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Othello

January 28th, 2020

So, Othello is one of Sheakespeare’s plays. Billy the Bard himself wrote this rag hundreds of years ago and we just can’t get enough of it. You see, we’re still all f—ing and fighting and all hot and bothered about women making their own choices about who to f— and we get especially uptight when pale-skinned women decide to f— less-pale menfolk. Here’s how the story goes, basically.  Othello is a black dude who lives in Venice a long time ago. Desdemona is a hot, white chick who also lives there. She catches the feels for him and they elope or something, but anyway, her... Read More

England’s Greenery

January 26th, 2020

When it comes to directors, there are usually two kinds. The first is the artist. When you watch a film by Spielberg, Scorsese, or Tarantino, you’ll know within minutes that they directed it. Shot choices, casting, and even their thematic obsessions will clue you in, allowing you to calibrate your enjoyment appropriately.* You’ll always know you’re watching a film by Brian De Palma, just like you’ll always know you’re watching a film by Kevin Smith. The second category is the artisans. These are filmmakers that usually don’t have a directorial signature. They get in there, do the job,... Read More

Heidi West

January 25th, 2020

Heidi West currently lives and works in Denver, CO and is a fourth-generation native of the state. Her work is inspired by the majesty and beauty of the natural world and the story that environment writes on our hearts and lives. She holds a bachelor of fine arts from Colorado State University and is licensed to teach K-12art & elementary education in the state of Colorado. She currently teaches kindergarten at Aurora Public Schools. “There is an inextricable link between the people we become and the land we inhabit. My work is about environmentalism. I do not mean environmentalism in terms... Read More

Next Weekend at Larimer Lounge

January 25th, 2020

No plans next weekend? Lame plans next weekend? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Word on the street is that all the real music aficionados in town are headed to Larimer Lounge for some epic live music from some of Denver’s finest indie bands. It’s no surprise–Larimer Lounge is always a solid place to find great bands, cheap drinks, and good company. Next Saturday, February 1st, they welcome Mosaic, Big Paleo, Koion Kitten, and Dang’O. Mosaic is headlining, celebrating the release of their newest single, Life/Less. Their music is a mix of cinematic hard rock and pop... Read More

Larry Walker – The Last Clean Player

January 24th, 2020

As the final votes were tallied for this year’s Hall-of-Fame and the results confirmed, only two major league baseball players would be going to Cooperstown: New York Yankee great Derek Jeter and Colorado’s own Larry Walker. Both could be called a surprise. The selection of Derek Jeter in his first year of eligibility wasn’t too shocking considering his 20-year career as a Yankee in which he appeared in 14 All-Star games, won five gold-gloves, and won five World Series. The surprise was that the selection wasn’t unanimous as Jeter received 396 out of 397 votes, meaning one sportswriter... Read More

Almost, But Not Quite, The Abyss

January 19th, 2020

If you’re a regular viewer of movies, you know you can track the seasons by the kinds of movies playing. Are the theaters jam-packed with big, loud blockbusters? You’re in summer. Do you have a wide variety of Oscar bait to choose from? Congratulations, you’ve arrived safely in the fall. The depths of winter are when studios give up. They already released the films built to either make an assload of money or attract awards. What’s left is the cinematic equivalent of the island of misfit toys, and production companies frequently throw these redheaded stepchildren into theaters with a hasty... Read More

Synesthetic Ciphers at Walker Fine Art

January 18th, 2020

Walker Fine Art is one of Denver’s premier contemporary galleries. The lofty venue hosts rotating group and solo shows from exceptional regional and national artists. Their exhibitions showcase the latest trends in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Currently on display is a group show called Synesthetic Ciphers, featuring six exciting member artists. We have an innate drive to attribute meaning to patterns and symbols. The artists in this series challenge and deconstruct traditional modes of language to discover new meanings behind written word.... Read More

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game – Seriously?

January 17th, 2020

The votes are starting to accumulate for the players hoping to make the 2020 NBA All-Star game next month in Chicago, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic is a sure thing.  The Nuggets are currently 28-12, third in the Western Conference, and Jokic is having another tremendous season averaging 19 points, 10 rebounds, and over six assists a game.  The popularity of Jokic has him at fifth in voting in the West for the frontcourt players trailing only Lebron James (LAL), Anthony Davis (LAL), Kawhi Leonard (LAC), and Paul George (LAC).  While Jokic stands at tenth overall among all Western Conference players. Looking... Read More

The Secretary

January 15th, 2020

“A story doesn’t have to be real to be true.” One of the opening lines of Kyle John Schmidt’s new play The Secretary could just as easily be flipped around to say, “A true story has many realities.” A dark and darkly funny new play at the Curious Theatre dives deep into the twisted and conflicting meanings of guns in America and how we all are related to the violence and power that they bestow upon us. The scenario is this: a small town, probably in the South or Midwest, based on the characters’ accents, is slowly dying from economic starvation. The only real moneymaker in town is... Read More

MidWinter: A Colorado Night’s Dream

January 15th, 2020

Sometimes, writing about art and theater feels a lot like falling down the proverbial rabbit hole as I try to find the angle to write about wandering through a haunted-theater immersive experience, getting splashed in a Halloween horror show in the basement of a spaghetti emporium, sweating through a DIY D&D in a comic shop, savoring (har har!) Sweeney Todd’s enraged high notes, and trying to quiet my howling dog in a public house. I’ve found myself in some odd and awkward scenarios. To update the metaphor, writing this column is a lot like drunk-clicking through an endless algorithm of... Read More