On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek both praise Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity (starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock), saying the director exhibits a "lovely human touch" with film, which is set in space, and that it's "so differe ... More >>
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 >>
Earlier this summer, we noted that MC Hammer was one of the headliners slated for this year's annual Taste of Colorado festival, which kicks off tomorrow, Friday, August 30, and runs through Monday, September 2, along with Aaron Neville and some American Idol alumni. We've now got the full lineup, w ... More >>
If seeing all the students heading back to school has you longing for fresh notebooks and classroom walls, you can satisfy that desire for education without heavy tuition costs. Whether you want to hear about astrobiology from professors at the Deer Pile, take a tour to find out more about Molly Bro ... More >>
No summer is complete without a marshmallow roast around a campfire -- and you can check that item off your to-do list this week with Bluff Lake's final fireside chat and evening of s'mores. Other free fun in Denver this week includes the first film in the Denver Public Library's Indian cinema serie ... More >>
In a scene oversaturated with bands mining the 1960s, Shannon and the Clams manage to stand out in stark contrast to their peers. That's partly because their songwriting is simple and strong, but mostly because of Shannon Shaw's powerful, soulfully melodic and emotionally gripping voice. Shaw sounds ... More >>
From examining the letters he wrote to his parents, included in the original Lakewood police file, and the details of that harrowing and fateful day in the fall of 1988 from the original offense report, one thing becomes clear: James Kiss was a very troubled young man with a seemingly dastardly plan ... More >>
The roots of belly dancing run deep, but also far and wide. Steps and techniques differ in Egypt and Turkey, in Lebanon, Morocco and Algeria. But even with the overwhelming popularity of belly dance in the United States, many of those nuances are lost to modern students. "You don't see that with o ... More >>
Whether you think of New Year's Eve as a time for parties that keep you dancing into the wee hours, or you're the type who's lucky to still be awake when the corks pop and Auld Lang Syne rings through the town, several events are perfect to prime your pump -- or let you live a little before you slee ... More >>
Here are two beery deadlines to note: If you are entering a home-brewed stout into the Mountain Sun/Vine Street Pub Stout Month contest, the deadline is Saturday, December 16. The winner gets to brew the beer at Mountain Sun and have it served in February alongside all of the brewery's other beers. ... More >>
YASIIN BEY @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 10/5/12 When Yasiin Bey stepped on stage at about half past midnight, the crowd was hungrily awaiting his arrival, freshly energized from an impressive set by Binary Star and ready now for the main event. Dressed in fitted white slacks, white collared ... More >>
Disgusted with the re-election of George W. Bush in 2005, Firewater ringleader Tod A left New York -- where he'd lived for the previous two decades and where he'd fronted Cop Shoot Cop -- and headed out of the country on a three-year journey that took him to the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent ... More >>
When Denver's acclaimed Curious Theatre Company kicks off its new season on September 1, there will be at least one big change that's not obvious onstage. The troupe will head into autumn with several new members and a new company model that Curious founder Chip Walton hopes will eventually be embra ... More >>
Seated in front of the soundboard at his home studio in Castle Pines, Mike Paul Hughes reveals telltale signs of his day job as an engineer. There's his rapid-fire technical talk about the basic elements of sound and recording -- details about megahertz and latency issues. But the signals go beyond ... More >>
Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Mark Sanders ho ... More >>
RJD2 @ BLUEBIRD THEAER | 1/27/12Is it just us, or does RJD2 look more like R2D2 every time we see him? Last night, when he took to the small, technology-overwhelmed stage of the Bluebird, the DJ/producer was barely recognizable behind a Daft Punk-style robot mask and the sound effects box strapped t ... More >>
Mark MangerThere comes a moment every year -- and it's usually an alcohol-inspired moment during the holidays -- when I, after a bottle or two of wine, declare that THIS year is the BEST YEAR EVER in Denver dining, and then commence to deliver a highly passionate, self-indulgent speech about ... More >>
Brad J. via YelpAt Aurora's Jai Ho, Bollywood blares on the televisions, the long menu features some of the least helpful descriptions we've ever seen and the servers provide equally confusing assistance. But despite the quirks, the food -- mostly Southern Indian -- is stellar, from the delic ... More >>
Lori Midson No. 59: Lamb vindaloo from Cuisine of the Himalayas
Darren AnkenmanLiz Phair In the early '90s, Liz Phair (due at the Bluebird Theater this Tuesday) started releasing tapes she called Girly Sound. These early tapes revealed a wide-ranging and playful musical creativity and helped to establish Phair in the underground music scene in Chicago. S ... More >>
The perfect gay-marriage matchbook. Run for cover before striking. The open matchbook that is pictured above is my contribution to twelve-year-old Augusta Dexheimer's Wedding Pillow Project. Gus and I go way back: Her parents are former Westword staff writers Eric Dexheimer and Robin Chotzino ... More >>
A Jewish congregation toasts Bollywood at a Boulder fundraiser.
Colorado Rockies International Night features Indian dancing.
The Turtle Island String Quartet plays an unusual blend of holiday music.