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3:03 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Are you familiar with the Cacao Plant?

On Wednesday morning Steve Chavis talks to Denver herbalist Mavis Salazar about “The Power of the Cacao Plant” at Museo de las Americas on Thursday.  We get a preview LIVE on First Take! Mavis speaks at the Museo on Thursday, May 22 at 6pm. The Museo's current exhibit is La Cocina,  Note from Maruca: The smell of fresh baked pan de muerto, the taste of a tortilla hot from the comal, the colorful pitalla mel

News
1:28 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Ask the White Guy: corporate diversity in 2014

Even in 2014, incidents of  racial bias still show up on the public stage.  Exhibit A: L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling - even his apology on CNN  revealed more bias.  From the  website that breaks down diversity issues as they affect the business community - DiversityInc.com - CEO Luke Visconti visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis." "I can't imagine any sensible person ... making those statements, but continuing to make them," said Visconti.

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News
1:10 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Five Points Jazz Fest: 11 years and counting

A flash mob's swing dance in 2013
Credit www.flickr.com/photos/betadance/

In its 11th year, the Five Points has kept alive a decades old tradition of swinging, live jazz music in this historic neighborhood.  Niecie Washington organizes this weekend's event (May 17, 2014) on behalf of Denver Arts & Venues.  She visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with details of the family event.

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News
1:08 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Untreated: mental health assistance hard to find

Credit Joe Mahoney / I-News Network

Kristin Jones' article on the difficulty of mental health intervention begins with the the story of Danielle Nordeen, who drove  a 16-year-old Toyota Camry 300 miles from her home in Grand Junction to Pueblo twice a week to visit her son in a psychiatric ward.  Her son is seven.  "Across the state, the same story plays out," writes Jones. "A shortage of treatment options for people with mental illnesses means waiting months to see a psychiatrist.

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Arts and Culture
2:43 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Jazz, Wine & Walking Tour of Five Points

a landmark hotel at 27th and Welton, The Rossonian
Credit Robert Greer

The jazz greats played here, ate here, relaxed here.  Jack Kerouac wrote about the area.  Now, the formal name of this neighborhood is the Five Points Historic Cultural District.  That's bureaucratic language for the area once known as "Harlem of the West."  The historical markers along Welton Street and its adjacencies are being updated, according to Tracy Winchester (who also directs the Five Points Business District).     The District is hosting a “Jazz, Wine and Walking Tour” on Friday, May 16, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on the eve of the Five Points Jazz Festival.

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