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Nanobrewery Boom in Denver: Everything Big Gets Small Again

Colorado's craft brewing industry has created some of the biggest fish in the microbrewery pond. The growth has catalyzed a brewing ecosystem, as the big fish have spawned many little fish. Nanobreweries are opening up in Denver at a very swift clip. But one question remains: What is a nanobrewery?

The After Party at the Bridge has booked Nathaniel Rateliff with Born in the Flood and FLASH/LIGHTS, an experimental electro-pop act from RiNo.

After Party on the Bridge Makes Fundraising Cool (and Affordable)

The After Party on the Bridge is a casual and hip alternative on Sept. 13 to the more refined Gala on the Bridge in Riverfront Park on Sept. 12. Co-Host Jorgen Jensen says it's all about getting younger people involved with The Greenway Foundation.

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'70s-themed CU Denver Block Party Celebrates 40 Years

The second annual CU Denver Block Party is taking over the 1400 block of Lawrence Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thurs. Aug. 22. Dust off your tube tops and leisure suits to celebrate the university's 40th birthday with students, staff and alumni.

The Denver Fashion Truck sets up shop at The Bug Theatre in northwest Denver.

Pop-Up Fashion: Denver Retailers Go Mobile

Taking note of the food-truck boom, Denver Fashion Truck and Brick & Mortar General Store have adapted a mobile business model for their own entrepreneurial endeavors. Moving away from traditional brick-and-mortar stores, these local retailers are opting for a movable shopping experience.

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Donor-Advised Funds Drive Denver Giving

While foundations and other aid organizations generate most of the attention in the charity scene, Colorado philanthropists are increasingly turning to a relatively new vehicle -- donor-advised funds -- to efficiently and effectively dole out their charitable contributions. And they're not alone: According to the latest figures from the National Philanthropic Trust, assets in donor-advised fund accounts grew by $5.5 billion in 2011 to a total of $37.4 billion for the year.

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Colfax Avenue Visions

Colfax Avenue is a 26-mile ribbon of blacktop running through the heart of Denver. This photo essay offers a glimpse in the everyday sights of the city's most urban street. 

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Tactical Urbanism's DIY Impact in Denver

Think downtown Denver needs more protected bike lanes? Or that Broadway could use more patio space? Some Denverites aren't waiting for change -- they're planning it and doing it themselves.

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Millennial Trains Project Rolls through Denver

The Millennial Trains Project is an incubator for the Millennial Generation on rails. It just stopped in Denver for 30 hours of mentoring, mingling and working on the participants' crowdfunded entrepreneurial projects.

The juice at Vibrant Earth is made overnight by her staff in a local commercial kitchen and is about 98% organic.

Two Raw Juiceries Pressing Forward Locally

Raw pressed juice is taking off nationally, and Denver is home to two standout raw juiceries in Vibrant Earth, complete with a mobile juice truck, and The Juicing Tree in Park Hill. 

Seventy percent of deicing fluids is collected and a good portion is recycled and reused into other products.

The Green Dream: For Waste, Zero is the Magic Number

You could say at the Denver Zoo and Denver International Airport, waste is not garbage. After all, both organizations are working toward goals of zero waste to landfills. But as with many initiatives, it's about the journey, not just the destination.

Staunton State Park is less than an hour from Denver.

Going Wild with Great Outdoors Colorado

Great Outdoors Colorado was key to the creation of the state's newest state park, Staunton State Park, less than a one-hour drive from downtown Denver. Find out how Colorado Lottery dollars are used through Great Outdoors Colorado to make the state a playground for one and all. 

The space consists of a 9,000-square-foot gallery and a 5,000-square-foot gallery, plus a classroom and plenty of storage space.

MSU Denver's Center for Visual Art Anchors Art District

Working artists and students mingle and collaborate at the constantly evolving Metro State Center for Visual Art at 965 Santa Fe Dr. Currently on display are two exhibits featuring works by arts educators, with an emphasis on process.

"I See What You Mean" aka Blue Bear is a piece of public art at the Colorado Convention Center.

Art for the Masses: Denver's Public Art Program Turns 25

If you're adamantly opposed to PDAs -- that's public displays of art, not affection -- you've probably landed in the wrong city. With a current collection of about 330 public pieces, some commissioned on the taxpayer's dime, others privately funded, Denver's amassed approximately three-fourths the amount of public art lining New York's streets, and that's only the beginning of the story.

Blue Ox artist renderings.

Creative Placemaking Reframes How We See Cities

In Denver's Curtis Park neighborhood, Wonderbound and Junction Box have emerged as a template for a national movement. Today's placemakers are thinking outside of the box when it comes to urban renewal.

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Noonan! Caddyshack Hits Larimer Square

Caddyshack is playing outdoors at Larimer Square on Thurs. Aug. 1 as part of the Ultimate Dining Event. Grease is coming up on Sept. 12.

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Brian Corrigan's "Oh Heck Yeah" project will transform Champa St. between 14th and 16th Avenues.

Meet Brian Corrigan, Denver's "Oh Heck Yeah" Phenom

From "Aha!" to "Oh Heck Yeah" and everything in between, "Community Change Agent" Brian Corrigan is transforming downtown Denver in ways that the city has never imagined. And his creative vision has earned him admirers -- and probably makes his former sixth grade teacher very proud.

The Sun Valley Youth Center has been in operation since 1998.

Sun Valley: Diversity, Change and Consequences

Sun Valley is Colorado's poorest neighborhood, but big investments are on the way in the form of transit-oriented development and relocating creative businesses. How can the neighborhood balance its traditional diversity with the change that is afoot?

Buntport stages a mini-play at Untitled.

Untitled at the Denver Art Museum: After-Hours Arts Lab

On final Fridays, Untitled brings an interactive, mixed-media extravaganza to the Denver Art Museum -- and there's a bar.

Linger was a former mortuary.

Restaurateurs Revitalize Historic Denver

Denver establishments like Root DownLingerLowry Beer Garden and TAG, among others, are revitalizing old buildings into contemporary restaurants, discovering the ecological, economical, and cultural benefits of adaptive reuse.

The budget for Hot Lead Hard Fury is $20,000 and will be shot in Denver and Englewood.

Things to Do in Denver When You're Filming

With a new Colorado film incentive on the books and Denver looking at another one for productions in the city, Hollywood has been shooting here more and local independent productions are also on the rise. Can Denver rebuild its film cred back to the halcyon days of Every Which Way But Loose?

The Denver Downtown Partnership and the Denver Botanic Gardens partnered to create the Garden Block on the 16th Street Mall.

Garden Block Blooms on 16th Street Mall

Located on the 16th Street Mall between Curtis and Champa streets, the Garden Block greens up the downtown scene and encourages mallgoers to stop and stay awhile.  

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Draft Urbanism Tackles Denver's Age-Old Problems

The Biennial of the Americas launched on July 16, but its creative answers to problems such as too many parking lots and integrating Auraria and downtown could have a life well beyond the Draft Urbanism exhibition.

Pieces for a new project sit on the table while the women crochet.

Painting the Town in Thread

Denver's reigning queens of yarn-bombing at Ladies Fancywork Society bridge the gap between underground art and mainstream.

The Brown Palace Hotel has long operated five bee colonies on its roof.

Sustainability Goes through Denver's Roof

Progressive developers and building managers are no longer ignoring rooftops. These spaces, once the sole domain of air conditioning units and storm water systems, are growing into a hotbed of agricultural innovation that can include gardens, greenhouses and even beehives.

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Lakeside Holiday

The state's most historic amusement park, Lakeside is a Denver institution. Independence Day was a great day for a spin on the Cyclone and a few snapshots. But what does the future hold for all of the vacant land around the park?

CEO Tamra Ryan is the mastermind behind the Women's Bean charity's revolutionary business model.

The Women's Bean Project: How Gourmet Food Helps Local Women

Sometimes hope is found in the strangest of places. At Women's Bean Project, a social enterprise offering transitional jobs to women in need, there's hope in the signature Six Bean Soup, as well as 30 other gourmet food products, all locally handcrafted with a purpose. 

Eclectic art is a hallmark of this social space.

One Day @ Creative Density

A day in the life of Creative Density, a coworking space in Uptown that bills itself as the most social in town. Companies like 303 Velocity, Tugboat and Terra Nova Games call the place home. 

The Arapahoe Square plan includes possible changes to Broadway.

Arapahoe Square: Revitalizing Denver's Urban Crossroads

Arapahoe Square is a roughly 30-square-block rectangle in northeast downtown Denver that has been late to the urban-core revival party. But there are signs it might be arriving.

Connor Wood Cycles' Woody Cruiser.

Entrepreneurs Riding Road to Success Thanks to Growing Bike-Based Economy

It's Bike to Work Day in Denver and there's been some serious growth in the local bicycle industry. From Denver to Philadelphia, entrepreneurs are building businesses around bicycles. This craft manufacturing boom goes hand in hand with trends galore -- sustainability, local-ism and alternative transit.

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Social Activism Never Tasted So Good: Three Local Restaurants Educate and Enhance the Community

Using the food industry as means for education, three local nonprofits -- Osage CafePizza Fusion Denver and Cafe Options -- are empowering Denver by giving disadvantaged individuals the tools necessary to prosper in their personal and professional lives and, subsequently, helping them become contributing members of the community.

and smooth deep voice from his years at Colorado Public Radio. Drayer was the original     host of Colorado Matters, the station’s daily show featuring local issues and people.

Dan Drayer's Radio 2.0 at Your Local Coffeeshop

No longer at Colorado Public Radio, local radio personality Dan Drayer can now be found interviewing locals at coffee shops for his own original series, "It's Like This," which can be heard online.

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Make Music Denver Hits All the Right Notes

Make Music Denver brings the sweet sounds of hip-hop, opera, country and most every other genre to downtown Denver Fri. June 21. The event is part of the planet-wide World Music Day, held annually on the summer solstice and now in more than 500 cities.

The I Heart Denver store is located at the Denver Pavillions.

If You Heart Local, You Will Love I Heart Denver

Samuel Schimek's I Heart Denver Store has reinvented the concept of a souvenir shop by selling exclusively local art and goods. His vendors love him for low commissions and unwavering commitment to all things local.

A team member with DaVita's Village Vitality promotes a new program to employees.

Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Bottom Line?

Besides home, the biggest threat to our health is the workplace. By keeping track of the pulse of its employees, such Denver companies as DaVita, Ping Identity and Boa Technology have realized a healthy workforce is a productive one.

The Mariposa redevelopment is taking shape in the La Alma/LIncoln Park neighborhood.

Rethinking Public Housing: Mariposa and the Transformation of La Alma/Lincoln Park

As part of the Mariposa redevelopment in La Alma/Lincoln Park, South Lincoln Homes and its 278 affordable-housing units are going the way of the wrecking ball to give way to a considerable denser footprint of 900 units, as the formerly low-income public housing project expands into a broader market and brings health and sustainability to the forefront.

A screenshot of iTriage's mobile app.

iTriage: Smoothing the Path from Symptom to Solution

LoDo-based iTriage started in 2008 as a business model sketched out on a piece of paper between two physician friends. Today the Denver-based company counts about 100 employees and a total of nine million downloads of its signature mobile app. iTriage is part of a new wave of businesses targeting the intersection of healthcare and mobile technology, estimated to be worth $10.2 billion globally by 2018.

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Fox Art School Raising Bar for Arts Education in Denver

There are crafts and there is art. Sarah Fox teaches kids the latter by encouraging them to push the boundaries of their own imaginations and immersing them at Fox Art School, an authentic creative space on famed Santa Fe Drive.

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Denver Open Media and the Open Media Project: Public Access TV 2.0

Denver Open Media's Tony Shawcross has taken the principles of Wikipedia and applied them to local public-access TV. The concept is gaining traction nationally with the Open Media Project, public-access management software developed in-house.

Vegetables grown at FarmYard CSA.

The Future of Community Supported Agriculture in Denver

After the bankruptcy of Grant Family Farms in late 2012, it has been unclear how the closure of largest CSAs in the country would affect its members and the reputation of CSAs. In the face of the big bust, Denver-based Farm Yard CSA takes a much different tact: go small.

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Not Exactly: What Home Means to Those without One

Is an art exhibit capable of ending homelessness? No, not exactly. But RedLine's newest exhibit may very well spark discourse by authentically and tactfully capturing the experience of living without shelter. Not Exactly opens at the nonprofit art lab June 1.

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One Day @ Shift Workspaces

A day in the life of Shift Workspaces, one of Denver's most stylish and comfortable coworking spots. Resident companies include Bitcount Ltd., TAOpivotUX Magazine and Boutique Apartments.

Acupuncture corrects imbalances in the body.

Community Acupuncture Gives New Meaning to Healthcare Reform

You won't find community-style acupuncture anywhere in the lengthy Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), but this "working class acupuncture" is transforming the Denver healthcare scene one patient at a time. 

Coffee bean bags are laid to kill grass and ready the soil.

Bantu Urban Farm Marries Somali Tradition With Sustainable Farming in Denver

Somali Bantu refugees have teamed with Revision International and a host of local nonprofits to launch the Bantu Urban Farm in Denver's Westwood neighborhood. They're planting the seeds to continue long-held cultural traditions with a twist: a much different climate.

Sean Brown's mixed-media work.

Downtown Denver Arts Festival Returns to its Roots

The 15th annual Downtown Denver Arts Festival is taking place from May 24-26 at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where it started in 1999.

Ian Kleinman opened The Inventing Room, a catering company focused on food entertainment, in 2009.

Mad (Food) Scientist: The Inventing Room's Ian Kleinman is Fearless about Eats

Mad scientist, innovative chef or modern-day Willy Wonka? The Inventing Room's Ian Kleinman is finding success as all three. Armed with liquid nitrogen and an unconventional imagination for food, Kleinman is creating molecular magic for taste buds around the country. 

Cleo Park Robinson is an intergral part of Denver's artistic evolution.

Cleo Parker Robinson: Denver's Modern Dance Pioneer

Smack-dab in the middle of "flyover country," Denver may not strike outsiders as a likely destination for artists and performers, but the city has grown to become a hotbed for creative energy. Born and bred in Denver, Cleo Parker Robinson is not surprised by this artistic explosion. She's been an integral part of its evolution through her cutting-edge dance company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.

A work by former owner Jack Jensen hangs on Mutiny's wall.

Mutiny Information Cafe Revolts Against Digital Formats in Baker

Jim Norris, Matt Megyesi and Joe Ramirez have turned Jack Jensen's old Mutiny Now! bookstore in Baker into Mutiny Information Cafe, a 24-hour spot that's a used bookstore -- and much more.

Chickens ready for sale by one vendor at the livestock exchange.

Backyard Farming Boom: Denver Urban Homesteading

Denver Urban Homesteading, a year-round farmers market and livestock exchange, is taking root in central Denver. The facility from James and Irina Bertini also offers classes on everything from beekeeping to gardening to beer brewing.

“Refugium” by Linda Fleming.

Denver Botanic Gardens Showcases Colorado Sculptors and All Things Local

Go local at the Denver Botanic Gardens this summer where the emphasis is on Colorado sculptors and other local artists -- and there are plenty of other ways that the gardens are showcasing the best of native plants and foods. 
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