Friday, September 30

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For easygoing Jack Johnson, it’s easy being green | Arts & Entertainment
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For easygoing Jack Johnson, it’s easy being green | Arts & Entertainment

Video directed by Morgan Maassen When Jack Johnson first decided to find out whether his band had a post-college life outside of Santa Barbara, the famously chill Hawaiian surfer dude came to Colorado, where he got his emphatic answer. Fast-forward 20-plus years and he’s living his very best life: Making his soothing, blue-eyed singalong soul with the same four buddies he started with, touring the c...
John Moore | Land acknowledgments are suddenly landing a punch | Arts & Entertainment
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John Moore | Land acknowledgments are suddenly landing a punch | Arts & Entertainment

“Indigenous people have suffered from injustice and broken treaties which have left us with broken promises; bad health conditions; limited resources and land; and high rates of alcoholism, substance use and suicide. Acknowledging this and making a commitment to make changes … is very important for the future of Indigenous peoples’ existence – and we are all part of that.” –Trennie BurchLand acknowledgements are getting real.The custom dates back for centuries. But in Denver, they started up in earnest last year as a response to growing calls for all institutions to publicly recognize that this land was not, in fact, made for you and me. Unless you happen to b...
Yolanda Ortega is still in the race | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment
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Yolanda Ortega is still in the race | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment

Yolanda Ortega does not know how to quit. (Seriously, she has tried three times.)Instead, the 50-year veteran of higher-education administration – and the 48-year grand dame of Denver’s Chicano theater community – is running to become the first member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents to represent the newly created 8th congressional district.“I am just not ready to stop serving,” said Ortega, who is running for political office for the first time at an age she will only say starts with a 7.Ortega won 56% of the District 8 Democratic vote in the June 28 primary to win the first campaign of her life. She now advances to face Republican Mark VanDrie...
Do you have a friend in ‘Friends’? | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment
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Do you have a friend in ‘Friends’? | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment

I’d like to believe I’ve been dancing a fairly friendly two-step with the inevitability of aging. I accept that there comes a time when hair stops growing where you want it to and suddenly starts to grow where you don’t. I have taken to filling my car with gas when I’m down to half a tank. I’m cool with it.Well, I was. Until I mentioned to my college theater students that “Jagged Little Pill” recently turned 25 years old. Blank faces. So I tried again.“You know, 25 years of bastardizing the word ‘ironic?’ ” Crickets.So I flat-out asked for a show of hands how many of my students had even heard of Alanis Morissette. Two dozen hands stayed down. Two dozen mouths...
For one week, Denver is center of TV universe | Arts & Entertainment
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For one week, Denver is center of TV universe | Arts & Entertainment

The week-long SeriesFest, which wrapped its eighth year Wednesday, has become a very big deal for Denver and the local entertainment industry.By the end of what is essentially a film festival for independent episodic TV, 13,000 attended events that included a pilot competition featuring 56 titles from all over the world, a fascinating “Pitch-A-Thon” for dreamers to present their ideas before a panel of industry bigwigs; a live “staged reading” of the first episode of a proposed miniseries about the namesake of the Hubble Telescope; and a blowout party at Red Rocks hosted by Amber Ruffin that included Denver comic Justine Marino and a concert from Lake Street D...