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July 25, 2009 Cherry Creek News & Central Denver Dispatch Page 13

Dining Detective: Mixed Taste
provides an urban picnic
Let’s start this review with a dis- evidence that these very
claimer: We are not going to discuss same plants once thrived
food at all. We are going to discuss right here in Colorado several million
a unique experi- years ago. Mayor
ence that includes John Hickenlooper
food … a highbrow Museum of was very provoca-
dinner theater of Contemporary tive in his thesis of
sorts. And it all show tunes as one of
begins with a trip to
Art the first means used
Denver’s Museum 1485 Delgany by society to address
of Contemporary 303.298.7554 racism and discrimi-
Art. nation.
Please allow me During the high-
to familiarize you with LoDo's newest ly amusing question and answer por-
cultural gem. The MCA has existed in tion of the evening one audience mem-
LoDo for several years. A glass and ber, embracing the challenge to find the
stone monolith on the corner of 15th connection betweem these two topics,
and Delgany, MCA is a non-collecting asked “Do plants discriminate?” After
facility that features an ongoing series the laughter died down, the answer
of changing exhibits, art videos/film, was an emphatic yes! Many varieties
and other forms of contemporary art of trees and plants, even though they Painting
that have not found a niche in other grow together, will never, ever touch. Interior
local art outlets. Until recently they They will always retain a small gap of Exterior
have had marginal success in attract- space, even if it’s just an inch, sepa-
ing a small core audience, but there has rating themselves from other species.
apparently been something missing to Fascinating stuff isn’t it!?
bring the entire package together. But I digress! This is a column about
Trained professionals
Enter “The Lab.” food, so I suppose I should devote a bit Pressure washing
The Lab at Belmar was an interesting of time to the dining experience. There Thorough surface prep
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history, culture, and tastes of BACON!? matic menu of cocktails, dinner and
Enter 2008/2009 and the economy. desserts. On the night of our visit the
Both facilities, MCA and The Lab cocktails were “Bloody Hearts” and
alike, found themselves struggling to “Salty Dogs.” I don’t know what, exact-
build and maintain the audiences they ly, was in my “Bloody Heart,” but what- Repair
needed to remain self sufficient. Alone, ever it is, it packed QUITE a punch and
they were in a financial struggle that is I was in a very good mood. concrete this All Tile
very typical for many businesses as the For dinner we were served pulled
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Lakewood) and its creative staff was tasty meal fabulous conversation and a Needs
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Enter Mixed Taste: Tag Team The cost for the Mixed Taste Tag Stamped Concrete
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Friday night MCA features an entertain- $20. The package together, however, is
ing and enlightening lecture series on $35. Programs are scheduled through
two completely unrelated topics. After Friday, August 28 and I warn you that
an hour of this, the audience is put to every show will sell out early. It is an
the challenge of finding an inevitable evening of thought-provoking ideas,
connection. intelligent conversation, interesting
For example: What do you get when people, and yummy, affordable food.
you mix aquatic plants with show So go. Go now. Order your tickets and
tunes? Kirk Johnson, from the Denver have a fabulous time. I cannot recom-
Museum of Nature and Science, was the mend this enough.***
first speaker on the night we attended.
He discussed the adaptability of aquatic
plants in the Amazon, and showed

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Historic church votes to become
reconciling congregation, publicly
affirming LGBT people
Highlands United Methodist quite powerful.”
Church voted on May 17 to adopt a The official stance of The United
public statement welcoming lesbian, Methodist Church is that “all persons
gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) are individuals of sacred worth,” and
people to “full participation in the life that “Certain basic human rights and
and leadership” of the congregation. civil liberties are due all persons…
“We have long been a place where regardless of sexual orientation,” but
LGBT people are welcome and fully that “the practice of homosexuality…
accepted,” explained Senior Pastor, [is] incompatible with Christian teach-
Rev. Dr. Betty Bradford. “But recently
we have focused on the importance
This ambivalence has led to the Insulating paints - do they really
of proclaiming publicly our belief in
God’s unconditional love for all peo-
development of the Reconciling
Ministries Network (RMN), which, insulate and save energy
ple, because so many churches are not according to their website, is “a grow- Paint additives that claim insulat- siderably with time.”
a safe place.” ing movement of United Methodist ing qualities have been marketed since Alex Wilson of the website
The adopted statement reads: individuals, congregations, campus the late 1990s, but energy research is not a fan of insu-
Highlands United Methodist ministries, and other groups working organizations have not confirmed lating paints: "To say that there is a lot
Church embraces Jesus’ message that for the full participation of all people in their insulating value. For its part, the of hype about insulating paints…is an
God loves and accepts every person, the United Methodist Church.” (www. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency understatement,” he tells the website
and so our welcome knows no bound- Churches that make (EPA) does not recommend using “The Internet is rife
aries. In the name and spirit of Jesus, a public statement welcoming people paints or coatings in place of traditional with claims of paints that dramatically
we welcome people of every age, race, of all sexual orientations and gender bulk insulation. “We haven’t seen any reduce heat transfer—usually based on
ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sex- identities can be listed as “Reconciling independent studies that can verify some technological magic spun off from
ual orientation, marital status, physical Congregations” with the national orga- their insulating qualities,” the agency NASA. While these products may have
or mental ability, and economic condi- nization. reports. The federal government does some relevance in the extreme condi-
tion into full participation in the life rate roofing paint for its energy effi- tions of outer space, manufacturers of
and leadership of our congregation. ABOUT HIGHLANDS UMC – ciency, but such findings only take into paints containing [insulating additives]
The vote was the result of a nine- Highlands United Methodist Church account a substance’s ability to reflect are making claims that defy the laws
month process of conversation, edu- is located at the corner of 32nd Ave and heat off the roof—not its insulating of physics…when they claim they can
cation, prayer, and discernment that Osceola St. The building is a historic properties per se—to keep the building save significant energy in buildings."
included Bible study, conflict resolu- landmark in the neighborhood, and cooler. Nevertheless, for
tion workshops, and sharing of per- has received two Colorado Historic According to certain applications,
sonal stories. Associate Pastor, Rev. Society restoration grants in the past the Department of especially in concert
Kerry Greenhill, observed, “For some three years. The congregation has Energy’s Oak Ridge with traditional forms
people, the decision to be fully wel- approximately 120 members, and its National Laboratory, of insulation under-
coming is obvious. Others struggle parking lot serves as the children’s the use of so-called neath, insulating paint
with what the Bible seems to say and area for the Highlands Street Fair each insulated paints is can help reduce ener-
what they have been taught to believe June. Visit the church website at www. in most cases “diffi- gy expenditures and
about sexuality and sin. But in the Or learn more cult to justify on the air conditioning bills
process, we witnessed some really about Reconciling Ministries Network basis of savings in accordingly. For those
thoughtful discussions, and a level of at energy costs alone.” who want to forge
respect and grace for others that was Meanwhile, the non- ahead with insulat-
profit EnergyIdeas ing paint despite the
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