Crank up the AC because it's official this weekend: Summer is here. That means your Xcel bill will soon go through your overheated roof, so save some money by hitting bargain events this weekend. You can cheer at PrideFest, go skateboarding or hang out in a cemetery -- the calendar has something for ... More >>
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is admitting he's been a bad, bad boy. After he was targeted with allegations about improper relations with several women on his staff, not to mention promotions based on sexual favors, the county commissioners unanimously passed a vote of no confidence. But he ha ... More >>
For years, Senator Scott Renfroe has tried to ban red-light cameras -- devices mounted near traffic signals or in police vans that snap shots of vehicles allegedly breaking traffic laws -- under the theory that they're more about revenue than safety. The effort failed in 2012, but it's got a lot be ... More >>
Since the launch of legal marijuana sales in Colorado on January 1, major media organizations have taken hit after hit of news from the scene. And the nation's satirists have been busy as well, cranking out stories with headlines such as "Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Lega ... More >>
CU-Boulder makes headlines for things like alleged on-campus looting after recent floods or a student who fed a teacher and classmates pot brownies. But the folks at the school would prefer to get attention for academic excellence, exemplified by the 2012 Nobel Prize won by David Wineland, who holds ... More >>
Nathan Lund, a comedian in the Fine Gentleman's Club, may not strike Denver comedy fans as a man of letters, but those who listen closely will be unsurprised. However, there' a lot going on beneath Lund's direct, unvarnished style of joke-telling and his wooly appearance. An integral figure in t ... More >>
On last Thursday's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, comedian Jim Norton got in a verbal sparring match with Jezebel writer Lindy West. For the most part, their positions were fixed and predictable -- but rarely have two people in the reactionary careers of standup comic and feminist author achieve ... More >>
After we reported about an element of the main marijuana bill that treated pot magazines like porn, a spokesman for High Times announced an intent to sue if the section wasn't cut. Shortly thereafter, attorney David Lane said a suit would be forthcoming if the edict became law. Lane wasn't bluffing ... More >>
In an interview last week, former gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo argued that true conservatives should have supported Amendment 64 -- but he doubted that more Republican support would have driven many young voters to the GOP. One reader agrees in language that would likely please the ex-Congre ... More >>
Update below: Families representing eleven of the twelve people who died in the Aurora theater shooting have asked Colorado's attorney general and secretary of state to investigate Community First Foundation and its website, GivingFirst.org, which collected more than $5 million in donations to the A ... More >>
Ethics be damned, I download music illegally. Why, just the other day, I downloaded Metallica's entire catalogue and then deleted it and downloaded it again just because fuck Metallica. Mostly, though, it's a convenience thing: I would consider buying tracks at a reasonable price on iTunes or some s ... More >>
We all know that Big Brother's been watching us for some time, but that doesn't make the amazing recent paintings of William Betts any less intriguing or, well, creepy. Accurately replicating video imagery taken by surveillance cameras, the acrylic-on-canvas renderings are pointed in their message a ... More >>
CBS descended on Denver on Saturday to hold an open casting call for anyone interested in possibly being picked as a contestant on the upcoming season of Big Brother. While I detest reality television in every way, I took it upon myself to go down and try out. What I discovered is how not to get a c ... More >>
The Facebook page for Lakewood's Cody Charlton features a single like: Big Brother, a TV show in which bad things often happen to people confined in a house. Which is appropriate given that he's just been sentenced for improperly touching at least ten kids at the home where his mother ran a daycare ... More >>
Last month, we spoke with Senator Scott Renfroe, sponsor of Senate Bill 50, which would have banned red-light cameras at intersections, as well as the use of photos for issuing tickets. However, the measure failed to get out of the Senate's transportation committee, despite what Renfroe thought was ... More >>
36th & Quebec.Red light photo tickets are a hot topic in Denver, with councilwomen Jeanne Faatz and Mary Beth Susman both questioning the program, especially as it applies to citations for crossing the white stop line -- an infraction whose fine was halved this week, but not eliminated. Now, ... More >>
Kyle Orton.Question for all those optimists expecting to see the Denver Broncos leave the Josh McDaniels debacle behind them: How are you feeling this morning? Depressed, probably -- because all the flaws that led to McD's ouster were still on view in their 23-20 home loss to the dreaded Raid ... More >>
Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron's gritty and excellent film about a future where everyone has become sterile, plays tonight at the Denver FilmCenter as part of their recent sci-fi series. The film is a story about finding hope in an era of hopelessness. But gray skies and bombings aside, we d ... More >>
It's an unsettling thought that, at any given moment, Big Brother may be watching you -- and in this day and age of surveillance cameras every ten feet, it's probably true. But this is America, and like the good people of Oceana, when we have unsettling thoughts we prefer not to think them. T ... More >>
Is the concept of students bringing lunch from home dying a hideous death -- just like live social interaction and Gilbert Gottfried's career? At Little Village Academy on Chicago's west side, students are not allowed to bring lunches from home unless they have a medical excuse, so they have ... More >>
Should the City of Boulder pass a law requiring "party permits" for the type of large, alcohol-fueled house parties thrown by CU students living in the University Hill neighborhood? This is one of the measures Boulder Councilwoman Lisa Morzel is calling for in response to the slaying of Todd ... More >>
We'll take it.The top grossing movie of 2009 was, of course, Avatar, and this year the title goes to Toy Story 3. We're calling that social progress, although there's something a little too futuristic about computer-animated movies taking the crown back-to-back -- we're pretty sure it means ... More >>
Technology can be confounding. I mean, it's like you've gotta be a rocket scientist just to program your VCR, amiright? In all seriousness, though, when it requires five remote controls with some twenty buttons apiece to operate the television, when half the things you own somehow serve the f ... More >>
Scene of the latest Two Minutes' Hate?Ever read George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984, wherein the powers that be monitor your every move via video devices called telescreens? Super creepy, right? Well now a creepily similar technology is coming to a theater near you.
Douglas Bruce.The resolution of the latest case against tax-hater Douglas Bruce has been portrayed by the press as a mixed bag. True, Bruce wasn't held in contempt for not testifying in a lawsuit involving Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 -- but the judge ordered him to testify about ... More >>
Ah, audiobooks. That great modern invention that means even the busiest people can still enjoy a book here and there. Especially those of us that find ourselves stuck in cars for hours a day commuting. Too bad they're as expensive as real books -- even more so sometimes. If only there were so ... More >>
It's been just nearly two weeks since the fifteenth annual Westword Music Showcase wrapped. By now, you've read all the coverage, checked out all the photos and downloaded all of the free MP3s. Right now, as we're gearing up for the awards ceremony, which will be taking place in the next few weeks ( ... More >>
I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. On November 16, the good people at TiVo announced what has to be one of the signs of the foodie apocalypse: that through a partnership deal with Domino's, customers would now be able to order pizzas through their TV. Why? Because getting up off the couch and f ... More >>
You can't keep a good pho place down. A few days ago, I wrote about the temporary destruction of Pho 7 by two men, one silver BMW and too many action movies in "Talk about a cursed location!" When this spot at 10009 East Hampden Avenue in Aurora was home to Istanbul Grill, I narrowly missed witnes ... More >>
You can buy ICP shirts at Colorado Mills just dont wear one there.
A More Messages blog from January 30 includes an e-mail Q&A with Ward Churchill, who responded to a query about the dropping of charges against one of his supporters over an episode involving Boulder Daily Camera reporter Heath Urie. However, the final section of the communique was temporarily omitt ... More >>
Looking for love in all the wrong places.
Allen Ginsberg's spirit lives on.
The daughters of Dayton James are still dealing with their emotions toward Joshua Beckius.
The debate regarding cell phones in restaurants rages on.