Down and Out in Denver

Wednesday’s Links

Posted in wednesday's links by Alastair on April 13, 2011

The Facts of Life

  • It’s offical… Denver Pavilions announced this morning that H&M is opening a store in its downtown shopping center. An artist’s rendering comes with the announcement.
  • For the first time in years, a proposal that would have changed Colorado’s antiquated liquor laws made it to the floor on Monday, and promptly dried up.
  • My Oklahoma gal pal swears by her spaghetti with clams. The Denver Post’s Tucker Shaw shares this James Beard gem.
  • The cast of “The Facts of Life” reunite for the first time on camera since the series ended.
  • Westword’s Kendra Anderson offers up five burger-worthy wines for less than $20.
  • Speaking of wine, DAM Uncorked – one of the best wine tastings Denver has to offer – takes place this Friday at the Denver Art Museum with more than 300 wines to sample.
  • Logo’s “1 Girl, 5 Gays” has become a recent guilty pleasure.  The program – started by MTV (Canada) in late 2009 – features host Aliya Jasmine Sovani who sits down with a cast of five gay men to talk about taboo topics of love and sex.

Wednesday’s Links

Posted in wednesday's links by Alastair on April 6, 2011

The I Heart Denver Store Supports Denver's Creative Economy

  • According to the T Magazine Web site, the red trouser has been flying quietly under the radar and is about to reach “critical mass.” Not interested in bucking the trend? Then stop by the newly expanded Fancy Tiger on South Broadway and pick up a pair, today.
  • Rachel Zoe had her baby, Skyler Morrison.
  • The new I HEART DENVER store will feature goods from all-local artists and designers from Denver. Don’t miss the grand opening on April 9th from 6 to 9 pm at Denver Pavilions Level 2.
  • Who doesn’t love a good burger? Cafe Society’s Laura Shunk offers up Denver’s five best burgers.
  • Leona (aka Alastair’s Pacific Northwest gal pal): “So what is up with Tracks winning all the Ultimate Queen contests on Drag Race? Does Loca have a stranglehold on the social media up in there or what?” You decide.
  • This week’s house porn brought to you by Rysia Suchecka of NBBJ and Heliotrope Architects.
  • The oft-criticized AT&T will deploy fiber-optic connections to about 400 cell sites in the Denver area in an effort to upgrade its Colorado wireless network. Not that I have anything to complain about.
  • This recipe made for a terrific dinner Monday evening.

Wednesday’s Links

Posted in wednesday's links by Alastair on March 30, 2011

Firooz Zahedi's "Dressed as an Odalisque," 1976, is currently on view at LACMA in the show "Elizabeth Taylor in Iran." © Firooz Zahedi

Wednesday’s Links

Posted in wednesday's links by Alastair on March 16, 2011

Noah Haugen, 3, dances and sings while getting wet in his front yard near Arkansas Ave. and Gaylord St. in near record temperatures Wednesday afternoon. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

  • Denver ties the record high of 74 degrees this afternoon, for March 16th. It’s been a little taste of summer out there and I’m lovin’ it.
  • The synth-pop group OMD performs Tuesday, March 22 at Denver’s Bluebird Theater. Perhaps more noteworthy is the under recognized opening act, Danish popstress Nanna Fabricus, aka Oh Land. “Son of a Gun,” is the standout track on Oh Land’s debut EP. Watch the video, below.
  • The cows won’t be able to jump over the moon, but it might look like a possibility this Saturday, when the moon will be at its closest approach to Earth in 19 years. Some are calling it a supermoon.
  • Local chain Organic Pizza Co. has finally opened at the Spire, Downtown Denver’s LEED-certified high-rise located on 14th Street.
  • Due to pop anytime soon, Rachel Zoe rocks 6-inch leopard print heels at 38 weeks pregnant. I die. I’m looking forward to catching season 4 and a glimpse of that baby bump.

Wednesday’s Links

Posted in wednesday's links by Alastair on March 9, 2011

Stills from Jeremy Blake's "Winchester" series, 2003.

  • I thought I noticed a rather large number of 7-Elevens poping up around Denver. Seems I wasn’t imaging things. The Denver Post’s Ray Mark Rinaldi offers an architectural glimpse into the 24 new convenience stores that opened in Colorado over the last two years. I could have done without the “retro” Hipstamatic photos, especially given the pared-down, brightly lit, white interiors of Rinaldi’s subject matter.
  • Sputnik, home of hipsters and the Doughnut Sandwich, violates Colorado liquor/beer code and goes dark. Reopens today.
  • The Civil union bill expanding the rights of same-sex couples cleared its first hurdle in the Colorado Senate on Monday. The Post’s disappointingly brief, but front page coverage, here.
  • Adam Lambert spotted at JR’s last Thursday… Of course, on the ONE night Blake and I aren’t belly up at the bar. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.
  • Blink! Light, Sound & the Moving Imagea new exhibit at the Denver Art Museum that opens March 13, has artists “re-contextualizing everyday technology to create an active experience that brings static objects to life.” I’m looking forward to catching the hallucinagenic work of digital artist and painter Jeremy Blake, who sadly took his own life in 2007. If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s stunning. 
  • Bill Cunningham is interested in only one thing–the pictures he takes that document the way people dress. “Bill Cunningham New York,” a new 88-minute documentary about the photographer, known for his New York Times columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours,” is scheduled for release on March 16. A one week engagement in Denver begins April 22.


Wednesday’s Links

Posted in wednesday's links by Alastair on March 2, 2011

John Galliano at the end of his Dior show last July in Paris. Remy De La Mauviniere/Associated Press

  • Christian Dior fires Galliano for drunken anti-semitic comments. (via NYTimes)
  • Lady Gaga walked the Thierry Mugler runway in Paris, today, to a new track. (via Towleroad)
  • With a new look and menu South Broadway’s Deluxe reopens tonight. (via Cafe Society) Blake promises to pull together his best Kit DeLuca look.
  • Speaking of food, Denver Restaurant Week officially began on Saturday, and with it, bargain-priced menus from hundreds of the top establishments in and around Denver.
  • On April 25, EMI will release “The Very Best of Morrissey,” a new greatest hits compilation that the great Moz is actually cooperating with. Pitchfork shares the track list.
  • Jane Russell, sex symbol, “full-figured gal,” and conservative, dies at 89. (via NYTimes)


Wednesday’s Links

Posted in wednesday's links by Alastair on February 2, 2011

Photo sign showing the temperture on the corner of S. Platte River Dr. and Evans St. Second day of arctic freeze in Denver with light snow made it hard for travelers to get around. John Prieto/ The Denver Post.

  • The high temperature in Denver today should top out at about a balmy 9 degrees… under sunny skies. Denver set a weather record yesterday – topping out at minus 1 – and the city fell one degree shy of setting another record this morning, according to the National Weather Service. My toes are still numb.
  • Design After Dark| LIGHT, hosted by the Design Council of the Denver Art Museum takes place this Friday, February 4 from 7-11pm. Design After Dark is a mid-winter party and silent auction that elevates awareness of design. And what a great way to relieve this week’s cabin fever. Seriously.
  • Westword’s Laura Shunk thinks the culinary future of Beauvallon is looking brighter. You may recall Craig Nassi’s monumental mess condo, until recently, was wrapped in scaffolding and fabric.
  • Speaking of food… and design, I just about fell out of my chair when I saw these images of the new Pizzeria Locale run by Boulder’s Frasca Food & Wine. Very beautiful work on the part of  Denver-based architecture and interior design firm Semple Brown Design.
  • This week’s links ends with a little 1942 winter in Maine nostalgia for Blake, courtesy of A Continuous Lean.

Wednesday’s Links

Posted in wednesday's links by Alastair on January 26, 2011

Multiple exposure of Nate Berkel flies through the air during the Nature Valley Big Air Free Style Ski Event January 25, 2011 at Civic Center Park. John Leyba, The Denver Post
  • The first Big Air competition of its kind in the United States turned Denver’s Civic Center into a wild party Tuesday night. Check out the Denver Post slide show for some pretty spectacular shots. Tonight the snowboarders take over the ramp in a full-fledged FIS World Cup competition.
  • The SIA Snow Show begins tomorrow at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver and promises to deliver the largest, most concentrated and authentic trade event in the snow sports industry.
  • According to the Westword’s Jeff Otte, “nobody rocks a party like the gays rock a party.” Photographer Kate Levy captures the ridiculousness that is know as the 34th Annual Aspen Gay Ski Week.
  • IKEA goes solar, with plans to open its Centennial location in the fall.
  • Gay parents Elton John and David Furnish shielded from children at Arkansas grocery store. (via Towleroad)
  • Looking to recall those late nights in South Beach during the early 90’s? Then I suggest checking out the video for the new single from out artist Sam Sparro, below. The nineties are back, ladies.



Wednesday’s Links

Posted in wednesday's links by Alastair on January 19, 2011

Costumes on display in “On Stage in Fashion,” an exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

  • Today is Paul Cézanne’s 172nd birthday and Google is remembering the French artist and Post-Impressionist painter’s work with a special logo.
  • Speaking of birthdays, today is Dolly Parton’s 65th birthday. See Blake’s enthusiastic post, below. Born on January 19, 1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee, there is no doubt that Dolly is still turning heads with her voice and curves! Take a peek at her official Twitter page for birthday updates… Blake. Happy Birthday, Dolly!
  • Cowboy up! Westword’s Jef Otte explores, with a keen eye, the world where cowboy and hipster fashions collide, aka the National Western Stock Show. The similarities are pretty striking…. And there are some rather good looking cowboys! Birds of a fashion feather? You decide.
  • “On Stage in Fashion: Design for Theater, Opera and Dance” continues through Saturday at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. I know, I know. But, it reminds me how much I miss my fashion exhibitions, whether in San Francisco or New York. Here’s to wishing we could see more of these types of displays in Denver, which seems to have its own somewhat underground fashion community.
  • Medical marijuana laws in Colorado are more extensive than in any other state—and state lawmakers aren’t done yet. This may (or may not) result in more badly designed dispensaries (and more of those terrible Westword ads). It’s time for dispensary owners to rid our streets of such eyes sores. Looking for some inspiration? Check out Denver’s Good Chemistry which has one of the best logo designs I’ve seen in the business. Additionally, I came across this Sand Studios-designed gem in San Francisco not long ago.

Wednesday’s Links

Posted in wednesday's links by Alastair on January 5, 2011

Rick Griffith, Denver's Letterpress Impresario

  • This week’s Westword features a glimpse into the world of Rick Griffith, a graphic artist and typographer who’s the driving force behind Denver’s MATTER studio.
  • Warhol in Colorado opens at the University of Denver’s Victoria H. Myhren gallery on January 20th. The exhibition is structured around 158 Polaroids and silver prints given to the University of Denver in 2008 by the Warhol Foundation. The show will also feature photos of Warhol and ephemera from his visits to Colorado in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Looking to show off some fancy footwork this weekend? Check out Disco Nouveau with residents Mike Disco and the adorable Tyler Snow this Friday at Beauty Bar (608 East 13th, Second Fridays, Free).
  • The Denver Post reports Saks Fifth Avenue will close its Cherry Creek location on March 19th. I recall only purchasing one article of clothing from Denver’s Saks. I was never impressed by its selection… or its service. Blake and I could easily round up suggestions to help fill the 87,000 square feet of space. H&M, Club Monaco, and Zara, to name just a few. (via gayzette)