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Super Bowl parties may turn your frown upside down

January 23, 2015

Although the Super Bowl won’t be super for Denver Broncos fans, you can make the most of the New England-Seattle gridiron battle with special events at local sports bars.

The Tavern Hospitality Group is throwing Ultimate Super Bowl Parties at two locations: The Soiled Dove Underground and Tavern Downtown from 3:30 p.m. until a half hour after the game ends on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 1.

Football lovers can enjoy all-you-can-eat buffets including pizza, wings, chili, sliders and more at either The Soiled Dove Underground or Tavern Downtown.  Also included are unlimited Bud and Bud Light drafts and well drinks.  Free square pools will be available with winnings after every quarter and raffle prizes will be given throughout the game.  The cost for each party is $35 per person in advance and $40 at the door.

At The Soiled Dove Underground, the game will be projected on three six-foot movie screens. There are more than 60 HDTVs at Tavern Downtown.

To book tickets in advance for $35, visit www.ticketfly.com/event/766867 for The Soiled Dove Underground party or www.ticketfly.com/event/766881 for the Tavern Downtown party.

Both ViewHouse locations, downtown and in Centennial, are game-day headquarters with food, drinks and lots of prizes.

Kick off your pregame festivities at 10 a.m. at ViewHouse Centennial (7101 S. Clinton St., Centennial) at with unlimited tailgate buffets, drink specials, 46 flat screens and a 200-inch high definition television – the largest of its kind in any bar or restaurant in Denver.

Tickets are $28.95 for four hours of food and fun.

The ViewHouse downtown (2015 Market Street) is throwing a tailgate party, including a DJ, prizes and a special tailgate menu including brisket sliders, taco stand and wings.

Prizes awarded every quarter include an outdoor grill, portable fire pit, dartboard cabinet and culminate in a Grand Prize 58” LCD HD TV. More info: www.viewhouse.com.

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Blast from the past: ‘1968 Exhibit’ coming to History Colorado

January 23, 2015

Where were you in 1968? More important, what were you wearing? Watching on TV?

The year 1968 was a turning point for a generation coming of age and a nation at war, the aftermath which can still be felt today.  The 1968 Exhibit is coming to History Colorado in February. This must-see exhibit brings to life this pivotal American year through photographs, artifacts, vintage pop culture items and interactive experiences.

“Discussions about the impact and legacy of 1968 are being had at dinner tables, in classrooms and on the streets of America,” said Tom Brokaw, honorary chair of “The 1968 Exhibit,” former anchor and managing editor of the “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” and author of “Boom! Talking About the Sixties”.  “It is time to document this watershed year through the voices of the people who experienced it firsthand, and to hear from the next generation about what it means to them.”

Organized chronologically by the months of the year, the 5,000-square-foot exhibit will transport visitors back to 1968. The sights and sounds of this media-saturated age fill the exhibit and stories from the people who were there are shared throughout. Three interactive lounges focus on music, design, movies and television.

“It was quite a year for indelible television,” said William Convery, director of exhibits and the Colorado State Historian at History Colorado. “We all have our own great memories bundled in with classic TV shows and characters. Objects from ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Laugh-In’ and ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ provide another personal connection to this evocative year and exhibition.”

The exhibit kicks off with a 1968 premiere party on Feb. 5 at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway.  Tickets for the event cost $100; $90 for museum members.  Tickets can be purchased at www.historycoloradocenter.org/exhibits/the-1968-exhibit/premiere-party/.  Guests will have first access to the exhibit, as well as entertainment, groovy music, cuisine and cocktails in a setting reminiscent of 1968.  There’s nowhere else in the state where guests can explore this incredible year, reflect on their own fond memories, and see the events that changed Colorado and America forever.

A centerpiece of “1968” is a reassembled Huey helicopter, the mainstay workforce in the Vietnam War. It carried soldiers into battle, returned the wounded, hauled supplies and picked up body bags. Vietnam was said to be the first living room war because we could see it happening on TV sets in American living rooms.  The Huey is a symbol of that wrenching conflict and is literally staged in a living room.  One of its massive rotors looms overhead like a chandelier.

In addition to the three interactive lounges in the actual exhibit featuring music, design, movies and television, families can soak in the ambiance of 1968 while relaxing in the Hippie Haven Lounge areas that will be located at the entrance to the History Colorado Center and in some of the museum’s commons spaces.   Visitors can find out what happened in 1968 on their birthday and check how what they wear today compares with what would have been acceptable in 1968. These lounges will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 7, 16, 17; March 21, 27, 28; and April 3 and 4 and May 9.

On Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors are invited to jump back in time and learn how the “1968 Exhibit” was built.  Featured activities include the crafts of ’68, learning to macramé and a swingin’ ‘60s fashion show.  Blasting off into outer space will feature the Apollo 8 mission and astronauts.

Tickets for the exhibit are available online at www.HistoryColoradoCenter.org .  History Colorado will also have extended evening hours, open until 9 p.m. every third Tuesday (Feb. 17, March 17 and April 21).

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Two-week Jewish Film Festival features 28 films

January 23, 2015

The Mizel Arts and Culture Center will host the 19th Annual Denver Jewish Film Festival at the Elaine Wolf Theatre at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center from Feb. 4 to Feb. 15.

“This year’s festival features a variety of films that any movie lover will enjoy,” said Steve Wilson, executive artistic director for the MACC. “Many of the films have won prestigious awards and critics’ praise, and 11 out of 28 are directed by women. I am really proud of the selection our film festival chairs put together, and we are excited to have the opportunity to introduce the Denver community to these extraordinary and resonating films.”

The film festival chairs, Sharon Haber, Julie Schwarz and Erica Singer, worked with their film committee on securing a fascinating combination of films ranging from documentaries to true-to-life comedies. As they were choosing the films, a theme emerged: coexistence.

“Living together in peace despite our differences is the underlying theme of the 2015 Denver Jewish Film Festival,” Haber said. “Whether it be Israelis and Palestinians, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters or friends, our lineup this year exemplifies that idea of coexistence and finding peace within ourselves and others.”

The 2015 Denver Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by Wagner Wealth Management, will kick off on Feb. 4 with a party celebrating this year’s festival honoree Kathy Neustadt and a screening of the Jewish family comedy “It Happened in Saint- Tropez.” Neustadt is a former president of the JCC and member of the Neustadt family, founders of The Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.

“The Denver Jewish Film Festival continues to introduce its audiences to a collection of educational and significant movies,” Neustadt said. “My family and I remain steadfast in supporting organizations and events that celebrate the arts and literature, and we hope the community joins us in attending the 19th year of this wonderful event.”

The two-week festival will feature 28 films, many of which have been nominated for and won Ophir Awards, the Israeli equivalent of the Academy Awards. This will be the first time some of the featured films will be screened in Denver. Prior to the screening of the films, a state-of-the-art sizzle reel that was created by co-chair Singer will show. Some of the screenings will include special guest speakers for audience questions and answers. Producer Nancy Spielberg will speak at the screening of her much-buzzed about film “Above and Beyond” on Feb. 5. Sister of famous director Steven Spielberg, Nancy is a documentarian who produced this film about the creation of the Israeli Air Force. Also speaking during the festival will be director and writer Lacey Schwartz, who will conduct an audience question and answer session at the screening of her award-winning film, “Little White Lie.” on Feb. 12, which deals with race and Jewish identity.

Topping off the lineup is a grand finale celebration on Feb. 14 that will include a dessert buffet and screening of the film “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker”. On Feb. 15, the festival concludes with a special series presentation, “Israel Through the Lens.” All of the films featured during this last day of the festival will exhibit the diversity of Israel.

For more information about or to purchase tickets for the 2015 Denver Jewish Film Festival, please call 303-316-6360 or visit www.maccjcc.org/film.

'Zero Motivation' is one of the films featured during the two-week 19th Denver Jewish Film Festival.

‘Zero Motivation’ is one of the films featured during the two-week 19th Denver Jewish Film Festival.

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Cart-Driver expands space and offers direct-ship oysters

January 23, 2015

Cart-Driver, in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, announces the completion of its indoor/outdoor private dining space. The space, which overlooks the interior courtyard of 25th and Larimer’s reclaimed shipping container complex, can host seated or reception-style events of up to 25 people. In the summer, the room’s all-weather canvas windows can be removed, transforming it to a transitional indoor/outdoor venue.

“Since opening, we’ve been busy – and fortunate – enough to be able to fill more seats than have always been available,” said partner Andrew Birkholz. “With the transition of restaurant’s rear outdoor space to an indoor/outdoor private dining area, we’re able to provide more seats to patrons year-round, as well as the flexibility and privacy of a private dining room.”

Additionally, Cart-Driver, which recently expanded hours and menus to offer lunch, as well as “Before & After” happy hour and late night menus, has also implemented a direct-ship oyster program with Washington-based Hama Hama oysters. The naturally grown and hand harvested oysters, available directly from the sea to Cart-Driver guests’ plates in one day, join the restaurant’s premium wood fired pizzas, seasonal market plates and signature campfire vanilla soft serve.

“As we do with most of our purveyors, our team personally traveled to Washington to sample Hama Hama oysters, meet with the owners of this family farm, and learn more about their processes,” said chef and partner Kelly Whitaker. “Not only did we find Hama Hama offered a superior product, but they also have the ability to ship the oysters directly to us, allowing us to serve them to our customers one day out of the water. I’m not aware of another restaurant in the area that offers access to oysters as fresh as these.”

For more information, go to www.cart-driver.com.

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Romance your Valentine with tunes from a tenor

January 23, 2015

It’s never too early to book a date night with your Valentine. For something different, consider a romantic Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14 for those who forgot) evening with tenor Mark Masri at 8 p.m. at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree.

The Boston Globe says the Canadian tenor is “melting the hearts of female audience members like warm chocolate”. Masri will treat you and your Valentine to a songbook of love songs from all over the world and a champagne intermission.

Masri has a jaw-dropping vocal range and brings audiences to their feet. Tickets range from $36 to $60. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lonetreeartscenter.org or by calling 720-509-1000 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

January 23, 2015

Eavesdropping on a man talking about corporate phrases  that would not work at home:
“Having a sit-down dinner with the whole family on Sunday night really improves our ecosystem.”

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January 23, 2015

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Fruition unveils remodel on eight-year anniversary

January 21, 2015

Fruition Restaurant is undergoing a makeover and reopening Feb. 6, its eight-year anniversary.

Opened in 2007, the much-lauded Fruition Restaurant, owned and operated by Chef Alex Seidel, has been perennially honored as one of the top restaurants in Colorado and helped earn Seidel a spot on Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef list in 2010.

When Fruition opened its doors, the restaurant was Seidel’s first venture and he did it on a tight budget.

“I never imagined opening my own restaurant. It was never a dream of mine because (while I was) working as a cook and working for others I never thought it would be a possibility,” Seidel said. “The help of family and friends made it possible for me to realize a dream that I had never envisioned.”

The new look will keep in line with his philosophy of approachability and hospitality. He felt that it was time to make the room more comfortable, bringing a consistency and sophistication to the decor that matches the level of food and service while still maintaining the neighborhood feel to the space.

Designer Jeffery Elliott heads up the interior remodel.

“For Fruition, I wanted to design a timeless and understated space in this historic neighborhood that felt like it had always been there,” Elliott said. “The inspiration of  the  design is a simple interpretation of an early New England dining room. Walls of subtly toned painted paneling, tufted woolen banquettes, vintage lighting and large-scaled linoleum relief prints on paper by Denver artist Geoffrey Ridge are the highlights of this nostalgic space.”

The design also includes a custom built cherry wood wine cabinet which doubles Fruition’s wine storage capacity and allows wine director Aaron Foster to carry even more wines that represent the full global scope of wine with attention to unique small production family wines.

In keeping with its philosophy of hospitality, Fruition has invited the original guests who dined with there on the first night of dinner service eight years ago to dine with them again on reopening.

“I thought it would be fun to invite all of the people who supported us on day one even though we could have invited thousands more that mean so much to us. We are so grateful for our incredible neighbors and our strong community,” Seidel said.

Reservations for evening dining at Fruition Restaurant can be made on www.opentable.com or by calling 303-831-1962.  For more information visit www.fruitionrestaurant.com.

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Remodel will rock Rioja

January 21, 2015

In more restaurant remodeling news, the popular Larimer Square spot Rioja closed recently for a major makeover following its 10-year anniversary last November.

The restaurant, owned by Chef Jennifer Jasinski and business partner Beth Gruitch, is scheduled to reopen with its updated look including new furniture, wall coverings, ceiling treatments and floors on Feb. 2.

The redesign is by Boss Architects who did Stoic & Genuine; construction by Jordy Construction.

“Beth and Jen understand how difficult it is to stay relevant in the fickle restaurant world after 10 years,” said Rioja spokesman John Imbergamo. “Menu, wines and service have been constantly upgraded. A major remodel seemed appropriate in their effort to stay on top.”

For reservations, go to www.riojadenver.com or call 303-820-2282.

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