Thursday, April 30, 2015

Colfax Sunrise

Found this online, please let us know if this is your photo...thanks!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mo Wood

Ah, Colfax, you never cease to amaze me. . . Coincidence? I think not. (photo by Colfax Jack)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Rejected T-Shirt designs: Colfax Curb Queen

Denver artist Kenny Be has created countless comics and graphic designs for T-Shirts, but this one didn't make the final cut...Colfax Avenue Curb Queen!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Beautiful Montclair, Colorado

Incorporated as its own town in 1888, Montclair was developed as an alternative to the hustle and bustle of downtown Denver (as well as its hundreds of saloons and brothels). The building of saloons, as well as the sale of alcohol in Montclair was strictly prohibited. The original boundaries of Montclair were Holly St (to the West), Colfax Avenue (to the North), Quebec St (to the East) and 6th Avenue (to the South).

If you live in the neighborhood, join the new Quebec District Facebook page for updates!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Aurora Fox presents She Kills Monsters

Live theatre at its geeky best!

Calling all gaming geeks, fans of 90’s pop culture, and curious observers – SHE KILLS MONSTERS is for you!  It’s a high octane, comedic romp into the world of D&D - dragons, monsters and all.

It all starts with a girl. Her name is Agnes. She’s fairy unremarkable. Then she stumbles across her dead sister’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook and everything changes! 

Agnes and her new friends embark on an action-packed journey through the dangerous and fascinating D&D world created by her (now deceased) wicked cool sister, Tilly. There they (mostly) successfully battle Bugbears, the Beholder, and Tiamat (a 5-headed dragon) and more. Through the course of her adventure, Agnes becomes significantly less unremarkable.  In fact, we discover she’s pretty bad-ass. There’s hope for all of us!

Agnes makes her first appearance Friday, April 24th.  You need to check this girl out.  Come be warriors with us!

The Aurora Fox presents Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters, a send-up to Dungeons and
Dragons (directed by Geoffrey Kent). The show runs April 24 through May 16. Friday and Saturday
performances are at 7:30pm, Sunday performances start at 2:00pm. Tickets are $28 - $31 for adults and
$24 for students, seniors and military. This show is not recommended for under age 16. Tickets can be
ordered online at or by calling the Aurora Fox Box Office at (303) 739-1970.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Apple Tree Shanty

Late-'50s or early-'60s photo of the employees at the Apple Tree Shanty on E. Colfax Avenue (courtesy The Denver Eye)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Rodney Atkins coming to The Fillmore Auditorium

w/ special guests TBA
Fillmore Auditorium
April 23
Showtime 7:30 pm / Doors 6:30 pm

Rodney Atkins is as authentic as they come. Whether he’s taking in a baseball game with son Elijah or entertaining thousands of fans with one of his many mega-hits, Atkins expresses a refreshing simplicity and sincerity that reflects the values he holds so dear: Putting family first, making the most of what you have, and staying true to yourself in a rapidly-changing world.

With his new single “Doin’ It Right,” which impacted radio stations nationwide in October, Rodney Atkins celebrates life’s unexpected turns and uncertainties as the true stepping stones of success. The song is the first release from Atkins’ fifth studio album on Curb Records, due in stores early next year. His most recent album, Take A Back Road, yielded Atkins’ sixth career No. 1 hit and fastest-rising single to date with the title track. “Take A Back Road,” written by Luke Laird and Rhett Akins, was also named Song of the Year at the 2012 BMI Awards and marked Rodney’s third Song of the Year win.   “Watching You” and “If You’re Going Through Hell” also earned the title.

When he’s not in the studio working on new music, Rodney is working hard out on the road, connecting with loyal fans in cities across the country. He joined multi-platinum artist Darius Rucker for the True Believers Tour this past summer and hosted the Third Annual “Music City Gives Back” concert in downtown Nashville on June 4, 2013, raising funds for Oklahoma tornado relief following the devastating storms that affected Moore, Shawnee and other Oklahoma communities. Atkins was joined by friends and fellow performers Jana Kramer, Justin Moore and Josh Thompson for the event.

In addition to the benefit concert, Rodney also hosted the inaugural “Rodney Atkins’ America’s Heroes Celebration” on Jekyll Island, GA the weekend of August 16 - 18. The military appreciation weekend included a beach party, festival games, family activities and live music capped off with Rodney’s show on Sunday night, dedicated to active duty and veterans of all military branches. Atkins is an avid supporter of America’s troops, having also completed his first-ever USO Tour through some of the most remote bases in Kuwait and Afghanistan in early 2012.

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

Tickets are $25.00 GA ADV and $30.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.

For Private Box seating and other VIP ticket option information, call (303) 837-1024. 

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. 

THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM IS LOCATED AT 1510 CLARKSON ST. AT COLFAX.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Great Colfax Cleanup

DENVER - The city needs your help sprucing up Colfax and is looking for volunteers to help clean up a street known, and sometimes appreciated, for its grittiness.

The Great Colfax Cleanup is Saturday, April 25, from 9:00am to 12:00pm, and organizers still need volunteers.

Supplied with trash bags and litter grabbers, volunteers will clean up stretches of Colfax Avenue and hand-out disposable ash trays and litter bags to help keep trash off our streets.

Those who are interested in taking part in this event, can download a registration form HERE or register online at .

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tonight! Outlaws of Colfax at Park House

The Park House is a contemporary tavern serving updated Cajun dishes, burgers & cocktails, with regular live music, located at 1515 Madison Street (Colfax and Madison) in Denver.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Save the Signs: Silver Spur Motel

The Silver Spur Motel on East Colfax in 1964. This motel is still located at 8595 East Colfax Avenue, although the sign is long gone. — at East Colfax Neighborhood. (courtesy Save the Signs)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Inside the Mesa Treat

Inside the Mesa Treat Restaurant, once located in the Mesa Moter Inn at 5600 W. Colfax. (courtesy The Denver Eye)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Free Dance Classes at Denver Turnverein

If you long to do the waltz, tango or two-step (just picture yourself on Dancing with the Stars), check out the Denver Turnverein. This historic dance hall has hosted dancers and dance clubs for 150 years. To celebrate its anniversary, the Turnverein is holding FREE dance classes on Sundays this month, April 12, 19 & 26. Six classes will be offered each day (you can choose between two each hour) and they are FREE to anyone. Here’s the schedule: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Waltz or Argentine Tango. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Salsa or Country Two-Step. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lindy Hop or West Coast Swing. Bring your enthusiasm and dance shoes or “indoor” shoes so as to keep the wooden dance floors clean and in pristine condition. 1570 Clarkson St., Denver.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Power of Women & Sex

Audience members will laugh the night away at Blush & Blu Bar with comedienne Debbie Scheer and sexologist Shanna Katz on Saturday, April 11. As part of Central City Opera’s five-month-long “The Power of Women Project”, The Power of Women & Sex – SexCom invites attendees to anonymously submit questions about sex that they have been dying to know but afraid to ask. The pre-show includes a short and lively discussion on women’s sexual empowerment along with a preview of La Traviata by the Central City opera Ensemble. Things get started at 8 p.m. Entry is $10 at the door and all genders all welcome. Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets. 1526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rise Against coming to the Fillmore Auditorium

Rise Against will head out on a North American summer headline tour in support of their seventh studio album The Black Market. The tour kicks off July 17 at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion in Chicago and concludes on August 16 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver.  Killswitch Engage and letlive will support on all dates.

For all the U.S. dates on this summer tour Rise Against is working with Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) to donate $0.50 per ticket to environmental and civil rights non-profit organizations. Rise Against will announce these donations once they’ve happened so check the band’s website for updates.

Rise Against released their seventh studio album The Black Market on Interscope Records July 15, 2014.  The set debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and landed at #1 on the iTunes Alternative Album Chart. The album also debuted at #1 in Germany, Australia and Canada where it has already achieved gold status.  

After 16 years and six incendiary albums, Rise Against has become one of the most successful, challenging and revered punk rock bands on the planet. Rise Against have sold six million albums globally across their catalog – with 2011's Endgame debuting at number one in Germany and Canada, and number two on the U.S. Billboard album chart.

Rise Against will play some festival shows before kicking off their summer headlining tour  including Carolina Rebellion, Beale Street Music Festival, Rock in Rio Las Vegas, Rock on the Range and Rock the Park. For a complete list of tour dates visit

This show is produced by Live Nation in association with Soda Jerk Presents.

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

Tickets are $35.00 GA ADV and $40.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.

For Private Box seating and other VIP ticket option information, call (303) 837-1024. 

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 SHOW IS ALL AGES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cool New Signage at Mayfair Center

Cool new signage at Mayfair Center (14th and Krameria in Denver). Also included are two pictures from before the renovation. This is proof that with a little TLC, these mid-century buildings can experience new life. (courtesy Save the Signs)

Monday, April 6, 2015

2015 Denver Music Summit

Create Denver, in partnership with WESTAF, announces the 2015 Denver Music Summit (DMS) taking place at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Avenue.

National in scope and local in focus, the Denver Music Summit brings together musicians, industry professionals, civic leaders and music enthusiasts for educational programming, live performances and policy engagement. This 3-day Summit provides a platform to share ideas, inspire ingenuity and develop new models of music-driven economic development and community building.

As Denver emerges as a national hub for music, we invite the public to join in on the conversation, networking and live performances taking place each night of the Summit that showcase our vibrant local and national scenes and explore new channels of collaboration. Musicians attend daytime panels, research presentations and workshops to help develop a sustainable career while extending their creative vision.


Denver Music Summit Full weekend Pass, Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26 ($35 Limited). Join us for the full weekend of events.

Friday, April 24 - Denver Music Summit Opening Night ($10)
Doors at 7pm
Join us opening night with live music from QBala, Land Lines and collaborative performances with local and national acts including  Dana Falconberry, Ben Knox Miller (The Low Anthem), Joshua Trinidad, Elena Moon Park (OneBeat),  Maria Kohler (Kitty Crimes), Stelth Ulvang (The Lumineers),  Luz Elena Mendoza (Y La Bamba, Tiburones) and more.  
Light hors d'oeuvres & drinks provided.

April 25 & 26 - Denver Music Summit Workshops, Panels & Keynote ($10)
Saturday Doors at 10:00am, workshops 10:30-5pm
Sunday Doors at 10:30am, workshops 11am-2pm
Working musicians attend daytime panels, research presentations and workshops to help expand their fan base, enhance their brand, learn key industry trends, and make connections to develop a sustainable career while extending their creative vision. Keynote lunch with special guest Thao Nguyen (Thao and the Get Down Stay Down). "Listen Local: Music In the Mile High City" seminar hosted by Bryce Merrill focuses on the latest study findings on the economic vibrancy of Denver's music community and industry panels.

Saturday, April 25 - Denver Music Summit Two-Way Street ($10)
Doors at 7:30pm
Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra (MSCO) presents, Two-Way Street featuring Denver's story-telling ensemble, The Narrators and hosted by David Rutherford (CO Public Radio CPR).  This compelling collaboration unfolds as The Narrators respond to three musical masterworks: The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartok, and The Marriage of Figaro Overture by Mozart through story-telling.  While on the other side of the street, The Narrators fashioned stories to which MSCO will react and respond with music that illuminates and completes their narratives.
Light hors d'oeuvres & drinks provided.

Sunday, April 26 - Denver Music Summit Closing Party with NPR ($10)
Doors at 4pm
National Public Radio presents the All Songs Considered listening party, hosted by Bob Boilen (NPR) with guests Jessi Whitten (OpenAir), Thao Nguyen and Xavier Dphrepaulezz.  Imagine an evening with a room of music enthusiasts listening to songs, rating them from 1-10 and sharing in conversation about what you love, or don't love and why.  Live performances from Strawberry Runners, and NPR's Tiny Desk contest winner, Fantastic Negrito.
Light hors d'oeuvres & drinks provided.

For full schedule and more information, click HERE.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Open Mic Poetry Reading at The Collection Art Gallery

Saturday, 4/4. Come read your flash fiction / poetry / prose at The Collection! 7-10pm. 9801 E. Colfax Ave, #120.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mental illness, addiction brings down brilliant cardiologist

DENVER - He was considered by many of his colleagues as one of the most accomplished cardiologists in Colorado.

Dr. Phillip Oliva had his work published in dozen of medical journals at the Mayo Clinic and has been recognized around the world for his research. But a dangerous addiction and a battle with mental illness brought down the brilliant doctor.

Dr. Oliva grew up in a small town in New Jersey. He graduated at the top of his class. He eventually went on to Duke Medical School where he graduated with honors in three years.

For many on the outside looking in, Dr. Oliva seemed to have had it all: a house in Aspen, a beautiful family and a successful career. He was the chief of cardiology at Denver Health for 11 years and toured the world giving seminars to other medical professionals. Research is what he lived for. His children say it's all he cared about.

"He was always pursuing the unknown. He wanted to know why. He always asked why. He had to know," John Oliva said.

Over the years, Dr. Oliva's children say he started taking the anti-insomnia medication Ambien. He eventually would take beyond the prescribed amount. He said the pills helped him sleep, but Ambien mixed with alcohol turned into a dangerous addiction.

"Often times, we'd get the phone call from police that 'your dad is completely unconscious.' He'd have several pills in his mouth. [It was a] normal routine," Jules Oliva said.

Dr. Oliva began a downward spiral - losing his houses, money and marriage. His children said he would impersonate doctors and write his own prescriptions to get more Ambien. He was constantly in and out of jail, but the entire time, he was doing research for a book on the heart and how to prevent things like heart disease.

When Dr. Oliva was out of prison, he would live in filthy motels along East Colfax Avenue. (Photo: KUSA)

"He didn't care about prison. He said 'I'm fine in there.' He had a place to live and could do his research all day," John Oliva said.

While Dr. Oliva was in prison, he was working on a book about antioxidants and stem cells for coronary heart disease. When Dr. Oliva was out of prison, he would live in filthy motels along East Colfax Avenue. By day, he would be in the Anschutz Medical campus library doing research for his book. At night, he would take several pills of Ambien mixed with alcohol. Even though he would pass out on the street, the next morning, he was back to his routine of researching in the library.

Dr. Oliva never thought he had a problem. He never believed he hit rock bottom, even when he was living in homeless shelters. His children say a few days before his book was finally published, he was found dead on Valentine's Day inside a motel on East Colfax Avenue. He died of a heart attack at 74 years old.
"He believed anything could be cured with stem cells, and that was his passion to really set that out so that he could change lives," John Oliva said.

Dr. Oliva spent a lifetime trying to help save the lives of others, but he was unable to save his own.
"I want him to be remembered for his passion and his quest to learn. I just hope people that are like him find the resources to change because they devastate so many people in their path," Jules Oliva said.

Dr. Oliva's latest publication, "Antioxidants and Stem Cells for Coronary Heart Disease" can be purchased on