Despite boasting a higher-than-average number of museums, parks, bands, venues, theater companies and designers, as well as the nation's fifth-highest concentration of artists, Denver is still depicted by the mainstream media as a flyover city filled with rednecks and burnouts, equally ready to take a knee or a toke. Blame John Denver, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, or the orangutan from Every Which Way But Loose: The ghosts of Cowtown are hard to shake.
"Killing the cow is necessary if we ever hope to gain new ground in film, literature and music,” says Ron S. Doyle, co-host and producer of the live podcast series Denver Diatribe. “It's just not who we are anymore."
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Tonight, Doyle and friends -- including co-host Joel Warner, cartoonist Kenny Be, author Mario Acevedo and staffers from the AV Club and OpenAir 1340 AM -- ponder Denver's sorry stamp on pop culture with Killing the Cowtown: Depictions of Denver in Film, Literature & Music. Starting at 7 p.m., the free event beams from Henderson’s Lounge at the Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. You can catch the live cast via http://denverdiatribe.com/, but you’ll have to show up in person for the live music and discourse with local thinkers committed to bucking our bovine past.
Wed., Feb. 29, 7 p.m., 2012