KOOZA – Cirque du Soleil

KOOZA from Cirque du Soleil is coming to the Pepsi Center grounds from August 20 to October 6.

Please celebrate Cirque du Soleil’s 25th Anniversary with 25% off tickets to see KOOZA.

For information on KOOZA and to enjoy the 25th Anniversary, 25% off discount, please click here or click here.

Offer expires August 27!!

31st Celebration of the Glendale Fireworks Show

Glendale’s 31st fireworks show over Cherry Creek Valley basin Friday, July 3rd, at dusk.

This Independence Day tradition is one of the largest and oldest firework shows in Denver. This aerial pyrotechnics display is considered the show to see from restaurants, bars, patios and parks in the Glendale, Cherry Creek areas and beyond.

Sponsored by the City of Glendale the fireworks will be launched from Creekside Park at Cherry Creek and Cherry Creek Drive South. Get there early for the best viewing from nearby vantage points. Fore more information contact 303-759-1513 or visit www.glendale.co.us.

19th Annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Don’t miss the 19th Annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival, July 3-5, 2009.

You’ll want to be there with 350,000 visitors annually enjoying the visual, culinary and performing arts and interactive activities. The whole family is welcome to enjoy Colorado’s signature and award-winning cultural event!

Cherry Creek Arts Festival allows attending patrons the rare and special opportunity to visit with international visual artists, sample fine cuisine, see special exhibits and observe artist demonstrations. You are invited to come and enjoy interactive ‘Artivities’ and exciting performing arts.

For more information about the Cherry Creek Arts Festival please visit their website.

Blogus Protectus

I have a bad habit, I guess, of leaving toast crumbs in the butter dish. For me, it was kind of a cathartic ashes to ashes thing. My wife didn’t see it that way. But with a simple agreement that I would be more mindful of my technique for making toast, I was deftly able to avoid the inherent pitfalls of his-and-hers butter.

So now tell me, do I have here the makings of an interesting blog , or is it little more than the fluid ramblings of a wannabe columnist ? Blogs. Blogging. What is that? What does that mean, “blogging?” And who thinks this stuff up ? And why ?

If you ask me, it’s a revolt of the Internet plebe, against those royalty who spend their lives seeing code as poetry. The real men and women of the Internet who understand “real” HTML pages, and the on-the-fly translation between email protocols and web formats. A few years ago, “bloggers” turned to an ever increasing number of servers offering free Blog space and software. Now they could put up their pages within minutes and begin to write, edit, compose and generally take on the world, in the same amount of time it took to create the bare shell of one “real” web page. Of course nothing with the sophistication of a full blown 500 page website, but nevertheless something that could be looked upon as a platform to disseminate information. And disseminate they have.

There is no end to the amount of useless information on the Internet today, it’s just easier to find a lot more of it. Millions upon millions of web pages, precious gigabytes of golden bandwidth wasted on creative nonsense.

I say no matter how sophisticated the delivery platform, there will never be a substitute for professional journalism, which comes with training, with experience, with credibility, with developing trust based on the accuracy of a record in the field. People need an accurate and objective reference point for their information. I mean really, how can any discerning viewer not be appalled, when CNN and other news organizations try to look hip by including opinions from the “blogosphere” in their news reports — “Now let’s see what the “bloggers” have to say about this” — as if “bloggers” constituted some separate sphere of intelligence. Insane.

Frankly, I’m suspicious of this whole blogs, and blogger thing, and I dismiss the idea of Web 2.0 out of hand, except with respect to relevant software, of which there is little. Mini-resumes, and “comments” as sources of referral traffic and revenue, remind me of the Internet boom back in the late ’90s when for a time, stock price was based not on company profits, but the number of website hits. And now we come to face the inevitable demise of the avatar and the emergence of the video comment, where individuals will simply shout their annoyances at you, instead of typing in ALL CAPS.

Oh, the humanity.

Technorati Profile

Birth of the Computer

There is a whole world of Technology, Entertainment and Design where ideas worth spreading inspire talks  by some of the world’s greatest thinkers, and doers. Watch and listen to this video of historian and philosopher of science, George Dyson, as he takes a clear and highly researched view of our recent scientific past — while showing where it may lead us.

I.O.U.S.A – Denver Premier

I.O.U.S.A., the critically acclaimed film about the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States economy, is on the short list for an Oscar
nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category.

Directed by Sundance veteran  Patrick Creadon the film is among the 15
documentary features that will now advance in the voting process designating the final
five nominees for next year’s Academy Awards.

Educators are bringing the film to their classrooms as a vital teaching tool, while
young Americans are using the film on college campuses to raise awareness among their
peers on fiscal issues crucial to all their futures.
Eerily topical and surprisingly nonpartisan, I.O.U.S.A. paints a vivid and alarming
profile of America’s current economic situation and drives home the message that the time to begin addressing America’s financial future just may be now.

The film follows former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker and Robert Bixby of the Concord Coalition as they crisscross the country explaining America’s unsustainable fiscal policies to its citizens as part of the Fiscal Wake-up Tour. The film also features candid interviews
with noted experts such as Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Paul O’Neill, Robert Rubin,
and Paul Volcker, as well as with everyday citizens.
The record-setting August opening included an unprecedented town hall featuring
financial and policy experts such as Warren Buffett and Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s
Chairman Pete Peterson and CEO Dave Walker, which was beamed via satellite to over 350
movie theaters in 42 states across the country.

The Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009. The 81st Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009.

I.O.U.S.A. Screens at Starz Film Center, 900 Auraria Pkwy. here in Denver on  Tuesday November 25, 2008, at 7:00 PM.

For those unable to attend the Denver premier, Cherry Creek Today is pleased to offer this 30-minute synopsis of the film through the film’s producers, by way of Youtube :

Visit Denver Zoo Lights

For many families, it is a seasonal tradition to cruise local neighborhoods in the weeks following Thanksgiving to enjoy the holiday lights that decorate the homes and properties of Denver’s many area neighborhoods.

This year though, you may want to make Denver’s Zoo Lights one of your stops. Visitors to “Zoo Lights” at the Denver will be entranced by millions of sparkling lights, featuring trees that glitter, and animated animal light sculptures. Numerous zoo animals will be available for viewing during this special evening events, Dec.12-Jan.4, 5-9p.m.

Holiday entertainment by local schools and choir groups will undoubtedly add to the merriment.

Here’s a 12-Days-of-Christmas-sing-along music video of some of the light displays at Denver Zoo Lights!

Dinosaurs Alive!

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. Now, newly discovered dinosaurs and familiar favorites roar onto the big screen through advanced computer animation, in Dinosaurs Alive! now playing at the IMAX Theater. In this stunning new film narrated by Michael Douglas, audiences travel with some of the world’s leading paleontologists as they uncover fascinating evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk and  fly among us. Or at least it’ll seem like it.

Here’s the Trailer.

Playing Now at the Phipps IMAX Theatre, on Level 2, through February 12, 2009

Showtimes:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.

Cherry Creek Marching Brand

The Cherry Creek High School Marching Band will be out of town November 28 thru December 2nd.

The Bruins will be in Los Angeles again this year to help mark the beginning of holiday celebrations at Anaheim California’s Disneyland theme park. But the band will return to Denver in time to offer another stellar performance in Denver’s annual Parade of Lights festivities on Dec. 5 and 6.

“It’s an honor to be selected for either of these performances,” said Band Director Tim Libby. “I’m very proud of our students and the incredible dedication they’ve displayed all year long.”

These final parade appearances will bring to a close what has been an outstanding marching season.

The Cherry Creek HS Marching Band made the finals in the Colorado Marching Band Championships, last month at Invesco Field.

It’s been a busy year for members of the band. In addition to the Marching Band Championships, they also competed in the Arapahoe, Douglas County and Pomona Invitational Marching Festivals, they’ve performed at Cherry Creek High School’s Spirit Day, Homecoming Pep Rallies, of course home football games.

“We set our goals high,” said senior Drum Major Sebastian Adams, “but the most important thing is that we walk off the field knowing we had a good show and a good season

At Cherry Creek High School, marching band is an extracurricular activity – a club, not a class – which is different from many metro area high schools. Band Director Tim Libby says that’s why the Creek band is so strong musically.

We certainly wish them well, and look forward to next season.

Visit Denver’s Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum is a bastion of educational resources for Colorado.  Through the acquisition, preservation, and presentation of art works from artists around the globe,  the lives of Colorado and Rocky Mountain residents are more fully enriched.  Both the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions,  supplement this effort with exemplary educational and scholarly programs for both students and adults.

This whole thing started in the 1890s. Its was known as the Denver Artists’ Club back then.  Since then,  the Denver Art Museum has had more than one temporary home, from the public library, to a downtown mansion, to offices in the Denver City and County Building. In 1949, the museum came of age, and opened its own galleries on 14th Avenue Parkway. A  center for children’s art activities was added in the early 1950s.  The most recent expansion, the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, opened in October 2006.

Today, the 356,000-square-foot museum complex includes a collection gallery space, three temporary exhibition venues, and the Lewis I. Sharp Auditorium. In addition to its vast art collections, the Denver Art Museum is internationally recognized for its family-friendly environment, and of course has received critical acclaim for encouraging art appreciation at every level.

There’s a lot to see and do at the Denver Art Museum—from world-class art collections to special events, shopping, great food, and more. Plan ahead to make the most of your visit!