Denver Mac & Cheese Festival 2019

by John Andreula

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Anyone out there love mac & cheese?

If you’re like me and you can’t get enough of the gooey, delicious treat then this is the perfect event for you!

Next Friday night, February 8th, the first ever Denver Mac & Cheese Festival will be taking place at Number 38, located at 3560 Chestnut Place in Denver, from 6:30-9:30 pm.

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Reds Take

Here is Reds Take on Series of Unfortunate Events. If you have been undecided about watching it or looking for something to distract from the cold. This amazing series is a must and here is a spoiler free reason why.

a-series-of-unfortunate-events-season-3-teaser-count-olafWhen we started the Netflix Series of Unfortunate Events two years ago they told us it would not have a happy ending. And as the third season wraps up the story, I’m happy to say they deliver on all promises. If you are concerned about spoiler to a streaming show based on a decade old children books, look away now.

We’ve reached the point in the story where are heroes are annoying even each other and the villains are sympathetic. There are more questions but also finally answers to everything that’s been going on with VFD.

What really makes this story delightful, besides the amazing costumes, witty word play, and confusing puzzles, is that it doesn’t shy away from moral ambiguity that comes with life and growing up. Foes become friends, children are selfish, and people die even because of seemly good people. It also doesn’t shy away from flawed society and distrust of the legal system.

We are also at the point in the story where there is no going back. It’s time to revisit near every character we’ve already met and get some answers to why everyone cares so much about a sugar bowl. It’s time to make a choice to deal with all the troubles of the world or running away.

There’s something satisfying about stories not needing a happy ending. Something comforting in knowing being a good person isn’t the same as being perfect, that villains can be heroes and visa versa. It’s a delightful series of unfortunate on goings that inspires us to take a closer look at the little things around us and the bigger plot we didn’t mean to be part of.   

Classic Rock Wednesday

“Everybody Let’s Rock”

#CLRW for the last #Elvis song of the month commemorating the Kings birthday comes from a personal experience. I have never met Elvis (Lets get that straight) but as I have said in the past my Mom loved him. It was at Bruce Springsteen concert of all places that I heard her favorite song. Yes Elvis is one of the most covered artist of all time (next to the Beatles) Paul McCartney has even covered a few; but I had never heard Elvis like this. The Boss and his E Street Band are some of the best entertainers on the planet. I have seen multiple performances and then he did this song at one and I had to have more.

Turns out the Boss loves Elvis, who can blame him. But Bruce has done 12 different covers, some numbering into the 100’s. Bruce may not have the pelvis but he does have the energy and overflowing with heart. The King means a lot to all of us for different reason. His mark on the world of rock will continue to our children’s children. I am The Listener and to close out this month I give you one of the best, it was used in the closing scene for the Blues Brothers, It had it’s on film, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame November of 2016 I give you Jail House Rock for you Classic Rock Wednesday. #ClassicRock #TheBoss #BruceSpringsteen #EStreetBand #JailHouseRock #TheListener #5280Geek  

Smurfs High Five

#NewComicsDay is here! That’s a good thing because I don’t have a thing to read on this cold day. Here are the top five books Smurf is looking at this week sponsored by All C’s Collectables who is giving you a 10% discount if you mention this at check out.

heroes crisis 5Heroes in Crisis #5> The secrets of the DC Universe are hacked! Sanctuary wasn’t supposed to keep records, but now that the A.I. is compromised, superhero secrets are leaking all over the ‘Net. Booster and Harley set aside their differences to focus on who they believe is the real killer (assuming one of them isn’t lying, that is). Meanwhile, Batman and the Flash continue to investigate the mysterious murderer. The answer can be found in Sanctuary…but is it safe to go digging in the crime scene? (S) Tom King (A) Clay Mann (CA) Trevor Hairsine

Smurf> This title continues to surprise me and I haven’t been so invested into a story like this since Identity  Crisis. I have no idea what to expect, or where it’s going and what will be on the next page and I love every moment of it.

doctor strange 10Doctor Strange #10> DOCTOR STRANGE HITS HIS MILESTONE 400TH ISSUE!
Creative team Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz are joined by some of the best DOCTOR STRANGE artists of all time to tell a monumentally strange tale! Someone has been working in the background since the first issue, chipping away at Doctor Strange and other magicians, undercutting and depleting their magic, and the other shoe finally drops. Does Strange stand a chance against someone who can take his magic away with the snap of their fingers? (S) Mark Waid (A) Chris Bachalo, More (A/CA) Jesus Saiz

Smurfs Take> I have been on board with this title since before the relaunch. The concept of how the magic world works and the cost is genius. The road Strange has been on has been far from disappointing and to find out that there has been a man behind the curtain the whole time is fantastic. Love Waid!

age of xman alphaAge of X-Man Alpha #1> The age of X-Man dawns…
and the X-Men cannot stop it. (S) Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Phil Noto

Smurfs Take> I’m not really sure what to expect from this story. It looks like Age of Apocalypse but it’s not. It looks like it might bring the X-Men out of their story slump and give us all something we have been begging for.




flash 63Flash #63> It’s two against one when Gemini tag-teams the Flash! The threat is doubled for the Scarlet Speedster when Gemini gets their hands on the Strength Force. But where’s that leave Powerhouse? She and the Flash must ride or die together in order to get her super-strength back, but they’ll have to survive a trip through the Strength Force first. Follow along in the Flash’s footsteps on the next leg of his Force Quest! (S) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Rafael Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona

Smurfs Take> Flash for me has been on a good roll and has been for some time. This little quest of his has consistently solid story telling and some really good developments that have been a fun ride. It’s been a quality book.

punisher 7Punisher #7> LET THE PUNISHER FIT THE CRIME!
Can Zemo’s bid to turn Bagalia into a legitimate nation withstand the Punisher? What chance does the Rule of Law have in a land full of outlaws? Frank Castle is notoriously hard to kill, but an entire nation of super criminals might just do it.
Parental Advisory (S) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Greg Smallwood

Smurfs Take> The Punisher on the run and leaving a disaster in his wake. The perfect blend of Punisher we know and so much more. I don’t think this title has ever been this good.

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Your Quarters Worth

The Testament of Loki Book Review

By John Andreula

The Testament of Loki by Joanne Harris was a spectacular read. It is an excellent fantasy fiction book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It aptly blends traditional Norse mythology with our modern times. This makes for a unique tale that kept me wanting to know what was coming next, and what was next did not disappoint from beginning to end.

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Weekend Geek Update Spotlight

#Podcast #WGU Spotlight as Smurf does his first interview for the 2019 season as Kristina and Rafael Maldonado-Bad Hand sit in. The power couple have a new con they are bringing to Denver this summer called Indigenous Pop X. It’s colorful heritage, the motivation behind it, and what to expect. Also the latest coming from Aya Studios this year and thoughts of what is going on in the Geek world.