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A group of volunteers gather for a photo. Hundreds of volunteers came together to help the Denver BBQ Fest run smoothly this year.

‘Over the moon’ for barbecue

The fourth annual Denver BBQ Fest took place June 17-19 at Empower Field at Mile High, bringing together expert pitmasters, live bands and barbecue lovers from across the country. In addition to …
Owners of Buntport Theater, from left, Samantha Schmitz, Brian Colonna, Hannah Duggan, Erik Edborg and Erin Rollman stand in front of a mural for a photo op near the theater, which is located in Denver’s Lincoln Park Neighborhood.

Behind the curtain at Buntport Theater

“I have never taken theatre seriously,” said Hannah Duggan. “I just do it and enjoy it.” Duggan, a 1994 graduate of South High School, is one of five co-owners of Buntport Theater located in …
Kevin Williams, assistant curator and horticulturist at the Denver Botanic Gardens, fell in love with Meow Wolf Santa Fe while on honeymoon a few years back. For him, designing the Plethodon Sculpture Garden at Meow Wolf Denver was a labor of love.

Plethodon emerges at Convergence Station

When Meow Wolf and the Denver Botanic Gardens united to adopt last March, they might have named their new baby Plantasia. Instead, the newly-partnered parents welcomed the Plethodon, a cosmic, …
Tori McConnell, center, holds her diploma on graduation day in May. McConnell, who graduated from the University of California-Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Native American studies, is pictured with Michelle Villegas-Frazier, director of UC Davis’ Native American Retention Initiatives, on the left; and Ines Hernández-Ávila, professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis.

Improving the world with Indigenous knowledge

It has been a couple of generations since Tori McConnell’s native language of Yurok has been spoken fluently among family. “It was not passed down because often, it was seen as a burden, not a …

Give something away on July 15

One of my favorite pastimes is to go, what I call, thrifting. I love spending a couple of hours on a day off treasure hunting at a thrift shop. Though I don’t always find something I will treasure …
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The IMAX film, “Wings Over Water,” is showing until July 18 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

IMAX film allows viewers to soar alongside birds

This IMAX film is for the birds. It’s also for the many people helping avians maintain their life-giving wetlands in Canada and the western United States. “Since 1970, we have lost 3 billion …
The Cats on Mats yoga series has returned to the Denver Animal Shelter. Classes are offered weekly through September.

Cats on Mats yoga returns to Denver Animal Shelter

Denver Animal Shelter’s Cats on Mats yoga series has returned after a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Certified yoga instructors host the classes as kittens and cats playfully prowl around the …
Kelsey Holmes is the membership coordinator for Denver Film.

The heart and soul of Denver’s film culture

The setting for one of Kelsey Holmes’ earliest memories is a movie theater. When she was a toddler, she went to see the 1994 Walt Disney film, “The Lion King,” with her sister and her mom. This …
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Asking the hard questions at the Benchmark Theatre

It is an unfortunate truth that some topics will always be relevant, no matter how many decades (or centuries) pass. Questions of race and identity are near the top of this list, and as we’ve seen …

Alissa Davies posing in front of her series "Firescape."

Wildfire art can create beauty out of tragedy

Robert Nesladek carves wood. He works in a sawdust-filled studio behind his house in Arvada, which he has owned for 47 years.  Two wood lathes spin fast to carve out bowls, vases and other …
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Strong summer starts for Denver

The Denver metro area really shines during the summer months. There are all kinds of outdoor options for dining, live music and activities, while classic concert spots and cultural hubs are still …
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An LGBTQ+ history lesson

There’s no way for a single exhibit to fully detail the history of LGBTQ+ Coloradoans, but it’s still important to take steps to share the stories of people whose experiences have largely been …
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Get lost in the DMNS’ new experience

Most of what is on display in a museum is an exhibit. The focus with exhibits is to plainly educate and entertain at the same time. And then there are experiences, like the new Mazes & Brain …
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Lynne Collins takes over theater at the Arvada Center

Lynne Collins has been announced as the Arvada Center’s new Artistic Director of Theatre, following the retirement of Rod A. Lansberry. Collins, the current Artistic Director of Plays, first joined …

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Birds of a feather flock to DMNS

There are plenty of beautiful and important environmental sites that people are aware of - think locations like the Everglades in Florida. But then there are places that might be even more important …
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