The recent rains have greened up -- and cleaned up -- Civic Center Park, which was looking good for today's first installment of Civic Center Eats, the weekly market and cafe that's moved to mid-day Tuesday this year.
The lineup of booths should increase through the summer, but already includes a barbecue joint, a creperie (that also offers Mexican food), a cheesesteak truck, a bread shop/bakery and assorted beverage purveyors, as well as booths selling fresh produce (tormatoes, beets and greens right now), aprons and organic soaps, and handing out literature about the Civic Center Conservancy, which is putting on the market.
Most inventive booth: The Girls Inc. smoothie stand, which uses pedal power to mix the drinks.
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Less predictable are the people who'll be frequenting the market, which will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday through September 29. Today's lineup included:
Mayor John Hickenlooper, fresh from playing a senator in a new movie being made by his cousin, George Hickenlooper.
Rich Grant of Visit Denver, who was talking fondly -- perhaps a little too fondly -- of how in Paris, they tote in tons of sand and drop it by the Seine, so that women can sit topless under umbrellas and pretend that they're in Saint-Tropez.
A faithful Westword reader who is 82 and wonders why Jason Sheehan uses such bad language: "If he were my son, he wouldn't get away with that."