<>Casa Bonita cliff divers Conor Morrison, left, and Matt Jagiello, bottom center, dive in front of Denver Broncos fans during the Denver Broncos announcement of their 5th round round draft pick, linebacker Josey Jewell April 28, 2018. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post) Mexican restaurant Casa Bonita has been a memory-making institution for decades, filling children with countless sopapillas and dreams of plummeting from the top of a man-made, three-story indoor waterfall while people eat tacos, listen to Mariachi music and watch puppet shows around them. Somewhere between the 2003 “South Park” episode set at Casa Bonita, embattled comic and Colorado native T.J. Miller’s “Denver” music video, and the countless travel guides that have routed tourists through its kitschy corridors, Casa Bonita’s cliff-diving reputation has taken on mythic proportions.Now every manner of limber, slightly crazy person can petition to join the Casa Bonita Dive Team and … [Read more...] about If you’ve dreamed of being a Casa Bonita cliff diver, now is your chance
Is Casa Bonita better than Meow Wolf? That's what a new bumper sticker showing up around Denver suggests, comparing the 44-year-old eatertainment complex in Lakewood with the Santa Fe-based DIY art project turned entertainment giant slated to open a massive venue in Denver in 2020. The stickers are being produced and distributed for free by two of Denver's more radical artist-led outposts: Georgia Art Space, run by Sommer Browning; and Peralta Projects, run by Esteban Peralta.Responses to the bumper sticker came in fast and sometimes furious. Some readers are very protective of Casa Bonita, some excited about Meow Wolf coming to town...and others completely clueless about Meow Wolf, which has created a sensation in the immersive-art world.Says Chandra: I'm having such an internal conflict right now! I have strong feelings about both, and I refuse to have to choose one over the other. Replies Tessa: I love Casa Bonita. I've been going all my life. That having been said, … [Read more...] about Reader: Casa Bonita Is to Meow Wolf as Colorado Springs Is to Denver
Ouch.Those are the words on a bumper sticker that's likely to start showing up all over Denver – a bite at Meow Wolf, the Santa Fe-based DIY art project-turned-entertainment giant slated to open a massive venue in Denver in 2020.The stickers are being produced and distributed for free by two of Denver's more radical artist-led outposts: Georgia Arts Space, run by Sommer Browning; and Peralta Projects, run by Esteban Peralta, venues that have opened in garages near downtown where they display smart contemporary art too often ignored by Denver's commercial and nonprofit art scenes. EXPAND Casa Bonita: The Denver area's greatest immersive art experience? "We both realized pretty quickly that the sticker was going to create more questions than it answered," says Peralta, who conceived the project with Browning after the two talked about an article in Texas-based art publication Glasstire, dubbed "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Meow Wolf?" The sticker is a tiny grenade … [Read more...] about Bumper Sticker Burn: “CASA BONITA IS BETTER THAN MEOW WOLF”
When news came down October 26 that the 45-year-old White Fence Farm in Lakewood would be closing on December 30, fans of fried chicken started squawking. The early eatertainment complex, which opened in 1973 on what had been an actual working farm in what was then a largely rural area, took off on a concept introduced in the Chicago area almost fifty years earlier, and quickly became known here for big family meals with plenty of fun on the side.Says Jan: I’ve been going here for 40 years. First in the Chicago suburbs and for the last 32 years here in Denver. So disappointing. We celebrated many family birthdays here. Megan was a bit more graphic: Kill me now! But Quentin replies: I was severely disappointed with their chicken when I ate there. Wouldn’t have even rated above fast-food chicken. Counters Gregory: Best fried chicken I’ve ever had. So sad it’s closing. Sapphire is already missing the fritters: We gotta go back get them corn … [Read more...] about Reader: First White Fence Farm, Could Casa Bonita Be Next?
Check for booby traps, Denver. Kevin McAllister is in town. Macaulay Culkin is best known for his role as the clever robber-combating McAllister in the 1990s classic “Home Alone.” He now runs Bunny Ears, a spoof magazine and podcast. He appeared to be in the Mile High City for work purposes, posting a photo on Instagram of him wearing the bunny ears at the dispensary Smokin Gun Apothecary during a shoot to learn about the history of “marijuana prohibition,” as he called it. He also stopped by Alamo Drafthouse to host a pajama-clad viewing of cult-classic Big Trouble in Little China. But that wasn’t his only stop in Denver, and Culkin made sure to chronicle his adventures along the way. That filthy animal. Monday night he made a quintessential visit to Casa Bonita, snagging a photo while sitting on the fountain that welcomes visitors to the restaurant’s cliff-diving lands. Then Wednesday, he stopped by Kelsey Montague’s #WhatUnitesUs mural in … [Read more...] about Home Alone’s Macaulay Culkin gallivanted around Denver with stops at Casa Bonita and VooDoo and we’re here for it