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Reasons to Love Denver: Our Entertainers

Whether they were making us laugh or filling our hearts, the shows went on despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“HoExotic in Quarantine,” former Denver mayoral candidate Kalyn Heffernan’s YouTube Tiger King spoof, showcased the innate comedic talents of her cats—“they say the black panthers is dangerous, but Huey Newton’s just cross-eyed”—and turtle.

The cancellation of their Opening Day didn’t stop the Colorado Rockies from poking fun at the only sport with worse color commentary than baseball by tweeting out Rox highlights dubbed with golf audio during what would have been Masters weekend.

Since Janae Burris couldn’t fulfill her duties as a guide for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s Shit Talk Tours, she filmed herself roasting the decor in her house: “ ‘House Plant That’s Dying.’ This one’s by my roommate, who waters it on occasion. This plant is desperately trying to leave the world.”

The stuck-at-home Colorado Symphony horn section couldn’t have chosen a more fitting (or hilarious) song to perform in a grid-view video: “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” by the Police.

Whether about a quest for toilet paper (and finding love along with it) or facing mortality on the frontlines of the pandemic, the winners of Denverite’s flash-fiction short-story contest gave us all the feels.

Warm Cookies of the Revolution’s nearly hourlong video collage of performances by artists as varied as Colorado poet laureate Bobby LeFebre, the Buntport Theater Company, and Sikh activist Naureen Singh brought a bit of diversity to these monotonous days.

Not only did the Denver Zoo let animal lovers watch baby rhino Joona 24/7 via live cam, but it also compiled video greetings from fans to play for its notoriously social emu, Ralph.

With commissions on hold, some street artists took to painting the plywood covering bar and restaurant windows with messages of hope and resilience—and, in Patrick Kane McGregor’s case, depictions of dogs wearing face masks.

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