Vine Street Pub turns Five…..why not throw a party?

On the notorious date of April 20th or better know as 4/20, happy patrons and staff came together to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Denver’s Vine Street Pub. Though the crazy spring weather did its best to put a literal damper on the festivities, the beer continued to flow and the music only briefly stopped. 4/20 at Vine Street Pub was the place to be in downtown Denver.

The event featured a delicious selection of craft beers, delectable BBQ and the unique and wonderful sounds Paa Kow and the By All Means Band. There was definitely some hustling once the skies began to sputter but the large crowd was dedicated to fun and fun they had. All proceeds from this annual spring rite of passage will benefit Judi’s House, which helps provide hope and healing to grieving children and families.

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Dinner and a movie…..Denver’s Alamo Drafthouse has figured it out.

The concept of Denver’s Alamo Drafthouse is not necessarily a new one in combining films, food and drink but the approach is. The newest of the extremely popular theaters, based of course in Texas, is located in Denver’s Aspen Grove Shopping Center on South Santa Fe Drive. The theater not only offers fantastic films, both new runs and classics, but also boasts a huge rotating selection of hand-crafted beers. Contained within the impressive walls is a full service kitchen offering a delectable menu to patrons by way a waitstaff that rivals the Red Army.

What makes the Alamo Drafthouse unique is their approach to the movie-going experience. While seated in the theater, movie fans are not subjected to any pre-screening advertising. Once the features begin, there is a strict no talking or texting policy that will get violators escorted quickly to the exit. The theater is all about enjoying great films.

Denver’s Alamo Drafthouse opened its doors on March 25th and featured a morning ribbon cutting ceremony with guest of honor Pam Grier, notably of Foxy Brown and many other classics. In the evening the theater hosted a welcome mixer in the “Glass Half-Full” bar followed by an extremely interesting Q&A with Ms. Grier and her induction into the BadAss Hall of Fame with ¬†Devin Faraci of BadAss Digest.

The theater will play host to many fun and exciting events surrounding the film industry, including the 2013 Mile High Horror Film Festival, so check the website often and enjoy.

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Denver Dirt…..Clean-up, clinics, and big air at Barnum North Bike Park.

Last Saturday the Friends of Barnum North Bike Park hosted a coming out party for their young dirt jump park. Hordes of riders, families and fans from the local neighborhoods and beyond came together to celebrate the opportunity to enjoy this unique facility. The message was simple and clear; be a part of keeping the park a fun, safe and enjoyable place for anyone who wants to enjoy it.

Trestle Bike Skills Course at Barnum North Park is a Denver City park, located just west of  Federal on 8th Avenue. The park is managed by an all volunteer crew of hardy diggers led by Nick Soloninka. This crew works hard to play hard and took every advantage of the large crowd that came out Saturday to build new features and teach correct course maintenance and bike skills.

This event was about putting the community back into cycling.” -Nick Soloninka.

Hard work was not the only draw for this event. Free bike repairs were provided by Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop and demo bikes were available from COMBA, Colorado Mountain Bike Association. Groundwork Denver provided free helmets and gave away a bunch of bikes to lucky attendees. The fan favorite, however, had to be Vanessa and her delicious hot dogs that tasted awesome after some hard work in the dirt.

Once the work was done it was time to play and the crowd was not dissapointed. Kids got to learn the skills of the park’s pump track and many local pro riders, including Dominic Megalli, put on quite an air show, flipping and whipping and signing autographs. Not a bad party for a young park.

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Dancers Galore…..Highlands Dance Studio hosts a wonderful recital.

This post has been a long time in coming but the story and images could not be ignored. The Highlands Dance Studio, located on Northwest Denver’s Tennyson Street, held an unbelievable recital for all of the hard working dancers. Hip-hop, ballet, tap & jazz and dancers of all ages put on a wonderful show at the historic Oriental Theater.

The dancers, many of who participate in multiple classes, mastered choreography and held nerves in check to wow the throngs of proud parents in attendance. Spring classes are well underway at the Highlands Dance Studio and the next recital is just around the corner. Bravo to all involved.

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