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Every major city needs a good convention center, and the Colorado Convention Center certainly does the trick for this metropolis. The center has 63 meeting rooms, two giant ballrooms, a 5,000-seat theater and a big blue bear (otherwise known as “I See What You Mean,” by Lawrence Argent) gazing through the floor-to-ceiling windows off 14th Street; it hosts everything from all-night raves to business conventions within its walls. It’s conveniently located next to the Denver Performing Arts Complex, within walking distance of many of the city’s best hotels and restaurants, and just a couple of blocks from the 16th Street Mall. And although it’s not the newest convention center in the country (it was finished in 1990), it was the first event and conference center in the world to be certified to a new international sustainability standard in 2012. Clearly, the facility is way ahead of its time.
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One fine spring morning, we woke up to find that our beloved Big Blue Bear -- Lawrence Argent's "I See What You Mean,"a sculpture of a giant bear peering into the Colorado Convention Center -- had taken a big blue dump. It was not the first time our own Ursa Major had been the focus of guerrilla street art (in 2011, the Ladies Fancywork Society attached him to a gigantic blue-yarn ball and chain), but this urban twist on the old adage about a bear shitting in the woods was --... More »
Taxpayers spent millions building the Colorado Convention Center and floated millions more in bonds to pay for the Hyatt Regency Denver across the street. Now we know why: Their bathrooms are easily accessible and stay open late for anyone who's been kicked out of a nearby bar, doesn't want to use the alley, or needs a toilet quick. The first-floor loo at the convention center is usually open until 9 p.m. on weekend nights when something's going on there. After that, use the always-clean... More »
Event Review: Denver Comic Con
Organizers claim to have sold 11,000 tickets. To whom I don't know. My friends who flock to Starfest and Mile High Con have no interest in this event. A lame collection of "stars", the best of whom have pulled out, supposedly due to "conflicts" but more likely due to a failure on the part of promoters to meet financial guarantees. Virtually no seminars or workshops, this is basically - Pay us $50 and come wander around the convention center in your costume. And then pay for autographs from a B-list set of fringe players in the comic business. You can also buy stuff from the same businesses you can visit all over Denver anytime.
No masquerade ball, no live music performances. And this is not being run by a charity - it is a non-profit, which means most of the money goes into the pockets of the operators as salary.
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