First Take

Arts Scene
1:49 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Month of Printmaking in Denver

Picasso woodcut

If that piece hanging on your wall is not the original, it's a print. KUVO's visual arts consultant Hilary DePolo unpacks the detailed process behind getting that nice artwork ready to hang.  Her guest on this monthly edition of "Arts Scene" (which airs on the week before "First Fridays") is Mark Lunning, owner and master printmaker at Open Press, Ltd. in Denver.

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10:50 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Tumbleweed connection in SE Colo.


Take Colorado's wide open prairie, add some drought, and just enough moisture to make the weeds grow... and you've got a "tumbleweed explosion," according to Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Garrison Wells.

Wells' article describes the havoc created by drifts of tumbleweeds as high as a house.  El Paso, Crowley and Pueblo counties have spend thousands of dollars trying to plow, grind and otherwise manage the plague.  "They can be the size of a small car," Wells told First Take.  "And they're a fire hazard."

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Arts and Culture
1:21 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Michael Milligan's one-man play "Mercy Killers"

Broadway actor Michael Milligan is touring the country with his one-man play "Mercy Killers," the saga of "Joe," a blue collar business owner whose uninsured wife is diagnosed with cancer.   This American tale is intense, and the Colorado tour (through March 14th)  is sponsored by the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation.

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Arts and Culture
12:52 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Tomorrow in the Battle: Bows review

"Tomorrow in the Battle" is set in London, and KUVO drama critic Bob Bows calls the Kieron Barry play "a riveting mix of compelling drama and sublime lyricism."

The production stars Rachel Fowler, Bill Hahn and Gabra Zackman, through March 7 at the Grant-Humphries Mansion, an extremely intimate setting.  Proceeds benefit History Colorado.  

Read Bob's full review of this play and other productions at his website,

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Eats & Beats
12:41 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Best New Restaurants: 5280 Mag's Top 10

In a culinary hotspot like Denver, would one really want to risk it all on opening a new restaurant?  5280 Magazine's food editor Amanda Faison joined First Take to salute "Best New Restaurants - the 10 Hippest, Most Delicious Restaurants in Denver Right Now."  (LINK to cover story)

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