February 27, 2014 in Nation/World

Museum makes good on Super Bowl bet

From Wire Reports

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Peyton Manning wasn’t there for the handoff.

But Denver Art Museum staffer Amy Barrett wore a No. 18 T-shirt Wednesday as she helped crate up a Frederic Remington bronze known as “The Broncho Buster” after the museum lost a Super Bowl bet with its counterpart in Seattle.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8, and the Remington will go to Seattle for three months.

“As I watched the game, I said, ‘Oh, there goes our Broncho Buster for a few months,” said Thomas Smith, director of the Denver Art Museum’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art.

He called the piece “the most iconic sculpture” in American Western art history. Remington cast 150 versions after creating the prototype in 1895. Smith said the piece going to Seattle was among the first copies, made in the early 1900s using what was then a new lost-wax casting technique.

Stickers with Denver Bronco logos were plastered onto the crate as it was sealed in a workroom at the museum. For security reasons, museum officials would not say exactly when the sculpture will start its trip.

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock also lost a Super Bowl bet. His office says it shipped green chile off to Seattle shortly after the game and will be auctioning off items such as handmade skis to raise money for the Seattle-based Lifelong AIDS Alliance nonprofit group.

‘Kinky Boots’ star to release new CD

Billy Porter, who plays a drag queen on Broadway in “Kinky Boots,” will next be doing a little something more traditional – he’s putting out a CD of musical theater standards.

Concord Records will release “Billy’s Back on Broadway” on April 15.

Porter, the newly crowned Tony winner, will also sing a medley duet with “Kinky Boots” composer Cyndi Lauper of “Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy,” made famous by Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland.

The birthday bunch

Actress Joanne Woodward is 84. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is 80. Actor Howard Hesseman is 74. Actress Debra Monk is 65. Actor Adam Baldwin is 52. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chilli (TLC) is 43. Chelsea Clinton is 34. Actress Kate Mara is 31.

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