To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events are on hold, we will clue you into at least one local experience — this week: THEATREdART's spooky October partnership with the Manitou Springs Heritage Center — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support the arts during this difficult time.
Dungeons & Daddies
As co-host Freddie Wong will remind you at the top of each episode, this is not a BDSM podcast. Okay, sometimes it’s a BDSM podcast. Usually it’s a Dungeons & Dragons podcast about four dads from our world who were accidentally transported into the medieval fantasy world of the Forgotten Realms. There, they must go on a quest to save their children. Hosted by Wong, Anthony Burch, Matt Arnold, Will Campos and (fan-favorite) Beth May, this uproariously funny and irreverent podcast is full of colorful characters, absurd adventures and occasional heartfelt father-son bonding. And dick jokes. Lots and lots of dick jokes. Available on most podcast platforms.
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
Award-winning and beloved broadcaster and narrator David Attenborough has traveled the world in his 93 years of life, and once brought the world into our living rooms with the popular Planet Earth series. In this new Netflix documentary, Attenborough presents what he calls a “witness statement” about humanity’s destruction of Earth’s natural wonders. He talks about the great untamed wilds of our planet and how we as a species have sought to tame them. In many cases, we succeeded. At times heart-rending and at times determined and hopeful, Attenborough’s powerful observations drive home the reality of climate change and the urgent action it will take to reverse it. Available on Netflix.
We all love a good dungeon-crawler, and according to critics worldwide, Hades is one of the most memorable games of its genre in recent years. You play as the son of Hades, ancient Greek god of the Underworld, as you try to escape the monsters and mythological creatures of your father’s realm. You’ll encounter beautifully illustrated versions of Greek gods like Poseidon and Aphrodite who will help you along your quest, and you’ll earn weapons, powers and skills — some of which you get to keep after you die. (And, yes, you will die. Probably a lot. But it’s the Underworld, what did you expect?) IGN praises the game’s fast-paced action and persistently progressing story, calling Hades “one of a kind.” Available on PC and Nintendo Switch.
Colorado author Michael McBride has released the final book in his Unit 51 series just in time for the Halloween season, so you’d best get ready to get your pants scared off. The series deals with a group of scientists called to a top-secret facility in Antarctica to study strange, nonhuman remains and potential alien crafts, only to accidentally unleash something horrifying on the world. Expertly weaving genres — science fiction, horror and mystery — the story sets you up for suspense, and now that Mutation’s out, you don’t have to wait for its thrilling conclusion. If you’re looking for a binge-read about aliens, government conspiracies, ancient prophecies and a world-destroying virus that isn’t COVID, here you go. Available from most book retailers.