Sands Theatre in Brush makes the leap into the digital age with a new film projector

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Anthony Camera.
Joe Machetta, owner and operator of the Sands Theatre since the late 1950s.
The new projector that Joe Machetta has been waiting for has finally arrived. The owner of the Sands -- focus of the cover story "Can the Sands Theatre survive digital conversion?" -- was looking at a questionable future for the movie house he's been running in Brush since 1958. But with the helping hand of local nonprofit Downtown Colorado Inc. and its Save Our Screens campaign and the robust support of the Brush community, the Sands recently made the pricey conversion to a digital cinema projection system. And now the lights will stay on.

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Wish Upon a Wedding helps couples facing terminal illness get married

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This week's cover story, "In Sickness and In Health," tells the story of Jen Berman, a Denver attorney who lost her fiance, Doug Furcht, to brain cancer last year. Jen had already bought a wedding dress for their upcoming nuptials; after Doug's death, she donated it to Brides for a Cause, an organization that raises money for a nonprofit called Wish Upon a Wedding that helps couples dealing with terminal illness get married.

Jen was pleased to find an organization that not only understands why couples without much time left would want to get married -- but helps make it happen. "Even if you know that your time is fleeting," Jen says, "you still want to spend it together."

We spoke to the founders of each organization about why they do what they do.

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Colorado Symphony Orchestra has high hopes for tomorrow's "High Notes" debut

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No pot allowed at Red Rocks, says the city.
On Friday, May 23, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will take its show on the road - specifically to the new Space gallery, at 400 Santa Fe Drive, for the first installment of "Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series." But there have been some definite bumps in the road.

After the CSO announced the four-part series late last month, it had to send out a hasty clarification: Although patrons could bring cannabis to the first three "High Note" performances at Space, for consumption in marked-off areas outside, no pot would be allowed at the final concert in the series on September 13 at Red Rocks -- because that venue is off-limits for marijuana, according to official city rules.

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City Park: A stroll in the heart of Denver

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The park's postcard-ready pavilion and mountain views.
Editor's note: Our cover story this week, Alan Prendergast's "Party in the Park," looks at how Denver's park rangers are gearing up for a busy summer season. In response, Westword writers are weighing in with appraisals of their own favorite Denver parks, starting with Prendergast's tribute to City Park.

City Park is not only the largest of Denver's parks, but also the most handsomely designed and -- for me, at least -- the most soul-soothing parcel of public land anywhere in town. I know this because it took me years to discover some of its more intriguing nooks, respites and redoubts, which is as it should be.

See also: Rethinking City Loop -- what City Park should be

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Video: Beaver rescuer Sherri Tippie gets an overdue shout-out on PBS

Sherri Tippie, relocating one of her charges in the Colorado high country.
Thirty years ago, when Sherri Tippie first got interested in trying to save a keystone species whose habitat was being wiped out by breakneck development up and down the Front Range, she was ridiculed by wildlife officials as a rank amateur. What, after all, could a hairdresser and former go-go dancer know about trapping and relocating beaver?

But over the last three decades Tippie has trapped, fed, cuddled, relocated and serenaded more beaver than anyone else on the planet. Wildlife agencies now routinely come to her for guidance and inspiration -- as did the PBS program Nature, which airs a segment this week on the growing effort to reintroduce beaver to revitalize rivers across the West and features Tippie as one of the top crusaders for the species.

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One Day in Denver: It's a wrap!

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On April 26, professional and amateur filmmakers alike joined in the "One Day in Denver" project, part of "One Day on Earth: Your Day. Your City. Your Future." During this participatory media event, they documented the answers to ten questions on the future of Denver; meanwhile, filmmakers in eleven other U.S. cities did the same.

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The blight stuff: Discussion of displaced Aurarians tomorrow

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Scene from a vanished neighborhood.
Before it became the bustling hub of higher education in central Denver, the Auraria campus was a neighborhood of modest houses and small businesses. It all abruptly vanished in the early 1970s, after a bitter political and legal battle that uprooted hundred of residents -- and left behind a trail of broken promises made to the displaced, mostly Hispanic community. That legacy was the subject of last year's feature "The Ghosts of Auraria," and now a long overdue discussion -- what's being billed as the first public forum on "displaced Aurarians" in forty years -- will take place on the campus tomorrow.

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Armitage & McMillan, a new menswear shop, opening Saturday

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All photos by Mauricio Rocha
New menswear is coming to town: Daniel Armitage and Darin Combs are opening Armitage & McMillan on Saturday at 1550 Platte Street, Suite D. Keep reading to find out what menswear brands they will be carrying, what inspired them to open the store, and what they will contribute to the growing Denver fashion community.

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Imagine 2020, Denver's cultural plan, unveiled -- and celebrated today!

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More than thirty years ago, 36-year-old dark-horse candidate Federico Pena rode to victory as Denver's mayor waving the slogan "Imagine a Great City." Under Pena, the city released its first arts plan in 1989 -- and now, 25 years later, Denver has released Imagine 2020, Denver's first cultural plan in 25 years.

Mayor Michael Hancock, who interned for the Pena administration, unveiled the plan -- dubbed Imagine 2020 -- Tuesday at the Colorado Convention Center, where he also introduced eight new pieces of public art that have been added to the city's collection. There will be a public presentation of the Imagine 2020 at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park at 4 p.m., followed by a free public reception at 6 p.m. Keep reading for photos of Tuesday's presentation.

See also: Imagine 2020: How do you envision the future of the arts in Denver?


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Meet the magic behind Mago's Magic Shoppe this First Friday

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All photos by Mauricio Rocha
Like magic, Mago's Magic Shoppe at 313 West 11th Avenue has suddenly become a must-see in the Golden Triangle, with its mix of magic supplies, oddities and art. We recently chatted with co-owner and resident magician Max Mago about where art fits into the realm of magic, how he got his start in the magic business, and what to expect at the Mago's First Friday event on March 7.

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