RiNo Art District is Denver ranks as one of the leading art districts in the nation.
My feature for Colorado Expression magazine shares the area’s history and tips for making the most of your visit to this colorful and creative area of the Mile High City with lots of street art, tasty restaurants, hopping breweries, and much more. Even three hours of free, covered parking!
One point stuck with me when touring RiNo Art District with Tracy Weil, an artist who co-founded the district and serves as president/creative director. He said he prefers to think of the development as “empowerment” rather than “gentrification.”
RiNo even includes a tiny house village for people who are homeless, proving the district has not only art but also heart.
I’ve been a fan of Joe Cocker’s music since Leon Russell produced “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” in 1970, so this assignment from Colorado Expression magazine to write about the late singer’s Colorado estate was a high note.
“We can safely assume that the British Blues-rocker Joe Cocker sang in the shower at Mad Dog Ranch,” I wrote. “Yet the home was intentionally designed without a music studio, according to the gritty-voiced Grammy-winner’s widow, Pam Cocker. Her favorite place in the mansion was the library.
The architect John D. Kelley’s primary influence was Glencraig, an estate in Newport Rhode Island, designed in 1926, by Harrie Lindenberg.
Chuck Morris’s half-century career in the music industry is well documented.
So is his signature look with a laid-back wardrobe akin to Neil Young’s and a collection of eyeglasses to rival Elton John’s. A native New Yorker, Morris perhaps more than any other individual has struck chords in Denver’s live music scene, growing the concert market into one of the most vibrant in the nation.
I reported on Morris, who heads up AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, for the Denver Business Journal. For my article, I interviewed the former governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, and the founder/CEO of MOA (Museum of Outdoor Arts) which owns Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, the largest outdoor concert venue in the region.
Having reported on live music for many years, I was interested to learn more about how the music business runs. “It’s not a science,” Morris said.
Rob Decker’s goal is to design posters honoring all the national parks of the United States of America, and he has an excellent start. I reported on Decker’s art for Colorado Expression magazine. If you enjoy the outdoors and Arts and Crafts era designs, you’ll appreciate his work.
To learn more about Rob Decker’s national parks posters, visit his website.
Denver is stepping up the corporate party in the Mile High City with marvelous new venues and fresh approaches to catering. For the Denver Business Journal’s Corporate Events Guide, I reported on some unusual venues including a repurposed airplane hangar and rooftop patios. I also reported on caterers with mouth-watering options for the multitudes, including people with dietary restrictions.
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