• What Happened to Rod Smith?

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    A new spot for BlackJack Pizza showed up in our inbox, right next to the Lillian Vernon catalog. It’s created by Tucson’s Dog Dog Boy advertising. In our humble Egotist opinion, it’s better than the old Rod Smith stuff, but is it as good as it could be?

    Now, BlackJack has a number of locations in Tucson, but following our current rant about Colorado businesses going elsewhere, it seems that a company started in Colorado might enjoy a Colorado agency?

    Additionally, we were wondering what the hell recommended copywriter talent Tom Van Ness is doing as the scientist on the left. So we asked him. Turns out the agency found him and the rest of his improv pals at Impulse Theater and asked them to send in audition tapes, thus landing roles in the new spot.

    Love it? Hate it? Think you could do better?

  • ADCD Student Show Tonight

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    The Art Directors Club of Denver is hosting the 2008 Student Show tonight. Details below. We’re not quite sure what’s going on in the image by Red Rocks Community College student Melissa Perkins, but let’s just say we’ll be tracking her down at the show to find out where the after-party be at.

  • Long Chicken

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    We, uh…just watch.

  • Art at the D Note

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    Artist Max Kauffman let us know he has an opening tonight at the D Note in Old Town Arvada. It features work he created while “sitting in” with bands at various venues.

    The reception runs tonight from 6 – 9 P.M. If you haven’t been to the D Note, it’s worth the short trip west on I-70. Yes, you’ll be entering the ‘burbs, but Old Town is not without its charm. Vintage storefronts. Old lamposts. Town drunks. And the D Note offers live music every night and slings some great pizza (even Westword’s Jason Sheehan likes it).

  • Noooooooooooooo!!!

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    We were sitting in the kitchen this morning, enjoying a warm bowl of Malt-O-Meal while gazing out the window at this season’s first glorious snowfall. Thoughts of crackling fires, sledding, and whitewashing little Billy Peterson’s fat face in a snow bank filled our heads. And as our minds wandered to simpler times, there came a thud at the front porch. What could it be? Gramma’s homemade holiday brittle arriving early via UPS? The wool turtleneck we ordered from L.L. Bean just yesterday? An adorable puppy being abandoned in a charming basket that could later be re-purposed as a log holder near the hearth? No. Sadly, it wasn’t any of these things.

    It was just another g*@damn, motherf*#!ing, piece of sh#t Yellow Book arriving. It seems every three days another one lands on our porch. The delivery van disappeared in a whirl of snow and fog before we even had time to pack a snowball.

    As savvy blog readers, we know you likely find any goods and services you need right here on the internet. But we’re curious if you know anyone who still turns to the Yellow Pages (or whatever other publisher) as a reference tool? Do you have any clients who advertise in them? Granted, we (you included) are of a different generation, but we’re wondering if these things shouldn’t just go away for good. And we’re also wondering if you have any green ideas (aside from recycling, of course) on how to re-use these things? Please ponder while we reheat our Malt-O-Meal.

  • That's 1,050 in Dog Years!

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    The Queen City of the Plains (Denver to you outsiders) is turning 150 years old this very month. In honor of that honor, heaps of dandy goings-on are going on. Perhaps the most poignant one for us is the Denver Arts Week.

    Every one here at the Egotist, from CEO Gene down to the guy who mops the floors, who we think is named Lyle or Lee agrees that you should get out and have a look at the artwork, architecture, films and other goodies that celebrate 150 years of Denver.

    And you fancy lads out there will rejoice at the Denver Daisy, a wonderfully vibrant little blossom cultivated just for Denver. Check it out here along with more fun activities.

    Now go out there and give your city a great big hug. Do it! Or we’ll send Lyle or Lee after you.

  • Doing a Costco Run, Who Wants Sour Patch Kids?

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    The 31st Starz Denver Film Festival kicks off tonight with The Brothers Bloom from director Rian Johnson. The film, about two con men who take a New Jersey heiress on a misadventure to far-away places, stars Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz and Mark Ruffalo.

    The film fest runs tonight through Nov. 23. We want to know if you’re planning to attend any of the screenings? What are you seeing? If you do go, report back with a succinctly clever nine-word review and we’ll share it.

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