I don’t know about all of you but to me January seemed to last forever this year. Despite the extremely cold week prior to Stock Show week, (the coldest day of which was actually the average coldest day of the year, January 7th), the month was actually just slightly warmer than normal. Maybe it was the sluggish football playoffs this year, with just one upset (the Jets upsetting the Chargers), not to mention the laughable idea of staging the Pro Bowl in the week between the league championship games and the Super Bowl.
So what can Denverites look forward to in February? Aside, that is, from the Super Bowl parties on the 7th. I’ll watch but don’t think I will attend any parties. While I think most of us are pulling for New Orleans, but if Drew Brees makes the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, and/or Payton Manning shows up for the game I am afraid we are likely to be disappointed.
On February 28th the Buckhorn Exchange will host its annual birthday celebration for Buffalo Bill. For those of you who are not familiar with the Buckhorn Exchange, it is the one quintessential restaurant that you must take out of town visitors to, that is, if you can afford it. Prices at the Buckhorn tend to get rather high. But where else can you find rattlesnake, Yak, Rocky Mountain Oysters, and who knows what other exotic fare?
Of course there is The Fort which is, after all only a reconstruction of Bent’s Fort. The Buckhorn Exchange is the real deal. It holds Colorado State Liquor License #1 and holds a unique place in Denver history. Legend has it that Indians once presented the Buckhorn’s original proprietor, Shorty Scout, with Custer’s sword from Little Bighorn. Although Custer was never a patron, Buffalo Bill and Teddy Roosevelt among others, were.
Speaking of Denver institutions, Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, located in the basement of the Daniels and Fisher Tower at 1601 Arapahoe, the building that was the tallest structure in Denver for most of its existence will be featuring Naughty Pierre’s Burlesque and Comedy Extravangza on Thursdays throughout the month. Burlesque shows at Lannie’s have very little in common with what you will find at Shotgun Willie’s or any of the other strip clubs in town. Indeed, if you are expecting anything like the usual strip club experience, Lannie’s will be quite a disappointment.
If you’re looking for ideas for the spring and summer which will be here before we know it, the Colorado Garden and Home Show will be at the Colorado Convention Center from February 13-21.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar will be at the Wells Fargo Theatre in the Denver Convention Center on February 22nd promoting his book Brothers in Arms. In addition to writing, Jabbar is famous for something else but that escapes me just now.
The Space Race and the superpowers is the subject of the play When Tang Met Laika, playing at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts until February 27th. The famous opera, The Barber of Seville is playing February 6-14 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Denver Restaurant Week starts on February 20th and runs through March 5th. Legally Blonde: The Musical is playing at the Temple Buell theatre until February 14th, Valentine’s Day.
For more information check: http://www.denver.org/events
And speaking of Valentine’s Day, don’t forget that Valentine’s day is in the middle of this month. For some ideas you might want to see the metromix Valentine’s day guide http://denver.metromix.com/home/producer_guide/denver-valentines-day-guide/904449/content