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The Truth opens in Paris, but not the monumental Paris of the Eiffel Tower or the Champs Elysees. The story takes place at one house, a big house, with enough trees and grass around it to insulate it from the city. Through the trees, you can glimpse a bus passing on a busy street. In winter, the city will be more visible and louder. For now, though, it’s a protected space for a family to get on each other’s nerves about the stuff that French movie families annoy each other about, and actual families experience with maybe less drama. The house, by the way, needs paint and work on the masonry exterior. Behind the house, there’s a prison – all of this part of the uneasy setting.

Courtesy of The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1879

On a warm Fort Collins evening, Ann Diaz hands out cardboard boxes to the ladies of The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1879.

The boxes are filled with copies of the local TALA unit's two-year-long labor of love to write and publish the cookbook, "SerVe: Revisiting A Century of American Legion Auxiliary Cookbooks."

As the title suggests, it's an anthology of 100 years worth of recipes from around the country. But it's not just about food.

Rae Ellen Bichell / Mountain West News Bureau

Dearfield, Colorado, is one of the last standing towns started by Black homesteaders in the Great Plains. Now, property in the ghost town has changed hands, ensuring that key sites will be protected.

Netflix

Da 5 Bloods is like a lot of Spike Lee’s films. It can be brilliant and original, and also tedious and commonplace. It’s sometimes thrilling and perceptive, and also dreary and routine. Overall, though, it’s a critically important demonstration of what the war in Vietnam did to the disproportionate number of black soldiers at the time – and by way of fearsome, debilitating PTSD, how that misery continues in the present.

Courtesy of DMNS

The exhibit “The Art of the Brick” has traveled to more than 20 countries, 100 cities and six continents, but LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya says he’s always wanted to have an exhibition at its current stop, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

“This is the first museum I ever visited,” Sawaya said at a recent press conference. “My grandparents brought me here when I was very, very young. It’s very special to have an exhibition here now.”

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Three months after going dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic, museums in Colorado are beginning to reopen their doors. But like everyone, they're adjusting to the new normal.

On the heels of outdoor cultural venues like the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Zoo opening, indoor venues including History Colorado, the Museo de las Americas and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science announced their reopenings.

Vimeo

For a good 45 minutes, Joan of Arc looks like it was put together by Monty Python. It’s so stiff and awkward, you figure it’s got to be intentional parody of the many other films about the 15th century St. Joan.

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The phrase “We’re all in this together” has become a bit of a cliché during the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is saying it, from politicians to celebrities to car dealerships.

“Unfortunately, when we say, ‘we’re all in this together’ - it’s a nice aphorism but it doesn’t go far enough,” Denver bio-artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy said.

Leigh Paterson / KUNC

In the midst of protests throughout Downtown Denver, graffiti artist Hiero Veiga added detail to the petals of a rose on the side of a storefront off busy Colfax Avenue. He and muralist Thomas "Detour" Evans are painting a portrait of George Floyd. Two weeks ago, Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, sparking outrage across the country.

Against a backdrop that has seen property damaged during protests and police shooting tear gas and rubber bullets, the bright colors making up Floyd's serene gaze alongside the delicate flowers are a kind of respite.

Matt Bloom/KUNC

Starting June 4, Rocky Mountain National Park will institute a new timed entry program that requires all visitors to reserve a time slot ahead of their visit. Permits for June and July are available for sale starting Thursday, May 28 at recreation.gov.

Under the plan, groups of visitors will arrive at the park in two-hour windows between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Roughly 5,000 vehiclesor 60% of the park’s normal capacitywill get to enter each day.

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