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Del Corazon apartments open in Westwood

A $40 million affordable housing project has opened in Denver’s Westwood neighborhood.

The 197-unit Del Corazon at 4400 Morrison Road is located on 4.5 acres spanning both sides of Morrison Road. All of the apartments will be available to households earning 60 percent or less of the area median income (up to $35,280 for a one-person household or up to $45,360 for a family of three.

Community amenities include a clubhouse with fitness center, lounge, kitchen, patio, playground, futsal court, community plaza and Westwood’s first-ever car-share program provided by Enterprise. The project also features a new median for safe crossing of Morrison Road.

Del Corazon, meaning “from the heart,” was developed by St. Charles Town Co. Public finance partners include the Denver Office of Economic Development, Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.

Last year, Denver’s Community Planning and Development Office completed a neighborhood plan for Westwood, which is bounded by Sheridan Boulevard on the west, Federal Boulevard on the east, Alameda Avenue on the north and Mississippi Avenue on the south. The plan addresses the neighborhood’s isolation and food options, while celebrating the culture of the diverse community. The plan includes a health impact assessment from the Department of Environmental Health and addresses the neighborhood’s obesity rate, density and drainage issues and lack of recreation facilities.
 

Oskar Blues to open in LoDo

Oskar Blues will open its third Grill and Brew location this fall at 1630 Market St. in LoDo.

The 10,636-square-foot restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily in the two-story structure. The traditional restaurant and bar service will be upstairs. Downstairs, the Black Buzzard music venue occupies 5,500 square feet and boasts a stage and professional sound system, grand-and-go food kiosk and full-service bar that accommodates up to 330 guests. Patrons can expect an impressive lineup of local and national bluegrass, rock, blues, reggae and folk musicians with scheduled performances.

“We’ve been working diligently over the past 20 years to evolve and perfect our concept, and now we’re ready to bring the Grill and Brew’s signature blend of Southern-inspired Creole and Cajun dishes and entertainment to Denver,” says Jason Rogers, Oskar Blues Grill and Brew's restaurant director and partner. “It mirrors the Lyons and Colorado Springs locations, while adding a signature Denver flair. We want to deliver something special that LoDo could call its own.”

The grand opening of the restaurant and music venue is slated for late November.

Founded and headquartered in Lyons, the Oskar Blues Fooderies division is a brand of the Oskar Blues Brewery.

City and County Building gets new composition for chimes

A new composition has been installed in the 10-bell chime of the Denver City and County Building. 

“Ascent,” by artist Kevin Padworski, will be played on significant and special days for the City of Denver.

“The goal of the composition was to capture the essence of the people the music aimed to represent — the people of Denver,” Padworski says. “With a quickly growing population, full of diversity and a multitude of backgrounds, I sought to create the music that would evoke this catalytic energy. The task of composing for bells combined with a limitted set of pitches was a unique and exciting challenge and privilege.”

Padworski visited the building multiple times to play and hear the bell tower. He planted himself “on location” downtown so he was surrounded by people he could draw the music from. The composition features ascending musical lines that represent the city — its growth, the people, the topography of the state and hope in its future.

“Bells have such an iconic and timeless sound, and it is my hope that this new music can be heard in a new way to serve and inspire the people of this city,” Padworski said. 

Interactive artwork unveiled at Levitt Pavilion

The latest addition to the city of Denver’s public art collection was dedicated July 20 as part of the grand opening celebration for the newly built Levitt Pavilion Denver at Ruby Hill Park.

“Sky Song” by Colorado artists Nick Geurts and Ryan Elmendorf is a two-part interactive sculpture that blends light and sound through interaction with the viewer and even the sky above. 

Comprised of mirror-polished stainless steel, “Sky Song” invites viewers to create music by pressing any combination of 33 buttons on an eight-foot-tall sculpture on the plaza. The kiosk is linked to its companion piece 30 feet away on the building’s facade. During concerts at Levitt Pavilion, the interactive function transitions from sound to light. With 25 lights and bells, “Sky Song” is an engaging public artwork.

The Levitt Pavilion is programmed, managed and supported by Friends of Levitt Paviolion Denver, a local nonprofit dedicated to building community through music. 

Upcoming concerts include:
  • July 23: The Stone Foxes
  • Aug. 3: The Suffers
  • Aug. 4: John Fulbright
  • Aug. 5: The Reminders co-headline with Fed Rez
  • Aug. 6: Rocky Dawuni with the Bunny Gang
  • Aug. 9: Hippo Campus with Slow Caves and Corsicana
  • Aug. 10: The Dustbowl Revival with Charley Crockett
  • Aug. 13: The Band of Heathens with Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir
  • Aug. 17 The Haunted Windchimes and Edison
  • Aug. 18: My Body Sings Electric and Chemistry Club
  • Aug. 19: Smooth Hound Smith with Anthony Ruptak & The Midnight Friends
  • Aug. 24: Gaby Moreno
  • Aug. 25: Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra with Fiesta Colorado Dance Company
  • Aug. 26: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
  • Aug. 27: New Breed Brass Band with Denver Municipal Band
  • Aug. 30: Ripe with Chris Daniels & the Kings with Freddi Gowdy
  • Aug. 31: Inspector with Izcalli
The public is invited to bring their picnic blankets and lawn chairs to the free concerts. There also will be a handful of ticketed shows featuring artists like UB40 and 311.

Levitt Pavilion debuts with first concert July 20

Denver’s newest outdoor concert venue is gearing up for its grand opening on July 20.

The Levitt Pavilion Denver in Ruby Hill Park has announced the first wave of concerts for its inaugural summer concert season:
 
  • July 20: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
  • July 23: The Stone Foxes
  • Aug. 3: The Suffers
  • Aug. 4: John Fulbright
  • Aug. 24: Gaby Moreno

“Levitt Pavilion Denver began as a dream five years ago,” says Chris Zacher, founder and executive director of the nonprofit behind the venue. “Since then, we’ve been working diligently to turn this dream into a reality. We’re incredibly excited to begin presenting free music to the community, ensuring access to high-quality performances for people of all ages and socio economic backgrounds.”

Furthering Levitt Pavilion Denver’s commitment to supporting Denver’s music scene, each concert will feature at least one Denver-based opening act, to be announced at a later date.

The public is invited to bring their picnic blankets and lawn chairs to the free concerts.

“We believe Colorado’s music scene is something special and deserves to be showcased, as well as cultivated,” Zacher says. 

Through a partnership with Emporium Presents, Levitt Pavilion Denver also will present a handful of ticketed shows, featuring artists like UB40 and 311.

Levitt Pavilion Denver will present 30 free concerts this year featuring Denver artists and award-winning regional and national talent in an array of music genres. Next year and thereafter, Levitt Pavilion Denver will present 50 free concerts annually. Additional concerts will be posted on a regular basis

Biennial of the Americas announces massive preview party for May, a week of events in September

The Biennial of the Americas returns to Denver in September, with a preview party to be held May 19 at City Hall.

The 2015 Biennial hosted more than 100 events throughout the summer, with more than 25,000 participants attending the six-day opening week program of events that brought together nearly 60 artists, speakers and international leaders representing more than 25 countries.

“This year’s Biennial creates a significant opportunity to bring together the most innovative  leaders from across the Western Hemisphere to discuss, question, accelerate and transform how we do business and live together today,” says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “We look forward to hosting yet another year of world-class talent and through leaders from throughout the Americas in this year’s Biennial of the Americas.”

The week-long festival of ideas, arts and culture attracts innovators, artists, students, thinkers and doers from across the Americas. The Biennial curates content among collaborators in the ideas, arts and cultural spheres, leveraging partnerships that result in high-quality, in-depth programming.

This year’s event schedule is as follows:
 
  • Biennial Preview Party, 5:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., May 19, City Hall night club
  • Opening night gala, 7 p.m. Sept. 12, 
  • MCA Opening: Know-how, 6 p.m., Sept. 13, Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Americas Symposium, 7 p.m. Sept. 14,
  • Biennial Night, 7 p.m. Sept. 15, Civic Center Park

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.

Denver ranks among "Most Charming State Capitals"

Denver ranks as the nation's ninth "Most Charming State Capital," according to a recent report by RentLingo, an apartment search site.

RentLingo created the Charm Index with the belief that local businesses are what define a neighborhood’s charm.

"While every state capital has its share of charm, we were curious which one was the most charming," RentLingo's website states. "Neighborhoods that are not as charming have a higher percentage of chain stores, pawn shops, strip clubs, credit loan stores, crime and do not have access to community institutions such as parks, town halls and flea markets."

Its findings are based on:
 
  • How local are the businesses?
  • How well are they liked by residents?
  • What kind of local institutions and amenities are nearby? Universities? Parks? Restaurants? Museums?
  • Is it inexpensive or expensive to live within the neighborhood?
  • What is the crime rate of the area?
  • What kind of emphasis does the neighborhood put on health and environmentally friendly modes of transportation?
The no. 1 Most Charming State Capital is Boston, followed by Annapolis, Md.; Providence, R.I.; Washington, D.C.; and Madison, Wis.

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.

Rotary Club hosts Back to the '80s in Five Points

Rotary Club of Five Points Cultural District is hosting Back to the '80s, Denver's first '80s-themed indoor food truck event from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 2 at the Glitter Dome Event Center.

The event will feature food trucks, craft drinks, crafts and live music by El Passo Lasso and DJ E-Trane. Participating food trucks include Crock Pot, Fat Green Bowl, Taste of the Philippines, Bared Wire Reef, Lena B Bar-B-Que, AikoPops and The Dessert Stand. Drinks will be provided by Dry Dock Brewing Co., C Squared Ciders and Molly's Spirits.

"Five Points Rotary provides service-oriented professionals a place to meet and serve the community of northeast Denver," says Suzie Ahlers, president of Five Points Rotary. "As an extension of Rotary International, Five Points Rotary focuses its efforts on promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies in the Five Points neighborhood, Denver and beyond."

The event is free and open to the public, but you must be 21 years or older to attend. Proceeds from food and beverage sales will benefit the Shots for Tots and Teens clinic, the Books for Nooks literacy program, RAFT Colorado and other nonprofits in the area. 

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

City unveils vision for performing arts complex

A new music hall, rehearsal and recording space, commercial development, expanded retail and an arts high school campus are part of the vision for the redevelopment of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Dubbed The Next Stage, the concept was created by a working group appointed by Mayor Michael Hancock. The team studied options, needs and trends in arts over the past year and received input from more than 4,200 Denver residents, as well as patrons, performers and presenters. 

"The Next Stage vision provides a phenomenal opportunity to elevate our arts complex to become a vibrant public regional center of cultural activity in the heart of downtown," Hancock says. "With this vision, we will set out to realize the potential of the arts complex by better attracting diverse residents and tourists, integrating it into the neighborhood and enhancing the Galleria and Sculpture Park."

The next step is to build a plan to deliver on the vision. The funding and governance group's goal is to provide its recommended plan by the end of the year. 

The featured elements of The Next Stage are an open wedge design that offers more green space, an elevated Sculpture Park with parking beneath it, a new mid-size music hall for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and other presentations and a variety of retail options. Denver Arts & Venues and Denver Public Schools have reached a memorandum of understanding to study the feasibility of bringing a school into the complex.

"The next generation of performers, artists and patrons is growing right before our eyes in our schools," says Susana Cordova, acting superintendent of Denver Public Schools. "We are committed to studying how our school of the arts can fit in at the arts complex because of our commitment to diversity, creativity and imagination in education."

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

RiNo to get new karaoke venue

The RiNo neighborhood is getting a new karaoke venue with a twist.

When Portland, Ore.-based Voicebox opens this summer at 2601 Walnut St., it will offer guests 10 private private-party suites, a central bar area and food.

"Voicebox is about discovery and letting your guard down," says Scott Simon, the company's founder. "It's not your typical karaoke experience -- instead providing guests with their own private party suite, we make it about the group experience, not the performer. It's a custom-designed party reactor and we're incredibly excited to bring it to the Denver community."

Through vbsongs.com, a proprietary technology developed by Voicebox CTO Carter Thaxton, guests can make a playlist of their favorite songs in advance of their suite reservation. When guests arrive, the list will automatically  populate in their suite, where they can control lights and song selection directly from a smartphone. 

"We've known a lot of people to say that karaoke isn't their thing," Simon says. "At Voicebox, karaoke is a bridge to authentic connectivity, where every visit has the potential for joy, energy, storytelling and life-changing experience. It's for people who love it, people how have never tried it, people who may be intimidated by the prospect of singing out loud -- really it's karaoke for everyone."

Chef Jensen Cummings of Fortune Cookie Concepts will build the food and beverage programs.

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

Jamestown Revival to headline After Party on the Bridge

Jamestown Revival is the headliner for this year's After Party on the Bridge benefiting The Greenway Foundation's efforts to protect the South Platte River and its tributaries.

The event will be held on the historic 19th Street Bridge at 6 p.m. Sept. 11, one night after The Greenway Foundation's annual Gala on the Bridge. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. 

Partners in Change, which works to improve the community and connect people to the river, will be honored at the event with a new award: the Partner in Change Legacy Award.

In addition to music from Jamestown Revival, the After Party on the Bridge will feature food and cocktails, as well as DJ sets by Eric David, Chuck Lepley and Rose Quartz.

Since its inception in 1974, The Greenway Foundation has built more than 100 miles of hiking and biking trails, created more than 20 parks and natural areas, designed and built numerous whitewater boat chutes and provided environmental education to more than 60,000 school children. The foundation has helped to create more than $100 million of improvements to the South Platte River and its tributaries, facilitating more than $10 billion in residential and commercial development throughout metro Denver.

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

State launches artist housing program with Artspace

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade has launched an initiative to provide affordable housing and work space for artists and arts organizations that will position Colorado as the nation's leader in artist-led community transformation.

Minneapolis-based Artspace will act as a consultant to Space to Create, Colorado, which will develop nine projects in eight regions in the state's rural, small-town and mountain communities over the next eight years. Each project will be customized to meet community needs for workforce housing and commercial space for artists and creative entrepreneurs. The first project will be in Trinidad. After that, the regions will be prioritized based on readiness, public will, commitment of local resources and housing demands.

"Housing and economic development are vital needs in rural Colorado, and the Space to Create initiative advances both of these issues by harnessing the power of the public, private and philanthropic sectors, as well as the creative community, to activate historic spaces and elevate rural economies," Gov. John Hickenlooper says. 

Artspace has more than 35 projects in operation across the country and another dozen in development, including Artspace Loveland, which has 30 occupied units of housing for artists and their families.

“Artspace has an incredible track record for successful community-driven projects across the United States, and we are excited to partner with them on Space to Create, Colorado,” says Margaret Hunt, director of the economic development office's Colorado Creative Industries arm.

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

Beryl's Beer celebrates one-year anniversary in RiNo

Beryl's Beer Co. is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a weekend of events and entertainment from June 25-27 at its brewery at 3120 Blake St. in the River North neighborhood.

The celebration kicks off with the introduction of A Beryl Full of Laughs at 6 p.m. on Thurs. June 25. The evening features a performance by the Denver-based improv comedy team The Dinner Experience and food from The Cajun Kitchen Food Truck.

"The Dinner Experience is like a shot of adrenaline to any party, corporate event or public gathering," says Chris Gallegos, co-founder of the comedy troupe. "We have years of experience in hosting events and providing themed parties for private and public gatherings."

Food from local food trucks and music from local bands Dagger Dagger, Dear Me and The Outfit will be on hand throughout the weekend. 

"We truly want to be an anchor for local artistic endeavors in RiNo," says Calvin Beasley, co-owner of Beryl's. "Everyone is talking about the growth in Denver right now. It's going to happen, it's just a matter of how. We can let someone else lead it, or we can step up and own it. It's important to us to help cultivate the artists in the area in any way that we can."

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