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2008 Stories by Erin Vanderberg

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  • Play That Funky Music

    published December 25, 2008

    These days, children of the ’80s are the 18-to-28-year-old demographic, which means that when a venue hosts an ’80s night, it hits the... More >>

  • You Beta, You Beta, You Bet

    published December 25, 2008

    Here’s the scene: It’s getting late on Christmas night, the orgy of gift-giving was over hours ago, and you’ve eaten enough to... More >>

  • It's Christmas, Charlie Brown

    published December 18, 2008

    Christmas music is one of the most hallowed holiday traditions for me because it brings all the memories back and provides the soundtrack for new... More >>

  • Ciné Cult Classic

    published December 11, 2008

    Tonight, the Alliance Française de Denver — founded in 1897, it’s one of the area’s oldest non-profit organizations —... More >>

  • Fine Ar(t)vada

    published December 4, 2008

    Although Denver was just a short drive from my childhood home in Arvada, my regular cultural exposure came from the Arvada Center for the Arts and... More >>

  • Gobblin' Sans Gobbler

    published November 27, 2008

    "Vegans, vegetarians and omnivores welcome!” says Mike Stabler of Rocky Mountain Animal Defense’s first-ever Turkey-Free Thursday... More >>

  • Funny Girl

    published October 23, 2008

    Paula Poundstone is lucky. If she wasn’t so funny, she’d be that crazy lady at the end of the street who plays board games with... More >>

  • Apocalypse Now

    published October 2, 2008

    “Apocalyptic,” “playful,” “druggy,” “deviant,” “defying analysis”: These are just some of the... More >>

  • That's All Folk

    published October 2, 2008

    “Folk is a bad word, in a way,” says Laura McGaughey of the Swallow Hill Music Association. “When people think of folk music, they... More >>

  • Absolutely Authentic

    published September 25, 2008

    Keep the DeLorean in the garage: This weekend, time travel is as easy as a trip to the Fort in Morrison, where the Tesoro Foundation will host the... More >>

  • A Taste of Early Colorado

    published September 11, 2008

    When I was growing up in Colorado, there was never a shortage of field trips to the various little houses on the prairie sprinkled around metro... More >>

  • Armed and Dangerous

    published September 11, 2008

    The organized sport of arm wrestling started as a bar-room diversion encouraged largely by the efforts of newspaper columnist Bill Soberanes, who... More >>

  • A Walk to Remember

    published September 4, 2008

    About 8,000 people will get physical in Cheesman Park today to show their support for the Colorado AIDS Project, its sister organizations and... More >>

  • Mahalo Mercury

    published August 28, 2008

    What started as a kitschy birthday party for swing dancer extraordinaire Tiffiny Wine has morphed into an end-of-summer standard at the Mercury... More >>

  • A Day At the Park(s)

    published August 28, 2008

    Joggers love crushed granite. Maybe that’s why the Aetna Park to Park 10 Miler is so popular: Its ten-mile course connects four city... More >>

  • All's Fair at the Fair

    published August 21, 2008

    Even before Colorado became the 38th state in the Union, in 1876, the “state” fair had already dug in its spurs, showcasing bovine... More >>

  • Folk Me!

    published August 14, 2008

    Gather together, festivarians! The eighteenth annual Folks Festival takes place in Lyons this weekend at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch (500... More >>

  • Rock the Vote

    published July 31, 2008

    If not for lowbrow art and a lackluster Elvis impersonator, El Vez might never have been born. But history conspired to have Robert Lopez —... More >>

  • Fiesta Time

    published July 31, 2008

    “August is one of the most heavily attended First Fridays, so we wanted to take advantage of that and have a party,” says Andrea Barela,... More >>

  • Big Scooter Nights

    published July 24, 2008

    For Colin Shattuck, it all started with ska music. The founder of Sportique Scooters had always loved the rude-boy lifestyle, and when he grew up,... More >>

  • Music and Lyrics

    published June 26, 2008

    Enjoy Tango Music and Dancing With the Just Desserts tonight at the Mercury Cafe. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Lisa Shawley and Michael Shay... More >>

  • Greener Pastures

    published June 19, 2008

    The doctor is in. If you’ve been grappling with making your lifestyle choices greener, the presenters and exhibitors at the EarthWorks... More >>

  • Art on the Rise

    published June 12, 2008

    Since 2005, the burgeoning East End Arts District has held biannual art walks to showcase the reinvented neighborhood and its new wares. But this... More >>

  • A Healthy Appreciation

    published June 12, 2008

    We all know what keeps the masses flocking to Colorado: the Rocky Mountain High — that special brand of adrenaline offered to all active... More >>

  • Good Morning, Vietnam!

    published June 5, 2008

    “Life has changed over the last fifty years for Vietnamese women, gaining more rights and freedoms — but with the pressures of family... More >>

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