History Retold

Cartoonist Noah Van Sciver always has another project down his inkwell, and one of the latest — a collaboration with vegetarian restaurateur and author Dan Landes — will make its debut tonight with a two-part celebration at City, O’ City and upstairs performance venue Deer Pile. Van Sciver, a Westword contributor, says the concept appealed to him as an illustrator both for its nineteenth-century setting and its connection to Denver history. Landes's story, A City of Whiskey and Fire, is based on the great fire of 1863, which decimated downtown Denver and led to a city ordinance requiring all new structures to be built using brick. “Nobody knows for sure what actually happened, so Dan basically wrote a story about how the fire started,” Van Sciver explains.

Festivities begin in the restaurant, 206 East 13th Avenue, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. for an exhibit of Van Sciver’s original Whiskey and Fire drawings; after 9, Landes will host a reading upstairs at Deer Pile, with live music from the Denver Broncos UK. The story, bound in comic-book form to fit in a package with a seven-inch recording of Landes reading the tale, will be available for $15, or look for it later at Kilgore Books and other local bookstores. Admission to both events is free; visit A City of Whiskey and Fire’s Face-book page for information.
Tue., April 8, 7-9 p.m., 2014

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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