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Headed in to this over-indulgent football-food weekend, we passed along the three staples of any Super Bowl spread: salsa, guac, queso. (SeriousEats.com)  But for some serious local flavor we reached out to Brothers BBQ (www.Brothers-BBQ.com).  Their five sauces were distinct, and they each had a pleasant "kick."  (Even as the Broncos face the Panthers, they're not shy about serving the Carolina style mustard sauce.)

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Marking Black History Month, the annual New Hope Baptist Church Art Exhibition  features the work of 18 artists, including photography, abstract, sculpture, representational, jewelry and more.  The exhibit, titled "Expressing Freedom through Freedom of Expression," runs Feb. 5 - 28, 2016.

Jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis visited Denver and the KUVO studios in December. Arts District caught up with him as he was preparing to perform at Dazzle jazz. In the audio below (as heard on the KUVO morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis"), hear Marsalis comment on technology and fame, and Carlos shares an Ellis Marsalis story. 

"Un Poco Loco" | Stories of Standards

Feb 2, 2016

“Un Poco Loco” (1951) by Bud Powell was first recorded May 1, 1951 during a Blue Note session with Powell on piano, Curly Russell on bass and Max Roach on drums. According to Nasheet Waits, Max was playing Caribbean-Afro Cuban variations of 5 over 4 with cowbells. Alan Kurtz described Powell’s solos as having “the brilliant clarity of a cosmologist describing far-off galaxies as if he'd been there”. “Un Poco Loco” exemplifies his transformation of jazz piano, particularly the bop styles, with rapid right hand melodic lines accompanied by percussive dissonant chords by the left hand.

Host of national mid-day news magazine "The Takeaway" John Hockenberry broadcast from Denver this week, reporting on changes in the media landscape, and moderating a panel at the University of Colorado - Denver's College of Art & Media.

"People aren't going to school to be a journalist," Hockenberry told the "First Take with Lando and Chavis" morning show.  "What's being said on the air and music that's being played, art and culture - digital technology makes these transitions seamless."  A web version of the interview is posted below.

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