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Word on the heat: Forget the controversy, enjoy your chiles

Hatch, Pueblo, Anaheim or an upstart from Greeley — Coloradans have differences of opinion on who grows green chiles best. But when it comes to the state’s love for the spicy fruit (yes, fruit), …
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Hopefully this plot turns around soon

I don’t think I’m losing my marbles, but just to be certain I thought I’d ask you, my neighbors this question. Is it me or are we all living in a real life science fiction movie right now? …
Coming Attractions

In a challenging 2020, music kept us going

It’s safe to say 2020 is a year that we’re unlikely to forget any time soon. We all had to get through it in our own way, and music played a big role in my survival. I picked five of my favorite …
Some people like to use trekking poles when they go snowshoeing.

Snowshoeing: ‘Viewing the world in a different lens’

With health officials continuing to encourage outdoor activities amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there’s one affordable winter activity that’s getting folks outside, active and socially …

Don’t go stumbling now that we’re in the home stretch

I’m sure I wasn’t alone in breathing a sigh of relief this past New Year’s Eve when 2020 finally came to an end. It’s been a tough year for so many people in so many ways. For me, personally, …

Mark Dodge and John Harmsen hold up an illustration depicting the Harmsen family’s Sugar Bar Ranch in Wheat Ridge, where they lived and had their family, as it looked in 1955.

Golden Museum gets a sweet treat

Aside from cold cans of Coors and scores of brainy School of Mines grads, there is perhaps no Golden export more famous — or beloved — than the Jolly Rancher. Local couple Dorothy and Bill …
Arts & Entertainment
Mitchell Bowen holds up a poster depicting the bike trails in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he is a college senior.

Printing a piece of Golden

Last summer, Mitchell Bowen was in a situation that might feel familiar to many people who have gone to college: he was headed into his senior year with no idea about what he was going to do after. …
Daisy Patton’s art was displayed as part of #ArtFindsUs, a mobile exhibit implemented in a partnership between Doug Kacena’s K Contemporary art gallery and the nonprofit Athena Project.

Opportunities to experience art abound in Denver

Years ago — when he was in college — Doug Kacena read somewhere that only about 25% of Americans visit art museums or private art galleries. Still, Kacena, owner/curator of K Contemporary art …
Coming Attractions

Arts remain unbound during COVID pandemic

With so many stuck inside for the bulk of this year, there’s a common outlet creatives all over are turning to — podcasting. Doug Kacena, artist and owner of Denver’s K Contemporary art …
Natalie Smith poses in front of an image she painted on the windows of a garage door at the Golden Rock Shop. The image is intended to be a destination for selfies.

Painter makes Golden a "window wonderland" during holidays

During a year where many holiday traditions have had to be altered or even canceled altogether, one seasonal pleasure that feels all the more special for remaining mostly unchanged is a walk down …

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Merry and bright: A guide to Golden's best holiday light displays

In a year that has been sadly short on joy and wonder, holiday lights might just be the most visible sign of the holiday season that can raise your spirits. Luckily, Golden has no shortage of …
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avenue flashes

Merry Christmas from the "Avenue"

I want to wish everybody that celebrates it, a very merry Christmas this year. I know that it’s been a tough and peculiar time for so many people and that this year is particularly difficult …

How about a heartwarming holiday stroll

I think Santa did actually come a little early this year. The news of the approval of the vaccines for COVID-19 is probably the best present that the world could get right now. Although most people …
Coming Attractions

Pop Culture Con cancelled for 2021, still connects with community

Fans of superheroes, science fiction, elven kingdoms and anime are going to have to wait longer than they were hoping to meet some of their favorite creators and other fans in person — after …
Coming Attractions

Miners Alley is a home four holiday theater

Holiday theater is a big deal, as Len Matheo, executive and artistic director at Miners Alley Playhouse, well understands. He estimates that the theater makes about 25 percent of its yearly income in …

Leslie O’Carroll, a well-known local actor, is included in the cast of Arvada Center’s virtual play “Family Tree.”
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Holiday series will take place on virtual stage

Why are we surprised that the always creative Arvada Center has come up with a new holiday entertainment? “The Family Tree: A Virtual Holiday Comedy” deals with the situation may of us are …
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