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Preservery chef to appear on Food Network's "Chopped"

One of Denver's own will be appearing on Food Network's Chopped at 8 p.m. Feb. 21.

Dave Hadley, sous chef at The Preservery, will face off against three other chefs preparing a three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, entree and desert. In each round, they have to use all the ingredients the show provides them, even if they are a little strange. At the end of each course, a panel of three guest judges chops one chef sho doesn't measure up. The last chef standing takes hop $10,000.

Hadley has been cooking at The Preservery since the beginning nearly a year ago. He discovered his love for food early on after spending time in the kitchen with his grandmother. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hadley has worked for many of Colorado's esteemed restaurants and chefs, including Acorn and the first Biju's Little Curry Shop.

Hadley also loves to teach kids about cooking and has been known to give impromptu classes when young friends stop by. 

"The Preservery is very proud to call him a leader on the kitchen team and grateful to benefit from his tireless drive, his attention to detail, his creative spirit and his passion and talent for making things taste delicious," says Whitney Ariss, co-owner of the restaurant. 

The restaurant will be closed the evening the show airs for a viewing party.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Riverfront Park available for events

Beginning April 1, Riverfront Park can be reserved for various events and programming, including art installations, public gatherings, outdoor movies and concerts.

Located between Lower Downtown and the Highland neighborhood, Riverfront Park is a high-foot traffic area that’s in a great location to attract a large and diverse group of passersby to various events.

"We are thrilled to offer Riverfront Park to the community as a place to bring people together," says Don Cohen, president of Riverfront Park Neighborhood Association. "We are looking forward to seeing how the park will be transformed and hope that it will provide the Denver community a space for engagement, enjoyment and collaboration."

The goal is to activate the space in a creative and thoughtful way without disrupting park-goers or harming the natural riparian environment and green space. All events in the park must comply with the Denver Parks and Recreation requirements and guidelines.

Programming and event inquiries can be made by contacting Jordan Kincaid of East West Urban Management at (720) 904-6904. For additional information please visit www.riverfrontparkassociation.com.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

The Next Stage NOW accepting applications to activate DPAC with art

Denver Arts & Venues is accepting applications for The Next Stage NOW, which is aimed at activating the Denver Performing Arts Complex campus.

Through a partnership with the Boettcher Foundation and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Next Stage NOW is a pilot program that Arts & Venues is launching to grant funds to artists and arts organizations to program the complex in non-traditional ways.

"We are honored to support The Next Stage NOW project, and we are eager to see the exciting projects that Colorado’s creative community will put forth to help activate our performing arts complex as we work toward reimagining this important gathering place," says Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. 

Participants interested in booking space through the program must provide activities that feature music, theater, dance, art, poetry, film or other creative placemaking activities, including yoga, fitness  and putt-putt. Preference will be given to programs that are free and open to the public, occur on a regular basis, attract new audiences and activate the space during the daytime and evening hours prior to performances in the theaters. 

Performances must take place in public and underutilized spaces at the complex, such as the Sculpture Park, The Galleria, The Studio Loft and Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the lobbies of the major theaters. 

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis with the first round of funding distributed in late spring for summer performances. 

An overview of The Next Stage NOW will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Tues. April 5 at The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.

"DCPA believes that art is the soul of the city, a reflection of our creativity, passions, heritage and stories," says Scott Shiller, CEO of Denver Center for the Performing Arts. "The Next Stage NOW is the first step to bringing these concepts together to build the next generation performing arts complex."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Jewish Film Festival opens Feb. 4

The Mizel Arts and Culture Center will host the 19th Annual Denver Jewish Film Festival at the Elaine Wolf Theatre at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center from Feb. 5-15.

The two-week festival will feature 28 films, many of which have been nominated for and received Ophir Awards, the Israeli equivalent of the Academy Awards. Of the 28 films, 11 were directed by women.

"I am really proud of the selection our film festival chairs put together, and we are excited to have the opportunity to introduce the Denver community to these extraordinary and resonating films," says Steve Wilson, executive artistic director for the Mizel Arts and Culture Center.

Sponsored by Wagner Wealth Management, the festival will kick off with a party celebrating this year's festival honoree Kathy Neustadt and a screening of the Jewish family comedy It Happened in Saint-Tropez. 

Neustadt is a former president of the JCC and a member of the family that founded The Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children't literature.

"The Denver Jewish Film Festival continues to introduce its audiences to a collection of educational and significant movies," Neustadt says. "My family and I remain steadfast in supporting organizations and events that celebrate the arts and literature, and we hope the community joins us in attending the 19th year of this wonderful event."
Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Denver wants to know what's your favorite place

Denver's Department of Community Planning and Development is launching a citywide conversation about placemaking and city building by asking residents what their favorite places in the city are and why.

All residents are invited to participate in the dialogue by answering the question on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #favoriteplacedenver, along with text, photos or videos.

The social media campaign will kickstart a Denver love fest to foster civic pride and learn from each other how the city can be improved.

"Denverites have such great pride in their city, from our vibrant core to our quiet neighborhoods and everything in between," Mayor Michael Hancock says. "This is a way to engage in a conversation about what we love and what we'd love to see more of."

Brad Buchanan, Denver's Director of Community Planning and Development, saw a need to engage residents in an open, citywide dialogue about what's important to them when it comes to building a city.

"Cities are not just a collection of places," Buchanan says. "Cities are a collection of experiences. We want to know what matters to Denverites so that they can help us make the places that make the experiences that make a city."

The campaign will run through the end of September, with a few participants randomly selected to win tickets to a Red Rocks concert.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Elitch Gardens Theatre getting facelift

White Construction Group and Humphries Poli Architects are restoring the Elitch Gardens Theatre, a 122-year-old structure that fell into disrepair after closing its doors in 1991.

The historic theater hosted performers such as Grace Kelly, Douglas Fairbanks, Edward G. Robinson, Mickey Rooney and Robert Redford. It screened Colorado’s first moving picture in 1905. Antoinette "Tony" Perry made her debut on the Elitch stage at age 11 before going onto Broadway fame and eventually becoming the namesake of the Tony Awards.

After a 2007 renovation that focused on the exterior of the building, the Elitch Theatre Foundation raised $540,000 for the first phase of the interior rehabilitation, including a Community Development Block Grant of $425,0000 from the Denver Office of Economic Development. 

"The Elitch Garden Theatre is a beacon for north Denver, an icon that has transcended many in the area." says Courtney Tucker, Project Manager with White Construction. "We are pleased to have worked with the foundation as they always worked to give this building back the status it deserves, a place of culture, education and continued history."

The initial phase of interior restoration will bring the theater up to code and implement bare-bones, life-safety compliance measures. Later phases of the renovation will address the balcony and cosmetic features.

The Elitch Gardens Historic Theatre Foundation is continuing its fundraising efforts for future renovations with a variety of programs, including a film series that ran this summer. The goal is to return the theater to use as a working theater, as well as a community center and host of art education programs.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

ideaLAB gives teens access to technology

The Denver Public Library has opened ideaLAB, a digital media studio created for teenagers.

Located in the Community Technology Center of the Central LIbrary at Broadway and 14th streets, the lab includes four workstations and equipment that will allow teens to create videos, music, video games, web sites and digital artwork. The project was funded in part through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which administers the LIbrary Services and Technology Act.

"ideaLAB creates a safe, open, supportive and inspiring environment in which teens can explore their interests and learn new skills," says City Librarian Shirley Amore.

Music enthusiasts will have access to microphones, keyboard, mixing station, DJ controllers and an electric guitar. Video equipment includes cameras, tripods, a lighting kit and a green screen. Macintosh and PC workstations will have the full Adobe Suite, including Photoshop, Premiere, AfterEffects, as well as specialized software for video game creation, creating comics and cartoons, Sonar and FL Studio for music creation.

The lab will be open to teens in grades 6-12 from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Trained staff and volunteers will work with teens to help them navigate the tools needed for their projects.

The library also offers classes on digital media software and hardware, in addition to one-on-one appointments and open lab times where teens can learn through a project-based approach.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.
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