This weekend: Mile-high fun in Denver, 150 years young

By JD Rinne
January 12, 2022
Ron Ruhoff for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

Denver, the town of Buffalo Bill and Rocky Mountain highs, is celebrating its second annual Art Week, beginning this weekend.

There are more than 150 events packed into nine days; it all kicks off with free admission to some of Denver's museums on Friday evening. "Night at the Museums" goes from 5 to 10 p.m.—visit venues such as the Denver Art Museum or the Colorado History Museum. You can search the events calendar for a ton of other events going on—Art Week runs through Nov. 22.

The Denver Film Festival is also happening this weekend (it goes through Nov. 23). Get your camera phones ready for a possible celebrity encounter: Star-studded film The Brothers Bloom will have an opening, as will the Mickey Rourke comeback-vehicle The Wrestler. Tickets start at $11—see all pricing and scheduling info.

Denver is turning 150 this year, and the city is taking 15 days to celebrate. One highlight: the official birthday celebration, complete with cake, is Nov. 22, where the Colorado History Museum will unveil Denver at 150: Imagine a Great City.

With all these events going on, you could stay awhile. In the Mile High Holiday promotion, 20 area hotels are offering a starting nightly rate of $52.80. (Curious about the number? Denver sits 5,280 feet above sea level.) Better act fast; the rates are based on availability (and exclude New Year's Eve).


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London: Free art in the streets

If you're walking the streets of London tomorrow, you might stumble upon a piece of artwork by Adam Neate, one of the world's top street artists. Unlike some of his famed graffiti, these pieces are portable—feel free to take one home with you. Just before dawn on Friday, Neate's helpers plan to distribute 1,000 screenprinted paintings all over the city, starting on the outskirts and working their way inward. The pieces—printed on cardboard, wrapped in cellophane, and autographed by the artist—will be placed everywhere from outside public landmarks to questionable alleys in sketchy neighborhoods, until their new owners pick them up. Neate's giving back to the streets, where he began his career as a graffiti artist. He pulled stunts like this before he made it big, but these days, his works fetch as much as $100,000. He told the Independent earlier this week: "It has always been a dream of mine to do a show around the whole of London, to take over the city in one go. I want everybody to be able to see it, but once the pieces are out there, I don't mind what happens to them." It'll be a heyday for budget art collectors—if you find anything in Neate's London gallery, be sure to let us know.


Movie Quest! Q&A with editor of On Location Vacations

Celebrity sightings often make for great gossip. Christine Bord takes it one step further as the editor of the blog,, which highlights where movies or TV shows are currently filming. Q: How do you get your tips? A: I have a loyal fan base, and they contribute about a dozen tips a day. People will see posted permits that say the street will be closed for filming. Then they'll send me the street names and times. We don't usually get tips too far in advance, maybe a day or two. What's cool about my site is that draws attention to areas that wouldn't normally be seen as tourist destinations. For example, on Nov. 19, the new Rob Schneider movie, "Virgin on Bourbon Street", will be filming a street party scene on Monroe Street in Greektown, Detroit. "High School", starring Adrien Brody, began filming Nov. 10 in Howell, Mich. The primary filming location for the shoot will be Parker High School in Howell. And "Edge of Darkness", starring Mel Gibson, is filming in the Boston area through the end of the month. Recent locations for this movie have also included Rockport and Northampton, Mass. Q: Where are some of the hottest TV shows shot? A: In New York City, "Gossip Girl" has a huge following. Recent locations include the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn and the Upper East Side around 5th Avenue and 79th Street. If people go to a set, they'll send me pictures, which I post. And "Ugly Betty" is big since it moved to New York this season. In Los Angeles, "Prison Break" and "Heroes" are very popular. Like New York, I usually don't get L.A. locations until a day or so before filming actually begins. Q: Any tips for successful celebrity "stalking"? A: The main thing is to have patience. Sometimes they'll film for 12 or 15 hours in one location. Get tips from the production assistants hanging around the sets. They'll know who is around that day. If you are at a movie set, talk to a P.A. to get a good idea of what your chances are. To meet someone, ask a P.A. nicely and they'll help you out as much as you can. Wait and be polite. If you approach a celebrity, be polite and don't bum rush. Q: What else does your blog cover? A: My website also has road trip itineraries, like an Alfred Hitchcock tour through California. It's part of the celebrity obsession. I think we feel like we know those people. People want to go and stand where Tom Hanks stood to feel more connected to him. And now people are realizing they can be there while it's happening. MORE FROM BUDGET TRAVEL Movie Quest 2008! We Stalked George Clooney


A few good links: Ryanair's racy calendar

Barack Obama's Chicago Done as a Google map, with 20+ locations. [Chicago Tribune] Cleaning up at the Beirut races Horse-racing has been held in Beirut since 1918, and the track is "still one of the few places in the Arab world legally to have a bet." [BBC] You'll fit right in being poor in Berlin Getting deals in that "poor but sexy" city. [San Francisco Chronicle] New Yorkers trying to save historic Tin Pan Alley The "half-dozen row houses" were where "God Bless America", "Give My Regards to Broadway" and many other "iconic American songs were born." [USA Today] Critics Accuse Ryanair of Sexism for Charity Calendar Thirteen flight attendents "stripped off their uniforms for the company's annual charity calendar." [Spiegel, with photos]


Los Angeles: Thanksgiving sushi, as bad as it sounds?

Most U.S. restaurants can present reasonable facsimiles of Thanksgiving on their menus in November, be it turkey at an American bistro or squash ravioli at an Italian ristorante. But Asian restaurants are at something of a loss. How does a full-blown turkey and all the trimmings translate into something in a bento box, for instance? In Downtown L.A., Takami, a Japanese boite with slick pretensions, believes they have the answer in the form of its horrifying-sounding "Turkey Sushi Roll" ($20). The first bit of good news is that the turkey isn't raw; it's just simple sliced deli meat. And, thankfully, there's no seaweed anywhere: it's all wrapped in soy paper. It's all becoming less and less like sushi by the minute… True, there's rice on the roll. But it's seasoned with dill and chives, two flavors that end up dominating the whole plate. Essentially, this is a nice sandwich made with rice rather than rye. The avocado, asparagus, cucumber, and sprouts provide a bit of green, and the gravy drizzled atop the roll, while not super-pretty, doesn't really affect the flavor. Though the roll itself isn't thrilling, we'd be remiss not to mention the cranberry jam than accompanies the plate. Mixed with the sweet fruit are sesame seeds, a combo that no one should live without trying. In fact, you might want to bring this idea home for Thanksgiving. —Katherine Spiers