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The New MasterSounds

December 18th, 2018
MasterSounds

I showed up because I was promised snacks. My editor coaxed me to attend a benefit at the Ogden Theater this weekend with the promise of a pair of VIP packages. Each was supposed to include One General Admission ticket Meet & greet and hors d’oeuvres w/ The New Mastersounds & DJ Williams Shots Fired Access to the VIP Viewing area Color Red Vinyl Package and 2 Color Red IPAs (21+ ONLY) I had no idea what a “Color Red Vinyl Package” was. I still don’t. I also didn’t see a single snack the whole time. I left my muggle job early (I work second shift) and wiggled into my concert... Read More

The Road Better Off Not Taken

December 16th, 2018
The Mule

As much as I love Unforgiven, In the Line of Fire, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Dirty Harry, I think my favorite Clint Eastwood film is Escape from Alcatraz. As bank robber Frank Morris, you can see him plotting a way off the famed prison from the very first scenes of the film. Eastwood’s Morris is taciturn, intelligent, and does not suffer fools gladly.* Clint Eastwood casts a long shadow. He’s been in the entertainment industry since 1955, and he has 72 acting credits and 40 directorial credits. At age 88, he keeps at it, releasing a film or two every few years. He’s made some... Read More

What The Farm Bill Means for Sports

December 15th, 2018
farm bill for sports feature

It was a monumental week for the cannabis industry as Congress approved the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also referred to as the farm bill. The passing of this bill, once officially signed by the President, will legalize the production, processing, and sale of hemp. This will remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and make hemp just another commodity to be overseen by the US Department of Agriculture. This is a huge deal for hemp farmers interested in growing hemp at scale to be used for consumer goods like food, textiles, paper, plastics, and building materials, but what does the... Read More

Tansey – A Local Contemporary Art Gallery

December 15th, 2018
Wallflower Chandelier, Julie Conway

Tansey is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of LoDo. They offer exquisite pieces by well established artists, demonstrating highly refined techniques. While Tansey displays pieces from a variety of mediums, special emphasis is placed on sculptures. Crafted from glass, ceramic, wood, fiber, and many other mediums, each and every piece is a stunning example of imagination and craftsmanship. Originally located in Santa Fe, Tansey Contemporary is a welcome addition to Denver’s ever-growing art scene. Art in itself is beautiful and engaging, but the setting in which it is viewed is important... Read More

Cookbooks, What Should You Look For?

December 14th, 2018
Kitchen ingredients

While proper knowledge on which knives to buy is essential as there are so many choices in today’s society, knowledge of the food you are making whether it is at home or in the restaurant is easily of the utmost importance. A good portion of the list provided below is based on books I use at home and at work, and I have included a few suggestions by Chef Dylan Montanio and Jeremiah Gray; to make the list easier to follow I have broken it up into the following categories: Essential References- 4 books Alternative Cuisines- 2 books For The Advanced Cook- 3 books Others Worth Noting- 7 books The... Read More

Access to Green Space is a Predictor of Well-being

December 13th, 2018
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People often struggle to find ways to preserve health and happiness when they live in stress-inducing urban environments. Recent research suggests parks have a unique capacity to enhance physical health and foster a sense of community for city dwellers. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, used information from the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, the U.S. Census Bureau, and a variety of other sources and combined this analysis with city-level data on park quantity, quality and accessibility... Read More

Colorado Christmas Tree Hunting

December 13th, 2018
Christmas tree hunting

Christmas is right around the corner and if you haven’t bought a tree yet I would like to offer up a cheaper and much more eco-friendly alternative. Now, this isn’t to detract from any other major religious holiday but if you celebrate Christmas and you don’t have a tree yet then this article is for you.   What if I told you that you could help mitigate the risk of forest fires here in Colorado and get a Christmas tree for anywhere from $5 – $20? Now, you will have to head out into the National forest of Colorado and cut it yourself, but you can pick just about any tree you find.... Read More

Faces of Denver – Andrew Thomas

December 12th, 2018
Biking Together

A cyclist in the city of Denver can end up paying more for parts to fix a bike than the bike itself cost. Andrew Thomas, Park Hill General Manager at Bikes Together, and his team want to bring the freedom of cycling back to the people at prices they can afford. Thomas has always had fascination with bikes but when he was younger he was typically stuck in a location where cars were dominant and fixing a bike at a pro shop came at a steep cost. Once Thomas moved to Denver in 2004, he developed his skills in cycling and mechanics with people who shared his interest in a DIY approach to maintaining... Read More

Backstage at the Phantom Circus

December 11th, 2018
Natalie Brown in Phantom Circus

There’s a part of every wandering heart that wants to join the circus. A few of us actually do it; the rest of us write about it and while vainly wishing that we had better abs. Such wishing sucked up most of my Friday evening this week, what little was left after red wine with a girlfriend. The wish session happened after the bitch session and both were flights into escapism and delights of pondering fantasies. In particular, we pondered the abs we’d like to see and the abs we’d like to have. Circus performers tend to have terrific abs. Denver is getting to be a great town for circus, with... Read More

Motivational Monday – Friendship: The best holiday investment you can make!

December 10th, 2018
Friendship Makes Life Merrier

Humans are social beings. There are hundreds of scientific studies that prove this to be true.  I believe that that our desire for social acceptance along with a desire to be loved, are the core intrinsic motivators for most of our behavior.  I love socializing which is one of the reasons I enjoy the holiday season so much.  At a holiday party this weekend I met a woman who told me about a study that was done at the University of Kansas to determine how long it takes for friendships to develop. The article states: “In a new report published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships,... Read More