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It’s baaaaack! Undoubtedly the most highly anticipated indie music event of the year — the Underground Music Showcase.

Because we have some veteran UMSers on the team, we wanted to offer up a few suggestions to get you to the other side of the weekend in one piece. Here is a little guidance for this weekend’s Underground Music Showcase.


  • Know the COVID policy. UMS is requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for entry. Read the whole policy here
  • Download the app. You can create your own schedule of shows you want to see, get important UMS announcements, consult a stage map, and access UMS FAQs — all from your pocket. 
  • Plan for a ride. Whether Uber, Lyft, or a friend, don’t plan for parking on South Broadway — there isn’t any. 
  • Stay fed and watered. There will be water refill stations at both main stages. And as for food? City Cast producer Paul Karolyi suggests a chocolate chip cookie and slice of ’za at Pie Hole
  • All card, no cash this year. Plan accordingly.
  • Head to small venues early, says City Cast host Bree Davies. They can reach capacity and turn you away. 

Who we’re looking forward to:

  • City Cast producer Xandra McMahon is amped up for Neoma and YaSi, two of her favorite local artists. 
  • Bree loves both Shannon and the Clams and Dâm-Funk for their music’s danceability. 
  • Paul says all the buzz in his social circles has been about Kayla Marque.
  • Obviously, we love Los Mocochetes who create our theme music for the City Cast Denver podcast.
  • And most exciting of all, we are looking forward to seeing YOU at our live podcast taping tomorrow night at 6 p.m.! You don’t need a UMS ticket to attend, and there will be swag! 

👉 What you can do: Get all your UMS questions answered at the UMS FAQ page.

🌦️ This summer has felt a little like a really hot “Groundhog Day.” Expect temps to reach the 90s with a chance of afternoon showers. Again.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


🩹 Mask up, vax up if you want to see Denver theater
On Wednesday, the Denver Performing Arts Complex and all of its resident companies — Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, Colorado Symphony, and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts — announced they will begin requiring proof of vaccination and masks for entry to all shows starting October 1. Children 11 and younger will need to show proof of a negative COVID test from the last 72 hours. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Download your proof of vaccination to your phone using the MyColorado ID app for quick and easy access wherever you may need it.

🔒 Keeping Denver’s cannabis industry safe
Denver is looking to up security at cannabis dispensaries after witnessing an increase in burglaries over the last year. Officials have proposed a new set of security mandates around cannabis storage that would go into effect at the start of 2022. Some of the new required safety measures being considered include guard posts, bullet proof glass, and live remote surveillance at all Denver dispensaries. [BusinessDen]
👉 What you can do: Email for the link to attend an online public hearing on the proposal Sept. 10.

🚌 RTD wants to take things slow
RTD’s ridership took a serious blow during the pandemic, and an independent “accountability committee” formed by Gov. Jared Polis is urging the transit organization to lower bus fares to bring riders back. Environmentalists are also pressing RTD, insisting on increased routes and services to fend off commuter pollution. But despite the pressure, RTD officials say they don’t want to do anything rash and want to let the slow but steady return of ridership dictate any changes to come. [Denver Post]

🏈 Congratulations, Teddy Bridgewater
Yesterday, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio announced 28-year-old Teddy Bridgewater as the team’s new starting quarterback. Bridgewater was competing for the position against teammate Drew Lock, but his impressive performance at last Saturday’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks was ultimately the deciding factor. [9News]
👉 What you can do: Tune into the Broncos’ final preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Empower Field at Mile High on Saturday night. Kickoff is at 7:05 p.m.


Queer Cinema, UMS, and Low Riders
19 mins
Host Bree Davies chats with Keith Garcia, artistic director for the Sie FilmCenter, about Cinema Q, Denver’s annual celebration of queer cinema. Plus, City Cast producer Xandra McMahon joins Bree to share some other weekend recommendations.

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+ SATURDAY: FERAL Camp Food Cookoff
Are you a camping pro? Culinary king of the campfire? Sign up to compete in FERAL’s inaugural Camp Food Cookoff. Or, stop by the shop between noon and 1 p.m. to taste the contending meals and cast your vote.

+ SATURDAY: Highlands Street Fair
Celebrate everything the Highlands has to offer in beer, music, food, and shopping at this 38th annual neighborhood block party.

+ SATURDAY + SUNDAY: Summer Art Market
Art Students League of Denver invites you to shop local artwork, enjoy faculty demos, and participate in family art activities at the 28th annual Summer Art Mart.

+ SUNDAY: Affordable Arts Festival
Once a year, artists from around the country converge on the campus of Arapahoe Community College to offer art-lovers the rare opportunity to shop fine art at mind-blowing discounts. 



The artist in today’s Made In Denver section was brought to my attention by a City Cast reader to whom I’m extraordinarily grateful for exposing me to the beautiful, complex, fascinating works of Denver art world icon Ravi Amar Zupa. A recent Westword article described his work like this:

“... his paintings, prints and sculptures borrow imagery from myriad world cultures and folklore, as well as the annals of art history, from Bosch, Bruegel and Dürer to Mughal miniatures and Japanese woodblock prints, often massed together incongruously in one work, drawing dense parallels to make political points.”

Most recently, Zupa debuted this fun little treat: A set of 16 note cards and a deck of playing cards, featuring original designs of bar-crawling, beer-drinking irresponsible party cats. And they’re freaking awesome. 

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