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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.

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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Vomitstep Producer Snails Talks Red Rocks, The Shell, & National Taco Day

Vomitstep Producer Snails Talks Red Rocks, The Shell, & National Taco Day

If you’ve never heard of Canadian Vomitstep producer SNAILS you sure have now. This Sluggtopia king completely (s)nailed his audience with his filthy, froggy, wompy bass lines on Friday night while debuting his brand new album and stage production ‘The Shell’. With support from  NGHTMRE, Joyryde, SQUNTO, Boogie T, Must Die!, and LAXX, this was definitely an event that nobody wanted to miss. We had the opportunity to catch up with Snails before his sold out Red Rocks show, check out the Colorado Culture interview here:

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Calling All Slugs! Sluggtopia 2017 Preview

Calling All Slugs! Sluggtopia 2017 Preview
Every year Red Rocks Amphitheater hosts a variety of musical genres and artists and each year Coloradans eagerly sit and wait to hear what artists will be announced. This year Frédérik Durand, otherwise known as Snails, announced one of the biggest events of the year to be featured on the rocks.
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Arise Music Festival 2017 Review

Arise Music Festival 2017 Review
Once again festival goers arrived in masses to take on Arise festival 2017. Celebrating their
fifth year up and running the turnout was beautiful to say the least. Crowds full of smiling faces
sprinkled the grounds. Seems like being surrounded by beautiful mountain views and lovely
tunes will do that to a person. Personally, I thought what truly made the festival magnificent
were the interactive workshops, classes, discussions, village areas and art.
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Eminence Ensemble Talks Summer Tour, Electric Forest, and Upcoming Colorado Show

Eminence Ensemble Talks Summer Tour, Electric Forest, and Upcoming Colorado Show

The crew at Colorado Culture had the opportunity to chat with Johnny, Taylor, and Justin of Eminence Ensemble before the crew took off on their last leg of tour. Check out the exclusive interview here! 

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Arise Music Festival 2017: Preview

Arise Music Festival 2017: Preview

 

With less than one week until Arise music festival, Colorado is gearing up for one of the state's most cherished and well put together events. Arise is entering into its fifth year in colorful Colorado, and the festival is known for bringing diverse music to the community and inspiring a better tomorrow through community efforts. As many of us already know, the best part about a music festival isn't the music, but the community it brings. Arise captures this essence better than any other festival we've ever been too, and they continue to improve on this year after year.

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Sonic Bloom 2017 Review

Sonic Bloom 2017 Review

In life as we grow older it becomes harder and harder for us to find magic in the world around us. There aren’t many places we can go where we can say we feel something monumentally positive. These are the kind of places we can find our truest selves in. Places often full of love, music, community and nature. Places like Sonic Bloom.

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Sonic Bloom 2017 Preview

Sonic Bloom 2017 Preview

As the 2017 festival season kicks off music lovers from all around prepare for one of Colorado’s biggest music festivals of the year--Sonic Bloom.

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Memorial Day Events in Denver

Memorial Day Events in Denver

It’s that time of year again and summer in Colorado is just right around the corner. Memorial Day Weekend is almost here, but before you fire up your BBQ with friends and family make sure to check out these Denver area Memorial Day events:


Veterans Memorial Day Tribute:

May 27:  POF Hall

10am-Noon

Honoring veterans is the most important part of Memorial Day.  The tribute will honor Colorado’s fallen heroes and military sacrifice of all soldiers.  The event will have name readings, biographies and stories of soldiers, music, and the Wreath Remembrance ceremony.  This touching event is free and open to the public.


Colorado Remembers:

May 27: Springhill Community Park, Aurora

11am-3pm

Commemoration to soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice, the concert will feature The Denver Brass, Legacy, USAF, Honor Guard, and Celtic Colorado Pipe and Drums.  The remembrance concert will have a military ceremony honoring those who have served, with inspirational stories in front of the Colorado Freedom Memorial.

  


Denver Day of Rock:

16th Street Mall

May 27: All day

Five stages along the 16th Street Mall will be filled with local artists performing for this one-day rock festival.  The  festival brings together Denver communities with performances for all ages.  Proceeds for the event will benefit Amp the Cause, a nonprofit designed to improve the lives of children by bringing communities together.    


Denver Arts Week - Stapleton Conservatory Green:

May 27-28:  Saturday: 10-6pm    Sunday 10-5pm

Over 100 of Colorado’s best artists and a select group of national artists will showcase visual artists.  The goal is to promote artists that call Colorado home and inspire them by nationally recognized artists.  There will be live performances from Dotsero and The Wendy Woo Band.  Kids will have the opportunity to create their own artwork at the mini painting party.  


Water World Opening Day:

8801 N Pecos St, Federal Heights, CO 80260

10am-6pm

Enjoy the warm weather with opening day at Waterworld, Colorado’s biggest outdoor water amusement park. With more tube rides than any other amusement park in America, Waterworld is rated as one of the top ten water parks by the Water Channel.


Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Coors Field

May 26-28:   

Fri, 5/26 @ 6:40p

Sat, 5/27 @ 7:10p  

Sun, 5/28 @ 1:10p

Join Colorado’s own Colorado Rockies vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.  This family friendly baseball game is sure to be an exciting event.  

Buy tickets here


Boulder Creek Festival:

Downtown Boulder along Boulder Creek

May 27- 29:  Fri 10am-7pm    

Sat 10am-7pm     

Sun 10am-5pm

Kickoff your summer out of the busy city at Boulder Creek.  The three day festival will have over 500 vendors featuring community arts and crafts, healthy food choices, and music.  There will also be a carnival rides for the kids and a beer garden for adults.   

 

 

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Colorado Culture Approved 5/21-5/27

Colorado Culture Approved 5/21-5/27

Colorado Culture Approved May 21st through May 27th..

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