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  • Culture

    November 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    The ten best female jazz vocalists of all time

    In jazz discussions, the saxophonists and the trumpeters generally dominate the conversation, and rightly so. Equally as integral to the music, though, is the rest of the band. While we've already listed the top guitarists, pianists and bassists, today we focus on the female vocalists. Although ther ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Author Collette Auclair on horse books, escapism and selling her book through Twitter

    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 Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Morbid Angel's David Vincent on music: "I don't really look at labels. I like good music"

    Formed in Tampa -- the home of death metal -- in 1984, Morbid Angel (due Friday, November 22, at the Bluebird Theater) may not have put out the subgenre's founding document (an honor generally bestowed on Possessed's 1985 masterpiece, Seven Churches), but it can rightfully be considered one of its p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Beer calendar: Get hopping with big cans, chefs and holiday brews

    River North Brewery added two new thirty-barrel stainless steel fermentation tanks and one new brite tank last week, which will increase the brewery's capacity by 44 percent -- and allow River North to focus on canning its River North White, a Belgian-style wit beer that was just released, and on Ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    SUN | MAZZY STAR at OGDEN THEATRE | 11/10/13 David Roback was a leading light in the Paisley Underground movement with his band Rain Parade. When that group split up in 1986, Roback formed another outfit, called Opal, with former Dream Syndicate bassist Kendra Smith. Opal released Happy Nightmare Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Dean Singleton on retiring as MediaNews Group chair, print's decline and the future

    This week, Dean Singleton announced that he would be stepping down as chairman of MediaNews Group, the nation's second-largest newspaper company, and publisher of the Denver Post. Singleton is loved and hated with equal fervor within the journalism industry, but he's always been the most accessible ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Kreator's Mille Petrozza: "When things are really, really bad, there can always be a way out"

    Formed in Essen, Germany in 1982, Kreator was one of the non-American pioneers of thrash. Like many of its peers, Kreator began as a speed metal band inspired the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but the added influence of acts like Venom and Discharge produced an adrenalized thrash sound. See also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    The best rap shows in Denver in November

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    The Mommy Rants: Play turns into a day out for mom...and others

    Sometimes having a kid can slow down a parent's social life. Christine Winn ran into this problem when she became a mom, and she decided to do something about it. She wrote a play directed not just to mommies, but is accessible to everyone: The Mommy Rants. Winn is not just a mother, but a playwrig ... More >>

  • News

    October 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Prime Element is a hip-hop act that's more concerned with being timeless than relevant

    Prime Element began as 3 the Hardway, three hip-hop heads -- an MC, a producer and a DJ -- devoted to celebrating a culture they love through positivity, hard work and great music. Their name has obviously since changed, as has their label affiliation since Set in Stone, their last release, but what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    The best punk shows in Denver in November

    FRI | NEGATIVE APPROACH at MARQUIS THEATER | 11/23/13 In a just world, John Brannon would be as hallowed a punk icon as anyone out of early '80s and D.C. Hardcore. As the frontman for the Detroit-based Negative Approach, Brannon was involved in making some of the most confrontational and pointed mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Poems will flow at benefit for flood victims at Lighthouse tomorrow

    "Whatever a community goes through affects its artists as well. What poets bring to the healing process is a kind of articulateness, a way of expressing what many of us feel and need to find the words for," says David Mason, Colorado's poet laureate, who will be sharing poetic reactions to September ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Five ways to kick off Denver Arts Week

    Think of Denver Arts Week as a celebration of all our city has to offer culturally, with the added incentive of sweet deals, from discounted memberships, restaurant meals and original artworks to a free Night at the Museums. But as a trip online to Denver Arts Week central reveals, there's a lot to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Dark days, Halloween parties and anniversaries in this week's beer calendar

    Yes, indeed, just as Christmas commercials have already begun overlapping Halloween spookiness, winter beers are fighting for tap and shelf space with the fresh hop and pumpkin beers of fall. And in addition to some of the usual suspects, there will be a few new ones this year, including Accumulatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Theater Threads and a cast of characters raise funds for arts education

    A cast of well-known characters came to life at the Theater Threads luncheon last week. Hosted by Channel 9's Kirk Montgomery, the annual fundraiser for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts education program gave patrons an up-close and personal look at costumes from some of its Tony-winning pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Live Review: Talib Kweli at Cervantes' Masterpiece, with Big K.R.I.T., 10/27/13

    TALIB KWELI at CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 10/27/13 Last night, Cervantes' hosted one of the more interesting pairings in recent memory. The bill featured Talib Kweli, a New York native often lumped in the conscious rap category, and Big K.R.I.T. a Southern Rapper with a huge underground follo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Mizel Museum's Denver Collects series takes viewers into the homes of local art collectors

    The Mizel Museum is launching the ultimate voyage of aesthetic voyeurism: Denver Collects, a series of programs that takes the public to the homes of local art collectors. These community members have graciously opened their homes to the events, which focus on collections of contemporary work by Col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Photos: Katy Perry at Lakewood High School

    Katy Perry is brilliant. And, no, that's not an assessment of her music -- although the gal does have a knack for injecting just the right amount of passion and pathos into her pop songs that makes them resonate, as evidenced by the impassioned expressions on the faces of the young ladies from Lakew ... More >>

  • Music

    October 24, 2013

    Highland Ramblers

    Four the Pour
    Self-released

  • News

    October 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    See FaceMan's massive shark stage at Lost Lake

    Plenty of Discovery Channel viewers cried foul a few months ago when the cable network aired a bogus documentary about a prehistoric shark called the Megalodon. But that little piece of on-air fiction for "Shark Week" proved more inspirational than frustrating for FaceMan's uni-monikered frontman, S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    No More Drug War Rally and Victory Walk a highlight of international conference

    As we've reported, the International Drug Policy Reform Conference is taking place in Denver. And while the gathering will feature plenty of in-depth panel discussions and distinguished speakers (see the full program below), several events will feature a celebratory feel -- among them today's "No Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Larry Fessenden on Birth of the Living Dead

    The zombification of America got its start in 1968, when George A. Romero and a bunch of his friends and colleagues released Night of the Living Dead, the scrappy little horror movie that could not only serve as patient zero in the ongoing pop-cultural zombie apocalypse, it also revolutionized horro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    From UGK to Chief Keef: A look at the history of trap in rap and its subsequent influence on drill

    What is trap music? According to T.I., on the title track of his genre-defining Trap Muzik, it ain't no album, and it ain't no game. Indeed, the origins of trap go beyond music -- beyond even the Atlanta corners where drugs are dealt and rubberbands are filled -- into the houses where crack cocaine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Slow Food at Linger, benefit for farmers at SALT and more on this week's culinary calendar

    Tables to Farms is a new program launched by Boulder and Denver area chefs and restaurateurs to help farmers who suffered the ravages of last month's flood. From now through November, participating restaurants will collect cash donations from customers, and some will hold special fundraising events; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    KRS-One at Cervantes' Other Side, 10/19/13

    KRS-ONE at EXTRACT HARVEST FEST at CERVANTES' | 10/19/13 The Extract Harvest Festival took over both sides of Cervantes' with classic hip-hop and reggae filling the place. KRS-One was the main headliner, but all of the acts, which included the Pharcyde, Mr. Vegas and Trapzillas, among others, had th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Here's what boxer Mike Alvarado is listening to

    Tomorrow night at 1STBANK Center, Mike Alvarado will battle Ruslan Provodnikov in a junior welterweight title bout that will broadcast live on HBO (7:45 p.m.). The hometown hero, a two-time Skyview High School wrestling champion straight out of Thornton, is an intimidating warrior. If you've seen hi ... More >>

  • Music

    October 17, 2013

    Genessier

    Graces the Bone
    Latenight Weeknight Records

  • Music

    October 17, 2013

    Finnders & Youngberg

    I Don't Want Love You Won't Give Until I Cry
    Swingfingers Records

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Cabaret Otaku and the NDK anime con community join forces to help one of their own

    When Nan Desu Kan staff member Becca Cressler collapsed on stage during the Cosplay contest at this year's anime convention, everyone in the building stepped in to help. After two grand mal seizures and an extended hospital stay, the uninsured Cressler was left with mounting medical bills -- but aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Reader: Like the Food Network or not, it's had a positive effect on fine dining

    Steve Redzikowski is a busy guy, overseeing the kitchen at Oak at Fourteenth, the Boulder restaurant that he and Bryan Dayton opened three years ago, and growing Acorn, which opened last month in the Source. But then, he doesn't like "lazy cooks," which he offers as one of his biggest pet peeves in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Think Denver's tired of beer after GABF? Think again, in this week's beer calendar

    Denver has just come off the high of the sold-out Great American Beer Festival and a week's worth of equally beer-geeky events, but that doesn't mean the town has run out of brews. In fact, quite the opposite. There is still a ton going on. If you're a brewery, though, and you don't see your event l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    The ten best family-friendly rap albums

    Although lot of rap these days is riddled with violence, misogyny and profanity, there's still plenty of clean rhymes out there to be rocked by the entire family, should you be so inclined. And it all comes worry-free of the ill-effect it might have on impressionable minds, and some of it even ranks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, October 14-17

    Maybe you blew all your cash on the Great American Beer Festival or a weekend of leaf-peeping. But there's plenty you can do in Denver this week -- for free. You can catch a movie, check out local poets or see new photography by Kristen Hatgi-Sink at Goldyn, the high-class boutique in Highland. For ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Handsome Little Devils bring Squirm Burpee Circus to Lone Tree

    The circus from town is coming to town! The Squirm Burpee Circus: A Vaudevillian Melodrama features Denver's own Handsome Little Devils Productions. Starting October 16, this troupe will be offering its memorizing cirque/vaudevillian act at the Lone Tree Arts Center. "We call it a vaudevillian melod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    The ten best jazz drummers of all time

    An integral part of jazz is the swing feel, and drummers are often the ones stoking that fire, helping to propel the song, as well as the other players involved. While the saxophonists, trumpeters, pianists and guitarists all get their fair share of attention, the importance of a great drummer can't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    The ten best non-rap covers of rap songs

    In the past few years, it has become fashionable for non-rap artists to cover rap songs, and it's often with an overwhelming irony. Most of the time, though, the best covers are ones that take the tune seriously enough to create something that expands on the original in a creative way. Here are the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 10, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Some GABF collaboration beers to try in Denver this week

    The Great American Beer Festival, which starts tomorrow and runs through October 12, is dominating Colorado this week, as locals and out-of-town visitors fill up breweries, restaurants and bars all along the Front Range. But GABF doesn't just fill up the Colorado Convention Center. The days around i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Su Teatro's Mestizo resurrects the soundtrack of the Chicano movement

    Mestizo, a new play written and directed by Anthony Garcia, kicks off Su Teatro's new season on Thursday, October 11. The premiere stars Daniel Valdez, who in 1973 composed the album Mestizo -- the first and only Chicano protest album to be released by a major record label. And the script follows a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Fox News mistakenly sources satirical blog; my love for Fox grows stronger

    Yes, it's true. Over the weekend one of the interchangeable blonde anchors on Fox and Friends reported that, despite the WWII memorial being closed during the government shutdown, "some things are continuing to be funded . . . President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    The ten greatest jam-band meccas

    For many jam band fans, traveling and seeing concerts goes hand in hand. Often when a favorite band announces its tour, folks will scan the tour dates and choose which dates to go to depending on which venue they are booked at. From giant outdoor summer sheds to intimate houses, here are the ten gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    The man behind the mask: Forget about Who Killed Jigaboo Jones -- who is Jeff Campbell?

    Jeff Campbell's one-man show, Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?, premieres tonight at work | space. Our Show & Tell blog spoke with Campbell about the show, and that piece focuses primarily on the production. We also caught up with Campbell, who's been a stalwart of the Colorado hip-hop scene for the better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Exit 2 has "Friends in Low Places"

    Like any other town, Denver has its share of cover bands, and those bands often tend to get overlooked, because, well, they're playing somebody else's music. Thus, our latest feature, Cover Band of the Week (or, perhaps more accurately, every few weeks, because let's be honest: There's a finite numb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Photos: Colorado National Monuments and Parks you can't visit because of idiot politicians

    It's day three of the partial federal government shutdown, and at this writing, thousands of workers assigned to what are regarded as nonessential gigs are off the job -- including everyone assigned to Colorado's seven National Monuments and four National Parks, which will remain closed until the si ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 3, 2013
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