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    October 2, 2014
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    September 2, 2014

    Retail and the Lost Art of Customer Service

    This past weekend, I decided to take a trip back to my old stomping grounds, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Working there off and on from 1996 to 2013, I spent a lot of time wandering the building's hallowed shopping mall halls (when you work retail, you do a lot of on-the-clock ambling and hidin ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    Catherine Opie talks selfies, AIDS and her shift from representation to abstraction

    Catherine Opie began shooting photographs at the height of the AIDS crisis. Her portraits of LGBTQ people were born from the urgency of the moment: She was watching her friends die. Over the years, her work has evolved from documentary portraiture and landscapes toward greater abstraction and a stud ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Five rules for making sure nobody reads your band's Twitter or Facebook

    Rule No. 1: Invite me to everything. I love your band -- I bought your cassette, even though I don't have a Walkman, and I bought your shirt, even though I'm getting to that age where band shirts fit me a bit like a corset, and I like your Facebook page. What's missing? My iPhone isn't telling m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Now Showing: Photographers Mark Sink and Kristen Hatgi Sink

    For this year's Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide (you'll find it tucked into our September 26 issue), we asked artistic movers and shakers to answer a few questions about the state of the arts, both locally and around the world. We'll be rolling out their answers over the next few weeks in pa ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013
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    April 18, 2013
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    April 12, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (8 free!), April 12-14

    Warmer weather is back, so it's time to get out of the house and have some fun in Denver this weekend. From Doors Open Denver, which opens up dozens of historic buildings, to art openings and a cat show, there's plenty to do in this town for pennies. We've highlighted ten of the best events that cos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Jones on Fire, by a Denver games developer, sets mobile gaming aflame

    Endless runners -- if you've played Temple Run or Jetpack Joyride, you know the routine: Collect coins, jump over stuff, die, rinse and repeat. Jones on Fire, made by Denver-based developer Glass Bottom Games for iOS and Android, is a little different. Its low-fi graphics and little blocky kittens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Michael Hawkins and James Ward, alleged schmucks, busted thanks to Find my iPhone app

    Pretty much everyone in these United States understands that smartphones are essentially tracking devices. Even photos taken with them include GPS coordinates, as fugitive antivirus king John McAfee learned when authorities tracked him down in Guatemala this week. An iPhone led to the busts of Micha ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    July 27, 2012

    Stoner MacGyver marijuana product review: Cannabis Logbook 1.5 iPhone app

    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? Cannabis Logbook 1.5 iPhone app.

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    July 26, 2012

    Trace Bundy on the impact of YouTube, rocking a mullet and getting his start playing metal

    See Also: - Trace Bundy talks about his unexpected success in South Korea - Heaven Fest quickly growing into a destination festival - HeavenFest's pure motives Boulder-based guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy has been a YouTube sensation for a few years now with more than twenty million views of his vario ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012 offers smartphone solution to Denver's bike-theft problem

    You know that awful feeling when you approach the spot where you parked your bike only to find that some or all of it has been stolen? Well, a new smartphone app -- whose makers are now looking to tap into the Denver market -- is designed to give victims of bike theft a glimmer of hope at a time whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Avenge past misspellings and help promote literacy at the Denver Bee

    It's hard to ever really recover from losing a spelling bee: You remember the terror as you tentatively said another letter, that awful buzzer sound, the eternal shame that you misspelled the word "satellite." But now the the first annual Denver Bee this Saturday night is offering a way to put to re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Fracking fluid about as clear as drilling rules in Colorado

    Denver blog posts, assume the position. The Colorado Independent's Troy Hooper doesn't think Governor John Hickenlooper's fracking task force has done much to clear up confusion over rules for local governments. Denver Frank: In the market for a bulletproof iPhone case? Big Media's Jason Salzman ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    The Forkly iPhone app update should please Instagram users

    Denver-based Forkly, the iPhone app that encourages users to share photos of what they're eating while out and rate the dish, debuted a new look Friday with its 2.0 update, one that will be familiar to users of one of the most popular photo apps around.

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    February 2, 2012

    Britt Madden works with a letterpress and an iPhone. Which one is art?

    When talking to Britt Madden about her show opening this Friday at Kaze Gallery, Diversions, which features eight pieces of iPhotography, she reminded me that not too long ago, photographers, "real" photographers, wouldn't have anything to do with digital photography. "There are the guys saying iPh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Reader: Print is dead, and someone should tell the Denver Post

    Greg Moore.​Our item about the elimination of a stand-alone Travel section in the Denver Post's Sunday paper speaks to the continuing challenges facing traditional media organs. This development sparked one reader to wonder why the Post hasn't gone entirely digital.

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    September 15, 2011
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    September 1, 2011
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    August 1, 2011

    Kings of Leon cancel tour, including two dates at Red Rocks on August 31 and September 1

    ​After Kings of Leon's trainwreck of a show in Dallas over the weekend, it's not all that surprising to hear that the band has canceled the rest of its current tour, including a two night stand at Red Rocks on August 31 and September 1. "We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are canceling thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Netflix's betrayal is nothing compared to what Google, Apple and Facebook are already doing

    Mo' money, mo' problems.​Yesterday, Netflix informed its users that from September on, its services are going to cost more and offer less -- a pretty harsh blow to its wide base of users. The move came as a surprise to many Netflix customers, who have flooded the Netflix Facebook page, blog an ... More >>

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    June 19, 2011

    Top ten tweets from Westword Music Showcase, a.k.a. #wms11

    The Sword ​You can't be everywhere at once, especially during events like Saturday's Westword Music Showcase, with more than a dozen venues across a few blocks in the Golden Triangle. Thankfully, we've got Twitter to read about people complaining and dancing and high-fiving across the festival ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    The hard cell: Ditch the electronics when you're in a restaurant

    ​Welcome to In the Weeds. Kyle will be right with you -- most likely to complain about something. Usually he is pleasant, but this is his place to blow off some steam. Don't take it personally; he just needs to vent because he's been doing this for about thirteen years. Enjoy your meal. Some ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    George W. Bush refuses to speak at same event as Julian Assange: Bwah-ha-ha-ha!

    Dubya.​We're working for the weekend -- and so are these Denver blog posts. Colorado Pols shares George W. Bush's decision to pull out of a Denver speech tomorrow because Wikileaks controversy-magnet Julian Assange is also on the bill. Would he have boycotted Bill Hader, too? Mile High Hocke ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Photos: Aspen Gay Ski Week got gay

    ​Proving definitively that nobody rocks a party like the gays rock a party, a teeming multitude of bears, twinks, butches, drag queens and the generally effete descended on Colorado's most celebrity-friendly resort town this week for the 34th Annual Aspen Gay Ski Week, and they didn't stop unt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Mac App Store: Five best free apps

    ​Apple debuted its app store for computers today. And it's way cooler than you thought it would be. Yes, right now it's mostly carryover from the iPad and iPhone app store, which is somewhat uninteresting because those apps were designed for a mobile touch screen. But there are some regular o ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Deck the shelves with boughs of cookbooks: Local chefs sound off on their favorite culinary reads

    Lori Midson​Ah, Christmas: The season of giving, receiving, in-law spats, road range, parking lot clusterfucks, check-out line massacres and cookbooks and food books -- the ones that you hope will end up wrapped under the tree, right alongside the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Over the course of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    NPR's "All Songs Considered" dumps its collection into a new radio station

    ​ If you're anything like us, streaming music services like Pandora or lastfm don't ever seem to really get things right. They're always cool for a little bit, but inevitably, they end up repeating things to the point we get bored. We'll turn on the radio here and there as well, but even our f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    You've played the Gorillaz music, now play the game

    Chances are you've heard the newest Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach at some point since its release. You may not have even been aware of it -- maybe it was in the grocery store or while you were out at a club -- but you've probably heard it. Now you can play the game based on the album on your iPhon ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Journal of a gastric bypass alternative: My week with the beFull Solution

    ​I am not a dieter. I am not equipped with the willpower required to say no to delicious morsels like pork belly buns or triple creme brie or basically anything that's battered and fried. Likewise, I'm never going to forgo a particularly good bread basket; in fact, I'm going to slather that s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Westword iPhone App: We now live in your phone

    ​Westword -- thirty-plus years your weekly, ink-stained guide to Denver -- now lives in your iPhone. For free. The Westword iPhone app went live last night and is stocked with much of the same content you get here at More specifically, you'll find:

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    May 27, 2010

    B-cycle launches an iPhone app to help you find and return its big red bikes

    From apple.comRenting a B-cycle? Use this.​B-cycle, Denver's cool, month-old bike-sharing program, has up and gone all technological. This week, B-cycle rolled out a free iPhone app that tells users how many shiny red B-cycles are available at each station, ready to rent. It also tells users h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Linkin Park's curious 8-Bit Rebellion reviewed

    Bands are resorting to some rather strange marketing ploys these days in order to get their brand out. It's almost like just being a band isn't enough. Case in point: Linkin Park, which we didn't even know was an active band anymore until we saw their 8-Bit Rebellion pop up in the Apple App Store ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Wish you were Aerosmith? There's an App for that

    Chalk this one up to a case of celebrity cash-in: It looks like Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has an iPhone app now. And this probably isn't going to come as any surprise, but it it absolutely blows. The ap, Joey Kramer: Hit Hard, only held our attention for about three minutes. Even so, those thr ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    The iPad launch is tomorrow. Here's five awesome music apps.

    ​ We're all pretty well aware that the iPad launches tomorrow, and while your standing in line at the Cherry Creek Mall waiting for yours, we'll be busy banging drum sticks on a stone tablet wishing we were you. Just because we're not getting one, however, hasn't stopped us from drooling at ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    RU-Buzzed? or are you going to get a DUI?

    ​There were a lot of new iPhones opened on Christmas Day, and that was a big present for the Colorado Department of Transportation, which created its own iPhone application in November to help people measure whether they are too drunk to drive.

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    September 8, 2009

    The blog shortcut, September 8 edition

    Photo by Aaron ThackerayBlink-182's Tom DeLonge.​Blink and you'll miss it. Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the Weekend: Blink-182 at Fiddler's Green. • Over the Weekend: Fell at Larimer Lounge. • Over the Weekend: Ween at Red Rocks. • Over the Weekend: Warlock Pinchers (almost) reuni ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Next frontier in smart phones: decent service

    AT&T: Sucks like an ElectroLux​Here's a free tip for all you tech entrepreneurs looking at making an "iPhone killer:" Concentrate on the phone's Achilles heel, its service. People love the phone, but all too often the service simply sucks. Actually, it's unfair to single out Apple/AT&T for a ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Jay Marvin well enough to head home at week's end

    Photo by Michael RobertsJay Marvin at home in June.​ We've been keeping you abreast of developments regarding an epic surgical procedure undergone by AM 760 host Jay Marvin; the operation, which took place in New Jersey several weeks ago, addressed serious medical issues that have kept him fro ... More >>

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    April 28, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: High on the Mile Haiku City

    Verse came to worse last night at the Central Library, where close to a hundred people gathered for last night's Fresh City Life poetry reading inspired by "Mustang," Luis Jimenez's blue horse sculpture out at Denver International Airport. We were in the depths of the basement, but spirits soared as ... More >>

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    April 27, 2009

    Today's Featured Event: Objectified Screening with Directory Gary Hustwit

    How many different manufactured objects do you lay hands on in an average day? From the moment you hit the snooze button on your alarm clock until the moment you switch off the lights and snuggle into bed, almost every second involves an interaction between you and a manufactured object of some sort ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    Only in 21st-century America: Warring fartlords head to court

    There's a flatulence flap a-brewin' in Denver's U.S. District Court. Loveland-based software developer InfoMedia, Inc. -- creator of the Apple iPhone app iFart Mobile -- has asked a judge to rule that it can use the phrase "pull my finger" in its marketing without infringeing on the trademark of an ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    March 13, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: Jaymay, Fat Joe, Ferras, Paul Benton

    Paul Benton Grey Bridgetone Records 01:00-01:45 of “I Only See You” I think the lyrics “I only see you in all that I do, to the rest I am blind,” clearly exemplifies Mr. Benton’s knack for writing crap lyrics where he is that friend that we all have that gets super obsessive over a girl a ... More >>

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    December 26, 2007

    Best 2007 - Houston: Teeing Off with Scarface

    As touted in this week's Backbeat, music editors from across the country asked luminaries from our respective towns to tell us what music they loved this year. Their picks appear below and on the subsequent pages. Remember how everyone thought Snoop Dogg wearing golf gear in 2004's Starsky & Hutc ... More >>

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    November 29, 2007

    Hot for Teacher

    At least the Graland sex scandal gives me something to talk about at holiday parties.

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    August 29, 2007

    Produce Paradise, August 29

    Here's a brief look at some of the items America is desperate to learn about today: Beth Mattek Tennis star Beth Mattek is churning up the Internet today for her choice in, uh, “fashion” on the court. All I can say is if her sense of style sets a trend, tennis will quickly overcome golf as the ... More >>

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    January 12, 2007

    Mass Media

    Over the past few months, there have been religious riots, killer floods, a full-scale war, a government overthrown, U.S. bombing and more religious riots in the Horn of Africa. Don't feel too bad if you've been too distracted by news about The Real World: Denver and the iPhone to pay attention to t ... More >>

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