Culture Corner--Best of December

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♫ On the 4th day of December, The Broadview gave to me, this month’s list to watch, listen to, do and see. ♫ Broad Sydney Hodgson is here to help spread some cheer this holiday season. Whatever your celebration, we hope it’s a good one.

Sydney Hodgson | @SydneyLHodgson

TO WATCH . . . 

  • The highly anticipated Netflix original film Barry attempts to provide background and context to the 44th President, detailing Barack Obama’s experiences as a young African American man in New York City in the 1980s. Early reviews label the film sharp, understated and surprisingly insightful. Available on Netflix December 16th.
  • Typically, sequels are no where near as good as the original, and threequels, well I didn’t even know that was a word, but somehow the Pitch Perfect series only gets better with age. Your favorite acapella group returns to theaters near you on December 22nd for Pitch Perfect 3. It’s the Bella’s farewell tour, and I will be there for it.
  • Molly’s Game tells the incredible true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game. Jessica Chastain stars alongside Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, and Oscar rumors are already swirling. In select theaters December 25th.


  • In November Colorado Public Radio released its first podcast, The Tax Man. The four part series details the story of Douglas Bruce and the creation of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights. It is important listening for any Colorado voter.
  • Strong Opinions Loosely Held from Refinery29 offers short conversations on modern issues, like how to feel when your favorite song goes against everything you believe in, why self-help books are not making us any happier and the problematic nature of buying and selling feminism. Seasons one and two are available now.
  • Radiolab’s Supreme Court spin-off podcast More Perfect is back for a second season. This insightful and creative podcast brings personality to the dense and challenging subject matter, reminding us all of the importance of the nine men and women in black robes and the far-reaching effects of the decisions they make.

TO DO . . . 

  • The Friday Night Bazaar comes back to RiNo December 8th to assist you in your holiday shopping while you sip on local wine, cider and spirits. The Bazaar features over 80 vendors and live New Orleans inspired Gypsy Jazz. Get your tickets online or show up before 7:00 pm for free admission.  
  • Local favorites Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats will be at the Ogden Theater December 15th and 16th. For each of the shows, one dollar for each ticket purchased will go to charity. Tickets for these guys always go quickly, so plan accordingly.
  • Curl up with a cup of tea and a good book. Some of my favorite female-penned reads from the year include: Hunger by Roxane Gay, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby, and The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy.