There's Lots to See at Union Station -- and "Winter Crossing" Could Soon Join the Lineup

Categories: Art

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Courtesy Crawford Hotel
The art at Union Station has been one of the surprise hits of the $54 million renovation project. The building holds more than 600 pieces of art, a collection so extensive that the Crawford Hotel, which fills the upper three floors, has both an electronic and a published guide to the artwork so that you can take your own self-guided tour (pick it up at the Crawford Hotel desk). Sorry, the hotel-room displays are off limits to all but guests (although tours are offered twice a month), but there's still plenty to see in the public areas -- and the people-watching in the Great Hall alone -- billed as "Denver's living room" -- is worth the trip.

"I like to sit there and watch all the people," says developer Dana Crawford, the inspiration behind the hotel's name. "There's just every stripe, and everybody who walks in is having such a good time. If they haven't been there before, their jaws just drop. It just makes me so happy. It's civic theater."

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Photos of the restaurants of Union Station

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10 Things To Do for $10 in Denver This Weekend (6 Free!), August 29-31

Categories: 10 for $10

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What? It's Labor Day weekend already! How did that happen? Hopefully, you got you summer's worth of events, culture, music, food and fun over the past twelve weeks or so, though. But just because the season is changing doesn't mean there's not more in store. This weekend, get your DILIGAF on at the biker rally, laugh until it hurts, or see a classic movie at the library. Tell everyone about other events in the comments section and visit the Westword calendar to see a complete list of happenings around town.

See also: The Denver Zoo Is Boosting Tickets By $2; How Do Other Top Denver Attractions Compare?


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A Noob Nerd in Doctor Who's Domain

Categories: Geek Speak

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The people have spoken, and I have listened. Last week, I implored you, the readers, to help me set my path for the immediate future. I offered up a menu of four well-liked and respected science-fiction series -- Doctor Who, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Farscape and Battlestar Galactica -- and asked you to choose which I would watch. You chose, and I listened. And your choice was...

Doctor Who (wait, the picture and headline gave it away, didn't it? Damn it.)

See also: Battlestar Galactica? Doctor Who? Where Will My Nerddom Take Me Next?

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Andrew Hoffman

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Andrew Hoffman at work.
#60: Andrew Hoffman

Artist, art director, illustrator and teacher Andrew Hoffman crosses the line between graphic design and fine art with ease, creating ads and abstract paintings, and mentoring young artists along the way. How do things look to Hoffman, a new model of artist in a corporate world, as he hip-hops between disciplines? Check out his 100CC questionnaire for answers.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Josh Hartwell

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Suitsupply Thinks Denver Men Are Ready to Look Good This Fall

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Photo by Mauricio O. Rocha
Suitsupply in Cherry Creek
Suitsupply, a super-hip men's suit store in Cherry Creek North, is specializing in tailoring and style for its upcoming fall collection, in stores next month. Suitsupply is an Amsterdam-based company with dozens of stores in Europe; over the last few years, it's spread to the United States. Earlier this year it opened its seventh U.S. store at 299 Detroit Street in Denver -- which means this city got the high-quality brand before L.A., San Francisco, Dallas or Miami. One of the reasons the company put the store here was the online purchasing habits of Denverites: Sales here through its website were high, showing that Denver wanted a store such as Suitsupply.

See also: Armitage & McMillan, a New Menswear Shop

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Josh Hartwell

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Josh Hartwell in BETC's Shipwrecked.
#61: Josh Hartwell

The talented Josh Hartwell works with some of the region's best and most creative independent theater companies -- Curious Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre and Buntport Theater, to name a few -- as both actor and director, but he's also an accomplished and award-winning playwright with a new play, Dylan Went Electric, about to premiere in September at Miners Alley Playhouse.

In addition to showcasing live local musicians in the show in keeping with the playwright's own devotion to the music world, Dylan will continue its contemporary groove by including an onstage bar that audience members can frequent during the intermission. How does such a busy man keep all his theatrical chickens in a row? Learn more from his answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Buntport Theater

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The Denver Zoo Is Boosting Tickets By $2; How Do Other Top Denver Attractions Compare?

Categories: Tourism

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As the cost to feed and care for its animals rises, the Denver Zoo will be asking a City Council committee to allow it to raise the general admission price by $2, which would put the cost of admittance at $17. If it is approved, this would be the first price increase at the Zoo since 2012. But where does the Zoo rank among other other hot spots for families and tourists? We surveyed ten top attractions to find out.

See also: Broncos are popular animals at the Denver Zoo


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Five Reasons Why It Would Be Stupid To Demolish Boettcher Concert Hall

Categories: Architecture

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Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Boettcher Hall is the home of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

I've never been a big fan of the City & County of Denver when it comes to architectural and artistic decisions. They've repeatedly dropped the ball on everything from I.M. Pei's Zeckendorf Plaza, which was demolished in 1996, to the proposed destruction of Civic Center Park's beauty in 2006, to running starchitects like Steven Holl and Santiago Calatrava out of town. And now those big thinkers are at it again with a plan to raze the Boettcher Concert Hall -- which is part of the Denver Performing Arts Complex -- and replace it with an outdoor amphitheater. News about the plan broke in July, when Colorado Symphony Orchestra chief executive officer Jerry Kern revealed a series of e-mails between himself and Kent Rice, director of the city's Arts & Venues Department, who said that demolition was the leading plan. (See our related story on the CSO's Jerry Kern.)

Hopefully, this idiotic scheme is now dead in the water. But this is Denver, so you never know. With that in mind, here are five reasons why destroying Boettcher is one of the city's most wrongheaded ideas in recent memory.

See also: Jerry Kern Has Made a Lot of Noise With the CSO -- But Can It Survive Discord With the City?

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Ten Best Fashion Events in September for Kicking Off Fall in Denver

Categories: Fashion

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We hate to see summer go, but September has plenty of fashion events to help make the transition easier -- at least for your wardrobe. From a night of boutique shopping in LoHi to the annual Cherry Creek Celebrate Fashion Show, here are ten events that will kick off the fall fashion season.

See also:Tricia Hoke on The Cotery and Bringing Out Your Inner Designer

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Playbill: Three Plays and Performances (One Is Free!) to See in Denver This Week

Categories: Playbill, Theater

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Feral Assembly debuts at work | space with The Night Season, an original work.
This week local stages will host the next installment in an ongoing series from Denver's Control Group Productions and a cop drama from Edge Theatre Company (see below); a new company will also debut with an original world premiere. Keep reading for the details.

See also: Police Action: A Steady Rain at Edge Theatre


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