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The Guardian's climate change comedy spotlights Denver

The Guardian's climate change comedy video joked that Denver was destined to emerge as a world capital as sea levels rise.

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The Comedy Bureau approves of High Plains Comedy Festival

Los Angeles comedy blog The Comedy Bureau gave Denver's High Plains Comedy Festival a glowing review.

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As you might imagine, we don't get out of LA often or, really at all since there is so much to cover around the scene. 

However, last month, we found our way to Denver, Colorado for the 3rd Annual High Plains Comedy Festival and we sure didn't regret taking a week to explore the ins and outs of comedy in Denver. The Grawlix, which created the upcoming truTV series Those Who Can't, rose to their current station from Denver and following in their stead is a great bunch of comics operating in what seems to be a well-balanced eco-system of comedy.

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Bon Appetit visits Babettes at The Source

Bon Appétit profiled Babettes Bakery at The Source in RiNo.

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For the nearly two decades afterward, Scott focused on developing his skills as a baker. Eventually, he ended up in Colorado, where he finally opened his own bakery, Babettes, in September 2013. But the mile-high altitude immediately posed issues for his double-hydration method of bread-making.

"As we get higher in altitude, things want to ferment faster," he says. "We found that the dough was over-fermenting. So we started reducing the levain. Most guys in the United States are probably inoculating their dough with 20 percent to 30 percent levain per flour weight. The only way we can control the rate of fermentation is with point-five to one percent levain per flour weight."

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TechCrunch Meetup and Pitch-Off coming to Denver Startup Week

TechCrunch is bringing a meetup and pitch-off to Denver Startup Week on Oct. 1.

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In exactly one month, TechCrunch is hitting the Rocky Mountain State for the TC Meetup + Pitch-Off in Denver in conjunction with Denver Startup Week. The event will be held at 1644 Platte Street on October 1 at 6pm.

This will be our first Meetup event in Denver, so it's fair to hit you with a bit of an explanation: The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is a one-night-only event that invites folks from the tech scene (or anyone really) to come together and get to know each other.

But that's not all.

We also hold a pitch-off, wherein ten pre-selected companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their product to a panel of expert VC judges.

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Forbes names Jennifer Jasinski one of top 10 female chefs in U.S.

For National Women's Equality Day, Forbes named Denver's Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Stoic & Genuine one of top 10 women chefs in U.S.

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Jennifer Jasinski, Stoic & Genuine, Denver, Colorado

Reality television fans know chef Jasinski from her turn on season five of Top Chef Masters, on which she was a finalist, but Coloradans have long been intimate with her culinary ability from her four acclaimed restaurants, which include Rioja and Euclid Hall, at which she showcases her technique-driven, super-seasonal food. A James Beard Foundation award-winner for Best Chef Southwest in 2013, Jasinski toiled for her toque in several of Wolfgang Pucks's highly demanding kitchens, including Spago, long before chef whites were chic.

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Quartz touts Denver's public-private transit strategy

Quartz took a look Denver's success -- and failure -- with public-private transportation projects.

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Another Denver transportation mega project, "T-REX," involved widening Interstates 25 and 225 and constructing a light rail line in the same corridor, and illustrates this point well. This project was completed ahead of schedule, under budget, and the actual number of passengers using the light rail line exceeded the projections. This success story was due to a more flexible and adaptable planning, design and implementation process that was able to respond to changing conditions. Moreover, this was a public-private partnership that accepted the principle of accountability.

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NY Times sniffs corpse flower at Denver Botanic Gardens

The New York Times covered the recent corpse flower bloom at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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It felt as if all of Denver was there, clutching their souvenir motion sickness bags and taking selfies as they waited for hours -- and hours -- for a glimpse and a whiff of this city's celebrity of the moment: the corpse flower.

For years this city has anticipated the bloom of this plant, a green and purple giant that opens for less than 48 hours and emits a perfume that botanists liken to that of rotting flesh. While the evolutionary purpose of the scent is to attract pollinating bugs that normally feed on dead animals, the smell had the effect of attracting thousands of visitors this week to the Denver Botanic Gardens, where they stood in a snaking line for their moment with the stinky star.

"It's the equivalent of the circus coming to town," said Alan Walker, 65, a volunteer who stood at the entrance to the gardens on Wednesday amid a sea of stroller-pushing parents and children in sun hats. He confided that while he is a plant lover, he found it odd that "all these people would line up for something that smells like a combination of Limburger cheese and gym socks."

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Denver seen as transit model for Miami

A letter to the editor of the Miami Herald said Denver's transit system offers a target for the Florida city.

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How did Denver do it?

Experts conducted research, united behind well-defined goals, engaged the best partners and won public confidence by presenting achievable plans. They prioritized based on the best available data rather than political interests, selected the best partners through fair, transparent processes and negotiated agreements focused on best value and not only lowest cost. They did this in record time and now have one of America's most livable big cities.

Miami is no less deserving or able. Let's not waste another minute.

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GlobeSt.com asks "What's next for Denver?"

A recap of a recent RealShare Greater Denver panel looked at challenges and opportunities.

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Gambrill illustrated the trend toward migrating downtown with its mixed-use, amenity-rich environment. Driven by millennials, the concept of live-work-play is edging toward a mixed use concept within one building rather than standalone buildings housing one with retail, one with housing and one with office.  

He said, "These environments create buzz among millennials, and help in recruiting and retention."

Lambiotte cautioned in the development craze that Denver must "keep a sense of who we are. There is a Colorado brand associated with the connection to the outdoors and the corresponding environment within, but some of this must happen organically."  

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Chronicle of Philanthropy spotlights Bonfils-Stanton

The Chronicle of Philanthropy profiled the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and examined its focus on the arts in Denver.

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In late 2012, the foundation’s board decided to go all in. It hired Gary Steuer, then Philadelphia’s chief cultural officer, to lead the transition.

Although the foundation is relatively small -- it made $3.5 million in grants during the last fiscal year -- Mr. Steuer believes it can be a leader in Denver by attracting support from other funders.

"The breadth and quality of the cultural sector in Denver has grown exponentially over the past 20 years," he says. "At the same time, the philanthropic growth has been in foundations that explicitly exclude arts and culture."

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NBC Nightly News reports on flag muralist at Denver VFW

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt reported on an American flag muralist at the VFW on South Broadway in Denver.



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NY Times covers coming Denver "weedery"

The New York Times talked to Christian Hageseth, who's planning to open Denver's first "weedery," the $35 million Colorado Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater, in 2016.

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Q. How did you come up with the idea?

A. I was starting to build out our first grow and it was incredibly expensive. I thought, "This can’t be the best way." We were growing indoors because marijuana had been illegal, so that's how it had been done. I started thinking about greenhouses and had an epiphany. I felt like Michelangelo when he saw David in the marble and just had to let him out.

Are you planning beyond Colorado?

I’m raising $100 million for a national weedery development fund to build our first five. We are looking at Nevada and Massachusetts and then California and Washington. I’m sure after we build ours someone else will build one too, so we’re working on them very actively.

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Fortune reports on ZenPayroll bringing 1,000 jobs to Denver

Fortune covered San Francisco-based ZenPayroll opening an office that will bring 1,000 jobs to Denver. The deal that included $19 million in state tax incentives.

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Reeves says ZenPayroll, founded in 2011, conducted an extensive search to choose where it would open its second office, narrowing the running down to Salt Lake City, Austin, and Denver.

Colorado's growth incentives were important, but Reeves said he was also influenced by Denver's "kindred spirit mindset" to San Francisco, with the many younger people moving there each year and an urban setting that mirrored the company's San Francisco office, Reeves says.

"We're not going to clone the SF office, but if you visit both, we wanted it to feel like the same company," he says. He noted that he found an entrepreneurial mindset among the people in Denver that was similar to that of the Valley and San Francisco.

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Biennial reviewed by Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic dissected the 2015 Biennial of the Americas in Denver.

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"Biennale" is synonymous with "Venice," practically shorthand for the vaunted Italian art show. But if that city's annual sinkage and Denver's sprawling ambitions keep hold, the Mile High City might be a hospitable venue for biennials (biennales) to come.

Opening last week with a slew of exhibits, talks, and performances -- from a block party featuring a hipster marching band that serenaded attendees with renditions of "The Saints"and Stevie Wonder tunes on a short walk from the Biennial Pavilion to the nearby Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, to symposiums on business, youth, and drug legalization -- Denver's third Biennial of the Americas again finds the city stretching the reach and aspirations of its prior efforts.

It's tempting to draw a connection between the growth of the biennial and the widespread changes of the surrounding city. Look at the Google Earth view of the biennial's area and you'll find a triangular green space shaped by the intersection of Wewatta and 16th streets -- that same space is for the moment home to the Biennial Pavilion, hosted on the first floor of the yet-to-be-finished Triangle Building; by contrast, fly into the 20-year-old Denver International Airport and you'll land not over buildings but over fields of wheat. From touchdown to downtown, signs of Denver's sprawling, rapid development and growth pains are everywhere.

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Denver Union Station eyed as model for DC

Greater Greater Washington says Denver is a must-see for those involved in the Washington Union Station redevelopment project.

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The plan to redevelop Washington Union Station is, if anything, even more ambitious and complex than Denver's.

But as the DC area prepares to make that plan a reality, we can draw lessons from Denver's successes. Colorado's experience shows that it's possible to integrate multimodal planning and strong land use decisions, to a beautiful result.

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