Table of contents 5280 September 2013
The best public high schools along the Front Range. Plus: an in-depth look at how the so-called Colorado Paradox has shortchanged our kids—and how we might finally be able to fix it.
Robert “Rider” Dewey spent 17 long years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. During that time, he endured constant legal setbacks and personal tragedies. This is how he made it to the other side.
Autumn’s ultrapolished look elegantly pairs mid-century, ladylike silhouettes with luxe, understated accessories.
They told us to go west, so we did. And we still are. In droves. Welcome to a different kind of Gold Rush, in which Colorado’s most precious commodity is new residents. This population boom is changing our state: We’re no longer so darn white, so young, so isolated. We’re the poster child for a new West. Take a look.
A letter from the editor.
A local tennis academy aims to improve our state’s lagging game.
Fewer and fewer Coloradans are hunting—which is actually bad for wildlife.
Name: Sharon Bond Brown
Occupation: Artist, grandmother
On display: Virginia: A Life, a collection of Brown’s oil paintings created from old photographs and letters, at the Lakewood Heritage Center September 20 through January 18.
Two Coloradans turn canning beer into a mobile operation.
Animals help themselves to Colorado grapes.
Front Range Scene
The Chicago-based Winter Session workshop moves to Denver.
Layer up for hot days and cool nights during music festival season.
Music may be the key to helping kids graduate in one Denver neighborhood.
Fall is the prime time to explore Colorado’s Rocky Mountain ghost towns.
How many years has it been since Telluride Sheridan Opera House opened?
Revision International helps turn Denver’s urban garden crops into cash.
To discover Colorado’s finest autumn splendor, follow the state’s most famous photographer to Ridgway.
Denver has developed a reputation as the Napa Valley of craft beer. But the Front Range is also home to one of the biggest breweries in the world. We took the popular Coors brewery tour for an inside look at MillerCoors, which brews more beer in one day than most Denver nanobreweries make in a year.
Eat & Drink
Eric Skokan's Bramble & Hare is the very definition of farm-to-table dining.
How many avocados does Chipotle Mexican Grill serve each day?
Justin Park and Tyler DuBois of the Real Dill share their recipe for quick-pickled veggies.
Shish Kabob Grill’s Middle Eastern fare is habit-forming.
Absinthe infiltrates the Wazee Supper Club.
Savor the end of summer with these chilly chai blends.
The Mosco spices up the Western Chile scene.