First Take with Lando and Chavis

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Weekday mornings from 6 to 9am, Carlos Lando and Steve Chavis bring you Community, Culture and Music on First Take with Lando and Chavis. A blend of music, news and community-oriented programming, tuning in to First Take is the right way to start your day. Lando's "Stories of Standards" feature examines a jazz standard or a tune from the Great American Songbook each week. Stories of composers, lyricists, performers, and songs. On Wednesdays, Steve hosts Eats and Beats, a segment related to food, restaurants, chefs and all things gastronomic. Tune in!

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News
2:27 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Denver Water without a drought?

May 1 marks the opening of Denver Water's watering rules.  Travis Thompson from Denver Water joined First Take to explain the nuances of managing water when the reservoirs seem to be full.  (SPOILER ALERT.  They're still saying, "Use only what you need.")

"Conservation is not a drought response," said Thompson.  "Conservation needs to be a way of life for all of us here in Colorado."  

Here's the link to Denver Water's Conservation page, including water use rules, tips, and rebates.

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Arts and Culture
1:50 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Manuel Ramos remembers Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez died on April 17, 2014 at age 87.  His legacy bounded beyond Latin America, and while other works were made into films, he never permitted his landmark One Hundred Years of Solitude to be handled by Hollywood.  Denver-based crime novelist Manuel Ramos reflected on his contributions with Carlos Lando and Cynthia Hessin.

An interesting English-language website on Gabriel Marquez works operated by TheModernWorld.com. 

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Theatre Review
3:16 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Denver Center Theatre: Animal Crackers

Jim Ferris as Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho)
Credit Jennifer M. Koskinen / www.ColoradoDrama.com

Let's go back to the public stage in the late '20's and early '30's, during the transition between Vaudeville and musical theatre, when a variety of great acts were woven together with a comedic premise, providing evenings of great hilarity, virtuosity, and social commentary.  No one had more fun with this form than the Marx brothers—Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo—on stage and then on film.  In the Denver Center Theatre Company's current production of Animal Crackers—a 1928 stage musical and 1930 film—we have the pleasure of experiencing the charm and zaniness that made this bunch of goof

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Arts and Culture
3:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Message of Harmony: chorale's singing overcomes bullying

Harmony: A Colorado Chorale’s spring concerts ("Imagine - Songs of Hope and Change") in Fort Collins and Denver this May offer  a fresh and fun musical perspective on bullying from the all-inclusive choir, offering some hope, especially for LGBTQ youth.

Chorale director Bill Loper visited First Take to tell the story of the chorale and how their singing lifts audiences from the burden of hate.

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Arts and Culture
2:39 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Denver's new public art campaign: P.S. You Are Here

Denver Arts & Venues has a new project to revitalize neighborhoods through the arts.  It’s called “P.S. You Are Here.” Lisa Gedgaudas tells First Take the City of Denver hopes the pilot initiative will cultivate collaborative, community-driven, outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces.

The proposal submission deadline is May 30, 2014.

official P.S. You Are Here website

Music on this feature by Plas Johnson with Ray Brown and Herb Ellis, "Parking Lot Blues," from the CD The Blues.

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