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  • The Denver Mint shows its metal

    published Sep 03, 2008

    Minty fresh. The Denver Mint, which was shuttered last week during the Democratic National Convention (allegedly to conduct “inventory”), was back in business Tuesday, September 2. Too bad i... More >>

  • Freedom fighters rejoice: SkyNet MIA at DNC

    published Sep 02, 2008

    SkyNet may or may not be back. Those fearing the coming apocalypse were surely not happy when Denver officials unveiled SkyNet, a giant LED screen strapped to the side of the Colorado Convention ... More >>

  • Where were all the prostitutes at the DNC?

    published Sep 02, 2008

    "I wish I'd been hooking in Denver for the DNC." Right now, everyone is hard at work dissecting the various successes and failures of the DNC. They’re talking about the dearth of cabs, the profu... More >>

  • There and Barack again: the journey to and from Mile High

    published Aug 29, 2008

    Lines, lines, everywhere lines. The day started out so well. At 10 a.m., my boyfriend and I heard from friends who had two extra community credentials to Barack Obama's historic acceptance speec... More >>

  • The end of the Democratic National Convention

    published Aug 29, 2008

    At last. Oh yeah: After 8 p.m. during the big Invesco Field at Mile High Show on Thursday, Barack Obama came out and talked for a while. Not a bad speaker... -- Michael Roberts... More >>

  • The Springsteen- and Bon Jovi-free DNC acceptance speech

    published Aug 29, 2008

    "Now please welcome... who?" One of the big debates among inhabitants of section 524 at Barack Obama's Invesco Field at Mile High acceptance speech on Thursday involved the musical acts that woul... More >>

  • The downside of patriotic displays at the DNC/Obama acceptance speech

    published Aug 29, 2008

    The stars and stripes, supersized. Shortly after the speakers began appearing at Barack Obama's Invesco Field at Mile High acceptance shindig, crews of yellow-smocked minions (whose activities at... More >>

  • Al Gore scores at the Obama acceptance speech

    published Aug 29, 2008

    Al Gore, bigger than life (if that's possible). What an unlikely journey it's been for Al Gore. When he ran for the presidency in 2000, he didn't engender the sort of enthusiasm among rank-and-fi... More >>

  • An empty I-25 outside Invesco Field for the Obama speech

    published Aug 29, 2008

    No slowdowns on I-25... Took a look outside Invesco Field at Mile High around 6 p.m. on Thursday in time to catch an astonishing sight: the security-related closure of I-25, seen here. For a mome... More >>

  • Our Obama speech section leader

    published Aug 29, 2008

    "And a-one, and a-two." With hours to wait until the main festivities began, those of us fortunate enough to make it through the huge lines leading to Barack Obama's Invesco Field at Mile High DN... More >>

  • Jennifer Hudson makes a wrong turn at Obama's DNC speech

    published Aug 29, 2008

    Jennifer Hudson wisely fleeing the little people. Most of the celebrities and performers on hand at Barack Obama's Invesco Field at Mile High acceptance speech no doubt came and went through entr... More >>

  • Scanning the skies before Obama's acceptance speech

    published Aug 29, 2008

    "Look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Obama Man!" Our seats for the Barack Obama DNC acceptance speech were also quite close to a platform from which security personnel continuously scanned for ... More >>

  • Watching the Obama acceptance speech from Bob Uecker's seats

    published Aug 29, 2008

    Our section. Watching Barack Obama's Democratic National Convention acceptance speech made my family and I feel more than a mile high -- since we were in section 524, in Invesco Field's north end... More >>

  • Mile High Stadium -- a little behind the times

    published Aug 29, 2008

    John Lynch -- Bronco no more. Just prior to finding my family in the massive line to Invesco Field prior to the Barack Obama acceptance speech, I was handed a bottle of water by a happy volunteer... More >>

  • The endless line to the Obamathon at Mile High

    published Aug 29, 2008

    The underpass morass. Heeding media reports advising attendees of Barack Obama's Invesco Field at Mile High acceptance speech to get an early start, I left Westword's 10th and Broadway offices at... More >>

  • Obama in LoDo: Party for the masses

    published Aug 29, 2008

    The Jet Hotel welcomed the masses. Some of us weren’t VIP enough to get into Invesco last night, and some of us were just too lazy to stand in line. For all of the above, there was a populist s... More >>

  • From Barack Obama to Carl's Pizza

    published Aug 29, 2008

    Carl's, please don't change! Change can make a person hungry. And after standing in line in the sun for two and a half hours, watching speeches and bands for another five (Yes We Can!), hearing ... More >>

  • Joe Biden sends his love to ex-Bronco Floyd Little

    published Aug 29, 2008

    Vote for Floyd! One of the best Denver moments from Thursday night’s Democratic National Convention was the opening of vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s speech. "Ladies and gentlemen I... More >>

  • Obamanator brings together beer and politics at the DNC

    published Aug 28, 2008

    Obamanator gets all political. Maibock lagers are a German-style beer, traditionally brewed in the spring and early summer and given a name that ends in “ator.” So even though it’s closer t... More >>

  • Taste of Philly

    published Aug 27, 2008

    Bringing Philly to Denver. Taste of Philly 1116 Broadway 303-861-5222 Mushroom Philly $7.25 for a 12-inch I haven’t been to Philadelphia since I was around twelve years old, and I don’t reca... More >>

  • Buddy Moore and the truth about 9/11

    published Aug 27, 2008

    The 9/11 Truth movement may have found a friend in Buddy Moore, who is running for the U.S. Senate as an independent. Buddy Moore's bus. Moore’s giant, and questionably road-worthy, bus led a c... More >>

  • Rock Bottom's Political Ale

    published Aug 25, 2008

    Rock Bottom should stay out of politics. Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery was bumpin’ on Monday, August 25, at lunchtime, full of business crowd regulars, gawking Denver-tourists-in-their-own-t... More >>

  • Charlie Rangel on the Sixteenth Street Mall

    published Aug 25, 2008

    Charlie Rangel painted the town blue. Denver, worked into a DNC lather, can’t get enough famous people. Either that or longtime Democratic New York Representative Charlie Rangel’s blue suit w... More >>

  • The view from Inside the Pepsi Center

    published Aug 22, 2008

    Check one two. I didn’t learn much during the Pepsi Center’s community walk-through today that I didn’t already know, but I did get a feel for just how massive an operation the Democratic Na... More >>

  • Bernar Venet sculpture finds a home in Commons Park

    published Aug 22, 2008

    Bernar Venet's "222.5º Arc x 5." Within the last week, the City of Denver decided that Bernar Venet’s "222.5º Arc x 5" will be permanently displayed in Commons Park near Little Raven Street ab... More >>

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