What is it like to have The L Word back? The answer is: very welcome, though with reservations. But at least television’s only all-lesbian drama is returned to bright, familiarly glossy life, its old-meets-new group of characters looking way more diverse than before. (Warning: light spoilers follow.) On Sunday night, Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q begins, 10 years after The L Word went off the air. Its original showrunner Ilene Chaiken has passed the baton to playwright-turned-screenwriter Marja-Lewis Ryan, who has had many tough decisions to make (one: get rid of that god-awful Betty theme song). While the original show had many fans, it also had just as many critics—some, like this reviewer, serving as both. Like the original, Generation Q centers on a group of friends—in this case, returning leads Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), and Shane (Katherine Moennig) as well as a younger, queerer cast of newcomers, namely androgynous fuckboi … [Read more...] about It’s Great ‘The L Word’ Is Back. But What Does ‘Generation Q’ Want to Say?
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Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag every week on Tuesdays during the season. Pose a Rockies — or MLB — related question for the Rockies Mailbag. With the Rockies unable to put pitching on the mound, why would Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story or anyone else talented (who can leave) stay with the Rockies? Arenado must be kicking himself watching DJ LeMahieu heading to postseason with the Yankees. — Jim Gazzoli, Gunnison Jim, Arenado has not told me this, but I think he must have had second thoughts about the eight-year, $260 million contract he signed during spring training. He can opt out after the 2021 season, so we’ll see what happens. Arenado wants to win, but right now he’s seeing the losing, he’s seeing the window to win closing, and he’s discouraged. “It feels like a rebuild almost,” he said recently. “That’s what it feels like. It feels like a rebuild.” Story, who has two … [Read more...] about Rockies Mailbag: Colorado could lose both Arenado and Story at the same time
If you’ve ever dreamed of being an astronomer or astronaut, or if you just love to stare at the stars, then at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6, you have a chance to immerse yourself in the cosmos. Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium has partnered with Bear Essential News to present the work of astrophotographer Sean Parker, a native Arizonan, in an event called Sean Parker’s Universe, said Shipherd Reed, associate director of communications at Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. “Sean Parker is a Tucson-based astrophotographer and time lapse cinematographer who's gained a very big following through social media, and deservedly so,” Reed said. “He really got his start shooting the stars in the Sonoran Desert around Tucson, and so he’s been on our radar and the opportunity came up to do a special presentation.” Parker’s videos and images will be projected onto the planetarium’s dome, Reed said, giving viewers the feeling that they’re … [Read more...] about Gazing into astrophotographer Sean Parker’s Universe
What we eat and how that food is produced has ripple effects on the physical landscapes where we live. Then there’s the economic reality of selling and buying food. All of these things — the stories we tell about ourselves, how we gather and connect with each other, the joy of taste, how we participate in our communities — are right there on our plates. After researching forward-thinkers in the local food industry, I spent a few days with a farmer, a cheesemaker, a chef and a butcher. Over the last few months, I’ve been piecing their stories together with footage of the products they create — and the beautiful corners of Colorado where they work and farm the land. It was just me and my cameras learning how these visionaries see the world, exploring their favorite things to eat and being welcomed by their hospitality. I found some pretty tasty stories and hope you enjoy their company as much as I did. The Denver Post let me invest time and energy into this … [Read more...] about Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Oct. 14 – 20
The renovation of Denver International Airport is major, not only in terms of cost but also in impact, as anyone who has been through the airport in the past year can attest. While travelers have been maneuvering that mess, reporter Jon Murray has been sifting through hundreds of pages of claims to figure out what went wrong in the split with the first set of contractors. When DIA leaders and the city fired Great Hall Partners in August, they pointed to the contractors’ projections that the project was going to go hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and be finished years late. In the latest in a series of watchdog stories that he has written about the project since its inception, Murray lays out the extensive time DIA officials spent dithering over details from bathroom fixtures to the location of check-in kiosks. This isn’t merely an exercise in finger-pointing. It matters because, as the renovation relaunches, it’s even more important that the airport get it … [Read more...] about Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Nov. 11 – 17