Monthly Archives: July 2012

New York City BBQ in Denver – must be a mistake

The Big Apple comes to the Mile High City when acclaimed New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer brings the Big Denver Barbecue Block Party to Skyline Park Aug. 4 and 5.

Meyer, whose cadre of restaurants includes Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern and Shake Shack, will send chefs from Blue Smoke, his barbecue spot, along with eight other pitmasters representing barbecue joints from across the country to the Denver event.

Pitmasters include Kenny Callaghan from Blue Smoke; Patrick Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in Nashville, Tenn.; Tommy Houston from Checkered Pig in Danville, Va.; Frank Ostini of The Hitching Post II in Buelton, Calif.; Jake Linzinmeierfrom Telluride Ski Resort and Drew Robinson of Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q in Northfield and Aurora.

“When we first learned that Danny Meyer was exploring the idea of expanding the Big Apple BBQ event to an additional city, we wanted to see Denver be that city so we actively competed to demonstrate that Denver could handle the event and that we are a great city for the event,” said Joe Vostrejs, chief operating officer of Larimer Associates.  “Now we have the event coming to Skyline Park in August, I am thrilled to not only have such a nationally recognized name behind it, but to also have such a distinctive event in our city.  I am confident it will be a huge success for Denver and I cannot wait to see what it will do for the Downtown Denver food scene!”

FYI: I am posting this from, Penny Parker, because I want to make sure all my peeps are with me for this.

Little Rock’s The Pit BBQ will always remain #1 in my heart.


Denver skyline taken from Broncos Stadium.

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OLBRISH Handbags from Germany

Probably not good timing with the Ralph Lauren hubbub brewing, but I ran into these purses at BOUQUETS in Lodo – odd store to find them in – yet to my surprise my first visual reaction was ‘art’. They are beautifully made of fine grain leather (BMW seats) and steel frames. It was the shape, style and design that caught my eye. Bet they’ll last a hundred years.


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Sandra Phillips Gallery moving to Golden Triangle Art District

Stay tuned for opening date, highlights, artists and exhibitions.

For ten years, Sandra Phillips Gallery has been a platform for innovative exhibits, gallery shows and unique local and national artists bringing original, contemporary art to the wild and unruly Santa Fe Art District happenings each First Friday. I believe she is ready for a more sophisticated, clientele of collectors and artists. Just saying. Santa Fe is a wild, diverse, orgy of art, people, food, and performance once a month. Love it.  For those who simply want to view fabulous art in a chic museum setting, watch for the Sandra Phillips Gallery reopening. Coming asap, possibly as early as next month.


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New Art @ Cherry Creek Art Festival

Thought you’d enjoy some of the photos I took at the festival. The heat was bearable mid-afternoon Saturday, then, a torrential rain hit closing down the entire festival around 4:00 p.m. Because I hadn’t had enough, I ventured back on Sunday. The search for a parking spot was a drag – both days. They issued tons of tickets on Saturday on cars parked on the East side of the streets north of 3rd Avenue.  Poor sports.

This was my first visit to CCAF in two years. On my last visit in 2010, I thought there was too much textile art and photography and neither were all that great. For what it’s worth, I liked the vintage and junk art trend.  I didn’t see many artists I recognized, which I think was a good indication that artists from across U.S. are still interested in being in the show. I calculated  s o l d tickets in one booth where the artist had sold close to $20,000, in original oil paintings and etchings.

More than anything, I’m happy CCAF is still alive after 22 years. I remember the first one with the late performance artist, Denny Dent. That festival had the best street food for the day, and, it was a glorious show. Great job CCN for keeping this event alive and tasteful.

As usual lots of dogs, edible and petible, great fair food and, too many baby carriages for the traffic.


Just kidding. This is a replica of “David,” at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum in St. Augustine, Florida.


Bekah Ash


Brianna Mautray


Graphite art by Ron Hoyle


Festival hit – wheel thrown, altered, carved and incised pottery by Jennifer McCurdy.


Emerging artist booth: Martin Lambuth.


What’s Old is New Again…in posh Cherry Creek (Art Festival)

The buzz is on for the words reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle, repurpose, revamp, and reinvent into art. You’ve seen it in emails making the rounds, art made out of flip-flops, soda bottle furniture, chandeliers made from candle holders, cans and glass bottles. There’s fashionable jewelry made from Coke cans, bottle tops, Barbie doll appendages, even underwear and shelters, as in bus stops. Who remembers the first belts made out of old tires and bottle caps? They’re still around after what, 20 years?

Upcycling is the latest trend described as taking items that have been discarded into landfills, rescued and given a new use, an upgrade to another purpose from its original purpose. It’s called being the best we can be by reinventing and creating art that is characteristically interesting, quirky,colorful, semi-disturbing – setting the pace for a new artistic statement, heading into a new era of art.


If any of those words are true, and I believe they are because the Cherry Arts Festival was a carnival of old, made new again. I would venture to speculate that a vintage theme ran through 50% of the booths I visited.



In order from top: Mike Turney – Assemblage

Photographic works by Micheal Paul Cole.

Ceramic plate – I apologize. I cannot find the artist’s name. If you know please send message on this post.

Jewelry – Fat Cat Studio.

Check out these two websites that are the true essence of Upcycling.

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Jersey Boys Returns


Jersey Boys is one of the most fabulous Broadway shows I’ve ever seen. Some theatre goers love Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera. This show is strictly for the toe tapping, lover of musicals. You know the kind that make you smile and wish you were on the stage with the actors. It’s the show of shows. Trust me. You’ll love every song. The storyline moves fast and there is not a dull moment in the two plus hours of sheer entertainment. We are fortunate the show has returned. Take my word, you do not want to miss this again. If you saw it four years ago, well, you better get your tickets again. It is way too good to miss this summer.

Nearly 90,000 theatergoers cheered when Jersey Boys made its sell-out premiere in Denver in 2008. Worldwide, more than 12 million people have seen Jersey Boys. And now, the show that made critics and audiences cheer is “Working Its Way Back” to Denver!

Jersey Boys is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “It will run for centuries!” proclaims Time.

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change extended through Summer




ImageDue to popular demand, Denver Center Attractions announces an additional extension of I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE to feature a new summer schedule and prices. For performances July 3 – September 1 all tickets to the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinee performances are $24. The summer performance schedule begins July 17. Tickets are now on sale through October 14 at or by calling 303.893.4100.


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