Penny Parker’s On The Town: Bamboo sculptures will float your boat at Botanic Gardens

May 28, 2012

Looking for some outdoor entertainment on Memorial Day today?

Check out the Kizuna West Meets East bamboo floating sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

“It’s a celebration of Japanese art and culture free run 3.0 v4 femmes through bamboo art,” said Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, director of marketing and public relations at the Botanic Gardens.

The installation of the exhibit was site specific where hundreds of volunteers assembled the pieces after truckloads of bamboo were delivered to the gardens.

Kizuna means “the bonds between people” in Japanese, and the large pieces were created by artists Tetsunori Kawana (Japan) and Stephen Talasnik (New York).

The bamboo structures floating on a pond fit so well into the Botanic Gardens landscape that a goose moved in and gave birth to three goslings recently.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 4, then will be dismantled. More information:

Noshing news

If you’re a fan of a better burger, you should give the new Five Star Burgers at 555 Broadway a taste test. The first metro area Five Star Burgers opened in The Streets at SouthGlenn, and there are New Mexico places in Albuquerque and Taos.

Owner Michael Yaccino splits time living between Denver and Taos, but he was in town recently to give me a tour of his new downtown eatery.

“Have a burger on Denver’s most interesting corner,” Yaccino said about the location inside a former Kokoro Japanese restaurant.

The menu features a potpourri of burgers from the 5 Star Burger (with gorgonzola cheese and applewood smoked bacon) to an Ahi tuna burger with sweet soy glaze, jicama and avocado. The menu includes salads, kids’ meals, wine, beer, cocktails and desserts.

The burgers are a half pound of arm-dripping juiciness cooked to temperature. The menu is available at

* Newbie Carrie’s Place “Foods for the Spirit” is now open at 1426 E. 22nd Ave. The restaurant bills itself as serving food “made from fresh, natural ingredients from local farms.”

The menu includes tilapia or catfish nuggets and shrimp, smoked turkey legs, slads, chicken and waffles atn roasted corn on the cob. Menu at

* Southern Hospitality BBQ, a franchise free run 3.0 v5 femmes operation backed by OneRepublic lead singer  and Coloradan Ryan Tedder, is set to open inside the historic St. Elmo Hotel at 1433 17th St. in October.

The restaurant, which has two New York locations, will serve soul food.

Eavesdropping on two women at Elway’s Cherry Creek: “It’s not surprising that when your circumstances change that you become invisible to some people.”

“I like to call them people with another agenda.”

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