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The Doughnut Hole

December 8th, 2019

Making a movie is hard. Making a good movie? That’s really hard. Making a good mystery? These days that appears to be damn near impossible, given the relative scarcity of mysteries. Horror movies, superhero flicks, action, and dramas are all doing well in theaters and multiplexes. A good old whodunit? They’re a rare breed. But why? Is it because, as a society, we’re dumber? I imagine that some people of a certain age would sneeringly point to Millennials and the rise of social media and claim their attention spans have been irrevocably damaged.* Yet the average American reads somewhere in... Read More

Max Coleman

December 7th, 2019

Max Coleman is a graphic artist whose work both uplifts and challenges the traditional concept of beauty. Born in Connecticut and graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015, Max’s work takes elements and techniques of centuries past and applies them towards the modern day mediums of digital illustration and street art. Through the vehicle of his “SUN Lives Long” campaign, his murals and prints have taken an active stance towards promoting equality and awareness for the creatures of earth, as well as imparting a sense of kinship towards the planet. Fueling these themes... Read More

Next Saturday at Your Mom’s House

December 7th, 2019

Your Mom’s House is a rad little bar smack dab in the middle of Cap Hill. The independently owned and operated venue has live music most nights from a variety of touring and local bands. Housed inside the remnants of Snake Pit, Pearl’s, and Beauty Bar, they’ve traded the dryer chairs for stage lights and some awesome artwork. It’s a great spot to see intimate shows and enjoy some cheap drinks. Next Saturday, the 14th, Your Mom’s House welcomes Space Bacon, with special guests MoonRadish, Mr. Specific, and Slidewok. Space Bacon is a four man jam band coming out of Brooklyn,... Read More

3 Christmas Light Displays to Get You in The Mood

December 6th, 2019

One of my favorite things to do around Christmas is to see all the different light displays! I’m too lazy to ever put lights up myself, but boy is it magical to see a bunch of Christmas lights brighten up a street or scene that looks quite normal in the daylight. These are some cool Christmas light attractions that are sure to dazzle you!   Mile High Tree This is a new attraction to Denver this year: a massive electronic tree on the side of Speer Boulevard! It’s a nice take on a big tree attraction for Denver, resembling something like a sister to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in... Read More

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

December 6th, 2019

After a 76-64 victory over LMU and a 7-0 start to the college basketball season, it’s easy to be excited about the Colorado Buffaloes chances of making the NCAA Championships this year.  The Buffs brought back practically the entire roster from 2018-19, including two First-Team All-Pac 12 selections in McKinley Wright IV and Tyler Bey, as well as D’Shawn Schwartz, Lucas Siewert, Evan Battey, and Shane Gatling. But let me tell you a little story.  The year was 2011, and the family gathered around the television to watch Selection Saturday and the 64 teams that would be invited to the Big Dance. ... Read More

The Man Who Painted Houses

December 1st, 2019

What is cinema? Is cinema only cinema when you’re watching it in a movie theater? While their methods have changed throughout the years, ultimately a sculpture remains a sculpture and a painting stays a painting. Most of the arts have resolutely remained themselves, but cinema has a kind of protean quality, whether its worshipers choose to admit it or not. Consider that the first movie theater opened June 19, 1905, in Pittsburgh. 96 seats were dragged into an empty store located on Smithfield Street, and when it opened, admission was a nickel. At their height, theaters bore the more grandiose... Read More

Go Like Hell

November 24th, 2019

One of the keenest pleasures found in moviegoing is that of competence porn. A great comedy can flood your brain with endorphins, a solid horror movie can unnerve you days after you saw it, and the right drama can restore your faith in the essential decency of humanity. Even the much-maligned superhero genre can, when executed properly, provide viewers with something mythic. That’s all well and good, but I really dig films about smart people doing a particular job with intelligence and competence. Consider Apollo 13, a film I absolutely adore. On the one hand, I understand perhaps 25 percent... Read More

Lisa Garrison

November 23rd, 2019

Lisa Garrison is an award winning self-taught artist from Littleton, Colorado. She began painting in 2009 while living in Illinois, focusing on realistic watercolors. Her watercolor paintings are created with glazes, bringing out the reflection and contrast of light and shadow. Lisa is passionate about teaching and demystifying the unpredictability of watercolor. As a data analyst by trade, she is very detail oriented and equally left-brain/right-brain. Watercolor is a fluid medium that can be difficult to control and adjust. She enjoys teaching the planning and forethought that realistic watercolor... Read More

Barbara Baer, Gary Manuel, and Rob Watt at Spark

November 23rd, 2019

Spark Gallery has long been a place to find cutting edge contemporary art from a diverse group of local artists. Their exhibitions feature works in sculpture, drawing, painting, collage, found objects, installation, and much more. Opened in 1979, Spark is Denver’s oldest artist-owned cooperative gallery. They host rotating shows from members and guest artists, typically displaying three shows at a time. Currently on display are new works from Barbara Baer, Gary Manuel, and Rob Watt.     Barbara Baer is an installation artist and a resident member at Spark. She holds a BFA from... Read More

The NBA All-Thanksgiving Team

November 22nd, 2019

In celebration of the Denver Nuggets hot start and with next week being Thanksgiving, I’ve decided to name my 2019 NBA All-Thanksgiving Team.  Apologies to Aaron, Justin (both on the Pacers), and Jrue Holiday (Pelicans), who were just too obvious to make the cut, but there’s always next year. Nikola Jokic – Denver Nuggets The big man makes the All-Thanksgiving squad because he loves to dish, is lousy at stuffing, and often gets burnt on the defensive end. Dragan Bender – Milwaukee Bucks   I don’t know about you, but every Thanksgiving I tend to go on a Bender, and for the rest of... Read More