Podcast Profiles: Haley Driscoll and Christie Buchele Get Personal on Empty Girlfriend

Ryan Brackin
(from left) Haley Driscoll and Christie Buchele
Podcasts are in tune with the democratized spirit of Internet media; anyone with a microphone and a computer can offer their listeners unlimited hours of recordings, usually for free. Limited only by their imaginations, podcasters have a freedom of expression unrestricted by commerce, censorship or geography. Several great podcasts have blossomed in Denver's flourishing arts community; here to celebrate them is Podcast Profiles, a new series documenting the efforts of local podcasters and spotlighting the peculiar personalities behind them.

Releasing weekly episodes since August, Empty Girlfriend came out of the gate fully formed. The brainchild of local comics Christie Buchele and Haley Driscoll, the podcast interviews local comedians, musicians and veterinarians about their relationship histories, offering "love tips and love quips from unqualified professionals." Buchele and Driscoll are charming and disarming co-hosts who put their guests at ease for surprisingly revealing interviews. Though unafraid to delve into more somber topics like heartbreak, disease and personal struggle, the podcast is always leavened by their quick wit and sentence-finishing chemistry. Westword caught up with the Empty Girlfriends to discuss rising from the ashes of an attempted sketch show, asking personal questions and doo-doo pussy.

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Comedian Kristin Rand on spirituality, polyamorous hominids and cotton candy

Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists.

Kristin Rand is a boisterous and unflinchingly honest local comedienne, actress and fashionista. She's Half of the sketch comedy duo Moxie! that she formed with fellow crowd-crusher Mara Wiles, and together they have monthly shows at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. Rand also recently starred in the Nix brothers's short film Love to Hate, which won the audience award at the 48 Hour Film Project. Westword recently caught up with Rand to discuss spirituality, poetry, the mating habits of prehistoric humans and literary cotton candy.

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YogaDates delivers asanas and amore to Denver singles

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YogaDates sunset yoga hike.
When you accidentally sign yourself and your 29-year-old husband up for a YogaDates event for singles in their thirties and forties, you quickly realize it could be bad for the relationship. After our incredible YogaDates sunset yoga hike, I know that if my sweet Ben ever mysteriously "vanishes" (and I'm using air quotes as I type) after forgetting to, say, put the new roll of toilet paper back on the toilet paper thingy, I'm banking on meeting the second love of my life at Amy Baglan's next YogaDates event for singles -- which happens to be on Saturday, June 1.

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- Yoga Rocks the Park starts rocking the park again this weekend
- DateCamp teaches you how to date -- and kiss and dress -- the Denver way
- Friday Night Yoga Club launches at Kindness Yoga

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DateCamp teaches you how to date -- and kiss and dress -- the Denver way

A scene from a DateCamp online video tutorial on touching.
The Denver-based DateCamp.tv is not a dating website in the traditional sense. Rather, it's a hub for learning the ins and outs of dating itself. DateCamp is designed as a three-pronged entity: a dating resource center, a place offering interactive retreats and camps and, once it gets going, the owners plan to create a full-fledged reality TV series about, well, dating.

"We like to say that we're not an online dating site -- our goal is not to hook up people," explains Doug Hanes, DateCamp's executive producer.

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- Non-traditional dating site Grouper launches in Denver today
- Five jaded tips for online dating -- don't get Te'od!
- Online dating for straight people: We're all just chasing the popcorn

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Non-traditional dating site Grouper launches in Denver today

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Grouper, which launches in Denver today, is the latest social networking site that aims to connect people with similar interests in a possibly romantic way. But Grouper founder and CEO Michael Waxman insists it's not a traditional dating site; this "social club" tries to keep the Internet part of the scenario to a minimum, by eliminating tedious questionaires and focusing on bringing together groups of friends for a night out known as a "Grouper."

Waxman spoke with Westword about the site's launch in the Denver market, and why having your friends along for a first date can make all the difference when getting to know a potential new partner.

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- Date explores the world of online match-ups
- Five jaded tips for online dating -- don't get Te'od!
- Online dating for straight people: We're all just chasing the popcorn

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Q&A: Co-founder Drazen Grubisic on the Museum of Broken Relationships

Dražen Grubišić and Olinka Vištica collect trinkets of lost love.
Artist Dražen Grubišić and film producer Olinka Vištica were in a relationship for four years, and then they broke up. But their relationship didn't end there -- instead, they entered into a unique partnership by founding the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia: a heart-wrenching, funny and very personal collection of the silly little gifts people give each other when they are in love and then can't throw away after the affair is over.

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- Museum of Broken Relationships
- BMoCA seeks reminders of your once-broken heart for the Museum of Broken Relationships
- A love letter to an obsession: Casablanca, I love you.

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