THE POGUES live at the Ogden Theatre Friday, October 23, 2009. Doors 7pm || Show 8pm. By demonstrating that the spirit of punk could live in traditional Irish folk music, the Pogues were one of the most radical bands of the mid-’80s. Led by Shane MacGowan the Pogues were undeniably political — not only were many of their songs explicitly in favor of working-class liberalism, but the wild, careening sound of their punk-injected folk was implicitly radical. While the band was clearly radical, they also had a wickedly warped sense of humor, which was abundantly clear on their biggest hit, the fractured Christmas carol “Fairy Tale of New York.” The group’s first three albums — Red Roses for Me, Rum Sodomy & the Lash, If I Should Fall From Grace With God — were widely praised in both Britain and America, and by 1988 they had earned substantial cult followings in both countries. Shane MacGowan, an Irish punk inspired by the Clash, formed the Pogues in 1982 after playing with the London-based punk band the Nipple Erectors, a group which was later called the Nips. MacGowan met Spider Stacy in a London tube station, where Stacy was playing a tin whistle. The two began working together, drafting former Nip Jim Fearnley to play guitar. Naming themselves Pogue Mahone — a Gaelic term meaning “kiss my ass” — the trio began playing traditional Irish tunes in London pubs and streets, eventually adding Jem Finer (banjo, guitar), Andrew David Ranken (drums) and Cait O’Riordan (bass) to make it a full band. As the group developed into a sextet, they added MacGowan’s original songs to their repertoire, and began earning a reputation as a wild, drunken and exciting live act and shortened their name to the Pogues. The original line up of Shane MacGowan, Jem Finer, Spider Stacy, James Fearnley, Darryl Hunt, Andrew Ranken, Philip Chevron and Terry Wood will take the stage at the Ogden. TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT TICKETMASTER.COM, AT ALL TICKETMASTER OUTLETS INCLUDING SELECT MACY”S STORES, SELECT FYE STORES, CHERRY CREEK SHOPPING CENTER GUEST SERVICES DESK, THE OFFICIAL VISITORS CENTER, 1600 CALIFORNIA ST., STE. 6, ANGELO”S CD”S & MORE, AND TWIST & SHOUT. TICKET CENTER HOURS MAY VARY; CONTACT RETAILER TO CONFIRM HOURS OF OPERATION. TO CHARGE TICKETS BY PHONE, CALL 1-800-745-3000

It”s no coincidence that the Common Grounds coffee house logo is similar to the Irish Claddagh ring. The logo was developed by Lisa Rogers and family who opened the first Common Grounds (in Highlands neighborhood), in 1992, as a non-smoking alternative to the Denver bar scene. In tune with her Irish heritage, she incorporated the symbolic “hands of friendship” element of the ring with a welcoming cup of coffee. In the middle of her java inspired entrepreneurial pursuits, Lisa worked to get her MBA from University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, and still found the time to stay connected with her “inner green” through Irish set dancing, volunteer for Celtic Events, and squeaked in a side trip to the “Emerald Isle” that lasted four years. It was there, that her affinity for her favorite color began to move in a different direction “Vertical! Ballymaloe is a family run guest house accommodation, restaurant, and cooking school, in large country house on a working farm in east Cork, Ireland. Lisa lived nearby and was inspired by people whom were big proponents of local produce and farm products. When she returned home to Colorado she missed not having farms around, knowing the farmer or the source of quality locally produced food. Lisa wondered about the possibilities for significant food production in her urban Denver ” “do we even know what our own environment is capable of supporting?” is a question she asked. Her answer came last October as she watched an interview of Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc. ( “He said things in those thirty seconds that just hit me ” like, we can grow food in the city, we can grow it vertically, and that we can grow jobs.” Lisa gave a brief example of Vertical/Urban Farming and of multistory greenhouse which have been built around the world from Israel to Dubai. “On the south side of your building, up and down, becomes a greenhouse and the rest of your building you have living space…Another way to go vertical is not to plant on the ground, but instead you plant in greenhouses and you use every inch of space ” you have shelves going up as high as you can reach and you have pots hanging down from the walls so you turn a 2000 square foot space into 5000 square feet of growing area.” In addition to helping providing our city with a long term system of producing safe, quality, and accessible foods, Lisa gave an impressive list of potential environmental and life quality benefits that communities can reap by using urban farming techniques: Turning unused vacant lots into attractive, safe urban farms; Improving storm water collection; Composting the 30% of the waste stream that is organic waste; Cleaning up soil that is contaminated; Reducing air pollution; Reducing urban cooling energy requirements as a result of adding plants to the environment; Increasing biodiversity (Lisa gave one example: “We grow Tilapia fish, recycling the water to feed the plants. By the time the water circulating through all the plants returns to the fish it is clean and bubbly again making a closed system with really healthy plants and fish.”) Lisa and company have set a goal of 500 urban green houses in Denver over next five years, with them developing into community urban agriculture complex with year-round farm markets, cafes serving the produce grown inside, classrooms and business incubator space, an edible garden open to the public, seasonal festivals bringing together food and people. Not shy about rolling up her sleeves to make her vision happen, she has been busy educating people and locating projecting funding and entrepreneurs. “We”ve been talking with the City, making presentations, educating the City Council members on what Urban Agriculture and we”re hopeful that the new zoning coming out will allow for much Urban Agriculture.” In these harder financial times, the job creation aspect of urban farming is compelling to many, points out Lisa, “One farmer manages 100 acres right now in agriculture, but if you go into urban agriculture it switches 100 farmers for one acre ” and those are serious jobs,” This can be achieved from the reduction of expenses through the absence of chemical fertilizers, packaging and transportation costs. “For every one dollar spent on produce, 65% goes to transportation, pesticides and fertilizer, and 35% goes to packaging.” With Irish passion rising in her voice she continued, “For 40 years the farming industry has had a loss -every year! And it one of our strongest industries ” What a Joke! It”s not, it”s like Detroit telling us auto making is one are strongest industries, it”s not! This is about the business of farming ” this is about taking all those family farms that have sort of disappeared from America and bring them to the city, because guess what, that”s were they live now. And we have to bring the food to us, because right now we are getting our food from between 2 to 6 thousand miles away. So when you hear that it is only point two percent of our food that we are producing in Colorado that we eat ourselves- point 2 percent that”s really dangerous! During the Swine Flu outcry there were people on the radio saying that people should be stocking-up, that if the U.S. closed its borders to Mexico we would have about 2 days of fresh food in reserve.” “Go vertical, get in close and save money!” For more info:

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(Pat McCullough June 09 Celtic Connection) Adding color to Coloradoans lives has been Andrew Toole”s job for almost 15 years. After arriving in America he made his way to Colorado, “I had heard that it was a good environment to live and start a business…At that time, in pre-”Celtic Tiger” Ireland a lot of business prospects were poor.” With a strong work ethic acquired growing up on his families” farm in County Meath, along with a variety of skills that included painting, he founded Denver based painting company, Ireland”s Finest, Inc. in 1995. In time the company became a member of The Painting & Decorating Contractors of America, and earned a Gold Star as member of the Better Business Bureau. “Our reputation has been built on high quality performance and customer satisfaction… we pride ourselves on competitive rates, but at the end of the day it”s all about doing the best job.” A few years back, Andrew came across another business opportunity and in March of 2005 he and business partner Donnie Danesh opened Scruffy Murphy”s (2030 Larimer St) in the Ballpark Neighborhood in Downtown Denver. “It was just another business- it was why not give it a whirl,” explaining his new adventure, “Besides, it”s every Irishmen”s dream to open an Irish Pub in America ,” he added with a wink and a smile. Though Andrew would be first to say that it was a fun project he will also tell you how much hard work that is put into a successful pub. “People might come in and see ya having a pint and a laugh and think that you are on Easy Street, when really they don”t have a clue on how much work and time that you put into a place.” Much of the work and time at Scruffy”s has been taken on by friend (and sometimes fellow teammate on the Denver Gaels hurling team) John Elliott, who recently took over majority ownership. “John is a good spud – he has been doing good work- even managed to get Flogging Molly to do a late night concert at the pub!” Meanwhile, rolling stones gather no moss – Andrew and Donnie opened Ned Kelly”s at 5686 S Sycamore St, in downtown Littleton, a block or so from the new RTD light rail. They took over a historic space which was previously the “Oasis” Bar. It was a small neighborhood gathering spot just off Main Street. That was part of the appeal. “The idea of a small neighborhood pub is what I”m after, like something that you would find in a town or village in Ireland…we added a patio, fireplace, and an authentic Irish feel, so it is still a cozy place.” And the neighborhood supports the new offering, “We are delighted to see the local support and the return of many patrons of the Oasis…They have been here longer than us, and in many ways this pub is as much theirs as ours…we”re just happy to add a little color to their day” Ireland”s Finest 303-512-8777 [email protected] Scruffy Murphy”s, Denver 303-291-6992 Ned Kelly”s, Littleton 720-283-8717

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