By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator
With 8.4 breweries per capita (Colorado is third in the nation) Denver distilleries are no anomaly. Given the mile high city's epic frontier, crime and bootlegger history, however it is surprising that Detective and film noir themed parties are as rare as grizzly bear sightings.
You'll be able to catch one of those rare opportunities on Saturday, July 8th when the Clifford Still Museum hosts DiSTILLed: Noir. The theme draws inspiration from Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford, an exhibit they are running in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum.
The invitation encourages participants to "dress in your noir best" which may actually make this the best private investigator date night event in the city's post-speakeasy history. The party will also include blackout poetry (popularized by the writer Austin Kleon) and a detail detective game to play in the galleries.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. As well as getting you access to the party and galleries, entry includes two bands (one of them is blues) spinning spiral video projections, a cash bar with a selection of locally brewed gin, beer and vodka. There will also be a selection of Filipino food and Sleuths with a sweet tooth can hover by the candy station!
The Clyfford Still museum is located at:
1250 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
DiSTILLed Noir takes place Saturday, July 8th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Advanced tickets available on the website.
For discounted parking garages near the Museum, guests may use Parking Panda and the promotion code: CLYFFORD15. Metered street parking is also available. Bike racks are located on the south side of the Museum.
If you're planning to drive in from Wyoming, Ft Collins, Boulder, Louisville or Westminster click here for directions. If you're coming from Colorado Springs, Monument, Castle Rock, Centennial, Parker, Lone Tree, Englewood other places south of Denver, drive north on I-25 to the Lincoln-Broadway exit (207).
By Susanna Speier,
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
If you're looking for an excuse to invest in a Series 2 Apple Watch (which run as high as $399) and do surveillance work, Emmy Award winner investigator, Brian Bates of Bates Investigates has just scripted your justification -I mean- tax write-off for you.
“The primary reason I justified the price is the fact it works very well as a covert audio recorder. You can easily pay $200+ for a quality audio-only watch audio recorder. I'd rather spend the money on an Apple Watch that does much more and is superior in quality. Sure, cell phones record audio - but they are widely recognized as audio recorders and people are on alert for them. To me, in my work, a covert audio record is indispensable.”
Bates had also purchased the version 1 iteration when that came out however he returned it after two weeks. Generation 2, by contrast is something he wears everyday and finds useful in his work.
See also: What real detectives think about the Dick Tracy inspired Apple Watch.
"The watch is also great when I'm in the courtroom." He adds. "Most in our area do not allow cell phones to even be visible to the bailiff. This makes checking emails and text messages impossible - unless you're wearing a smart watch. So far, no judges have banned these watches."
Colorado Apple Store retail locations include Boulder (29th street) Broomfield (Flatiron), Denver (Cherry Creek), Littleton (Aspen Grove) and Lone Tree (Park Meadows).
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