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).
Why Colorado private investigators need to see Wonder Woman at a Littleton or Sloans Lake Alamo Drafthouse
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
Steve Trevor is not a private investigator. If you want to see an undercover operative in action, however --and you're also okay with a spy portrayal that is more fanciful than true-to-life-- Wonder Woman is the summer blockbuster that you can't miss.
Due to it's, so far, ginormous box office returns you'll find it playing in theater's all over Colorado, however, you need to see it at Littleton or Sloan's Lake Alamo Drafthouse before it leaves the theater on June 29th if you want to catch the pre-show reel that includes a fast forward foray through Steve Trevor's last several decades of undercover aviation espionage operations.
Trevor, who Wonder Woman's creator, Dr. William Moulton Marston, introduced in 1941, according to the Wonder Woman Wiki,was originally US Army Intelligence World War II officer going under cover as a Nazi pilot who crash landed on Paradise Island (the island's name was changed to Themyscira in 1987). You'll see several different versions of the origin story crash land the pre-show reel if you head to Alamo.
And if the pre-show clips aren't enough incentive to make the pilgrimage to Littleton or the Sloans Lake Alamo Drafthouse (which opened a little more than a month ago) then perhaps their full service lunch and dinner menus and full service cocktail cocktail bar will be. But if you miss that chance, no worries. It's playing at every other theater in Colorado.
Here's one more interesting investigator industry tie-in. In addition to being the world renowned research scientist who created Wonder Woman for DC Comics (which was short for "Detective Comics"), William Moulton Marston is also the credited creator of the systolic blood pressure test. The modern polygraph or, as it is more commonly known, "lie detector test" was later invented by John Augustus Larson with Marston's systolic blood pressure test as a vital component.
According to reviews of Jill Lepore's book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, a lot of influences went into Wonder Woman's character including early suffragette images, his domestic partner, Olive Byrne --who wore two identical bracelets-- and the personality of Byrne's aunt, Margaret Sanger who was also the founder of Planned Parenthood.
Some elements from the comics and early TV versions, like Wonder Woman's invisible jet are also missing from the new movie. The magic lasso that compels people to tell the truth, however, plays a vital role in moving the movie plot forward and it's golden glow make it dazzling to watch. Especially in light of the fact that the lasso is the brainchild of one of the polygraph test creators.
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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