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    November 19, 2014

    Judas Priest's Ian Hill on America and Sexuality

    Judas Priest (due tonight, November 19, at the 1STBANK Center) is one of the most influential heavy metal bands in the history of the genre. From Birmingham, England (the same city that produced Black Sabbath), Priest basically created the blueprint for the sound and look of most of the heavy metal ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014

    Will Warren Hammond and Carrie Vaughn Go Where No Local Sci Fi Writers Have Gone Before?

    Carrie Vaughn is missing. It's a little after ten on a Sunday morning, and this year's MileHiCon -- Colorado's oldest science-fiction and fantasy convention -- is beginning its third and final day. In a Hyatt Regency Tech Center meeting room, a panel titled "Literary Genre or Marketing Label?" is f ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014

    The Ten Best Videos From the Gangsta Rap Era

    Gangsta rap, where have you gone? About 20 years ago at this time, we were in the middle of an unprecedented run of gangsta rap greatness, with Death Row, Bad Boy, Ruthless, Rap-A-Lot and others all functioning at high levels.  And while the songs and albums from this era continue to get sh ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014
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    November 12, 2014

    Paper Bird and Esme Patterson Had to Split Up Before Both Could Take Off

    Early on a Tuesday night at Syntax Physic Opera, Paper Bird is taking advantage of its sound check to play a bit of a new song, "Parade." It is one of several things the band will debut tonight; another is the writer of the song, Carleigh Aikins, on lead vocals. Normally, this portion of the process ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    Beer Calendar: Bacon, Barrel-Aged Beers, Nitro Fest and Three New Breweries

    Ski resorts haven't always made craft beer a priority, but that has changed a lot over the past two years. The latest pairing between local brews and winter sports is at the Base 9 bar inside Breckenridge's Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, which is introducing a new craft-beer program this s ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    Videos: 99 Gorgeous Places in Colorado, Part Two

    Last month, we started exploring 99 gorgeous Colorado places as spotlighted on Colorado.com -- and on part one, featuring sites numbered 99 through 81, we barely scratched the surface. For part two, which encompasses picks 80 through 67, we unearth more hidden gems, as revealed through videos and Co ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Darrin Alfred

    #45: Darrin AlfredAs associate curator of architecture, design and graphics at the Denver Art Museum, Darrin Alfred -- who cut his teeth at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art before landing in Denver -- keeps the museum's design collection up-to-date, while curating such shows as 2009's popular ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    John Leguizamo on His Standup Tour, Fugly and Summer of Sam

    To call comedian John Leguizamo versatile is an understatement. The man is a show-business chameleon, flexing his talents in writing and producing, while also acting in film, television and on Broadway. This weekend Leguizamo will bring his Latin History for Dummies tour to Comedy Works South. In ad ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Susan Lyles

    #46: Susan Lyles Denver actor and director Susan Lyles saw a gap and for the last ten years has made filling it her major concern: She took on the mission of showing deserved support for overlooked women playwrights by forming Denver's And Toto too Theatre Company, a group solely dedicated to produ ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    The Ten Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

    While traveling from Denver to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    49 of the Hi-Dive's Most Unbelievable Shows

    This weekend, the hi-dive is celebrating eleven years of existence, with two years under its current ownership. When the club opened for business in the old location of 7 South and Quixote's True Blue, it represented a sea change in places where one could see original, underground music. In its earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Casey Nocket's Latest Alleged Graffiti Target: Colorado National Monument

    Our Adam Roy recently told you about Casey Nocket, who he described as "a graffiti artist...suspected of leaving her mark on one of the state's most-visited slices of wilderness, Rocky Mountain National Park." Now, Nocket is thought to have done likewise on another beautiful part of our state: Colo ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    Five Best Horror Franchises to Marathon-Watch This Halloween

    Horror films take place in an alternate universe where logic disappears. The villain comes back to life, the car doesn't start and those damn kids always go into the dark basement alone. Instead of spending your Halloween partying with people in Ebola patient costumes, choose a classic horror movie ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Meet Michael Amott, Slash and the Rest of the Denver Zoo's Rock and Roll Flamingos

    It's not every day you get to brush feathers with rock and roll legends like Ace Frehley and Slash, but in Denver, all it takes is a visit to the zoo. Brittney Weaver started working at the Denver Zoo about six years ago. She also happens to be a big music fan, regularly attending heavy metal and r ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Photos: Casey Nocket, Accused Vandal, May Have Tagged Rocky Mountain National Park

    New Yorker Casey Nocket allegedly defaced rock formations in as many as ten national parks around the U.S., painting faces and other designs using permanent acrylics and broadcasting the results on social media. Here in Colorado, the graffiti artist is suspected of leaving her mark on one of the sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Quiz: The Sixteen Most Surprising Cameos By Musicians in Movies

    Not all cameos are equally coveted: A good cameo creates an undeniable rush (I know that person!) that widens the eyes and forces the viewer to blurt out the musician's name when he or she appears on the big screen, like Anthony Kiedis in Point Break. An even better cameo, in which the musician is c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Oko Tygra Is Proud to Represent Denver at CMJ in New York This Week

    Oko Tygra is one of the Denver bands representing the Mile High City at this year's CMJ in New York City. The group is slated to play at Niagra on Wednesday, October 22. For a group that started in March 2014, getting selected for CMJ is certainly an achievement. For songwriter, vocalist and guitari ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 16, 2014
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    October 16, 2014

    Denver Center for the Performing Arts Lost Two Men That Symbolized Its Past and Future

    The Denver Center for the Performing Arts transformed this city's cultural scene. But the DCPA, and arts in general, sustained two major blows last week: Randy Weeks, DCPA president, who would have been responsible for much of the future direction of the organization, passed away in London at the a ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014
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    October 15, 2014

    From Ink to The Frame, Jamin and Kiowa Winans Are Making Their Mark in the Movies

    Kiowa Winans stands in the garage of her West Highland home, shaking a lifeless child. "This is our stuffed Quinn," she says, clutching the little-girl-sized doll. She's referring to Quinn Hunchar, the actress who, at the age of eight, played Emma in the cult film Ink,. The movie was written and di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    How Local Radio Stations Help Denver Bands

    Dragondeer is a quickly rising star among Denver bands, playing sets at SXSW and Red Rocks (for Film on the Rocks) earlier this year. But when members Eric Halborg, Cole Rudy, Carl Sorensen and Casey Sidwell stepped into OpenAir's spacious studio last winter to record a live session, they had none o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    Naoko Yamano of Shonen Knife on Why Shows Start Earlier in Japan

    In the late 1980s, it was nearly unheard of for Japanese underground rock bands to play in the United States. But Shonen Knife, appearing at the Oriental Theater this Thursday, October 16, played a show in Los Angeles in 1989. By then, the band's music had already spent several years circulating i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    For Josh Ritter, Literature Is a Bigger Influence on His Songwriting Than Music

    Josh Ritter (due Saturday, October 11, at the Paramount Theater as part of Swallow Hill's 35th Anniversary) is a gifted songwriter who has earned a bit of an international following for his imaginatively literate lyrics and simple yet sophisticated observational wisdom. In 2001, Ritter got a big bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Videos: 99 Gorgeous Places in Colorado, Part One

    The folks at Colorado.com, the state's official tourism office, set out to compile a list of 99 gorgeous places in Colorado -- a mammoth task, but far from an impossible one given the abundant beauty in these parts. As proof, we present numbers 99 through 81, any one of which would likely finish in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    I-70 Talk Is Getting Ugly, But New Murals Beautify the Neighborhood

    Interstate 70 roars through Globeville, and with an October 31 deadline for public comment, discussion over its expansion is roaring as well. Houses on either side may be torn down as part of the project, and murals under the viaduct at 46th Avenue and Lincoln -- paid for by the city and painted thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    The Ten Best Shows This Weekend

    There's an insanely eclectic array of shows this weekend. Swallow Hill is celebrating its 35th Anniversary at the Paramount Theatre with Josh Ritter, Brett Dennen and Elle King. Nas performs his classic album, Illmatic at the Paramount. There's also the New Pornographers, Felice Brothers, the Hot Sa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 9, 2014
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    October 8, 2014

    Robert Plant Is the Latest Enthusiastic Customer of Denver's Rockmount Ranch Wear

    The West is not a place," Jack A. "Papa" Weil, the founder of Rockmount Ranch Wear, was fond of saying. "It's a state of mind." Jack A. entered that state for good in 1928, when the then-27-year-old salesman for Paris Garters drove his brand-new Chrysler Roadster across the plains from Memphis to o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    A Flamingo Named T-Boz? Denver Zoo Holds Contest to Name New Chicks

    The Denver Zoo has a strange tradition when it comes to naming its flamingos: It calls them after rock guitarists like Hendrix and Page. In August, the zoo welcomed three new fuzzy grey chicks, and it's holding a contest to name them. The zoo is soliciting monikers for these lovable living lawn orna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    The Eleven Best Shows in Denver This Week

    It's another busy week here in Denver: The wildest in the Hank Williams lineage plays tonight at the Ogden, Keys N Krates returns with a set at Cervantes' Other Side and indie mainstay Of Montreal plays the Bluebird. There are plenty more -- the rest of our picks follow.

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    The Twelve Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

    It's a good weekend here in Denver, with hip-hop deity KRS-One playing Cervantes' and the criminally under-appreciated Ralph Gean playing Mutiny Information Cafe tonight. Elsewhere, the Gypsy Jane Cannabis Carnival brings E-40 and others to the Merchandise Mart. The rest of our picks are below.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Five Cult Movies That Will Scare You Silly

    The best scary movies are not necessarily the ones with superb acting or cutting-edge special effects. You don't need Alfred Hitchcock or Wes Craven -- or even a big budget -- to get scared silly. The best scary movies are sometimes strange and sometimes campy, with a dark sense of humor. Here are o ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014
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    September 30, 2014

    Colorado Book Award Winner Uche Ogbuji on Engineering, Poetry and Engineering Poetry

    The book of poetry penned by Uche Ogbuji that won a 2014 Colorado Book Award is titled Ndewo, Colorado. That name should give you some idea of the gorgeous contradictions between its covers, poetry that pays homage equally to landscape and scientific concepts, penned by a computer engineer and immig ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014
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    September 24, 2014

    The Return of Colorado's Bluegrass King

    If there's one band that put Colorado bluegrass on the map, it's Hot Rize. Longtime members Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien and Charles Sawtelle met at the Denver Folklore Center in the late 1970s. They worked there in various capacities -- as music instructors, instrument repairmen or at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Five Book and Poetry Events for the Week of September 22-28

    This week's picks include a how-to book for folks not willing to accept a first diagnosis and a four-event poetry marathon, held in tandem with readings around the world. Read on for the details. See also: Denver Cartoonist Spills Colfax Avenue's Secrets in 30 Miles of Crazy!

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Anthony Buchanan's Found Footage Frenzy Is Beyond Belief

    Almost every city has some sort of microcinema -- a small-scale, do-it-yourself movie screening series showcasing experimental, oddball, archival and underground films and videos. But Denver needs more of them, says Anthony Buchanan, so he's launching Cinema Contra, his own wandering microcinema tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Videos: Ten Memorable Denver Reality-TV Moments

    Once upon a time, it was rare for Denver to be featured in movies and TV shows -- even ones supposedly set here, since many were actually filmed elsewhere. But the rise of reality TV has changed all that. The Internet Movie Database spotlights lotsa episodes of programs using Denver locations, Denve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Five Must-See Boulder Fringe Fest Performances

    The Boulder International Fringe Festival is one of many fringe fests around the world where cultural gatekeepers have opened the dam and flooded audiences with playwrights, filmmakers, dancers, artists and curators showing off their works without censorship. Nobody gets turned away. Anything goes. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Davey B. Gravey's Little Movies on a Little Screen

    Davey B. Gravey's Tiny Cinema is everything the size-obsessed movie industry is not. The screen is small. The theater fits no more than four. The longest film lasts seven minutes. Instead of projecting the latest digital files, Gravey shows movies with an old Super 8 mm, home projector. Forgoing boo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Eleven Famous Musicians Who Recently Moved to Colorado

    With the legalization of cannabis for recreational use starting January 1, 2014, Colorado has become a destination for touring bands. However, a steady stream of artists have been moving to the state for years. Some seem to use it purely as a base of operations, but some have engaged with the local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Denver Post Ramping Up TV Production Amid Sale Speculation

    The announcement that the Denver Post is for sale hasn't brought every new initiative at the paper to a grinding halt. In a memo to staffers yesterday, Post editor Greg Moore and news director Kevin Dale revealed the hiring of former CBS4 anchor Molly Hughes as director of Denver Post TV -- a move s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Photos and Video: Three Effing Adorable Baby Hyenas Come to Live at the Denver Zoo

    BREAKING NEWS! Hyena cubs are pretty cute. The Denver Zoo now has three of 'em: females Nia and Tavi, and male Kelele. According to the zoo, hyenas are matriarchal -- and Nia has established herself as the Beyonce of the group. Visitors can see the three cubs at the zoo's Predator Ridge exhibit eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Denver Post Officially for Sale

    Over recent months, there have been rumors aplenty that the Denver Post and other newspaper properties under the Digital First Media banner would soon be put up for sale -- a prospect supported by members of the Denver Newspaper Guild, who published an open letter earlier this week that essentially ... More >>

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