Tracy Weil is a master at the art of breathing life into ideas. He calls it branding, and that's the business end of his skill, but it's also about being engaged in the community, which is what makes it so special. An artist, urban agriculturist, designer and Westword MasterMind, Weil is part of the ... More >>
Every generation of hipsters has its hangout, and from 1984 until 1997 in Denver, that place was City Spirit, an eclectic cafe that opened at 1434 Blake Street four years before the Lower Downtown Historic District was formally established, and long before LoDo became the mainstream mainstay it is t ... More >>
For Now Showing, the fall arts guide inserted in the September 27 issue of Westword, we asked dozens of luminaries on the local arts scene -- including winners of the Westword MasterMind awards -- to answer three questions: - Aside from your organization (or yourself), who is doing the most intere ... More >>
How much does it cost to put on a county fair? According to Tracy Weil of the Denver County Fair, about $200,000 -- and the DCF isn't funded in any way by the county, unlike most traditional fairs. Of course, that's also what helps sets the DCF apart from all the other fairs: Weil and fair director ... More >>
When it comes to art and bicycles, Ivar Zeile knows how to keep the wheels turning. The owner of Plus Gallery, Zeile -- who was in charge of curating last year's inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge bike art installation -- is taking the project for another spin, as Colorado again plays host to the i ... More >>
If last year's inaugural Denver County Fair was a grand experiment, this year's "is going to blow the first one out of the water on all counts!" says DCF maestra Dana Cain. That's because Cain's mental notepad was a cover-to-cover frenzy of new ideas and lessons learned by the time the 2011 event wa ... More >>
Create Denver Week, which began with a party last night, gets down to some heavy business with tonight's Urban Encounters and tomorrow's Create Denver Expo. But you never know -- they might be saving the best for last: On Sunday, the whole city is invited to the RiNo Art District for a Mother's Day ... More >>
On Saturday night, Westword introduced the eighth class of MasterMinds -- artistic entrepreneurs who are changing the cultural landscape. Since we started the program, we have given more than $130,000 in grants to artists and arts organizations. The latest winners (click on the link for profiles): M ... More >>
Scenes from the 2011 Denver County Fair.It's not too early to make plans for the second annual Denver County Fair -- which has been moved to the second weekend in August, starting on Friday, August 10 and running through Sunday, August 12, with extended hours. "We won't be up against the Dra ... More >>
The folks who put on the Denver County Fair last July didn't have a lot of control over the food sold at the event: The concessionaires came with the National Western Stock Show venue. But they're making up for any complaints about that with their very tasty Denver County Fair Cookbook, which ... More >>
The first time doing anything is always a learning experience, and certainly Dana Cain and Tracy Weil's first go at a Denver County Fair was no exception to that rule. Cain will change a few things next year, she told us yesterday -- a bigger animal pavilion, more live competitions and a less ... More >>
Weird and winning?Throwing a county fair for the first time ever is a lot like losing your virginity, it turns out: The stakes are high and the results may be a little messy and awkward, but that doesn't mean it wasn't thrilling, and it certainly doesn't mean you're going to stop doing it. "W ... More >>
My 45-hour-long art exhibit at the Denver County Fair was filled with fun, but there were some highlights...
The illustration above appeared as the third panel of my "Predictions 2011" Worst-Case Scenario comic in the December 30, 2010 issue of Westword. I was predicting that the success of the Denver County Fair would turn all loft and apartment residents into rooftop and balcony farmers. But, in ... More >>
Maybe you've heard about it: The buzz has been slowly growing over time. But what exactly is this Denver County Fair people are clucking and waving around their feathers about? Well, that's not an easy question to answer, since chances are pretty good there's never been anything quite like it ... More >>
Update: Yay! DEVO Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. this morning! Get yours at the Denver County Fair website. It's official: As previously reported here a few weeks ago, Barry Fey joined the Denver County Fair fold to help Dana Cain and Tracy Weil wrangle a high-profile act music headliner fo ... More >>
Poetry is all about words well chosen; success in gardening starts with the right seeds. Placement, or syntax, means everything to both: While the poet needs to know exactly when to let the sun shine directly on a word and when to hide it in shadow, the gardener must likewise synchronize his ... More >>
Legendary local concert promoter Barry Fey, who retired in 1997, is back in the game. We just received word from the Denver County Fair owners, Dana Cain and Tracy Weil, that Fey has been tapped as musical director. The Rockfather will be booking the talent for Saturday night's concert and will als ... More >>
At Niza Knoll Gallery on Santa Fe Drive.No one in their right mind would normally try to hit four art walks all in one night, but last Friday wasn't any old First Friday, it was Denver Arts Week's Know Your Arts First Friday and, courtesy of Visit Denver flak Rich Grant, I got to do it in sty ... More >>
Drew Englander, Illiterate GalleryWhy is this First Friday different from all other First Fridays? In most ways, it isn't, and that's the real beauty of it. But it is Denver Arts Week's Know Your Arts First Friday Arts Walk, meaning the monthly evening art walk event in arts districts all ove ... More >>
This city really knows how to kick off its third annual Denver Arts Week: Tonight's Know Your Arts First Friday, an amped-up First Friday art-walk event, will step up to the plate to showcase local artists and galleries all over town. The fun then continues with a slew of art discussions, demonst ... More >>
This collaboration was in the stars.
Flapjacks will be flipping in RiNo.
It's not always easy for an artist to coax art from the mind, or the hand. But it can be even more difficult to coax tomatoes from the soil. Tracy Weil is lucky to have both skills, and he combined them last Friday at Weilworks, 3611 Chestnut Street, his unbelievably cool, three-story studio/home/ ... More >>
Catch a hot tomato at weilworks.
Before LoDo was club central and all cleaned up -- in fact, before LoDo was LoDo -- the visionary couple Mickey Zeppelin and Susan Wick opened The City Spirit Café, at 14th and Blake. A serendipitous art-cave and basement bookstore lined with mosaic and bright colors, City Spirit was a place wher ... More >>
Mark MangerCatherine O'Neill's Art from Ashes won last year's MasterMind for literary arts. Across the metro area, artists and arts enthusiasts are working hard -- often unappreciated and uncompensated -- to change the cultural landscape. Catherine O'Neill's Art From Ashes uses poetry to elevate p ... More >>
RiNo is blooming this spring.
Hoof it to the Asbury Event Center for the Shoe Ball.
Let the St. Paddy's revelry begin -- early!
Video installations come to weilworks
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
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