Colorado’s mighty cultural sector can tap into $7.5 million from a bill voted on earlier this month.

It’s sort of like Washington, D.C., but closer to home and with much less money. But with an Arts Relief Fund, we want cultural programs in Colorado to survive -- and dare we hope they will thrive. Colorado Creative Industries, or CCI, will manage those funds. CCI is a division of the Office of Economic …

“60 Minutes” last night explored the concept of “excited delirium” and the use of ketamine, focusing on the death of Elijah McClain of Aurora (but others, too).

The excited delirium syndrome has become a term that some find problematic, especially when police use ketamine to subdue someone who has been arrested.  And unless you have lived in a cave for the more than a year, the death of Elijah McClain has shocked the country in terms of what happened to this 23-year-old …

If I had the InDesign program, I would have created a tear running down this colorful bear’s face.

That’s how unhappy the situation has become for the arts in our metro area, but our state also is in a bind when it comes to cultural pursuits. Earlier this week, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District released an impact survey dealing with COVID-19. The SCFD is made up of seven counties (including Denver) that …

Remember when hospitals and agencies were told not to send statistics about COVID-19 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but instead to a different agency? Well, apparently it has been a mess.

It seems so long ago, but it was only in July. There was quite a bit of uncertainty when the administration wanted the data in their own little corner.  Last night, after trying to wean myself from watching political programs, I figured it would be OK to watch one little hour. And that’s when the …

There probably will be a new sculpture on the Colorado State Capitol grounds, and it will be quite different. But it’s necessary to think about this, because somewhere here is a reckoning.

As someone who has written about public art in Denver, usually there are several artist applicants, and then a panel of jurors would select one artist for the project. But this time, the Capitol Building Advisory Committee voted 7-2 to accept a sculpture that represents a Native American woman mourning after losing her family members …

Denver’s Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program needs some help, and the city’s auditor has laid things out on fixing it.

As we face virus cases spiking all over the country, and we have an alleged leader trying to reverse votes to kidnap an election, perhaps we should think about something less frightening: Let’s focus on sidewalks.  In the news yesterday, there were stories about the fact that this program had gone quiet. For those of …

Ever heard the term “gentle density”? It is quite intentional when it comes to density and displacement in Denver.

The East Area Plan sailed through on Monday night at the Denver City Council meeting. There was a one-hour public hearing. And a need to address an amendment that the Denver Planning Board had removed one sentence from the plan and it went back in. And there was time to ask questionsand comments about the …

This photo is from about two weeks ago, but is there something that he is telling us?

As we read material or watch television, it is apparent that the existing president is unhappy. He is asking people to send him money. He is firing people who are not his toadies. Some of his children are telling him to stay the course because the ballots are a sham, or other children are trying …

Might be better calling it the Electrical College, because the fuse blew years ago. We can’t vote directly, but Colorado now is part of the national compact for the popular vote.

Right now, there are two big numbers that are showing on stories online: 279 for President-elect Joe Biden, and 217 for President Donald Trump. But there are many, many more numbers – like you and me -- who voted. Even in a civics class years ago, this seemed as if sort of treating us as …

Tomorrow the election is here. If you have not voted, go and do it. And I hope I never use this image again – though I love it.

In early March, I used this New Yorker cover on the blog when the COVID-19 was beginning to gallop around the country, and several hotspots. The blog on March 9 was right after the alleged president toured the CDC – with no mask – and he noted he has “a natural ability” to deal with medical issues. …