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Denver small business owners are grappling with what it means to “return to normal” amidst the ongoing pandemic. Like the Oriental Theater, which found itself in a tough position this week after announcing that ticket holders for its upcoming event, Carnival De Sensuale: Wild West!, provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

After deleting an Instagram post about the requirement, Carnival creator and theater co-owner Scott Happel shared via Facebook that there was immense pushback and many requests for refunds. But the show must go on, and the Oriental Theater is sticking to its own rules.

It’s just the latest instance of a small business having to make big decisions related to public health where the city and state have decided not to weigh in. Mayor Michael Hancock has stated that he won’t be making decisions regarding vaccine mandates for indoor activities anytime soon, so for now it looks like Denver’s business community will be on its own. [Facebook, Axios Denver]

It’s afternoon rainstorm season here in Denver. Expect warm sunny days all weekend, with highs in the low-to-mid 90s and a chance of those showers in the afternoon. Oh, and also -- the air quality is expected to be particularly poor all weekend.

👉 What you can do: Check out yesterday’s episode of City Cast Denver with pulmonologist Dr. Anthony Gerber for some practical tips on how to manage our #BadAirSummer.

— Bree Davies, (@cocodavies) and Paul Karolyi (@paulkarolyi). Never fear, Peyton will be back on Monday!


🍺 + 🌲 I believe they call it “cross-fading”
Craft beer and cannabis. Yes, it’s a recipe for a really weird night. But apparently it’s also the next big thing. This week, the Boulder-based Brewers Association published a book, titled “Brewing with Cannabis,” to help brewers incorporate CBD and THC into their creations. At least one craft brewing leader, Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis, is investing in the weed biz, with a new partnership with Veritas Fine Cannabis. [Axios Denver]

🦠 E. coli in Englewood
Many Denverites received an emergency text alert Wednesday evening about a possible exposure to E. coli. Fortunately, the contamination was limited to a section of Englewood and thirsty Denverites need not worry. “Our water is fine and unaffected from anything that happens in Englewood at this time,” a Denver Water spokesperson said. [Denverite]
👉 What you can do: Check to see if you live in the affected area.

🚓 Independent Monitor reform advances
A City Council committee this week advanced two measures that would allow the Office of the Independent Monitor, which is like a watchdog for police and public safety, to act more independently. If the full council agrees and voters approve in November, the measures would shift responsibility for hiring a new monitor from the mayor to the Citizen Oversight Board, allow the monitor to hire outside attorneys (as opposed to relying on the city’s attorneys), and increase protections for staff in the monitor’s office. [Denver Post]

🏙️ Don’t let the you-know-what hit you on the way out
Professional business booster Tami Door is stepping away from the Downtown Denver Partnership after 17 years as president and CEO. She counts the creation of entrepreneurship hub The Commons on Champa and co-founding of Denver Startup Week among her accomplishments. We’d round out the story by mentioning her longtime support for the urban camping ban, which has made downtown a much harsher place for our unhoused neighbors. [Denver Post]


50 New Historic Places, Staff Recs, and Canoosh!

30 minutes 

With La Alma Lincoln Park designated our city’s second historic cultural district earlier this week, Host Bree Davies and producer Paul Karolyi are talking all things historic preservation. Plus, recs for your weekend!

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+ TODAY: Off the Wall with DJ Jason Heller
The local author, musician and music critic Jason Heller is back behind the turntables tonight at Hi-Dive, spinning classic dance music all. night. long.

+ SATURDAY: Forgotten Spaces: Queer Denver
Join a guided walking tour of key sites in the history of Denver’s LGBTQ+ community, including the city’s first gay bar.

+ TODAY THROUGH OCTOBER 10: Walk/Bike for the Canal
The High Line Canal Conservancy is raising money to support upkeep and improvements on the beautiful and underappreciated High Line Canal Trail, where you can find me (Paul) jogging most weekday mornings. 


(Kennedy Cottrell, Courtesy of Meow Wolf)

The Santa Fe-born art-collective-turned-corporate-art-conglomerate Meow Wolf has Denver eagerly awaiting the September launch of its Mile High outpost, Convergence Station. But lucky for us, local artists involved in the interactive museum have been offering sneak peeks at their installations.

Colorado artists Cal Duran and David Ocelotl Garcia have teased photos of Earth Spirits of the Subconscious Mind, their collaborative “room” in the four-story exhibition. Call us intrigued -- we here at City Cast Denver can’t wait to step inside this alternate universe filled with work from 300 local and international artists. Full disclosure: One of those local artists is my (Bree’s) husband Gregg. [CNN]

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