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KUVO Arts District correspondent Carrie Saldo's cultural tip for the weekend is Cinco de Mayo at Denver's Civic Center Plaza, in it's 29th year.  

More than an excuse for a party, the day is rooted in an actual historic event (The Battle of Puebla) .  It's become a cultural marker and rite of spring for the Chicano Western U.S.

On Eats & Beats this week, we heard from Mike Mason, the manager of the landmark Mexican eatery, Casa Bonita.  The occasion was their 40th anniversary on March 27, 2014, and celebrated by a two-hour cliff diving show on Saturday, March 29.

It's even hard for Mason to explain the enduring appeal of a busy, three-story restaurant with, yes, cliff divers, gun fighters, gorillas chasing damsels, puppet shows and more.   He began at Casa Bonita 38 years ago as a busboy.