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Coffee Rites: David Blatt of Mortified Colorado
 

Brandon and I first met David Blatt after attending the Mortified Colorado: Doomed Valentines 2017 show. Since then, we've been regulars at every Mortified event, always waking up the following morning with sore stomachs from laughing too hard. Last weekend, we sat down to have coffee with David and talk about Mortified and the upcoming the 2018 Doomed Valentines show. David brought Mortified, a comedy show and podcast that features adults sharing real stories and artifacts (comics, diary entries, school projects, etc.) from adolescence on stage for hundreds of strangers, to Denver after reading pieces of his own adolescent chronicles in San Francisco.

Mortified Colorado has been ongoing bi-monthly for a year now, with regular sold-out shows in Denver's Oriental Theatre. David took some time on a Sunday afternoon to sit down with us and his chihuahua, Bella, over coffee and talk about Mortified and his own creative journey. (And for the curious - David let me humiliate myself by reading my fifth-grade diaries on stage in April, 2017, and I'm still trying to live it down).

David at home in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood.

David at home in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood.

David onstage hosting Mortified Colorado. Photo by  From The Hip Photo

David onstage hosting Mortified Colorado. Photo by From The Hip Photo

How did you become a Coloradan?

I grew up in Colorado, right by Congress Park. I left in '98, after high school, for Oberlin to study Creative Writing. After graduating, I lived in Chicago for about seven years acting and writing plays and singing in a band, and then I was in San Francisco for another seven years, making music and going to acupuncture school. 

I decided to come back to Colorado after looking at the long-term picture. I still had family in Denver, a good crew of friends, and affordable housing options (an element of San Francisco that was becoming unsustainable). I wanted to spend more time with my dad, and learned there was no Mortified chapter in Denver, so it was the perfect opportunity to bring the show back to Colorado with me.

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How did you first get into Mortified?

A friend wanted to go for his birthday. I thought it might be an awful night, but then laughed harder than I'd laughed in a long time. I went home and dug everything out, the journals, the school essays, letters, the works. I read in the Bay Area shows for five years, and then the idea of bringing Mortified back to Denver tipped the scales on my decision to return home. I went to the training for producers who want to take Mortified to new cities, and on November 4, 2016, we had our first show in Denver and sold out. 

It was a charmed start; CPR did a piece on it, and then Jamie Laurie (Jonny5 of Flobots) was a featured reader in our February show, which helped with promotion. We sold out Jamie's shows, and it's grown steadily since then. It also helps having a good relationship with BookBar, which is located close the Oriental Theater. The BookBar staff have helped connect me with local authors and helped grow the Mortified community. Nicole (the owner at BookBar) has been awesome, and it's a fun way to get to know people throughout the city. Readers divulge things they normally wouldn't, so it's kind of a sacred process.

David performs onstage in between readers during a Mortified show with house band Hot Lunch. Photo by  From The Hip Photo

David performs onstage in between readers during a Mortified show with house band Hot Lunch. Photo by From The Hip Photo

What are your coffee rites?

I enjoy coffee in small amounts, but can usually be found over my laptop with hot tea. On chilly mornings I like to brew something hot and snuggle on the couch with my pup, Bella. Also when I’m working on Mortified edits. And before bed. Throughout the day. I guess I'm never very far from a mug.

If you could have coffee (or tea) with anyone, who would you share it with?

That would have to be my mom, who passed about 12 years ago. I'd love to have another hour together so we could share some stories, and laugh, and she would probably want us to split a huge bag of potato chips. 

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When not curating readers or selling out tickets, David helps people find relief from pain and experience better health through his acupuncture and massage practice, Evolution Wellness. You can hear his music at ReverbNation.

The next Mortified show is Doomed Valentines on Saturday, February 10th from 8 PM - 10 PM at the Oriental Theater in Denver. Tickets, as you can tell, tend to sell out by day-of-show, so be sure to purchase yours now.

Want to dust off those diaries and be in the show? Visit GetMortified.com/Participate and select the Denver chapter. Brandon and I will be there, so we hope to see you in the audience or on stage!

 

 
Espresso Catering at The Lyon's Farmette
 
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Last June we got to setup our mobile coffee cart for a lovely evening at the Lyon's Farmette. We love the Farmette so much we'd originally planned on getting married there on October 4, 2013. If you're familiar with Colorado and the past five years, you might be saying "Oh no," right now. The 500 year flooding event of 2013 occurred two weeks before our wedding date, devastating Lyons and parts of Longmont. We had to move our wedding, which was a minor effort compared to the monumental recovery that has taken place in the impacted areas since the flooding. 

A bright spot, though, was that the Farmette is situated on the upside of a slope, and came out of the other side of the flooding alright. It continues to be one of the most beautiful wedding and event venues in Colorado. We were thrilled for a reason to go back and enjoy the Farmette's lush greenery, flowers, stream, meet some of the staff who have joined the Farmette since our wedding planning days, and of course, the Farmette chickens, goats, and llamas.

All of this to say that our espresso catering is an equally beautiful addition to any already beautiful setting, whether that's an outdoor farm or an indoor ballroom. Good coffee fits in anywhere (and can keep your guests talking and dancing all night long). 

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The Farmette's momma llama had just given birth to this sweet baby. Some human babies tried to sneak a taste of espresso, but we think hot chocolate is more their speed. Our espresso catering menu is customizable for your event. We'll work with you to create a menu of hot and cold drinks your guests will love.

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Pricing for espresso catering depends on the size of your event and the size of your preferred drink menu. We can use your favorite syrup flavors or make homemade infused syrups for lattes and cappuccinos.

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We would love to part of your special memories! Contact us to start the conversation, and please share a as much about your event as you can at this point in your planning process (number of guests, location, venue, the date). We'll email back or give you a call (let us know if you have a preference) with price estimates based on different sized drink menu options (for example, Option A might be just coffee and espresso drinks with two flavor options, or Option B might include hot and iced beverages and an array of flavors). Whatever your special day is - congratulations! And thank you for considering making Woodsong Coffee part of it.

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