Tag: music

Springtime On the Slopes: It’s Party Time! 1

Springtime On the Slopes: It’s Party Time!

Smile! It’s springtime in the Rockies, when snow is deep, temperatures are mild, days last longer and sun shines stronger. Best of all, you can sleep in while the snow softens to a cushy carpet and ski or ride later into the afternoon. Colorado resorts celebrate spring with an alpine version of the backyard party. Music fills the air, crazy…

D Note: Music and More in Olde Town Arvada 3

D Note: Music and More in Olde Town Arvada

D Note, a music/restaurant hotspot in Olde Town Arvada, wouldn’t be the D Note in any other location. The uniqueness of Olde Town is what inspired the DeGraff family – Matthew, his wife Monica, Adam and Jeremy – to establish the venue eight years ago, offering live music, food, a full bar, artwork for sale and dance classes. “My husband…

When the Family Comes to Town 4

When the Family Comes to Town

What to do when friends or relatives come to visit? Here is where Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper takes his guests when they come to town. goColorado What is your favorite bar or night spot? John Hickenlooper The Bluebird Theatre is an opportunity to experience great music in a locally owned venue that’s in the center of East Colfax Avenue’s commercial…

Opera Colorado: Helping Enhance Your Experience 6

Opera Colorado: Helping Enhance Your Experience

The big cushioned theatre seat engulfed me, a tiny little girl in a pink tulle-and-satin party gown. Sitting with my parents in the front row, I leaned toward my mother so I could hear her whisper the story in my ear as it unfolded on stage. I learned to love opera when I was a mere 4. My father co-founded…

Stella’s: Eclectic Aromas and Atmosphere 8

Stella’s: Eclectic Aromas and Atmosphere

In an old brick house with a large wraparound porch, the rich aroma of coffee pulls in passersby. Stella’s Gourmet Coffeehaus, 1476 S. Pearl St., a few blocks from the University of Denver, embodies the characteristics of a traditional, locally owned coffee shop. There is no drive-through window and no uniforms, and the employees behind the counter work for long…

A Night Out in Telluride: Town Delivers More Than Expected 10

A Night Out in Telluride: Town Delivers More Than Expected

There was no question his birthday would be spent in Telluride this year. Our longtime friend Maguire had recently moved to the area and nothing could have kept Chad, my gracefully aging betrothed, from celebrating his birth in this Southwestern Colorado town. So, we collected our friend Heather and drove the five hours from Denver to the San Juan Mountains,…

Lone Tree, Colorado: New Performing Arts Center Takes Shape 12

Lone Tree, Colorado: New Performing Arts Center Takes Shape

The peaked-roof building rising up in the Lincoln Commons area of RidgeGate in Lone Tree, Colorado, just one-half mile west of Interstate 25, is the Lone Tree Arts Center, slated for a grand opening in August 2011. Now patrons of the arts in the south Denver suburbs will have the convenience of performing arts right in their neighborhood. While not…

Central City: Sample Opera in Small Bites 14

Central City: Sample Opera in Small Bites

Opera is one of those things — those things you wish you knew more about but don’t. Some (I?) wish we knew more about our town’s sports team, or the latest episode of the hit show everyone talks about at the office each morning. I might wish I knew, but am not willing to put in the effort. I do…

Tasty Brews: Denver International Beer Competition Winners

Denver has an ongoing love affair with beer. We like to drink it, we like to make it and, heck, we even like to celebrate it in all its hoppy goodness So it was with great fanfare that the winners of the 2011 Denver International Beer Competition were announced on May 2, 2011. Some 19 certified beer judges participated in…

Breckenridge Oktoberfest 17

Breckenridge Oktoberfest

In Breckenridge, Colo., autumn is the season for cooler temperatures, brilliant fall colors and, come the third weekend in September, Breckenridge Oktoberfest. The tradition of hosting the October-named event one month early traces back to the original party in Munich, Germany, where weather contributed to moving the festivities into September. It’s ideal timing for Breck, which sees the peak of…