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I have officially received the first-ever news release from Meow Wolf Denver that I actually understand – and it’s pretty great news. Denver’s intentionally ambiguous art museum/theme park is making $600,000 available to 60 organizations that support arts and culture programs in New Mexico and the metro areas of Denver, Clark County in Nevada, Dallas and Houston.

The primary criterion is that they somehow “enrich their communities through the healing power of art and creativity.”

The 16 Denver-area recipients are Access Gallery; the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation; Cleo Parker Robinson Dance; Colectival; the Colorado Business Community for the Arts; Denver Art Society; The Art District on Santa Fe; Downtown Aurora Visual Arts; the Latino Cultural Arts Center; Museo de Las Américas; RedLine Contemporary Art Center; Sacred Voices; Su Teatro; Sun Valley Kitchen + Community Center; Sun Valley Youth Center; and Think 360 Arts for Learning.

Access Gallery, for example, was chosen because it makes creative, educational and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access the arts.

“We believe all artists with disabilities should have a place to earn and learn in a safe and accessible environment,” said Executive Director Damon McLeese. “We see how art changes lives every day.”

All of which goes to prove that Meow Wolf, in Denver and elsewhere, is a good neighbor.

“As a company founded by artists, that employs artists, and celebrates the inner creative in everyone, Meow Wolf understands first-hand how creativity, imagination and play can truly transform lives,” said Meow Wolf CEO Jose Tolosa.

Now, if someone could just please explain that whole Q-Pass thing to me again … slowly.


Club owner Donald Rossa, right, hugs patron Cathie Beck as he greets everyone at the door during the opening night of the new Dazzle jazz club on Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, in Denver, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Denver Gazette)

CBCA’s arts awards announced

Dazzle is bringing the razzle to downtown arts complex

City of Denver fills a void under its iconic cultural arches while honoring its considerable jazz and blues history

Speaking of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, it has named its 12 honorees for its 2024 Business for the Arts Awards, the only statewide event honoring companies and individuals for their partnerships and engagement with the arts. They will be feted March 12 with an awards luncheon in the Denver Center’s Seawell Ballroom.

The biggies: Dazzle owner Donald Rossa, who moved his iconic nightclub into the Denver Performing Arts Complex this year, will receive the U.S. Bank Cultural Leadership Award. Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, CEO of  Craig Hospital, will receive the John Madden Jr. Leadership Award. And Clelyn Chapin, artistic director of the Denver Women’s Chorus, will receive the MSU Denver Next Wave Leadership Award. Tickets on sale at

EGS + Partners RiNo grant

EGS + Partners is the recipient of a Rino Art District grant.

RiNo awards impact grants

This must be awards week. The RiNo Art District has announced $75,000 in Social Impact Grants to seven local organizations working in the five historic neighborhoods that touch the district. The groups are being honored for championing solutions to social issues ranging from food accessibility and homelessness to youth arts education.

The grant recipients are Birdseed Collective; CIRCLE; EGS + Partners; Green Dot Coalition; Mo Betta Green Marketplace; The People’s Pickles; and YEBO Media.

Since 2020, RiNo has awarded $225,000 to organizations in Five Points, Globeville, Elyria-Swansea and Cole.

Cayton-Holland comedy special

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Adam Cayton-Holland

Adam Cayton-Holland

Hot Denver comic Adam Cayton-Holland is on a roll. His podcast, with Denver comedy brothers Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl, just released its milestone 100th episode (“The Grawlix Saves the World,” my personal favorite non-news podcast). His recent video clip about why there has been construction on I-25 at Johnson’s Corner for as long as he has been alive is the funniest 80 seconds I’ve ever seen on Instagram.

And now he’s released his first hour-long special, “Wallpaper.” Cayton-Holland tells tales of parenthood, delivered with equal parts thoughtfulness and silliness. Like his existential struggle with whether he wants to become a “dad” comedian at all. After all, his fans never signed on for his take on Paw Patrol (which is, BTW: “Defund Paw Patrol”). The special was filmed at the Bug Theatre in Denver and released by 800 Pound Gorilla. Name your own price to watch at

Let’s get purple

A film adaptation of the Broadway musical “The Color Purple” is coming, and Sweet Sweetz, a Black, female-owned bakery just north of City Park at 2325 E. 28th Ave., is celebrating the film’s upcoming opening this weekend. This sounds too purply good to be true, but I’m told that, for $9.95, you will get two tickets to see the film after it opens on Christmas Day, along with a purple snack pack that includes two banana pudding parfaits, two lemon cupcakes and two pretzels. Available in-store from noon-7 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 16) and 2-5 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 1).

And finally …


Taylor Swift performs during the first of two shows at Empower Field at Mile High for The Eras Tour on Friday, July 14, 2023, in Denver, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Denver Gazette)

Now I remember why I don’t go to concerts anymore. According to some rando ticketing site called Gametime, the median ticket price for an Adele concert was $1,011 per ticket. I remember when you could go to Mile High Stadium and see five bands on a Sunday and it cost about $30. Grumble, grumble. Here are the 10 most expensive concert tickets in 2023, based on median ticket price at U.S. venues:

1. Adele: $1,011 per ticket

2. Taylor Swift: $958 per ticket

3. U2: $502 per ticket

4. Drake: $473 (the kid from “Degrassi”? Are you kidding me?)

5. Usher: $406 per ticket

6. Bruno Mars: $391 per ticket

7. Harry Styles: $358

8. Morgan Wallen: $329

9. Suga: $309 

10. Garth Brooks: $288

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