This week in Denver photos, May 6-12: a step out of sanctuary, a legislative end and a lost balloon

We’re grateful to you, Denver, for having us along for another week of twists and turns.

Finnegan Keyes and his grandmother Betsy await the Corgi race. A Kentucky Derby party at Stanley Marketplace, May 6, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)stanley marketplace; kentucky derby; aurora; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
Governor John Hickenlooper speaks at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s State of the State luncheon, May 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) chamber of commerce; downtown; colorado; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; governor john hickenlooper;
Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s State of the State luncheon, May 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A round of applause for you, Denver, for making it to this quite lovely weekend on the heels of some rough weather. Hooray for all of us, in fact. We saw the closing of a few chapters this week, and each was worth celebrating. Let’s review.

On Friday, Jeanette Vizguerra left sanctuary publicly for the first time in nearly three months. Vizguerra, an undocumented immigrant who lived in two churches to avoid deportation, was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people last month and was granted a stay from deportation through at least March 2019 as she completes the process of getting a visa.

The day she announced her stay of deportation, Jeanette Vizguerra visits Ingrid Encalada, who is still in sanctuary, May 12, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) immigration; denverite; jeanette vizguerra; deportation; kevinjbeaty; undocumented; denver; colorado;
The day she announced her stay of deportation, Jeanette Vizguerra visits Ingrid Encalada, who is still in sanctuary, May 12, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

This week was bustling with politics. This next photo was not snapped in Colorado, but Denver-based photojournalist Benjamin Rasmussen deserves praise for this amazing photo of the president for Time. It was not shot that day on Thursday, but that’s when he posted it.

@realdonaldtrump entering the living room on the second floor of the White House executive residence on Monday night.

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But Colorado office holders of all stripes did appear this week as the state legislative session came to a close. I hit nearly every corner of politics in the city, from the governor

Governor John Hickenlooper takes the stage at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s State of the State luncheon, May 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) chamber of commerce; downtown; colorado; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; governor john hickenlooper;
Gov. John Hickenlooper takes the stage at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s State of the State luncheon, May 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

…to the senate

Senate president pro tem Jerry Sonnenberg (left to right), majority leader Chris Holbert and president Kevin Grantham address the press a day after the legislative session ended. Colorado State Capitol Senate President's office, May 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) senate; republicans; copolitics; politics; captiol; legislature; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
Senate president pro tem Jerry Sonnenberg (left to right), majority leader Chris Holbert and president Kevin Grantham address the press a day after the legislative session ended. Colorado State Capitol Senate President’s office, May 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

…the house

No-voters District 25 Rep. Timothy Leonard and District 38 Rep. Susan Beckman converse while yes-voter District 26 Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush speaks at the mic during a hearing on Senate Bill 17-267, Sustainability Of Rural Colorado, on the last day of the legislative session, May 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) copolitics; house of representatives; politics; capitol; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
No-voters District 25 Rep. Timothy Leonard and District 38 Rep. Susan Beckman converse while yes-voter District 26 Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush speaks at the mic during a hearing on Senate Bill 17-267, Sustainability Of Rural Colorado, on the last day of the legislative session, May 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

…and city council.

City council members Paul Lopez and Robin Kniech. A city council committee meeting on sentencing reform as it relates to undocumented immigrants, May 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; city council; city and county building; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
City council members Paul Lopez and Robin Kniech. A city council committee meeting on sentencing reform as it relates to undocumented immigrants, May 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

But they weren’t all work and no play.

Mimosas on the Capitol veranda for the last day of the legislative session, May 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) copolitics; house of representatives; politics; capitol; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Mimosas on the Capitol veranda for the last day of the legislative session, May 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

And in some cases it was business up top and a party beneath. This is immigration attorney Hans Meyer making a very serious press address about ICE arrests in Denver’s district courthouse. His signature Chucks reveal that his law practice is always a little bit punk rock.

Hans Meyer. Meyer Law Office, May 9, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) hans meyer law office; immigration; deportation; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty
Hans Meyer speaks to press at the Meyer Law Office, May 9, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

On Monday the Denver Post’s Joe Amon caught this lovely portrait of Jose “Manny” Fernandez in Longmont.

And many of us caught sight of that killer hailstorm.

A massive spring hail storm, May 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) hail storm; weather; cowx; north capitol hill; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
A massive spring hail storm, May 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

I was personally quite entertained by the aftermath.

The aftermath of a large hail storm yesterday, May 9, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) weather; cowx; storm; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; captiol hill;
The aftermath of a large hail storm on May 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Over the weekend the city got down for Cinco De Mayo at Civic Center Park, which created the unusual opportunity to photograph many, many released balloons floating to a better place.

Sorry buddy. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) skyline; cityscape; denver; balloon; delightful; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Sorry, buddy. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

And speaking of outer space, Andy wrote this week about the CU Boulder professor who worked on Juno. The Jupiter-orbiting craft that has brought us unprecedented views of the gas giant.

Fran Banegal stands beneath antennae made by students to detect radiation from Saturn. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) cu; university of colorado; boulder; science; scientist; space; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Fran Banegal stands beneath antennae made by students to detect radiation from Jupiter. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

And speaking of space cadets, the Alamo Drafthouse’s grand opening on West Colfax was christened by James Ellroy, the eccentric and oft-yelling crime author, who opened a bottle of bubbly with a saber.

Writer James Ellroy unsheathes a sabre to open a bottle of champagne to cristen the new Alamo Drafthouse on West Colfax, May 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) Alamo Drafthouse; food; nightlife; movie theater; cinema; sloans lake; west colfax; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
Writer James Ellroy unsheathes a saber to open a bottle of champagne to christen the new Alamo Drafthouse on West Colfax, May 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

And finally, dear Denver, I will not deny the Derby. At least three of us caught sights at Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace, where the costumery was in fine form.

Kentucky Derby parties make for some great photos! #derby #hats #kentuckyderby #stanleymarket

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Finnegan Keyes and his grandmother Betsy await the Corgi race. A Kentucky Derby party at Stanley Marketplace, May 6, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) stanley marketplace; kentucky derby; aurora; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
Finnegan Keyes and his grandmother Betsy await the Corgi race. A Kentucky Derby party at Stanley Marketplace, May 6, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

We’re grateful to you, Denver, for having us along for another week of twists and turns. You keep living, we’ll keep capturing the magic.

Kevin Beaty

Author: Kevin Beaty

Kevin Beaty is a media producer with experience in a variety of settings spanning Hollywood film sets to international backpack journalism expeditions. He is on a never-ending quest to meld artful imagery, functional design and intimate storytelling. His biggest struggle in any given moment is whether to shoot stills or video. Find him on Twitter and Instagram at @kevinjbeaty.