Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend headlines the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Thursday, November 21, as part of his twenty-city Made to Love tour. Reserved tickets ($49.50-$89.50) go on sale on Saturday, July 27 at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale, what local songs are bein ... More >>
The 24th annual Old West Show & Auction gets under way at the Denver Merchandise Mart today, with displays featuring classic pieces of the Wild West -- hats, boots, saddles and moccasins -- lining the Mart's expo hall this weekend. The really rare artifacts are up for auction tomorrow. Two years ago ... More >>
Back in 1982, the Mile High City-set series Dynasty was the most popular show on TV, but only establishing shots were regularly filmed here. So what was Denver really like back then? We stumbled upon a regular time-machine of a book that shows us: Denver Now, described as "Denver's Business Showcase ... More >>
How to put profit back in the non-profit National Western Stock Show -- enough to keep it corralled in its current location? That's the question a group of NWSS officials, business types and city representatives are studying, and their mission includes the possibility of establishing a Western herit ... More >>
In this week's review, Michael Paglia visits William Havu Gallery for the second installment of its Toy Stories exhibit -- the first half of which came around in the summer of 2011. The group show features paintings, ceramic works and sculptures that are all inspired by toys -- though not necessaril ... More >>
I've seen a lot of Western history auctioned off over the last year. I watched as billionaire William Koch bid $2 million to buy an original photo of Billy the Kid, and traveled up to Buford, population one, to see that tiny Wyoming town get sold -- for $900,000 -- to a man from Vietnam who'd never ... More >>
People have been paying big for little pieces of Western history. William Koch bid more than $2 million for a tintype of Billy the Kid, and paid about that much for the old town of Buckskin Joe. A Vietnamese national shelled out $900,000 for the town of Buford, Wyoming,, population one.
Long before Buford -- the tiny Wyoming town with its own zip code but a population of exactly one -- became an international sensation, it was a road-trip must-stop for my family. We'd discovered it one morning when we'd zipped past Cheyenne and realized we might need gas before Laramie. Buford, loc ... More >>
Of all the occupations listed on Bono's resume (humanitarian, hotel owner, British Knight, world bank advisor, anathema to any rock fan under thirty), one that has never been considered was historian. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 44 years ago today, an event the U2 singer attempted to ... More >>
Tony Wilson (the Andy Warhol of Manchester, England) once made the hackneyed statement "Morrissey is a woman trapped in a man's body," to which the dandified frontman of the Smiths eventually replied, "Tony Wilson is a man trapped in a pig's body." The two were friends and icons of the Manchester mu ... More >>
Last year, billionaire William Koch bought Buckskin Joe for $3.1 million, and moved the buildings to his private ranch outside Gunnison. But now you've got another chance to buy an old-timey Colorado town... if Koch, who also dropped $2 million on a Billy the Kid tintype, isn't there with his ... More >>
Turns out that William Koch, the Florida billionaire who bought the tintype of Billy the Kid for more than two million bucks at a Denver auction in June, isn't just interested in photos of the Old West. He's interested in Old West towns, too. And he just bought himself a big chunk of Colorado ... More >>
Cowboys and Aliens, out today, tells the charming and classic story of what happens when cowboys meet aliens: They all shoot each other. It stars Daniel Craig, who's British, which makes sense because while Wyatt Earp was shooting dudes in Tombstone, the Brits were drinking crumpets or whatev ... More >>
Back in the wild, wild West, rustlers were shot for stealing your property. Here in the mild, mild West, they hire lawyers and lobbyists and ask you to help build their new corral. Because now it looks like Denver will not only lose the National Western Stock Show to Aurora, but may pay for t ... More >>
Big pics below.While William Koch was paying $2 million for a photo of Billy the Kid, his brothers, conservative lightning rods Charles and David, were meeting at the Ritz-Carlton resort at Bachelor Gulch near Vail -- a get-together that spurred a protest stirred up in part by ProgressNow Col ... More >>
It's safe to say the auction exceeded expectations. The only known photograph of William McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, was expected to draw bids around $400,000 over the weekend at Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction in Denver. Instead, it went for a jaw-dropping $2 million to oilman and ya ... More >>
Billy the Kid (full photo below)The only known photo of Billy the Kid was predicted to sell for $300,000 to $400,000 at the 22nd annual Old West Show & Auction in Denver tonight. But the circa 1879 tintype went for five times that in spirited, and speedy, bidding that ended at $2 million. Tha ... More >>
Video below.Earlier this week, we shares a slideshow of coming out stories at Denver PrideFest. But while similar references pop up on occasion in a new video featuring PrideFest participants sharing their proudest moments, they don't dominate -- an indication of how wide-ranging and all-enc ... More >>
Martha Stewart.Martha Stewart drew blood on Father's Day. Or at least a glass patio tables marketed under the Martha Stewart Living brand did. According to Arvada's Nancy Passarella, she and her family were sitting down for a meal when the table shattered for no particular reason -- and they ... More >>
Big pic below.A credit-card-sized tintype of William H. McCarty, alias William Bonney, alias Billy the Kid -- arguably the single most famous photograph to emerge from the Wild West -- will be up for public sale for the first time ever in Denver next weekend. And no, the young desperado in th ... More >>
Thursday, March 18 Uh, hey. It's Danielle Ate the Sandwich. I've been on the road and away from home a couple of days now, and am officially one hour from Austin and ready to go. Today, I play at Bar 512 for the Spokesbuzz Showcase. I'm excited to play with a lot of great bands from Fort C ... More >>
Okay, we all have some skeletons in our closet, shit we dig -- be it music, movies or television shows -- that we'd just as soon nobody else knew about. "Guilty pleasures" is what most people term these sort of inclinations. Well, here at Backbeat, there's no shame in our game -- assuming, of ... More >>
With the passing of Memorial Day we can finally say summer is here. And with summer comes summer camp, vacations and tours -- and how do we get there? We drive. That's how. This is America, after all. In celebration of seemingly endless sunny days and left-arm tans, we've picked some of our favori ... More >>
Yes, we know it isn't Friday yet, and Freaky Friday is typically Cory's domain, but this was too good to pass up -- or off, for that matter. We're going to go out on a limb here and assume that nobody reading this has ever heard of Dusty Cowshit. Or maybe you are familiar with their unique brand of ... More >>
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