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YOUR DENVER TO-DO LIST
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

Hello from Denver,

Bad news, everyone. Peyton is out today, and with her goes our regular newsletter format... 

Instead! You’ve got me, Bree, and Xandra here with an experiment. We’re going to give you 6 things for your Denver weekend.

And boy is it going to be a nice weekend, with clear skies and highs in the upper 80s.


— Paul Karolyi (@paulkarolyi), with Bree Davies (@cocodavies) and Xandra McMahon (@xanmcmahon).

👮 READ what the Colorado AG has to say about Aurora PD

Earlier this month, Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser made national news when he announced that three Aurora police officers and two paramedics would face charges in connection with the death of Elijah McClain in 2019. Now, Weiser is back with a broader look at Aurora PD and Aurora’s fire department. His office reportedly reviewed more than a million records, reports, and other documents, as well as body-worn camera footage, dating from over a five-year period and found a “pattern and practice” of racially biased policing, using excessive force, failing to document stops as required by the law, and illegally using ketamine. You can find the whole report here, including the reform efforts Weiser’s office will be pursuing. [Denver Post]

🍻 DRINK one last beer at Factotum Brewhouse

The Sunnyside brewery is calling it quits after 6 years and one long pandemic. The owners say their business was turning around and they made an offer to buy their building, but the landlord said no. “So where does that leave us?" Factotum’s owners asked in a Facebook post announcing their closure. "Truthfully, we’re not 100 percent sure. We are a profitable yet soon-to-be homeless brewery. The good thing is that we're blessed with lots of options, and we're exploring each of those options with clarity, pragmatism and logic.” They’re throwing a good-bye party on October 9, so you still have time to head over there and make a toast to the good times. [Westword]

🎤  LAUGH at the High Plains Comedy Festival

After a pandemic hiatus, The High Plains Comedy Festival is back! Catch Colorado proud stand-up superstars like The Grawlix, Josh Blue and Sam Tallent alongside national acts like Eliza Skinner, Liza Treyger, and Rory Scovel. Taking place at various venues across the city all weekend long, this comedy extravaganza features stand-up, storytelling, karaoke, and live podcast tapings with pod bigwigs like The Dollop, All Fantasy Everything, and The Pen Pals. (P.S.- Be sure to listen to yesterday’s City Cast Denver interview with Denver-raised funny gal and E! TV show host, Justine Marino.) [Westword]

🤼 WATCH the 12th Annual Slave to the Deathmatch

Did you know Denver’s a big wrestling town? It is. And this weekend, get ready to rumble with the city’s finest pro wrestlers for the 2021 edition of Slave to the Deathmatch. This annual tournament hosted by Primos Premiere Pro Wrestling gets grisly — fighters armed with barbed wire, shards of glass, and even weed wackers step into the ring for an unforgettable night of fights. Going down Saturday night as part of a weekend long series of wrestling events, the Slave to the Deathmatch throwdown features Mosh Pit Mike, Satu Junn, sibling rival wrestlers Adrian and Lilith Grimm and more. [Facebook]

🎸 HEAR local and national acts at the Westword Music Showcase

Landing in RINO this year with a two-day line-up, the 2021 Westword Music Showcase is bursting with dozens of must-see bands and artists. Headliners include Young the Giant, Kaytranada and Thundercat, along with buzzworthy local acts like The Velveteers, Ramakhandra, and YaSi. Old favorites like The Larimer Lounge and Meadowlark will host the annual showcase, along with newer stages like Number Thirty Eight and Mission Ballroom. Enjoy this end-of-summer concert weekend while catching some of the wild art that graces many walls within the RiNo Art District. [Westword]

📞 TELL US about your favorite breakfast burrito in Denver 🌯

Remember when we went to eat all those burgers? Well, we’re stepping into it again, and this time we’re taking on another hotly contested local food debate: The Breakfast Burrito Battle. Do you have a local spot that we absolutely have to try? A popular spot you think doesn’t hold up? A special order that makes a mediocre burrito sublime? Call our new voicemail line and bring the heat. Just remember to say your name and neighborhood, and you might hear your message on the show! [Call us at (720) 500-5418]

Concert Vaccination Protocols, Palm Scanning, and Shotgun Willie's
28 mins

Paul, Bree, and Xandra talk about what it’s like to hit the town when the town is getting hit by the delta variant. Plus, they chat about Glendale’s mascot — Shotgun Willie’s and its bankruptcy shenanigans.

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