The Wire's Wendell Pierce on Sterling Farms and the economics of food

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Wendell Pierce is best known for starring in two of the best television shows ever made: as Detective Bunk Moreland on The Wire, and now as trombonist/teacher Antoine Batiste on Treme, a cinematic and music-filled character study of post-Katrina New Orleans. Like The Wire, Treme explores a constellation of factors that combine to create a range of tough realities in a complex American city -- poverty, violence and corruption, for starters. Yet the show has plenty of joy, most of it found in scenes that celebrate that inexhaustible human capacity for creativity and innovation, played out in a city determined to rebuild and survive.

Creativity and innovation, as well as a strong activist streak, drive Pierce's new venture: Sterling Fresh Foods, a chain of four grocery and convenience stores located in "high risk" urban areas, starting with the Lake Pontchartrain district of New Orleans, where Pierce grew up. And while Pierce's business model is informed by a nationwide dialogue about food and social justice, Sterling Farms is more than a platform for a philanthropic mission. Pierce will be talking about that mission and more during a free public appearance at the University of Colorado Denver on Thursday; in advance of that event, we chatted with Pierce about economics -- and groceries.

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Catch up on Colorado's past at the History Colorado Center

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A little-known chapter of indigenous Colorado history will unfold tonight when the History Colorado Center's ongoing monthly lecture series presents "And Many Wore Moccasins: The Ute, Navajo and Blackfoot Nations and World War I," with Dr. Timothy Winegard of Colorado Mesa University.

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Dreamer and doer Brandi Shigley shows you how to do what you love and love what you do
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In February, Westword will unveil its ninth class of MasterMinds -- five local creatives who go above and beyond to contribute to the arts community. But as we look ahead, it's always gratifying to see where our past MasterMinds have gone. And after eight years a member of the very first class, Brandi Shigley is still a poster girl for the case. A handbag designer, entrepreneur, musician, fashion maven, consultant and coach, she's enthusiastic and forever positive, and everything she does boils down to one bold credo: Do What You Love, Love What You Do.

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PechaKucha bites into All Things Edible tonight at Buntport

PechaKucha, the grownup show-and-tell series revived in Denver earlier this year, tonight will focus on a subject to which everyone can relate. All Things Edible will bring together an eclectic -- with a capital "E" -- group of experts together at Buntport Theater to share their viewpoints on the subject of food.

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Talk trees, not politics, at the Denver Art Museum's Logan Lecture with Lucas Reiner

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It won't be easy for some folks to get to tonight's Logan Lecture at the Denver Art Museum, with a stretch of I-25 closed during the presidential debate at the University of Denver. But it's worth braving the urban jungle to hear Lucas Reiner, who's known for, among other things, his strange portraits of Los Angeleno trees that have been altered to cohabit with urban settings.

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In honor of Book of Mormon, here's a pop history of religious satire

"I believe that ancient Jews built boats and sailed to America/I am a Mormon, and a Mormon just believes," sings Elder Price in Matt Stone and Trey Parker's iconic musical, The Book of Mormon. And while the theological irreverence of a song like "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream," or the existential send-up of self imposed ignorance in "Turn It Off," may seem gut-bustingly revolutionary, Parker and Stone are building on a tradition of god-mocking that is as old as belief itself. From Chaucer and Voltaire, to Kevin Smith and Bill Maher, comedians have continued to pull from the bottomless well of religious satire, which never seems to run dry. And while we could spend all day sifting through the vast libraries of chuckles-at-god's-expense, here's instead a microwaved version of what's been going on in the world of spiritual sarcasm in just the last forty years.

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Talk about the weather with Bill Nye the Science Guy and friends at the Boulder Theater

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You know that when the Lunar and Planetary Institute holds a conference in Boulder on the Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets, the subject matter is bound to be a bit arcane for the rest of us.

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From Andrew Carnegie to Michael Graves: Tom Noel on local library history

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Where do our libraries come from? Beginning at the turn of the last century, there was a building boom across the nation, thanks to the deep pockets of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. In Denver alone, nine Carnegie libraries were built early in the twentieth century -- five of which still operate as public book-lenders. But that's just a snippet of local library lore. For a deeper chunk of the narrative, you need to turn to "Dr. Colorado" Tom Noel, the beloved arbiter of Colorado state history, who always seems to have the inside story.

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Robert Jadin's "Venomous Snakes" slithers into CU's Museum of Natural History

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Slither up to Boulder tonight to hear herpetologist Robert Jadin lecture on "Venomous Snakes," including a new breed of pit-viper snakes belonging to the genus crotalus. "Many different biodiversities exist and have yet to be discovered," he says. Earth has just as much to be discovered on the surface as in the ocean."

Jadin has always been interested in snakes, and says he has no fear of them. But he confesses to being afraid of large felines and mammals, having encountered a growling jaguar during his studies in Peru.

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Matt Toole offers iron performance and lecture at UCD

The University of Colorado Denver is firing up its College of Arts & Media this week by bringing in iron sculptor and performance artist Matt Toole for a lecture tonight and live pour tomorrow.

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