Culture Corner: Best of December

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Sydney Hodgson | @SydneyLHodgson 

Hey Broads, I’m back, and just in time to help you close out 2018 on a high note. In case you forgot how this works, here’s a list of the best things to listen to, watch, and do this December. Tis the season for merry-making, so let’s make it a good one together.

TO WATCH . . .

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  • Vox Lux has already been heralded as one of the great movies of 2018. Natalie Portman stars as a pop sensation who rocketed to stardom as a teenager after surviving a school shooting. Also featuring an original soundtrack from SIA, this film is sure to wow. See it in theaters now.

  • It should be no surprise Netflix is continuing to crank out original content this holiday season. Building off their momentum from the summer (if you haven’t watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before stop reading this and do it now), they have released a slew of Christmas movies including The Christmas Chronicles and The Princess Switch. Ok, ok. I hear your cynicism . . . and raise you Kurt Russell as Santa Claus.

  • JLo is back on the big screen and for 1 hour and 45 minutes it’s almost as if all is right in the world. This time around she plays a woman who fudges her resume to get the professional recognition she deserves. Second Act hits theaters December 21st.

TO LISTEN TO . . .

  • The Wilderness is a podcast by Jon Favreau of Pod Save America that recounts the history of the Democratic party, the issues and climate leading to the fateful 2016 election, and what the donkeys need to do to turn things around in 2020. A must listen for anyone who cares about the future of our country.

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  • I binged Queer Eye months ago and finally found a podcast to fill the Fab 5 shaped hole in my heart. In Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness the fierce hair guru interviews high profile guests on a variety of topics—Reese Witherspoon on entrepreneurship, and Nancy Pelosi on voting, for example—in conversations that are always fun and informative, henny.

  • Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” is one of the best pop songs of the year and a true lesson in class. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, Ari closed off November on a high note with a music video inspired by the classic films Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 Going on 30, and Legally Blonde. The cameos are constant, including an iconic Kris Jenner in the role she was born to play.

TO DO . . .

  • Dream about dresses at the Denver Art Museum’s exhibit Dior: From Paris to the World. The show features over 200 couture dresses, including some iconic red carpet stunners, in what is one of the Museum’s most anticipated exhibits in years. Get your tickets in advance to avoid the not-so-glamorous lines. The exhibit will be on view through March 3rd, 2019.

 
 
  • Cross your holiday shopping off your list at the Union Station Holiday Market. The Denver Flea isn’t messing around this year, with 12 Days of Flea that runs for four consecutive weekends, leaving you without excuses when it comes to shopping local. This coming weekend is the fourth and final, so check it out before it’s gone.