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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

Ariella Asher

January 13th, 2020

Ariella Asher received a bachelors in fine arts from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2017. Originally from Tallahassee Florida, she moved to Denver by the way of Atlanta while working professionally in the music industry. Her diverse, mosaic-like identity can be seen in her work. With an American mother and Iraqi-Jewish father who immigrated from Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine, much of Asher’s work touches on post/neo-colonial theory, globalization, pop culture, isolationism, art history, and various other contemporary social topics. She is currently working on a new collection of... Read More

The Endless Trench

January 12th, 2020

We never really reckoned with World War I, not in any meaningful sense. For a while there it was called The War to End All Wars, despite the fact that its aftermath both caused and led into World War II. Like all wars, its horror recedes in memory. A little over a century later, most of us barely understand why the war happened in the first place. That continues to be shocking, as the casualties of World War I were so high that battles frequently resembled a meat grinder in terms of the staggering numbers of men both sides threw at each other. When you put the numbers into context, it’s literally... Read More

Denver Comes Alive

January 11th, 2020

If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to check out Mission Ballroom in Denver, this is it. Live For Live Music has announced a one-day festival with an unbelievable lineup of never-before-seen supergroups.  Denver Comes Alive is the latest iteration of an innovative festival with its roots in New Orleans and the Jazz Fest community. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Brooklyn Comes Alive, the music marathon features unique collaborations with world class musicians. The incredible lineup includes Oteil Burbridge & Friends, Ghost-Live (a special Ghost-Note/Soulive collab), Star... Read More

Tom Brady to Denver – It Could Happen

January 10th, 2020

When it was announced that Tom Brady would become an unrestricted free-agent on March 18th, you could hear the collective giggles. After all, we’ve seen this show before. Brady will use his free-agent leverage to make sure the roster is set with Super Bowl talent, the offensive coordinator is to his liking, and then he’ll sign the contract and get back to work. At 41 years-of-age, is Brady looking to guarantee his final contract so he can play until he’s 45? Maybe.  After years of giving New England a hometown discount, is Brady finally asking to be rewarded with the highest salary in the... Read More

Resolve to Skip the New Year’s Resolution

January 6th, 2020

Did you know that only 8% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions achieve them? Typically, the reason they fail is the lack of a plan to ensure success.  Most resolutions are vague like “eat less”, “lose weight” or “exercise more”.  These are admirable goals, but they don’t offer a tactical strategy for execution or, more importantly, a plan for failure. In order to establish a successful goal, you have to think through how you will accomplish your goal.  Instead of a New Year’s resolution, how about a SMART goal for 2016? Specific – Lose weight is not a specific... Read More

6 Tips for Buying a Home as a Vacation Rental in Colorado

January 6th, 2020

Buying a house you intend to rent out is very different than buying one you plan to live in. This is especially the case if you’re planning on making it a vacation rental. You are not buying for yourself, so all the usual criteria you would use to judge a home no longer stand. So, how do you know you are investing in a property people will want to spend their vacations in? Research Local Tourism  Look for areas that are popular hubs for vacation rentals and tourists due to their wealth of attractions and activities–perhaps a property near the Denver Zoo or a cabin home close to Flagstaff.... Read More

Shifting The Lens

January 5th, 2020

There are two incontrovertible facts: the first is that Louisa May Alcott was a fascinating human being. Her parents were Transcendentalists. She took lessons from Henry David Thoreau. She wrote a play for the Boston Theater and subsequently burned it due to infighting between her actors. Alcott briefly served as a nurse during the Civil War, survived typhoid fever, was a feminist, and was active in the abolitionist movement. To put it plainly, she was a baller. Oh, also? She wrote Little Women. That brings us to the second incontrovertible fact, which is that up until very recently, I was almost... Read More