Joey isn’t your everyday horse

Penny Parker, Mile High Life
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Joey is a featured life-sized puppet presented by the Handspring Puppet Company that brings breathing, galloping and charging horses to thrilling life on stage in this production of “War Horse,” the Broadway hit playing the Buell Theatre through 20.

Here are Joey’s stats:

• Joey weighs 120 pounds and is handmade by 14 people. Its frame is mostly cane, soaked, bent and stained.

• An aluminum frame along the spine, lined partly with leather for comfort, allows the horse to be ridden.

• Stretched, hosiery-like Georgette fabric makes up the “skin” beneath the frame.

• A puppeteer at the head controls the ears and head; one in the heart controls breathing and front legs; a third in the hind controls the tail and back legs.

• A harness connects the puppet’s and puppeteer’s spines so his or her movements become the breathing of the horse.

Tickets are available only by calling either 303-893-4100 or at www.dcpa.org. Beware of scalpers selling tickets on the Internet because they are more often than not fraudulent.

Hyatt may transform Loews

The Loews Denver Hotel in Glendale is being sold to Hyatt, and will be transformed into a Hyatt Place as of Feb. 21, according to a super-secret source.

According to my spy, she discussed the ownership change with a manager who confirmed the impending brand transition. No one from the city of Glendale nor from Hyatt could be reached as of deadline.

If the flag does change, that will mean severely altering Loews, which considers itself a luxury brand, to a mid-line Hyatt product, which typically is an 11-story hotel with between 125 to 200 rooms located in an urban, suburban or airport location, according to the www.hyatt.com website description. Hyatt Place hotels are often compared to Marriott’s Courtyard brand.

The sale of the Loews property was completed on Dec. 20, and the hotel is only accepting reservations through Feb. 28. Hyatt Place brands feature suite-type amenities with big-screen TVs, free wifi access and a complimentary hot breakfast daily. Hyatt Places also include meeting rooms for small corporate events. Room prices are roughly $129 a night.

I will let you know more details as they become available.

La La land

Former Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and wife, La La, have been living separately, according to an item last week in the New York Post.

“It is true they haven’t seen much of each other in the past few months,” a friend of the couple told the gossip column Page Six. “She’s been away a lot filming her show, ‘La La’s Full Court Life,’ in London, New York and LA. They are not separated and are still together. She and Melo have a house in LA — so she’s always there when she’s doing auditions.”

However, another source contradicts that point of view. “They have been living separately for several months now,” that source says. “She’s been living in LA while Carmelo has been in New York.”

According to The Post, “Sources add that La La’s also been partying with girlfriends from Mexico to Miami, which has

displeased Melo and made him angry.”

Add to this latest rumor of a possible split the famous dust-up between Carmelo and the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett over a speculated infidelity. “Melo was suspended for one game for the post-game clash with Garnett over the incident,” The Post says.

See the full story at www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/la_la_sticking_with_carmelo_m1tVisCdJoa0VsXTQXRI9M.

Amazing mural

“Before I Die …,” a worldwide interactive art installation by Candy Chang, has been installed on the grounds of the McNichols Civic Center Building at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Bannock Street.

With blackboard space next to the words “Before I die I want to …” the mural invites visitors to pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in a public space.

The mural was installed in Denver’s Sonny Lawson Park by the Community Coordinating District No. 1 last summer and moved to the McNichols Building grounds in early December.

The original “Before I Die …” mural was built in New Orleans, where artist Chang transformed the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood into a giant chalkboard and stenciled it with the sentence.

By the next day, the wall was entirely filled and kept growing. The wall turned a neglected space into a constructive one where neighbors had an outlet to get to know each other and remember their loved ones.

It was brought to Denver through a partnership of Arts and Venues Denver, the Community Coordinating District, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and Denver Design Build LLC.

“Before I Die …” murals have been installed in more than 20 countries and reproduced in more than 10 languages. For photos and more information, go to http://beforeidie.cc/site/denver.

Proud papa

Denver sports radio and TV personality Mark McIntosh has a reason to brag about his son. “My son Kyle is a comedy writer in Los Angeles. He’s working on a new show that will air its first season starting Jan. 16,” Mark announced on his Facebook page.

The sketch comedy series, called “Kroll Show” on Comedy Central, satirizes “our television-obsessed culture and the rabid fan base it breeds,” according to the description on www.comedycentral.com. “More than just a collection of sketches, Kroll Show is about giving Nick (Kroll’s) fans a chance to see his of-the-moment take on pop culture, sports news (and more).”

Check out some video clips at: www.comedycentral.com/shows/kroll-show.

Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.

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