First Take

I Like It Like That: Favreau's "Chef" offers food, music, heart

Oct 1, 2015

As the film opens, the Wild Magnolias’ version of "Iko Iko/Brother John" is slowly pumping up the volume while the camera zooms in on close-ups of a chef’s hands expertly dicing up fennel fronds, zesting lemons, seasoning pots, and slicing up juicy fruit sections.  It’s mouth watering and it’s funky and you know something tasty is getting ready to happen in “Chef” (2014).

“Autumn Leaves” | Stories of Standards

Sep 28, 2015; info from

“Autumn Leaves,” composed by Joseph Kosma and featuring lyrics by the French poet, Jacques Prevert, debuted as “Les Feuilles Mortes.” Yves Montand performed the song in the 1946 poetic realism film, Les Portes de la Nuit, a dark drama set in post-World War II Paris.

When did you last witness a total, super moon, blood red lunar eclipse in the early evening? If you cannot recall a specific time, do not feel lonely. For many, this alignment of rare occurrences will only happen once in a lifetime.

The Beer Bible

Sep 23, 2015

It's official, and just in time for the Great American Beer Festival.  Portland-based writer Jeff Alworth has written "The Beer Bible" (2015, Workman Publishing, 644 pages).  In Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, Alworth visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

Beer for the Genius

Sep 23, 2015

From the "For the Genius" series (counter to the other series "for dummies"), Denver-based alcohol writer Richard English visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to discuss his "Barrel-aged compendium of Frosty Beer Knowledge," "Beer for the Genius."

"The very ancient times of beer, from its discovery up through the early days of Christianity, beer has been right there," said English.  His book contends "Beer history is human history."

Art, politics, gender relations, commerce, it's all there in a very fun style of prose and design.