Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, June 1

President Theodore Roosevelt waves to spectators as his carriage turns the corner at 17th and Lawrence Streets in an undated photo. Mayor Robert W. Speer is in the carriage. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hi. We’ve got a preview of a weekend protest, a new light rail route, BookBar’s expansion, Phil Anschutz’s new newspaper, assorted summer fun and the new unemployment rate.

President Theodore Roosevelt waves to spectators as his carriage turns the corner at 17th and Lawrence Streets in an undated photo. Mayor Robert W. Speer is in the carriage. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
President Theodore Roosevelt waves to spectators as his carriage turns the corner at 17th and Lawrence Streets in an undated photo. Mayor Robert W. Speer is in the carriage. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

I-25 is back:

Repairs after the tanker fire yesterday are done, returning traffic from apocalyptic levels to mere slow-grinding insanity. (Denverite)

March for Truth:

A rally calling for a continued Trump-Russia investigation starts 11 a.m. Saturday at Commons Park. Joseph Rios has the details. (Denverite)

Rail reroute:

RTD is cutting off some D Line stops and creating a new downtown loop called the L. Megan, go! (Denverite)

Bigger book bar:

I love books, I love drinks. Good news for me: BookBar on Tennyson is installing a two-story expansion with event space, a gallery and a book sales area. Ashley got it. (Denverite)

Anschutz moves:

Anmovez? Billionaire Phil Anschutz is buying The Colorado Statesman and combining it with the recently launched Colorado Politics and with The Colorado Springs Gazette. (DBJ)

Head west:

5280 has a nice guide to Colorado’s mountain towns for art and rollercoaster lovers. Also, they’ve got a list of summer weekend activities. A lot of it is pretty pricy, but the Vail beer fest June 16-18 could be fun. (5280)

Also, Stephanie has written a helpful guide to summer lake fun near Denver that might get me to go swimming. (Denverite)

Unemployment:

The metro’s unemployment rate is just 2.1 percent. As Aldo Svaldi and Tamara Chuang reported earlier, that’s getting disruptive to businesses. (DP)

Dozens:

The restaurant Dozens recently banned community activist Lisa Calderon, with owner John England reportedly saying he was “sick of lawyers bringing in non-paying clients.” Recent backlash includes a boycott and a protest, as Gigi Sukin reports. (Eater)

Curious Incident:

Joanne Ostrow reviews “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at DCPA. “The sound and lighting, in an effort to make the audience feel what it is like inside the exceeding delicate mind of an autistic boy, comprise a sensory assault,” she writes, but the special effects “upstage the drama.” (DP)

Also, Craig Williamson reviews the Buntport’s latest, “Crud,” which layers reality with surveillance. “It makes no sense as I describe it, but it seemed to make sense as I watched it on stage.  I think it did, anyway.” (North Denver Tribune)

Funky music:

Here’s a fun list of weird music spots by Tom Murphy. (Westword)

It hails:

Colorado ranks second in hail-damage claims, per Adrian. Texas has us beat. (Denverite)

Andrew Kenney

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Andrew Kenney writes about public spaces, Denver phenomena and whatever else. He previously worked for six years as a reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. His most prized possession is his collection of bizarre voicemail. Leave him one at 303-502-2803, or email akenney@denverite.com.