Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sancho's Broken Arrow makes repairs to ceiling

You might've seen a picture floating around Facebook this morning in which it looks like part of the ceiling caved in at Sancho's Broken Arrow at Colfax Avenue and Clarkson. Turns out, the soffit around the bar indeed slipped. But according to Jay Bianchi, folks worked through the night repairing it, and it's completely secure now. "It looks actually better than it did," says Bianchi, "because we moved some tile and put some more posters up." (Courtesy Westword)

Friday, November 29, 2013

EOTO Coming to the Fillmore Auditorium

Fillmore Auditorium
Saturday, December 7

Live Nation is pleased to present EOTO at The Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, December 7.  Special guests TBA will open the show.   Show time is 8:00 PM.  Doors open at 7:30 PM

Hot off the heels of a headlining performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, EOTO will hit the road this winter for a month long tour that will take the band from the Southeast to the Midwest and back to the West Coast in less than 30 days. Keeping in EOTO tradition, all advance ticket purchases for their theater performances will include a free download from the show.  For details on how to claim the free live download for advance ticket purchases – check out the official EOTO website at

An EOTO performance is a musical journey that is unlike any other electronic performance on the circuit today. Loaded to the brim with all of the latest technology of a live producer, EOTO mixes and melds live instrumentation of the guitar, bass and drums into a musical galaxy of pavement pounding dance grooves.  Featuring rancorous highs and their signature bass bomb lows, the duo has been selling out theater performances and packing festival appearances since their 2005 inception. Taking pride in the live improvisational process, EOTO has never brought a sample or predetermined beat to the stage in over 6 years of live performances. In kind, 2013 has brought the addition of a few new advancements to their tour rig, bringing yet another variation to their landmark sound.

Because EOTO starts fresh every night, the band’s evolutionary progress has been thrust into hyper speed, eclipsing standard acts who return to their dusty catalog for every performance.  This is apparent when following the musical evolution of their live performances, which are recorded every night and made available to their fans for live download directly following each performance.

EOTO will kick off their winter tour in Jacksonville, FL on November 6 and the tour finale is scheduled for the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver on December 7.
EOTO unleashed their annual live tour compilation K-Turns and U-Turns, Vol. 5 in April of 2013. A musical celebration in electronic improvisation, the release features over 300 minutes of uninterrupted party-ready material. Their most industrious live tour compilation yet, the collection spans 4 discs of recorded music, each track digitally mastered to flow into the next to give the feel of a live show setting. Loaded to the brim with deep bass, thumping dance grooves and the kind of digital sci-fi inspiration that keeps EOTO’s music far ahead of its time, the full-length live album features the absolute best performances recorded in 2012.

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

Tickets are $27.50 GA ADV and $30.00 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+

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sayonara Taki's Golden Bowl

Photo by Darian Simon
Colfax Avenue has seen a lot of changes since Hisashi Takimoto opened Taki's two decades ago. And Taki's went through changes, too, including a couple of locations and a variety of names: Taki's Healthy Japanese Food Restaurant, Taki's Golden Bowl. After Takimoto passed away in 2009, the restaurant got a new owner, Keiho Omine, and earlier this year, it got a major renovation, a new menu and another variation on it's name: Taki's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar. But regulars reported that it was hard to find a time when Taki's was open -- and now, according to Westword, it looks like it could be gone for good.

A sign on the door reports that Taki's has closed.

"Given that the dining room was empty I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only regular customer to turn around and never come back," says one former customer.

"We all miss Taki-san!" says another.

And that ginger miso soup, which regulars swore was better than a shot for fending off the flu.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ex-Pats open Abbey Tavern in Denver[1409873299247892]&action_type_map=[%22og.likes%22]&action_ref_map=[]
Is it every Irishman’s secret dream to own a Pub? If the Irish pub scene in the Denver Boulder metro is an indicator you might think yes, as the majority of pubs are Irish owned and run.

This month you can add ex-Pats Glen Eastwood and Andrew Cudden to the list of Irish Pub owners when they open the Abbey Tavern at 5151 E. Colfax Avenue (303-321-5151).

Eastwood is no stranger to the bar business. Over the past decade in Denver, he has been a well-respected barman managing Casey’s Bistro & Pub and Fado Irish Pub. His transitions from pub manager to pub owner took a logical course. “I got into this business 11 years ago and found that it was something I really enjoyed, then I got to a point were I wanted my own place. Said Eastwood who added, “I drank in Irish pubs all my life and I have tried to build a pub that reflects all that is fun and inviting in an Irish pub.” Cudden, on the other hand owns a painting business in Denver, but made it clear that owning a pub was one of his goals. “I set up Emerald Isle Irish Painting company back in ‘98 and I have worked very hard to get it to this point, the next step for me was to hopefully own an Irish pub in Denver that I could be proud of.”

It took a while for Eastwood and Cudden to find the right space in the right location a space and after a few false starts they came across a building that was to become the Abbey. “We are in the Parkhill neighborhood and we really felt like Parkhill would be a great location for the type of bar that we had planned to build.” The Abbey is also located off a bus route and will share a parking lot with Nuggs Gourmet Ice Cream Shop (opening in January). Most urban business owners would be happy enough to have free parking onsite, however, Eastwood is already planning alternative use for the parking lot over that special time in March. “The building had such character and it also had a parking lot that we could use for the likes of St Patrick’s day!”

The Abbey Tavern is named after a bar in the fishing village of Howth, Ireland. The inspiration to name it so, came by way of the 5 archways that are visible from Colfax Avenue. “From very early in the plans we decided these would make great tables to put in garage doors and create 6 top tables with 3 people sitting inside the pub and 3 people out on the patio,” said Eastwood.

The Abbey will open for happy hour at 4pm Monday to Friday and at 10am Saturday and Sunday serving Brunch until 3pm. They will have a full kitchen serving food until 10pm Sunday through Thursday and open midnight Friday and Saturday. The menu will offer the Irish staples including Irish breakfast, beef stew, fish & chips, etc., and also a wide variety of appetizers and sandwiches. The social lubricants and food enhancers from the bar will include the usual Irish favorites on tap – Guinness, Smithwicks and Mangers as well as a wide variety of local brews on tap and in a bottle. According to Eastman they will open the Abbey with deals to attract new customers. “We will be offering a very aggressive happy hour Monday to Friday 4-7pm with all well, wine and draft at $3 and all apps $5.95. We will also be offering an all-day everyday special of $4 liquor feature and $3 pint feature.”

In the New Year the sounds of live Irish acoustic music will be heard on Monday nights and Geeks Who Drink bar trivia will bring in some fun folks on Thursday nights. Of course there will be dart boards inside and corhole and giant jingo to play on the patio. According to Eastman you also can bring your own electronics to play or communicate. “All tables inside and on the patio have been fitted with power so you will have no problem powering up those tablets and smart phones,…The modern world!” And don’t worry about missing any Bronco games as the lads have you covered with the NFL package!

Both Eastman and Cudden are beaming with pride with their dream pub that has come to fruition and look forward to sharing it with friends and neighbors. “We have put a lot of time and effort creating what we hope is a warm and welcoming Irish pub. We looked around locally and at home and took all the things we have liked in other places and incorporated those things with our own ideas to make best use of such a unique space.” Enthused Eastman and Cudden added, “We also hired a local artist to build our back bar out of stone and really nice aged wood, we are so happy with the results and we think you will be too.”

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mini-Golf on Colfax, circa-1930!

Denver Public Library, Western History Collection Call No. X-27509

The art deco gas station that still sits on this lot now (recently developed into a 7-11) must have been built not long after this photo was taken. This is directly across the street from where Pete's Kitchen and The Satire are today, the apartment building directly ahead is where Mama's Cafe (formerly IHOP) is now. You can see the Aladdin Theatre and castle-like Weicker Transfer & Storage building down the street.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Houston, We Have a Problem

Originally a genuine report of a life-threatening fault, and now used humorously to report any kind of problem, the phrase 'Houston, we have a problem' is right up there with 'Beam me up Scotty' at the top of the spaceflight-related quotations tree. In fact, both are slight misquotations.

Astronaut John Swigert, Jr. (who graduated from East High School on Colfax Avenue) and James Lovell who, along with Fred Haise Jr., made up the crew of the US's Apollo 13 moon flight, reported a problem back to their base in Houston on 14th April, 1970.

'Houston, we have a problem' is often credited to the project's leader Lovell. Actually, not only did Lovell not say the phrase, he wasn't even the first not to say it, if you see what I mean.

Swigert and then Lovell (almost) used the phrase to report a major technical fault in the electrical system of one of the Service Module's oxygen tanks:
Houston, we have a problemSwigert: 'Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here.'
Houston: 'This is Houston. Say again please.'
Lovell: 'Houston, we've had a problem. We've had a main B bus undervolt.'
'Houston, we have a problem' was used later as the tagline for the 1995 film - Apollo 13. It is the dialogue of the film, edited for dramatic effect, that is now best remembered:
Uh, this is Houston. Uh, say again, please?
Houston, we have a problem. We have a main bus B undervolt.
Houston, we have a problemThe issue of the film brought about a renewal in the use of the line and, from then onwards, it began being used in non-spaceflight contexts. The first example of such that I can find is as the title of a none too favourable review in the Los Angles Times, July 1995, of a restaurant called Houstons:
Houston('s), we have a problem - Houston's is yet another slick corporate package, the antithesis of a mom-and-pop restaurant. 
The phrase was used again, in 2001, to report the health and addiction problems of the singer Whitney Houston. More recently still, it has been called out of retirement, as "Wii have a problem", for use in stories about injuries caused by over-enthusiastic use of the Nintendo game console.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Colfax Dog Collars now at The Wag Shop!

Now in stock at The Wag Shop!! Get your Colfax Dog Collar today!!

The Wag Shop, at 2626 E. Colfax Avenue, has a dedicated staff of dog grooming professionals who take great care and pride in their work. They like to think they provide the best of both worlds; a health benefit and a pampering beauty experience. Every dog, young or old, is treated with respect and kindness to help them through their grooming session. Their shop grooming standards are designed to create a consistency in styling while providing quality service.

If your dog has a special need, their goal is to make your pet’s experience as comfortable as possible for each visit. Caring for animals is a deep passion for everyone and the craft of dog grooming is taken just as seriously. Dog grooming can seem glamorous but stress can cause underlying conditions to be exacerbated. So, keeping stress levels at a minimum is also a goal for staff members.

"Making your pet’s grooming experience the best each and every visit is of the utmost importance to us!"

Grooming staff are members of The National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) and Deidre is also a member of the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists (ISCC). 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Vintage Theatre presents Snow Falling on Cedars

Vintage Theatre presents
Snow Falling on Cedars
from the Book by David Guterson
Adapted for the Stage by Kevin McKeon

Directed by Sam Wood
November 22 - December 15, 2013
A Japanese-American fisherman named Kabuo Miyamoto goes on trial for the murder of Carl Heine, a well-liked local fisherman and respected war veteran. Set in 1954 in a Puget Sound community divided among fishermen and farmers, whites and Japanese, the story is at once a courtroom drama, a mystery, and a love story.  Playwright Kevin McKeon adroitly captures the beauty and mystery of David Guterson’s 1994 award-winning novel in this riveting adaptation.

Vintage Theatre presents "Snow Falling on Cedars" November 22 through December 15 at 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($20 advance), Senior, Student, Group discounts available. Tickets are available by calling 303-856-7830 or online at

The cast includes Ben Cowhick as Ishmael Chambers, Arlene Rapal as Hatsue (Imada) Miyamoto, Dale Li as Kabuo Miyamoto and Roger Simon as Nels Gudmundsson. Rounding out the cast, and performing in multiple roles, are Brian Brooks, David Cervera, Maria Cheng, Glenna Kelly, Christian Munck, Robert Payo, Jessica Ward and Wade Wood.

Kevin McKeon’s adaptation of David Guterson’s 1994 bestseller Snow Falling on Cedars has
no right to be as solid as it is. - Bret McCabe CityPaper, Baltimore.

Snow Falling on Cedars is symphonic, moving, and graceful.
- Fred Sokol, Talking Broadway

Vintage Theatre presents
"Snow Falling on Cedars"
A courtroom drama, a mystery, a love story set in a community divided by whites and Japanese.
*Nov. 22 - Dec. 15
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun at 2:30 p.m.
$25 ($20 advance)
303-856-7830 or online at
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Abraham Lincoln Indirectly Helps Apprehend Rapist

Everett Stadig - Photo by Jonny Barber
A week ago, I was out wandering around Colfax, as I am prone to do, and spotted a man who looked very much like Abraham Lincoln riding his bicycle, replete with beard and a stovepipe hat!! As he passed by, I asked if he wanted to stop and chat. He obliged, and as it turned out he had a very interesting story to tell. Not only was he the one-time official Abraham Lincoln impersonator for Mt. Rushmore, but he was also at one time the victim of an assault, which backfired on the assailant and actually led to the assailant's arrest for other, outstanding warrants.

Denver Serial Rapist William Burton Costello Arrested: Colorado's 69-year old Everett Stadig, personhood activist and member of Denver Bible Church, was assaulted in the line of duty (while collecting pro-life signatures). When the police DNA tested the suspect, they found out that William Burton Costello was a criminal wanted for serial rape of three women, ages 13, 22, and 49, from 2008 to 2011. (Update: Costello was charged with a fourth rape in 2013 and his defense attorneys have been desperately trying to help him get away with his crimes.)

Here is his story, taken from the website Bob Enyart Live:

Report by Jo Scott

     Everett Stadig, long-time Mt. Rushmore employee, is an active Christian pro-lifer and an Abe Lincoln look alike. On June 30, 2012 during the final push to gather signatures for Colorado’s Personhood amendment, 69-year-old Stadig was collecting signatures in front of the Stapleton King Soopers grocery store when he was attacked and thrown off his bike to the ground by a man who became enraged because Everett was asking for signatures "to protect unborn children." A witness who saw the attack recorded the assailant’s license plate number and gave it to the police. Everett was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he underwent surgery for a broken hip.

In the following weeks, Mr. Stadig, concerned that the crime against him was not being investigated, enlisted the help of other pro-lifers and two volunteer attorneys to pressure the Denver police department to investigate the crime. Yet it turns out that the police were pursuing the matter, and eventually brought assault and rape charges against the perpetrator, a successful Denver businessman.

In August, William Costello was arrested for the attack on Everett Stadig. “Katie’s Law” allows law enforcement to procure DNA samples after a felony arrest. That DNA linked William Costello to three rapes for which he was charged on November 16, 2012.
William Costello
Regarding the charge against Costello for the assault on Stadig, "It's rather shocking," said Denver pastor and radio host Bob Enyart:

The police gave Costello a charge of only second-degree assault when Everett, a 69-year-old man, was attacked while straddling his bicycle and asking for signatures on his personhood petition. To add insult to injury, the D.A.'s office didn't even speak to the victim until September 18th, whereas they entered the mere second-degree charge on August 11th, after talking only to the perpetrator and not the victim. In addition to Everett, at least one witness, and perhaps others, spoke with police. The perpetrator, now known to be a pro-abortion Democrat with ties to high-profile governing officials including a former governor, was angry that Everett was a pro-lifer. Costello at first walked away toward his vehicle, then returned, and assaulted Everett by throwing him to the ground. The force of the impact broke Everett's hip. This is a first-degree assault on an at-risk adult and the Denver D.A. Mitchell Morrissey should upgrade this charge against this out-of-control and dangerous offender.

Correcting the charge to first-degree assault might also help to correct the media from falsely reporting that Costello's arrest was the result of "a fight in a parking lot." The characterization of the assault in this Denver Post headline, "Denver parking lot fight leads to suspect in three unsolved rapes," is absurd to everyone who knows meek and mild Everett. And it might help if the Post's reporter Jessica Fender would speak to the victim.
Denver parking lot fight leads to suspect in three unsolved rapes

Read more: Denver parking lot fight leads to suspect in three unsolved rapes - The Denver Post
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Lynn Kimbrough with the Denver district attorney’s office stated:
William Costello, 47, has been charged with two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of sexual assault on a child, three counts of sexual assault, and two counts of impersonating a peace officer. Costello was arrested and charged in July 2012 with assault on an at-risk adult following a confrontation between Costello and a man collecting petition signatures. “Costello’s DNA was taken at the time of his arrest pursuant to Katie’s Law, and was then linked to three unsolved sexual assault cases occurring in 2008, 2010, and 2011.

Kimbrough appears to have misspoke saying the arrest was in July, since the arrest affidavit is dated August 9 and the D.A. indicated to Stadig that this first arrest was made on August 11.

Costello, whose rape victims range in age from 13 to 49, as reported by the Denver Post, is a successful real estate broker who has ties to "high profile Democrats," all of whom of course are pro-abortion, including being a long-time family friend of former governor Dick Lamm who introduced in 1967 Colorado's first law to decriminalize the killing of unborn children. DNA evidence indicates that William Costello raped a 13 year old girl in March 2008, a 22 year old woman in 2010, and a 49 year old woman in 2011. The Post also reported that Costello was arrested while driving the car of a top political strategist, who they haven't named, while distributing yard signs to a Durango, Colorado Democratic campaign office, and that about a year after the rape of the 13 year old, Costello attended a birthday party for a grandson of Governor Lamm.
Photo of recovering Stadig:

Back in July, Everett Stadig told the pro-life media that he was attacked because he collecting personhood signatures. In a telephone interview from his hospital bed, Stadig told LifeSiteNews that the man was “in his mid-thirties and looked about six foot tall.” He refused to sign, and began to swear and shout at Stadig. “He was yelling ‘I’m pro-choice!’” Stadig recalled, adding that he used “most foul language."

Stadig explained that being ‘pro-choice’ meant pro-abortion, and again urged him to sign. At first the man walked away, but returned half a minute later, still swearing and yelling. "He said 'you don’t have a right to be here!'" Stadig related, "and I said 'I do have a right to be here, this is a Colorado Petition Drive'. Then he grabbed my petition pad, and with the same movement threw me to ground, and I was hurt so bad I couldn’t get up."

Seems Mr. Costello has a dog in the fight for personhood. Where is a rapist going to get rid of the evidence of his crime without the abortionist? American Right To Life's leading article on the rape "exception" has been updated:
As for the men who use women, like serial rapist William Costello who assaulted an elderly pro-life activist Everett Stadig who was merely collecting personhood signatures, rapists as a group are pro-choice because abortion entices them to think they will get away with their crime.

In this news report Denver District Attorney, Mitchell R. Morrissey said that this crime is one of the most “significant offenses that we’ve had” and that without Katie’s law the cases would have gone unsolved. Everett Stadig is thankful also for the dogged perseverance of pro-life attorneys Rebecca Messall and Barry Arrington. And the pro-life community is thankful that while Everett who working to protect the innocent and deter the guilty, he indirectly became involved in the apprehension of a serial rapist.

It remains to be seen whether Stadig's sense that the police were leaving him out of the investigation was merely wrong, or resulted from the pro-choice campaign activist being a well-connected Democrat, or because Costello was suspected in the more serious rape crimes. What is now known is that the D.A.'s office was more interested in talking to the criminal, Costello, than to the victim, Everett, and perhaps due to that failure gave this angry Costello a gift by undercharging him.

Additional Questions: Did the police attempt to obtain King Soopers surveillance video that is believed to exist prior to the D.A. filing a second-degree charge? Will the police let the victim know whether such video exists?  

Hear Everett interviewed from his hospital bed just two days after his assault in the BEL radio program Romneycare upheld and Abe Lincoln felled. And see Stadig's role in the Hostility Met with Hospitality event hosted by Colorado Right To Life at a National RTL conference, which event helped to give traction to the pro-life strategy which will lead to enforcement of the God-given right to life of the unborn child, Personhood!

Update: Regarding pro-choice serial rapist William Costello, Westword newspaper's alleged journalist Michael Roberts has reported that the alleged DA office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough has stated that "two other people came forward with information" bringing the number, in addition to the previously reported serial rapes, to five separate crimes, apparently in addition to the assault on Stadig. Halfway through Roberts report, he has a floating reference, "In the wake of Costello's arrest..." But what arrest? As Denver's media has generally underreported and misreported the assault on Everett that led to Costello's arrest and becoming a suspect as a serial rapist, Roberts doesn't even tell his alleged readers what the arrest was for, nor about the sixth victim, an at-risk adult who suffered a broken hip at Costello's hands.

Update: Apparently, on Aug. 11, 2012, the D.A. charged the perpetrator with only second-degree assault after only talking to the offender, whereas his office had not even talked to the pro-life victim, Mr. Stadig, who did not get to speak with the D.A.s office until Sept. 18.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Denver Music Summit, Nov. 22-24

Create Denver, in partnership IMTour and WESTAF, hosts the 2013 Denver Music Summit, Nov. 22-24. Programs and performances will take place in Denver at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St. on Nov. 22 and at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. on Nov. 23-24.

Schedule at a glance:

Friday, Nov. 22 - Mercury Café, 2199 California St.
  • 6-8pm: Opening night reception and welcome (open to the public)
  • 8-11pm:Live performance by PHOX, featuring opening sets by Ark Life and a special collaborative performance by Carleigh Aikins (Bahamas/Jack Johnson), The Changing Colors, Chimney Choir, Ian Cooke, Josiah Johnson (The Head & the Heart), and Tamara Lindeman (Bahamas/The Weather Station). Hosted by Corey Jones from OpenAir - Tickets: $10
Saturday, Nov. 23 - McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.
  • 10am-6pm: Musician workshops, panels, Future of Music Coalition presentation, and a special keynote lunch supported by Colorado Creative Industries - Registration includes both Saturday and Sunday: $10
  • 7-11pm: Narrators edition: Stories from the Road hosted by Andrew Orvedahl & Robert Rutherford with stories from David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, Monsters of Folk), Jeff Linsenmeier (The Czars, The Fray), and Erin Roberts (Porlolo). Storytelling followed by live performances from Bazan, Johnson and Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards) - Tickets: $10
Sunday, Nov. 24 - McNichols Building
  • Noon-2pm: Listen/Learn: Music Industry Roundtables & continental brunch - Registration includes both Saturday and Sunday: $10
  • 3-6pm: Acoustic afternoon and closing reception with live performances by Joe Pug, Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds / The Postal Service), Eric Johnson (Fruit Bats / The Shins) and additional special local guests - Tickets: $10
National in scope and local in focus, the Denver Music Summit brings together musicians, music industry professionals and enthusiasts to share ideas, learn about current trends, and inspire ingenuity. The summit gives working musicians the professional skills and connections needed to develop their careers and fosters connections to build a sustainable music community. As Denver emerges as a national cultural hub, we also invite the public to join in the conversation, networking and attending live performances that showcase the vibrant local and national music scene while exploring new channels and inspire dialogue among fans, policymakers and music professionals.

There are no limits to how music can be packaged, delivered and consumed. As the music industry continues to search for sustainable models, musicians are tasked to abandon conventional formats in a rapidly changing environment and reinvent what success means. At the summit, musicians can attend daytime workshops, panels and research presentations to help expand their fan base, enhance their brand, learn key trends in the industry, generate income, and manage a tour, while extending their creative vision.  Panelists and presenters for these sessions include, Erin Barnes (EKB Media), Scott Booker (manager, The Flaming Lips), Jessica Cole (president, Lyric House Publishing), Ben DeSoto (Hi-Dive), Hip-hop and spoken-word artist Dessa (Doomtree collective), Beth Franklin (Fox Tax Group), Rebecca Gates (artist/activist), Storm Gloor (UCD), Stefan Goldby (Chemistry Productions), Shawn King (Devotchka), Rob Gordon (What Are Records), James Keblas (Seattle Office of Film and Music), Joseph Kotarba (Texas State University), Jamie Laurie (Flobots), Dave Ratner (Creative Law Network), Adam Shaw (Artist Manager), Ira Sweetwine (Sweetwine Entertainment Group), Topspin Media, David Weingarden (Z2, Boulder Theatre), Emily White (Whitesmith Entertainment), Reid Wick (NARAS/Grammys), a presentation from Michael Bracy, Kristen Thompson, and Jean Cook of the Future of Music Coalition, along with other artists and professionals from all facets of the music industry.

Registration for Saturday and Sunday's daytime sessions is $10 (includes both days).
A special thank you to our additional partners, Colorado Public Radio & OpenAir, Colorado Creative Industries, and Illegal Pete’s.
Stay connected!
For more information, please email

Musicians Workshop Registration:
Daytime sessions Nov 23-24

Musicians! Register to attend the Denver Music Summit professional development workshops, panels, research presentations, and small group interactive discussions on Saturday Nov. 23 & 24 by submitting this form and $10 fee on our payment site. Please note, this registration is only for the daytime workshops and not live performances.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SIGNing Off

This article, recently brought to our attention by Save The Signs on Colfax, was originally printed in The Urban Dweller newsletter in April of 1974, and describes efforts by Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods to encourage businesses to stop using animated signs:

On Dec. 8, 1973. Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Inc., began a campaign to persuade businesses which had flashing or moving signs to adjust the signs so that they no longer flashed or moved. Forty eight businesses with such signs which were within CHUN's geographic boundaries or had a visual impact on the neighborhood were contacted by letter by CHUN president, Michael Henry.

The businesses were asked to adjust their signs "because flashing and moving signs are in violation of the Denver City Sign Code, because their ugliness contributes to the visual deterioration of the neighborhood, and because they are wasteful of energy in a time when energy should only be used for necessary purposes."

To date, twenty-seven of the forty eight businesses contacted in the Capitol Hill area have adjusted their signs so that they no longer flash or move.

Mr. Richard Kuratli of the Bluebird Theater responded by letter to say that he does not believe that the flashing lights of his theater are ugly; that the theater does save some electricity by reducing the time the lights operate; that the sign is apparently not illegal "as we were permitted to leave ours connected"; and that "flashing lights add greatly to the Bluebird Theater atmosphere - therefore do not expect any cooperation."

Mr. Thomas Inslee of Taco-Toro wrote to outline the considerable energy reduction measures his company was already using, to express his belief that moving signs are not in violation of the city sign code, and to express his sincere interest in the neighborhood. The moving Taco-Toro sign has been turned off in recent weeks, but this may be due to a malfunction in the sign.

Mr. Gilbert Goldstein, an attorney representing both the Broadway Plaza Motel and the Royal Palace Motel, expressed his opinion that their moving sign was not illegal and that they were not "garish and ugly, but on the contrary, in my view are quite attractive and perform a useful function". He expressed willingness to meet with the CHUN president to discuss the matter further, and said "I hope that if such a meeting occurs, you will wear a tie which I will not consider garish and ugly."

Mr. Sid King of Sid King's Crazy Horse Bar wrote, "I have a high opinion of your civic association. I agree with you about the signs. As soon as I received your letter, I called the sign company and told them to disconnect the revolving mannequin and all flashing signs."

Since CHUN's first letter (and, obviously, "since" is not necessary interchangeable with "because of") as of press time, the following businesses had turned their signs off, and are deserving of thanks from the community:

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pot Dizzied Chiefs Lose Sunday Night's Game
Multiple NFL teams have complained the high marijuana to oxygen ration inside Mile High Stadium gives the marijuana-trained Broncos an unfair advantage at home against incoming teams from states where marijuana remains appropriately illegal.

Denver, Colorado – Shocking new reports from sources in Denver confirm that Denver Broncos personnel were seen flooding Mile High Stadium with marijuana smoke, inundating the stadium with copious clouds of the mind-altering chemical moments before the game.  Sources claim Denver Broncos staff also flooded the Chief’s locker room with a constant stream of marijuana smoke before the game and during halftime, as they have done with other teams for the last two years.

NBC commentators noted that several Chiefs players, including veteran quarterback Alex Smith, complained of instantly feeling ‘dizzy and nauseated’ when they took to the stadium to do stretches and practice before the game started. Chief’s coach Andy Reid complained of feeling like he was ‘having a stroke’ as he stood on the sideline, trying to focus on his players and finding out why his receivers continually dropped passes throughout the first half of the Sunday night game.

“It is suspicious when you have Charles dropping five your toss-ups and Peyton Manning chucking 60-yard touchdown passes off his left foot to his receivers, our guys hardly able to keep their balance and giggling,” a stoic Andy Reid said, saying the Chiefs will get beyond this game and prepare for San Diego next week.

Chiefs fans watching the game on Jumbo-tron back at Arrowhead Stadium were equally skeptical.  ”You have to wonder if the Broncos are trying to give out contact high to incoming teams.  They train in marijuana-laden conditions, other teams cannot compete with that. There is a conspiracy going on here and it involves the government of Colorado itself,” Chiefs fan Nadia Botwin stated.

Botwin may have a reasonable concern.  The Chief’s receivers did drop the ball more than usual and even more questionable, the Chief’s usually devastating pass rush was nothing but wobbly legs and failed tackling attempts against an aging quarterback.

The image at right blatantly shows a marijuana-conditioned Broncos player walking through a field of marijuana smoke earlier this season.

If the evidence and accusations are correct, the Broncos are actively training in marijuana heavy conditions and then flooding the locker rooms of visiting teams with marijuana, and the stadium with marijuana, making the other team devastatingly ‘high’ and unfocused throughout the game.

And this is the secret to how the Broncos are pulling off victories like they did tonight.  I will draft an official letter to the NFL to investigate the Bronco’s underhanded strategies, which again, has been an ongoing complaint by multiple teams playing against this morally questionable franchise.

New Evidence A
In this video image, look at how the Chief’s coach cannot resist playing tickle fingers with Fisher here.  This is not natural and the exact type of behavior you would expect to see of someone who was just forced to inhale Colorado’s classic, cruddy skunk weed for the first time.

New Evidence B
Broncos fill the air with wafts of Colorado Skunk, churning the stomachs and minds of the pure-air-trained Kansas City Chiefs.

New Evidence C

Dwayne Bowe was caught this week training for the game, by trying to smoke a little last second bowl as he sped toward the team practice. Officers dropped charges for now after the Chief’s staff explained how the players have to ‘try to train’ against the Bronco’s cheating techniques.

New Evidence D

You have to wonder how much of Satan’s laughing gas Peyton Manning smoked to play on that broken ankle, pain free.  You don’t just ‘snap’ your ankle the week before, get a questionable MRI, then go out to chuck 60-yard touchdown passes on the run on your ‘bum’ right ankle without hopping up on some sort of drugs.  Considering Manning was not falling asleep as he studied the Chief’s playbook on the sideline, we can only guess he was high on marijuana.

Author: + Leading the charge of faith at Bible Fellowship Church.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Bad Kittie Salon

With a hip and soothing ambiance in an urban setting, The Bad Kittie Salon, at 2909 E. Colfax Avenue, is an establishment dedicated to promoting the neighborhood and the local art community.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Natural Grocers coming to Capitol Hill

Photo by Jonny Barber
Renovation work is underway at the old Office Depot at East Colfax and Washington Street to transform it into a Natural Grocers. The goal is to have it open by January. Read more about it in the November issue of Life on Capitol Hill:

Artist rendering

Friday, November 15, 2013

Colburn Automobile Company

The Colburn Automobile Company was a Brass Era car manufacturer in Denver, Colorado. The company produced cars from 1906-1911 in their factory at 15th Street and Colfax Avenue.

Colburns were built as a roadster, and later as a touring car (Model 35). They were fashioned after the French Renault with the radiator positioned behind the sloping hood. The Model 30 and Model 40 roadsters were fast with a top speed of 72 miles per hour and often competed in road races and track events around the Denver area. The roadster featured a 4-cylinder, 40HP engine and 4 speed transmission and sold for $4,500.00. A large shiny brass "C" emblazoned the front of the automobiles.

The Colburn Family

Herbert C. Colburn and Ernest A. Colburn Jr. were the sons of Judge Ernest A. Colburn (E.A. Colburn). The Judge was a very wealthy man, having made his fortune as a mine owner in the Cripple Creek, Colorado mining district. H.C. and his brother E.A. Jr. were inventors and always interested in engineering and technology. They held at least 2 patents for the design of mining machinery. At one time, the brothers ran the Ajax Mine in Victor, one of the many mines owned by the Judge.

The Judge was the financial backer of the automobile; it was designed and built by his sons. There was a falling out between the Judge and his sons, possibly over Judge Colburn's divorcing the boys' mother and remarrying another woman. This dispute resulted in the Judge closing the factory and putting an end to the Colburn automobile.

No Colburn automobiles are known to exist today. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Notable program is the key to making music at Anschutz - Aurora Sentinel

Notable program is the key to making music at Anschutz - Aurora Sentinel

Restaurant Report Card: La Abeja

KDVR TV gives “A+” for La Abeja

KDVR's “A+” of the week is La Abeja on East Colfax Avenue for back-to-back perfect inspections. The restaurant at 508 East Colfax in Denver had perfect scores on its most recent health inspections.
Issac Valadez credits his father for their high standards. “We try to maintain it as clean as possible. He pushes us to be as good as we can.”
Valadez said the recognition on our report gives his family owned business a reason to smile.  Hemmat asked, “How do you say good job in Spanish?
“Buenta vaco,” Valadez said.

(Note to KDVR: good job in Spanish is totally misspelled…it’s BUEN TRABAJO)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pixies coming to The Fillmore Auditorium

Fillmore Auditorium
February 13

Two-time Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize Winner
 Directs Brand New “Andro Queen” Music Video

Live Nation is pleased to present PIXIES at The Fillmore Auditorium on Thursday, February 13. 
Special Guest Best Coast will open the show.   Show time is 8:00 PM.  Doors open at 7:00 PM

Fortified with eight instantly-sold-out U.S. club shows, a sold-out UK/European tour, and critical and fan acclaim for the live shows and five brand-new songs, Pixies announce that a 33-city, coast-to-coast North American leg has been added to its 2013-2014 world tour and will kick off in Toronto, Canada on January 15, 2014.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, October 11 at 10:00AM local time; log onto for purchasing information.

“…there’s no denying Pixies’ superlative live impact.  Deal or no Deal.” – Guardian UK

Pixies – Black Francis/guitars, vocals, Joey Santiago/guitars, drummer David Lovering, and touring bassist Kim Shattuck – are on the road in support of the band’s first collection of new music in more than 20 years that began with the surprise release of the single “Bagboy” on June 28.   That was followed by the four-track EP-1 that came out of the blue on September 3.  “Andro Queen,” the melancholy, surrealistic sci-fi ballad that opens EP-1, is the project’s brand-new music video, and now available at

“Andro Queen” was conceived and directed by filmmaker Ondi Timoner through her Interloper Films production company.  Timoner won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Features at the Sundance Film Festival twice and has work permanently displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  She also produced and directed the original VH-1 series “Sound Effects,” and directed the opening film for President Clinton’s 2011 birthday/fundraiser held at the Hollywood Bowl that featured Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Jay-Z, and the President, among others. 

Timoner is the founder and director of web-channel “A Total Disruption” that features the work of cutting-edge innovators and entrepreneurs who use technology to transform lives, our economy and where we’re headed.

“The new numbers more than held their own…Four stars” – The Times of London

All of the Pixies dates on this tour will feature a brand new stage set and production, and will give the band an opportunity to not only debut brand new Pixies songs, but to offer the most wide-ranging concert set lists of Pixies music in the band’s career.  As Black Francis told The Daily Beast, “I’m happy that we have new songs to play because playing only the old songs…you’ve already proven that.  You can try to do it better, but you’re not really proving anything to anyone except that you can still do it.”

“The Pixies brought just enough to the Bowery stage to remind devoted fans that their songwriting chops have hardly wavered and that the best may be yet to come.” – Village Voice

The Boston-formed Pixies have been acclaimed as the most influential pioneering band of the late 80s alt/rock movement.  Their five studio releases and initial six years together effectively blazed the path for groups like Nirvana, Radiohead and Pearl Jam to rise to superstardom.  The Pixies disbanded in 1993 and launched their reunion tour in April, 2004 when virtually every single date sold out within minutes and fans traveled hundreds of miles to attend a show.  The Pixies shattered sales records around the world, SPIN called it 2004's "Comeback of the Year," and the band wrapped up 2004 in New York City with 24,000 tickets sold for an unprecedented eight-night, sold-out run at Hammerstein Ballroom.  The Pixies continued their reunion tour in 2005, and then to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their 1989 album Doolittle, launched the "Doolittle Tour" on October 1, 2009 in Dublin, performing the entire album beginning to end.  The SRO tour was so successful it lasted for two years, taking the band to 18 countries, playing 117 shows.

In May, 2013, it was announced that founding member Kim Deal had decided to leave the Pixies.  Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering made it clear that Kim's place in the band would always be there for her.

On June 28, 2013, the Pixies posted on their website a free download of "Bagboy," the band's first new song in nearly a decade, and an accompanying music video.  In less than a month, there were more than one-million downloads/streams of the song, more than 15,000 digital purchases of "Bagboy" - a song that was given away for FREE - and more than one-million YouTube views of the LAMAR+NIK-directed music video.  On July 1, an extensive European tour was announced; second shows were added in many cases, and most of the shows have already sold out.  On July 25, 2013, the band announced eight U.S. club shows, four in Los Angeles, four in New York, all of which sold out in minutes.  

On September 3, 2013, Pixies released EP-1, the band's first collection of new music in more than 20 years.  EP-1 was available exclusively on the band’s website as a DDL and as a limited edition (5000) 10-inch vinyl disc.  In the first day alone, the vinyl completely sold out, and the video had received more than a quarter-million YouTube views.  It is also announced that Kim Shattuck will play bass for the band on these upcoming tour dates.

Heidi Ellen Robinson-Fitzgerald

Pixies Press Assets (bio, lyrics, credits, photos, news, features, more):
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 - 3000                                                                                                                                                                                         
Tickets are $49.50 GA ADV and $55.00 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. 

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