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Thursday, July 11,2013

School's out for summer

Hill’s restaurants aim to replace students with other customers

By Patrick Fort
Boulder’s University Hill neighborhood has a reputation for being the students’ part of the city. After all, it’s located directly across Broadway from the University of Colorado Boulder, and the Hill’s home to many of the bars frequented by students. But what happens to business when they leave for the summer? Do Hill businesses hit tough times, and how hard is it to survive without students?
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Fun on the fourth

Your guide to having a blast — with or without fireworks

By Patrick Fort
There are a lot of things to do on July 4, but with multiple parts of the state literally on fire, it might be hard to come by those oft-cherished fireworks. Here are some of the best things to do this Independence Day — fireworks not guaranteed.
Thursday, June 20,2013

Drinkable gardens

Using local ingredients to cool off this summer

By Patrick Fort
Local and homegrown foods have been a fad in Boulder for so long they’ve become passť — they’re the fodder of restaurant menus across the city. But the local food movement isn’t confined to your entrees. It’s a drinkable movement, too, that’s found its way into juices, teas and adult beverages around the county.
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Thursday, June 13,2013

DeVotchKa dives into show with CSO

When band meets orchestra, there’s no margin for error

By Patrick Fort
Nick Urata, the guitar-slinging, bouzouki-picking, theremin-conducting lead singer of Denver’s DeVotchKa, is ready for yet another performance with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Friday, June 14. And while his group has been practicing for the show, he doesn’t deny that when the orchestra isn’t around, they slack off a bit.
Thursday, June 6,2013

Natural foods: Who knows what your food actually is?

By Patrick Fort
Business is booming in the organic food sector. Since 2004, sales of organic food have increased 150 percent, from $12 billion to a projected $30 billion in 2013, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. One additional factor that is not included in this number, though, is the sale of “natural” foods. And there’s some evidence that consumers actually prefer the “natural” label to the more specific “organic.”
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Thursday, May 23,2013

The final countdown

Fox Theatre show signals end of Hatrick Penry

By Patrick Fort
Ska music has a rough-and-tumble energy. The energy comes easily for Hatrick Penry, whose members have an average age of 19. Like all things, though, eventually the music comes to an end, and Hatrick Penry will be playing its last show as a band at the Fox Theatre on May 25.