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Love always, Paris on the Platte

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Paris on the Platte is an unusual name for a coffee shop that sits at the edge of I-25 and downtown Denver. When Faye opened the shop in 1986, Platte Street was still part of a decaying industrial area and hard to find.  There was nothing significant about the street excepting, the legendary My Brothers Bar sat kitty-korner at the end of the street. People didn’t just go down there, but, it was a little known back-street-route to the highway from downtown Denver. You probably remember when the 16th Street viaduct was still there, then it was gone. I can’t even remember where it stood now.

PoP is funky and cool. The old used books section is gone replaced by a solid wooden bar and dining area lined with original brick walls. I still cherish a book I bought there in the early 1990’s, Best of Vanity Fair, 1930-1940’s, with the original cover sleeve, tattered & torn, but so lovely.

The grit and bricks have been power washed. The original atmosphere has remained the same by utilizing few changes in the once dark coffee house. The Paris has stayed in step with the now hip Platte street restaurants, outdoor patios, Colorado Outdoor shops, dress stores, the REI anchor store, Natural Grocers, the Kayak shop, bike shop. There’s colorful public art tucked between the high-rise apartment buildings. When you’re there, you’ll want to end your errands at the park along the Platte, relax on the steps and benches which line the sidewalks and river. The REI deck is perfect for sipping Starbucks, watching bikes, babies, tubing, kayaking and dogs enjoying a hidden playground in the middle of Denver. P.S. there is a dog park on the other side of the Platte on Little Raven.

The Paris opened with artists in mind. Nowadays, the coffee shop, wine bar and cafe continues to display art by local artists. Friday & Saturday nights feature live music.  The Paris has shifted slightly to accommodate the local trends on the street which is teeming with people day and night. People live, work and play there. All dogs are welcome along the two block neighborhood. I like to think of it as Denver’s bustling European village tucked away on the other side of the river.

Rebekah Robinson’s work is displayed through May. On the day I met Candice for coffee, we saw Rebekah and a few other long time locals who still wander in from time to time.

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Denver loves everything that makes us happy!

Happy New Year, everyone.

Thank you for your likes, posts, comments and follows. It was a great year and I love you for hoping on this ride with me. Please tell your friends – if you think they’d enjoy reading Denver Art Matters. I promise to make some interesting new posts along with a few surprises I have up my sleeve.

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Much appreciation and gratitude to you, my DAM readers,

Jan

photo & sculptures from the Downtown Denver Art Festival, May 2013

 

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is closing October 14

 I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE playing the Garner Galleria Theatre will close on October 14 with Denver’s favorite fast-talking Tupperware lady returning just in time for the holidays. DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY plays the Garner Galleria Theatre November 7-December 30Tickets are now on sale for both shows at denvercenter.org or by calling 303.893.4100.

 

Four actors take on the lives of more than 20 characters as they face the trials and tribulations of dealing with the opposite sex.  I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE is the perfect date-night comedy for adults.  Everything you’ve secretly wanted to know about dating, mating and marriage but were afraid to ask!  Parents who talk baby talk, men who talk and women who pretend to listen, infidelity, and the injustice of long lines at the ladies room are just some of the issues that are hilariously skewed in Joe DiPietro’s hugely successful chamber musical.

 I saw this on opening night and it was refreshing and genuinely funny and relevant. If you haven’t seen this show this time around, trust me, it is fabulous and worth the time and effort. Male and females laugh out loud through out this smart and clever look at men & women looking for love.  DAM (Jan)

 

 

DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY stars Dixie Longate, who has packed up her catalogues and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to journey across America. Critics and audiences have howled with laughter as Dixie throws a good ol’ fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theatre stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, Ms. Longate will share how she became the number one Tupperware seller in the world as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products.

Written by Kris Andersson, DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY turned off-Broadway into a Tupperware-mania celebration and garnered the prestigious 2008 Drama Desk Award Nomination. Produced by Down South LLC and directed by Patrick Richwood, DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY features costumes designed by Dixie Longate and lighting designed by Richard Winkler. dixiestupperwareparty.com.

Tickets may be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at denvercenter.org.

 

DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY                                                                 Nov 7-Dec 30  

Wednesday – Saturday                                                                                      7:30pm

Saturday & Sunday                                                                                             2pm

*no performances December 4-9

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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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