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

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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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The ten best geek events in Denver in April

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April showers bring May flowers, but we geeks don't have to wait a whole month to reap the benefits of this one. This month is loaded with great times for geeks of every stripe, from pinball wizards to devotees of '80s cinema, and numerous points between. Dig in to this list of Denver's finest geek events and let your geekiness spring forth.

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Ten best comedy events in Denver this March

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As the arrival of spring melts away the remaining sludge of the February doldrums, comedy blooms anew in March. With visits from veteran standups, sets by hilarious newcomers and a chance to see the stars of TV's funniest sketch comedy series in person, there's a vast and crowded field of new entertainment options in Denver. While the lion's share of March's comedy offerings are imported, the lineup also includes a promising new free local showcase and the second round of the Comedy Works Funny Final Four contest. The fact that so many of these events take place in concert venues like the Gothic and Paramount is a testament to the drawing power of the headlining acts we have in town this month, as well as to Denver's boundless hunger for comedic entertainment. Here are the ten best comedy events to feed that hunger.

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Ten best comedy events in Denver in February

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February is winter's death rattle. The roads are sludgy, the calendar is wonky, and there's nothing to look forward to except Valentine's Day --which can often seem more of a solemn obligation than a holiday, anyway. Fortunately, a diverse range of comedy events should light up the otherwise bleak February entertainment landscape: comedian-produced shows with gross names like Tongue Stuff and Tits & Giggles; veteran acts like Paul Mooney, Norm MacDonald and Jeff Ross; and even the spectator sport of Olympics for Weirdos. In short, plenty of ways to keep you laughing until the sun comes back.

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The ten best geek events in Denver in February

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Kung Fu movies!
February is almost here, which means a lot of things: the shortest month of the year, Valentine's Day, and another roundup of the best geek events that our fair city has to offer. For being such a short month, there's sure a lot going on, including multiple cons, a celebration of kung-fu cinema and, of course, a geeky take on Valentine's Day. No matter what your preferred flavor of geek activity, there should be something happening to make you happy. Here are February's ten best geek events.

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How to survive Super Bowl XLVIII if you hate the Broncos or don't care about football

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I am at a loss for words.
I've kept my mouth shut on the topic of professional sports for most of my time as a writer. I don't even talk about how much I despise the majority of the culture that comes with it on Facebook (I save those complaints for Twitter). But I know I can't be the only one who suffers in silence this time of year. Denver is especially bad this January; I have seen the most unsuspecting of my friends become Broncos-outfitted zombies. My neighborhood -- which is basically a parking lot for Mile High Stadium at Sports Authority Field anyway -- becomes an idiot zone, as people drive up and down the street honking and screaming like lunatics. And don't even get me started on that bogus "nonprofit," the NFL. I work part-time for a nonprofit. The NFL being considered a nonprofit offends me.

Though I cannot escape the tide of putrid orange and blue that has temporarily washed away the IQs of my fellow citizens, I've come up with a list of ways to survive Super Bowl XLVIII -- even though you won't be able to fully escape its taint unless you leave the planet until February 3.

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Five of cult classic icon Divine's lesser-known television and film roles

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Best known for his roles in the John Waters cannon of cult films, Divine had a short career highlighted by his ability to play trashy women, wayward gals, doting matrons and overzealous sex pots. While he found fame in the seedy underside of Hollywood, the actor also worked to be taken more seriously -- but his other roles (many out of drag) are still relatively unknown in popular culture.

In celebration of the opening of I Am Divine this Friday, January 17 at the Sie FilmCenter, we've rounded up a handful of the larger-than-life star's lesser known characters, from the big and small screens.

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Giddyup! Ten can't-miss events at the National Western Stock Show

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It's time to pull out those cowboy hats and boots as the National Western Stock Show begins its 108th year. After a parade through downtown Denver today, the NWSS will start in earnest on Saturday, running through January 26 at the National Western Complex. In addition to professional rodeos, Colorado's largest horse show and a huge trade show, the sixteen-day NWSS features a variety of yeehaw-worthy events; here are ten of them.

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Ten Best Comedy Specials of 2013

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2013 was a great year for comedy nerds. With so many comedy specials, albums and formats available, fans could exhaust themselves consuming comedy and still barely scratch the surface of what's out there. But it was also a year marked by lackluster efforts from great comedians. Thinky Pain, from Marc Maron, was little more than a punched-up episode of his WTF podcast, while on Caligula, Anthony Jeselnik seemed like his own shtick was eating him alive. Some comics, like Mike Birbiglia, merely re-released years-old content in a new format. Fortunately, 2013 also witnessed strong outings from two of today's most prolific comics (Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari), killer debuts (like Kumail Najiani's Beta Male) and welcome returns from veterans like Bill Cosby. Netflix has emerged as a player on the comedy distribution market in recent years, producing specials for several comics through their partnership with New Wave Entertainment. While the old guard of HBO and Comedy Central are still turning out great specials each year, self-distribution and new players on the scene have been a boon to fans who today enjoy access to a greater breadth of comic voices than ever before -- which made it tough to narrow this list down to ten.

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