John Wenzel, The Denver Post

John Wenzel

The Denver Post

Denver, CO, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Denver Fan Expo 2021: Celebs, comics artists and cosplay return to the Mile High City

The surreal events of the last 18 months, practically ripped from the pages of an apocalyptic novel, have left Denver's pop-culture fan base with whiplash. But finally, Fan Expo HQ, formerly Denver Pop Culture Con, returns Oct. 29-31 to the Colorado Convention Center. → Read More

A musical at the planetarium, sloth party and more Denver things to do

Our curated Best Bets for Denver the week of Oct. 22-28 include a musical event at Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado; real-live sloths at Denver Museum of Nature & Science; supporting women in brewing and comedy galore. → Read More

Denver trick-or-treat 2021: Free and family-friendly guide to treat streets, trunk-or-treats and more

Last year's Halloween reinforced the pre-pandemic trend of small, socially distanced events replacing traditional neighborhood-candy runs. Treat-streets, trunk-or-treats and drive-thru options seemed to reign supreme. So what are Denver parents doing for the 2021's trick or treating season? Here's a family friendly guide to free and low-cost events for the kiddos. → Read More

Cake Crumbs still a delicious yardstick for cupcakes, pastries and cookies

When it comes to measuring Denver's tastiest baked treats, Cake Crumbs Bakery and Café is my yardstick. The modest bakery and coffee shop at 2216 Kearney St., in the historic Park Hill neighborhood, is a cozy gathering spot that attracts schoolkids, retirees, laptop jockeys and the occasional stay-at-home parent -- as well as (one afternoon) a nimble young jazz trio tucked next to the display… → Read More

Birds of a flipper: As visitors crowd Denver Zoo, African Penguins are living their best life

Seventeen African penguins shimmied and twisted, as if part of a single organism, out of the 65-degree water at their new Denver Zoo enclosure and onto the warm, faux-stone deck above it Thursday morning last week. They're already loving their new home. → Read More

Is Meow Wolf Denver’s Convergence Station kid-friendly? I took mine to find out.

Somewhere between the glowing, living swamp and the creepy, underground catacombs my 4-year-old daughter began begging me to leave Meow Wolf Denver's Convergence Station. But it's great for older kids. → Read More

A free concert at Cheesman Park, a rainbow rollerskating pop-up and more things to do in Denver

En garde, titans! Given Colorado Symphony's media prowess and innovative programming, it's sometimes easy to forget it is far from the only accomplished orchestral group in the metro area. Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, another excellent outfit, this weekend will offer a free, picnic-friendly concert at Capitol Hill's Cheesman Park that further underscores that point. → Read More

Big concerts coming to Denver: Wynton Marsalis, Trevor Hall, Wallows, Kronos Quartet and more

One of last year's biggest artistic losses was the lack of fellowship from live performances -- from homegrown fine and performing arts to local names at modest spaces. This week's 2021-2022 season announcement from Newman Center Presents takes steps to correct that. → Read More

To do this week: Black Fantasy Ball, skulls and “funeral collectibles,” La Llorona and more

Here are your Denver-based Bets for Denver this weekend: DIY music, ballroom culture's weekend dance, the Oddities & Curiosities Expo, La Llorona storytelling, and John Legend's latest show at Levitt Pavilion → Read More

Another round of Denver concert cancellations, postponements pushes big shows to 2022

This first week of October brings more concert cancellations and postponements alongside the usual, seemingly contradictory march of new, indoor music events going on sale. → Read More

Big concerts coming to Denver: Alt-J, Thundercat, Chris Isaak, Lil Tecca and more

Tickets for new shows in Denver are on sale this week, even as other shows continue to get cancelled and postponed due to COVID fears. This week's crop of new tickets on sale includes : Alt-J, Portugal, The Man, Thundercat, Chris Isaak, Lil Tecca, Teddy Swims and more. → Read More

Fall fun guide: Don’t miss these 2021 Colorado Oktoberfests before they blow away

It seemed cruel last year that we couldn’t enjoy the crisp, cold air together while sipping beers, gnawing on giant pretzels and enduring polka music. → Read More

Denver on national TV: Emmys, “America’s Got Talent” and “Ninja Warrior,” but only one winner

It's been a busy month for Denverites and Coloradans on general on national TV, with Bowen Yang at the Emmys and in Time Magazine; Josh Blue finishing third on "America's Got Talent"; and Kaden Lebsack winning "American Ninja Warrior." → Read More

At Nuggs, handmade ice cream is a year-round treat

The first time I noticed Nuggs Ice Cream Shop I chuckled at the apparent weed reference (i.e. nuggets of cannabis flower) and noted how its red-and-white brick building sat just east of a marijuana dispensary. Now it's the only name for ice cream in my family. → Read More

Ken Burns on his new “Muhammed Ali” doc, Denver’s guest-starring role

On June 18, 1963, after besting Henry Cooper in a match in London, 21-year-old Cassius Clay turned his attention to Denver-based boxer Sonny Liston -- the only thing standing between Clay and the world heavyweight title. → Read More

Big concerts coming to Denver: Dead & Co., Bruce Campbell, String Cheese Incident and more

Dead & Co. this week added a pair of surprise, late-season shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. → Read More

Meow Wolf Denver grand opening: Tourist magnet, economic benefits and lots of surreal art

After years of speculation, stop-start construction and hand-wringing among the state's artists, Meow Wolf Denver cut the ribbon at its new, 90,000-square-foot building. But will Convergence Station be a success? → Read More

How to get to Meow Wolf Denver: Routes, parking, transit and tips for out-of-towners

Where is Meow Wolf Denver? It's in a part of Denver that is tricky to navigate. Here are your driving routes, parking details, transit options and more tips. → Read More

Dozens of Denver concerts canceled just as Colorado’s music scene was ready to rebound

How to save the Colorado concert industry in the face of widespread cancellations? Companies such as Side Door and Curative are getting behind artists and promoters to help with tests, vaccinations and cash incentives to host shows. → Read More

Big concerts coming to Denver: The Lumineers, Jason Mraz, American Authors and more

Denver concerts continue to roll in with the addition of The Lumineers, Jason Mraz, American Authors, and more -- even as other acts are weekly canceling their Colorado shows due to COVID-19 concerns. Here's how to get new tickets, or refunds for the ones you're holding → Read More