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Remembering Robin: Comedian Williams’ work in comedy, film showcased

August 18, 2014

Two local venues will pay homage to the genius of the late comedian Robin Williams this week.

Comedy Works, with locations downtown and at The Landmark in Greenwood Village, is planning to host two fundraisers in Williams’ honor.

The Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, will pay respects to Williams’ movie career with the showing of “Popeye,” “The Fisher King” and “One Hour Photo.”

Williams rose to fame with the role of Mork in the acclaimed TV series “Mork & Mindy,” set in Boulder back in 1978. In response to the tragic loss of this comedic icon, Comedy Works believes that his memory can be best served by helping others suffering from depression and contemplating suicide. Therefore, 100 percent of the ticket sales will be donated to the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado. The SPCC was formed in 1999 with the mission to reduce suicide and its impact for all Coloradans through advocacy, collaboration and education.  Check out the website at www.suicidepreventioncolorado.org/.

Comedy Works is pleased to announce a showcase of Denver-based comedians to perform at both locations on Thursday.

Former newspaper journalist Sam Adams will headline Comedy Works South at the Landmark at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, while Boulder-based comedian Nancy Norton will headline Comedy Works downtown in Larimer Square at 8 p.m.


Advance tickets are available online at www.comedyworks.com or call Comedy Works Downtown at 303-595-3637 or Comedy Works South at 720-274-6800


Alamo Drafthouse Littleton will show screenings of three films from Williams’ repertoire to pay tribute to the actor after recent his untimely passing, leaving an indelible hole in the cinematic memories of millions of people. Tickets for each screening are $5 with all proceeds to benefit the University of Colorado Depression Center, which provides treatment for people with depression and bipolar disorder as well as co-occurring anxiety disorders. Tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.drafthouse.com/denver/littleton.


“Popeye,” the musical adaptation of the comic strip character, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.


“The Fisher King,” also starring Jeff Bridges will start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.


“One Hour Photo,” a tale of a photo lab technician who becomes obsessed with a suburban family, shows at 9:30 p.m. Saturday


For more information and tickets, go to www.drafthouse.com/denver/littleton.



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Smokin’ hot cigar festival moves to Broomfield

August 18, 2014

Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is moving from Boulder to the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield for this year’s event from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is entering its fifth year, and has become the largest cigar festival in the western United States. Held outside, the RMCF not only features premium cigars, but also luxury products from a variety of industries that are favored by cigar aficionados – including craft beer, wine and spirits, fine automobiles, food and lifestyle vendors

To date, the RMCF has drawn crowds from more than 33 states, including the US Virgin Islands, Mexico and Europe. The event is expected to attract more than 2,000 consumers this year.

Event attendees have the chance to mingle with prominent cigar manufacturers and celebrities from around the world. All attendees purchasing a cigar ticket will be provided with an official festival bag containing more than 20 premium cigars, cutter, lighter, festival glass, T-shirt, drink tickets and much more. Each attendee is provided with a free meal and drink sampler tickets for the beer, wine and spirits vendors. VIP and executive VIP ticket holders will receive additional ultra premium cigars and several upgrades.

For more information and tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-rocky-mountain-cigar-festival-tickets-10991121741.

(Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival photos)

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Looking for luxury? Find it at the new Inspirato vacation club store

August 18, 2014

Denver-based luxury destination club Inspirato announced today that it will open an interactive retail location in Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Wednesday.

The first of five high-profile locations planned to open across the country in the next few months, Inspirato’s new member experience center in Cherry Creek will showcase the club’s growing portfolio of vacation residences and personalized service in a luxury environment.

Unlike traditional retail stores, the Inspirato member experience center will focus on educating consumers about what it means to be an Inspirato member, and inspiring them to embrace vacations as a vital aspect of life. In keeping with this approach, the experience center will be staffed by a team of Inspirato Personal Vacation Advisors who will help consumers explore first-hand the many services and benefits of membership.

“Inspirato is no stranger to disrupting the status quo in the vacation industry,” said Brent Handler, Inspirato founder and CEO. “So it’s fitting that our experience centers are an entirely new way to market who we are and what we do.  We want to show visitors what makes Inspirato residences such uniquely wonderful places to vacation, and invite them to learn how our Personal Vacation Advisors — who are our ultimate brand ambassadors — can make their travels so much easier and more meaningful.”

To help visitors imagine what it would be like to vacation with the club, the experience center will include recreations of great rooms from Inspirato’s Costero Signature Residence in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and its Eagle’s Nest Signature Residence in Vail. Other features include touchscreens for browsing the club’s large and growing destination portfolio and a special kids’ area.

The Cherry Creek member experience center will also serve as a clubhouse of sorts for the more than 500 Denver-based Inspirato members, where they can meet face-to-face with their own Personal Vacation Advisors, explore destinations for their next Inspirato vacation and attend special members-only events.

The experience center is located on the upper level of Cherry Creek Shopping Center between the West parking deck entrance and Neiman Marcus. Inspirato plans to open additional experience centers in Vail; Walnut Creek, Calif.; McLean, Va.; and Newport Beach, Calif., in time for the holiday shopping season.

“Our mission as a company is to change the way family and friends experience the world,” said Martin Pucher, founder and COO of Inspirato. “And in this case, that means changing the concept of what a retail experience should be.”

For more information, go to www.inspirato.com.


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Landmark development residences back on the market

August 18, 2014

East West Partners, a Colorado-based real estate developer and the master developers of Union Station (along with Continuum Partners), will release residences for sale at the beleaguered Landmark development on Saturday.

East West Partners was named the receiver of The Landmark development, in Greenwood Village, in November of 2013 and removed all but the last nine remaining residences in The Landmark West Tower from the market while it began construction on unsold residences in The Landmark East Tower and completed other improvements to the property. Fourteen “Classic Residences” will now be available in The Landmark East.

“We are thrilled to finally bring The Landmark East residences back to the real estate market,” said Amy Cara, partner at East West Partners overseeing the management of The Landmark. “Since we took over as receiver at the end of last year, we have been working closely with residents to make improvements in the community and the individual residences. We’re now ready to begin showcasing the refreshed and reinvigorated Landmark with an East West Partners touch.”

This initial release includes 14 Classic Residences ranging in size from two-bedrooms at 1,286 square feet to three-bedroom plus den penthouses at 3,171 square feet and featuring rich wood flooring, slab granite countertops, distinctive back splashes, premium appliances, fine craftsmanship and detailing, as well as stylish fixtures and accessories. Pricing for the initial release of Classic Residences ranges from $350,000 to $1.7 million.

Also being unveiled on Saturday is a newly renovated sales office and four model residences. The Landmark also recently launched a new website at www.VisitTheLandmark.com.  Additional residences will be released this fall.

With more than 25 years of expertise in residential development, East West Partners already has had a significant impact on The Landmark development. In the 12 months leading up to East West Partners’ arrival, sales were relatively slow at a rate of fewer than two per month. Since East West Partners has arrived, the sales pace has increased to four sales per month on average, and prices have increased approximately 11 percent.

“Our mission was always to restore The Landmark to its rightful place as one of Denver’s premier communities and we’ve been able to move the needle on accomplishing that in a very short period of time,” said Brad Arnold, VP of sales and marketing at The Landmark.

The Landmark East units (East West Partners photos)

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All the single ladies are invited to a girls night out

August 18, 2014

Calling all the single ladies, all the single ladies. If he hasn’t put a ring on it, grab your gal pals for a girls night out from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at SOL Lingerie, 248 Detroit St.

This “Love and Lingerie Confidential” event will feature tips and advice from matchmaker and dating coach Beth L. Hooper and SOL’s lingerie experts.

Sip, nibble, shop and mingle while getting insider intel into the game of love and lingerie. Tickets are $25, and 100 percent of proceeds benefit Excelsior Youth Center in Aurora. Purchase tickets online at www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp (enter code EYC820).

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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

August 18, 2014

Eavesdropping on a woman asking about a man’s dog: “Is that a Shih-Tzu?”

“No, she’s a lazy dog, so’s she more of a Pooped-Tzu.”

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Iris and Michael Smith host star-studded wedding for daughter Kaily

August 15, 2014

If you thought keeping up with the Joneses was an unobtainable goal, try keeping up with the Smiths.

Kaily Smith, daughter of former Denver dwellers Iris and Michael Smith, two of the nicest rich people you’d ever want to meet, married Adam Westbrook Aug. 2 with reception entertainment superstar singer John Mayer.

But wait, there’s more. For the wedding rehearsal the night before at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif., guests were moved and grooved by Usher and Stevie Wonder.

The father of the bride, who made his millions in the natural gas industry, spent $5 million on the parties, according to www.tmz.com, which also captured photos.

The pre-wedding party was staged in a carnival theme including a Ferris wheel flanked by walls covered in white roses.

Here’s what TMZ said: “Usher and Stevie Wonder performed Friday night at one of the most baller wedding parties of all time … and the couple getting hitched wasn’t even famous.

“It went down last night at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point during an epic carnival themed rehearsal dinner … filled with games and a huge Ferris wheel.

“To keep things on the beach DL when it got late … people in the crowd had to wear headphones to hear the music. We’re told the couple rented out the entire hotel from Thursday through Sunday.

Kaily, who grew up in Denver, and Adam have homes in Los Angeles and New York, but reportedly call New York home. She’s an actress who made her Broadway debut in the romantic comedy “The Performers.”

Check out the pictures at www.tmz.com/2014/08/02/usher-stevie-wonder-perform-wedding-party-mike-smith-gas.

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CU’s home town takes No. 1 in Best College Towns list

August 15, 2014

Boulder took the top spot and Fort Collins weighed in at No. 14 in Best College Reviews’ list of the 50 Best College Towns.

The website used the criteria of livability, student-to-resident ratio, cultural offerings, school presence and large employers when ranking the country’s top college towns.

Here’s what the site said about Boulder’s No. 1 position: “Boulder is known as a hip and healthy town with a hippy past and great views of the Flatirons. Boulder is one of the nation’s most celebrated towns – in rankings it regularly gets voted the best outdoor town, the brainiest city, one of the top cities for artists and America’s Foodiest Town.

“Though it’s relatively small, the entire city is walkable, there are hundreds of miles of bicycle paths, and an outstanding public transit system. Nature abounds in Boulder with many central roads heading through downtown and ending at trail heads leading into the Rockies. A ring of Green Space surrounds the city, and buildings must remain below a certain height to preserve mountain views. Pearl Street Mall, an outdoor shopping area filled with fine food, book stores, art galleries and coffee shops, is a central Boulder street.

“The University of Colorado, and Naropa University (the nation’s first Buddhist University) provide the central student base for Boulder. For those out of school, numerous science institutes, local artisanal movements, and tech companies call Boulder home. The most notable employers include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations, the Geological Society of America, and the Space Science Institute.”

As to Fort Collins, Best College Reviews said, “Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and on ‘Money’ magazine’s Best Place to Live in the US list since 2006. A great homegrown music and microbrewery scene complement the town’s collegiate vibes, with one of it’s most attended events hosted by New Belgium Brewery; ‘Tour de Fat’ as the event is called, draws over 20,000 people riding bikes and dressing in costume.”

See the entire list at www.bestcollegereviews.org/50-best-college-towns-america.

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LoDo eatery closes after 11 days

August 15, 2014

In Denver’s latest installment of restaurant rumble, Provisions Chophaus and Drinkery, at 1550 Blake St., closed its doors after 11 days in business. What? How does that happen?

According to Eater Denver, ownership issues turned out the lights. Co-owners Donne Briggs and Adam Sutter reportedly are in the throes of a financial food fight.

This message was posted on the restaurant’s website:

“I’m so sorry to all the great people who have supported our great restaurant. The idea was great and our core staff was dedicated and amazing. Unfortunately due to one bad apple we have to close the doors. But this is an amazing country with some great laws, so that bad apple won’t get too far from his arrest warrants. But thank you again for everything. Amen.”

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