and to have more room to accommodate our bands. Young Frankenstein has a band of 11 players - nearly doubling the size of all other players in musicals to date for a fuller live sound.

·         Dramatic lighting throw will enhance the professional tone and atmosphere of the sets - as we no longer are "cooking the actors" by having lighting so close to their heads.

Vintage Theatre kicks off the 2014 season on December 20 with Mel Brook's hysterical musical "Young Frankenstein." The show runs through February 2, 2014 at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 31at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $31 ($26 advance), Senior, Student, Group discounts available. Tickets are available by calling 303-856-7830 or online at

Vintage Theatre presents
"Young Frankenstein"
The Mel Brooks musical parody of horror films Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein.
Dec. 20 - Feb 2
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 31@ 6:30 p.m.
$31($26 advance)303-856-7830 or online at
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010

Monday, December 9, 2013

Scene on Colfax: The Pope

In 1993, the Pope flew to Denver expressly for a giant World Youth Day rally. While he took time to celebrate Mass with the bishops, to visit Denver's Catholics, the Vietnamese diaspora and the children of Mount St. Vincent Home, he spent his biggest chunks of time with WYD's instant community. Those assembled showered John Paul II with a love expressed in hugs, tears, cheers and applause.

On Thursday, August 12, 1993, his first day in Denver, a full house of 90,000 welcomed the pope at Mile High Stadium, a welcome also marked by a late evening rainbow. On Friday, he spoke briefly by remote hookup to conclude the Stations of the Cross. On both Saturday and Sunday, he spent nearly four hours with youth at Cherry Creek State Park.

Photo by Jonny Barber
A statue of Pope John Paul II, designed by Polish sculptor Jacek Osadczuk, was installed outside the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, at the corner of Logan Street and Colfax Avenue, on April 2, 2009, the fourth anniversary of the pontiff's death, and dedicated on May 17, 2009. The statue commemorates the event of Pope John Paul II holding mass at the cathedral for World Youth Day on August 13-14, 1993.

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is home to the Archdiocese of Denver. The cathedral building, designed by Detroit architect Leon Coquard in the French Gothic Style, was constructed from 1902-1911 with a final cost of approximately $500,000. Influenced by the the 13th century coll├ęgiale Saint-Nicolas of Munster, Moselle, France--the birth village of bishop Nicholas Chrysostom Matz, who supervised its construction--the cathedral is made of Indiana limestone and Gunnison, Colorado granite and features two 210-foot spires. Its inaugural mass was held on October 27, 1912 and consecration in 1921. The cathedral was raised to the status of minor basilica on Christmas Day, 1979--one of only 29 American Cathedrals with that title.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

23rd Annual Holiday Miniatures Show at Abend Gallery

"Logan and Colfax" (Oil, 8x10") by David Shingler, appearing in the 23rd Annual Holiday Miniatures Show at Abend Gallery, 2260 E. Colfax Avenue. Show opens today, December 7th, 2013!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Original Aurora's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

ALERT: Due to below freezing temperatures the Tree Lighting scheduled for tonight has been postponed to next Friday! Friday the 13th from 6-7:30pm! Please Share and Join Us! Stay Warm!