If you asked the average person to name something Denver and Seattle have in common, other than their football teams facing off in this year's Super Bowl, he'd likely answer, "Legal pot." But for whatever reason, neither VISIT DENVER nor Visit Seattle are currently using this fact to pitch their res ... More >>
My Christmas wish list, not surprisingly, lends itself to all things culinary -- including cookbooks, of which I already have hundreds. But there were a few cookbooks that I treated myself to early: Pok Pok, by Andy Ricker, which is one most detailed (some might say daunting) explorations of Thai co ... More >>
FRI | DELTRON 3030 at 1STBANK CENTER | 11/15/13 Deltron 3030 isn't so much a group or an album as it is a mode of thought, and there are few hip-hop albums (or albums of any genre, for that matter) with the cinematic quality of this group's self-titled debut. Dan the Automator created deeply textur ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book ... More >>
Supposedly, albums are where it's at. That's when the artist is supposed to bring their A-game, convert the doubters, all that good stuff. So why is it that a lot of the time it's the mixtapes that are the most enjoyable? Maybe it's because so many mixtapes are when artists are still building their ... More >>
Some movies are all about place, and Louis Malle's Atlantic City, a story set on the cusp of change in the resort town, during an in-between time when in real-time the boardwalk's grand old buildings were giving away to modern casinos. Against this no man's land of dying grandeur, aging numbers runn ... More >>
The influence of Sid Caesar's early television variety series Your Show of Shows runs deep, and the 1982 comedy My Favorite Year, inspired by an actual appearance on the show by the charming but washed-up actor Errol Flynn, plays like an inside joke. As with TV's The Dick Van Dyke Show from two deca ... More >>
Matt Dillon's been all over the board over the years, from his roots as a rough and pretty teen with a James Dean vibe to later comic character roles in films like Singles, The Flamingo Kid and Mr. Wonderful. And somewhere in between, he delivered an unforgettable performance as the Portland junkie ... More >>
Steve Martin and I go back a long way. I remember Steve from his SNL days, playing the banjo with an arrow through his head, a wild and crazy guy who perfected his idiot role in such movies as The Jerk (1979) and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). Yes, he took side trips from that stereotype in Penni ... More >>
I try not to interject my pushy self into these posts, dear readers, but American Graffiti is personal. I'm not sure how many times I've seen this movie -- in dark theaters, over a big Red Moon pizza at the Cinderella Twin, on television, on video and DVD and probably in my dreams. It's the epitome ... More >>
Pop culture can inspire some strange culinary creations; a creep-tastic example is Alamo Drafthouse's new duo of wines based on Silence of the Lambs: "The Cannibal Chianti," a nod to Hannibal Lecter, connoisseur of two-legged protein, and "Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio," an homage to Buffalo Bill, our ... More >>
Movies, like pop music, often seem more momentous in the context of their times. That's especially true in the case of The Harder They Come; the film, which first screened in the U.S. in 1973, hit at a time when reggae music was not yet a big part of the popular vernacular. With a story set in Jamai ... More >>
The first film by Martin Scorcese that truly wore his mark, Mean Streets is a small and personal tour de force, held together by a killer jukebox score and the explosive on-screen meeting of Robert De Niro (as the ne'er-do-well gambler, Johnny Boy) and Harvey Keitel (as Charlie, a conflicted small-t ... More >>
Forty years after it was made, viewers are still split over Lindsay Anderson's 1973 picaresque O Lucky Man!, the second of three films the British satirist made with Malcolm McDowell, who'd already garnered recognition for handling a difficult role as the sociopathic hooligan Alex in Stanley Kubrick ... More >>
Before the original Alien clinched stardom for director Ridley Scott, back when Blade Runner was just a twinkle in Scott's imaginative eye, there was his first film, The Duellists, a Napoleonic-era yarn based on a slip of a real incident that was later embellished into a short story by Joseph Conrad ... More >>
This is the second installment in Susan Froyd's weekly Repertory Cinema Wishlist. To be fair, you can't really pick just one Robert Altman movie; the iconoclastic director's prolific career -- with its roller coaster of highs and lows, big and little movies, theater adapted to film, and sprawling ... More >>
Bummed out about the annual spring blizzard that just hit a city that was 71 degrees two days ago? The Grawlix feel your pain. In a timely teaser release for the premiere of their pilot, Those Who Can't (a potential sitcom about three inept teachers in a Denver high school), these three characters d ... More >>
There are certain snacks and sips that were just too good to last forever -- but they damn well should have! Some really great ideas didn't last much past their initial hype; the companies responsible hurled them almost as quickly as they'd unfurled them. And while discontinued items do, on occasion ... More >>
Groups of friends have been enjoying nights out in the nice weather this week -- and when it comes to street style, friends are always a good accessory. Education and insurance investor Melina Ward was spotted with her pals in tow, and was even wearing her friend's coat at the time. Continue reading ... More >>
Now and then, companies send us medical marijuana-related products ranging from vaporizers to board games to books. We showcase them in our quasi-regular product review section, Stoner MacGyver. The latest? Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana -Medical, Recreational and Scientific
John Buechner, former mayor of Boulder and former head of the University of Colorado, thinks he has some solutions to the challenges of local government -- mainly that elected officials don't actually get that much done and citizens don't really care. He outlines his prescription for low-level pol ... More >>
Who should learn -- or re-learn -- how to give their lovers the best oral sex possible? Everyone. Local sex educator Shanna Katz has a new book out this week, Oral Sex That'll Blow Her Mind: An Illustrated Guide to Giving Her Amazing Orgasms. Her inspiration for this guide was simple: She wanted t ... More >>
Every week, writers for Westword and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant, magazine-style feature writing, a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories. Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True Crime Ant ... More >>
Now and then, companies send us medical marijuana-related products ranging from vaporizers to board games. We showcase them in our quasi-regular product review section, Stoner MacGyver. The latest? The Little Black Book of Marijuana by Steve Elliott.
The Fried Twinkie Manifesto was never expected to hit the big-time. Its author, Denver local Ryan Moehring, wrote it in his spare time (concurrently holding down a day-job as a government employee), found an editor on Craigslist, got a friend to design the cover and put up the cash to publish it him ... More >>
With major comebacks and massive hits, 2011 was the year of the women, from Beyoncé to Miley Cyrus. Without singers like Adele, we wouldn't have songs to cry along with, and without Katy Perry, we wouldn't have any songs to hum at our nine to five. So what exactly were the biggest pop moments of 20 ... More >>
Steve Cogil opened the first Tattered Cover on the corner of East 2nd Avenue and Detroit Street in Cherry Creek in 1971. It was small -- less than a thousand square feet. Three years later, Joyce Meskis took the reins of the space. In the decades since that, the Cherry Creek space moved again ... More >>
The internet age just got a little weirder. One of Denver's most prolific musicians, Tommy Metz (AKA Iuengliss) decided his 2010 album, Blossom Frontier, wasn't up to snuff, so he pulled it, remixed it, re-mastered it and redid the artwork. He even renamed it to Frontier, which we're pretty s ... More >>
It was somewhere around 8 o'clock when the woman in front started dancing like crazy. She had to be in her forties, maybe fifties. She was dancing to Snake Rattle Rattle Snake at the Walnut Room in front of a collection of VIPs who had been summoned to witness the launch of Cricket's new Muve Music. ... More >>
When George Lucas created Star Wars he had no idea it was going to become the phenomenon that it did. In fact, if it wasn't for the dedicated merchandising work of Howard Roffman that caused the resurgence of popularity, we may not have ever seen revival of the brand. However, where there is ... More >>
DeVotchKa has finished up work its new album, 100 Lovers. The first track from the new record, due out Tuesday, March 1, on Anti-, "100 Hundred Other Lovers," officially went on sale on Amazon and iTunes this past Friday. Astute netizens, however, can download the track for free on Stereogum ... More >>
Jumpin Jammerz, a brand of footy-pajamas for adults, is currently the number one Google search in the United States. At its peak, earlier this morning, people were searching for Jumpin Jammerz at a faster rate than people were searching for Barack Obama on the day of his inauguration.
Here's a great capper to an already memorable year for Nathaniel Rateliff, a year in which he made friends and fans on Daytrotter's Barnstormer tour and garnered acclaim here and across the pond with his Rounder debut, In Memory of Loss, earning praise from some of that continent's most respe ... More >>
Last week in Poptimystic, we talked about Taylor Swift and her unparalleled ability to sell albums in the current music industry wasteland. But the album is not what it once was, and the ability to sell singles may actually be a better litmus test of an artist's influence. It remains the un ... More >>
Say what you will about the guilty train wreck that is the Twilight series, but the indulgent fluff that's being spooned up by teenage girls (and voyeuristic women) the world over has got a lot of people laughing all the way to the bank. Including Gina Meyers, who penned Love at First Bite: ... More >>
The latest release from Zachary Tipton's I am the Dot project has arrived and, in case you're keeping track, this makes the fourth release since his first Dot EP last November. The latest release is a three-song called Minimal Love and it may be the best thing he's released yet. The EP sta ... More >>
Cookies and sprinkles and barium, oh my!This Melissa & Doug wooden slice and bake cookie set seemed like the perfect gift for that toddler with baker aspirations. Unfortunately, among the painted-on sprinkles and icing, Health Canada discovered an unwanted ingredient: barium. Excessive amoun ... More >>
The Denver Book Malls epilogue becomes a new beginning.
Illustration: Todd WebbLast month, we mentioned Robert Schneider's new project Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine. And earlier this week, Schneider, the ever prolific Apples in Stereo mastermind, released his debut under the Robbert Bobbert moniker, and already the whimsical, kid-centric project ... More >>
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