Lucky Number Seven
After premiering in April, Furious 7, the latest progeny of the Fast and Furious franchise, became one of the top-grossing films of 2015. Colorado Fast-philes undoubtedly recognized Pikes Peak when Vin and the gang parachute from a plane—in their cars!—and land in motion on a mountain roadway. Now that’s entertainment.

Fallon Fawns
Denver’s Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats made their first national TV appearance in August on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The host sure seemed to dig the band’s groove. After the performance, Fallon shouted, “Soulful!” and then called for a standing ovation.

By The Book
In Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Purity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), the title character relocates to Denver to work for an online magazine. Yes, just what Denver needs, another millennial. Shockingly, she does not ride a longboard to work.

Jazz Man
East High School alum Don Cheadle premiered his film directorial debut—Miles Ahead, a biopic of Miles Davis in which Cheadle also stars as the legendary musician—at the New York Film Festival in October. Evidently, Denver and its film fests aren’t fancy enough for the big-time Oscar nominee.

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