Paris on the Platte – Denver, CO

Paris on the Platte at 1553 Platte St. in Denver is closed. I miss it. It was once the oldest coffee house in the Denver located in the heart of LoDo Confluence Valley.

Paris was one of my old haunts from the high school days in the early 1990s. It basically remained the same over the years, save a few minor differences.

There was always questionable artwork for sale from paintings to sculptures to pottery displayed on the walls. The food and coffee were first-class.

I enjoyed this laid back coffee house. It was open late although I preferred to go there during the day when I was older.

Many ghosts of the past are present there. I could sense it in the air and in the walls. I could almost feel myself regressing into my former, high school nerdy self while sitting in the back room shortly before it closed permanently. I wanted to wear a beret for some odd reason. I heard Ween in my head.

Many late-night hours were spent at Paris in my stoned youth playing chess, hanging out with friends, writing stories, smoking clove cigarettes, drinking café Mexicana, café Fantasia, looking at dusty books in the bookstore and doing all of the pretentious coffee house things a wayward youth did in the early 90s.

Paris was a nice alternative to Starbucks and one cannot go wrong with supporting local businesses in lieu of corporate, on every corner, coffee slag.

I always ordered café Fantasia, grub chips and salsa (red onions and cilantro made this homemade salsa oh so good) and a Ruben sammich on marble rye.

Every time I visited I kept expecting to get accosted by black clothed/hooded Goth kids while I was trying to keep from spilling the full of chunks salsa down my front. Goth kids were rarely seen in these modern days but I dribbled the foodie stuff all over myself as usual. I try to be graceful but to no avail.

I miss Paris. It was good times.


Deep Forest “Boheme” (1995)

There cannot be a more perfect album that Deep Forest’s “Boheme.” It is timeless. I have listened this album so much that the CD actually rotted away and I had to purchase a digital copy.

Released in 1995, “Boheme” provides enjoyable, deep sensory overload with musical influences from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and more. The music will
have you listening and dancing, while simultaneously thinking on worthy earthen things. Yes, it’s that powerful. Buy it.

“Marta’s Song” is a treat to listen to. Especially on ‘repeat.’ The haunting Hungarian and Bulgarian chants of Márta Sebestyén (I have a solo album of hers called “Apocrypha”) mixed with the classic Deep Forest “sound” while adding yodels and drums makes for one of the best tracks on the album.

The forceful drum and accordion “Deep Folk Song” segues into another favorite, “Freedom Cry,” which essentially is a feel-good tune that will have you booming
the foreign vocals aloud as if you were the singer himself. One cannot help but smile whilst listening.

“Bohême” ends the album with a pleasurable funk that will brighten your day all the more, making you want to start the album all over again.

I am a hefty fan of World music, having gained quite the collection from my DJ days. “Boheme,” while 20 years old, is still cream in my music collection. It’s
technically more Electronica/Dance music than World; its buttery goodness is nonetheless worth the money spent.

Original Star Wars Trilogy Special Super Lightsaber Edition Theatrical Re-Re-Release Jubilee

Coming soon to a theatre near you: Original Star Wars Trilogy Special Super Lightsaber Edition Theatrical Re-Re-Release Jubilee?

The movies we all know and love, movies that have been tinkered and tinkered with, will soon be re-re-released nationwide in theatres in new tinkered glory. Again. Just in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

I saw an advanced screening of these three classic movies at a private coffeehouse event in Kansas City. Less than 20 people were in attendance. I was sworn to secrecy and signed several different non-disclosure agreements … but what I saw was so shocking that I had to spill the beans. So be it if I am named in a lawsuit from Lucasfilm or Disney. The truth must be told. Heads up for cray chaos my geek peeps!

I will detail some of the most obvious and egregious additions that I noticed. I am sure there were more. It will take additional viewings to catch them all.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

1.) The grave of Anakin Skywalker’s mother Shmi can be seen in wide shots of the Lars homestead moisture farm on Tatooine.
2.) “He was the best star-pilot in the galaxy and a cunning warrior,” says Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker. Luke replies, “He was also a champion podracer.”
3.) During the iconic R2-D2/Princess Leia Organa hologram “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope” speech, when Leia mentions General Kenobi serving her father in the Clone Wars, a hologram photo of a smiling Jimmy Smits’ Bail Organa, cape and all, from the prequel trilogy, appears to her left.
4.) Added Boba Fett dialogue in the Jabba the Hutt/Han Solo docking bay 94 scene: “Mighty Jabba, it’s just like my dad Jango used to do.”
5.) An alien in Mos Eisley randomly says, via subtitles, that he’d “rather be on Jakku.”
6.) When the planet Alderaan is destroyed by the Death Star we’ve always seen Obi-Wan feel a disturbance in the force. In this version, immediately afterwards there is a cut to Master Yoda on Dagobah that shows he too feels the disturbance.
7.) Just before the fight between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan begins, Vader says, “We meet again at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master. No high ground for you this time. You’ve always underestimated my power. Die!”

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

1.) While searching for Luke after he does not arrive at the Hoth base, R2-D2 makes a veiled references to C-3PO’s memory being erased in the past to which 3PO replies, “I wish the Maker were here to discipline you, twerp!”
2.) When Han Solo says, “Laugh it up fuzz ball” to Chewbacca on the ice planet Hoth, there is additional dialogue from Solo: “Don’t make me send you back to densely forested Kashyyyk , your home world, my furry, tall friend!”
3.) It was a nice touch that, during the scene where Lord Vader is in his chamber talking to the holographic Emperor, there is a holo-photograph on the console of Anakin Skywalker standing next to Ahsoka Tano, Anakin’s disgraced young padawan learner and future rebel supporter from The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series.
4.) “Judge me by my size do you?” Master Yoda says to Luke as they are training on Dagobah, “I’ve beheaded many an enemy twice as me large! In the Clone Wars, yes! Emperor Palpatine I fought. With lightsaber! Yes!”
5.) After the rebels are turned over to Darth Vader on Bespin’s Cloud City, Darth Vader makes a comment to Lando Calrissian, upon looking at the broken pieces of C-3PO, that he was the one who built him. Lando nods.
6.) After Vader cuts off Luke’s hand, there is a long tracking shot that follows the hand, still clutching the lightsaber, on its complicated journey to deep space. I foresee this has direct ties to The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

1.) At Jabba’s palace there are a plethora of additions. There is a picture of Jabba’s son Rotta, as a baby, on the wall. An elderly Watto holds a conversation with a sleeping Gamorrean guard. A human male, older, sits in the crowd with a blatant nametag that reads “Ezra Bridger!”
2.) A small scene was added after Leia is taken into custody at Jabba’s palace where Boba Fett cries at his father’s helmet, which is glorified on an alter of sorts.
3.) At the Great Pit of Carkoon, R2-D2, instead of launching the light saber towards Luke, rockets over the sarlacc pit to the skiff and joins the battle.
4.) After Jabba’s Sail Barge is destroyed, one hears blaster fire and out climbs Boba Fett from the pit. He nods at the camera and says, “For Jango! For Kamino!”
5.) Master Yoda dies, as Luke is speaking with Obi-Wan about Darth Vader being Luke’s father, much new dialogue is awkwardly added/changed through extensive use of computer technology: “He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. Order 66 was issued. He killed Younglings Luke – cut them down like Mynok chewing on power cables. I thought I defeated him on the volcanic planet Mustafar after our deadly duel. You mother died of a broken heart. So sad, Padmé, so sad. So what I told you was true… from a certain point of view.”
6.) As Luke is being attacked by Emper Palpatine’s force lightning on Death Star 2 as Vader looks on, Qui-Gon Jinn can be heard talking to Vader, urging him to save his son.

That is all I can remember. I wish there were more.