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THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

This week brings a new twist in the Tay Anderson drama that has been making headlines since March.

According to a June 29 article from Yellow Scene magazine, the anonymous source that first publicly accused Denver school board director Tay Anderson of sexual assault a few months ago has now recanted her statements. Yellow Scene quotes the alleged victim as saying that she no longer has the support system she did in the beginning and is distancing herself from the other claims.

To remind you, local activist group Black Lives Matter 5280 came forward on behalf of this anonymous source in March. Shortly after, six women who previously worked with Anderson as part of Never Again Colorado, a gun reform organization, also came forward with claims that Anderson had acted inappropriately around female members of the group. In May, Denver parent Mary Katherine Brooks-Fleming testified in front of a state House committee that 62 Denver students had come to her with claims of sexual misconduct involving a DPS staffer, which DPS later connected with Anderson.

A third-party investigation launched by the school board is currently ongoing. The Denver Police Department says it has not been contacted by any of the alleged victims, and Anderson continues to deny all allegations. In response to the Yellow Scene article, Anderson said: “... my potential vindication from false allegations isn't a victory over survivors of assault, it's a victor [sic] for the truth…”
[Westword]

☔ According to the National Weather Service we’re looking at a chance of thunderstorms followed by a chance of more thunderstorms. So, I guess have your umbrellas handy today.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

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📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🔎 Police seek leads in Wash Park vandalism
Many residents in Denver’s Washington Park West neighborhood woke up Tuesday morning to racist vandalism on more than a dozen cars. The culprits spray painted derogatory language and symbols on the hoods, doors, and windows of vehicles in the area. The Denver Police Department is currently investigating. [KDVR]
👉 What you can do: Police encourage anyone with information to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.


👩🏽‍💼 Lisa Calderón named executive director of Emerge Colorado
Lisa Calderón announced yesterday that she will be exiting her role as chief of staff for City Council member Candi CdeBaca to lead Emerge Colorado, a nonprofit dedicated to aiding Democractic women who wish to run for public office. CdeBaca herself is an alumna of the program, as is council member Amanda Sawyer and state representative Leslie Herod. Calderón will be the first woman of color to serve as executive director. [Denverite]

🍷 Historic mansion slated to become new restaurant
Do you know the 122-year-old Tears-McFarlane house at the north end of Cheesman Park? Construction will begin this summer to turn the massive brick Colonial-style mansion into a park-side restaurant with seating inside a new all-glass conservatory and an outdoor garden. The menu will offer cafe fare, lunch, dinner, and wine. [The Know]

🎸 How loud is loud enough at Red Rocks?
More than 17,500 people have signed a petition to “repeal the Morrison/Red Rocks decibel limit.” The petition appeared on change.org last week and alleges that experiences at Red Rocks are hampered by unjust noise ordinances. Two days ago, the director of marketing and communications for Denver Arts and Venues left a comment on the petition page to “clarify” certain claims and correct “misinformation” cited in the petition description. But the signatures are still rolling in… [Change.org]
👉 What you can do: Read the petition and the response from the city here

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

Hancock's Pick to Run DIA has Baggage
16 mins
There’s a good old fashioned scandal brewing at Denver International Airport involving Phil Washington, Mayor Hancock’s pick for new CEO of DIA. Axios Denver reporter Alayna Alvarez is here to break it all down for us. 

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TONIGHT: Scoop of Jazz
Live jazz and ice cream — need we say more? Stop by Little Man Ice Cream for smooth tunes and a sweet treat every Thursday all summer.

+ TONIGHT: Arvada Strong Fundraiser
This special variation of Olde Town Arvada’s Thursday Nite Bites will raise funds for the victims of last week’s fatal shooting.

+ FRIDAY: Flobots at Levitt Pavilion
Catch the Flobots live for free as part of the Levitt Pavilion Denver Summer Concert Series. (They’re incredible, I’ve seen them.)

🎭 MOMENT OF JOY
(Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating the return of live theater with an upcoming performance list chock-full of can’t-miss shows.  I’m talking about cult favorites like:

  • Cats
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical
  • Pretty Woman: The Musical
  • Disney’s The Lion King
  • And yes, Hamilton

See the full lineup with dates here!

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