Silent theater, staple Chinese food, a space collision
BY PEYTON GARCIA | @CITYCASTDENVER
Happy Friday, Denver City Casters!
There’s snow on the horizon this weekend, so my plans consist of finishing the intense nonfiction novel “Tell Me Everything” by Colorado author Erika Krouse that is breaking my brain right now 🤯 — it’s about how she helped crack open a notorious sexual assault scandal at a beloved Front Range university in the early 2000s. I also plan to stay warm with some egg drop soup and sesame chicken (per 5280’s ultimate guide to Denver Chinese food — see below 👇 ).
P.S. If you snap any photos of your kittehs or puppers frolicking in the snow, please send them my way at email@example.com, if only for my personal enjoyment, buuut also because I’d like to share them right here in this newsletter! 😍
TODAY ON THE POD 🚞
So what really did happen to that Denver-Boulder “Ghost Train”?
It’s the transportation quagmire of a generation: the RTD train to Boulder that never arrived. CPR transportation reporter Nathaniel Minor would even go so far as calling it a “Ghost Train.” For this week’s Friday chat, he joins City Cast Denver producer Paul Karolyi and host Bree Davies to discuss his podcast series Ghost Train and what he learned about Denver’s relationship to transit. Oh, and what really happened with that Denver to Boulder train.
SOME THINGS FOR YOUR WEEKEND
📚 Something to add to the cal: The (immersive) Dr. Seuss Experience: Jump right into the pages of “Green Eggs and Ham” — tickets are now on sale for a “Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle” coming to Denver on March 25.
🎙️ Something to tune in to: Inside Wire: A brand new internet radio program produced and hosted by incarcerated individuals across three different Colorado prison facilities is now available to listen to online or in your podcast apps. (Dive deeper on the program here.)
🇺🇸 Something to cheer on: Colorado’s Paralympians: The 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing start today, and the Centennial State sent 10 local athletes to represent team USA in snowboarding, skiing, sled hockey, and wheelchair curling. Meet the athletes here.
🎭 Something to watch: INbox: “INbox” is the latest performance from local theater company Theatre Artibus. The non-verbal “silent” comedy centers on themes of climate change. (Sounds like some real “Don’t Look Up” vibes to me.)
🥡 Something to chow down on: Denver Chinese food: I’m all over 5280’s “Ultimate Guide to Chinese Food in Denver,” because it’s going to be snowy this weekend, and who doesn’t love some steaming fried rice and jasmine tea when it’s cold out?
☄️ Something science-y: Space junk: A defunct rocket that’s been orbiting space aimlessly for perhaps a decade will smash into our moon today going 5,800mph! There are no Denver ties here (or imminent danger) — it’s just really, really cool.
🐘 Something adorable: Elephant yoga: Resident elephants at the Denver Zoo get their flow on twice a day, every day, and you can go spectate.
🎧 Something for you former Chicagoans: City Cast Chicago: Did you know that we have a sister show, City Cast Chicago, in the Windy City? And it just got voted Best Podcast in Chicago on the Chicago Reader’s Best of 2021 list! If you’re a former Chicagoan or have friends and family currently in IL, check it out!
NEWS TO WATCH
- City Council is demanding answers for why Denver Health’s EMS response times are lagging behind the national standards. Issues were recently exposed following an eight-month investigation by Denver7.
- Amazon has announced it will be closing most of its brick-and-mortar stores across the nation to focus more on its grocery offerings and retail tech. Local casualties will include the Amazon book store in Cherry Creek (which is OK by me — more biz for Tattered Cover), plus three other Amazon shops in Broomfield, Lone Tree, and Boulder.
- Juneteenth could become an official state holiday (in time for this year’s celebrations!) if a new bill passes. Denver decided to make it a city holiday last year.
- Less than four weeks after the Douglas County school board controversially fired superintendent Corey Wise, they’ve now named their two finalists for his replacement.
- The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council is moving to Lakewood. The cultural hub has served the Santa Fe Art District for nearly 45 years. “We got gentrified,” CHAC Education Director Arlette Lucero said of the move. “We got priced out.”
A LOOK BACK AT THE WEEK
- THU: How an obscure zoning board got reformed (and why it matters)
- WED: Ski traffic sucks. But is widening I-70 really going to help?
- TUE: Is the acclaimed Cherry Creek School District hiding a toxic workplace?
- MON: Colorado is fitness-obsessed. Is there space for bigger bodies to be fit, too?
👉 Find all our shows at denver.citycast.fm.