Culture Corner--Best of January

Hello 2018! January is all about looking ahead, making resolutions, and crafting plans for the months to come. Let the first Culture Corner of the year, courtesy of broad Sydney Hodgson, be your guide. This year, we encourage you to enjoy more art, music, and movies that challenge your perspective and to get out and enjoy this beautiful city we call home. New Year, new things to do.

Sydney Hodgson | @SydneyLHodgson


  • For all you true crime lovers out there, American Crime Story is back with it’s highly anticipated second season follow up to The People vs. O.J. SimpsonAmerican Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace tells the story of the 1997 murder of the iconic fashion designer by a 27 year old serial killer. The series debuts on FX January 17th.
  • New series The Chi, documenting life in the South Side of Chicago, premieres on January 7th. The Showtime original series is created by two people who know the setting well: hip-hop artist Common and actress, writer, and producer Lena Waithe Waithe was the first African American woman to win the Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series, and made us cry and cheer with her simple and powerful acceptance speech.
  • The highly praised film The Post comes to theaters January 12th. The movie tells the true story of the release of the Pentagon Papers, and the power struggle between government and journalism it created. Meryl Streep plays Katherine Graham of the Washington Post, the first woman publisher of a major American newspaper, and Tom Hanks assumes the role of editor Ben Bradlee. The film has already won awards and the team behind it has received several nominations for more.


  • Camila Cabello broke hearts when she announced that she would be leaving Fifth Harmony in December 2016. The Cuban-American singer-songwriter will release her debut solo album Camila on January 12th. The album’s first single “Havana" made Barack Obama’s list of favorite songs of 2017.
  • New Zealand artist Kimbra (who you might recognize from Gotye’s inescapable 2011 single “Somebody That I Used to Know”) will release her new album Primal Heart on January 26th. The album’s first single “Everybody Knows” is smooth and whimsical, while the second single “Top of The World,” is an angsty girl power anthem.
  • Beautiful Brits Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton host the podcast The High Low Show. It’s a podcast about pop culture and news and they bring some excellent recommendations to the table. It’s all current, so subscribe now and listen to the next one when it comes out.

TO DO . . . 

  • January marks the start to Awards season with the Emmy’s (January 7th) and the Grammy’s (January 28th). Watch the events live or catch up with the coverage the next day for dream-worthy-dress-inspo and hopefully some more smart celebrity activism.
  • St Vincent brings her avant-garde style to The Fillmore theater with her Fear the Future tour on January 15th. The tour for her fifth album, Masseducation, features a backing track instead of a live band, which has divided fans, but it is an unarguably brave and surreal experience few artists could pull off.
  • In late November an ice skating rink opened downtown at Skyline Park at 16th and Arapahoe. Access to the rink is free and skate rentals are $6-$8. Make an evening of it with family or friends and grab some good food while you are in the area. Mercantile Dining and Provision and ChoLon are nearby spots that graced 5280 Magazine’s list of top restaurants in 2017.