The blog shortcut, September 1 edition

Mr. Ryan, you have my gratitude.

Today in Cafe Society:Meet Mr. Burger: Tom Ryan of Smashburger. • Fantasy football party deals abound in Denver. • Stomp Them Grapes moving north. • Otto's is outta Market Street. • End of summer pinot party tonight at Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria.

Today in Backbeat Online:What is the Twin Geminorum Complex?O.N.E. (of Infinite Mindz) is an Inglorious Basterd. • Over the Weekend: Ratdog at Chautauqua. • About Last Night: De La Soul at the Bluebird. • Over the Weekend: Hall & Oates at the Paramount Theatre. • A first look at Dressy Bessy's new "Shoot I Love You" video.

Today in The Latest Word:Shaggy Bandit spills all about bank-robbing spree. • Could Republican disarray lure Bill Owens into Senate race?Death-defying repair work at Denver Art Museum. • Dodger Talk host treats Denver like a joke. • Urbavore's Dilemma: Final harvest. Make sure you finish everything on your plate.

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