Tuesday, December 04, 2018

We Heart Truffles

Check out the label: The first ingredient in these truffles is love.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday in Colorado

Colorado brands have deals for you this weekend.

Artifact Uprising is offering 20 percent off all its photo gifts through 11/26 with the code GIFTJOY.

The code THANKFUL will get you 25 percent off certain January and February performances of the Colorado Symphony while supplies last or through 11/26.

Animal Handmade has free shipping through Black Friday. If you miss that deal, Denver fans can buy merch in person at the More the Merrier Maker Mart from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 12/1 at DoubleButter on Galapagos in Denver.

Lena by Cassandra is offering 30 percent off everything through 11/26 with the code CYBERWKD for moms looking for stylish bags that can go to the office or out and about but were designed to hold diapers and kid supplies.

Pakems, whose packable apres ski shoes and booties are now billed as waterproof, is offering 15 percent off with code BLACKF15 on Black Friday.

Through 11/26, use code THANKYOU for 15 percent off online orders at Winter Session, which makes bags, planters, wallets, and more right in Denver.

Starting on Small Business Saturday 11/24, you can get 25 percent off handmade soaps from Remy and Rose through 11/26. Enter the code “thankful25” to redeem.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Joe Suzuki | Black Book Gallery

Some of Joe Suzuki's own brand of pop art is in Denver this month for a group show at Black Book Gallery. The opening is free and open to the public, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, 11/10.

Suzuki's Trompe l’oeil series of acrylic-on-canvas mashups of luxury logos with affordable luxuries ala Starbucks have something to say about status and labels. But his playful, cheeky Happy Accident series is what first got our attention.

It got even better in October when he posted this beaut on Instagram:

"I met Ken last year at my daughter's gymnastics meet at the Ontario Convention Center," Suzuki wrote. "I recognized him right away but I didn't want to draw attention so I quietly went up to him and told him I was a big fan. He thanked me and wished my daughter good luck. Throughout the meet, I saw him cheering for his daughter, often getting up from his seat to get a better view and to take pics of his daughter's performance. I was already a fan but I became even a bigger fan after seeing what a great family man he is."

Suzuki's management team says Jeong didn't know who Suzuki was, but Jeong did repost Suzuki on his own account.

"I know Joe would love to give that piece to Ken, but he still has the piece at his studio," says Megan on Suzuki's team.

The group show featuring some of Suzuki's work is called "Fake Views" and also includes Ryan Thomas Monahan, who is scheduled to attend. Monahan's work is the kind that probably needs to be seen in person to appreciate all the details.

See you there.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Music we're (still) listening to

A Mixtape from Ben Lee with songs featuring singers including Zooey Deschanel, Nina Persson (formerly of The Cardigans), Ian Ball, and Sean Lennon and Neil Finn, plus others.

Caro Emerald, "Back It Up"

The fancy version and the acoustic version of "Hey Love" by Quadron

New music from Milo Greene (They'll be playing with Foster the People on May 13 in Denver.)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Harvest time!

Tomato harvest from the plant on the balcony!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Obvious Child

If you've been hoping for more projects from Jenny Slate beyond Marcel the Shell with Shoes on, you'll be excited that "Obvious Child" has been turned from a short into a full-length film starring her.

During a preview screening in downtown Denver, the crowd laughed along at just about every joke in this comedy about abortion. Yes, a comedy about abortion.

This independent-minded film stands out for its frankness, uncensored comedy and honest, authentic feeling without trying too hard for punchlines. It's also at times sweet, touching and has touches of sadness. It's not just a one-dimensional movie, nor is it all crass, though there will probably be moments when you say, "I can't believe she just said that." The leads, Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy, are quite watchable.

This isn't necessarily a movie you have to see in the theater, but it certainly is more fun to watch with all your fellow moviegoers, so you can enjoy the jokes together. No matter what, watch this with a group.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Orchestra online

Songs, top dramas, shoe sales, car sales, stock trading and pizza ordering have all moved online, so why not live orchestra concerts too. The Detroit Symphony's concert tonight is available for live streaming, free, right here.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Need a snack?

Need an idea for a meat-astic snack? T happened to make this one with friends in the mountains, when we wanted a salty snack that would at least have an attempt at healthiness. It's that old-time favorite, bacon-wrapped asparagus. We did this one with an oven.

Brush some olive oil on the asparagus, cut into bite-size portions, sprinkle on some ground pepper, and wrap a few of the bite-size pieces of asparagus in bacon.

Throw in the oven at 400 degrees or so.

Ba-bam. Yum.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Veronica Mars (the movie!)

We caught a sneak peek of the long-awaited Veronica Mars movie last night, and it has plenty of treats sprinkled throughout for avid fans of the show who were left hanging when the show ended without tying up loose ends after a few seasons. The murder-mystery storyline is compelling enough to keep even Veronica Mars novices entertained enough.

The theater where we watched celebrated the screening by giving away marshmallow cupcakes to one lucky viewer.

We hadn't watched enough episodes of the TV show to get the marshmallow reference. In fact T hadn't seen the show at all. Nevertheless, the movie had some other funny jokes (that we won't spoil here) that poked fun at the movie's wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and star Kristen Bell's real life outside the show. (You'll see.) Fans who have seen every episode giggled with delight as familiar faces popped up on screen at our theater last night.  Veronica's trademark snark, the nutty characters of Neptune, Calif., and the dark and light moods of the TV show were all there in the movie.

It'll be interesting to see how many tickets the movie ends up selling.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


You've heard "Since Last Wednesday" by the Norwegian quintet Highasakite? Here's the acoustic version. They'll be stateside briefly for SXSW. Go, Norway.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

St. Louis vs Boston brass

A World Series appearance by the hometown team is usually something civic leaders cheer, but a St. Louis Symphony official worried the Cardinals' good fortune would affect ticket sales as people headed to the ballpark instead of the concert hall.

Hark! A marketing campaign is born! Take a look at how the brass of the Boston and St. Louis symphonies are having fun with the World Series with some trash talking.