Seven Ways to Celebrate the Fall Equinox

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It might still feel like summer with temperatures in the '80s, but it's hard to ignore those crunchy amber Aspen leaves accumulating beneath our feet, or the plump Gala apples brightening up waning famers' market stands. As the sounds, tastes and colors of fall gradually hit Denver, it is time to revel in the annual harvest our town has produced. And what better way to rejoice than with a festival honoring the fall equinox, the time when day and night are nearly equal in duration and summer is officially over, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac, and sometimes called the Pagan Thanksgiving in magical communities. Shift into the new season with one of these Autumnal Equinox events.

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Author Cheryl Strayed Is Ready to Get Wild in Denver Friday

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Reese Witherspoon stars as Cheryl Strayed in Wild.
In 1995, after the death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed looked for comfort by dabbling in sex and heroin. When that only made her problems worse, Strayed embarked on an ambitious journey to hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail. In 2012 Strayed turned her trek into a memoir: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. This Friday, September 19, Strayed will be at the Paramount Theatre to talk about her book and the upcoming film version starring Reese Witherspoon.

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Tell Your Story at the Moth Mainstage in Denver This Month

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The Moth is coming to Denver! The internationally beloved, true-stories-told-live-on-stage-without-notes series will host a Moth Mainstage event (the theme is "When Worlds Collide") on Tuesday, September 30, at the Paramount Theatre. And it needs one more storyteller -- a local one -- to join the four others who'll be standing up to share pieces of their lives.

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Hold Your Horses! Six Amazing Facts About Odysseo

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If you've seen the billboards around town for Odysseo, which opens on Wednesday, September 17, in the Pepsi Center parking lot, then you know that tastemeister Larry King says this horse-and-acrobat extravaganza "surpasses the world's greatest shows." In fact, there's a lot of hyperbole surrounding the performance, but after chatting with Cavalia founder and Odysseo artistic director Normand Latourelle -- who humbly (no, really) calls Odysseo "the most beautiful show in the world" -- we have the feeling that this is one spectacle that lives up to the hype. Here are six facts that help support that stance:

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Zombies, Booze and the Pub Crawls of the Dead

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Zombies and booze go great together because, well, booze goes great with everything. Besides, when the undead are clawing at your door, doing their best to feast on your entrails and you're trapped inside with no possible escape, do you want to face that fate sober? No. No, you do not. This Saturday, the End of the World Pub Crawl (starting at The Armoury, or one of several other bars on that same block) is celebrating the wonders of combining drinking and zombies by sending a horde of zombies to eat your brains as you attempt to complete a pub crawl and destroy those same brains with tasty, tasty alcohol. To get you in the spirit, we've compiled this handy list of films that put the experience of drinking in the undead apocalypse front and center -- or at least inspire your next movie-drinking game.

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International Film Series Offers a Trifecta of Terry Gilliam

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Terry Gilliam fans have reason to be very happy -- not only does he have a brand-new film, The Zero Theorem, opening in just over a week, but this week the International Film Series is showing two of his classic movies -- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Fisher King -- to prep you for the latest dose of Gilliam's divine madness.

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On Trend: Neon Colors Our World at DISH and Dateline

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
Bright, bold colors are making a splash on the Denver streets -- just in time for the transition between summer and fall. This week we noticed neon colors at Dateline gallery, as well as at DISH. Keep reading to learn why these fashionistas prefer their wardrobe with a heavy dose of color -- and where they shop.

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John Varvatos Pop-Up Shop at Goldyn Tomorrow -- Fashion and Rock and Roll!

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The John Varvatos menswear line will pop up tomorrow at Goldyn, the high-style boutique in Highland, which will host a pop-up shop. Varvatos is a legend in the menswear industry, known for offering the best in design, tailoring and fabrication, all with a rock-and-roll edge. The fall/winter 2014 collection will be on display from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 6, with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m.

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Governor Jack Brings Betsy Sodaro and More National Improv Stars to Denver

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Los Angeles comedian Betsy Sodaro is this month's guest for Governor Jack Watches You Sleep.
Denver's Governor Jack has been busy in 2014 -- the improv group has been performing across the U.S. this year, hitting the Detroit Improv Festival, the Omaha Improv Festival, the Del Close Marathon in New York and, most recently, the Out of Bounds Comedy festival in Austin. The troupe of funny dudes is slated to perform at the SLC Comedy Carnivale in Salt Lake at the end of the month, but not before they throw down with their own signature monthly show, Governor Jack Watches You Sleep, at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse this Friday, September 5.

This weekend's edition of the part interview-part improv event promises to be a good one, with Los Angeles-based comedic genius Betsy Sodaro coming out to Denver just for the show. Governor Jack has seen some exciting changes in the last few months, too, revamping its While You Sleep show to create a whole new comedy experience.

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The Ten Best Comedy Events in Denver this September

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As the year lumbers toward autumn and Denver shakes off its summer-festival hangovers, our city's bleary-eyed revelers have few better live entertainment options than comedy. From a nice roster of comedy-club headliners rolling through town to a banner month for some of Denver's most esteemed local showcases to a greedily stacked comedy festival, comedy fans have solid options nearly every week. Seriously, September is packed with so many great shows that we could easily double the list and glaring omissions would still abound. And the lineup gets off to a very strong start today.

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