Tonight: Two Colorado Mysteries Converge at Tattered Cover

Categories: Books

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Gary Reilly.
Two local authors will be celebrating their just-published novels at the LoDo Tattered Cover tonight -- one in the flesh, one in spirit. And since the authors have an intertwined history and the novels involve the latest exploits of series characters, it's important to keep things straight.

Former Denver Post reporter Mark Stevens will be on hand to introduce Trapline, the third in his series of mysteries featuring intrepid hunting guide Allison Coil. But the gathering will also certainly include some reminiscences about Stevens's buddy Gary Reilly, an incredibly prolific novelist who never made much of an effort to publish any of his work before his death from cancer in 2011, at the age of 61.

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Vail, Aspen, Eldora Open This Weekend

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Jack Affleck
Vail

Colorado's two glitziest, most well-known ski resorts open for the season this weekend, along with a locals' favorite, joining a few others that have so far. Vail goes first, giving customers access out of both Vail Village and Lionshead at 9 a.m., as well as return routes to both base areas. (Skiers and snowboarders are asked to observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season.) Boulder County mountain, Eldora Resort, also cranks up the lifts today, while Aspen Mountain follows on Saturday by opening the Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express, along with the Sundeck and Ajax Tavern. The mountain is opening earlier than expected, thanks to a storm that dropped 21 inches of snow.

We profiled all of Colorado's ski-country destinations in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season. We'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open, but here are our looks at Eldora, Vail and at the four mountains around Aspen.

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Blasting Off From Colorado, High Frontier Aims to Be the Most Realistic Space Game Ever

Categories: Games

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Courtesy of Joe Strout
Building a colony in High Frontier.
When the European Space Agency's Philae lander touched down on Comet 67P on November 12, millions of people were watching. For one day, the washing-machine-sized robot was the world's biggest celebrity, spawning a Google doodle and making the home page of the New York Times.

From his house in Fort Collins, software developer Joe Strout followed the probe's journey with special interest."It's a very encouraging step, for sure," Strout says. "Someday we'll be using the resources of asteroids and comets to build our own worlds, and this will be remembered as a very important day -- the first time any artifact landed on a comet."

You could say that space colonization is Strout's hobby, but that would be selling his obsession short. A software developer by profession, Strout is a self-taught student of physics who has co-authored papers on space-colony design and construction with a member of NASA's Ames Research Center. Now he's hoping to give gamers a crash course in what it takes to settle the stars.

See also: New Colorado Video Games Got a Chance to Shine at the Denver Indie Games Expo

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Dan Stafford on Cowtown Comics Fest, Kilgore Books and His John Porcellino Movie

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Noah Van Sciver
There's no shortage of fun for comics lovers in Denver, but local creators can get lost in the shuffle at some of the bigger cons. Not so at the Cowtown Comics Fest, hosted annually by Kilgore Books and happening Sunday, November 23 at Morey Middle School. Aside from John Porcellino, who no longer lives here but has deep roots in the Denver comics scene (including founding the Cowtown Comics Fest years ago), all of the talent at the fest will be people you might see scribbling away in your favorite coffee shop. That includes renowned artists such as Noah Van Sciver, Stan Yan and Karl Christian Krumpholz, as well as up-and-coming creators you haven't heard of yet. Plus, Stafford's own documentary film on Porcellino, Root Hog or Die, complete with a post-screening Q&A with Stafford and Porcellino, will close out the day's activities. Before the fest, we sat down with festival organizer Dan Stafford to find out what to expect from the fest, why it disappeared for a few years and what's so great about Denver's comics scene.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Noah Van Sciver

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Starz Denver Film Festival November 21-23 Must-Sees: Watchers of the Sky and More

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An image from Watchers of the Sky.Additional photos and videos below.
Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- including many flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies.

Today, he spotlights selections for November 21 (Watchers of the Sky), November 22 (White Shadow) and November 23 (The Overnighters).

See also: The Ten Best Movie Events in Denver in November

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Getting Healthy at the Holistic Health Care Fair

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Courtesy of Lee Hurter
The Holistic Health Care Fair takes place Saturday at the Mercury Cafe.
Thinking of all the aches and pains of winter ahead, a group of holistic healers have banded together to give the public a chance to sample their offerings -- everything from massage and herbs to acupuncture and psychotherapy -- at the Holistic Health Care Fair.

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10 Things to Do for $10 in Denver This Weekend (6 Free!), November 21-23

Categories: 10 for $10

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This is the last weekend before Thanksgiving. Before you know it, every weekend will be filled with holiday shopping, and catching up with family and friends. So take this time to save some dough and partake in everything from practicing your downward dog, meeting a hero of the comic book scene or getting your pants scared off. Don't forget the Westword calendar has a complete listing of events around town. And by all means tell us about ones we missed in the comments section below.

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Has Jennifer Lawrence Outgrown Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

Categories: Film and TV

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Can The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 keep up with the first two films? Why was the final book split into two movies? Does Katniss even want to be part of this revolution? On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we discuss all things Hunger Games before moving onto a documentary about Sheffield, England's Pulp, and finishing with a recommendation for Happy Valley, a documentary on the fallout after the Penn State scandal. Be sure to follow our hosts on Twitter: Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap), Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek), and Amy Nicholson (@theamynicholson).

Here's a full rundown of the show:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (11:50)
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (31:00)
Happy Valley (35:46)

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Review: David Menard Fills Point Gallery With Dark and Poetic Evocations of Cities

Categories: Art review

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"To Have and To Have Not," by David Menard.

Urban Grotesque
Point Gallery
765 Santa Fe Drive

The current solo at Point Gallery features work by David Menard done over the past few years. Though Menard uses photography -- both his own and appropriated photos -- he was trained in drawing and works digitally, having never used a darkroom.

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Playbill: Four Offbeat Shows for the 2014 Holiday Season in Denver

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Matt Zambrano is back as Crumpet in David Sedaris's The Santaland Diaries at Off-Center@The Jones.
Some local stages stick with the classics for the holidays, such as the Denver Center Theatre Company's A Christmas Carol and the Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker. But if you like things light and perhaps a little bit wacked, there are a few ways to buck tradition and deck the halls with plenty of jolly. Read on for four possibilities.

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