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After she moved from Ohio to Arizona in 2016 to pursue a tattoo apprenticeship, Jenkins tried to inject some warmth into the cold, often-hostile studio she joined. Her bosses responded with belittlement, racism, sexism, and ableism. So, three years later, when Jenkins became a full-time tattoo artist at Sol Tribe Tattoo and Piercing on Broadway, she was determined to create an environment that made her clients feel safe, heard, and cared for. She succeeded. Now with some 40,000 Instagram followers and bookings that are snatched up in seconds, Jenkins has become one of the most coveted tattoo artists in Denver—and not only because of her welcoming disposition. The 29-year-old artist’s designs are intricately detailed, featuring strong linework and vibrant colors. Perhaps even more noteworthy: Jenkins is an expert at tattooing vivid colors on darker skin. “If an artist says someone is ‘too dark’ to tattoo,” Jenkins says, “they just aren’t a good tattooer, simple as that.” But don’t take our word for it. Who better to critique an artist, after all, than her canvases? —Barbara Urzua
Top Theater Company
Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center
Although Su Teatro officially turned 50 in 2022, it had to kick off its golden jubilee a year early so the company would have enough time to impart its gift to the Mile High City: producing every production in the theater’s repertoire, about 40 works illuminating Denver’s rich Mexican American history and culture, from Chicanos Sing the Blues to Interview with a Mexican. But Su Teatro’s cultural impact doesn’t end when the curtain closes. Later this month, it will produce its annual Chicano Music Festival (July 27 to 31), an outdoor jam session and dance party featuring local musicians such as Los Mocochetes and Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra. The fiesta also coincides with Su Teatro’s yearly induction of music royalty into the Chicano Music Hall of Fame. Need yet another reason to celebrate? Su Teatro now holds the $1.75 million deed to its Lincoln Park building, where the third-oldest Chicano theater company in the United States moved in 2010. Owning a piece of this historically Latino neighborhood is seen by artistic director Tony Garcia as a displacement story in reverse. —Philip Clapham
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In Stine’s novels, things are not going great for Mother Earth. Spring never arrives, thanks to an approaching ice age, in her first book, 2020’s Road Out of Winter, and last year’s Trashlands imagines coastlines flooded by rising oceans. But Stine, who moved to Denver from rural Ohio during the pandemic, has a way of shining light through bleak worlds, an act of magic that’s particularly reassuring right now. Part of that spell is creating characters who seem to never run out of hope. Road Out of Winter’s Wylodine has a talent for making plants grow despite the frost, and her resilience bonds together the family she makes along her journey to find her mom. In Trashlands, a young mother scavenges plastic and prays for the return of her son, who was kidnapped and forced to work in recycling factories. Yet she injects beauty into her world, crafting sculptures from trash and hiding them in the forest for others to find. This most recent effort was nominated for a Reading the West Book Award, which celebrates the work of regional authors—a group we’re thrilled Stine now belongs to. —Angela Ufheil
Top Happy Hour
The Broken Cage
As Layla Friend prepared to open the Broken Cage in January 2020, the first purchase she made—even before booze—was houseplants. While the pandemic stunted the LoHi bar’s initial growth, the greenery flourished: In those days, Friend made more money selling flora to socially distanced patrons than slinging beer. Now, with thirsty cube-dwellers returning to the office, happy hour is also alive and thriving in her chic jungle bar off Platte Street. From 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, most of Broken Cage’s signature cocktails, usually $12 to $14, can be sipped for $8 apiece. Catch up with your co-workers over the Divine Aviation—a floral, just-sweet-enough concoction of Loveland’s Spring44 gin, Luxardo cherry liqueur, lavender butterfly pea flower tea, and lemon juice—before moving on to the short but diverse lineup of $6 glasses of wine or the $5 lager on tap. Fancy the jar of plant cuttings on your table? Add that to your tab, as well. —Jessica LaRusso
Top Place To Watch The Game
The DNVR Bar
Many Denver sports bars have made names for themselves by catering to transplants. (Seriously: How many Cubs bars does a city that’s not Chicago really need?) The DNVR Bar, however, is dedicated to Mile High City sports—which is, you know, nice. Opened in 2020, the East Colfax tavern is an extension of DNVR, an online community that began covering local teams in 2015 and has since attracted more than 20,000 YouTube followers. Here’s how the watering hole is positioned to become the central hive for the brand. —Shane Monaghan
Raising The Bar
During big games, the DNVR Bar is likely to be standing-room only, but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult to watch the action: With more than 20 TVs and speakers around the room, you’ll catch every Russell Wilson dime. Drink deals—including a tower of Bud Light (about eight beers) for $10—and regular T-shirt and food giveaways only stoke Mile High City pride.
Your Heart’s Content
A $60 annual subscription to the DNVR website grants Denver sports fans coverage of every major area pro franchise from beat reporters who are starting to gain national prominence. (Adam Mares, who reports on the Nuggets, has been a regular guest on ESPN.) Supporters can also listen to free, team-specific podcasts, which are recorded in the DNVR Bar’s upstairs studios.
Clothes Make The Fan
Anyone can buy a jersey. True diehards’ drips are as distinctive as their passion for the team. The DNVR Locker, a gear store located right next to the bar, stocks a multitude of unique T-shirts (starting around $30), all of which are created by locally based D-Line Co. and include designs such as a Hall of Fame bust of former Rockies player Larry Walker wearing the backward helmet that made him a meme.
City Park Golf Course
The 2020 renovation of City Park Golf Course created 18 exceptional new holes. The real master stroke, though, was the decision to move the clubhouse from the northwest corner of the property, where patrons suffered views of traffic-snarled York Street, to the parcel’s high point, where diners get to see, well, this. Considering the sport’s less-than-inclusive history, you might think the vista is for golfers’ eyes only. Not so. City Park’s patio has become an escape for downtown desk jockeys at lunchtime and after work, when they can enjoy the scenery and simple yet tasty fare, such as the turkey Reuben. In fact, the city recently expanded the bar area to handle the crush of guests. Yes, City Park’s low-key atmosphere may lack the beat drops and dizzying menus of signature cocktails that more “hip” outdoor scenes offer, but honestly, that’s part of its charm. —Spencer Campbell
Mythology founder and president Scott Yeates believes spirits taste best when shared with others—and made with them, too. For the third year in a row, his Highland distillery tapped the expertise of horticulturalists at Denver Botanic Gardens to cultivate a slew of floral flavor profiles for Mythology’s Foragers Gin, a limited-edition summer release of 500 cases. Here, Yeates and head distiller Chris Ritenour explain how the gardens’ ingredients bloom in your gin cocktail of choice. —Madi Skahill
Combined with the grapefruit peels used in Mythology’s standard Needle Pig Gin recipe, this sweet-scented shrub is the citrusy superpower that gives the dry gin its bright flavor.
Classic botanicals such as orris root, angelica root, and Italian juniper provide the foundation of the traditional gin taste, while chamomile’s “perfumey, floral earthiness,” Ritenour says, does the heavy lifting as Foragers’ floral element.
This perennial herb is technically a member of the mint family. But when it’s coupled with a touch of coriander, which Ritenour says adds a surprisingly complementary zest, lemon balm heightens Foragers’ subtle aromatic notes of citrus.
The Golden Mill
1012 Ford St., Golden, 720-405-6455
Create Cooking School
2501 N. Dallas St., Suite 128 (inside Stanley Marketplace), Aurora, 720-573-9949
The Red Barber
3770 Walnut St., 720-707-4040
5505 W. 20th Ave., Suite 178 (inside Edgewater Public Market), Edgewater, 303-955-1238
The Red Barber
3770 Walnut St., 720-707-4040
1336 27th St., 303-993-5330
Thomas “Detour” Evans
Place to See Art
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, 720-865-5000
Place To See A Show That’s Not Red Rocks
4242 Wynkoop St., 720-577-6884
The Nest Nail Spa
4950 S. Newport St., 720-524-4046; 180 S. Union Blvd., Suite 106, 720-524-4046
Place To Watch The Game
Stanley Beer Hall
2501 N. Dallas St., Suite 100 (inside Stanley Marketplace), Aurora, 720-749-5098
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
1101 13th St., 303-893-4100