It's time to go with the glow

Column by Penny Parker

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City streetlights, even stoplights dressed in bright red and green, and purple, and yellow, and orange and, and, and, will dazzle downtown Denver dwellers and visitors beginning with the Grand Illumination at 6 p.m. Nov. 29.

The city's celebration begins with opening day of the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, at 16th Street and Arapahoe, beginning at 10 a.m. daily through Feb. 16. Skating is free with skate rentals at $2 (skate rental on opening day is free). More information: www.southwestrink.com.

Your Keys to the City, a public piano art program created by the Downtown Denver Partnership, returns along the 16th Street Mall with five winter-themed pianos painted by local artists. The pianos, which will remain along the mall until Dec. 30, are available for free public play from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

At 6 p.m. Nov. 29, Denver's historic D&F Tower will turn on its holiday lights, and more than 550,000 energy-efficient LED lights will illuminate the 16th Street Mall, California Street between 14th and 17th streets and Curtis Street between 14th and 16th streets.

Meanwhile at Union Station, LoDo District Inc. will present a holiday-themed choir, a Children's Museum craft table, treats provided by LoDo restaurants and a visit from Dinger Claus (the Colorado Rockies mascot in costume).

The City and County Building, lit entirely in LED lights, will be illuminated nightly from 5:45 to 10:45 p.m. through Jan. 26.

Charity CD coming

Twenty-five years of in-studio performances will be celebrated with 18 new songs from the KBCO Studio C vault, which will be released on its annual charity CD beginning at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at all seven Paul's TV locations inside Furniture Row and at Denver Mattress in Boulder.

The CD features music recorded live on the radio from the Boulder/Denver radio station's performance studio, KBCO Studio C. 97.3 KBCO has hosted thousands of intimate KBCO Studio C sessions with artists and bands from all over the world for 25 years.

The KBCO Studio C 25th Anniversary CD will feature performances as far back as 1994 with the Dave Matthews Band along with songs recorded over the last year from artists like Imagine Dragons, Phoenix, Capital Cities and Phillip Phillips. The CD will benefit the Boulder County AIDS Project and Food Bank of the Rockies.

Because of high demand, there will be a limit of two CDs per person and the collection will be sold for $12 each. Traditionally the annual CD release sells out in less than a day, with avid KBCO Studio C fans lining up before sunrise to get their copies of the coveted charity disc.

A complete list of Paul's TV locations and all additional details are available by visiting www.kbco.com.

Arvada adds eatery

The folks at Udi's Foods were slated to open Braun's Taphaus & Grille in the old space of the Archive Room in Olde Town Arvada on Friday, Nov. 22.

Eater Denver reported Braun's will serve “traditional German cuisine and American comfort food with 20 rotating beers on tap.”

Located at 5601 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Braun's is in the heart of a burgeoning area in Arvada that will only grow when the RTD FasTracks Gold Line opens in 2016.

The Archive Room opened in 2009 and recently former Dixon's chef Aaron Youngblood revived the menu for bar fare to more of a seasonal offering, but the place closed last summer.

See the full story at www.denver.eater.com/archives/2013/11/13/udis-foods-will-open-brauns-taphaus-grille-a-german-taphouse-in-arvada.php.

Brews per Breslouer

Thrillist Denver writer/photographer/videographer/pontificator Lee Breslouer has made it his journalistic duty to sniff out our state's best breweries, beers and places to drink them, but now he's sharing his supreme suds list with all of the Thrillist Nation.

Breslouer did exhaustive and thirst-quenching research to compile The Definitive Colorado Beer Guide, released in Monday's Thrillist Nation blog. Read the whole guide at www.thrillist.com.

Salute to restaurants

Eater.com, a national restaurant and food trend website with a dedicated Denver edition, just announced its Eater Awards 2013, as chosen by local editors in 27 cities. Here are the winners:

Restaurant of the Year: Old Major

Chef of the Year: Jennifer Jasinski

So Hot Right Now: Comida

Bartender of the Year: Bryan Dayton

Stone Cold Stunner: Izakaya Den

Empire Builder of the Year: Troy Guard

See the whole story at: www.denver.eater.com/archives/2013/11/18/announcing-the-2013-eater-awards-for-denver.php.

Highlands Ranch sole man

Randy E. Johnson, an owner-agent for State Farm Insurance (www.randyejohnson.com), is an official drop-off location for the global anti-poverty organization, Soles4Souls Inc. Johnson's office is at 8925 Ridgeline Blvd., Suite 101 in Highlands Ranch.

“We are encouraging the community to join us in giving back by dropping off any gently worn or new shoes to our office during business hours and we will ship the shoes to Soles4Souls,” said Johnson. “We are proud to be partnering with this organization doing so much here in the United States, as well as globally.”

It is estimated that approximately 300 million children worldwide — almost as many as the entire U.S. population — live without shoes. Lacking proper footwear, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school. Tens of millions poverty-stricken, barefoot boys and girls will be infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases.

For more information, call 303-791-8883.

Overheard

Eavesdropping on a woman during her 75th birthday party at Panzano: “Just because I have pains doesn't mean I have to be one.”

Penny Parker's “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.pennyparker.blacktie-colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.

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