Richmond residents share their thoughts on gentrification, displacement

Richmond is changing. Berkeleyside spoke to a few residents to see how they feel about it. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Richmond is changing. Once best known for its Ford plant and huge World War II shipbuilding facilities, the city later became associated more with its large Chevron refinery, as well as with its crime statistics. However, in recent years plummeting crime rates, new businesses, new housing, civic improvements and burgeoning public transit have helped transform the East Bay city on the bay.

While these developments are largely positive, they can have a downside. As new residents flock to up-and-coming areas locally and nationally, housing prices and rents typically rise. Longstanding residents, often people of color, find themselves forced out through gentrification, no longer able to afford to live in the neighborhoods they have long called home.

To better understand how life in Richmond is changing, Berkeleyside spoke with seven Richmond residents, and one former resident, about their perspectives on the city’s evolution.

They include Ivan Berry, an African-American man who has rented in Richmond for 31 years; 19-year resident Marc Feliciano, who is Filipino; African-American artist Daud Abdullah, who has rented in the city for five years; Catherine Montalbo, a two-year resident who is Mexican-American; Jay Kirkland, a lifelong resident whose Lebanese grandparents settled in Richmond in the 1930s; Maria Aviles, a 17-year Hispanic North Richmond resident; Todd Warner, an African-American man with 26 years’ residence; and Holly Hayes, a white woman who left Richmond with her husband and daughter after renting for two years when their landlord put the house up for sale.

Ivan Berry — Richmond resident: 31 years

“I think Richmond is gentrifying somewhat, but not to the degree people are saying,” said Ivan Berry, one of the 11,547 residents of the city’s North and East neighborhood. “I think everybody is starting to do a little bit better.”

“When crime is down a bit, everything starts to look a little bit better. Businesses are more likely to come here. There are a lot of up-and-coming businesses. People are willing to give it a try now,” he said.

Even with prices starting to go up, Berry said, “try starting a business in San Francisco or Oakland. The jump to get yourself started is probably a third more, at least. If you want to open up a little store or whatever in Richmond, people are saying, ‘Why, this is not bad at all.’”

In a theme mentioned by other residents, Berry said both Richmond and Oakland have gotten a bad rap, and the reality is different from the image.

“People say these negative things about Oakland. But then you walk around Lake Merritt, and it’s beautiful,” he said.

Speaking about Richmond, he said: “You go to Catahoula and you see how diverse and crazy the crowd gets,” he said. (Catahoula is a locally owned and operated coffeehouse that opened a few years on San Pablo Avenue in Berry’s neighborhood, to acclaim from neighbors.)

Berry said there was displacement during the foreclosure crisis that began in 2007. Two different couples were foreclosed on in two separate incidents in the same house across the street from him, he said.

“One of the couples was Filipino and the other was Hispanic. A Hispanic couple is living there now,” Berry said.

He said in recent years he has not seen the same level of displacement of people of color in his neighborhood.

The numbers — and the timing — would seem to reinforce Berry’s observation. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of African-American residents in Richmond fell 23%, from 35,777 to 27,542, with African Americans making up 26.6% of the city’s population in 2010, according to the U.S. Census.

In that same time period, the number of Hispanic residents jumped from 26,319 to 40,921, making Hispanics 39.5% of the population.

The number of white people and the percentage of white people in the population remained the same. White people made up 31.4% of the population in 2000 and 2010.

In contrast, 59.5% of Berkeley’s population was white in 2010, according to the U.S. Census, and 10% was African-American, with 10.8% of the population was comprised of Hispanic people.

Despite the effect of the foreclosure crisis, Berry said his neighborhood, Richmond’s North and East, which has 11,547 residents, is “still diverse.”

Berry said, “There is a huge contingent (of African Americans) from the redlining way back when it was split up during the war.”

Redlining is the practice of refusing a mortgage loan to someone because they live in an area deemed to be a poor financial risk. The practice is generally thought to have begun with the National Housing Act of 1934, which established the Federal Housing Administration.

“African Americans were only allowed to buy in certain neighborhoods. The banks would say, ‘OK, you can afford that home, but you can’t buy here, you can buy over here,’” Berry said.

Marc Feliciano, environmental engineer — Richmond resident: 19 years

Marc Feliciano: “It’s an exciting time.” Photo: Courtesy of Marc Feliciano

Feliciano echoed Berry’s assessment of the city as up-and-coming.

“If you’re a resident, you know things are on the upswing and it’s an exciting time,” the 19-year resident said.

When he started at Questa Engineering in Richmond in 2006, Feliciano was an inspector, a technician on streetscape projects on Richmond’s Macdonald Avenue. The street went from having a burned-out unoccupied Montgomery Ward to sleek medians with greenery and a Target. Feliciano sees this as progress.

Feliciano extolled the city’s general plan, which has been used as a template for other cities. One of its outstanding components is its attention to mental health and happiness, he said.

For example, the plan has a specific number of park improvements that must be made per thousand residents, Feliciano said.

Feliciano agrees with Ivan Berry’s point about Richmond’s reputation.

“The funny thing about Richmond is it’s all hearsay. All the hearsay that goes on about Richmond is completely inaccurate,” said Feliciano.

“I live and work in Richmond. I’m on the sidewalks and drive up and down the streets,” he said. “I get mad when people say they are scared to live here. Actually, the crime rate is down.”

Asked about gentrification, he said, “All the things that have happened in Richmond have not been corporate. On 23rd Street, there are almost all local businesses. There are probably 30 restaurants on 23rd Street,” referring to the city’s major commercial corridor.

La Flor De Jalisco, Cocina Mexicana Imports, Rigo’s Auto Sales, El Arte de Mexico, Rios Computer Repair, La Gran Chiquita Restaurant, El Tapatio, El Chaparro and La Raza Market are just a few examples of the establishments up and down 23rd Street.

“The city is progressive,” Feliciano said. In 2014, Richmond residents defeated a multimillion-dollar campaign by Chevron supporting four City Council candidates, electing Mayor Tom Butt and a progressive slate, despite the fact that Chevron outspent its opponents by a 20-to-1 margin.

“(The city) has really invested in artists to beautify the place. There are city initiatives calling for more public art. There’s a mural just getting finished in North Richmond. There’s an artist, Daud Abdullah, he is funded by the city,” Feliciano said.

Daud Abdullah, artist — Richmond resident: 5 years

Daud Abdullah, 5-year Richmond resident, poses near Richmond City Hall with trash can he decorated with a mosaic. Photo: Janis Mara

Artist Daud Abdullah moved to Richmond’s Santa Fe neighborhood in 2013. He has been awarded a $3,000 grant to create mosaics on trash cans throughout the city.

Celebrating the beauty in the quotidian, if not the despised, is the central theme of Abdullah’s work. His mosaics depict some of Richmond’s most beloved themes: diversity; peace and love; Rosie the Riveter, memorialized at the city’s Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

The mosaics appear on about 300 trash cans in every corner of the city, from the Richmond Greenway to the Civic Center to bustling 23rd Street to the Nicholl Knob home of Mayor Tom Butt in Point Richmond.

On one can two red hearts sway on slender green stalks under the word “LOVE.” A flower bursts forth on another one, its bright yellow, pink and crimson petals glowing in the sun.

Part of Abdullah’s grant is for teaching young people how to make the trash can mosaics. He said, “It melts my heart when I’m riding down the street and hear, ‘Hey, art teacher!’”

When young people create the trash cans, it gives them a stake in their community, and they’re more likely to maintain it, he said.

“I want every trash can to be that proverbial street corner gallery,” Abdullah said.

“With what I do and how the city has embraced the trash cans, it’s a double-edged sword,” the artist said. “Now you’ve beautified a whole area and that leads to gentrification. Prices escalate. People move in and they don’t understand what the place is all about.”

Abdullah said he is concerned that newcomers may not choose to become involved in the community.

“Will it water down Richmond?” he asked. “I like to call it a city with a small town flavor. Will people who move here become part of the community and engage?”

“The first step is the neighborhood councils. When I was living in Oakland I was on my neighborhood council,” Abdullah said. He moved to Richmond five years ago.

Abdullah is worried that young people won’t be able to afford to live in Richmond.

“Rent control doesn’t work on people renting single-family houses,” he said. “I’ve seen it happen. They raise the rent so high. This is how it starts.”

Richmond has a stringent rent control law that became effective in December 2016. About 9,558 units in the city are fully covered by the law, and 10,460 are partially covered. Single-family homes are partially covered, meaning the rent isn’t controlled, but there are eviction controls.

Single-family homes have just cause for eviction protections, which means that they are subject to permanent relocation assistance in the cases of owner move-in evictions and Ellis Act evictions.

The rent control law didn’t kick in until December 2016, so Holly Hayes, a white two-year Richmond renter, wasn’t covered when the owner of the single-family home she rented decided to sell.

Holly Hayes, nonprofit consultant — Left after renting in Richmond for 2 years

Holly Hayes, her husband and daughter, then three years old, were displaced from San Francisco by high rents, moving to Richmond in 2014. Two years later, the owner of the single-family home they rented put the house on the market. The family couldn’t afford to buy the house; “rents were too high, and so was buying,” Hayes said, and the family moved to Austin, Texas in 2016.

“We really had hoped to buy because we didn’t feel secure renting out there, we would’ve had to move further out to the suburbs and thought we were likely to just face the same issues again in a couple of years,” Hayes said. “Couldn’t afford Richmond rents or real estate.”

Hayes is a nonprofit consultant specializing in grant writing, particularly for government funding. Her husband Neil is a waiter.

“We have family here (Austin) that helped us move and buy a home. They couldn’t have afforded to help us there,” Hayes said.

It’s hard to gauge how many people have left Richmond because of higher rents and home values; a recent inquiry on a Nextdoor list with about 7,000 members in Richmond and El Cerrito drew only three responses, one of which led to the interview with Hayes.

Meanwhile, efforts to enhance the city, including new bicycle lanes, continue. As with Abdullah’s mosaics in the city, art is making inroads in North Richmond as well.

Todd Warner — Richmond resident: 26 years

“This is what we need more of in our community,” said Todd Warner as he chatted with volunteers on the sidewalk outside Rancho Market one day recently as they put the final touches on the market’s new mural (see box). Warner, a 26-year resident of Richmond, lives next door to Rancho Market and is a block ambassador there.

For over a year, eight people have served as block ambassadors for their community as part of The Watershed Project’s program in North Richmond.

The North Richmond Community-Based Cleanup and Outreach Program‘s mission is to keep the streets clean and safe for the children who walk from Verde Elementary School to the Shields-Reid Center’s after-school program.

“It’s changing rapidly,” Warner said of his neighborhood, which has seen a demographic shift in recent years.

“I’ve lived in San Rafael and other upscale places where there isn’t paper on the ground. I want my neighborhood to look like that.”

Maria Aviles — Richmond resident: 17 years

Maria Aviles, who has lived in North Richmond for 17 years, at the unveiling of a mural on the Rancho Market in North Richmond. Photo: Janis Mara

On the day Rancho Market mural was unveiled in North Richmond (see box), Maria Aviles chatted with friends on the sidewalk outside the market. She said her neighborhood is changing for the better.

“I love this neighborhood,” said Aviles, who has lived there 17 years.

Asked if she was concerned that the improvements might bring higher rents, resulting in displacement, Aviles said, “We are building this neighborhood as Hispanics. We are not going to be kicked out of here.”

Aviles said the key is bringing commercial activity to North Richmond.

“If we had businesses here, we would work here and spend our money here,” Aviles said.

Catherine Montalbo, software developer — Richmond resident: 2 years

Catherine Montalbo, a two-year Richmond resident, moderates a Facebook page for residents among other things. Photo: Janis Mara

In contrast to Warner and Aviles, Catherine Montalbo is a recent arrival. She moved to Richmond two years ago and has become involved in her new community. Among other things, she is a moderator of Everybody’s Richmond, a Facebook page for residents.

Montalbo, who is a software developer, said she hasn’t heard of any displacement in her Point Richmond neighborhood, perhaps because “we don’t have a lot of rentals here.” She doesn’t know anyone who has had to move, though she said she has heard stories.

“I don’t think anyone has had to leave Richmond. They relocate to less expensive neighborhoods,” Montalbo said.

She and her husband sold their Oakland home and moved to Richmond by choice, to take advantage of the equity they had accumulated. She said she’s excited at how Richmond is doing.

“As one of the few affordable cities in the Bay Area, Richmond has nowhere to go but up,” Montalbo said.

 Jay Kirkland, musician — Lifetime Richmond resident

Jay Kirkland was born and raised in Richmond. He lives in the house his grandparents bought in the 1930s when they came to Richmond from Beirut. His parents lived in the house, located in the North and East neighborhood, as well.

Kirkland has been playing guitar since he was a child. With his partner, Barbara Gorin, he performs as the duo The Breedloves at venues from Antioch to Monterey.

At a recent neighborhood gathering, he jammed with a group of fellow residents in the backyard of the house across the street.

“People in this neighborhood have known each other for decades. It’s a strong community, still diverse – always has been. That’s the beauty of it,” he said.

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Black Pride Guide 2018: Every Party and Event

DC Black Pride’s Manhunt Super Day Party (Fantasy) at UltraBar — Photo: Ward Morrison/File photo

Thousands of visitors will descend on D.C. this weekend for DC Black Pride, and with so much on offer we’ve compiled the main events to come, arranged by day.

Most educational and community events occur at the host hotel, the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW., including the vendors at the Pride Exhibit Hall, which will be open Friday, May 25, from 12 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on the Independence Level.

While some dance parties and social events take place at the hotel, the majority are off-site, at clubs throughout the city.

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DJs Jai Syncere and Kidd Fresh ease you into the weekend with a party presented by Unleashed DC. 5 to 10 p.m. MVP Lounge, 1015 7th St. NW. $5 before 7 p.m., $7 after. Visit


Broadcaster/author Keith Boykin, WPGC’s Poet Taylor, Rev. Keron Sadler of the NAACP, and hair stylist Miss Lawrence participate in a conversation presented with Impulse DC and the Human Rights Campaign. 6 p.m., preceded by a reception with complimentary bar and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. Grand Hyatt Independence Ballroom.


A Mix-N-Mingle Happy Hour also featuring some of the DMV’s funniest comedians, including Nik Snow, Rudy Wilson, Patrice DeVeaux, Anthony Oakes, D.Lo, Fernando Madrigal, Woo Woo, and Chelsea Shorte. DJ T-Juan will spin in between jokes, for a party with drink specials and hookah. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Pure Lounge, 1326 U St. NW. Free before 8 p.m., $8 after.


Charles Khan, Duante Balenciaga, and Twiggy Pucci Garcon co-present a ball competition with prizes sponsored by Impulse Group DC and the Center for Black Equity, part of a national campaign to register voters and also inspire them to become more engaged in all levels of politics. Kirk Boom Balenciaga and Snookie 007 serve as commentators, with music by DJ Tony Play. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Grand Hyatt Independence Ballroom.


The first of 10 Supreme Fantasy events presented by Omega Entertainment, K5, and Xavier Entertainment, featuring two DJs, 10 male dancers, and an estimated 500 men. 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Barcode, 1101 17th St. NW. ($150) Visit


Daryl Wilson Promotions (DWP) presents the first in the massive “Wet Dreamz The Luxury Edition” party series. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Club Elevate, 15 K St. NE. $10, or free with the purchase of a DWP Party Pass ($150). Visit

DC Black Pride — Photo: Ward Morrison/File photo


A free, frank conversation about sex today presented by the D.C. Department of Health. 4 to 6 p.m. Grand Hyatt Independence Ballroom E, D.


Organized by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, everyone who takes a free one-minute HIV test or survey is entered to win two tickets to Bae and Jay’s July 27 concert at FedEx Field (a $470 value). 6 to 9 p.m. McPherson Square/Franklin Square. Free.


A free event co-presented by The Impulse Group DC and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Independence Ballroom.


Women in the Life Association, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and DC Black Pride present this Intergenerationally Queer Project event in which black lesbian and queer women advocates of all ages engage in a frank discussion. 9 to 11 p.m. Independence Ballroom E, D. Free, but registration required.


The ladies of Capitol-Doll-House host this Uncnzrd event with emcee Dnyce and DJs L*Stackz and Kidd Fresh. 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Abigail DC, 1730 M St. NW.


The R&B songstress and BET star is the featured performer at this Supreme Fantasy event also featuring three DJs and 15 dancers. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Karma, 2221 Adams Pl. NE.


Daryl Wilson Promotions presents RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars’ Shangela, as well as female rapper Dreamdoll as part of a Wet Dreamz The Luxury Edition party with all nude male dancers and music by DJs Sedrick and Maestro, and MC Brandon Anthony. 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Ziegfeld’s/Secrets, 1824 Half St. SW. $20 before midnight, or free with DWP Party Pass.


Unleashed DC presents a party on two floors, with two bars, and DJs Jai Syncere and Deluxx. 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Bistro Bistro, 1727 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15 before midnight, or $20 after.


Almost everything about this event is secret or TBA, from the two DJs to the venue with a “massive dance floor,” plus an estimate of 1,500 men, food, and a “dark lounge area.” One of the few things we do know is the names of the party’s professional eye candy: Leryia Lee and crazy4savi. Oh, and that this is the first of three all-night parties. 2 to 7 a.m. Secret Warehouse. $30, or $45 for all three. Visit

Manhunt Super Day Party at UltraBar — Photo: Ward Morrison/File photo


Mary’s House for Older Adults presents a discussion in which those in the older generation share their personal struggles identifying as LGBTQ in a far less understanding or welcoming era. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grand Hyatt Independence Ballroom B. Free, including light breakfast and lunch.


Learn the art of balance and vogue in a 45-minute cardio, toning, and dance class all in one, led by a man known as the LJExperience. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lafayette Park/Farragut Square. Free.


Booz Allen Hamilton consultants coach participants in how to present themselves, what to say and what not to say, and other helpful tips on getting a job. 12 to 2 p.m. Independence Ballroom G. Free.


Author Marcel Emerson hosts a discussion with fellow authors Jamar Dunnigan, Rashid Darden, Sophia Ellis, Jeanette Ferrell, Anthony Bernard Green, LaToya Hankins, Margaret Irvin-Ferrell, Donovan James, Ronald Martin, Kasaundra Owens, Monika Pickett, Michael Riggins, Warren Stewart, and Dwayne Vernon. 1 to 4 p.m. Lafayette Park. Free.


A panel of black LGBTQ youth will discuss issues affecting the community, followed by a Q&A with the audience. 2 to 4 p.m. Franklin Square. Free.


The resilience and progress of the black transgender community is remarkable considering the many obstacles its members have faced. This town hall allows trans people and their allies to sound off on the issues in a safe-space environment. 2 to 4 p.m. Independence Ballroom G. Free, registration required.


Gynecologist Dr. R. Jones facilitates an informative and non-biased symposium of reproductive health care information, testing, and referrals for LBT women of color. 2 to 4 p.m. Independence Ballroom F. Free.


Jeffrey J and Milan Christopher of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood host this Daryl Wilson Promotions’ Wet Dreams The Luxury Edition event. 2 to 9 p.m. The Park at Fourteenth, 920 14th St. NW. $20 before 4 p.m., or free with DWP Party Pass.


MC Tuffy & B Monroe host “the hottest party in DC” with DJs Mim, Deluxx, Jai Syncere, L Stackz, and Sammi Blendz. 3 to 10 p.m. Stadium Club, 2127 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. $12 in advance, or $15 at the door.


A benefit for the production of safe, affordable, and inclusive housing in D.C. and presented by Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc. The event features West Coast swing dance, DJ Lady D, a silent auction and cash bar, plus a light buffet at 4 p.m. 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Independence Ballroom C, D, E. $40 in advance, or $50 at the door.


A “Kings & Rockstars Affair” featuring the R&B Divas: Atlanta alum performing live, plus two DJs and 10 dancers, presented by Omega Entertainment, K5, and Xavier Entertainment. 4 to 9:30 p.m. SAX Restaurant and Lounge, 734 11th St. NW.


Mary Bowman hosts a first-come, first-serve program of poetry presented in collaboration with Honey-Coated Nightlife. 7 to 9 p.m. Independence Ballroom G,F. Free.


Women in the Life Association returns for a party with soulful house DJ TMF “taking you back in the day and into tomorrow.” 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Ballroom C, D, E. $20. Visit


Dnyce emcees an Uncnzrd party featuring the sounds of DJs Mz Deluxx and Jai Syncere. 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Power (XS) Nightclub, 2335 Bladensburg Rd. NE.


Billed as “The World’s Largest Hip Hop Party,” this Daryl Wilson Promotions event is hosted by the dreamy international supermodels plus a performance by Baltimore’s smooth R&B crooner Mario. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. $20 before midnight, or free with DWP Pass.


Jussie Smollett, the gay star of Fox’s Empire, hosts a Supreme Fantasy party presented by Omega Entertainment featuring a performance by the R&B diva as well as the girl group June’s Diary. Six DJs and 20 dancers on four floors. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Bliss Super Club, 2221 24th Pl. NE.


DJs Mim and Sammii Blendz spin for an Unleashed DC party also promising “celebrity DJs and hosts TBA.” 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Howard Theater, 620 T St. NW. $20 in advance, $30 at the door, or $40 VIP.


The second of three overnight parties promising a “massive dance floor,” 1500 men, food, and a “dark lounge area” in an undisclosed location — and dancers Leryia Lee and crazy4savi. 2 to 7 a.m. Secret Warehouse. Cover is $30, or $45 for all three. Visit


Omega Entertainment, K5, and Xavier Entertainment keep the Supreme Fantasy programming going until after sunrise. 3 to 10 a.m. The DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Rd. NE.

Daryl Wilson’s Epic Live Party — Photo: Ward Morrison/File photo


An authentic Pride Praise Fest with exhortations given by Bishop Allyson Abrams, Bishop Kwabena Rainey Cheeks, Pastor Mark James, Elder-elect Abena McCray-Peters, Pastor Darren Phelps, and Rev. Dr. Aaron Wade. Featuring Diedre Gray & Love Gospel Choir. 9 to 11 a.m. Independence Ballroom C, B. Free.


Chef Sherardb will be on brunch duty while DJs Jai Syncere and L Stackz are on beats for this two-in-one kind of party presented by Uncnzrd also including a full bar with mimosas and hookah available — although best if you purchase advance tickets to guarantee a spot at brunch. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for brunch, 4 to 10 p.m. for the day party. 12 Twelve, 1210 H St. NE. $35 for both, or $10 for day party only.


Us Helping Us, the D.C. Department of Health, Gilead, and UChaps present a brunch with bottomless mimosas and a discussion about the real possibility of getting to zero new HIV infections through the use of PrEP and antiretroviral therapy. Special guests include trans model and RuPaul’s Drag Race Pit Crew member Laith Ashley, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood actor/rapper Milan Christopher, and America’s Next Top Model contestant and trans model Isis King. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blind Whino, 700 Delaware Ave. SW. $40. Visit


Honey Coated Nightlyfe presents this Communities Building Communities buffet-style brunch on the patio with mimosas and drink specials, and featuring community leader and Councilwoman-at-large candidate Dionne Reeder, who will get a portion of the brunch’s proceeds. Noon to 4 p.m. Cheers at the Big Chair, 2122 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. $40 to $50. Visit


R&B star Ginuwine performs with special guest Lytes as part of a star-studded stage show presented by Daryl Wilson Promotions and hosted by The Prince of Miami, with live DJ, food trucks, multiple bars, frozen drinks and more. 1 to 9 p.m. The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds, 1201 Half St. SE. $20 before 3 p.m., or free with DWP Party Pass.


ACT returns with the latest in its ongoing series of LGBTQ Theater Showcases presented to commemorate DC Black Pride, 26 years after launching during the weekend celebration. This year the company offers a pair of “Reader’s Theater”-style performances, with two different programs of short plays on Sunday, May 27, at 4 and 8 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. $15 to $20.


Another Supreme Fantasy party presented by Omega Entertainment, K5, and Xavier Entertainment, this one featuring 10 dancers, four DJs on four floors in the heart of downtown. Ultrabar, 911 F St. NW. 4 to 9:30 p.m.


A Daryl Wilson Promotions’ Wet Dreamz The Luxury Edition event. 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. The Park at Fourteenth, 920 14th St. NW. $20 before 10 p.m., or free with DWP Party Pass.


Onyx Entertainment and Ooh Entertainment present a party with DJ Mim. Aqua Nightclub & Lounge, 1818 New York Ave. NE. $10 before midnight, $15 after.


“Fellas grab your glow stick and assume your position” — with red indicating top, yellow versatile, and green bottom. This Daryl Wilson party also features four DJs, 15 dancers, on three floors with a rooftop, and promises a “national recording artist performance TBA.” 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Decades, 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW.


If you opt to stay up and hit this for a third night in a row, at least you’ll know where the secret location is — but will there be any secrets left uncovered by dancers Leryia Lee and crazy4savi? 2 to 7 a.m. Secret Warehouse. $30, or $45 for all three. Visit

Fantasy Mega Pride Party — Photo: Ward Morrison/File photo


The signature DC Black Pride event, also known as the Cultural Arts & Wellness Festival, is presented by Daryl Wilson with a stage show produced by Theresa Beavers Jackson. This Day Party features food and vendors as well as performances. 12 to 7 p.m. Fort Dupont Park, 3600 Minnesota Ave. SE. Free and open to all.


The first of two Supreme Fantasy parties on Memorial Day alone from Omega Entertainment, K5, and Xavier Entertainment. 4 to 9 p.m. Eden Lounge DC, 1716 I St. NW.


Gio, Synst3r, Mustang, Negro Bello, Mega Body, Ra Ra, and Devo are the featured all nude dancers at Daryl Wilson’s closing Pride dance party. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Secrets, 1824 Half St. SW. $10, or free with DWP Party Pass.


The last Supreme Fantasy hurrah, a party with two DJs and 15 dancers, and the promise of “1,000+ Men.” 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Stadium Club, 2127 Queens Chapel Rd. NE.

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Numbers about inequality don’t speak for themselves

Using statistics to inform the public about racial disparities can backfire. Worse yet, it can cause some people to be more supportive of the policies that create those inequalities, according to new Stanford research.

scale of justice, gavel, law books in background

In a new research paper, Stanford scholars Rebecca Hetey and Jennifer Eberhardt propose new ways to talk about racial disparities that exist across society, from education to health care to criminal justice systems. (Image credit: Getty Images)

“One of the barriers of reducing inequality is how some people justify and rationalize it,” said Rebecca Hetey, a Stanford psychology researcher. “A lot of people doing social justice work wonder why attitudes are so immune to change. Our research shows that simply presenting the numbers is not enough.”

If raw numbers don’t always work, what might?

In a new research paper published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, Hetey and Stanford psychology Professor Jennifer Eberhardt propose strategies anyone could use to talk about racial disparities that exist across society, from education to health care and criminal justice systems.

Facts should be accompanied with context that challenges stereotypes, the researchers said, noting that discussions should emphasize the importance of policies in shaping racial inequalities.

Building on previous research

The new paper builds on research Eberhardt, Hetey and other Stanford researchers have conducted over several years about the role of race in policing and in the criminal justice system more broadly. In a 2017 study, the researchers worked with the Oakland Police Department and found that, although Oakland officers are professional overall, they spoke less respectfully to black residents than to their white counterparts.

“We are working hard to better understand the sources and consequences of this racial disparity in language use,” Eberhardt said.

In 2014, the researchers also found that white Americans did not show support for criminal justice reform after being informed of statistics about racial disparities in prisons. Although nearly 40 percent of the prison population is African American, blacks make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population. Instead, the study participants became more supportive of punitive policies like California’s Three Strikes law and New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy. As the researchers pointed out, these laws disproportionately affected people of color and contributed to the United States having the largest per-capita prison population in the world.

When that research was first published, Hetey and Eberhardt noticed how their findings sometimes were misunderstood.

“Some people concluded that we should stop talking about race and inequality at all,” Hetey said. “And that is not the answer here. The fact is that race matters, and stereotypes can be very powerful.”

Offering solutions

Hetey and Eberhardt encourage providing context alongside statistics.

For example, they said it might backfire to only say that 60 percent of traffic stops made in Oakland, California, were of African Americans. They suggest providing other background information, like the fact that African Americans make up 28 percent of the city’s population or that African Americans are stopped for less severe traffic offenses than whites are.

“Stripped of context, standalone statistics may simply be used as ‘evidence’ of the stereotype that blacks are prone to criminality,” the researchers write.

It is important to offer information about the history of these disparities in the U.S. and how they came about, which might help convey that racial inequality is not natural or due to fixed stereotypical traits, the researchers said.

Another strategy is to talk about the role policy plays – especially policy change – in perpetuating or preventing inequality.

For example, research has shown racial disparities in certain types of searches that police conduct. Blacks are disproportionately subjected to consent searches compared to whites.

In response, officials have enacted policy changes that mandate officers get written consent or explicitly tell those they stop that they have the right to deny an officer’s search request. In Oakland, this policy change led to a huge reduction in the number of consent searches and an overall reduction of the racial disparity, the researchers said.

“We know that persistent inequality has a lot to do with institutions and their practices,” Hetey said. “If we ignore this, we become blind to the way institutions contribute to producing and continuing inequality.”

Summer Scene Front Range Events Calendar 2018

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Friday, May 25

Boulder Creek Fest. Celebrate summer in Boulder with a day of fun-filled entertainment. Boulder Creek/Downtown Boulder, 303-449-3137. Through May 28.

The Denver Arts Festival. Come celebrate 20 years of Colorado artists mixed with a few national names, too. 10 a.m. Denver Arts Festival Conservatory Green, Stapleton, 8034 E. 49th Place, Denver, 303-330-8237. Through May 27.

Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo. 7:30 p.m. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 303-410-0700. Through May 27.

Thursday, May 31

Lakewood Symphony Orchestra. For its season finale, the symphony presents “Dynamic Desert” with a combination of music from around the world. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845.

Friday, June 1

People’s Fair. Celebrate summer with attractions, arts, music, events and activities at Denver’s biggest and longest-running block party. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-830-1651. Through June 3.

Denver Children’s Museum Birthday Bash. To celebrate its 45th birthday, the Children’s Museum takes a trip to L. Fran Baum’s Oz with its Wicked Affair theme. 6 p.m. Denver Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, 303-433-7444.

The Little Mermaid. BDT Stage goes under the sea in this Disney classic. 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-449-600, Through Sept. 8.

Saturday, June 2

Burning Can Festival at Lyons Outdoor Games. Almost 100 breweries, athletes, camping and tons of musical acts get together to kick the summer off. Bohn Park, 199 Second Ave., Lyons, Through June 3.

Denver Chalk Art Festival. More than 200 amateur and professional artists gather to chalk up the streets of Larimer Square. Larimer Square, Denver, 303-534-2367. Through June 3.

Golden Super Cruise. Watch classic cars cruise down the open road. 5 p.m. S. Golden Road, Golden, 303-968-7536. First Saturday of the month through Oct. 6.

Poudre Riverfest. A free, family-friendly festival that encourages education and restoration of the Cache la Poudre River, not to mention plenty of fun with food, live music, beer and activities for kids. Adjacent to New Belgium Brewery, 500 Linden St., Fort Collins,

A Taste of Louisville. Taste the “Quality of Life” in Louisville with food, beer, kid’s activities, local merchants and local bands playing Steinbaugh Pavilion for the Louis-Palooza. Plus, it’s the opening day of the Farmers’ Market. 9 a.m. Main St., Louisville, 303-666-5747.

Zikr Dance Ensemble. For “Runes,” dancers will abstractly explore the ancient northern European alphabet used in divination. The night will also include Zikr’s signature piece “In Your Eyes.” Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845. Through June 3.

Sunday, June 3

Boulder Jewish Festival. This one-day, free festival features live entertainment, ethnic food, music, fine art, Judaica and all-age activities. 11 a.m. Courthouse Lawn, Pearl Street Mall, 1200-1400 Blocks of Pearl Street, Boulder,

OUT Boulder County Garden Party. This year’s garden party theme is SPARKLE! Join Out Boulder County for a fun afternoon of food, friends and awards for heroes of the local LGBTQ community. 4 p.m. RSVP for location or check out, 303-499-5777.

TedX Boulder. Listen to the latest ideas the community has to offer. 5 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-3282.

Yoga Rocks the Park. Strike a pose, get in the zone and then cool down with drinks, food and music at an after party. Kids’ camp for children ages 5-10. 8 a.m. Sunken Gardens Park, Speer Boulevard and 11th Street, Denver. Through Sept. 19.

Thursday, June 7

Longmont Art Guild Annual Member Show. The Guild’s largest show of the year. This year the show will also feature work from the St. Vrain Photographic Society. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, Barn A,
303-678-6235. Through June 10.

Taste of the West. Come taste a smattering of food samples from a variety of chefs and restaurants around Jefferson County, not to mention sips from a selection of local craft brews. 5 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Frontage Road, Golden, 720-399-5656.

Taste It Broomfield. Grab a bite from an all-star lineup of restaurants from around the area. Local breweries and wineries offer a list of selections as well. 5 p.m. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 303-466-1775.

Friday, June 8

Taste of Fort Collins. Sample the best of Fort Collins cuisine with local food and drink. Pair that with arts and crafts, kid’s activities and live music from the likes of Eddie Money and more. Civic Center Park/Washington Park, Fort Collins, Through June 10.

Saturday, June 9

Erie Brewfest. The sixth annual outdoor Brewfest featuring a long list of beers from local breweries. Grab a brew and some food and enjoy live music from local bands. 12 p.m. Briggs Street, Historic Downtown, Erie, 303-828-3440.

Grillapalooza. 10 a.m. Learn from the best by spending the day watching demos by expert grill masters. McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-443-1822.

Anthony Jeselnik: Funny Games. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.

Sunday, June 10

Molly-Dharma Motorcycle Run. Motorcyclists gather to ride through the Foothills in support of local animal shelters. 10 a.m. Platte River Bar & Grill, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-871-8290.

A Taste of Puerto Rico. One of the largest Latino festivals in the state with more than 25,000 people coming together to celebrate the food, culture, art and music of Puerto Rico. 11 a.m. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-351-5499.

Paula Poundstone. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-3282.

Friday, June 15

The Denver Moth Storyslam. Hear five-minute stories about the theme “Endings.” 7:30 p.m. Swallow Hill Music at Daniels Hall, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.

Greek Festival. For the 53rd year, the Greek Festival celebrates all things Greek, from food to dance to music and more. 11 a.m. Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4610 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, 303-388-9314, Through June 18.

Denver Comic Con. Nerds and fans alike unite at our local Comic Con where hordes of cosplayers, celebrities, writers and more come together to celebrate comics, movies and books. Denver Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, Through June 17.

Denver Pridefest hits the streets June 16 in the Civic Center Park, Denver.

Saturday, June 16

Denver PrideFest. Support and celebrate the LGBTQ community in Denver with a parade and party. Proceeds go to programs and services. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-733-7743. Through June 17.

Juneteenth Music Festival. Celebrate the 1865 abolition of slavery with a parade, events and music culminating in a performance by hip-hop artist Ramkin. 9 a.m. Five Points, 27th  and Welton streets, Denver, 720-505-3274.

TEDxMileHigh: Uncommon. Get ready to be inspired by ideas and experiences with the power to change the way you think. 10 a.m. Buell Theatre, 1340 Curtis St., Denver,

Thursday, June 21

Do at the Zoo. Graze on dishes and drinks from 70 of Denver’s finest restaurants and breweries, benefitting education, conservation and animal care. 7 p.m. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 720-337-1400.

William Shatner and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.

Friday, June 22

The Summit. As a part of the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, enjoy a night of unlimited specialty beers served by the brewers themselves. Washington Park, 321 Maple St., Downtown Fort Collins, 970-484-6500.

16th Street Fair. Celebrate Colorado’s artisans, fine art and handcrafted goods. Check out emerging artists from a variety of fields. 11 a.m. 16th Street Mall, Denver, 720-272-7467. Through June 23.

SeriesFest. An award-winning festival showcasing the best new episodic storytelling from established and emerging creators. SIE Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Through June 27.

Saturday, June 23

Longmont Pride. Activities, art, flash-mobs, photo booths and music to celebrate equality and diversity in the community. 2 p.m. Fourth Street between Main and Emery streets, Longmont, 303-499-5777.

Breakfast & Brews. As a part of the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, pair the two best B’s: beer and brunch. Union Bar & Soda Fountain, 250 Jefferson St., Fort Collins, 970-484-6500.

Colorado Brewers’ Festival. The 29th annual festival features more than 150 Colorado beers from more than 40 Colorado breweries. The weekend also features food, art and a full lineup of live music. Washington Park, 321 Maple St., Downtown Fort Collins, 970-484-6500. Through June 24.

Brighton Art in the Park. Come get to know the newest destination for art. Meet and visit with local, regional and international artists showcasing their craft, dine on fine cuisine and enjoy musical performances. 10 a.m. Carmichael Park, 650 Southern St., Brighton, 303-655-2176.

Cherry Blossom Festival. Experience the beauty of Japanese culture through the beauty of the cherry blossom. The weekend will be filled with taiko drumming, food, sake and art. 11 a.m. Sakura Matsuri, Lawrence Street between 19th and 20th streets, Denver, Through June 24.

High Peaks Art Festival. A juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts, paired with live music and food in a beautiful mountain setting. 10 a.m. Town Square, Nederland, Through June 24.

Rocky Mountain Beer Festival Tour. Craft beer, live music, local artists, lawn games and more come together for a family-friendly forum. 1 p.m. Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Dr., Louisville,

Westword Music Showcase. Listen to local and national acts, including St. Lucia, The Front Bottoms, Bonobo, Treepeople and more. 12 p.m. Various stages across the Golden Triangle, 1100 Acoma St., Denver, 303-293-3571.

Vertical Fusion presents Crave: Pole and Aerial Dance Showcase. Shows at 5 and 8 p.m. Dickens Tavern & Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 303-834-9384.

Sunday, June 24

Off the Hook Arts SummerFest. For this year’s festival, SummerFest explores “Mission Earth,” by taking a look at climate change through music, science, visual art, lectures and lectures. Locations all along the Front Range,
970-305-2261. Through July 20.

Boulder Beer 38th Anniversary Celebration. Check out Boulder Beer’s Rare Beer Garden with a dozen new and experimental brews on the menu, plus music, tie-dye and cheese pairings. 11 a.m. 2800 Wilderness Place, Boulder, 303-444-8448.

Wednesday, June 27

Sounds Exciting! Concert Series. Wednesdays through summer, stop by to hear music from bands like WE DREAM DAWN, Paa Kow and local favorite Hazel Miller. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood,
303-987-7845. Wednesdays through Aug. 8.

Friday, June 29

First Thursdays. After a stressful day at work, stop by the Civic Center Plaza for food trucks, happy hours specials, games, music and more. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845. Through Aug. 2.

The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour. 7 p.m. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, 303-405-1100.

Saturday, July 1

Boulder Arts and JazzFest. Get ready for July Fourth by celebrating early with arts, music, food and more. Boulder Bandshell, Central Park, between Broadway and Canyon St.,
303-990-9177. Through July 3.

Independence Celebration. Ring in our nation’s birthday with old-time games, horse-drawn wagon rides, historic demonstrations and live music. Don’t forget to stay for the Glendale fireworks show. 5 p.m. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver, 720-865-0800.

Tuesday, July 3

Erie July Third Extravaganza. For those who can’t wait until the Fourth, head to Erie to join in the Independence Day celebration a day early. Colorado National Golf Club, Highway 7, Erie, 303-926-1723.

Wednesday, July 4

Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy a beer and wine garden, food, bounce house and face painting at an old-fashioned celebration with fireworks at dusk. 4 p.m. Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive, Lafayette, 303-666-9555.

Golden Lion’s Club Fourth of July Festival. An all-day party in Lions Park with food, live music, beer, free rides, face painting for kids and fireworks for everyone. Noon. Lions Park, 1300 10th St., Golden, 303-279-2282.

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast. Celebrate the Fourth of July with Ralphie in the home of the Buffs, a tradition since 1941. Fireworks start as soon as it’s dark. 8 p.m. Folsom Field, University of Colorado, 2400 Colorado Ave., Boulder, 303-541-1928.

Thursday, July 5

West World and Rocky Mountain Regional Pony of the Americas Shows. Check out this horse competition and show featuring English and Western events, games and more. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-678-6235. Through July 8.

Friday, July 6

Cherry Creek Arts Festival. As its tagline suggests, “Art is for everyone.” The Cherry Creek Arts Festival exhibits world class and award-winning artists. Proceeds benefit Cherry Arts for year-round arts education. Denver’s Cherry Creek North Shopping District, from Second to Third avenues, between Clayton and Steele streets, Through July 3.

Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo. The annual statewide competition celebrates diversity in the rodeo world. 5 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Golden, Tickets available through Through July 8.

Saturday, July 7

Breckenridge Brewery Hootenanny. To celebrate its 28th birthday, Breckenridge Brewery is throwing a hootenanny with food, beer, dancing and music from bands like Hard Working Americans, The Sweet Lillies and more. Breckenridge Brewery, 6775 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-623-2739.

Wednesday, July 11

Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival.  Stop by this festival to enjoy bluegrass, square dancing in a barn and workshops to hone your skills. Parrish Ranch, 15722 Parrish Road, Berthoud, Through July 15.

Friday, July 13

Biergarten Festival. The 22nd Annual Biergarten Festival features beer and much more. 17832 Highway 8, Morrision, 303-837-1146. Through July 15.

Colorado Black Arts Festival. An event dedicated to the role of black arts and culture, featuring a variety of music from jazz, blues, reggae, gospel and traditional African drum. The weekend also includes visual art, film and much more. 10 a.m. City Park, 17th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, Denver, 303-306-8672. Through July 15.

Rhythm on the River. Featuring activities, entertainment, art, offerings from local restaurants and breweries, and live music. 6 p.m. Roger’s Grove Park, 220 Hover Road, Longmont, 303-651-8404. Through July 14.

Colorado Irish Festival. Experience the largest Irish celebration in the Rocky Mountains with traditional Irish music performances, dancing, theater, storytelling, crafts, games and food. Clement Park, 7306 Bowles Ave., Littleton, Through July 15.

Denver County Fair. A showcase of Denver’s unique character and culture all wrapped up in a carnival featuring attractions such as goat yoga, alpaca obstacle course, mullet 5k run, LARPing and more. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver, 303-297-1166. Through July 15.

Saturday, July 14

Longmont Kinetics Rhythm on the River.  Gather your human-powered, all-terrain art sculptures for a parade full of costumes, fun and races. 6 p.m. Rodger’s Grove Pond, 220 Hover Road, Longmont,

Saturday, July 21

German Fest. A weekend full of German food, dance and tradition all right here in Colorado. 10 a.m. Lakewood Heritage Center Amphitheater, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood,
303-987-7850. Through July 22.

Pearl Street Arts Fest. Sculptures, watercolors, oil paintings and more take over Pearl Street, turning the mall into an outdoor art gallery in the heart of Boulder. Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, 303-449-3774. Through July 22.

Arvada On Tap. “Brew it. Cook it. Taste it. Sip it.” Sounds good. Noon. Ralston Park, 11200 Ralston Road, Arvada,

Thursday, July 26

Buffalo Bill Days. This festival is now the largest community festival in Golden. The event dates back to the 1940s and celebrates the hero of the Wild West with a parade, games and more. Golden, 303-278-9898. Through July 29.

Friday, July 27

RockyGrass. Come put your feet in the river and listen to some of the best tunes in the world at the 46th annual festival. Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons, 800-624-2422. Through July 30.

Saturday, July 28

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Celebrate Colorado’s rich Asian Pacific American heritage with races, music and more. Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 N. Sheridan Blvd., Denver,
303-953-7277. Through July 30.

Vegfest Colorado. Food, chefs, speakers and more promote a plant-based lifestyle. 10 a.m. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 303-466-1775.

SummerFest. A free afternoon of hands-on, nature-inspired activities designed to be educational and fun for all ages. 1 p.m. Boulder Bandshell, Central Park, Boulder, 303-413-7222.

Sunday, July 29

Aerial Dance Festival. Two weeks of aerial dance class, events, performance and training. Frequent Flyers Studio, 3022 E. Sterling Circle, Suite 150, Boulder, 303-245-8272. Through Aug. 11.

arise music festival brings three days of Music, yoga, art and film to the sunrise ranch in Loveland, August 3-5.

Friday, August 3

ARISE Music Festival. Music, yoga, camping, art, film, activism and more in a wonderland-like experience. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland, Through Aug. 5.

Discon 2018. A weekend to explore ideas surrounding the tech world, including digital currency and distributed web. 9 a.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder,

Saturday, August 4

Boulder County Fair. A week of rides, games, rodeos, jousting, a demolition derby, tractor pulls, carnival games and more. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road,
Longmont, 303-678-6235. Through Aug. 11.

Friday, August 10

16th Street Fair. Celebrate Colorado’s artisans and their fine art and handcrafted goods. Check out emerging artists from a variety of fields. 11 a.m. 16th Street Mall, Denver,
720-272-7467. Through August 11.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Join in the celebration of Fort Collins’ birthday with its annual showcase of arts and crafts vendors and a rockin’ music festival with many local bands. Downtown Fort Collins,
970-484-6500. Through Aug. 12.

Western Welcome Week Grand Parade and Festival Day. Participate in the 90th celebration of community and friendship. Downtown Littleton. 303-794-4870, Through Aug. 19.

Saturday, August 11

Erie Air Fair. A day to celebrate aircraft, cars, trucks, aviation and STEM education with helicopter rides, food, beer and musical entertainment. 10 a.m. Erie Municipal Airfield, 395 Airport Road, Erie, 303-664-0633.

Sunday, August 12

National Poetry Slam Finals. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.

Friday, August 17

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. The mellow moods of the festival are the perfect antidote for the late summer sun. Not to mention the lineup features Regina Spektor, Indigo Girls, Los Lobos and more. Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons, 800-624-2422. Through Aug. 19.

Saturday, August 18

Boulder Craft Beer Fest. Be a part of Boulder’s beloved breweries in a boisterous beer bash. 1 p.m. Municipal Building Campus Park, 1777 Broadway, Boulder, 303-449-3774.

Golden Fine Arts Festival. A weekend of high quality artwork in multiple fields, a friendly atmosphere, a lovely creek setting and lots of complimentary activities. 10 a.m. Downtown Golden, 303-279-3113. Through Aug. 19.

Lafayette Peach Festival. Take a bite out of Lafayette with its annual peach festival. 9 a.m. Old Town Lafayette on Public Road, Lafayette, 303-666-9555.

Thursday, August 23

David Cross “Oh Come On.” 8 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder,

Friday, August 24

High Plains Comedy Festival Presents David Cross “Oh Come On. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.

NedFest. Nederland’s celebrated music festival returns for its 20th year with bluegrass, funk, rock and roll and a hint of jazz. Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Field, 151 E. St., Nederland, Through Aug. 26.

Saturday, August 25

Tour De Fat. Throw on a costume and party down with beer, bikes, music, dance and tons of fun. Noon. Sculpture Park, 1736 Speer Blvd., Denver, 970-221-0524.

Colorado Ballet: An Evening Under the Stars. 7:30 p.m. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720-898-7200.

Saturday, August 26

Downtown Block Party. Celebrate the final days of summer with a fun-packed festival of music and activities suitable for all ages. 1 p.m. Downtown Longmont, 303-651-8484.

Saturday, September 1

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival. Close out the summer with a celebration with music, food, beer, a 5K and more at Boulder Creek. 10 p.m. Central Park, Boulder Creek, Through Sept. 3.

Tour De Fat. Throw on a costume and party down with beer, bikes, music, dance and tons of fun. 2 p.m. New Belgium Brewing, 500 Linden St., Fort Collins, 970-221-0524.

A Taste of Colorado. Grab a bite of traditional Colorado fare but also tickle your taste buds with authentic cuisine from  Mexico, China and Italy, and much more. 11 a.m. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-295-6330. Through Sept. 3.

Pints at the Park. Celebrate the end of summer with beer, bites and more. Noon. Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive, Louisville, 303-666-5747.

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Super-rich hunt for trophies leads to R38bn in sales

New York – Global buyers have dropped nearly $3bn on art in New York in two weeks, a record haul rooted in a billionaire thirst for trophies, Chinese purchasing power and growing diversification.

Christie’s chalked up $1.79bn in sales, including every single item from the iconic collection of the late David and Peggy Rockefeller which, for the first time, spread their flagship May sales across two weeks.

Sotheby’s sold $859m, including $157.2m for a Modigliani nude – the most expensive lot of the season, after Christie’s last November smashed records by selling a single Leonardo da Vinci for $450.3m.

“It’s colossal. It really is huge and especially after the dip of 2016,” says Georgina Adam, author of the “Dark Side of the Boom: The Excesses of the Art Market in the 21st Century.”

“As long as the auction houses have really managed to do their marketing very well and reach a big audience of collectors, the top end of the market is still doing very well,” says Rachel Pownall, a professor of finance at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics.

Christie’s sold the Rockefeller collection for $832.5m, breaking the previous record for most expensive private collection – that of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge which went for $484m in 2009.

The Rockefellers’ jewels included a $115m Picasso, the seventh most expensive artwork sold at auction, and new auction records for work by Claude Monet at $84.6m and Henri Matisse at $80.7m.

“The Rockefeller did have an influence. Those were very, very good works and they had this really fantastic provenance,” Adam said. “I think that sort of set the scene for the whole week.”

‘Diddy’ wins

The 21st century art market is a global one.

Christie’s said 38 countries and six continents took part in its Post-war and Contemporary Evening Sale, which scored seven world auction records for lesser-known artists such as Richard Diebenkorn and Joan Mitchell.

Sotheby’s sale of Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times” for $21.1m set a record for Marshall and any living African American artist. Rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was identified as the buyer by Marshall’s dealer.

“There’s more diversity occurring in the market, which is great,” says Pownall. “If you’re finding more diversity in the buyers, then they’re also looking for more diversity in who they’re buying,” she added.

The super-rich invest in art as a status symbo,l but also to make money, hoping for big returns on their down payment.

The 1917 Modigliani “Nu Couche (sur le cote gauche)” for example, sold for $157.2m but had been bought by its seller for $26.9m in 2003.

“People who spend serious money on this generally didn’t become rich by being stupid,” says Jean-Paul Engelen, co-head of 20th-century and contemporary art at the much smaller auction house Phillips.

The US market is still the biggest, but new money from China is moving in and their aggressive bidding helps to push prices up.

Sotheby’s said a quarter of all works sold at its Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale were acquired by Asian private collectors. Christie’s said 40% of buyers at its own Modern Evening Sale were from Asia.

Trophy assets

Big names – namely Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh – are the most coveted, giving what Adam calls a “bragging aspect” to acquisitions.

“We have very, very rich people fighting over a few trophy assets, a few what they call ‘blue-chip’ artists,” she told AFP.

A strong market means improving supply, as sellers look to capitalize.

“We see… our clients responding to things that are completely fresh to the market, and that have been owned and loved for many, many years,” said Sara Friedlander, Christie’s head of postwar and contemporary art in New York.

“There’s tremendous appetite,” acknowledged Simon Shaw, co-head of impressionist and modern art at Sotheby’s.

But the market as a whole has deviated little over the last 10 years. While the top lots fetch astronomical prices, Adam warns the bottom is falling out of the $50 000 to 500 000 bracket.

Professional and banker buyers are being priced out, no longer able to afford the art they admire.

“We are seeing is the closure of the mid-market galleries and this is really quite serious,” she warned.

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The Black Maternity Crisis

By Aya Elamroussi, Special to the AFRO

Not one, but two maternity wards closed last year in the District in areas that are predominately used by African Americans— Northeast and Southeast D.C.

It began with the closure of United Medical Center’s obstetrics ward last August in Southeast, according to the Washington Post. It continued with the shutdown of Providence Hospital’s maternity ward in Northeast’s Ward 5, which is 68 percent Black, in October 2017, the Post later reported.

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UMC, the city’s sole public hospital and the only one east of the Anacostia River, closed after regulators found serious medical errors in the treatment of pregnant women and newborns, the Post said. Providence closed as a “cost-saving measure,” according to the Post.

The D.C.-based nonprofit Bread for the City, which- according to its website- helps provide District low-income wage earners with services like food, clothing and medical care, aims to expand its medical services in the Southeast area.

The nonprofit plans to provide primary care services such as physicals, lab tests medication and dental procedures by the year 2020, the organization’s newsletter Good Hope Gazette,  said. The newsletter, which was released in February 2018, doesn’t mention plans for launching maternity care in Southeast. DID WE CALL BREAD FOR THE CITY AND ASK THEM?

Southeast D.C. consists mostly of Wards 7 and 8, which consist of about 90 percent African American residents while the average household income is about $34,000. Half the population in both Wards is female. As of now, there are no maternity care providers in the area.

“The biggest risk factor for infant and maternal mortality is a lack of prenatal and obstetric care,” Melissa Fries, chair of Women’s and Infants’ Services at Washington Hospital Center, told the Post.

Black mothers and babies have been experiencing this lack as early as the 1850, when the U.S. began documenting infant mortality by race, according to the New York Times. That year, while the White infant-mortality rate was 217 per 1,000, the Black rate was 340 per 1,000, the Times reported.

Now, the disparity continues despite the medical advancements America has undergone since then. Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as White infants, according to most recent government data, the Times said.

The issue of Black women and maternal health transcends class lines.  A 2016 study by Brookings Institution shows that babies born to middle class Black mothers are more likely to die than babies born to White mothers with less than a high school education.

Black women are at more health risk, too, than their White counterparts during pregnancy. The Times reported that Black women are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related health issue as White women. That mortality rate is higher than Mexico’s, where about half the population is in poverty, the Times said.

The systemic and institutional racism Black women face in America can create a toxic physiological stress, resulting in health conditions such as hypertension and pre-eclampsia, the Times reported.  These conditions can lead directly to higher rates of infant and maternal death.

Often times, medical spaces are not free of societal racism. In fact, the Times said, racial bias in health care can lead to dismissal of legitimate concerns and symptoms, which can help explain poor birth outcomes even in the case of Black women with the most advantages.

Steve Bannon says Martin Luther King Jr. would be ‘proud’ of Donald Trump. King’s daughter says otherwise.

Stephen K. Bannon, former White House chief strategist to President Trump, speaks at Zofin Palace in Prague on May 22. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The Rev. Bernice King, an activist and the daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., has accused former White House aide Stephen K. Bannon of “co-opting” her father’s legacy to support his nationalist politics.

#SteveBannon has dangerously and erroneously co-opted my father’s name, work and words,” she tweeted Wednesday. “Bannon’s assertion that my father, #MLK, would be proud of Donald Trump wholly ignores Daddy’s commitment to people of all races, nationalities, etc. being treated with dignity and respect.”

Bannon is the latest conservative to point to President Trump as someone who is helping fulfill the dreams of King.

Bannon, who rose from being the co-founder of a highly influential alt-right website to the White House chief strategist, shared his thoughts on how King would view the president’s job creation successes on BBC’s “Newsnight.” He said he believed King “would be proud of” Trump for creating jobs for black and Hispanic people.

“If you look at the policies of Donald Trump, anybody — Martin Luther King — would be proud of him, what he’s done for the black and Hispanic community for jobs,” Bannon said. “It’s the lowest unemployment in recorded history. You don’t think Martin Luther King would be proud?”

“Look at the unemployment rate we had five years ago,” he added. “You don’t think Martin Luther King would sit there and go: ‘You’re putting black men and women to work. Lowest unemployment rate in history, and wages are starting to rise among the working class. And you’re finally stopping the illegal alien labor force that’s coming in to compete with them every day and destroying the schools and destroying the health care.’ Absolutely.”

Absolutely not, King’s daughter tweeted.

In fact, King said, her father would be disturbed by the types of leaders who have emerged in the current political climate.

Trump, who most Americans think is racist, according to a February poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, regularly points to gains in the job market as proof that he has been a good president for black and Latino Americans, groups that disproportionately voted against him in the 2016 election.

After hip-hop artist Kanye West reiterated his support for Trump and aligned himself with critics of black Democrats, the president went on Twitter to praise the rapper and pointed to historic low employment rates.

But what Trump and Bannon never acknowledge when talking about unemployment rates is that those gains in the job market can’t be solely attributed to the current administration. They actually began before he entered office. The president and his supporters taking credit is not a conclusion backed by data.

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump previously wrote that Trump’s claims are “very misleading.”

“It’s not as if black unemployment was 18 percent under Barack Obama and, as soon as Trump took office, it plummeted. Black unemployment fell fairly consistently from 2010 on, as did the rates for whites and Hispanics.

From January to December 2017, the unemployment rate among black Americans fell 1 percentage point. During the same period in 2016, it fell the same amount. In 2015, it fell 1.9 points. The previous year, it fell 1.5 points. The year before that, it fell 1.8 points.”

Bannon’s words displayed the same lack of awareness and sensitivity that hip-hop artist Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter addressed when he mentioned that things other than financial prosperity matter to people of color.

“It’s not about money at the end of the day. Money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point,” Carter told CNN’s Van Jones in January.

“You treat people like human beings. That’s the main point,” he added. “It goes back to the whole thing — ‘Treat me really bad and pay me well.’ It’s not going to lead to happiness, it’s going to lead to, again, the same thing. Everyone’s going to be sick.”

Bannon’s comments come during the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign, an initiative King started half a century ago to draw more attention to how the civil rights of low-income Americans were constantly in jeopardy. The late pastor wanted people of color to have the same economic opportunities that white Americans enjoyed, but doing so would require combating racism in workplaces, policymaking and other spaces.

A current civil rights leader, the Rev. William Barber, attempted to pick up where King left off last week when he launched a month-long movement called the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which I provide more information about here.

King’s daughter endorsed the movement after Bannon’s comments.

Barber, a frequent Trump critic, sees the president’s impact on the economic advancement of people of color quite differently than Bannon, but representative of a much larger problem in the Republican Party.

“We can’t just lay this reality of what we’re seeing at the feet of Trump,” the liberal minister said in January on “Democracy Now!” “Trump is a symptom of a deeper moral malady. And if he was gone tomorrow or impeached tomorrow, the senators and the House of Representatives and [Paul D. Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Lindsey O. Graham] and all them would still be there. And what we have found … when we look at them, no matter how crazy they call him or names they call him or anger they get with him, it’s all a front, because at the end of the day, they might disagree with his antics, but they support his agenda.”

Alluding to King is not uncommon for Bannon and others on the right. King’s daughter and others on the left regularly call out conservatives for cherry-picking his message, saying that King’s words have to be seen in their full context.

Council Watch: Mariana Salazar

Council Watch: Mariana Salazar

Venezuelan native Mariana Salazar arrived in Austin a decade ago, after having immigrated to the United States in 1999. Five years after arriving in town, the mother of two earned her U.S. citizenship. She now serves as the research and evaluation director for the Ending Com­munity Homelessness Coalition, responsible for the plan to end homelessness that City Council approved in April. That work is part of what is driving Salazar to challenge Ora Houston for the District 1 City Council seat; she’s one of three vying to do so.

Salazar said her top priority as a council member would be addressing displacement and access issues, particularly surrounding health care. She’d like to see workforce development and tax abatement programs put in place to support residents. “I’ve seen the impact that we can have working with coalitions,” Salazar said. “That work has inspired me to be even more involved in the community.”

She sees District 1 as currently divided between longtime residents and new ones, particularly Latinos, a demographic whose district population grew by 37% between 2000 and 2010. She believes her story can bridge the gap between those two experiences for the people of D1, despite the fact that it was created as an African-American opportunity district. “I am aware that this is a district that was intentionally drawn so that the African-American community had a say in who they would elect,” she said. “That doesn’t mean that person has to be black.”

New study reveals ‘striking’ role of race in kids’ suicide risk

MADISON, Wis. – Several recent studies reveal a worrisome spike in suicide rates among Americans, young people in particular. Traditionally, suicide rates have been higher among whites than black Americans, but new research finds that’s no longer true among younger children.

According to JAMA Pediatrics, the suicide rate among black children between 5 and 12 is roughly two times higher than that of white children in the same age group.

For teens, the trend reversed and reverted back to the national average; suicide rates were about 50 percent lower among black teenagers ages 13 to 17 than their white counterparts.

Jeff Bridge, PhD, director of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research and lead author of the publication studied suicide rates from 2001 and 2015.

“Our findings provide further evidence of a significant age-related racial disparity in childhood suicide rates and rebut the long-held perception that suicide rates are uniformly higher in whites than blacks in the United States,” said Bridge. “The large age-related racial difference in suicide rates did not change during the study period, suggesting that this disparity is not explained by recent events such as the economic recession.”

Michael Johnson, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, said he is not surprised by these new findings. “When you look at the racial disparities in states like Wisconsin, it’s not surprising,” he said. “We’ve been reporting in this community that there are 12- and 13-year-old kids that are stealing cars in our neighborhoods and so when kids are not engaged, when we’re not investing in them, when we’re not wrapping services around these young people, they lose hope.”

He said 47 percent of kids from the city’s most challenged communities aren’t ready for kindergarten. Half of African American fathers are in jail, on parole, or on probation in Dane County. In Madison, there’s a 20 percent unemployment gap between blacks and whites.

“So you put all those things together and a family or young person can lose hope real fast,” said Johnson. “I think that’s part of the challenge.”

Johnson also points to social media as a contributing factor. “There’s nothing really social about social media,” he said. “Kids are on their phones all day. Back in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, young adults and young people were out playing in the parks, out socializing with one another. So many of our young people are isolated these days and they struggle.”

SSM Health’s Dr. Travis Copeland agrees that the current climate of limited socialization is dangerous. “If you don’t talk about it, it doesn’t make it go away,” he said. “Open communication is one of the best tools we have.”

Now, the question turns to why: why the racial disparities occur, but only among kids. “We lacked information on key factors that may underlie racial differences in suicide, including access to culturally acceptable behavioral health care or the potential role of death due to homicide among older black youth as a competing risk for suicide in this subgroup, said Bridge. “Future studies should try to figure out whether risk or protective factors identified in studies of primarily white adolescent suicides are associated with suicide in black youth and how these factors change throughout childhood.”

Copeland believes the impulsivity that comes with youth could contribute to the study’s findings. “Kids who feel alone, upset, and impulsive are the kids more likely to do stuff when they’re feeling down or overwhelmed by their emotions,” he said. “If people have someone to talk to when they’re upset and alone, it gives them an option rather than doing something else that comes into their mind about it.”

700 Wisconsinites die by suicide every year. It is the second leading cause of death among American children.

As always, if you want to start the conversation with your kids, friends, or family, visit our Time for Kids page to find advice on mental health topics from SSM Health experts and stories to inspire you to take time to talk.

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