Culture Corner--Best of August
Sydney Hodgson | @SydneyLHodgson
For those of you who have become devoted fans of Sydney's regular contributions to your pop culture arsenal, you know her recommendations become the sun around which your attention--nay, obsession--rotates each month. Let those rays shine down upon you in August, broads, and bask in their girl-powered glow.
TO WATCH. . .
The new film Ingrid Goes West is a dark comedy drawing inspiration from our Instagram obsession. The plot: A seemingly psychotic girl moves to Los Angeles to befriend a famous Instagram influencer and cons her way into her curated life. The painfully cool cast of Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. brings the quality and the crazy to a theater near you on August 11th. #perfect
Broad City is feminist comedy gold. I’m embarrassed to admit I was slow to catch on to this show’s glory, but now I want nothing more than to move to New York City and become best friends with Abbi and Ilana. The fourth season of Broad City begins on Comedy Central August 23rd.
Set in New Jersey, the movie Patti Cake$ tells the story of an unlikely aspiring young rapper known to her friends as Killa P. With reviews like “an unambiguous joy” from the New York Times, it sounds like Killa P is about to steal the show, just like she did at Sundance, Cannes and SXSW. In theaters August 18th.
TO LISTEN TO. . . .
In case you missed it, Kesha is back. Her emotional tear-jerking single “Praying” is a reminder this girl has serious pipes, while “Woman” is our new girl power banger with a horn section from The Dap-Kings. It is all so good. And, side note, can we please get LIKEtoKNOW.it on YouTube because I need every sequin adorned article of clothing she is wearing in these videos. I, for one, missed this glitter faced animal. Kesha’s new album Rainbow comes out on August 11th.
The charming and enthusiastic Jenn White of WBEZ Chicago hosts the podcast Making Oprah. This three episode series details not only what went into building the most watched daytime TV show in history, but how Oprah Winfrey became a cultural icon and the most influential woman in the world. Get ready to be inspired.
On their new album Everything Now, Arcade Fire continues to critique modern life and make us dance. This album is a little weirder and funkier than their recent tracks. The first single, “Everything Now,” has a distinct 70’s vibe that will pair perfectly will your summer high rise flares and platform sandals. Available now.
TO DO. . . .
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday food trucks gather in Civic Center Park to fuel our midweek lunch breaks at Civic Center Eats. Skip the sad desk salad and pick up something fun and different from one of Denver’s best movable feasts. (Please note, the trucks will not be there on August 9th, 30th or 31st.)
On the last Friday of every month Terminal Bar’s patio hosts a free concert in partnership with a local brewery for their Summer Concert Series. The last show of the season takes place on August 25th with Denver Beer Company and features JK5. Sit on down and grab yourself a pint of Princess Tam Tam.
Hometown darlings The Lumineers will be playing three nights at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on August 25th, 26th and 27th. Get your tickets fast. These nearly sold out shows close out the band’s world tour for their new album, Cleopatra.