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Eats & Beats
10:34 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Eats & Beats: New pub in 5 Pts., Dunbar

The owners of Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House preserved the storefront window from the previous tenant.
Credit Andra Zeppelin,

The next exhibit in the renaissance of Denver's Five Points neighborhood is the opening of Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House, in the same space as the previous 50-year tenant Dunbar Barber Shop, at 2844 Welton Street.  Managing Partner Charles Wessels visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to celebrate the three-week old space.

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Stories of Standards
1:18 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Gershwin's "How Long Has This Been Going On?"

A duet written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1927 for the Broadway musical Smarty, "How Long Has This Been Going On" was originally sung by Adele Astaire and Jack Buchanan to describe the excitement of a first kiss.

Two weeks into the show, the composition was dropped and replaced by another Gershwin songs -"He Loves and She Loves."  Two months later, "How Long Has This Been Going On?" was rewritten as a solo and featured in the Broadway production Rosalie.

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Eats & Beats
1:53 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Eats & Beats: New Year's food with Howard Treppeda


On this "Eats and Beats" Wednesday, our culinary trip around the world celebrates New Year's Eve traditional dishes.  For an Italian twist, we called on Howard Treppeda, whose menu for tonight includes the essential good luck food, beans. 

"We grew up eating lentils every New Year's Eve, and I want to share that with our guests," said Treppeda.  

Not eschewing the traditional foods of good fortune entirely, Treppeda notes, "What brings luck into it is not only the menu items.  It's the spirits, it's the music, it's the family that comes around the whole package."

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1:24 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Matchwits: think you're so smart?

In its 30th season, and it's second season as a statewide competition, the televised high school quiz game "Matchwits" is a marvel of mental capacity and reflexes.  Produced at Pueblo's Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate KTSC, Scott Jones guides the tournament to its exhilarating climax. 

"These kids are very quick," said Jones.  "They only have three seconds to answer the questions."  Fifty schools started the competition last September, and the TV show features the top 16 schools in a single elimination tournament.

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1:07 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Chalkbeat's top 8 education stories in 2014

Credit Nicholas Garcia,

Innovations and controversies on the Colorado education scene make this one of the most interesting regions of the country.  From the Colorado desk of the national education news site Chalkbeat, Nic Garcia visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with "The eight stories that changed Colorado's education landscape in 2014."

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