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HuffPost previews upcoming DAM Fritz Scholder

The Huffington Post previewed an upcoming Fritz Scholder exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.

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Collector and Denver Art Museum patron Kent Logan elaborates: "Despite his repeated denials that he was not an Indian and would never paint Indians, the emotional intensity of these 1970s portraits dismisses any notion that Fritz Scholder was not personally invested in a protracted, tragic, and still unresolved Native American experience."

Scholder's works are set to go on view this fall at the Denver Art Museum in an exhibition titled "Super Indian," drawn from the painting "Super Indian No. 2." Covering the portraits he made between 1967 and 1980, the pieces reflect a time period colored by the rise of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the aftermath of the broader civil rights movement. While pop art was sweeping the states -- and evidence of this can be seen in Scholder's figuration, reminiscent of Philip Guston and Wayne Thiebaud -- sociopolitical art was taking hold too.

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Conde Nast Traveler raves about Denver's new Art Hotel

Condé Nast Traveler said The Art Hotel in the Golden Triangle "could double as a museum."

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"A lot of people think the way I selected the work was pretty arbitrary, like, 'Oh, she liked that so she went and got that.' But in fact, many of the pieces actually have a function," says the hotel's curator Dianne Vanderlip, who previously served as the curator of the Denver Art Museum. "Every piece was predicated by a desire to say something about the specialness of Colorado and the specialness of the hotel." Light is a running theme throughout the space, with its massive floor-to-ceiling windows showing off the picturesque natural Denver light.

Vanderlip and her team have spent the past few years acquiring and commissioning contemporary works by more than 40 artists; additionally, they commissioned several original works, including Phi Tesserae, a painting by Clark Richert that now lives on the fifth floor. There's even more in storage that didn't get displayed: the hotel had Warhols they didn't even end up using. Considering her art museum background, Vanderlip wants to make sure people approach the hotel differently. "It's not a museum," she says. "I am not encouraging anyone to pet the horse sculpture, but you can, and you aren't going to be reprimanded like you might be in a museum. This place should be comfortable, like it's their living room."

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Denver top real estate market in U.S., says realtor.com

Denver was the top real estate market in U.S. in May 2015, says realtor.com.

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Denver resoundingly maintained the top ranking as inventory there shaved six days off the median age while listing views grew 7% over April. Like Dallas, Denver is experiencing substantial economic growth, and the tight supply of housing is resulting in the fastest-moving inventory in the country.

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NYT covers Denver rainwater spat

The New York Times reported on rainwater ownership in Denver.

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When Jason Story bought an old soy sauce barrel to collect the rain dripping from his downspout, he figured he had found an environmentally friendly way to water his garden’s beets and spinach. But under the quirks of Western water rules, where raindrops are claimed even as they tumble from the sky, he became a water outlaw.

Water is precious in the arid West, now more than ever as the worst drought in decades bakes fields in California and depletes reservoirs across the region. To encourage conservation, cities and water agencies in California and other states have begun nudging homeowners to use captured rain for their gardens, rather than water from the backyard faucet.

But Colorado is one of the last places in the country where rainwater barrels are still largely illegal because of a complex system of water rights in which nearly every drop is spoken for.

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Williams & Graham and Acorn up for Spirited "best bar" awards

Denver's finalists for the 2015 Spirited awards from Tales of the Cocktail: Williams & Graham (Best American Cocktail Bar and Best American Bar Team) and Acorn (Best American Restaurant Bar) as some of the best bars in the U.S.

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On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time), Simon Ford and Jacob Briars, International Committee Chairman, will announce the final four in each category live from San Francisco presented by Perfect Puree. All finalists will be invited to the Spirited Awards® ceremony, being held at the Sheraton New Orleans on Saturday, July 18, 2015 as part of the 13th Annual Tales of the Cocktail®. Each award recipient will receive the coveted Riedel Crystal trophy.

"There’s probably no greater honor than being recognized by one's peers," said Paul G. Tuennerman, Co-Founder of Tales of the Cocktail®. "The individuals, establishments, products, and publications recognized as finalists for the 2015 Spirited Awards are representative of an industry’s collective efforts to make the world a better place to drink."

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WSJ covers Denver "property boom"

The Wall Street Journal ran a story about Denver's development frenzy and the next addition to the skyline: the 40-story 1144 Fifteenth.

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The Mile High City's skyline is getting a glassy new addition, the latest sign that the U.S. office sector is strengthening beyond just large coastal markets.

Hines, a Houston-based developer, on Tuesday broke ground on 1144 Fifteenth, a planned 40-story office tower one block southeast of Denver's historic Larimer Square. The 640,000-square-foot structure will feature 10-foot ceilings and glass walls, open floor layouts, several ledge terraces, a 5,000-square-foot fitness center, and a mezzanine level with a fireplace and seating for informal gatherings.

The addition comes as Denver's vacancy rate was 12.9% in the first quarter, down 0.56 percentage point from its year-ago level and near its lowest point since 2008, according to CBRE, a commercial real-estate company.

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Kauffman pegs Denver as fifth-best startup city

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation pegged Denver as the fifth-best city for startups, leapfrogging San Francisco.

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CNN looks at legal marijuana and housing

CNN Money ran a story looking at the impact of legal marijuana on housing in Denver. 

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One factor driving the demand: pot. The budding industry has impacted home prices since the state legalized marijuana in 2012.

"There has been a huge bump in real estate prices due to the legalization of marijuana," according to James Paine, managing partner at West Realty Advisors. "It's massively pushed up raw land and industry prices."

In March, Denver experienced the second-largest jump in annual home prices at 10%, just behind San Francisco, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

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Playboy highlights Denver beers

Playboy picked its 10 favorite Colorado beers, including selections from such Denver breweries as TRVE, Strange Craft and Station 26.

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SUPERPOWER IPA
Comrade Brewing Company, Denver
This Soviet-themed brewery only opened last year but it already has its own formidable bloc within the Colorado craft community. Most of the praise being heaped upon Comrade stems from this brew, which boasts a blend of three Oregon-grown hops: Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo. The final product has a reddish tint -- a perfect hat tip to the brewery's Stalinesque surroundings. The beer is, of course, hoppy but not overly so and the formula is both rich and clean. It's the kind of concoction that is so satisfying it's already beginning to form a surrounding cult of personality.

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Zagat tabs Union Lodge No. 1 among best new bars in U.S.

Zagat named Denver's Union Lodge No. 1 among the best new bars in the U.S.

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Prohibition-era glam pervades this new Downtown speakeasy where mixologists Kasey Zuhlke and Alex Daniluk, most recently of the Arvada Tavern, pour classic cocktails to savor. The drink booklet, highlighting 20 libations, all rooted in the 19th century, is inked with the black-and-white sketches of every cocktail, along with the history, primary ingredients and flavor profiles of each drink. Fun fact: the vintage flag hanging above the bricked bar has 38 stars, an homage to August 1, 1876, the day that Colorado was the 38th state to join the Union.

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Union Station dominates Travel + Leisure list of depot eateries

Stoic & Genuine and Mercantile Dining & Provision, landed on Travel + Leisure's list of the world's best eateries in train depots.

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In a stroke of fortune, Denver Union Station's remodel project actually yielded two highly regarded restaurant projects. Mercantile Dining & Provision, run by chef Alex Seidel, is one part casual restaurant and one part food market selling charcuterie, cheese, jam, and more. The menu here offers a variety of pasta dishes such as squid ink bucatini, Spanish octopus a la plancha, a crispy half chicken, and family dinners like a bone-in 36-ounce rib-eye or roasted lamb shoulder, each served with a variety of sides. 

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U.S. News & World Report showcases Metro State's aerospace initiative

U.S. News & World Report covered Metro State's aerospace manufacturing program.

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Within the Metropolitan State University of Denver's campus is a hidden gem -- a developing program that intends to marry advanced manufacturing with aerospace and engineering fields.

"It's a diamond in the rough," says student Taletha Maricle-Fitzpatrick, who's graduating this year with a degree in aerospace physics. "There aren't very many aerospace people and even fewer aerospace physics majors. I found that because of that I received a lot more support."

The goal of the program, dubbed the Aerospace and Engineering Science initiative, is to draw in students from different disciplines to fill a need for homegrown talent in the local aerospace industry, a problem known within the state as the "Colorado Paradox."

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Milwaukee Business Journal looks at Visit Denver ad campaign

The Milwaukee Business Journal reported on Visit Denver's billboard blitz in Beertown.

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They're not quite mile-high, but billboards promoting Denver have become an unavoidable lure for impressionable Milwaukeeans.

"We're not stealing them," Jayne Buck said. "We're just borrowing them for a little bit and sending them back."

The vice president of tourism for Visit Denver, the city's tourism and marketing bureau, explained that their research showed Colorado is a popular destination for Milwaukeeans and Midwesterners. The billboards are part of a new marketing campaign that expands on the larger markets of Dallas, Houston and Chicago targeted by Visit Denver in the past.

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Spirits Journal lauds Leopold Bros. Aperitivo

David Driscoll of Spirits Journal raved about the new Leopold Bros. Aperitivo.

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As a devout devotee of Campari myself, I've been disappointed too many times in the past by the promise of a new hope, only to find myself going back to the red-tinted rescue of my first true love. Today, however, I may have finally been tempted into adultery.

The Leopold Aperitivo is slightly more bitter, slightly more sweet, and slightly more expressive than the standard Campari formula, and get this: Todd is actually using cochineal from Peru to color the liquid! Much like Campari once did before they switched over to a red chemical dye (so this aperitivo will not be vegan). It's going to blow your minds. I'm in for a few hundred bottles, if that gives you any inclination as to what I think about this little elixir. Get ready.

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Fodor's names Pinche Tacos one of "10 Best Taco Spots"

Fodor's Travel named Denver's Pinche Tacos one of "10 Best Taco Spots in the U.S."

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"Tacos. Tequila. Whiskey." The sign outside Pinche Tacos is intentionally coy because of the disputed political correctness of its name, but otherwise, owner Kevin Morrison doesn’t beat around the bush and serves up classic tacos that don’t go overboard with unusual ingredients.

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