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Primer: Why the Denver Film Festival matters | Arts & Entertainment
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Primer: Why the Denver Film Festival matters | Arts & Entertainment

The first rule of moviegoing is, “Don’t talk in the theater.” But the first rule of the 45th Denver Film Festival will be: “Let’s talk in the theater (just as soon as the movie is finished).”The virtual experiment is over. Denver Film aims to put the butts back in the seats and the festive back in the festival with panels, parties and all sorts of in-person interactivity following two years of pandemic limitations. Oh, and 230 films never seen before in Denver, from coming Oscar contenders to homegrown films to features from around the world.“Having the opportunity to see a film you wouldn’t normally see, and seeing it with other human beings in the same room ...
In Boulder, the joy of dancing in the dark | Arts & Entertainment
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In Boulder, the joy of dancing in the dark | Arts & Entertainment

Imagine meeting a person for the first time in complete darkness. You don’t know what skin color they are. You can’t be sure of their age, gender or country of origin. Whether they have a visible disability. If they are obscenely rich or living on the street.You don’t get any of the instant visual clues our minds start to track from the very first fraction of a second we encounter a new person. That pulse-racing jolt that comes with instant sexual attraction – or that instinctive feeling of danger or dread.What if you only had the sound of a voice? How might that change whether you ultimately accept that person into your life – or reject them?Brian Rocheleau, ...
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...
‘Better Call Saul’ better than ‘Breaking Bad’ | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment
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‘Better Call Saul’ better than ‘Breaking Bad’ | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment

Editor’s note: The following column contains “Better Call Saul spoilers up to but not including the series finale, airing Monday night (Aug. 15) on AMC:In 2013, fans didn’t just crowd around their brand-new 48-inch, 200-pound Panasonic Plasma TV screens to watch the final few episodes of “Breaking Bad.” They gathered at cinemas to watch their antihero go down in an unapologetic symphony of gunfire and Badfinger's "Baby Blue” on a (real) big screen alongside dozens of other newly converted meth sympathizers.The “Breaking Bad” capper was the third most-watched series finale in cable history, behind only “The Sopranos” and “Sex & The City.” A one-hour “Talkin...
Snake attack: Eight Henry Awards for ‘Rattlesnake Kate’ | Arts & Entertainment
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Snake attack: Eight Henry Awards for ‘Rattlesnake Kate’ | Arts & Entertainment

As expected, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts took the biggest bite out of the 16th Henry Awards on Monday, largely on the strength of its world-premiere musical “Rattlesnake Kate.” But most everything else about the annual gala felt like a new day in the Colorado theater community.The awards, named after legendary producer Henry Lowenstein, honor outstanding achievement among the Colorado Theatre Guild’s member companies. This year, directors Alicia Young and Jerry McCauley made an intentional programming statement acknowledging rapid changes that are happening within the Colorado theater community by having all 66 awards presenters be members of tra...
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...