Reach Out and Read Colorado’s medical partners meet with parents and children at their regular doctors’ visits, starting at the 6-month checkup and continuing through age 5. The organization distributes developmentally appropriate books to more than 82,000 children each year, and its partners discuss with parents the importance of reading aloud to children at an early age. By encouraging reading in young children, Reach Out and Read Colorado aims to increase their vocabularies and strengthen their language skills to prepare them to begin kindergarten.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, Redfoo and Sky Blu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," which has a bouncy swagger that dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. Meanwhile, the band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."
Presented by the University of Denver Programming Board and ThisSongIsSick.com, Swedish House Mafia mainstay Sebastian Ingrosso headlines at GLOWfest with his protégé Otto Knows in tow. Ingrosso spins a thick mix of unstoppable jams, weaving heavy, pulsing beats into MGMT's "Kids" and his own "Laktos" to create rolling waves of sound and bodies. Otto Knows heats up the crowd before hand, having exploded onto the scene with a touching mix of Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek," followed up with the rousing anthem "Million Voices." Juggernaut party animal Kap Slap flies in from his Philadelphia frat to drop his chop-happy jams with an emphasis on sultry, sinuous female vocals, and Colorado's own Hujje builds surprising structures from simple loops, like an architect recreating the Eiffel Tower out of hula-hoops. Crisp and clean, GLOWfest highlights the immaculate production and endless positivity that characterizes progressive house music.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three- or four-hour workshops. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras, teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, and flash settings to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Levy will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
As an instructor and owner of My Gym, Becka Johansen helps run a kids' exercise gym that combines open play with education and exercise. The staff take students aged 6 weeks to 13 years under their collective wing, teaching age-appropriate weekly classes for each developmental stage in a youth's life. Through dance, games, gymnastics, and sports, kids exercise their spatial awareness and learn teamwork skills, all while building healthier bodies with which to more forcefully sit on whoopee cushions. Housed in a state-of-the-art facility also fit for special events, all lessons draw from My Gym's proprietary program, a lesson plan used at more than 200 locations in more than 25 countries.
The instructors at Destiny Dance Studio don't just want new dancers to learn the right footwork—they want them to have fun moving to the music. Group classes help beginning to advanced students learn new steps and polish their techniques. They can work on their partnership skills by swapping partners or opting to dance only with the person or cardboard cutout they came with. During 45-minute private lessons, pros address dancers’ individual strengths and areas for improvement and tutor them in styles such as tango, two-step, and swing. Teachers also help soon-to-wed couples perfect their first dance, ensuring they feel graceful as they cut the cake.