Mile High Life

See your way to outdoor glass exhibit

Column by Penny Parker
Posted 5/7/14

Denver Botanic Gardens will present the Rocky Mountain region's first outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated American glass artist Dale Chihuly. His dramatic sculptures will be on view June 14 through Nov. 30 at the gardens, 1007 York St. in Denver.

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Mile High Life

See your way to outdoor glass exhibit


Denver Botanic Gardens will present the Rocky Mountain region's first outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated American glass artist Dale Chihuly. His dramatic sculptures will be on view June 14 through Nov. 30 at the gardens, 1007 York St. in Denver.

Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world in museums and gardens.

CSO, yeah

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the bastion of classical taste and the guardian of musical tradition, is encouraging patrons to bring pot to the party during Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series, which marks a growing partnership between the CSO and the burgeoning cannabis industry in Colorado.

Clever those symphony folks, who, for this series, seem to be swapping black tie for Rasta wear. Ganja!

The High Note Series will be at The Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive, and all proceeds will benefit the Colorado Symphony. Classically Cannabis themes include Pan American Highway on May 23, Mississippi Blues Highway on July 18 and Summer Monsoon on Aug. 15.

The series will culminate with a Red Rocks concert on Sept. 13; details to be announced soon. Note: The consumption of cannabis at Red Rocks is prohibited by law.

"This partnership is part of an overall effort to reach out to every segment of our community," said Jerome H. Kern, the Colorado Symphony's CEO and, with Mary Rossick Kern, co-chair of its board of trustees. "Like the Colorado Symphony, the cannabis industry is entrepreneurial, innovative and responsive to the people of Colorado. These businesses have expressed a willingness to support the Colorado Symphony's mission. Our doors are open to any legal, legitimate business that wants to help."

Since the symphony announced this cutting-edge musical series last week, spokeswoman Laura Bond says, "We've been pleased and energized by the response so far. ... We've heard from people in Los Angeles, Australia, all over the country and the world. People recognize that this is a bold move, not without risks, and most have applauded the effort."

Band in Hard Rock battle

Local band Aspen Hourglass is in contention to win Hard Rock Rising, the world's largest battle of the bands.

Fans can vote for Aspen Hourglass on the Hard Rock Cafe Denver Facebook page,, until May 7 to help the local vocals move into the top 25, and one step closer to performing in Rome.

After battling it out with several of the area's top bands at Hard Rock Cafe Denver, Aspen Hourglass is among the top winners from around the world, and is one step closer to winning the chance of a lifetime - an all-expenses paid trip to Rome, Italy, to perform at the first Hard Rock Live Rome music festival this summer. Second- and third-prize winners will each receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000.

Tin Cup II opens

Cindy Jones, the affable owner of the Tin Cup restaurant at Aurora Hills Golf Club, has stretched her spatula to add the eatery at Fitzsimons Golf Course to her culinary resume.

Jones, who officially took over the Fitz restaurant in January, has been sprucing up the golfers' 19th hole and has brought the Tin Cup's breakfast and lunch menus to the new place.

The Tin Cup, which for my money is the best public golf course restaurant in Aurora, features homemade breakfast burritos as well as house-fried tortilla chips and house-made salsa, with several grab and go items for golfers on their way to the next hole.

Jones also hired Rose Decker, who famously worked at the long-gone Plainsman in Aurora for 20 years, as the manager at the newly named Tin Cup II.

"(Decker) is such a go-getter and makes everyone feel so welcomed," Jones said. "We're getting great feedback from everyone and we have very reasonable prices, and people are coming from the hospitals and (other office buildings in) that area to eat. We also have to-go menus for (local workers) to call in: 303-340-3093."

Oh, those cable honors

Induction into the Cable Hall of Fame is one of the industry's highest and most exclusive honors.

Two Denver dignitaries, Daniel L. Ritchie, chairman and CEO, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and David Van Valkenburg, former CEO and COO, TeleWest PLC (UK), were inducted last week into the 2014 Cable Hall of Fame during a celebration at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles.

The other 2014 honorees:

Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent and anchor at CNN; Alex Best, (retired), executive vice president, engineering, Cox Communications Inc.; Fred Dressler, (deceased), executive vice president, programming, Time Warner Cable; and Jerald L. Kent, chairman and CEO, Suddenlink Communications.


Eavesdropping on a woman and a man at dinner: "I broke my sunglasses so I had to use my husband's today."

"Yes, I had to coach first base today without any sunglasses."

She lifts his baseball cap and says, "Look at those eyebrows. You have plenty of shade!"

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 You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

Penny Parker


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