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Denver’s StarFest 2022 will be the pop culture convention’s final trip

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The Denver StarFest convention, one of the oldest pop culture gatherings in the country, has announced its final trip. If you go to StarFest Denver: The Final Voyage. Classic Pop Culture Convention, May 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency DTC, 7800 E. Tufts Ave. in Denver. Tickets: $29; children under 10 years enter free. Order by calling 303-777-6800 or visiting starfestdenver.com. The 45-year event, which debuted just two weeks before “Star Wars” hit theaters in 1977, will hold its final convention May 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency DTC. Celebrity guests in attendance include Brent Spiner (data from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Picard”); Terry Farrell (Dax from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Michelle Hurd (“Picard”); and Zach McGowan (“Black Sails” and “The 100”). “My kids were like three years old when we started,” said KathE Walker, who co-founded and continues to produce StarFest with her husband Stephen and her sister Karoline Jobin. She said that the end of StarFest does not arise from financial problems. “Basically, we’re retiring,” she said. “None of us have gotten a paycheck from StarFest because it’s run by fans, and we’ve always put all the money into next year’s event.” StarFest has hosted celebrities like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Francis Ford Coppola, Christian Bale, and of course dozens of cast members from various Star Trek series and movies, including William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and the first female Star Captain. Trek to lead a series, Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek: Voyager”). The founders of StarFest, shown in 1977, were among the first in the world to screen the “Star Wars” trailer. StarFest is one of Denver’s original conventions for all things Star Trek, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and more, following the also formative Mile High Con, which has continued to focus on literature since its debut in 1969. StarFest, however, it was Denver’s first media-oriented convention to tap into the passionate fanaticism for television, film, and comics. In recent years, pop culture conventions have become a multi-billion dollar industry, steadily moving away from the familiar feel of the original conventions. “I know the big disadvantages: they are out there. The one that will now be in Denver, the Fan Expo… they have like 12 others across the country,” Walker said. “StarFest is just a different show. We have families who have been coming to us for decades, people who have been married here, and hosts and volunteers who have been with us for decades as well.” That kind of institutional knowledge will be impossible to replace in Denver’s pop culture scene, but it’s unclear how many younger fans will care. StarFest has been overshadowed in recent years by the event now known as Fan Expo Denver (formerly Denver Pop Culture Con, formerly Denver Comic Con), with its million square foot layout at the Colorado Convention Center and dozens upon dozens from TV shows, movies, comics, and literary guests amid panels, retail alleys, cosplay contests, and performances. That corporate event, and many others, owe a debt to the pioneering StarFest, which solved its industry’s problems long before it was even considered one. Its celebrity and autograph gatherings, cosplay (before that term was coined in Japan), and cross-gender approach invited nerds, geeks, and fans of all kinds who may have felt intimidated or ignored in other social settings. When StarFest started, it was fueled by in-person gatherings, like clubs getting together to pore over “Star Trek” episodes on VHS tapes, Walker said. Since then, StarFest has expanded into cons within cons, such as ArtFest, ComicFest, GameFest, HorrorFest, KlingonFest, and ScienceFest. “We try to do a little bit of everything and not just dabble in it,” Walker said. “But it has become so expensive. Hotel rates have gone up, and you can’t blame them during the pandemic, because they’ve been devastated, and it’s very expensive to bring in actors.” It’s been a rough ride for many smaller events in recent years. In the late 2010s, San Diego Comic Con International forced many “comic cons” in the US to change their names, having claimed copyright to that term. That included Denver Comic Con changing its name to Denver Pop Culture Con. StarFest has never had that problem, nor has it visibly endured the spasms of expansion, contraction, and staff turnover that have plagued other big cons over the past decade. Their shoestring budgets and hundreds of volunteers (this year there will be 185 of them to greet the 3,000 to 5,000 anticipated attendees) have supported an event inspired primarily by its creators’ love of Star Trek, not an improvised business plan to satisfy the market demand. . Walker’s favorite memories aren’t just from the celebrities he brought back, like Cruise and Travolta. It’s also the weddings, the Klingon vow renewals, the lifelong encounters, and the generational continuity you’ve seen at the event, from friends who have been faithfully attending for decades to younger fans looking for a slower event that doesn’t depend from social media rumors or licensed properties. (although those are also represented). “I just don’t see the same fandom being created (these days) because you can get drunk on an entire show in one weekend and forget about it,” said Walker, who showed the first trailer for “Star Wars” at the debut. from StarFest before. Does anyone know what the movie was? (They would find out two weeks later.) “We are fortunate to have so many people who have stayed with us over the years. It is a family. Sign up for our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news delivered straight to your inbox.

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PRCA Rodeo concludes qualifying events on Wednesday with First Responders Night

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The PRCA Rodeo concluded its qualifying events on Wednesday night with First Aid Night. Representatives from the Greeley Police and Fire Departments and the Banner Health Ambulance Program were greeted with cheers from audience members in the stands. Representing the Greeley Police Department was Sgt. Matthew Patella and Police Chief Adam Turk, who recently had the “interim” tag removed from his title. Battalion Chief Jason Oster and Fire Chief Brian Kuznik were on hand for the Greeley Fire Department, while EMT Jacob Kennedy and Paramedic Stacey Chase proudly represented Banner Health. The Weld County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the arena in their Search and Rescue MRAP with the leader, Sheriff Steve Reams, in the lead. Returning to her homeland, Miss Rodeo America Hailey Frederiksen brought the colors to the arena on horseback as Gerry McFarling sang the national anthem. The rodeo bareback had only three participants because most of the cowboys scratched themselves. The evening resulted in two trips: Shane O’Connell of Rapid City, SD, scoring an 85-point trip at Nutrena’s Rustler and Drake Amundson of Laramie, Wyo., scoring a 70-point trip at Nutrena’s Pebbles. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Cowboy Garrett Buckley, of Craig, reacts after being challenged by bronc 017 Al Capone while riding saddle bronc on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley on June 29, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Team Photographer) It was a tough night at the office for steer wrestlers. Broken barriers, bad jumps, and cunning maneuvers that caused challenges for the hazers were just some of the things that caused the event to see a lack of qualifying times. The fastest time of the night went to Ames, Okla., cowboy Tyrel Cline at 13.9 seconds, including the 10-second penalty for a broken gate. Mead’s Chism Docheff came in second with a time of 15.5 seconds. Docheff also had a 10-second penalty for a broken barrier. In the team ropes competition, Mississippi boys Marcus Theriot and Cole Curry cemented their spot in the final with a time of 6.3. The team of Hayes Smith of Central Point, Oregon, and Cullen Teller of Ault would have advanced to the final had it not been for a 5-second penalty for catching a leg during their run. The duo walked away with a total score of 10 seconds. Bronc jockey Houston Brown of Miles City, Mont., scored the night’s highest score of 83 at Ridge Walker. Jacob Kammerer from Phillip, SD came in second with a score of 81 on Nutrena’s Full Deck. Wade Brown from Norco, California had an amazing ride on Goodness Gracious. Despite the horse’s odd kicking pattern, Brown held on but was disqualified for not adhering to the scoring rule. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Cowboy Wade Brown, of Norco, Calif., rides a saddle bronc but a penalty gives no score on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo Series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley June 29, 2022 (Alex McIntyre/Team Photographer) As the riggers prepared for their competition, the wind in Greeley was whipping and clouds were closing in fast. the grandstands to protect themselves from the pouring rain and stormy wind. While some people worked to get out of the wind and rain, the rough weather proved to be fruitful for barreler JW Winklepleck, who found two $20 bills flying from the stands onto the arena floor. The sudden change in weather proved to be a challenge for the ropers with La Junta’s Ryan Belew winning a time of 12.6 seconds. Wind and rain did not deter the ladies from escaping. Tiffany Schieck of Floresville, Texas was on fire with a time of 3.1 seconds, followed by Morgan Kessler of Callaway, Nebraska with a time of 3.8 seconds. Overturned barrels seemed to be the theme of the night for the ladies barrel racers with five contestants being penalized for overturning the metal drums. Cowgirl Reagan Laney of Granbury, Texas posted the best time of the night at 17.14 seconds. Wednesday’s bull riding event saw the highest scoring of the entire qualifying series from JR Stratford, Byers, Kan., riding Dale Yeah. The Kansas cowboy scored an impressive 88.50, besting Spencer Wright’s Sunday night performance of 85 points on Game Changer. Jace Troxclair from Chauvin, Louisiana scored 86 points on Black Panther. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Magic in Motion stunt rider Madison MacDonald performs in the pouring rain on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley on June 29 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer ) The event was paused for a moment when a bull, Mt. Everest, decided to give the collectors and cowboy protection gear their money by refusing to return to the pen area. The bull charged the horses, dodged the ropes and caused the cowboy protection team to throw themselves onto the rails despite the team’s best efforts to corral the great beast. Finally, after successfully tethering the bull, a collector towed the irregular animal to the holding pen behind the chute area. The PRCA Rodeo series is scheduled to conclude Thursday at 7 pm with the top 12 finishers from each event going head-to-head to win the 100th Greeley Stampede and secure bragging rights, prizes and money. The 100th Greeley Stampede will run through Monday, July 4 with live music, a carnival, fairground food, an art exhibit and more. For more information on daily events, tickets, parking and more, visit www.greeleystampede.org. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Cowboy Darnell Johnson, of Fowler, ties up the steer with a tie-down time of 6.7 seconds on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo Series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Regional Park Grove in Greeley on June 29, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

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Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia-Inspired Weed Now Available in Colorado

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Casey Jones may have driven that train high on cocaine, but soon Grateful Dead fans will have a different substance they can buy to celebrate the band. Garcia Hand Picked cannabis makes its Colorado debut this week with three flower strains suitable for pairing with live music. Good timing: The release coincides with the Jerry Garcia Symphony Celebration at Red Rocks Amphitheater on June 29, when the Colorado Symphony will perform hits from the iconic jam band in honor of what would be Garcia’s 80th birthday later this year. Starting on that date, fans can also sample Garcia Hand Picked flower, locally grown by Veritas Fine Cannabis. The company is releasing a sativa strain called Morning in Marin, an indica strain called After Midnight, and a hybrid called Love in the Afternoon. They will be available for sale in pre-packaged eighths and as pre-rolls at dispensaries throughout the Front Range. RELATED: 7 Famous Cannabis Brands You Can Find In Colorado Mike Leibowitz, founder and CEO of Veritas Fine Cannabis, said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grow Garcia-inspired cannabis. “When I first found out about the potential opportunity, I nearly fell out of my chair,” Leibowitz said. “To be able to represent something of that legendary status is a hippie’s wet dream.” Veritas worked with Holistic Industries, owner of the brand and collaborator with Garcia’s daughters, Trixie Garcia, Annabelle Garcia and Sunshine Kesey. Colorado is the fifth state where the brand is launched, behind California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Oregon. “Jerry loved Colorado because of the people,” Trixie Garcia said in a statement. “Colorado has long been a mecca for high-minded, freedom-loving nature enthusiasts, and that’s our people.” Morning in Marin is a Cannabis Sativa strain, bred by Veritas Fine Cannabis from Colorado for Garcia Hand Picked. Colorado is the fourth state where the brand, named after Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia and created in collaboration with his daughters, is available. Local Deadheads can purchase it starting June 29. Love in the Afternoon is a hybrid cannabis strain, bred by Veritas Fine Cannabis from Colorado for Garcia Hand Picked. Colorado is the fourth state where the brand, named after Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia and created in collaboration with his daughters, is available. Local Deadheads can purchase it starting June 29. After Midnight is an indica cannabis strain, bred by Veritas Fine Cannabis from Colorado for Garcia Hand Picked. Colorado is the fourth state where the brand, named after Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia and created in collaboration with his daughters, is available. Local Deadheads can purchase it starting June 29. Although Veritas is starting with three strains, it plans to “build a war chest of a dozen or so” strains in the future, Leibowitz said. Garcia Hand Picked gummies will also be available soon in Colorado through a partnership with Veritas’ sister concentrate company, Olio, he added. A release date has not yet been determined. Bertha, an Airstream trailer, will be released at the Red Rocks Amphitheater pedaling Garcia’s handpicked merch and more during Jerry Garcia’s 80th Birthday Symphony Celebration on June 29. Dead people attending the June 29 concert can drop by the lower north parking lot in Red Rocks, where Garcia Hand Picked’s Airstream trailer named Bertha will be pedaling merch. Marijuana samples may also be available there, Leibowitz said with a wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Jerry Garcia is just the latest celebrity to immortalize his legacy in Colorado with a brand of marijuana. Last year, rapper Method Man launched the TICAL flower and recently followed up with concentrates and edibles. Country legend Willie Nelson has several products under his Willie’s Remedy brand. Check out other athletes and musicians who have gotten into the local cannabis scene here. UPDATE June 29 at 4:52 pm: Due to a reporting error, this story incorrectly stated that Colorado was the fourth state where Garcia’s Hand Picked is available. is the fifth Sign up for our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news delivered straight to your inbox.

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Meow Wolf’s Vortex Music Festival at a Sun Valley Junkyard This August

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Meow Wolf will hold its Vortex music festival on what is now an industrial lot in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood, putting an end to speculation about where the signature public event would take place when it first arrives in town this year. It will be the first event to be held at The Junk Yard, which is a new downtown open-air venue run by music promoter Live Nation. The site, at 2323 Mulberry Place, is about a mile south of Meow Wolf’s permanent immersive installation, Convergence Station, in an industrial neighborhood just east of I-25. The event, from Aug. 5-7, will include three days of music for all ages, food trucks and other entertainment, Live Nation said in a statement last week. The Denver-based mega-developer described the property’s owners as “family friends from Live Nation.” Publicists for Meow Wolf and Live Nation did not immediately respond to questions about the capacity of the venue, or who the “family friends of Live Nation” are. “The new owners of The Junk Yard saw a tremendous opportunity to transform a junkyard into a multi-faceted music festival in the heart of the city,” the statement read. “The new venue will undergo a dramatic metamorphosis into another world for Vortex 2022, a transition that is common for many Meow Wolf events and activations, with two impressive stages (Viscera Stage and Atria Stage), art installations… and comfortable rest areas. .” Since the location is in a tangle of off-grid cul-de-sacs, Meow Wolf has included suggested routes on their experience planning page. That includes the closest bus stop (West 8th Avenue and Wyandot Street); the Light Trail station at 10th and Osage streets; and other RTD and bike share options. (Or, it’s a 45-minute walk to the center of town.) There is extremely limited parking in the area, authorities said. Meow Wolf announced in April that the festival would be coming to Denver for the first time this year, having previously been based in Taos, NM, but had not disclosed the location. Meow Wolf opened its convergence station in Denver in September 2021. Previously announced acts include Toro y Moi, 100 gecs, Bob Moses, Neil Frances, Duke Dumont and Maya Jane Coles. Local musicians scheduled to perform include Neon the Bishop, Mr. Frick, Send/Receive and Peer Review. A one-day general admission ticket for the festival is $69.50 per day, while three-day general admission is $198.75, via ticketmaster.com. Tickets are now on sale. Meow Wolf Denver last year opened its Convergence Station facility to praise and buzz, having first cornered the market on “immersive experiences” years ago from its Santa Fe home base. Meow Wolf said it ticked the customer location number one million on June 15. Sign up for our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news delivered straight to your inbox.

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