Gigi Sukin

Gigi Sukin

Gigi Sukin is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in sociology at the University of Denver. A Midwestern native, Sukin adores the good ‘ole outdoors, hence her trek westward to Colorado. There she enjoys hiking, biking, jogging, skiing and exploring. After a quarter abroad in London, England, she discovered an enthusiasm for travelling and exploring new cultures and hopes to pursue a career internationally in her young adult life, post-graduation. When she isn’t eagerly seeking out new adventures, Sukin contributes to DU’s student newspaper, The Clarion, as a staff news writer. She also interns for a financial strategy site,, producing daily market news. Sukin hopes to utilize her keen social skills, flair for writing and ever-present curiosity in her future career

First Fridays exhibit art and culture on Sante Fe Drive each month

For my Final Cut Pro audio slide show, I wanted to introduce college students to the First Friday Art Walk, a monthly event on Sante Fe Drive.

Denver’s Art District hosts over 60 galleries, restaurants and shopping spots. On the first Friday of each month, the Art District opens its doors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for lively crowds to socialize, view the works and speak with the artists.

Though the event occurs every four weeks, the First Friday art walk never fails to draw a crowd, according to participants and visitors. Through my audio slide show, I attempted to give a visual depiction of the crowds that flock to the Sante Fe for the event. I also accumulated a series of photographs from before, during and after the event to give an image of the art works, the artists, the galleries and the area. No one specific medium or style is most prominent, as can be seen from the slide show, a wide variety of work can be found in the collections and even outside throughout the district itself.


Eateries vie for a slice of the DU action

Crowds line up for up to an hour at the original Capitol Hill Jelly location to enjoy the vintage decor, with tea sets hanging from the light fixtures and indulge in both sweet and savoury breakfast and lunch offerings.

Several popular restaurants in the University of Denver area closed over the last several months, including Tokyo Joe’s, Garbanzo’s and the Spicy Pickle, making room for new food options to steak their claim.

Jelly, a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch with a contemporary twist on classic diner food, will open a location this August at 1700 E. Evans Ave., the space formerly occupied by Tokyo Joe’s.

“Joe’s was there for 15 years and most of the reason for us pulling out of that site is that the landlord wanted a hefty increase in rent,” said Tokyo Joe’s president and owner, Larry Leith. “We closed it late last summer… and yes, the neighborhood did have a high turnover rate for restaurants but we did nicely there.”

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