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  • Show and Tell: Bicycling
    After mastering a grueling and spectacular seven-stage route through scenic valleys and over mountain passes, the cyclists of the USA Pro Challenge 2014 rolled into town for an urban finale...
  • Cafe Society: Yeah, I Ate That
    I've been making the rounds at Civic Center Eats the past couple of weeks, prowling for something a tad bizarre, a bit more unusual than Korean tacos or gyros in a cone -- maybe for a food...
  • Cafe Society: Photos
    Sunshine, clouds, a little rain and a double rainbow that led directly to a golden pot of craft beer entertained beer drinkers last Friday in Civic Center Park, where California's Sierra...
  • Cafe Society: Beer Man
    Sierra Nevada Brewing didn't provide the double rainbow that arched across the sky above Civic Center Park last Friday. But the Chico, California-based brewery certainly took care of all the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing, the nation’s second-largest craft-beer maker, is nearing completion of a second production facility, this one near Asheville, North Carolina....
  • Cafe Society: Yeah, I Ate That
    Comfortable Food, a truck I caught up with at Civic Center Eats today, serves food under the motto "Zero pretension, 100% deliciousness." My lunch, though, was definitely operating with...
  • Cafe Society: Beer Man
    California's Sierra Nevada Brewing, the nation's second-largest craft beer maker, is nearing completion on a second production facility, this one near Asheville, North Carolina. And to...
  • Show and Tell: Photos
    Independence Day started early in Denver, with a fireworks display at Civic Center Park on July 3. Westword photographer Jake Shane attended the festivities. Check out some his photos below...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The Fourth of July is all about the bombs bursting in air and the stars and stripes forever, but it’s also about family and community and eating watermelon. Get your patriotism on a...
  • Show and Tell: Bicycling
    Today is the nineteenth annual Bike to Work Day, and registered riders, while reveling in the health benefits and environmental awareness that the event fosters, can also score some free...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Crank up the AC because it's official this weekend: Summer is here. That means your Xcel bill will soon go through your overheated roof, so save some money by hitting bargain events this...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    This weekend is full of free events -- whether you want to enjoy art while outside or inside. You can see downtown get turned into an arcade, check out historic hubcaps or have an artsy...
  • Cafe Society: Cafe Society
    The Kinfolks Soul Food Festival made a stop in Denver this past weekend, and sold out all 10,000 tickets available for Saturday's soul-food celebration in Civic Center Park. In addition to...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    June is here and with it comes summer. And summer time means rooftops, patios, grilling and festivals. Our top ten culinary events for June have all this and more, from bacon festivals to...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    If you were to make a short list of the greatest bass players of all time, Bootsy Collins would surely be included. After firing his backing band in the late '60s, James Brown hired Collins...
  • Cafe Society: Cafe Society
    This week in Cafe Society, reviewer Gretchen Kurtz got in touch with her inner veggie-girl at Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant in Boulder. For Chef and Tell, Lori Midson talked to chef de cuisine...
  • Cafe Society: Photos
    Don't pack your lunch today! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Civic Center Eats will be back in the park, where you'll be able to find it most Tuesdays and Thursdays until early October. The ninth...
  • Show and Tell: Fitness
    American Ninja Warrior returned to Denver this week to hold tryouts for the TV show. Challengers tackled an obstacle course set up in Civic Center Park in an attempt to prove they have what...
  • Cafe Society: Comment of the Day
    Cinco de Mayo brought the crowds to Civic Center Park this past weekend, where they listened to music, looked at lowriders, and ate such American inventions as the Pueblo slopper -- an...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    May has arrived, with good weather reports and a weekend full of fun. Not only is this Cinco de Mayo weekend, but eateries in the city's arts districts will be hopping on First Friday. You...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Are you eager to go out this weekend but have an empty wallet? Fortunately, Denver is full of inexpensive entertainment, from a Cinco de Mayo fest to a birthday bash for the late, great...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    With both 4/20 and Easter on Sunday, the city will be rolling in nugs and eggs and the city's favorite hybrid meal -- brunch -- will undoubted hit new highs. Whether you're out to celebrate...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Though last year’s event was overshadowed by the non-fatal shooting of three people in the crowd, the 420 Rally at Civic Center Park event was hitherto known as a peaceable gathering...
  • The Latest Word: Marijuana
    When I first moved to Denver in 2004, I had a very difficult time locating pot. I spent a lot of time at galleries, concert venues and taverns like Gabors and Bar Bar, asking everyone I met...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    The holiday season is heating up -- even if the temperature isn't. Save your cash for a new space heater and take advantage of this weekend's inexpensive entertainment options -- from a...
  • The Latest Word: Last Night
    Most people don't venture into Civic Center Park at night, let alone have dinner there. But Sunday night, CityBuild, a Downtown Denver Partnership initiative, did just that. Nearly 150...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Civic Center Eats has morphed over the years from its funky beginnings as an urban lunch-hour farmers’ market to a bi-weekly food-truck party — and, as Civic Center Conservancy...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Chef Shellie Kark is teaching a two-part class at the Denver Public Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, titled "Rooted: Heirloom Recipes as Family History." The first session is today, and...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Grab your turkey legs: The thirtieth annual Taste of Colorado will return to Civic Center Park this weekend, filing the space with more than fifty eateries and food establishments, as well...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    There's plenty to do this three-day weekend that won't have you spending all those hard-earned dollars. Celebrate Labor Day with a poolside concert and comedy show, jello wrestling, free...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The thirtieth annual A Taste of Colorado runs from Friday, August 23 through Labor Day. The four-day, free festival features food (well, you have to pay for that), music, and more....
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Festival season is in full swing, with a wide variety of outdoor celebrations this weekend. From Chipotle's Cultivate Festival to the annual Lafayette Peach Fest, you have endless...
  • Show and Tell: Books
    Civic Center Eats will sport a very tasty addition today: DPL Connect, a tricked-out trike that peddles (and pedals) a collection of free books (tomes being purged from the collection) and...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The third annual Ballpark Plates will hit it out of the park on Thursday, August 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For $30, enjoy complimentary food and drink samples at the following...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Denver Beer Co, 1695 Platte Street, is hosting Science on Tap from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening, in collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Museum curator Nicole Garneau, along...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    When Adam Lerner, MCA Denver's director and Chief Animator in the Department of Fabrications, took on the task of curating Denver Night, the culminating blowout party for the Biennial of the...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Chef Ian Kleinman of the Inventing Room is spearheading a Willy Wonka-themed dinner at Roth Distributing, 17801 East 40th Avenue in Aurora, this evening at 6:30 p.m. The seven-course dinner...
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    'Tis the season for movies under the stars, including this Thursday's free, bike-in screening of the 2007 Spanish-American drama Under the Same Moon. But this week is full of many more...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Civic Center Eats rolls on at Civic Center Park. The food-truck fest lands at the park at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Thursdays through September 26 (with the exception of July 4, August 29...
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    Celebrate Independence Day this week by freeing yourself from any reliance on your wallet. Whether you want to catch a horror film featuring creepy children, watch fireworks or dance to soul...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Looking for a place to view fireworks in honor of July 4, but don’t want to drop a paycheck for Colorado Rockies tickets? Check out the fourth annual Independence Eve celebration at...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Whether you want to get out of the heat and into an air-conditioned art museum to see shows and watch films or head outdoors for RiverFest or ballet in the park, there's plenty of...
  • Show and Tell: Architecture
    Thousands of professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, design and related occupations, along with many vendors, are meeting in Denver June 20-22 for the American Institute of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Create Denver Week is dead. Long live Create Denver -- all year long! Last week, while generating buzz for a new event called Come Play in the Park in Civic Center Park, the folks at the...
  • Show and Tell: GLBTQ
    Thousands of people flocked to Civic Center Park over the weekend for the return of Denver's two-day PrideFest party -- and we were there, too. Continue reading for a few of our favorite...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    In light of the recent passage of the civil-unions law in Colorado, this year’s two-day PrideFest 2013 will celebrate with “Focus on Our Families,” a weekend highlighting...
  • Show and Tell: GLBTQ
    With the "Focus on the Families" theme setting the tone for this year's PrideFest, there will be celebrations all over the city this weekend. While the official focus of the all-inclusive...
  • Cafe Society: Food Trucks
    Civic Center Eats started this week, filling Civic Center Park with live music, vendors and, above all, food every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The moveable feast will...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Civic Center Eats started this week at Civic Center Park. The food-truck fest lands at the park at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Thursdays through September 26. See also: - Photos: Civic...
  • Show and Tell: Summer Guide
    Summer is all about festivals: There's no better way to get away for a day without ever leaving town. International fests take you to faraway places right in your own back yard, others...
  • Show and Tell: Arts and Culture
    Civic Center Park played home to the 2013 People's Fair over the weekend for two days of food, entertainment and art. Keep reading for a few highlights from photographer Kyle Huninghake,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    A decades-old tradition, the CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair at Civic Center Park is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country. But the community gathering, which opens...
  • Show and Tell: Bicycling
    The Denver Cruisers might look like fish out of water, but these bikers defiantly swam around Denver on Wednesday night for their second ride this season. Continue reading for a few...
  • Backbeat: Eventful
    Feel like partying in the park this holiday weekend? Here's your soundtrack, courtesy of Jay Bianchi's Summer of Serendipity series. The two days of free music this weekend at Civic Center...
  • Show and Tell: Photos
    Civic Center Park was filled with color and culture over the weekend during the city's annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. The all-day event featured food, dancers, costumes and chihuahua...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Happy Friday! Don't drink too much at First Friday, because Cinco de Mayo is this Sunday. Here are five of the top food and drink celebrations going down around town -- and if you know of...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    No need to fear a future full of talking machines that are smarter than humans -- that future is already here. Local company Gamma Two Robotics specializes in artificial intelligence, and...
  • Show and Tell: Getting Stoned
    This weekend's 4/20 celebration, which was marked by a shooting that left three people injured, gathered tens of thousands of marijuana enthusiasts together in Civic Center Park. Before the...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    There are so many fun things to spend money on in the fall, like sweaters and butternut squash soup and fancy lattes. So why spend money on entertaining fun? Fortunately, you won't have to...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Denver runners, rockers and residents are well acquainted by now with the hallmarks of the Sports Authority Rock ’n’ Roll Denver Marathon: the bands, the cheerleader squads, the...
  • The Latest Word: Occupy Denver
    Occupy Denver took the city by storm last year. Six days after Occupy Wall Street's September 17 launch in New York, the local branch placed its finger on the city's political pulse. In the...
  • The Latest Word: Politics
    Denver residents gathered today in Civic Center to honor the eleventh anniversary of September 11, 2001. This year's "Colorado Remembers" event featured Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver...
  • Cafe Society: Photos
    This weekend's A Taste of Colorado filled attendees up with a mouth-watering spectrum of local cuisine, but corn on the cob appeared in abundance. Revisit the weekend's food and...
  • Cafe Society: Photos
    Over the weekend, the Justice League of Street Food gathered for a seasonal hurrah as summer starts to give way to fall. The group's pool party featured drinks, dancing and -- of course --...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Since etiquette of yore prohibits the wearing of white after Labor Day, be sure to wear all of your white attire on this three-day weekend. And there will be plenty of places to display your...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    A Taste of Colorado is all about the rattlesnake brats this year -- and pulled wild-boar sandwiches, curried goat, beet burgers and chocolate-covered bacon. "We've always been known for...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Hungry? This weekend the 29th annual Taste of Colorado will fill Civic Center Park with over sixty vendors serving up eats, as well as daily chef demonstrations, food-eating contests and...
  • Cafe Society: Contests
    Update: The winners have been notified! Thanks. A Taste of Colorado will return to Civic Center Park this weekend for its twenty-ninth year of fun and serious food. Seriously: The Taste...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The 29th annual Taste of Colorado gets under way at Civic Center Park this Friday and runs through September 3. The end-of-summer festival is known for celebrating unusual foods --...
  • Cafe Society: The Dish
    When Felipe Cufre moved from Argentina to Denver three years ago to join his American wife, he knew he wanted to do something related to food. He was working on a cookbook when he stumbled...
  • Show and Tell: Poetry
    The Youth Connection will host a poetry slam/open-mike event at 4 p.m. today in Civic Center Park, in conjunction with Senator Mike Johnston's Summer of Safety program. The slam is the last...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Since you're probably spending every extra dollar on the air- conditioning bill this month, it's hard to find money for fun stuff. Help is at hand, with this week's list of ten events you...
  • Show and Tell: Events
    Private fireworks are banned in Colorado and many municipalities across the state have cancelled their fireworks displays this year -- but the shows will go on in a few spots.There are still...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Considering that the United States was built on the radical concept that happiness and comfort should be accessible to everyone, our national independence came at an inconvenient time of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Looking for some good July 4 pre-game fun? Tonight, the Civic Center Conservancy and Anadarko present Independence Eve at Civic Center Park, a night of fireworks and music set to the...
  • Show and Tell: Photos
    What better time to strip down than on a hot June weekend? And what better place to do it than at Denver PrideFest, where we found attendees fighting for their right to get nearly naked all...
  • Backbeat: Reviews
    FAB MORVAN @ DENVER PRIDEFEST 2012 at CIVIC CENTER | 6.16.12 Denver PrideFest 2012 played host to the first solo American appearance of Fab Morvan -- better known as the brown-eyed one...
  • Show and Tell: Over the Weekend
    Like the PrideFest parades and celebrations of yore, Denver's 2012 edition left me sunburned, emotionally confused, laughing and borderline crying. I was laughing because, in my hour or so...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    There's a lot to celebrate this weekend. And whether you're celebrating gay rights, dads, seeing Old School projected on a sports field...or all three!, there's plenty of fun to be had for...
  • The Latest Word: Occupy Denver
    Update, 9 a.m. June 16: This event has been canceled. Original post: Although the protesters are expecting a showdown, the results could be more like a meltdown: Tomorrow, members of the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Four "out" lawmakers -- senators Pat Steadman and Lucia Guzman, and representatives Mark Ferrandino and Sue Schafer -- will serve as Denver PrideFest 2012's Grand Marshals this year,...
  • Backbeat: Interviews
    See Also: • Fab Morvan on performing Milli Vanilli songs solo for the first time at PrideFest • Family-friendly or adults-only, PrideFest 2012 has celebrations for all The music industry...
  • Backbeat: Interviews
    Milli Vanilli will always be a part of pop-culture history. In February 1990, the duo of Fabrice Morvan (due this Saturday at Denver PrideFest at Civic Center Park) and Rob Pilatus won the...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The Denver FIVE dinner at the Village Cork, 1300 South Pearl Street, sold out over the weekend and there's no waiting list, but there are many other events on the culinary calendar this...
  • The Latest Word: Follow That Story
    They're getting close! Updates to Civic Center Park have shuttered many of its features for months as crews repair work funded by $9.5 million from the Denver Better Bond Project. Surrounded...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Civic Center Eats kicks off today at Civic Center Park. The mobile food celebration will roll into the park every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through September 27. This...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Summer is in full swing -- as evidenced by the blossoming of the local street-food scene -- and its culinary fruits are bountiful. Here's a taste of what's on the calendar for the first...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    It's should be a beautiful weekend in the neighborhood, and not just because there's a Mister Rogers-themed exhibit opening. From yoga in the park to yet another adult prom to a variety of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The Capitol Hill People's Fair customarily kicks off the summer at Civic Center Park, making it one of those tried-and-true traditions that you almost don't want to see change. You go for...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Three-day weekends rule, and this one is certain to be a hit. The city is bursting with stuff to do, and you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to do it. Watch Footloose, see a Tim and...
  • The Latest Word: Follow That Story
    Civic Center Park will soon be back in shape. The city closed the park in late March, but employees are re-sodding the Broadway Terrace this afternoon. The work is expected to continue...
  • The Latest Word: News
    Within the next three to nine months, Denver's Civic Center could become the city's first national historic landmark. Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Hancock testified at a National Park...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Happy Friday! Don't drink too much at First Friday, because Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby will go head to head in a battle for your hearts and stomachs tomorrow. Here's a quick...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    From Cinco de Mayo celebrations to the First Friday art walk, Denver has plenty of stuff going on this weekend that won't totally demolish your savings. Whether you fancy mariachi music,...
  • The Latest Word: Occupy Denver
    Update, 3 p.m. May 1: Today, hundreds of protesters took the day off from work and school to spend it with Occupy Denver in Civic Center Park. For the local movement and its community...
  • The Latest Word: Marijuana
    You've read pot critic William Breathes's take on 4/20 in Civic Center Park this past Friday. Now see photos from the scene there -- cops, advocates, MMJ patients and those just looking for...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    This weekend is all about the green. Whether you're into partying with the sort-of legal kind at the countless 4/20 events on Friday or celebrating the less controversial plants at Earth Day...
  • The Latest Word: Marijuana
    See Also: Wyclef Jean contract with CU confirms $80K fee, plus a look at the performance rider (Photos) Free Wyclef Jean 420 show at CU in Boulder draws unbelievably paltry crowd There's a...
  • The Latest Word: Occupy Denver
    Today, on Occupy Denver's six-month anniversary, the organization is separated from its long-time home in Civic Center Park. Regardless of whether you expected the movement to make it this...
  • The Latest Word: Occupy Denver
    Tomorrow, Occupy Denver turns six months old -- and sometimes it feels as though protest years are like dog years. In the first in two posts marking the date, we look back through our...
  • The Latest Word: Occupy Denver
    Today's hearing over an Occupy Denver lawsuit targeting the city and county the group calls home began promptly with a look at the group's history. Protester and photographer Tanner Spendley...
  • Cafe Society: Cafe Society
    More than 2,000 people showed up for the final Civic Center Eats of the season. "It was a great summer and went out with a bang," says Kevin Morrison of Pinche Tacos. "It was a record day...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    It's Labor Day weekend, and you know what that means: A Taste of Colorado, the annual eating orgy that's also a tasty opportunity for people-watching, will fill Civic Center Park today...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Goliath turkey legs and fresh corn shedding tears of butter: Those are still the most sought-after gut-busters at the Taste of Colorado, Denver's Labor Day Weekend tribute to food. "The...
  • Backbeat: Interviews
    Boyz II Men (due this Monday, September 5 at the Taste of Colorado) is the best selling R&B group of all time. Having sold over sixty million albums worldwide and continuing to tour...
  • Cafe Society: Contests
    Update: 9:50 a.m. Thursday: Thanks for playing everyone! The contest is over, we've picked our winners. We won't announce them here until all the prizes have been picked up. Five $50 gift...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Civic Center Eats, billed as "the largest gathering of food trucks in metro Denver," is back in Civic Center Park for the summer. The inaugural event yesterday drew such standbys as...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Visit Civic Center Park between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday through the end of September for Civic Center Eats, a festival of food from many of Denver's most popular trucks,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Last summer's hit parade of gourmet street-food vendors is back for another full-throttled feeding frenzy at Civic Center Park, home turf to Civic Center EATS, one of the city's hottest...
  • Culture: Art
    I've long thought of Denver as being the Rodney Dangerfield of American cities, because we just can't get no respect. But ever since the Democrats announced they would hold their national...
  • News: Featured Stories
    10:30 p.m. Civic Center Park is breathtaking at night. The moonlight illuminates the white marble of the Beaux Arts buildings, bringing out every curve, every cornice. There is a stillness...

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