Culture Corner - Best of May
Recs and reviews on the best and baddest in pop culture, fashion, and all things binge-worthy.
Sydney Hodgson | @SydneyLHodgson
For the majority of April, Mercury was in retrograde, wreaking havoc on our relationships and communication skills. That all ends on May 3rd, just in time for the best little spring holiday, Cinco de Mayo. Now go grab a margarita, shake off that funk and get ready for summer. Here, The Broadview Denver’s Sydney Hodgson shares her recommendations on what deserves your attention this month.
Calling to the high school lit student of within, Margaret Atwood’s 1985 The Handmaid‘s Tale has been remade into a 10-episode Hulu series of the same name. The much anticipated show stars mad (wo)man Elisabeth Moss as a revolutionary handmaid in a dystopian world where women have been stripped of all rights and are the property of the men they serve. If you haven’t already done so, read the book first. There are few literary works that hold such deeply unsettling relevance in today’s America.
Any 90’s baby remembers the feeling of anticipation that raced through their veins when the irrationally catchy theme song of Bill Nye the Science Guy came on PBS after school. Hearing that he was coming back with a new series took me back to those happy times. In Bill Nye Saves the World, the Science Guy and his team of special guests take on hot topics like global warming, alternative medicine and GMOs, all courtesy of our dear friends at Netflix. If anyone can save us, it’s Bill Nye.
The heavily hyped up new Baywatch film comes to theaters May 26th. While it is sure to be filled with overly-dramatized rescues and objectified women in bathing suits, it stars The Rock and Zac Efron, which for some inexplicable reason gives me hope. Make this your guilty pleasure for the month.
To Listen to…
Lena Dunham’s Women of the Hour podcast recounts the stories of incredible women, some with recognizable names and others who are just regular badass broads like you and me. Despite the fact that she is constantly at the center of some silly controversy, Lena has a delightfully warm and disarming voice that makes you feel like know her. Of particular note is the almost one hour long “Trauma and Triumph” episode dedicated exclusively to an interview with Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland.
The creators of the infamous Serial podcast are back with a new series called S-Town. It tells the story of a series of mysteries that take place in small town Alabama, investigated by Brian Reed, a producer for This American Life. The main character and reason for the podcast, John B. McLemore, is simply fascinating. S-Town is McLemore’s nickname for his hometown, and as you can guess, the “S” refers to an unflattering four letter word. Get ready to binge.
Pop angel from our past Michelle Branch has released her first new album in 14 years. For this new release, titled Hopeless Romantic, the singer-songwriter who penned sleepover soundtrack hits like “Everywhere” and “Breathe” paired up with Black Keys drummer and now boyfriend Patrick Carney to create a more grown up, laid-back, rock and roll sound. Cue the teenage feels.
The Big Wonderful returns May 5th - 7th at it’s new Globeville location in the former Denver Post printing plant. For the last four years The Big Wonderful has been bringing Denver hipsters a pop-up marketplace complete with food trucks, live music and fresh beer at rotating locations across the city. The equally enchanting Night Bazaar will take place those same days, and either event is the perfect way to spend a warm summer day.
Chance the Rapper’s most recent album Coloring Book was the first streaming only album to be nominated for and win a Grammy, including the award for Best Rap Album. More recently, he has made headlines for his social initiatives and charitable donations, including a $1,000,000 gift to the Chicago Public School System. He is an independent artist with no label or distribution deal, doing things differently than anyone else in the business and lifting us all up in the process. The May 2nd and 3rd shows at Red Rocks have been sold out for months, but tickets are available for resale on StubHub.
Download the app Finery. Finery is a “wardrobe operating system” that catalogues your clothes and accessories to help with styling and strategic shopping - It’s a tech solution you never knew you needed. Contrary to most tech innovations marketed for women, Finery actually combats consumerism by preventing unnecessary purchases and helping you be more creative with the pieces you already own. Forbes says it “will change the way you shop and get dressed” and the website boasts that Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine is an early adopter. If Leandra likes it, it’s good enough for me.