The modern quilt world's obsession with straight lines and symmetry rubs quilter Mike "Mac" McNamara the wrong way; he never cared for prescribed patterns. His emotionally evocative quilts reflect on life's biggest issues: desire, grief, politics and childlike wonder. Often as humorous as they are c ... More >>
"These aren't your grandmother's quilts," said Marcie Emily, docent at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, while leading a tour through MANifestations, the twelfth biennial exhibition of quilts made by men. As she walked by each quilt, she discussed techniques, the price of the fabric, and which were h ... More >>
Skirts are usually used to cover things up, but fashion designer Jasmine Zion decided to turn things inside out recently when she quilted a skirt based on vaginas to auction off at a fundraiser for a scholarship benefiting survivors of interpersonal violence (that is, violence between people who kno ... More >>
From beaded football players to knitted superhero costumes, artist Mark Newport's work combines textiles and traditionally female-associated art forms with masculine pop iconography to subvert ideas of gender. His art is part of the Innovators & Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber exhibition ... More >>
JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO at THE SOILED DOVE | 11/27/13 After opening with "The Real Thing," a Concrete Blonde limited edition, single, Johnette Napolitano looked down at a woman sitting in front of her next to the stage and asked if she was okay. The singer, playing her last show of the year, wondered be ... More >>
Knitting projects don't have to be ugly sweaters or grandma scarves. Annie Watts, creator of Wattsolak Designs, brings new ideas to this ancient craft with knitting patterns that include mythological figures, mythical creatures and robots. She designs hats, mittens, scarves, soft toys and more, and ... More >>
Although St. Patrick's Day is over, the partying doesn't have to stop. This week, you can see a documentary about ending poverty, catch a sketch comedy show, or participate in a community scrapbooking project (and eat cookies). And all of these events are free, so you won't have to shell out any gre ... More >>
Just because the weekend's over doesn't mean your free fun is. This week you can watch (or join) the Martin Luther King Marade, knit a pair of legwarmers while you watch Flashdance, and attend a trunk show without even opening your wallet. See a complete listing of this town's events on our online ... More >>
Just because the temperature's dropping doesn't mean you have to hole up inside and browse the dregs of Netflix for something new on instant watch. We've got three events this week that are definitely worth braving the cold for -- and they're all free. From a Motown night with free fried chicken and ... More >>
A Daddy Lion Legs piece is unmistakeable -- thick knitting stitches run diagonal and in tube-like formations, brightly-colored fabrics clash pleasantly with muted yarn. And the designs -- all one-of-a-kind, made-to-order pieces -- come from a single knitter, Jennah Black. What started out as a hobby ... More >>
When Bees No Longer Fly...
Every year, we enlist our Backbeat writers to host various stages at the Westword Music Showcase, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty and write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Click through to read travelogues from Thorin Klosowski, Ru John ... More >>
The Ladies Fancywork Society, Denver's ragtag gang of street knitters, has made the big time -- as in the Gray Lady. Yesterday, the New York Times published a big story on the trend of yard bombing, a process that the paper said "takes that most matronly craft (knitting) and that most materna ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front, we've received word that Death Cab for Cutie is due at Red Rocks in August with Frightened Rabbit, preceded by O.A.R. in July, while Ben Folds stops by the Ogden in July and Queensryche plays the Theatre in September. ... More >>
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW With Radical Knitting Circle • The Tanukis 03.09.11 | hi-dive A Hawk and a Hacksaw is not, in any certain terms, the type of band you yearn to see live. The outfit plays Eastern-European infused music with hat-tips to Middle Eastern and klezmer-inflected music with vigor ra ... More >>
Well, there you have it: The internet is "completely over." That's according to Prince, who told the UK's Daily Mirror in advance of his new album 20TEN (which, incidentally, will only be released only on CD) that the world wide web was "like MTV: At one time, MTV was hip, and suddenly it ... More >>
Knitters get noisy at Fresh City Life.
Radical Knitting Circle
Punk not your thing? A little too loud for you, you say? No worries. There's tons of other great music for you to catch tonight. Across from 3 Kings, over at the hi-dive, Curious Yellow makes its valiant return to the scene after a four- year hiatus, with the Still City (members of which are moonlig ... More >>
Keep a soldiers head warm: Knit For Our Troops.
While we're not entirely sure we get the symbolism of the imagery attached to this flier -- the focal point of which appears to be a figure who looks like Jesus leaning on an inverted hand drum in front of a vague cluster of men of unknown origin? -- or how it relates to a show celebrating the exod ... More >>
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