Top ten reasons a man will appreciate the Renaissance Festival

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Colorado Renaissance
The damsels of the Faire leave little to the imagination.
Most people think of the annual Colorado Renaissance Festival -- or any Ren Faire, for that matter -- as a medieval Comic-Con. But when we visited this annual blast from the past in Larkspur, we found the Renaissance Festival an ideal place for a strapping fellow to bear witness to epic battles, execute feats of strength and kiss a damsel or two. Here are the top ten ways a man can get his machismo on at the Renaissance Festival.

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Ten best dates in Colorado this summer

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Romance is always in the air, but Colorado is especially enchanting in the summer, when you can have a lovely time outside -- or inside, escaping the heat. With so much to do during the warmer months, we've narrowed down the options to this list of ten of the best outdoor (and indoor) places to go with your beau or babe on a dream date -- with plenty of cheap or free options, too!

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Ten things you didn't know about Lakeside Amusement Park in Lakeside, Colorado

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Courtesy of Tom Lundin/The Denver Eye.
One of Lakeside's most famous rides, the Wild Chipmunk.
More than just a spot to enjoy an inexpensive evening of roller-coaster rides and soft-serve ice cream, Lakeside Amusement Park is a place packed with living history. Built in 1908, the beautiful park has stood the test of time -- and in some areas within its gates, time has actually stood still -- retaining much of the end-of-the-Victorian-era charm that makes it a unique summertime destination for locals and visitors.

We can give you a million reasons why you should visit Colorado's oldest amusement park before the season is over, but instead we've compiled a list of some not-so-well-known facts about one of the area's most mysterious, most fascinating summer attractions.

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The ten best comedy events in Denver this July

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July, with its sweltering afternoons and late evening sunsets, is filled with a kind of sun-dappled shapelessness; its days were once described by Ada Louise Huxtable as "jeweled balm for the battered spirit."

Balming the battered is also a standup comedian's job description, and this month promises a healing wave of laughs washing over our arid city, featuring seasoned chortle-mongers from across the country. From one-night only theater appearances by sitcom stars to comedy nerd heroes at local clubs, battered spirits from across the spectrum of comedy fandom will find plenty of opportunities to laugh in air-conditioned comfort.

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The ten best geek events in Denver in July

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If Fourth of July picnics and World Cup hysteria aren't doing it for you, July has plenty of geek entertainment to offer -- whether you're looking to get your game on, enjoy Star Wars in the traditional Shakespearean form or just sit in the blessedly cool, air-conditioned embrace of a movie theater while watching science-fiction classics. Here are July's ten best geek events.

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The ten best geek events in Denver for June

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Danielle Lirette
Denver Comic Con 2013
At last, Colorado has transitioned from people complaining about cold weather to people complaining about hot weather. Geeks will have no reason to complain, though: The month of June is packed full of great geek activities, and nearly all of them are indoors in air-conditioned spaces. Better even than air conditioning, these ten great geek events bring us everything from up-and-coming science fiction authors to legends of television and film.

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The ten best geek events in Denver in May

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Take a break from all the Star Wars to enjoy some zombies.
May is here, and let's hope you geeks like Star Wars. This month is packed with events tied to everyone's favorite franchise set in a galaxy far, far away since May 4 -- as in May the Fourth be with you, because geeks love puns -- is a Star Wars holiday and May marks the anniversary of the original film's release back in 1977. Don't fret if you've already had enough Jedi, Sith and Ewoks to last a lifetime, because in between those Lucasfilm bookends, there's plenty of other good geek stuff going on, too. From a celebration of robots to free comic books, these are May's best geek events:

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Stanley Film Fest programming director's picks for the fest

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R100 will kick you in your face.
Tonight at the world-famous Stanley Hotel, the Stanley Film Festival will kick off its second year with Alexandre O. Philippe's look at zombie culture, Doc of the Dead. [Disclosure: I appear in Doc of the Dead.] Sunday, the fest closes with the horror comedy What We Do in the Shadows, starring Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords. In between, more than two dozen films will show, far more than you can reasonably cram in, especially if you also make time for the audio play, the immersive horror game and the myriad other activities filling the weekend. Some of those films are from big-name horror directors -- Takashi Miike, Ti West and Nacho Vigalondo, to name a few. Some are well-loved classics. Choosing between those is a simple matter of priorities.

But with the rest, there are some hard decisions to be made -- with not much info to go on. To ease this process, we asked Landon Zakheim, the festival's programming director, for his picks for under-the-radar films for every taste, from experimental horror to horror comedy. Here, in his words, are the films to look out for -- and why you should make time for them.

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The five best friendly robots in pop culture, from Wall-E to R2-D2

Categories: Film and TV, Lists

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The always helpful C-3PO.
From HAL to the Terminator, robots in fiction play the part of the bad guy more often than not. Here in the real world, though, robots do some good work, and very little evil. You can get a taste of some of that good work this Sunday, April 13 at Robotics at the Hangar at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, where robotics clubs and companies will show off the latest and greatest in robot tech. To gear up for the show, we offer this look at five of film and television's benevolent, friendly and useful automatons as a reminder that, even in fiction, robots can be good people, too.

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The ten best comedy events in Denver this April

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April is a month of rejuvenation and light-hearted trickery, a season of pranks, afternoon showers and street-sweeping tickets. Only the truly foolish would miss out on the fine assortment of comedy shows in Denver this month. With everything from a visit from the reigning ice queen of late-night talk shows to a benefit for Down Syndrome, some great local showcases and an appearance by improviser, singer and all-round showman Wayne Brady, there's plenty of levity to carry local comedy fans through the month. Fortunately, many of these shows are free, which should provide at least a little relief to those unjustly ticketed for blocking street-sweeping operations.

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