Jakarta rocks the Armory…..Brighton Autumn Concert Series ends with a bang.

The finale of the City of Brighton‘s Autumn Concert Series wrapped up the 2013 season of music with a wonderful family concert featuring the sounds of Isaac Points Jakarta Band. Known as Denver’s hottest old-school funk and R&B, Jakarta entertained a packed house in the historic Armory building. There was a bit of something for everyone in attendance, as the set list mixed a wandering selection with fabulous vocals, percussion and a super-hot horn section.

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E.T., the Alamo Drafthouse & Plus Size BMX….. A show that is out of this world!

The Alamo Drafthouse, on south Santa Fe Drive, has a fabulous free summer outdoor film series going on now. Tuesday’s feature was Spielberg’s classic, E.T. and a crowd came out in force to watch under a beautiful Colorado night. Before the show, guests were treated to an extremely exciting bicycle stunt show, put on by the talented team from Plus Size BMX.  Riders jumped, spun and flipped to the awe of the hundreds on hand and a couple of lucky fans got to get an ants eye view of what high flying jumpers can do. There was even a special appearance from Eliot and E.T. who took a wild ride over the jump. Prizes were liberally distributed to the screaming throngs and autographs were happily signed.

Participants had the opportunity to win prizes galore. The young one’s could create an E.T. communicator and attempt a Reese’s Pieces pick-up, complete with alien gloves. The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley sponsored an E.T. look-alike contest for those that brought their dogs and of course the “Draft House” had to hold a beer chugging contest for those old enough.

Giant Bicycles was on hand to provide a bike corral for those that opted to ride to this fantastic, family-friendly event. Be sure to check out the Alamo’s schedule for their remaining summer features. They are events not to be missed!

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 E.T. and Eliot take a wild ride!

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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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Holy Hooping…..this stuff is fun

Hoopa is at it again, holding classes around Denver, and turning people on to a great workout. The classes are ideal for everyone who wants to increase strength, endurance and mobility. Whether a long-time hooper, pregnant, boy or girl then hooping is a fun way to get in shape. Michele leads a wonderful progression that will have everyone involved sweating and smiling by class’ end.

Schedules and upcoming news may be seen on the Hoopa Facebook Page and at www.hoopahoopa.com, which is coming soon.

BMX Clinics at County Line…..Plus Size BMX teaches kids how to Go Fast!!

Plus Size BMX has teamed with SE Bikes, Joe’s Bike Shop, Black Market Bikes, VP Components and Pryme Protective Gear to create a series of fantastic clinics teaching young riders the fundamentals of racing, street and park riding. The clinics are hosted along Colorado’s front-range and take advantage of the many great places to ride here. Led by local pro-rider Mike Murfitt Jr., each clinic focuses on safety, rider etiquette and fun.

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BMX Champ…..Collin Hudson makes some laps at County Line BMX

In 2010, as a thirteen year old, he won BMX World Championship in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In 2011, at fourteen, he won another in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2012 he has his sites set on a three-peat in Birmingham, England. Crupi BMX Team rider and Colorado’s own Collin Hudson gets it done to say the least.

This past weekend Collin was making some stylish and speedy laps at County Line BMX in Englewood, Colorado before the track’s first State Race of the season.

Lots more leaping…..Leap Dance Studio covers Denver with opportunities for young ones

I had previously posted about the fantastic ballet class that my daughter attends through Leap Dance Studio. I am now pleased to say that I have had the opportunity to photograph almost all of the classes that Leap offers at all three of their locations around Denver. The locations Scheitler Rec Center in Northwest Denver, Cook Park Rec Center in south-east Denver and Central Park Rec Center in Stapleton give families many choices for children to pursue their favorite dance styles. Creative movement for the little ones, ballet, tap and hip-hop are all offered by the wonderful instructors at Leap.

As this semester comes to a close all of the classes are very busy preparing for the final recital. The excitement and dedication from the young dancers is amazing and the production should be fantastic.

Leap Dance Studio…..a seriously good time.

Leap Dance Studio is a wonderful place for children to discover the joys of dance. Elizabeth Ellis and her team of dedicated instructors have created fantastic opportunities for children to experience ballet, tap, hip-hop and creative movement in many locations around Denver.

The images here highlight Ballet I and represent the beginning of a series that will eventually cover all of the classes that Leap offers. This class is made up of 5 and 6 year old young ladies, eager to begin their lives as ballerinas. The energy outside of the studio, as the ladies await their invitation to enter, is fantastic. There is lots of bouncing, twirling and excitement that seems to materialize as soon as the magic shoes don precious feet. The students are very serious about their lessons as soon they will perform a season ending recital. A fitting culmination to lots of hard work and fun.