Culture Corner - Best of June
Maybe it is because June is the first real month we can confidently walk around in cutoffs without fearing snow, or maybe it’s because, despite our grown-up lives, we can still hear the school bell ring announcing the start of summer vacation (no matter how imaginary it might be). Whatever the reason, June is a great month. There are countless unique things to do and see right now around Denver, whether your vantage point is a city sidewalk or your living room sofa. Sydney Hodgson shares what’s on her to do list for June.
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To Watch . . .
Ilana Glazer, Jillian Bell, Kate McKinnon, Scarlett Johansson and Zoe Kravitz - now that’s a squad I want to be a part of. The ladies come to the big screen this month in Rough Night to tell a ridiculous yet cautionary tale of a bachelorette party gone horribly wrong. Rough Night hits theaters on June 16th.
Netflix has been pumping out so much hot stuff lately and almost no one has heard about Glow, which looks so freaking incredible. The comedy stars Alison Brie as a wannabe actress in the 1980’s in Los Angeles who gets a job as a professional wrestler. The series is a inspired by an 80’s show of the same name and was created by Jenji Kohan of Orange is the New Black. All episodes will be available June 24th.
Remember the nail salon in Legally Blonde? Of course you do. The trailer for Claws reminds me of that, if the salon was set in Central Florida and the ladies had a money laundering hustle on the side. Yeah…whoa. The dark comedy premieres on TNT June 11th.
To Listen to . . .
Lorde announced the release date of her highly-anticipated new album Melodrama with the introduction of the album’s second single, “Liability,” a painfully beautiful piano track. David Bowie famously said listening to Lorde’s music was like “listening to tomorrow.” Finally, on June 16th, we will get to hear the future once more.
Sports fans everywhere love ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series - They make you laugh, cheer, cry, and will soon come in podcast form. At this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, ESPN debuted an upcoming episode featuring the story of a group of amateur explorers from Britain who became the first all-woman team to make it to the North Pole on foot. Subscribe the the series on iTunes.
Beth Ditto from Gossip makes her solo album debut this month with Fake Sugar. This is a welcome return for the self-described “fat, feminist lesbian from Arkansas” who has made a name for herself not only with her incredible pipes but also with her rad style, bold honesty, and political outspokenness. Fake Sugar will be available everywhere June 16th. Can’t wait? Check out the first single “Fire” on YouTube.
To Do . . .
B-Side Music Friday is MCA Denver’s summer music series beginning June 2nd and running through the summer months. The series is dedicated to showcasing some of the best up-and-coming local talent and takes place on what is arguably one of the loveliest rooftops in the city. What better way to welcome the weekend than watching the sunset with a refreshment in hand, grooving to the music and letting the worries of the workweek slip away?
Norah Jones comes to Red Rocks on June 14th to serenade us all into a soulful summer. Her most recent album, Day Breaks, is paired-down and piano-driven and takes you back to the incredible musician’s “Come Away With Me” roots, setting the stage for what is sure to be a beautiful evening in one of the best live music venues around.
- Every year, Denver PrideFest brings together around 250,000 people from across Colorado to celebrate the LGBTQ community in a welcoming, vibrant party in Civic Center Park. The celebration of community and culture, for two days on June 17th and 18th, is recognized as one of the top ten pride events in the country. You won’t want to miss it.