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Colorado Culture magazine is an online comprehensive resource for all things Colorado. Full of cultural articles, ideas, and events that are easily accessible and informative, it appeals to culture enthusiasts of all ages and types with a goal to serve Colorado and the people who visit with a fresh look on the vast culture that thrives here.

I'm a Colorado native who grew up in Denver/Aurora, and even though I've bounced around to four other places in this great state since then, Denver will always be home. I'm a walking encyclopedia of sports, music, and lots of other relatively useless albeit interesting information, a lot of which contributes to the fabric of the culture that we all enjoy as Colorado residents.  I joined Colorado Culture simply as a creative outlet at first, but over time as we've expanded, so has my role.  I couldn't be happier to be a part of this community, and can't wait to see what the future has in hold for both our aim of spreading culture, but also hopefully providing an avenue that allows other people to grow and live their dreams as well.  Cheers, Cultureheads!

Colorado Culture Approved 12/11 - 12/17

Colorado Culture Approved 12/11 - 12/17

In years' past we've tweaked the format of this weekly events list based on who was writing it.  It's gone from a comprehensive list of everything going on at every venue along the Front Range over any given week, all the way to a select few events that we felt would deliver a unique cultural experience.  Going forward, it's going to become a bit of a hybrid on a week to week basis, depending on what is actually on the docket.  With the holidays being here (and the fact that we literally gave you some ideas for holiday activities a mere two days ago), this week we're sticking with the shows.  And not all of them, just the can't miss ones.  Weeks like this make you want to have the ability to be multiple places at once, and although that's commonplace here in Denver, it doesn't make the FOMO any less real.  Don't sleep on any of these shows if you can help it, and we'll see you out there party people. 

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Alt-Christmas

Alt-Christmas

Everybody knows about the prototypical Christmas activities to do around here: Blossoms of Light at the Botanic Gardens, ZooLights at the Denver Zoo, various Santa's workshops, going to a performance of The Nutcracker, skating rinks, etc.  Those are all well and good, but we're always looking to get into things that are a bit more off of the beaten path.  So here are a few suggestions to help get you into that Christmas spirit!  (Cover photo by J. Mimna Photography).

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Factual Fridays

Factual Fridays

Earlier this week, our fearless leader (who diligently follows every Colorado-themed social media page...because somebody has to do it) caught one of the myriad Facebook pages dedicated to Colorado nature photography pulling a fast one - COUGH Love Colorado COUGH.  They had harvested a stock image of the Baatara Gorge waterfall/Cave of Three Bridges located in Tannourine, Lebanon and tried to pass it off as Timberline Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park to gather a bunch of likes and attention.  Check the two photos below, and see for yourself which one is Colorado and which one isn't.

We get it ok?  Social media is all about garnering attention.  It feeds the inner narcissist in all of us.  We're not even saying that there is anything inherently wrong with that.  What grinds our gears the most however, is people going about that the wrong way.  And Love Colorado isn't the only page we've caught doing that - we'd list them all here but there are literally too many to count and that would take away from the point.  So we just wanted to dedicate this post to the people who truly appreciate this great state we live in, and give you all some authentic images to look at.  Photo credits are as follows (but in no particular order): Josh Noreen, Bryan Verschoor, Andy Immerman, Allie Conklin, Somer Mock, Matt England, Brendan Bell, and myself.  These are not stock internet images: we took these because we actually live here, go to these places, and see these things in real life.  Feel free to give our Instagram a follow @coloradoculture for more images just like this, and enjoy!

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Are Distilleries the New Breweries?

Are Distilleries the New Breweries?

We published an article earlier this week about the craft beer bubble, and that got us thinking a bit.  Colorado is a state known for producing a large quantity of quality craft brews, but what about spirits?  Since the weekend is upcoming, we figured we'd hit you with a list of places to indulge that other part of your palette.  

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Why Recreation is An Important Part of Sustainable Living

Why Recreation is An Important Part of Sustainable Living

By definition, sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the earth's natural resources and personal resources.  So what exactly does this mean?  Well for starters, it can mean reducing your own carbon footprint by a variety of means: mainly alternate modes of transportation, creative energy consumption, and consuming foodstuffs as part of a diet geared towards this ultimate goal.  Sounds great in theory, right?  Well let’s delve a bit further shall we?

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Denver's Best Coffee

Denver's Best Coffee

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you know that the Ink! Coffee location in RiNo (I hate that acronym) has drawn much ire for their misguided attempt at marketing contained on the sign above.  So much so that tagging the storefront and bricking their windows has become more common than actually going there for coffee.  Regardless of their faux pas however, Ink! was never the best spot to get coffee in and around Denver anyway.  So if you're tiring of all the social activism and in need of a pick-me-up, here are some other LOCAL places who are proud to be part of their neighborhood where you can go to do just that - and some of them even serve booze too, so go ahead and take notes here Ink!  (NOTE: these are listed in no particular order). 

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Orange Blush

Orange Blush

At this point in the NFL season, I’ve completely run out of superlatives/excuses in regard to this iteration of the Denver Broncos.  Any time you’re mentioned in the same sentence as the Cleveland Browns says more than enough.  With that in mind, I ran across a Facebook post last week from Ring-of-Famer and Orange Crush lynchpin Karl Mecklenburg that described them perfectly (quote has been edited for clarity, any emphasis placed is mine):

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Is Our Craft Beer Bubble About to Burst?

Is Our Craft Beer Bubble About to Burst?

One major characteristic of anything that experiences explosive growth in popularity, there is always the underlying thought of “when will it end?”  Maybe it’s due to the bubbles that we’ve already seen burst (dot coms, real estate, etc) that causes this skepticism, either way it’s not completely unfounded, especially with concern to two of the things that seemingly dominate our local culture of late: electronic music (more on that at a later date) and craft beer.

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Decadon Remixes Illenium/Kerli

Decadon Remixes Illenium/Kerli

We first interviewed Decadon aka Donnie Miller a few years ago, when he was already making waves in the Denver scene with his heavy hitting brand of bass.  Since then, we've watched as Donnie has made some great strides, with some headlining shows under his belt here locally, as well as a few festival appearances to boot.  As 2017 comes to a close, he's looking to turn the corner and broaden his already sizeable audience even more.


 By now, most of you should already be familiar with another local producer making a name for himself: Illenium.  One thing is for certain, his musical style is a bit of a contrast to what Donnie is known for, which is why this flip is such a refreshing take on the original, as he's clearly broadening his repertoire here, and we can't wait to see what he's got in store for 2018.

 If you can't wait either, then mark your calendars for this date here at the Bluebird, and we'll see you on the rail. 

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5 Essential Local Burgers

5 Essential Local Burgers

Today is a red-letter day for fast food aficionados here in Colorado, native and transplant alike.  This is because the much anticipated arrival of California-based burger chain In-N-Out has finally announced their intention to expand here, making Colorado Springs the site of their regional headquarters, distribution facility for the Front Range, and their first restaurant.  But before you ravenous cult-members get too excited, these plans are strictly preliminary - meaning a timeline has yet to be established as to when we can all walk in and get a taste of those delicious burgers that we’re used to having to travel west for.

That in mind, we’ve decided to craft a list of our favorite places to get burgers here locally to tide us over until the day when we can slake that craving for a 3x3 Animal Style (my personal favorite).  It is also important to note that this list is comprised solely of opinions of this writer, feel free to send all complaints/beefs (see what I did there) to me, because sometimes arguments brighten up my day!

 

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Review — Gryffin's Castle in the Sky Tour

Review — Gryffin's Castle in the Sky Tour

Sup Cultureheads?  It’s been a while.  Being that I’ve spent the majority of 2017 haunting many of the underground music venues here in Denver, when I was offered a chance to cover Gryffin’s sold-out Denver leg of his Castle in the Sky tour, I felt the need to embrace the change of pace. Since the start of his career, Gryffin has gained recognition for remixing some well-known songs such as Tove Lo's "Talking Body", Maroon 5's "Animals" and Years & Years' "Desire”, branding each with his self-described “melodic house” style of production.

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Higher Society New Years Eve Feat. Stooki Sound and Alex and Allison Grey

Higher Society New Years Eve Feat. Stooki Sound and Alex and Allison Grey

With so many options available on New Year’s Eve, when choosing your activity you have so many things to consider.  Company, venue (if you’re the extroverted type), music, etc.  And especially in a place like Denver, where the options on said holiday are virtually limitless, it’s paramount that you choose wisely.

Decadence was clearly the main show in town.  That’s no secret, and hasn’t been for quite some time.  But for those interested in taking in a show within a bit more intimate of a venue, the homies over at SOCO Nightlife District and Souls in Action Entertainment set up something which turned out to be quite the treat.  With an eclectic lineup featuring a bevy of different visual and musical artists, the New Year’s Eve party they hosted at City Hall stood in stark contrast to the rest of the parties taking place that night.  Amongst the variety of influences present in the lineup however, two luminaries stand out above the others: I’m talking of course about artist Alex Grey and London’s own Stooki Sound.

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Colorado Culture Approved: Snowboard on the Block Festival 10/14-10/15

Colorado Culture Approved: Snowboard on the Block Festival 10/14-10/15

Fall is officially here.  At the time of this writing, the temperature outside sits at a balmy 38 degrees fahrenheit, leaving no doubt about the change of seasons being official.  And in Colorado, the onset of fall means a few different things - in terms of sports or otherwise.  For pro sports, it means that baseball season is over (the Rockies are not in the playoffs, as is tradition), and that Broncos season is in full swing.  But in terms of other non-team sports, it also means that the time to trek to the mountains and ride on snow is drawing nigh, and for many Colorado residents, that represents the best portion of the calendar year.

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Visine for the Bloodstream: The only way to cure your GABF hangover

Visine for the Bloodstream: The only way to cure your GABF hangover

It’s that time of year again Cultureheads: the time when the convention center downtown opens it’s doors to host the biggest event of it’s kind in the country.  An event that is the quintessential adult playground.  No kids allowed, just hopheads only.  It’s the biggest annual event hosted by this space not featuring anyone named Lorin (ok well maybe someone will be in the building who has that name, but I digress).  It’s time, of course, for the annual Great American Beer Festival.

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Cloak & Dagger Helpful Hints & Tips

Cloak & Dagger Helpful Hints & Tips

Being that the calendar has turned to October and we’re now officially into fall, some of you make think that festival season is over.  For outdoor festivals (in most of the country), this certainly rings true. However, we’re not done with festival season quite yet here in Colorado.

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Colorado Sounds Mixed Up Mondays: Fun Da Mentalist

Colorado Sounds Mixed Up Mondays: Fun Da Mentalist

Another Monday, another mix from some outstanding local talent.  This one comes straight outta Aurora, courtesy of Derek Grant aka Fun Da Mentalist.  Here you'll find a mix of some downtempo, some soul, and some hip hop.  We've been following Derek for a while so (much like all of these mixes) we're excited to share this one with you.

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Cloak & Dagger: Freddy Rule

Cloak & Dagger: Freddy Rule

One of the aspects of Cloak & Dagger, and this is something that we’ve previously alluded to, is the strong representation of local talent within the lineup that are all doing their part to push the local scene forward and help it grow.  In that regard, this week’s artist Freddy Rule is no exception.  We met with him in his home studio to chat a bit about life and music.

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Unlimited Gravity Single Release

Unlimited Gravity Single Release

Today we’ve got a special one for you: Mile High Sound Movement heavy hitter Unlimited Gravity has released some new flavor for your ears just ahead of his three show run with the Unlimited Aspect (Unlimited Gravity/Project Aspect) live band along with Zoogma.

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An Evening With PhaseOne

An Evening With PhaseOne

The first thing to understand about Graeme Duffy, aka PhaseOne, is that he’s not your normal run-of-the-mill computer music making producer.  Sure, he’s trained in other instruments (guitar, piano, and drums), but his musical influences run much deeper than that.

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Are You SoDown to Get Funky This Weekend?

Are You SoDown to Get Funky This Weekend?

The good homie SoDown has made some serious strides since we started following him.  Not only has this bass-loving funkaholic sold out his first local headline earlier this year, and has been spreading his brand of bass all across the country this summer.  We caught up with him before another co-headline show with Muzzy Bear at City Hall this Saturday.  We've got some new music for you as well!

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