Entries by Cynthia Barnes

Colorado’s Opera Houses have Rich History

Last June saw the founding of the Colorado Historic Opera Houses Circuit. Celebrating its first anniversary, the circuit connects five historic mountain opera houses. These historic venues are a reminder of the days when rough and rugged mining towns competed to construct elaborate buildings to showcase their newfound riches and support their aspirations of culture […]

Colorado’s Outlaws

Some of the world’s worst criminals reside at Florence’s supermax penitentiary , the nation’s most secure federal prison, including Mexican drug lord El Chapo, Al-Qaida cofounder Mamdouh Mahmud Salim and FBI agent-turned spy Robert P. Hanssen. But the Centennial state has its homegrown ‘heroes,’ as well. Running from the law is a time-honored Colorado tradition, and […]

Egyptian Influence on Colorado Architecture

Hot, hot, hot: Egyptomania was all the rage in the Roaring ’20s when British archaeologist Howard Carter “discovered” the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. American audiences breathlessly devoured developments of the excavation, which was documented in detail by newspapers, magazines and movie news-reels. This wasn’t the first time the ancient civilization was front-page news — […]

Get Your Girl On!

Fans of the television show “Parks and Recreation” know February 13 as Galentine’s Day — a celebration of all your favorite females filled with fun, food, and all the things ladies love. On Valentine’s Eve, or on any other day (like before catching The Secret Comedy of Women — Girls Only), here are some suggestions […]