The Mayday Experiment: The Truck Stops Here

Nico Larsen
The tiny house was supposed to be showcased this past weekend at ArtDenver, and even though getting it to the second floor of the Colorado Convention Center sounded challenging, I was thankful to receive the invitation. So at the beginning of the week I scrambled to get the door in with my friend Jeff Ball, but failed to do it before the snow arrived. I wish I could claim to be a hardy Midwesterner, like my friends in Ohio who seemingly think nothing of sub-zero arctic frost, but alas, I am made of weaker stock, and the idea of screwing in the frame in -2 degrees was a non-starter. Door or no door, the show must go on, and I fretfully watched the forecast and communicated my alarm daily to the organizers of the festival.

My maiden voyage with the tiny house had taught me some important lessons, including what it takes to stop roughly 6,000 pounds or so. And doing it on ice, forgive the pun, chilled me to the core. It's a relatively short distance from my home on the edge of Five Points across downtown to the convention center, but it's a distance fraught with hazards and more traffic than I had ever driven through with tiny in tow, and safety needed to be my guiding light.

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The Mayday Experiment's Maiden Voyage

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Columbus Day Parade Tomorrow Could Lack the Traditional Protests

Sean Cronin
The two sides clashed at the 2007 Columbus Day Parade.
Colorado was the first state to make Columbus Day an official holiday, in 1907. The federal government soon followed suit, and on Monday, state and federal offices will be closed to to mark the day, which will be celebrated with a Columbus Day Parade tomorrow. But while that parade was marked by rancorous protests over the past two decades, the last two years have been quiet -- and this year seems positively sleepy. The organizers have been quiet about pushing the parade; the "announcement" page of the site is blank, although there is a map of the parade route. But then, the protesters have been quiet, too: The Transform Columbus Day site hasn't been updated since 2011.

See also: War of the Word -- Denver's Columbus Day Parade Rhetoric Spells Out the Same Bumpy Route

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Adatto Menswear and Modern Gladiator Want to Put Denver Men in Fine Fighting Form

All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
John Hand shows off a custom suit from Adatto Menswear.
You won't find Adatto Menswear in any storefront. Instead, Adatto comes to you: You can consider this company your personal tailor, stylist and concierge. And now, in collaboration with Modern Gladiator, a Denver-based online magazine, Adatto is ready to put this region's men in fighting form -- a development they celebrated at a recent launch party.

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Fritchle Electric Car Finally Parks at History Colorado

The Fritchle electric car headed back into the Denver A to Z exhibit at History Colorado.
When History Colorado planned its Denver A to Z exhibit, which features everything from the Barrel Man to zombies (don't ask), it had a true historic artifact for the letter E: an electric car, the Fritchle, which was manufactured in Denver in the early 1900s and featured in the old museum's exhibit celebrating Denver's 150th birthday. But then disaster struck: In October 2012, the roof of one of the warehouses where History Colorado was storing artifacts and documents while it moved into its new building collapsed under the weight of an early snowstorm, and the Fritchle was damaged. Suddenly, E equalled Emergency!

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House Candidate Susan Kochevar is Starring in a Drama Over Her 88 Drive-In Theatre

Bree Davies.
Drive-ins were once a major part of the movie theater landscape, but most of them have closed over the past few decades as indoor multiplexes have taken over. In the Denver area, only one remains: the 88 Drive-In Theatre in Commerce City. Business there, it seems, has never been better. It's so good, in fact, that Susan Kochevar, whose family has owned the outdoor movie house since 1976, is in a traffic-related tussle with the city.

See also: Could Commerce City Shut Down 88 Drive-In, Metro Denver's Last Drive-In Theater?

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

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.

See also: Save Our Screens wants the show to go on at rural cinemas, like the Sands in Brush

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Wish Upon a Wedding helps couples facing terminal illness get married

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

Eric Gruneisen
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

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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