As we reported a few weeks ago, Cochon555, the nationwide swine tour and chef battle that trots from city to city in an effort to ballyhoo the benefits of heritage-breed pigs, is stopping in Denver on Sunday, March 9, specifically at the Ritz-Carlton, where five local chefs -- Jennifer Jasinski (Rio ... More >>
For this year's Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide (you'll find it tucked into our September 26 issue), we asked artistic movers and shakers to answer a few questions about the state of the arts, both locally and around the world. We'll be rolling out their answers over the next few weeks in pa ... More >>
Since opening the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in 2010, Chad Yakobson has done things his own way, pushing Colorado's craft-beer scene forward with his brewing technique, his chosen style of beers, his collaborations and his brewery-less taproom. But his latest innovative leap will actually b ... More >>
Bad news for Animal Collective fans. We just received word that the band will not be coming to Denver as planned this Friday, March 22. The reason: Avey Tare (aka David Portner) is suffering from a severe case of strep throat and is unable to perform. No word yet on when the date will be rescheduled ... More >>
In 1906, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody took his traveling circus on the road to Belgium, performing in Antwerp, Brussels and half a dozen other cities. Now, more than a hundred years later, a beer that was accidentally brewed as a result of that tour (according to legend, that is) has made its way ... More >>
Not only did USA Today just name Denver one the best beer capitals in the world -- the whole fucking WORLD, y'all! -- but the internationally distributed daily newspaper also gave a shout-out to Patty's Chile Beer, named, of course, for Westword founder and editor Patty Calhoun, who likes things spi ... More >>
The late Stan Brakhage, a Denver-born experimental filmmaker, was a pioneer in avant-garde cinema and a notable successor to Maya Deren and the film artists of the 1940s. A professor at the University of Colorado, he's remembered with an annual symposium and weekly film series -- and at least in par ... More >>
Eric GruneisenThe Ogden Theatre has the sixth most ticket sales of any club in the world so far this yearIn third quarter, year-to-date figures compiled and reported by Pollstar, the industry trade that tracks various clubs and venues across the globe, Denver and Boulder made a very strong sh ... More >>
J. WohletzIKEA after dark.When IKEA opened its 38th U.S. store in Centennial last week, the offers of free sofas, mattresses, chairs, meals and even baby spruce trees turned what would already have have been a stampede of eager customers into a veritable feeding frenzy of folks feeling the n ... More >>
Lori MidsonThere are numerous kitchens across the city that have made us weep tears of joy with their brilliant twists and takes on Brussels sprouts, but the Brussels and bacon combination, which is what we got at the restaurant where the above snap was flashed, has long worn out its welcome ... More >>
When I was invited to a special dinner with winemaker Peter Franus at Elway's Downtown, I was a tad skeptical as to how, exactly, they would cater that meal to my palate. As a vegetarian, I usually turn down invites like this -- I've worked in the restaurant industry for many years, and far b ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver ZooThis dragon is en fuego. What does the Denver Zoo have in common with Jerusalem? How about with a thirty-foot tree made entirely of Legos? Or a bridge in Branson, Missouri, a city best described as Las Vegas for Christians? Stumped? We'll tell you. Bing (if you don't kn ... More >>
Winemaker Peter Franus holds a journalism degree from the University of California at Berkeley -- and his collegiate proximity to Napa Valley ended up being pivotal to his career choice, which is winemaking. His first wine, a zinfandel, was produced in 1987, and Franus has been creating delic ... More >>
Last week, GQ magazine put out a bucket list of fifty beers to try before you die (see it below). That sounds like a reasonable goal - even if some of the selections were a little odd. I wouldn't have put Anchor Steam on the list, for instance. It may have been a bucket list fifteen years a ... More >>
Tullio Andrew Ragusin must have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.Tullio Andrew Ragusin has such big balls that they probably should have been charged as co-defendants in the criminal-impersonation and theft case that will bring him to court later today. "He has portrayed himself as not only b ... More >>
First, the good news: Venue executive chef James Rugile, Max Mackissock from Squeaky Bean, Shazz Cafe exec chef Benny Kaplan, Tyler Skrivanek of Duo and Brad Rowell of Colt & Gray have all hooked up to create the Highland Chef's Collaborative, a five-dinner series that begins tonight at Ven ... More >>
Chris Nevitt, both pro-union and an economist, represents some of the poorest and wealthiest areas of the city. Can he bring everyone together?
Audioslave’s former frontman can now go his own way.
Jacques Brel really is alive in this splendid Theatre Cafe revival.
The Gallery of Contemporary Art and Studio Aiello map out different parts of the local scene.
Politics -- and proximity -- make strange embedfellows.
In a single bound, Accidental Superhero leaps to the top of the MP3 charts.
Pauline and Paulette, about a neglected retarded woman, is hard to ignore.
Classical acoustician Janet Feder takes flight with a flock of musical surprises.
Brew fans gather will gather at the Colorado Convention Center.
The Law brothers' kangaroo movie was an epic failure, but they keep on kicking.
In Zap Mama, Marie Daulne dispenses the wisdom of the world.
Next month, Colorado voters will decide whether the state's $5 billion worth of tax-exempt properties are all charity cases.