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5280 Magazine October 2021

Founded in 1993, 5280 is the largest local magazine in Colorado. The magazine's stories often make national headlines, and since 2005 5280 has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards. Get 5280 Magazine digital subscription today.

United States
5280 Publishing, Inc
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
happy meals

I had almost forgotten the enchantment of dining out at a sit-down, lean-back restaurant. It had been more than 16 months; plenty of time to shoulder-shrug away the little delights of eating out as frivolous, considering the miasma of global pestilence. But the romance of it all wooed me the moment I sat down. There was a paper menu with a quirky font. A candle flickered in a glass bowl. A server with hipster-chic glasses presented me with a cocktail that was almost too pretty to drink. My dinner date, an old friend, looked at me and very simply said, “This is really nice.” It was nice. But it was also a reminder of what we’ve lost and the tenuous position in which we still find ourselves. Across the state, more…

3 min
all in the family

Eriko Tsogo often tells the story of her father’s art career in Mongolia. Tsogtsaikhan “Tsogo” Mijid’s enthusiasm for experimental, expressionist painting clashed with the communist regime’s preference for realism, resulting in his frequent censorship. So it delights Eriko that 22 years after immigrating to the Mile High City, her father, mother, and sister all joined her under the moniker Betart Collective to build a space inside Convergence Station, Meow Wolf’s new installation in Denver. More than 300 artists created 72 exhibits that form a cohesive narrative about a cosmic merging of worlds. No work captures that union quite like the family’s contribution, called “Mongovoo Temple”—a multisensory room that draws from Mongolia’s cultural, religious, and political histories. One of the few cross-generational teams with work in Convergence Station, the group is…

1 min
history made mystery

Four imaginary worlds collide in Convergence Station—but real-life pieces of the Centennial State can be found among the artistically rendered result, thanks to the 110-plus contributing Colorado creatives. “Meow Wolf wants to reflect the environment it’s in,” says Annie Geimer, the collective’s Denver artists liaison. Working with locals puts community influence on display: “The state is very present in the final product,” Geimer says. But only if you look closely. Meow Wolf’s team, loath to show too much of its paint-speckled hand, hasn’t publicized every reference, but the ones we do know about will appeal to longtime Coloradans. Take, for example, the work of Andrew Novick, an ephemera collector. He collaborated with metal artist Pamela Webb and illustrator Robert Ayala to re-create six iconic signs from now-defunct local businesses, such as…

2 min
grade “a” grub

60% Percentage of DPS meals prepared from scratch before the partnership, which aims to raise the number to 99 percent. One highlight of the existing menu is a cost-effective bread program. The popularity of its chewy whole wheat baguettes led DPS to apply a homemade approach to its entire menu: “There’s a smell that brings kids in,” says Theresa Hafner, executive director of DPS’ food and nutrition team. 12 Restaurant industry chefs Brigaid will hire to oversee DPS’ 166 kitchens. It’ll be their job to teach basic skills, like proper knife techniques and kitchen organization, to the district’s existing staff. They’ll also lead creative changes, such as spicing meals up with herbs to boost flavor without adding sodium. But like any good teacher, Brigaid will be judged by how well its…

3 min
schooled by fish

What do we really know about carp? Ask your average angler, and nearly 200 years of collective cultural disdain for the grayish-brown, wideeyed, slow-moving bottom feeders might color his answer. But if you’re Barry Reynolds, a Denver-based fly-fishing guide and author, when you see carp, you see cunning opponents unfairly maligned by notoriously snobby fly anglers. “In the early 1990s, when I was doing fly-fishing seminars around the country, I started to introduce a little bit about fishing for carp,” Reynolds says, “and I’ll be honest with you, people would walk out.” Nearly three decades later, carp’s reputation among fly anglers has changed. Far from being smeared as dumb, ugly bread eaters, they’re now considered to be intelligent fish known for putting up fierce fights. There are Instagram hashtags, Facebook groups,…

1 min
ok computer

Although still in their infancy, quantum computers are already big business, with IBM, Microsoft, Google, and state actors like China cumulatively investing billions to develop the superfast number crunchers. But ColdQuanta, a relatively tiny Boulder firm, may beat them all to a major milestone later this year: releasing a 100-qubit quantum computer. That would be a big step toward quantum advantage (QA), the point at which these machines will be able to compute in seconds certain kinds of useful problems that would take traditional supercomputers thousands of years to solve. How? Where your laptop must try each possible solution in turn to find the answer, quantum computers can test solutions simultaneously. To do this, they swap bits for qubits made of atoms or subatomic particles chilled to just above absolute…