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MLK Day, tattoo fundraisers, cookies and beer

It’s Friday!

And I’ve got a lot of fun things to fill your weekend agenda — Get a tattoo for a good cause! Read a strange murder story! Eat cookies and drink beer! And of course, commemorate the MLK holiday with a march for social justice. Yeah, I wasn’t kidding. There’s a lot going on. So let’s get right into it.

— Peyton Garcia, City Cast Denver Newsletter Writer and (COVID Cautious) Weekend Warrior


❤️‍🩹 Something To Support

Tattoo Fundraiser
This Sunday, tattoo shops across the Front Range are banding together to raise funds for the families of the victims of the Dec. 27 Denver/Lakewood mass shooting. Nearly all of the victims were local tattoo artists. More than a dozen Colorado tattoo shops, including some as far as Delta, CO, and Estes Park, have committed to donating a portion of the day’s proceeds directly to the victim’s families. Many participating tattoo artists are also offering “flash tattoos” (a pre-designed image) featuring artwork from the victims. Learn more on the event’s Facebook page, officially titled “United in Art, Doing our Part.”

📚 Something Interesting To Read

Murder in the Cathedral
“A moment after Father Leo placed the host on Alia’s tongue, Alia pulled out a revolver. An altar boy called out to the priest, but in an instant, a bullet was fired into Father Heinrichs’ chest,” writes Denver librarian Alex Hernandez in a recent blog post. While sifting through some old local newspaper clippings recently, Hernandez resurfaced the story of the 1908 murder of Father Leo Heinrichs by a Sicilian anarchist at a church located on what is now Denver’s Auraria Campus. Along with recounting the fascinating story, Hernandez draws connections between the murder of the priest, the rise of the KKK, and the Red Scare in early-20th century Denver. 

🍺🍪 Something Yummy

Beer and Cookies
Denver Beer Co. is hosting a beer and cookie pairing party at all three of its taprooms this weekend because, according to the brewery, “life is short and beer is delicious.” That’s about all the persuading I need. The cookies will be provided by Gnarly Mountain Cookie Co., and a $25 ticket gets you five delicious cookies paired with five 4oz DBC beers. Yum! 

✊ Something To Celebrate

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Denver’s annual MLK parade is back and in person this year for its 37th iteration. (The event was virtual last year because of COVID.) Every year, thousands of Denverites march from City Park to Civic Center Park to celebrate and advocate for social justice and civil rights. There will also be ceremonies, seminars, and charity events to attend all weekend long, including a prayer breakfast, a wreath laying ceremony, a motorcade, the official “Dr. Martin L. King Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo of Champions” at the Stock Show, and more, which Denverite has rounded up here.

Something else to celebrate: History Colorado is hosting its inaugural History Buff Day made specially for Colorado fourth graders. The museum offers free membership to all Colorado fourth graders, granting them free admission to all HC museums, plus discounts on other programs and subscriptions. 

🎭 Something To See

The Sound Inside
This Saturday, Curious Theatre debuts its newest drama, “The Sound Inside,” which centers on the relationship between a Yale creative writing professor battling stage 2 cancer, her misfit prodigy student, and the novel he’s working on. This latest performance from Curious Theatre was nominated for six 2020 Tony Awards, including “Best Play.” You can learn more and find tickets here.

🏈 Something To Debate

Elway or Manning?
As the future ownership of the Denver Broncos remains up in the air,  can we just forget Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z were ever even mentioned? We don’t need ’em, and we don’t want ’em! I say let’s keep it in the (Broncos) family. Rumor has it that John and Peyton are both checking all the couch cushions for that extra $4 billion they need to make a viable offer on the team. Assuming they find it, who has your vote for new owner of the Broncos? Write in at — we wanna hear your thoughts! 

🔎 Something To Keep An Eye On 

  • Thousands of King Soopers union employees are prepared to remain on strike for the next three weeks as negotiations between the union and the grocery store giant reach a stalemate. But some employees aren’t sure if either party is actually on their side. 
  • As the time-old feud between ranchers and wolves wages on in Colorado, state wildlife officials legalize “wolf hazing.” But is it a good enough solution?
  • RTD is considering a massive overhaul. And it might mean your bus route goes on the chopping block. 
  • It’s been really, really hot in Colorado. Like, “it hasn’t been this hot since the Dust Bowl” kind of hot. But you already knew that. *Ahem, Marshall Fire.* 

🎙️ Something You May Have Missed

A look back at our shows of the week

  • THU: The Marshall Fire was undoubtedly a “climate fire.” 

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