Saturday, December 31, 2016

Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame: Frank Welker

Responsible for creating the voices and sound effects of hundreds of animated characters over a span of nearly fifty years, Frank Welker has garnered the respect of audiences and peers alike for his unparalleled skills as a voice actor. While he has also appeared on television series, variety and talk shows, in pilots and commercials, it is because of his invaluable work behind the camera that Frank Welker was chosen to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys.

Now we are officially inducting Frank into the Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame!

Frank Welker
Born in Denver, Colorado, Welker developed a stand-up comedy act in college, which got him started on the concert circuit touring with The Righteous Brothers and Sergio Mendes. He continued with stand up, appearing in places including Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe as the opening act for such headliners as Sonny and Cher, Diana Ross, Loretta Lynn, Ann-Margret and Neil Sedaka.

Welker’s first on camera film role was as a bar fight participant in Stan Dragoti’s Dirty Little Billy. He played a college kid from Rutgers University in the Elvis Presley picture, and later co-starred with Don Knotts in Universal’s How to Frame a Figg. Welker also appeared in two Disney films, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and Now You See Him, Now You Don’t.

His on camera television appearances included Love American Style, The Partridge Family and The Don Knotts Show. He played a prosecutor in the highly acclaimed ABC special, The Trial of General Yamashita, and as ‘Captain Pace’ beside Richard Dreyfuss’ Yossarian in Paramount television’s pilot Catch-22. He also made appearances on Laugh In, The Dean Martin Roast, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, The Smothers Brothers, The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour and returned to an on-camera role in the film The Informant, playing Matt Damon’s father.

His first cartoon job was for Hanna Barbara voicing Freddy Jones in the legendary Scooby Doo series. It is believed that Frank holds the record for voicing the longest running character in the history of animation Freddy Jones. Frank is still doing the teenaged Freddy45 years after he began and is currently recording the latest iteration Be Cool Scooby Doo. In addition to Freddy Jones, he has been the voice of Scooby Doo for over a decade. Frank was also voices of Dinky on CBS’s Dinky Dog, Fangface on Ruby Spears’ Fangfaceand he also played Dynomutt in The Scooby Doo/Dynomutt Hour. He was the voice of Jabberjaw and the voice of Bufford on The Bufford Files, Schlepcar on Sid and Marty Kroftts’ Wonderbug, Herbie on Fantastic Four and seven regular voices on Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Space Race.

Other indelible characters created by Welker include Wonder Dog, Shmoo , Doctor Claw on Inspector Gadget, including various G.I. Joe heroes and villains, Baby Kermit and Skitter on the Muppet Babies. Also, he brought many characters alive in Steven Speilberg’s Tiny Toons! and in Animatics, including the studio boss Mr. Plotz, and the studio’s questionable “guard” Ralph the Guard. He also played Runt, the sweet but dumb dog, against Bernadette Peters’ Rita the cat; both strays.

His other characters include the wide-eyed monkey Abu in Aladdin to the Green Ghost Slimmer in The Real Ghostbusters. Welker voiced Gargamel‘s cat Azrael in live action/animated film versions of The Smurfs, a role that he will reprise in the upcoming SmurfsFeature Film. He can be heard as Nibbler in Futurama, as well as the very opinionated cat Garfield and the mischievous, curious monkey, Curious George.

Welker voiced many recurring characters in the multiple iterations of Transformers animated series, including eight of the original 14 Decepticons including Megatron, Galvatron, Soundwave, Skywrap, Laserbeak, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage and Ratbat. Welker also reprised the roles of Megatron and Soundwave in the series Transformers: Prime (retitled Transformers: Prime – Beast Hunters for its third season) and the video game Transformers: Devastation. In the motion picture world he voiced Soundwave in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), and reprised his role as Galvatron in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), adding to his already large list of roles within the Transformers franchise.

Responsible for a broad spectrum of character voices, and other vocal effects that have appeared over the last 45 years in American television and motion pictures, Welker was listed as the number one “All Time Top 100 Stars at the Box Office for five consecutive years,” not as a box office draw, but in terms of the total revenue generated by the films in which he has participated.

Friday, December 30, 2016

West Colfax Avenue Streetcar

Denver is so proud of its' new light rail system, which is fine, but give me the old trolley cars any day! This one ran down #WestColfax.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds

Losing Debbie Reynolds is like losing a Colorado legend all over again: the Unsinkable Molly Brown! Being as Molly's house is very close to Colfax (1340 Pennsylvania Street), we hereby induct Debbie into the Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame, effective immediately.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

$1 Movies at Sie Film Center

Almost every first Sunday of the month film critic Howie Movshovitz hosts the screening of a classic movie for the Tattered Cover Film Series. Films screen at 1 p.m. in the Sie FilmCenter, next door to the Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue.

Here’s the schedule through June of 2017:

January 1: An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion, 1990).

February 5: Closely Watched Trains (Jiri Menzel, 1966).

March 5: Sansho the Bailiff (Kenzi Mizoguchi, 1954).

April 2: Hobson’s Choice (David Lean, 1954).

May 7: Shoot the Piano Player (Francois Truffaut, 1960).

June 4: Innocence Unprotected (Dusan Makaveyev, 1968).

Tickets are $1 and are available one hour before showtime, first-come, first-served. 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; 720-381-0813.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Retro Colfax: the Golden Ox of Colorado

The Golden Ox of Colorado, once stood at 3130 East Colfax and Steele Street back in the day. Serving the finest steaks in the West. Facilities were available for meetings, parties, and banquets. (Postcards courtesy Jonny B.)

Interior of the Golden Ox Restaurant, 1969

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Most Unbeatable Bars in Denver

I have had many a great times here and have seen 100's of shows. Big names like John Doe from X, to no name bands have played here. Joe Strummer from The Clash loved this bar. This little hole in the wall bar has been here since the 1930's; it used to be a jazz bar so I was told.  One of those dive bars that was kinda scary to go into. Ya know almost skid row seedy. It has its wonderful endearing qualities, like crack whores and bums hanging out in front trying to bum change or a smoke. Located on Colfax. Colfax itself was very seedy place, well, not so much anymore but it still has its edge.

Back in the late 80's friends of mine would go dive bar hopping this was their favorite bar. Why?  A great jukebox and Dinky, that's why. He was an old timer who would make up dirty songs about you and play the piano or take 2 quarters and drum on the bar with them. He even made a theme song for the lair.
Now use the song "Oh Christmas tree" and sing along with the entire bar.

"We like it here,We like it here, you bet your ass we like it here.The lions lair is out home, from here we will never roam.We like it here,We like it here, you bet your ass we like it here."

I think those are the lyrics. There are not many folks that go there now who even know about this song or this man.

Thursday nights we would all gather to watch Twin Peaks on the big screen and play darts. So here I am feeling like an old timer thinking back on the good ole days. Those days are over now, booths were torn out, stage was put in.  I like the fact I can sit at the bar and be able to see the band, the door and well the entire club in a glance. One of my favorite dives. I'm grateful.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Colfax Throwbax: Pesco Pete's

Pesco Pete's Cafe, once stood at 11305 West Colfax in Denver (now Lakewood).

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Beyond Holidome

This epicenter of 1970s excitement used to be 14707 West Colfax Avenue in Golden, CO. Thinking about a new Mad Max Colfax movie...Beyond Holidome!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

P.J. Harvey coming to the Fillmore Auditorium May 2

May 2
Showtime 8:30 pm / Doors 7:30 pm

During the alternative rock explosion, several female singer/songwriters rose to prominence, but few have proved as distinctive or as widely praised as Polly Jean Harvey. Over the course of her career, Harvey established herself as one of the most individual and influential songwriters of her era, exploring themes of sex, love, and religion with unnerving honesty, dark humor, and a twisted theatricality. At the outset, she led the trio PJ Harvey, which delivered her stark songs with bruisingly powerful, punkish abandon, as typified by the 1992 debut Dry. Over time, however, the subtle and artistic side of Harvey has prevailed.  

Her 2001 album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea featured a heady mix of trip-hop, guitar rock, and troubadourism, earning her the prestigious Mercury Prize. Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, Harvey continually shifted gears (to the delight of critics and fans), from the sparse Uh Huh Her to the art rock of Let England Shake. (The latter earned her a second Mercury Prize, making her the only artist to have done so.)

To create her ninth album, Harvey traveled to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C. and recorded parts of the album in public at the London cultural center Somerset House. The results were released as The Hope Six Demolition Project, which arrived in April 2016.

"Rhythms, in the form of militant drum beats, create a boots-on-the-ground feel. Guitars, jagged and fiery, cut through the groove like a fist in the air. And saxophones are raw, dirty and ready to howl… If times are tough, Harvey seemed to be saying, we may as well go down swinging.”--

"The show transfixed thanks to the skill and versatility of all the players, and the synergy that makes Hope Six… so coolly well-rounded. In all its martial glory, the record, and the show by extension, speaks to the many tiny ways that America hides the truth that it’s a territory that subsists on a dream of prosperity many never live to experience. The music could be beguilingly sweet, but the message burned hotly underneath.”—VULTURE

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

Tickets are $39.50 GA ADV and $45.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.   

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


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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ignite Theatre Celebrates Their 30th Production

Ignite Theatre presents
“The Wiz”
Adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Co-Directed by Keith Rabin Jr. and Amy Osatinski
Music Direction by Brandon Bill
Choreographed by Carlos Jimenez

January 7 - January 29, 2017
Ignite Theatre celebrates their 30th production with "The Wiz" January 7 through 29 at the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue.  Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets are $28 Adult, $26 Senior/Military, $20 Student and $25 Group (6+) and are available online at or by calling 866-811-4111.

The Wiz is the glorious seven-time Tony Award-winning musical retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" set in the context of African-American culture. With an infectious funky soul score and lyrics, "The Wiz" brings a refreshing, edgy and extremely relevant update to a timeless classic. Musical numbers include "So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard," "Everybody Rejoice/A Brand New Day" and the ever popular "Ease on Down the Road."

The cast includes Clarissa DuBose (Dorothy), Lundyn Roybal (Scarecrow), Kuraan Jones (Tinman), Thairone Vigil-Medina (Lion), Shakeya Burkhalter (Aunt Em/Glinda), Keith Jackson (The Wiz), Brittney Caraway (Addaperle), Kenya Fashaw (Evilene) and Mike Lee (Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper). Rounding out the cast are ensemble members Jordan Duran, Brea Harris, Dr. Yvonne Henderson, Susannah Horwitz, Daja McLeod, Danny Moore and Aijiana Zanders.

The 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical was an early example of Broadway's mainstream acceptance of works with an all-black cast. The big-budget film adaptation by the same name released in 1978, starring Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor and Diana Ross, has since become a cult classic. A live television production of the stage show, The Wiz Live!, was broadcast on NBC on December 3, 2015, with an encore presentation on December 19 of the same year.

Ignite Theatre
"The Wiz"
The award-winning musical retelling of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
Jan. 7-29
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun at 2:30 p.m.; Mon., Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
$28 Adult| $26 Senior (65+)/Military| $20 Student | $25 Group (6+)
Online at or 866-811-4111
Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO 80010 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Heritage Square, 1950s

Heritage Square is no longer there, but here is a postcard from the 1950s to remember it by...

Friday, December 9, 2016

Jackalope Art & Craft Fair

Our debut at McNichols Civic Center Building is sure to be an incredible weekend!  Here are all the details you need to plan your visit for the December 10th-11th Jackalope Indie Artisan Market this weekend!                


The Key Details:
  • December 10th-11th 
  • Hours: 10am-5pm each day
  • Address: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202
  • It's FREE and Family Friendly (please no furry friends)
  • Donations are encouraged to the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies
  • We are partnering with PARKIFI this holiday season for their #12daysofparking, download their app and receive hints on where to park during our fair weekend for free parking around McNichols! 
  • Otherwise click HERE for our recommended parking lots around the venue
  • Or...Skip parking and take a Lyft! Use code JACKALOPEARTS for a first timers discount too!


Saturday, December 10th:
10:00am-11:00am: DIY Skin Salve by Turmeric and Old Lace
11:00am-12:00pm: Charm Necklace Design with Ashley Anne Jewelry
12:00pm-1:00pm: DIY Spritzers, Bath Salt and Candles by Moondance Botanicals
1:00pm-2:00pm: Letterpress Holiday Coasters with Cabin Press Studio
2:00pm-3:00pm: Ties that Bind with Doctor Origami
3:00pm-5:00pm: Gift Boxing with Doctor Origami

Sunday, December 11th:
10:00am-11:00am: SpaceBling Jewelry Making with Susanna Speier
11:00am-12:00pm: Charm Bracelet Making with Ashley Anne Jewelry
12:00pm-1:00pm Knit Hat Tutorial with Knit Stitch Yarn
2:00pm-3:00pm: DIY Spritzers, Bath Salt and Candles by Moondance Botanicals
3:00pm-4:00pm: Screenprinting Holiday Cards with Ink Lounge
Chris Jehn Poinsetta Coloring Pages will be available each day AND The Denver Public Library will be present offering help in product photography and establishing an online presence both days!


The first 25 people to check in at the Info Booth on Saturday and Sunday
will receive a Jackalope Tote Bag filled with Jackalope swag! 

will be available both days within our food court!
Full Bar will be open for guests 21+ as well as The Sophisticates Tea and Redemption Road Coffee
Also find Boulder Organic Soup who will be passing out fresh soup samples throughout the weekend!

Find over 150+ handmade artisans to shop from 


Get Involved!  

Are you interested in helping out at our next community meets artisan event? Fill out a volunteer application and we will reach out with more details!   
Upcoming Jackalope Travel Plans:
Jackalope, an Indie Artisan Market is also located in Pasadena, California with our next 2017 Pasadena fair on April 29th & 30th, applications are open here. We will be back in Denver July 2017, more details coming soon!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Favorite Bar on Earth

The Nob Hill Inn - 420 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO
In Denver, you'll find plenty of candidates for the Favorite Bar On Earth List along East Colfax Avenue, including The Nob Hill Inn. Established in the early 30s, the current owner's father bought the place in '69, taking over himself in the late 70s. The paintings on the walls are his own creations from the 80s. Like any aged indigenous neighborhood public house, it opens at 08:00am daily ("so you can start off fresh", as they describe), features the classic red booths, and sports a mechanical push-button cash register. At one point in time, there was a phone in a corner so that the numerous state legislators who would hang out during the day could be alerted that they needed to dash back to the capitol building a couple of blocks away when there was a vote. (courtesy Tim Pogo)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

From the Sunset Strip to Colfax Avenue...Steel Panther


w/ Special Guests TBA

Friday, January 27
Showtime 9:00 pm / Doors 8:00 pm


Superb Musicianship – Hilariously Irreverent Entertainment
Longest Running Residency in LA History
35MM+ Video Views - 35MM+ Song Plays - 700k+ Fans
SOLD OUT March 2015 Wembley Headline Performance
SOLD OUT Brixton Academy and Hammersmith Odeon
Main Stage at Download Festival (80k In Attendance)
Three #1 Debut Comedy and Top 40 Overall Albums

Have Been Joined On Stage by:
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Paul Stanley (Kiss), Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger (Nickleback), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park/Stone Temple Pilots), Joey Fatone (NSYNC),
Corey Taylor (Slipknot)

Major Cameos Include:
NFL Sunday Pre-Game, Discover Card National Commercial, Dancing With The Stars, Bad Girl’s Club, Spike TV’s TNA Impact, Truck U

About Steel Panther
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the epicenter for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther have established themselves as the premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. The band has three full-length albums, a decade of sold-out residencies, worldwide touring, platinum-level You Tube status and such high-profile television appearances as “Dancing With The Stars,” commercials and most recently, FOX NFL Sunday.

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

A $10.67 early bird ticket will be available at on-sale while supplies last.

Advance tickets will then be available at $15.00 while supplies last and then $20.00.

Day of show tickets will be available for $25.00.

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


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Monday, December 5, 2016

The Grunge of Colfax Avenue

The Fluid
In my humble estimation the greatest rock band to ever come from Denver, Colorado, The Fluid were originally called Madhouse. After early 1980s Denver punk band Frantix broke up, bassist Matt Bischoff, drummer Garrett Shavlik and guitarist James Clower began playing as Madhouse. On July 5, with new band members Rick Kulwicki (guitar) and John Robinson (vocals), they played their first gig at the Denver Turnverein German House (about a block off Colfax Avenue) as "The Fluid", which was the only name all five members could agree upon. The show drew over 400 people.

In 1986 The Fluid released their first album, Punch N Judy on Denver based Rayon Records. The album was also licensed to and released by the German label Glitterhouse. They toured for the next two years in support of the album. In 1988, they released the album Clear Black Paper on Sub Pop. They were the first non-Seattle band to sign to the record label.

[The Fluid] are "one of the best American underground bands in existence." -  Phil West, The Seattle Times

Their last album, PurpleMetalFlakeMusic (Hollywood Records, 1993), is still arguably one of the best grunge-era records ever made, and almost 25 years later still stands the test of time and holds its' own with anything released by Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Soundgarden or Nirvana. The commitment by the band to the material is an all-out rock fight, their wailing and angst coming to a head as the genre itself was about to die.

Looking back, the album may have been released a year or two late to fully catch the grunge wave, and wasn't adequately promoted. Failure for the album to chart, or meet the expectations of the band commercially (considering the quality of the work) would be a reason for me to speculate it being the cause of the band breaking up shortly after its' release.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Retro Colfax: Foot of the Rockies Motel

The Foot of the Rockies Motel once stood at 11090 West Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Farewell Letter from Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower

The President spoke at the airport, Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colo., at 8:44 a.m. In his remarks the President referred to Maj. Gen. Martin E. Griffin, Commanding General of Fitzsimons Army Hospital, and Maj. Gen. John T. Sprague, Commander of Lowry Air Force Base.

My friends:
Again it is time for Mrs. Eisenhower and me to say goodbye to Denver after a summer's stay. This time we leave under somewhat unusual circumstances. As you know, I have spent some time in the hospital. Such a time is not wholly a loss.
Misfortune, and particularly the misfortune of illness, brings to all of us an understanding of how good people are.
To General Griffin, the staff at Fitzsimons, the medical staff, the nurses, the clinical technicians, the enlisted men--all of the people that even clean out the hospital: my very grateful thanks, because they have done so much, not only to take care of me, but to make my stay as pleasant as possible. They are devoted people.
In the same way, here at this Post, General Sprague and his staff have taken on an additional and extra load, and have done it cheerfully and in a way to earn my eternal gratitude.
Then, Mrs. Eisenhower and I have both been touched by the volume of messages that have come in--telegrams and letters and flowers and gifts. And finally we have been especially grateful. for the knowledge that over this country and over the world friends have sent up their prayers for a sick person.
So I leave with my heart unusually filled with gratefulness, to Denver, to the people here, to the locality--in fact to everyone who has been so kind.
And I hope that those people who have sent in messages--and Mrs. Eisenhower has not been able to reach them all; she did her best--that they will know, through this little talk, that we are eternally thankful to them.
Goodbye and good luck.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Denver City Center by Phil Goodstein

Phil Goodstein has been wandering the streets for 30 years, walking backwards as he tours the city. Among the first strolls he ever conducted was of the Civic Center.

Now he has put down his stories about it. They range from how Denver created the majestic central park at Colfax and Broadway to the artwork within it to the scandals behind it. His new The Denver Civic Center: The Heart of the Mile High City (Denver: New Social Publications, 2016. vi + 478 pp. ISBN 0–9860748–2–9), additionally looks at such surrounding structures as the City and County Building, the Capitol, the Mint, the Denver Art Museum, and the main Denver Public Library. In the process, he probes them from both the inside out and describes their problems and potentials. For those desiring spirits, there are occasional ghost tales such as the presence of a couple of heads floating in tunnels beneath the statehouse.

As is the case with all of Goodstein’s books, 484-page The Denver Civic Center is well illustrated. It touches on the surrounding areas of the Golden Triangle (the section bordered by Colfax, Broadway, and Cherry Creek) and the Silver Triangle (West Colfax to Speer Boulevard to about Champa
Street to 15th Street). The study revives gems of Denver’s past such as the glory that was 14th Street and peers at some of the cynical grasping and grabbing of the corporate elite. In a word, it is an excellent contribution to the city’s past and present.

The Denver City Center lists for $24.95. That is your price, postage and tax paid, from New Social Publications; Box 18026; Denver 80218. Copies can be ordered from Capitol Hill Books, 303/837–0700; Or you can come and hear Goodstein rant and rave about the book at:
Book Bar (southeast corner of 43rd Avenue and Tennyson Street) Sunday, December 4, 4:00–5:30 PM (720/443-2227). This will include a discussion of North Denver and the distinctive role of the Berkeley neighborhood. It will also feature Goodstein’s book, North Side Story.

City Stacks, 1743 Wazee Street
Tuesday, December 13, 6:00–7:30 pm (303/297-1440)
A history of downtown is needed. The Denver Civic Center only touches the southeastern section of the area. Here the focus will be on how that area connects with the rest of downtown, especially LoDo

Wednesday, January 11, 6:30–9:00 PM
Everything about Denver
This is the first week of a four-part seminar on the history of Denver. The class will deal with the logic of the Denver street system and the Pikes Peak gold rush. The cost is $15.00 per person. It gathers in a private home at 1330 Monroe Street. (Monroe Street is four blocks west of Colorado Boulevard).

For more information call 303/333-1095.