Things that intrigue me are my job. If something is problematic or beautiful, it is my job to discover why and write about it," author Chuck Klosterman told a crowd Tuesday at the Auraria campus, home to three colleges.
"Now I get to come and speak at colleges like this, and sometimes I even wonder why all of you are listening to me. It seems dreamlike. I have been in a twelve-year-long dream."More »
In January, the Denver branch of the national TED think tank staged its first-ever salon (and second-ever event). The evening's three hours of discussions and performances featured seven area personalities sharing their Ideas Worth Spreading -- with a couple even marking return performances with progress updates. The low-key evening, styled after an eighteenth century salon, was limited to a maximum audience of 300 people at RedLine Gallery, compared to the 1,800 who flocked to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House last year for the full-day TEDx conference.
Dr. Allen Lim pedals around the stage at last year's inaugural event.
But if you missed basking in all the Colorado inspiration, there's time to catch up between now and the next big event in June. All of this year's salon presentations are now available on YouTube -- and below the jump.More »
Wonder what's going to happen on December 21? Ed Barnhart, director of the esteemed Maya Exploration Center, has been studying the Mayans since long before 2012 conspiracy theorists dreamed up this whole end-of-the-world thing, and he'll be lecturing on "Misunderstanding the Maya: 2012 and Why You Shouldn't Worry" at the Denver Art Museum on Sunday, February 19, at 2:30 p.m.
We recently caught up with him to ask why he doesn't think we should worry, what might happen on December 21 and more:More »
"Think of it as American Idol meets Bill Nye the Science Guy," says David Grinspoon, astrobiology curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. This is his best description of FameLab, an international competition for young scientists that has made its way across the pond for the first time ever; Denver was one of only three cities that was asked to host. Tonight, FameLab will challenge beginning career scientists to communicate their passions to an audience of laypeople. Only one winner will move on.
Every TEDx event is many things, and all of them are happening at once. A cross between a theater and a lecture hall, the discussion series follows a creative combination of performance and insight, becoming a circus for the mind. And tonight, local chapter TEDx Mile High will reinvision an abridged version: Introducing the TEDx Mile High Salon.
Courtesy of TEDx Mile High Dr. Allen Lim at last year's inaugural event.
In the video documentary Flashing on the Sixties, by Lisa Law (, whose photographs are on view through February at the Byers-Evans House Museum), it's noted that even in the early alternative hippie world of communes and cohabitation, women still did the traditional "woman's work" -- they cooked and watched after the children, while the men did the hard labor and drove the wildly painted buses.
David Sedaris is a tiny man with a huge life. Truly, the man is pretty darn small, and though his voice sounds like that of a timid librarian, it packs a biting combination of charm and painful humor that's strong enough to ring through even the spaciousness of the Paramount.
Last night's lecture by the frequent New Yorker and NPR contributor found him reading from previously published nonfiction and his equally hilarious diary with a pace that paused just for laughter -- and then only to prevent some sort of rupture. In honor of his wry and refined sense of humor, Show and Tell collected ten of his funniest lines. (If it's even possible, they might be funnier without their original context -- or at least weirder.)More »
Jonathan Franzen is a great American novelist in large part because he has written a great American novel -- two, in fact. Last night's Pen & Podium lecture at the Newman Center found the charming and occasionally awkward author of Freedom touching on bird watching (an enthusiastic hobby), The Moody Blues (his favorite band at age fifteen), his mother's last words to him ("Well, you're an eccentric"), Twitter (he doesn't use it), his early sexual inexperience (shame), and the realities of turning one of those great American books into a great American HBO series. In the spaces between anecdotes, he talked about writing, plain but never quite simple.
Courtesy of Macmillan
If you've ever wanted to be a comic artist, you should probably reconsider because there's no money in it. But if you're anything like a comic book artist, you're stubborn and you will not listen, so you might as well get off on the right foot -- and Illiterate's Talk & Draw series is a good place to start. Once a month, the gallery plays host to one established comic book artist (past visitors have included Sam Spina and Westword's Noah van Sciver) and lets them talk about what they do and how they do it -- and then get you doing what they do.
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