Cirque Voltaire and The Widow’s Bane rock the Oriental Theater

Credits: Jess d’Arbonne

Cirque Voltaire and The Widow’s Bane rock the Oriental Theater

Take some acrobats, aerial dancers, and stilt walkers. Now throw in some metal sculptures and psychedelic artwork. Now toss in zombies, live music, burlesque, and a gothic World War II theme. What you’ll get is the greatest show on Earth––and definitely the most fascinating performance in Denver––in the form of Cirque Voltaire.

On Friday night the curious and the colorful converged on the Oriental Theater in the Denver Highlands for this unique performance by Cirque Voltaire and everyone’s favorite local zombie feel-good band, The Widow’s Bane.

The evening started with art installations both inside and out of the Oriental. The artists were there to talk about their work and hawk their wares. Then the circus took the stage for an all-encompassing artistic experience.

From the costumes to the live music, Cirque Voltaire is not your granny’s circus troupe. With a gothic flair and more than a little social commentary, the troupe seamlessly mixed acrobatics, burlesque dancing, stilt walking, and human marionettes to tell a story of creativity and the freedom of the human spirit rising above oppression and the threat of boredom and dreariness. It was, in a word, fascinating.

And lest you think this was simply a show to watch quietly in your seat, the performers actually encouraged the audience to play along. And play along they did, booing when the bad guys were bad, and cheering when the circus won the day.

Then The Widow’s Bane took the stage. How does one describe this band? “Zombie pirate death polka” is how they would describe themselves, but even that eclectic terminology doesn’t begin to encompass the creativity, the addictiveness, and the wicked good fun that is The Widow’s Bane.

The band members have taken on the personas of 200-year-old cursed zombies, and rarely appear in public out of character. Their songs encompass cheerful subjects like death, betrayal, maiming, love lost, black magic, and the evils of the fairer sex. Their rioting roots music sound is paired with ridiculously catchy lyrics like these from their latest creation:

Don’t be afraid. It’s only death. It’s just as natural as your first breath. Life’s a bitch and then you die. Hell’s a myth and Heaven’s just a lie.

Being circus performers, the Cirque Voltaire troupe stuck around to lead the audience in dancing to The Widow’s Bane. When all was said and done, the Cirque Voltaire performance was a unique and exciting way to spend a Friday night. Here’s hoping this quirky little circus troupe sticks around to bring more of their unique brand of entertainment to the Mile High City.

Stay informed, stay alive: Visit The Widow’s Bane’s website to listen to tracks, buy their CD, and find out where they’re playing next. Check out Cirque Voltaire on Facebook to find out where the mad troupe is performing next.

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New comic book releases 5/23/12

New comic book releases 5/23/12

New comic book releases for the week of 5/23/12. Here they are, this week’s best offerings just in time for that long road trip you have planned for Memorial Day weekend. Some titles to consider this week: DC Comics Batman Incoporated #1 is generating some heat this week in comic reader circles, while over at Marvel Comics Astonishing X-Men #50 has had some buzz in the media recently (discussed on the television talk show The View) due to the impending marriage of one of its chracters, Boom! Studios wraps up the brilliant Mark Waid series Irredeemable with issue #37 (did you know that this series was both Eisner and Harvey Award nominated), and finally fans of Stan “The Man” Lee may want to check out his latest creation Stan Lees Mighty 7 #2 from Archie Comics. Meanwhile, closer to home, over at Escapist Comics there are some cool sales brewing. What better way to stock up on some great comics than their Giant Sized Comic Book Warehouse Sale in West Berkeley on 5/27. While instore, they are offering some great discounts through Memorial Day. For those choosing to consume their comic quota digitally Escapist Comics also has you covered with their digital service. Until the next episode, enjoy!

 
 
DC/VERTIGO
 
ALL STAR WESTERN #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS) $3.99
AQUAMAN #9 $2.99
BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 $2.99
BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 02 KNIGHTQUEST $29.99
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS) $2.99
DOMINIQUE LAVEAU VOODOO CHILD #3 $2.99
FABLES #117 $2.99
FLASH #9 $2.99
FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #9 $2.99
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #9 $2.99
I VAMPIRE #9 $2.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #9 $2.99
MAD ARCHIVES HC VOL 03 $59.99
NIGHTWING #8 2ND PTG $2.99
SAVAGE HAWKMAN #9 $2.99
SHOWCASE PRESENTS SEA DEVILS TP VOL 01 $19.99
STORMWATCH TP VOL 01 THE DARK SIDE $14.99
SUPERMAN #9 $2.99
TEEN TITANS #9 (THE CULLING) $2.99
UNWRITTEN #37 $2.99
VOODOO #9 $2.99

MARVEL
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #686 ENDS $3.99
ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 $3.99
AVENGERS #25 2ND PTG ACUNA VAR AVX $3.99
AVENGERS MANY FACES OF HENRY PYM TP $19.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA #12 $3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND HAWKEYE #631 $2.99
DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE PREM HC NO MORE HEROES $19.99
DEADPOOL #55 $2.99
DEADPOOL MAX TP INVOLUNTARY ARMAGEDDON $19.99
DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ #7 $3.99
FANTASTIC FOUR #606 $2.99
HULK #52 $2.99
HULK SMASH AVENGERS #4 $2.99
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #638 EXILED $2.99
MARVEL UNIVERSE SPIDER-MAN AMAZING FANTASY DIGEST TP $9.99
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2 $2.99
MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY #2 $3.99
MIGHTY THOR #14 $3.99
MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 07 $24.99
MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 07 DM VAR ED 44 $24.99
MMW ATLAS ERA JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY HC VOL 04 $64.99
MMW ATLAS ERA JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY HC VOL 04 DM VAR ED 180 $64.99
SECRET AVENGERS #27 AVX $3.99
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN DOSM FALLOUT TP $19.99
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #12 $3.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE OTHERWORLD PREM HC $24.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 03 DARK ANGEL SAGA BOOK 01 $19.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #9 2ND PTG BACHALO VAR AVX $3.99

DARK HORSE
ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $49.99
ADVENTURES OF DOG MENDONCA PIZZABOY TP $12.99
BTVS SEASON 8 LIBRARY HC VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME $29.99
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #12 $7.99
DOCTOR SOLAR MAN OF THE ATOM TP VOL 02 REVELATION $15.99
GUILD FAWKES #1 $3.50
MIND MGMT #1 $3.99
ORCHID #7 $3.50
RAGEMOOR #3 $3.50
RESIDENT ALIEN #1 $3.50
STAR WARS DARTH VADER GHOST PRISON #1 $3.50

IMAGE
CHEW #26 $2.99
ELEPHANTMEN #39 $3.99
HAUNT TP VOL 03 $14.99
NEAR DEATH #8 $2.99
NETHERWORLD TP $19.99
NO PLACE LIKE HOME #4 $2.99
PROPHET #25 $2.99
THIEF OF THIEVES #2 3RD PTG $2.99
THIEF OF THIEVES #3 3RD PTG $2.99
THIEF OF THIEVES #4 2ND PTG $2.99
WITCHBLADE #156 $2.99
YOUNGBLOOD #71 $2.99

MISCELLANEOUS PUBLISHERS
BART SIMPSON COMICS #71 $2.99
BEST SHOT IN THE WEST ADVENTURES OF NAT LOVE GN $19.99
BIG NATE WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG TP $9.99
BUCK ROGERS IN 25TH CENTURY DAILIES HC VOL 06 1936-1938 $49.99
CALIGULA TP VOL 01 $19.99
CAVEWOMAN MUTATION #2 $3.75
CLINT 2.0 #1 $6.99
COBRA ONGOING #13 $3.99
COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS GN $21.99
CROSSED BADLANDS #6 $3.99
ELRIC THE BALANCE LOST #10 $3.99
FATHOM KIANI VOL 2 #2 CVR A NOME $3.50
FATHOM KIANI VOL 2 #2 CVR B RYAN $3.50
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO TP VOL 04 $19.99
GODZILLA ONGOING #1 $3.99
GOLDEN AGE WESTERN COMICS HC $24.95
GREEN HORNET #25 $3.99
HELLRAISER #14 $3.99
HERO COMICS 2012 $3.99
ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #37 $15.00
INTERIORAE TP $19.99
IRREDEEMABLE #37 $3.99
JOE HILL THE CAPE HC $24.99
KEVIN SMITH BIONIC MAN #9 $3.99
LEES TOY REVIEW #220 SPRING ISSUE $6.95

LORD OF THE JUNGLE ANNUAL #1 $4.99
MAGIC THE GATHERING #4 $3.99
MAKESHIFT MIRACLE HC VOL 01 GIRL FROM NOWHERE $19.99
QUEEN SONJA TP VOL 03 COMING OF AGE $19.99
SMOKE AND MIRRORS #3 $3.99
SOULFIRE VOL 3 #8 CVR A FABOK $3.50
SOULFIRE VOL 3 #8 CVR B BENITEZ $3.50
STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES HC VOL 03 MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER $39.99
TIME FOR FRANK AND HIS FRIEND GN $14.95
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE ONGOING #5 $3.99
TRUE BLOOD ONGOING #1 $3.99
WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #12 $3.99
ZORRO RIDES AGAIN TP VOL 01 $19.99

KIDS COMICS
ARCHIE #633 $2.99
JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #181 $3.99
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE TP VOL 01 BERRY FUN $14.99

MANGA
DELTORA QUEST GN VOL 06 $10.99

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CW’s ‘Arrow’ to debut this Fall

Credits: CW
Months after a Green Arrow-based television show was reportedly in the works, the CW has officially picked up the show to debut Wednesdays this Fall.
 
The new show simply titled “Arrow” tells the story of Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Amell, a former playboy who becomes a vigilante after being marooned on an island for five years.
The CW’s website sums up the show as follows:

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

New steampunk zombie novel ‘The Inexplicables’ coming this fall

Credits: Tor Books

New steampunk zombie novel ‘The Inexplicables’ coming this fall

When it comes to steampunk and zombies, one author reigns supreme. Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century book series has had zombiephiles and steampunk fans champing at the bit for more since the first book, “Boneshaker,” was released in 2009.

Three books, one novella, one short story, and a movie deal for “Boneshaker” later and the Seattle-based author has announced that the fourth book, “The Inexplicables,” will be ready for readers this November.

“The Inexplicables” tells the story of Rector “Wreck ’em” Sherman, Zeke Wilkes, and their posse of adolescent miscreants in the walled-off city of what used to be Seattle during the Civil War. The boys must navigate the dangers of the city––poisonous gases, roaming hordes of the undead, and the seedy underbelly of crime that keeps Seattle alive––in order to stop the newest monsters in town, known only as “Inexplicables.”

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‘The Hunger Games’ movie coming to DVD & Bluray on August 18th

Credits: Lionsgate

‘The Hunger Games’ movie coming to DVD & Bluray on August 18th

The Hunger Games movie will officially be released on Bluray and DVD in the U.S. at 12:01 am on August 18th, confirming previous theories about the movie’s home release date. A digital download will become available at the same time.

Lionsgate is counting down the next twelve weeks until the movie’s home release, starting with the official DVD trailer release on Entertainment Weekly. The DVD/Bluray will be avalable for pre-order starting on Friday.

They’re hoping a midnight release will create the same frenzy that the movie’s theatrical release did.

“The motion picture event of the year is poised to become the home entertainment event of the year,” Lionsgate’s VP of Home Entertainment Ron Schwartz told EW. “With a midnight launch and midnight retail events scheduled at stores around the country, we expect to replicate the same level of consumer excitement generated by the film’s theatrical debut.”

According to EW, the two-disc set will include three hours of bonus materials, including “The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games,” an eight-part documentary about making the movie, plus interviews with the cast and crew, and a feature on changes that were made from the book. The Capitol propaganda film that was shown during the Reaping scene in the movie is also included in the bonus features.

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‘Dark Shadows’ was a fresh take on a cult classic

Credits: Warner Bros. movie promo

‘Dark Shadows’ was a fresh take on a cult classic

Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” hit the theaters this weekend and even though it couldn’t knock “The Avengers” from their top spot, it still did well in the box office.

“Dark Shadows” was a refreshing look at the 1960’s cult classic. Burton did well with showing the history of Barnabas Collins and the curse from the witch Angelique. He introduced the first meeting of Barnabas and Angelique, as a simple glimpse and interest of two children in different social circles. The look between the two characters easily shows the passion that the two would have as adults.

The human life of Barnabas was interesting. It showed Barnabas as a ladies man who threw away women’s hearts like the daily trash. It was a very good background story to Barnabas curse and showed that he had a lot to learn.

Barnabas as a vampire was great. He actually drank blood and killed people, a refershing idea for vampire movies today. He had blood on his face, he compelled people, and he sought vengeance when he needed it. He was a monster but also a monster that did love, as true to the story of “Dracula”.

The movie was funny as well. Barnabas’ encounters with the future people and gadgets were some of the funniest scenes in the movie. But, my most favorite was his time around the camp fire with the hippies. It started out as funny and even deeply emotional but ended violently, a perfect mix just like the movie.

The soundtrack was great. The sex scenes were perfect. The interaction between the Collins and Barnabas was wonderful. We all know that Burton tells a good story but doesn’t go into depth so no one should be surprised that the character weren’t extremely deep.

But, my favorite character was Caroline. I do hope that in the sequel that they will show more of her. According to the last screen shot, the psychiatrist may be Barnabas next love stricken vixen.

I highly recommend this movie if you love action, romance, and comedy all rolled into one.

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Civil War zombie movie ‘Exit Humanity’ gets U.S. release date

Credits: Foresight Features

Civil War zombie movie ‘Exit Humanity’ gets U.S. release date

Just when you thought you’d seen everything they could possibly throw in a zombie movie, Canadian filmmaker John Geddes brings us “Exit Humanity,” a Civil War era zombie apocalypse story.

Watch the trailer for “Exit Humanity” right here. Do not adjust your screens. It really is as awesome as it looks.

After receiving insanely good reviews from the film festival circuit, “Exit Humanity” has at last been slated for a DVD and on-demand release in the US on June 19th. The film follows Edward Young, a Civil War veteran who deals with the horror of war only to come home and find out that his real horror story is just beginning. Having nothing left to lose, Young joins with a group of other survivors to fight againt the unexplained zombie outbreak, as well as a sadistic former Union army colonel.

From the film’s description:

“How does a man deal with the loss of everything meaningful in his life, and the loss of mankind’s humanity amongst chaos and despair? Set in 1870’s Tennessee, Exit Humanity is the legend of Edward Young’s horrific and dramatic journey through an unexplainable outbreak of the walking dead to lay to rest the most important thing in his life, his son’s ashes. The bleak post-Civil War era backdrop highlights the severe divide that the United States was facing, and the true loss of hope that so many felt during this period in history.”

Every zombie movie worth its dead weight in corpses is about more than zombies, and “Exit Humanity” is no different. It explores the themes of guilt and redemption, and the effects of extreme stress and trauma on the human psyche. On top of that, it seems like an original take on the zombie genre by virtue of its setting alone.

The film uses mixed media to tell its story, combining animation and live action to shape the story around Edward Young’s illustrated diary.

“Exit Humanity” stars Bill Moseley (“Devil’s Rejects,” “House of 1000 Corpses”), Dee Wallace (“E.T.,” “Cujo”), Stephen McHattie (“The Watchmen,” “300”), and newcomer Mark Gibson. It is narrated by the inestimable Brian Cox (“The Bourne Identity,” “Deadwood,” “Troy,” “Braveheart,” “X-Men2,” and everything).

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‘The Hunger Games’ nominated for 2012 Teen Choice Awards

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‘The Hunger Games’ nominated for 2012 Teen Choice Awards

Already nominated for eight MTV Movie Awards, The Hunger Games is now in the running for several categories in the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

Airing July 22nd on FOX, the 2012 Teen Choice Awards invite fans between the ages of 13-19 to vote online for their favorites in a variety of categories. This year, The Hunger Games and its cast is up for six Teen Choice Awards in the following categories:

  • Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Josh Hutcherson)
  • Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Jennifer Lawrence)
  • Choice Single by a Female Artist: “Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift
  • Choice Male Hottie: Liam Hemsowrth
  • The Hunger Games is facing some fierce competition in its categories, including box office powerhouse The Avengers and past favorite The Twilight Saga. Teens can vote now once per day up to the awards show in July Choice Book: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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Major villain rises to power in ‘Hulk of Arabia’

Credits: Patrick Zircher, Marvel Comics

Major villain rises to power in ‘Hulk of Arabia’

When Marvel announced the “Hulk of Arabia” storyarc at San Diego ComicCon 2011, they promised to introduce a Dr. Doom level villain in the Middle East. Dagan Shah’s rise to become The Sultan Magus lived up to the hype, as he and his new nation of Sharzhad are firmly established as a mega power in the Marvel Universe. Well crafted by writer Jeff Parker and artist Patrick Zircher, “Hulk of Arabia” continues the strained relationship between Red Hulk and the U.S. government while, also, fleshing out a nearly vacant part of the MU.

When one of General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (aka the Red Hulk)’s former military compatriots is killed while a mercenary in the Middle East, Hulk sets off to get answers. That answer comes in the form of Dagan Shah, leader of a nomadic rebel group, now the ruler of Sharzhad, quite possibly the most powerful Middle Eastern country, and known as The Sultan Magus. How he came into so much power and was able to build a nation in so short a time is revealed within “Hulk of Arabia” and Parker did an excellent job of believably placing Magus and Sharzhad firmly into the Marvel Universe. Zircher’s art not only masterfully executes the story, but, literally, builds Sharzhad, and its citizens, from the ground up in majestic fashion. Add to that, suburb appearances by the military android, Machine Man, and the Afghani super hero, The Arabian Knight, and this tale is a remarkable effort in character and world building. Something much needed in the overabundance of New York City centric stories in the Marvel Universe. The Secret Avengers interfering with Ross’ quest also further explores the delicate relationship between the Red Hulk and the Avengers. Shah’s power source also allows for the creation of additional super humans, which will only continue to build Sharzhad’s significance. The Sultan Magus can next be seen in upcoming issues of Dark Avengers

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‘Vampire Diaries’ season three recap with slideshow

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‘Vampire Diaries’ season three recap with slideshow

Last night, the season three finale of the “Vampire Diaries” aired and boy did it have a lot of surprises for the viewers. But, one could say that the entire season was packed full of action and romance.

The love triangles and romances were intense- Elena and Stefan, Elena and Damon, Rebekkah and Damon, Caroline and Tyler, Klaus and Caroline, and Jeremy and Bonnie.

The switching of enemies to allies to enemies and back again was confusing. There was more backstabbing in one episode than there is in most other shows in a season. Klaus was bad, then you began to like him and then well he dies. Rebekkah was hated then got close to Elena and she almost seemed human. She then turned again and got hurt by Damon and then tried to kill Elena. She will definitely be ousted this next season, at least for a little while.

Elijah changed his allegiance by going back and forth with hating his brother and then wanting to help again.

But, I think the big bad of the season that was so sad was Alric. Alric was the only adult that Elena and Jeremy had to turn to and then he turned evil and then into a vampire and hunter. It seems as if there is no one that Elena can trust not even Stefan.

It seemed that this season Damon, who is always viewed as bad, came out the cleanest this season.

Season three was the most intense and the best yet. No one was safe and that is why viewers love the show. 

Well, enjoy the slideshow of the pictures from season three and comment on your favorite.

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