Meow Wolf in Denver: Santa Fe’s deliriously popular art collective lands with permanent installation

<>Lead artist Mat Crimmins, 45, shows off a creature that will haunt Meow Wolf's Denver location on Dec. 19, 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Meow Wolf artist collective has grown significantly since its immersive art installation/museum hybrid, the House of Eternal Return, opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico in March 2016. (Dylan Owens, The Denver Post) A portal to another world is cracking open near downtown Denver. In early 2020, Meow Wolf, the artist collective responsible for Santa Fe’s immersive art exhibit the House of Eternal Return, will open a permanent installation in Denver. The $50 million reality-wrinkling playhouse will rise 30 feet above Interstate 25, Colfax Avenue and Auraria Parkway viaducts that wrap it on three sides. It’s the first step, Meow Wolf CEO Vince Kadlubek said, in transforming the DIY group into a nationally known name. And Denver is just the beginning: Meow Wolf plans to announce expansions to three other major markets around the U.S. in 2018. It’s been scouting cities including A ustin, Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City, Minneapolis, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.  “This term ‘major market’ has been a really important term for us,” Kadlubek, 35, said. “We’ve been living by this term. Denver is the major market that we’re going to.” The project — tentatively titled Meow Wolf Denver — is slated to open at 1338 First St. in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood, just minutes away from Elitch Gardens and a short stroll from Mile High Stadium. The deal was brokered with Revesco Properties, which with Second City Real Estate and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment purchased Elitch Gardens for $140 million in 2015. A warehouse and an office building once used by Elitch’s will be razed when construction on Meow Wolf Denver begins in the third quarter of 2018. City Councilman Albus Brooks, whose district includes Sun Valley, said Continue Reading

Top 5 Tulsa restaurants for chili

Related: Find a photo gallery with Tulsa’s top 5 chilis and 8 really good ones.The Chili Bowl Nationals at Expo Square will draw thousands to Tulsa on Jan. 13-17.Ever wondered why they call it that?Tulsa businessman Bob Berryhill owned a food service company named the “Original Chili Bowl” and decided to sponsor the Midget Nationals in 1987.After four years, Berryhill sold the Original Chili Bowl to Keebler, which did not continue the sponsorship, but the name stuck.It seemed like a good excuse to rank our favorite chilis. After all, Tulsa has some of the best. If you’re in town for the Chili Bowl, these are the places to find.1. Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili20 locations in Oklahoma, ronschili.comRon’s Hamburgers and Chili has been in business since 1975. Ron Baber and his family opened this local chain after he quit his job at Crane Carrier Corp. to open a place that he could call his own. Several of the Ron’s locations are family owned and operated, with the other Ron’s being franchises. They make a wide range of burgers, sandwiches and, of course, chili.We loved this classic chili and ordered it with beans and a pile of gooey cheese.The spice was just right. It had the perfect consistency and it wasn’t greasy. Ron’s downtown, 1440 S. Denver Ave., draws the lunch crowds like crazy. One taste of the chili and it’s easy to see why it earned the top spot in our list.2. McNellie’s409 E. First St. and 7031 S. Zurich Ave.What goes great with chili? Beer.Who has one of the best selections of beer in the city? McNellie’s.So having a big bowl of Beer House Chili at one of Tulsa’s favorite pubs is just a natural thing to do.And there’s beer in the chili itself.McNellie’s makes a zesty bowl of chili with ground beef, chorizo sausage and chili spices and it’s “finished with beer,” according to the menu.It has a homemade taste with a slight bit of heat and a meaty Continue Reading

Tasting the difference between New Mexican red and green chile in Santa Fe

Red or green? I wasn’t sure which chile pepper to pick when a waiter asked what sauce I wanted with my heaping, hot plate of enchiladas in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I had to ask what the difference was — a dead giveaway that I was a tourist. New Mexican tacos.  That’s because chile is the backbone of New Mexican culture and cuisine — a flavorful fusion of Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pueblo, Native American and a little bit Cowboy. The state’s most abundant crop — which is similar to Anaheim peppers, but hotter — has an influence over this lively Southwestern city that’s palpable beyond the dinner table. Bright red chiles were the first things that caught my eye in New Mexico’s capital. But its architecture and landscape really stand out. The majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains serve as a backdrop and red-orange adobe-style homes and retail shops dominate, some made from simply mud and straw. Ristras (bundles of dried chile) hang outside pink Pueblo-style homes with adobe walls and flat roofs. They serve as decor, but this is also a drying method to preserve chile pods for future cooking. Every fall, after the chile harvest is over, ristras hang all over New Mexico like wreaths during Christmas. Both chile varieties start out green, and those that are not harvested turn red and dry as they ripen. Green peppers are roasted and chopped, and typically cooked with onions that are pureed into a chunky sauce. They range from mild to hotter than jalapenos. Red peppers are more piquant than green and can be roasted too, but they’re typically ground into a chile powder. I wanted to eat chile like a local, so I headed to Tomasita’s (500 S. Guadalupe St.), a 40-year-old family-owned spot with authentic Northern New Mexican food. I ordered the enchilada, oozing with cheese, red chile and an egg over-easy on top, served Continue Reading

OMG! Green chile cheeseburger wows Santa Fe diners

The scene: For more than half a century, hungry travelers along Old Las Vegas Highway in New Mexico were drawn in by the roadside pink adobe eatery called Bobcat Bite. More often than not they ended up trying the green chile cheeseburger. Over the years, this dish took on legendary status, and soon these off-the-beaten-path travelers were joined by burger fanatics on pilgrimages, as Bobcat Bite was featured on TV food shows, appeared on almost every list of the nation's best burgers, and was glowingly reviewed in publications ranging from the New York Times to GQ magazine. Then, in 2013, 60 years after it opened in a former gun shop, Bobcat Bite lost its lease and closed.That's the sad news, but this is a silver lining story. For most visitors to Santa Fe, Bobcat Bite was at best out of the way and at worst, without a rental car, inaccessible. It was also tiny, with maybe a dozen tables, which often meant long waits. The restaurant found a new space and less than year ago reopened as Santa Fe Bite in Garrett's Desert Inn, a well-established hotel on the edge of downtown Santa Fe, within walking distance of the city's famed plaza, most of its hotels, and especially the famous art gallery strip Canyon Road, just around the corner.The new spot is much bigger, and while its walls are adorned with metal replicas of old gas station signage and pictures of vintage cars attempting to evoke a roadhouse feel, it is clean, modern and sanitized, especially in comparison with its former greasy spoon. Other than the bar at one end, it has more of a Denny's than dive feel, with neat booths and tables and polite, friendly servers. The menu has also been greatly expanded, since as part of the hotel it has to serve three meals a day, including breakfast. But despite all these changes, the most important thing has remained the same: the spectacular green chile cheeseburger. ALSO ONLINE: New Mexico: A land enchanted by chile peppersReason to visit: Green chile cheeseburgerThe food: Continue Reading

Six killed in nor’easter: Hundreds of trees fall during storm as number of 911 calls topped 9/11

The wild weekend nor'easter that knocked out power to thousands and crippled travel also killed at least six people in the metro area - and left the city reeling from severe wind damage. The storm generated more calls to 911 than 9/11 did. "It's sort of meteorological mayhem," said city Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "This was a storm of unusual intensity and duration. It's the worst we've had in a while." A disastrous combination of hurricane-strength wind gusts and soil softened by February's snowstorms toppled trees all over town - many onto cars and houses. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send damage assessment teams, estimating cleanup costs to the region in "tens of millions of dollars." All told, the storm dumped up to 6 inches of rain on parts of the tristate area, plunged half-a-million homes into darkness and trapped hundreds of travelers in trains, cars and airports. Among the dead were a retired Brooklyn schoolteacher, a man in Westchester, a Manhattan personal injury lawyer and the head of the lawyer's New Jersey synagogue - all killed by uprooted trees. Sustained winds were clocked at 60 mph, and gusts of 75 mph were reported at Kennedy Airport; anything more than 73 mph is considered hurricane-strength. "Shingles were flying off. It looked like the 'Wizard of Oz,'" said Angela Juno, 56, a school aide at Public School 277 who lost her roof and everything that was in the top floor of her home in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn. Andrew Gottlieb, 27, of Marine Park, Brooklyn, moved his 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe to a safer spot after a small tree fell on it. He awoke to find it crushed by a second, larger tree. "What are the odds of this happening?" he asked. Across the street, Steve Miller, 54, was inspecting his daughter's white Chevy Malibu. "This car's finished," he said. "At least no one got hurt." In Howard Beach, Queens, Ileen and Cliff Sarokoff lost the 65-foot blue spruce they Continue Reading

This week’s Top Latin calendar picks

TODAY JUNE 3 THEATER: Santa Fe performance artist and author Michelle Vest debuts her play “Sole Survivors,” about an avaricious American woman and three determined immigrants. Featuring mariachi bands Flor de Toloache and Mariachi Sonidos del Monte, the show is inspired by Woody Guthrie’s protest song “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos).” At Stage Left Studio, 438 W. 37th St., 8 p.m. through Monday (except Saturday). Tickets, $18. MUSIC: Cuban songstress and Latin Grammy winner Albita (r.) celebrates her new CD, “Mis Tacones,” with special guests at S.O.B.’s, 204 Varick St., 9 p.m. Tickets, $22-$25. TOMORROW JUNE 4 COMEDY: Obie winner Carmelita Tropicana (l.), performance artist Nao Bustamante and video collective Fulana gather for Utopia Emoticon Cabaret, a night of Latina comedy at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., 9:30 p.m. Tickets, $15-$20. POP: Mexican pop trio Reik, with special guests Dominican singer-songwriter Wason Brazobán and alternative pop rock band Taxi Amarillo at Nokia Theatre Times Square, 7 p.m. Tickets, $50. THEATER: Second annual Ultimate Latina Theater Festival, featuring six shows by a Latina director or writer, kicks off with Jenny Saldana’s “Please Hold,” a funny look at customer service call centers. 7 p.m., at Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 E. Third St. For a schedule, visit Through June 14. FRIDAY JUNE 5THEATER: Tere Martínez’s play “Borinquen Vive en El Barrio” returns to the stage at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, 304 W. 47th St. Through Sunday and also June 10-14. Tickets, $25.TANGO: Romulo Larrea Tango Ensemble is back at Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd, for the premiere of “Spotlight on Tango,” (r.) a dance performance and musical concert. Tickets, $40-$45. SUNDAY JUNE 7FOOD: The first Paella Parade, pairing the creations of chefs from 11 Spanish city restaurants, including Solera, Continue Reading

Top 21 arts events in April: ‘Peter Pan’ sequel for kids, ‘Wonderland Wives’ for their parents

John Steinbeck’s 1937 novella, adapted for the stage by the author, tells the tragic story of two itinerant works in Depression-era California. Arizona Theatre Company’s production follows on a stellar production of another classic about the limits of the American Dream, August Wilson’s “Fences.Details: Through Sunday, April 17. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. $28-$73. 602-256-6995, ever after? Not for Cinderella, Snow White and Alice in Wonderland, who deal with philandering husbands, thickening middles and substance abuse in this comedy that might have been called “Real Housewives of Fairy Tale Land.” Buddy Thomas’ play is getting its world premiere at Nearly Naked Theatre Company, which produced his ’50s sci-fi spoof “Devil Boys From Beyond” in 2011.Details: Saturday, April 2, through Saturday, April 23. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road. $19-$24 (subject to demand pricing). 602-254-2151, Phoenix Art Museum boasts one of the most important fashion-design collections in the world of fine arts. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Arizona Costume Institute, a volunteer support organization for the museum, this exhibit spotlights famed designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel as well as historical pieces dating back to the 17th century. And on the cutting edge of design is a couture dress made with a 3-D printer.Details: Saturday, April 2, through Sunday, Aug. 7. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. $15 (discounts for seniors, students and children). 602-257-1222, to ASU Gammage in its latest national tour is Broadway’s love letter to itself, “42nd Street.” Based on the 1933 Busby Berkeley film, this quintessential tap-dance extravaganza tells the story of a small-town girl who becomes an overnight sensation on the Great White Way and features the songs Continue Reading

20 Valley restaurants with dog-friendly patios

Dogs are such social animals that anywhere you go, Rover wants to go, too. That means when you go out to eat or bend an elbow, someone is at home whining. Not every restaurant welcomes our four-legged friends, but here are 20 places in metro Phoenix that do — as long as they're leashed and well behaved. Phoenix Milagro GrillThis restaurant has one of the most comfy patios in town, right out front, with lots of cushy couches. Bring your hound and feast on pork-belly tacos made with tomato jam, peanuts, arugula, soy sauce and pickled onions (three for $11.50; for rice or beans, add $1 each). Then rub your hound's belly while he enjoys complimentary water.Details: 4280 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-773-5844, Duck and DecanterMaybe your bird dog will feel at home on the patio at the Duck while you chow down on your quarry of smoked turkey breast with mayo and tomato on cranberry walnut bread ($4.95, $6.95; double the meat, $2.50). At some locations, dogs can take advantage of a stand holding water and treats.Details: 1 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-266-6637. Also 1651 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-274-5429. And 3111 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-234-3656, BreadcraftersMaybe you're out jogging with your best friend. Stop for breakfast on the patio, where your jogging buddy gets water and you can refuel with stuffed orange-almond French toast, filled with pastry cream, then served with maple syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar ($7.75).Details: 12635 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. 602-494-4442, Aunt Chilada'sThe legendary Mexican restaurant recognizes your dog as a legend, too, while you dine on the seafood burrito of fresh marinated shrimp and scallops in a pool of Mexican cheese sauce, served with fideo, or Mexican pasta ($12.95). Ask for water, and the pup is served.Details: 7330 N. Dreamy Draw Drive, Phoenix. 602-944-1286, Thirteenorth GrilleWhether it's Friday night or not, Continue Reading

February restaurant openings, closings in metro Phoenix

Arizona's first Shake Shack and new branches of Postino and Angry Crab Shack were among more than 20 restaurants that opened across the Valley in February. Fast-casual dining continues to expand in the Phoenix market, with new locations of Fork on a Pork and Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Among the closures: Stingray Sushi in Scottsdale and La Perla in Glendale.The New York City-based chain opened at Scottsdale Fashion Square, the first of three Valley locations, offering 100-percent Angus beef burgers, flat-top hot dogs, crinkle cut fries and custard shakes. Shake Shack is part of "better burger" chains such as In-N-Out Burger, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Culver's and Steak 'n Shake. Burgers and hot dogs are made with hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, and ice cream is spun daily in-store. The new restaurant has wine and beer offerings, a large patio and foosball.Details: Scottsdale Fashion Square, Camelback and Scottsdale roads. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.  602-270-8825, sixth overall location of the popular wine bar is a two-story building on the west side of Kierland Commons in northeast Phoenix. The building features garage doors and sliding glass walls to easily transform it into an indoor-outdoor venue. Upward Projects opened the first Postino in Arcadia in 2001. The restaurant is known for its wine list, bruschetta boards, and Monday and Tuesday night special: $20 for a bruschetta board and bottle of wine.Details: Kierland Commons, Greenway Parkway and Scottsdale Road, Phoenix. 602-899-1111, Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. Editor's Note: Desktop users can see the full interactive map of the restaurant openings and Continue Reading

Top 10 hotels in Flagstaff

Looking for places to stay in Flagstaff? Here are the places in Flagstaff to book for lodging, including hotels, cabins and a couple of bed and breakfasts.The Abineau Lodge Bed and Breakfast features individually decorated rooms, a spacious front room and porch and a delicious breakfast. Wood floors and decor such as snowshoes and ski poles give an alpine flair. Try the Bear's Lair, which has a king-size bed, roomy closet and plenty of sitting room. Formerly known as the Sled Dog Inn, which catered to adventure travelers, the lodge reopened with a more down home, cozy atmosphere. All rooms in this B&B have private baths and are near acres of Ponderosa pines.Details: 1080 Mountainaire Road, Flagstaff 86001. 928-525-6212. $$RELATED:  Flagstaff restaurants | Things to do in FlagstaffArizona Mountain Inn has options ranging from lodge rooms to one-room cabins to a hogan that can accommodate up to 16 guests. Most of the cabins sleep four to six people. Some have kid-friendly lofts that are short on headroom but have lots of bed space. Kitchens are small and have stoves, refrigerators and microwaves. Cabins also have patios and grills. Wood stoves heat the living rooms. The grounds are wooded and neatly kept and some cabins have decks with views of the San Francisco Peaks. Flagstone floors, shake shingles and stone fireplaces add to the rustic motif. Each cabin has a different feel. There's a playground for kids. Arizona Mountain Inn is on Lake Mary Road, a short drive from Lake Mary and downtown Flagstaff. Pets allowed for an additional fee.Details: 4200 Lake Mary Road, Flagstaff 86001. 928-774-8959. $$MORE: Top 11 things to do in Flagstaff | Top 10 places to eat in FlagstaffDon't come here looking for ambience. But if you're looking for a spacious, clean room at a good price, you'll find it. Rooms have one or two beds, a small table and chairs, Wi-Fi, cable TV and hair dryers; some have microwave ovens Continue Reading