How to Tell the Difference Between a Hipster and a Bro

Categories: Hipsters

Bro vs. Hipster

The first Bro Show - billed as "everything a man needs, all in one place" - filled the Denver Mart with classic cars, mixed-martial-arts contests, beer pong, guns, food, women in tight T-shirts, and beer, lots of beer, over this past weekend. But amid all this manly merchandise, one thing was definitely in short supply: hipsters.

Although hipsters appreciate irony, they could get a heaping helping of that just by donning a flannel shirt and stopping in at the nearest sports bar to suck down a PBR or two, completely incognito.

Here, for those who missed the Bro Show, is our handy guide to distinguishing bros from hipsters.

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10 Things to Do for $10 in Denver This Weekend (4 Free!), October 24-26

Categories: 10 for $10


October happens to be the national month to celebrate sarcasm, pizza and being a vegetarian. So, if you've fallen behind in partaking in any of these activities, this is the weekend where you can participate in several events that will get you back on track. Add in comedy and pumpkin chucking, and the weekend before Halloween is shaping up as an exciting one. The Westword calendar has a complete listing of all happening around town, and if we forgot any, mention them in the comments below.

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Review: Chuck Parson Builds Momentum With a Huge Show at Z Art Department

Categories: Art review

A group of small Parson sculptures.

Chuck Parson: Still and Centered Point
Z Art Department
1136 Speer Boulevard

Chuck Parson, who helped pioneer the conceptual abstraction movement around here forty years ago, is the subject of a major outing at Z Art Department called Still and Centered Point. The exhibit includes more than sixty installations, sculptures and drawings, most of which feature three-dimensional elements.

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Author Amy Ferris Talks About George Clooney, Menopause and Midlife Crises

Categories: Books

Courtesy Amy Ferris
Amy Ferris deals with her midlife crisis in Marrying George Clooney.
Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From a Midlife Crisis isn't actually a how-to book penned by newlywed Amal Clooney. Rather, it's a memoir written by Amy Ferris chronicling her journey through menopause. Waking up in the middle of the night, Ferris would fantasize about marrying Clooney and simultaneously Google her ex-boyfriends, all while on Ambien.

On Saturday, Ferris will be doing a book signing and reading from Marrying George Clooney at the BookBar. Westword spoke with Ferris about menopause, life crises and Clooney's new wife.

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Five Foreign-Language Films That Will Scare You in Five Different Languages

"Audition" features one of the most sinister villains with one of the most delicate appearances.
Nightmares tap into our subconscious and scare us based on our feelings, which is why fear knows no language barriers. So, while the world's cultures are blaringly different, our terrors are universal. The world of foreign horror cinema is also extensive and terrifying, and a plethora of American scary movies have actually been remakes of international flicks, including The Ring, The Grudge and Let the Right One In. And the usual consensus is that the original is scarier.

Go beyond our national borders and check out what frightens the rest of the world. Here are the top five scariest foreign films.

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Five Lesser Works of John Carpenter That Are Worth Exploring

Categories: Geek Speak

If you don't recognize this John Carpenter film, you're missing out.
John Carpenter is a goddamned genius. Throughout the late '70s and well into the '80s, the best B-movie director to ever live cranked out a startling number of classic films. Not everything he touched during that period turned to gold -- his adaptation of Stephen King's Christine is pretty mediocre, for example, though even that is an accomplishment considering the source material -- but for more than a decade he could do no wrong. His list of classics includes Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China, and that's just scratching the surface. Dig a little deeper and you'll find a collection of gems in the rough and forgotten films that, while they don't measure up to his best work, are still enjoyable, action-packed fun. One of those films, his debut Dark Star, is showing tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse as part of Jason Heller's Science Friction series. You should definitely go, and then catch up on the rest of his best overlooked material -- enough to keep your Carpenter queue on Netflix full.

See also: The Fly and Four More Horror Film Remakes That Don't Suck

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Denver Modern Home Tour Shows Off the Latest in Local Architecture

Courtesy of Denver Modern Home Tour.
One stop on the tour, 3510 West 18th Avenue in Denver, designed by Studio HT Architecture.
Walk around any neighborhood in Denver and it is easy to see how fast the city is growing -- new architecture seems to be popping up around every corner. This Saturday, October 25, four newly-built homes will open their doors to the public for a closer look as part of the annual Denver Modern Home Tour. See these new builds from the inside out and get to know some of Denver's top designers and architecture firms through their work on this one-of-a-kind tour focusing on the best in contemporary living spaces.

See also: Ken Schroeppel's DenverInfill blog keeps a close eye on the city's growth and development

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Tariana Navas-Nieves

Tariana Navas-Nieves with artist Xi Zhang.
#49: Tariana Navas-Nieves

As Director of Cultural Affairs for Denver Arts & Venues, Tariana Navas-Nieves puts her background as a museum curator to work in a million different ways. As she notes in detail below, Navas-Nieves oversees every aspect of the city's cultural face, from its highly visible public art program to the details of how public funding is parsed among arts groups of every discipline. And every event you might attend at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park bears her seal of approval. To her credit, she wields her power while balancing an artful vision and her sense of duty to the city and its constituents. And in her spare time, she's both a mom and a cosmopolitan fashionista. Learn more from her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

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Review: Our Vulnerable Western Landscape Stars in Two Solo Shows at Robischon

Categories: Art review

Robischon Gallery
"In Every Dry Gully, an Ache Lingers," by Kevin O'Connell, pigment print on aluminum.

Kevin O'Connell: Memories of Water
Lucas Foglia: Frontcountry
William Lamson: Automatic

Robischon Gallery
1740 Wazee Street

The varied and reliably dramatic vistas of the American West are the reason there's a category of work called Western art. The scenery, from mountains to plains, deserts to lakes, has a celebrity quality about it that has made our region internationally known.

And it's also the reason that artists started coming here more than 150 years ago and continue to do so today. This is the setup for two impressive solos at Robischon Gallery: Kevin O'Connell: Memories of Water and Lucas Foglia: Frontcountry. A third solo on display there, William Lamson: Automatic, isn't set around here but depicts a similar-looking landscape that's actually in South America.

See also: Review: Plus Strikes Gold With Its Final Show, Jenny Morgan: The Golden Hour

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Jeffrey B. Miller Tackles Epic Tale of Forgotten WWI Heroes and Belgian Relief

Categories: Books

Refugees fleeing Antwerp, 1914.
Jeff Miller's grandfather never talked much about how he happened to meet Jeff's grandmother while he was assisting civilian relief efforts in German-occupied Belgium during the Great War. That reticence stirred Miller's writerly curiosity about the little-known exploits of the American-led Commission for Relief in Belgium, which went to ingenious and extraordinary lengths to prevent the starvation of millions trapped behind enemy lines during the long, bloody conflict.

Thirty years ago Miller inherited many of his grandfather's CRB papers and his grandmother's diary, which offered fresh insights into that grim struggle. That led to a sprawling historical novel, a project that Miller eventually shelved, and now to something even more ambitious: a three-volume nonfiction account detailing the biggest relief effort the world had ever seen. The first volume, Behind the Lines (Millbrown Press), is showing up in bookstores this month, which coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the CRB on October 22, 1914.

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