“Even bad men love their mommas.”
Here’s a story on a local bakery that a friend and I put together for a class project.
Azucar Bakery: A Sweet Dream
Reporter: Mireya Saenz
Camera: Felipe Diaz
Azucar Bakery is more than a place to get custom-made Peruvian desserts, it’s where one Peruvian immigrant invests all of her creativity and passion on a day-to-day basis. What started as just a birthday cake for her son, has now flourished into a successful bakery where Coloradans come to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Photo credit: James Dimagiba.
Last weekend was the inaugural Stanley Film Festival, a four-day fright fest held in the legendary Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. Apart from spooking scores of guests since its opening over a century ago, this historically haunted hotel was the inspiration behind Stephen King’s The Shining — making it the perfect site for a horror film festival.
Film screenings, Q&A panels, award ceremonies, and lodging were all readily available to pass holders at the hotel — all accumulating on the presentation of the festival’s very first Visionary Award to horror-industry triple threat Eli Roth.
Opening night saw guests full of anticipation greeted by staff in fictionally iconic Overlook Hotel red jackets and a mix of directors and actors walking the red carpet. Among them was James DeMonaco, writer and director of The Purge, the festival’s opening night feature.
Starring Lena Headey and Ethan Hawke, The Purge is a look into the near future of a dystopian America in disguise. The year is 2022 and crime, violence, and unemployment are virtually nonexistent; but only because the U.S. government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period when all crime — even murder — becomes legal.
Safe in their home behind their panic room-style security system, the Sandin family prepares for a peaceful night at home. That is, until the youngest of the family has a crisis of conscious and allows a stranger into their home to help him escape his pursuers.
But the man is homeless, among the Purge’s most common victims, and his pursuers believe they have a right to kill him and demand he be handed over. Now, the Sandin’s must decide if their safety is really worth losing their morality.
By the end, the film becomes much more than another thriller. At times, it’s full of the signature tricks trademarked by most horror flicks, but the film’s context of class and race is what keeps it from simply becoming a futuristic version of The Strangers.
Writer and director James DeMonaco took some time to talk to 303 Magazine about his film at the Stanley Film Festival.
TLC has jumped back into the real estate game with its newest competition series, Four Houses, in which four contestants showcase, critique, and rate each others’ homes for a shot at $10,000 and the chance to have their home featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.
The show has already filmed in states like New York, Florida, Texas, and New Jersey. It finally came to Colorado in November and compared houses in Denver, Boulder, Parker, and Sedalia.
Representing the Lower Highlands (LoHi) neighborhood in Denver is local real estate investor Liza Kampstra. Originally from Maryland, she moved to Boulder in 2001, then spent some time in Golden before finally settling down in Denver in August of 2011.