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March 2013

Features

A Place Called Home

Joe LaNier grew up in the Jim Crow–era South and served in the segregated Navy during World War II. All he knew was separate and unequal. Until he came to Denver.

Alternative Nation

This spring’s looks hark back to the brooding attitude of ’90s grunge. Get ready to rock.

The Dealmaker

To become Colorado’s first openly gay speaker of the House, Mark Ferrandino had to overcome learning disabilities, harassment, and prejudice. But will leading the Legislature be his toughest challenge yet?

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Front Range

City Girl

Not long ago, Denver-born actress AnnaSophia Robb roamed the halls of Arapahoe High School, trying to fit in to the awkward social landscape like any other teen. But her adolescence has been anything but typical. After graduation, Robb—who had already performed with such celebrities as Hilary Swank and Woody Harrelson—moved to New York City to star as a young Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries.

What He Said

Eldora Mountain Resort opened in 1963 to a lean snow season. Today, it’s a locals’ favorite. We caught up with John Waugh, Eldora’s official marketing photographer, to chat about opening day 50 years ago.

Mind Warp

Two University of Colorado doctors are studying how Alzheimer’s is connected to seemingly unrelated disorders. Will they uncover a cure?

The Deciding Factor

BrainWise teaches children to think first and act second.

Data-Driven

The Colorado Rapids hope to improve their game with high-tech help.

Bunny Slope

Three ways to keep the kids happy on the mountain from Granby Ranch Ski and Ride School former director Dan O’Connell.

Kid Tested

Picture books? Check. Pop-up tents? Yep. Luxe mountain properties are catering to an up-and-coming demographic: children.

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Scene

Sacked

Bags men will actually want to brag about.

Cheers

Cocktails in the Mile High City get a low-alcohol twist.

Picture This

Month of Photography Denver (MoP) is underway, but deciding among the 100-plus events and exhibits around town is no small task. Here’s a breakdown of our top picks—by neighborhood—to get you started.

Patchwork Punk

Spring’s best look pairs cropped, ’80s-inspired jeans with sleek separates and novelty accessories.

Eat and Drink

Raw Splendor

True Food Kitchen’s delectable veggie plate is a metaphor for the restaurant’s healthy food philosophy.

Muy Caliente

With awards galore and a second outpost, Kevin Morrison’s Pinche Taqueria can’t get much hotter. Pinche Taqueria (Tacos Borrachos) 1514 York St. 720-475-1337 pinchetacos.com

A Mobile Feast

Baba’s Falafel’s healthy eats are worth a Twitter follow.

How To Preserve Lemons

At Rioja, executive chef and co-owner Jennifer Jasinski punches up flavor with preserved lemons that she prepares herself. Here’s how.

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Dress Code

Admit it: We Coloradans aren’t known for our fashion sense. We’re more about comfort—and versatility. Here, a look at what men and women wear to their favorite Denver spots.

A Different Spin

It may be known as a mountain biking mecca, but Moab has some of the best road cycling in the region.

Finding Courage

How a December of terrible news forced all of us to rethink everything—and ultimately return to some basic truths.

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