July 2017 Around Town

The Joseph Family Foundation 
and Tempus Jets Present Urban Nights Denver

The fifth annual Urban Nights Denver prepares to celebrate its fifth year at Mile High Station on Saturday, August 5th. The city’s largest outdoor urban fashion show and fundraiser will benefit at-risk youth with the theme: Threads of Promise.

Donna Crafton Montgomery serves as this year’s Gala Chair and is supported by co-chairs Jill Landman Alfond, Matthew Keeney and Matthew Morris.

“On any given night in Denver, more than 900 youth are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless,” said Donna Crafton Montgomery, 2017 Urban Nights Chair. “This year, we are thrilled to add new beneficiaries that expand our reach into this vulnerable population providing a wide range of services that these kids need to obtain self-sufficiency and a safe life off the streets.”

This year’s charity partners include Urban Peak, The Danny Dietz Foundation and La Academia at The Denver Inner City Parish. All with the shared vision of providing critical services to the at-risk youth that each organization serves.

This year’s fashion show, designed and produced by Jenny Baker-Strasburg and Tobie Orr, will feature works from the Art Institute of Colorado and Suit Supply. The fashion show will be anchored by NYFW darling, Nicholas K, “Built from Scratch” Fall/Winter 2017.

In addition to delivering another fashion spectacle, this year’s event will feature 90s rap and fashion icons, Salt-N-Pepa!

The event will be held at Mile High Station — under the canopy of the Colfax Avenue viaduct —with The VIP party commencing at 6:00 pm, general admission opens at 7:00 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm. Salt-N-Pepa hit the stage at 9. The show will be followed by an after-party until midnight. UrbanNightsDenver.org

A Taste of Colorado Announces 
2017 Festival Dates

A Taste of Colorado is a four-day, free admission festival produced by the Downtown Denver Partnership. The event takes place over Labor Day Weekend in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. More than 500,000 visitors will celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the region’s largest free music festival while enjoying cuisine from over 50 restaurants and food establishments, diverse musical acts performing on six stages, and shopping at nearly 300 different artisan booths.  A Taste of Colorado is the ultimate end-of- summer opportunity for residents and visitors to experience the sounds, tastes, and sights of Colorado’s diverse cultural traditions and Western heritage. This year the festival will take place September 1st-September 4th at Civic Center Park. Admission is free, and food and beverage tickets will be sold separately. For more information visit, ATasteOfColorado.com.

NRbv2 with Planned Parenthood 
of the Rocky Mountains

NRbv2 is a style and fashion event to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Join us on July 13th for a night of music, libations, fashion, and jewels. Nod and Rose, a contemporary yet classic clothing boutique located at 901 West Pearl Street in Boulder will host the event. Run by a husband and wife team, this boutique presents a vibe that is hipster, americana and funky lending to an effortless, unpretentious style (nodandrose.com). Belle Voir, a beautiful view, utilizes the permanence of silver, gold and precious stones to create small works of art. Each piece is a unique work of art designed and created by Beth Van De Water to reflect moments of beauty, lightness and joy (bellevoir.org). 10% of the evening’s sales will go to PPRM. Please join us for a night of community, resistance and celebration. PlannedParenthood.org

Museum of Boulder 
Announces Renovations

The Museum of Boulder is expanding from its current location on University Hill to the former Masonic Lodge building in Boulder at 2205 Broadway. Construction started May 1, 2017, with major aspects of the renovations including adding a large elevator, revamping the plumbing, heating and electrical systems, insulating the walls and adding quality climate control to accommodate artifacts. The main goal is to put Boulder’s accomplishments on the pedestal it deserves while archiving the past.

In addition to telling the history of Boulder, the new Museum of Boulder will feature interactive exhibits that will teach and inspire visitors in science, technology, athletics, natural foods, and other elements of Boulder’s legacy and culture. The Museum’s Children’s Discovery Zone will be the only children’s museum in Boulder and fill a need for families with young children.

The Museum’s Capital Campaign is in the final stage of raising the required $11.3 million to complete renovations and the exciting exhibit designs, fabrications and installations by January 2018.

“To meet the needs of the community, we needed a bigger facility more centrally located,” remarked Nancy Geyer, Executive Director & CEO at the Museum of Boulder. “The two cool things that we’re excited about are the lower-level garden terrace, which will be part of the indoor/outdoor children’s museum, and the rooftop terrace, which has an incredible view. It truly is one of the best views in Boulder. You can see the Flatirons, you can see downtown, and we’ll be able to have parties 
and receptions.” MuseumOfBoulder.org

Flatirons Food Film 
Festival celebrates five years with the biggest benefit event and 
festival yet

Fall 2017 marks the fifth anniversary of the Flatirons Food Film Festival, a festival that has been wowing foodies, film lovers, and the intersection of both, since 2012. Festival Director Julia Joun has planned several events and special programs this summer across Colorado to celebrate, as well as the biggest Festival yet, September 27-October 1.

This year’s Festival benefit event will be held Wednesday, July 12th 6:30-10pm at Black Cat Farm in Longmont, and will be the very first farm dinner to be held at Black Cat Farm.  Participants will be able to tour the farm, and for the first time, to eat the produce, pork, and wheat just feet from where it was produced – the same food served at the Black Cat Bistro, Bramble & Hare, and the Black Cat booth at the Boulder Farmers Market.

Special guest Deborah Madison will also attend the benefit dinner, and lead a farm tour with Black Cat chef/farmer Eric Skokan. Madison is the James Beard Award-winning author of classic vegetarian cookbooks, such as The Greens CookbookThe Savory Way, and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Madison will sign copies of her new cookbook, In My Kitchen: A Collection of New and Favorite Vegetarian Recipes.  There will also be a live auction offering unique culinary experiences; as well as screenings of 2017 festival film previews and a short food film. Benefit event tickets are $145 per person and include beer and wine.

Festival sponsors include Black Cat Bistro, Boulder County Farmers Market, Bramble & Hare, Indian Food Rocks!, Liquor Mart, Local Table Tours, ROOT PR, and Savory Spice Shop – Boulder, with media sponsors Daily Camera and Longmont Times-Call. Cured, Deviant Spirits Distillery, Fortuna Chocolate, Highland Honey Bees, Montbell U.S.A., and Raleigh Street Bakery also are lending support for the benefit farm dinner.

For more information visit, 
 FlatironsFoodFilmFest.org.