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🥞 Pancakes, puppies, and lots of art

BY PEYTON GARCIA | @CITYCASTDENVER


It’s Earth Day, y’all!

Do something this weekend to give back to our big blue-and-green space marble. Ride your bike instead of driving; clean up a park; start a garden. Need more ideas? I shared a bunch in yesterday’s newsletter – check it out.

Keep it green! ✌️


TODAY ON THE PODCAST: CLIMATE WINS AND FAILS 🌎

Beef Fat Jet Fuel, E-Bike Rebates, and Other Climate Wins and Fails
It’s the City Cast Denver green and mean Earth Day special! Producers Paul Karolyi, Xandra McMahon, and Lizzie Goldsmith are joined by newsletter editor Peyton Garcia to talk climate wins and fails. From Denver’s lag in recycling (and plans to rectify that) to beef fat being used to power airplanes, there’s been a lot of environmental news around Colorado lately. We also talk about the most endangered river in America (spoiler: It’s the Colorado River), rebates for e-bikes, DPS Students for Climate Action, and more.

Have thoughts or tips on how to recycle or compost efficiently in the city? Give us a call and 720-500-5418 and let us know!


THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND

🥞 Friday:
Pancakes & Booze Art Show: Free all-you-can-eat pancakes, beer and booze, work from more than 100 local artists — This underground pop-up art show of national acclaim is back in Denver tonight at 8 p.m. at The Hangar at Stanley. Tickets start at $10. 

🐶 Friday: Pups on the Patio: Unwind from the week at Woodie Fisher with their first Pups on the Patio event of the season. There will be human and doggo treats available. Tables fill up fast (I can’t imagine why), so reservations are strongly encouraged.

📟 Saturday: ’90s Bar Crawl: If you’ve been itching to bust out your platform sneakers and butterfly clips, now’s your chance at the “I Love the 90s Bash Bar Crawl” through LoDo. Tickets start at $14 and get you a color-changing to-go cup, a slap bracelet (’cause why not?), and a full night of cover-free bar hopping and ’90s jams.

🧑‍🍳 Saturday: The Big Stir: The first annual Big Stir Festival honors women in Colorado’s food, beverage, and hospitality industries. This fundraising event features food tastings, educational seminars, local vendors, live music, and leadership awards for 10 female culinary leaders. Tickets are $55 and proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for women in the industry.

🪅 Sunday: Día del Niño: This annual celebration of children around the world will be recognized at the Denver Art Museum with activities and performances from arts and culture groups representing countries from around the globe. Admission is free and includes full access to the rest of the museum.

🎤 Sunday: Artists on the Rise: Denver’s Dairy Block is kicking off the return of its seasonal series spotlighting emerging local musicians. The Dairy Block Alley will host a new artist every month now through October. You can nominate a local artist you like (or yourself!) to perform here.

🪶 All Weekend: Native American Spring Craft Sale: Support our community’s Native American artists, vendors, crafters, and food makers this Saturday and Sunday where you can shop beadwork, blankets, jewelry, pottery, traditional Indigenous cuisine, and more. This event is hosted by the Denver-based Lakota Way Healing Center. 


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Sponsored by Choir League

Choir League presents “Choral Bangerz” this Sunday

Join us Sunday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Stanley Marketplace to celebrate the return of choral singing with Choir League. Denver’s “drinking group with a singing problem” presents their final concert of the season, full of songs that remind us of why we sing together. Tickets are on sale at eventbrite now. For more info on the program and the choir, visit choirleague.com or email info@choirleague.com. Drink ticket included with admission for guests 21+


NEWS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • An incoming storm is expected to bring high winds and low humidity to the Front Range today; those factors compounded with warm temps will bring fire danger to a critical high. Local experts are warning against open flames, grilling, fireworks, and improper disposal of cigarette butts, today and throughout the weekend. [CBS4]
  • It’s spring, which means the season of construction is upon us, and I-70 has lots of it planned! Drivers can expect lane reductions and slowdowns for much of the summer. Here’s a list of the projects you should be aware of 👉 [Denver Post
  • A Parker man is facing federal charges of conspiracy and trafficking counterfeit goods after he sold hundreds of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards to people in more than a dozen states. [CO Sun

THIS WEEK’S PODCASTS

  • THU: Willow Pill Talks ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ Coming Out as Trans, and Denver’s Weird Scene
  • TUE: Coloradans are Freaking Out About the Rainbow Gathering. But is it Really that Scary? 
  • MON: Denver’s Air Quality is in the News Again, and It’s Not Good (Actually, It’s Terrible)

👉 Find all our shows at denver.citycast.fm.


BONUS: SOMEWHERE TO EAT 🍜

Last month, the Highlands neighborhood welcomed Glo Noodle House to the corner of 38th and Tennyson, tucked cozily next door to a Comfort Dental on the plot of green space that was once the site of the original Elitch Gardens. The concept comes from the husband-and-wife chef duo, Ariana and Chris Teigland. The two met while working under chef Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly fame. They launched Glo as an homage to Chris’ mother Gloria, who instilled in him the love for cooking.

“Shortly after I had my first executive chef job, my mom passed away,” Chris said. “I remember holding her hand before she passed and telling her I would be a great chef one day and make her proud. The name is a way for me to honor her, to never forget her and to thank her.”

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The menu’s point of pride is its selection of ramen bowls. The Teiglands recommend the Deathwish if you think you can handle heat (chili-pork broth and confit bacon topped with extra chili flakes). I can’t, so I went with their second recommendation on the opposite side of the spectrum, the Lemon Chicken Shio (chicken broth with crispy lemon-glazed chicken and a chili jam) — a gentle and delicious option, perfect for less adventurous eaters.

While Glo’s ramen bowls are certainly an impressive offering… I came for the noodles, but stayed for the fish 🤤 Glo’s raw sashimi plates were of melt-in-your-mouth caliber and packed with flavor. Pro tip: Definitely don’t skip that section of the menu! 

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When you visit, I’d recommend nabbing a seat at the chef’s counter, not only because you just might be privy to special amuse bouche bites 🤫 but you’ll likely score some face time with chef Chris, who’s an honest-to-god delight to chat with. And if you get a chance to talk with Ariana, ask her for advice on pairing your meal with sake, which they serve chilled and by the wine glass. 


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