See Tree of Life, Celebrate One Year of Ernie Quiroz at DFS

Tree of Life
Denver Film Society programming manager Ernie Quiroz has been on the job for a year now. In that time, he's learned that Denver film audiences are nothing if not surprising. "There's some films that I did that I thought would go over great, and just utterly bombed," he says. "And then some that I thought, 'Okay, this might work,' that just ended up blowing away my expectations. You just never know what's going to hit and what's going to happen."

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The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in September

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School's back in session -- bad news for the young, great news for parents -- and fall is almost here. The end of summer is always a little heartbreaking, but even as the weather cools, the geek scene is just heating up. September is full of great geeky things for Denverites to do, from classic geek films to the region's premier anime convention; here are ten of the best.

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Five Life Lessons Learned at the Wake Up Festival

Deborah Lopez
Elizabeth Gilbert brought down the Wake Up house on Saturday night.

A collection of visionaries, luminaries and live-your-best-life movers-and-shakers met at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park this past week for the Wake Up Festival, which is orchestrated every year by Boulder's own Sounds True media company. This year's lineup included Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love), k.d. lang, Jill Bolte Taylor, Rick Hanson, Seane Corn, Mark Nepo and many more. With keynote and session titles like "Tools for Peace," "Reduced to Joy" and "Filling the Hole in Your Heart," there were myriad lofty lessons to be gleaned from the teachings on hand; here are our top five.

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Five Tips for S&M Newbies

Categories: Events, Lists, Sex

If you've ever wanted to get kinky, this is the weekend to start. Tonight Beyond the Bedroom will host Coming Out Kinky: A Grown Up Comedy at Shine in Boulder; tomorrow it will offer "Welcome to S&M: A Gentle Introduction" at Denver's Dangerous Theater, with discussion/demonstrations of masochism, bondage, discipline and submission. According to Beyond the Bedroom's Daka Dan, "This workshop will help people identify different areas they might be interested in playing with, how to get started with it and to understand that it is completely normal to have these desires."

S&M can be both scary and exhilarating for people dabbling in it for the first time, so here is our list of five beginner's tips for S&M. And a bonus sixth: Make sure to pick out an awesome safe word/phrase like "banana," or "liquid hot magma."

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Five Tips for Coming Out Kinky

Categories: Events, Lists, Sex

Beyond the Bedroom will host Coming Out Kinky -- A Grown Up Comedy at Shine tomorrow night. Jean Franzblau's comedy is about a woman's path of sexual exploration; she plays twenty characters in the show. Beyond the Bedroom Executive Director Daka Dan describes the actress/playwright as "not a 'full-time' kinkster who has only relatively recently been on this path." As a result, "she has great insights for those on their initial steps into this truly wondrous world."

Kink can truly be another world for newbies -- a world full of new experiences, new challenges and, hopefully, new paddles, floggers and nipple clamps. In advance of the show, we're offering five tips for coming out kinky: Welcome to the jungle, and forget almost everything you learned in Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Adironnda, a Spokesbeing from the 17th Dimension, Will Be at Isis Tomorrow

Marilyn Harper will be at Isis Bookstore on Saturday with Adironnda.
Isis Bookstore will host a spokesbeing from the 17th dimension, Adironnda, at the store tomorrow. In advance of her appearance, we spoke with Marilyn Harper, who is the human channel for Adironnda. "The mode of the wake-up call is question and answer," she says. "If something is blocking you, we can start to remove it. We can activate a project or provide some new insight on a quest. The event is completely interactive. We sit and we talk. It is based on the audience's needs and orders and we gather over divine order."

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Urban Nights Put the Spotlight on Mondo Guerra and Other Denver Designers

All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
On August 1, the second annual Urban Nights fashion show, sponsored by the Joseph Family Foundation, brought a fashion extravaganza to Mile High Station that benefited homeless youth while showcasing local designers. One of those designers was Mondo Guerra, who's gained national acclaim on Project Runway and Under the Gunn but continues to be based in Denver; he created a special collection for this event.

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Out With the Old Wardrobe, in With the New at Denver Swap Shop

Categories: Events, Fashion

You look good, of course, but you could look better. Maybe it's time to update those skinny jeans to something more flattering, or maybe you're just tired of rocking vintage grunge flannel and are ready to move on to the next nostalgic revival. Whatever fashion-forward look you see in your immediate future, chances are good you can find it -- and cheaply! -- at the Denver Swap Shop.

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RiffTrax's Kevin Murphy on Making Fun of Godzilla

Roland Emmerich's Godzilla is in for some much-deserved ridicule.
Roland Emmerich's 1998 take on the kaiju classic Godzilla is rightly reviled by both fans of the original and anyone else who hasn't suffered brain trauma. But among one select audience -- fans of RiffTrax, to be specific -- it's been in great demand for years. When RiffTrax Live: Godzilla hits theaters on August 14, that demand, however inexplicable, will be fulfilled at last -- and no one is better suited to make fun of it than the RiffTrax crew. Michael J. Nelson and Bill Corbett join Kevin Murphy -- all Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni -- for a live lampooning that should be the most fun it's possible to have with Emmerich's bloated monstrosity of a monster movie. Before the fun starts tomorrow night, we caught up with Murphy to talk about the awfulness of the movie, how riffing this one compares to making fun of old-school kaiju, and why it's easier to make fun of really, really stupid films.

See also: RiffTrax's Kevin Murphy on Birdemic and Mystery Science Theater 3000's legacy

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The ten best geek events in Denver in August

Categories: Events, Lists

Brandon Marshall
Zombies at the Denver County Fair.
If you're ready to get out of this unseasonal rain and have some good, clean (and dry) geek fun indoors, August will make you a very happy nerd. Two cons, one weird county fair and more movies than you can shake are just some of the highlights of a month packed full of great geek fun. Here are August's ten best geek events.

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