First Take

Arts and Culture
2:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

City Park Jazz 2014: T-shirt design contest

Credit City Park Jazz

The City Park Jazz Festival, in its 28th year, is looking for a T-shirt design for 2014.  Dave Flomberg from the City Park Jazz board of directors visited First Take with the details of the Facebook contest (LINK to Facebook page).

According to Flomberg, the free Sunday evening concerts at the City Park Lake pavilion begin on June 1 with Hazel Miller, and the 10-week series closes with be Chris Daniels and the Kings on August 3rd.

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Arts and Culture
2:07 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

DAM "Untitled:" Choose Your Own Adventure

Brian Colonna (L), and Hannah Duggan (R), Buntport Theatre Company, squeeze Jaime Kopke into an impromptu portrait.
Credit Bryan Luchene

The Denver Art Museum kicked off its 2014 season of of Final Friday events in January with the ambiguous theme “au natural.”

The museum’s after-hours semi-monthly events, labeled “Untitled,” give patrons an opportunity to explore the museum at night. The turn of every corner yielding anything from a hidden masterpiece, to random musicians armed with glockenspiels and maracas. 

According to Jaime Kopke, manager of adult and college programs, “Untitled” provides various opportunities for expression in an environment dedicated to celebrating expressive works. 

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Eats & Beats
3:17 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Denver's Tequila Library

Enjoy this radio tour of a relatively new establishment  over on Little Raven near the South Platte River, right next door to the popular eatery Zengo.  Our tour guide is  Jason Hayes, bar manager  at La Biblioteca de Tequila (the library of tequila).  General manager Kelly Berger also appears in this radio tour.

This reporter started pretty much at the beginning, knowing nothing (or not wanting to remember what he learned in college) about tequila.  An important fact: authentic tequila comes from the agave plant grown only  in the Jalisco region of Mexico.

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Eats & Beats
3:15 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

The delightful suprise of Asian grocery shopping

Credit Aurora Magazine

It looked like cheese sticks, but it was dried fish tubes.  It looked like figs, but it was fish roe.  It looked like juice packets, but it was dishwashing soap.  Those and other surprises greeted Dave Perry, editor of Aurora Magazine.  He shared the joy of a recent trip to H Mart (the Asian grocery superstore at 2751 S. Parker Road).

The article "Local Taste of Asia" in the Feb. 2014 issue of Aurora Magazine.

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Black Comics
4:01 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Blacks in Comics: A changing image

Now showing at the Denver Public Library, “The Changing Image of Blacks in Comics.” Curator  William Foster III visited KUVO, where he and Steve Chavis indulged in comic geek, fan boy stories about both the history of comics, and what's happening on the comic scene today.

Professor Foster (Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, Conn.) also shared his perspective on what drives comic book publishing, science fiction and comic book movies, and what's at stake when our superheroes reflect all its readers.

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