A couple of weeks ago (April 23rd) my girlfriend and I went to see the live broadcast of This American Life at the United Artists Denver Pavilions. I’m a huge fan of This American Life but this show was a failure. Mostly the theater was a failure.
First off tickets prices were $20. Way too steep for anything on a movie screen. Technical difficulties abound and the entire audience missed the entire first segment of the show. Since it was a live telecast there was nothing the theater could do. Every paying customer was given a free movie voucher at the end of the show, but with a value of about $7 this was only a third of the actual ticket price paid.
What we did see was great though. And if you missed it you can download the episode online or go see the
encore event on May 7th. Unfortunately I would recommend against spending your hard earned dough in this way, donate it to your local public radio instead.
One of the highlights of the live episode was this video called “Quimby The Mouse” put together by Chris Ware (with music by Andrew Bird, Animation by John Kuramoto).
Chris Ware just makes you want to kill yourself. The more you hurt from his art the better he feels – and that’s what I like about him.
You’re right, nobody goes to Casa Bonita for the food. But because buying a meal is mandatory for entrance, nobody goes to Casa Bonita without the food. Long heralded as the worst Mexican food in Denver, the dinners and lunches at Casa Bonita have become a legend in themselves. Below is a picture of the combination meal that I ordered a couple of weeks ago. Does it really look all that bad? Rest assured it tasted nearly exactly like it looks. Horrible.
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Artifacting was reviewed by the fine folks over at blogged. Not surprisingly, this junker of a blog scored a 6.2 (out of ten) which places it at 560th place in the entertainment/pop-culture category (out of 705). Ouch! Click on the picture below if feel like trying to boost that score up with a review.
Before Santa Fe had it’s recent little clean-up near the Hampden exit there was a place called the Adult Palace. The Adult Palace had been around since I was a young child. For as long as I can remember really. It was in a windowless, non-descript, squat, gray building with parking in the rear. On the front of the building was a large white sign that read in large, red, script, “ADULT PALACE – LIVE GIRL SHOW”.
photo courtesy of ewy.
Whenever the family drove past – whether it be on our way to our uncles, or perhaps to a movie at Cinderella City – somebody would make a comment about the “Live Girl” that worked their. We would all chuckle at the fact the Adult Palace bragged about the fact it contained a live girl. We were all relieved that the girl was alive, but shouldn’t she be nude, or at least topless? And why only one girl? We would all laugh a little laugh, and shake our heads. I’m sure my Father and Brother’s minds, much like mine, turned to what sort of naughtiness must be happening inside with the live girl. Mom mostly just crossed hers arms and looked straight ahead.
For years and years and years I would drive by the adult palace and say to myself, “Someday I’m just gonna pull over a see what’s going on in there”. Unfortunately I never did. And as of this summer, The Adult Palace on South Santa Fe is now gone. It’s now a Super Target. But the wonderful (and incredibly hilarious) Ewy has captured the essence of this building and its live girl, “Crystal Rayne,” in his photo essay. Go check out his blog while you’re at it.
It’s pretty amazing how close these one minute video synopsizes of the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention actually mimic the words that are highlighted in the speech visualizations I created. (Videos are below if you’re too lazy to click on the links. Thanks Montastic).
- Based on a nightmarish dream, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
- Russian ambassador Aleksandr Borosovich Kurakin introduced the practice of serving meals in courses.
- Frederic William Herschel, an English astronomer, invented the contact lens.
- American sprinter Evelyn Ashford won her final Olympic gold medal at age 35, old for a sprinter.
- Amedeo Avogadro developed Avogadro’s hypothesis.
- Law School professor Anita Hill charged that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas made indecent remarks to her.
- Margie Profet proposed a new theory of menstruation which claims that menstruation protects against infection and won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.
- Astronaut Buzz Aldrin achieved his life’s ambition at age 35 and wondered, what do you do after that?
Mozart stopped composing and started, well, you know.