The restaurant business, muses Mark Fischer, exec chef of Harman's Eat & Drink, is "seriously peculiar." Chefs, he continues, "have become really high-profile, and they're granted an inordinate amount of admiration and given an inordinate amount of credit for the successes that are their restaurants ... More >>
Last year's slaying of Douglas Menjivar in Glenwood Springs was followed by lurid reports. Among the claims: Fredy Cabrera, a prominent local businessman, had shot Menjivar for going out with his eighteen-year-old stepdaughter, Leydy Trejo, because he wanted to have more than a fatherly relationship ... More >>
At 5 p.m. Friday, the DenverDepartment of Excise and Licenses posted a list of fourteen stores now fully licensed to sell recreational marijuana on January 1. There are still two days left in 2013, so more stores might be added to this list by the start of retail sales in the new year -- while other ... More >>
If you've been to The Pullman, Mark Fischer's acclaimed restaurant in Glenwood Springs, you might notice the similarities between that spot and Harman's eat drink, which Fischer opened in Cherry Creek North this summer, in the former home of Phat Thai. "Honestly," says executive chef John Little, ... More >>
Yesterday marked the deadline for Colorado's 271 cities and towns and 64 counties to decide whether they want to ban recreational cannabis businesses and sales -- and it is starting to look like Denver will be ganja ground zero. Already, four of the ten largest cities in Colorado (Colorado Springs, ... More >>
Last week, Telluride officially approved sales of recreational cannabis, joining a majority of other tourism-reliant ski towns around the state that have given an okay to the ganja. Telluride took one of the easiest routes to retail-weed approval possible, with the city council voting in an applicat ... More >>
If you're like us, you love the Internet Movie Database, arguably the most comprehensive online treasure trove of info about movies, TV shows and the people in them. Among the gazillion things you can do on IMDB is search folks by where they're from. When we tried this with Mile High City natives, w ... More >>
On Monday filmmakers Anson Fogel and Skip Armstrong of the Carbondale-based collective Forge Motion Pictures released Cascada, a new adventure short produced in partnership with NRS, the Idaho-based gear brand. The film documents a trip to the jungles of Mexico with photographer Tim Kemple and some ... More >>
About a month ago, the government seized five tons of Colorado-grown plant life, and on December 4, members of Congress plan to light it up. No, not that kind of plant life. It's the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, and although they won't have the munchies, those in attendance will cert ... More >>
This morning Forge Motion Pictures, NRS Films, and New Belgium Brewing released The Warrior, the fourth of five short films in Carbondale-based director Skip Armstrong's series Of Souls Water profiling a series of athletes and adventurers whose lives revolve around water in different ways. We've b ... More >>
Ana Vasquez says she tried to explain to the police officers that it was her boyfriend who'd abused her, and not the other way around. She had a broken finger to prove it: In the midst of an argument that turned physical, her boyfriend trapped her fingers between his and twisted his hand, snapping o ... More >>
This morning Forge Motion Pictures and Carbondale-based filmmaker Skip Armstrong premiered The Shapeshifter online, the third installment in Armstrong's five-part Of Souls Water series profiling paddlers of every stripe and their relationships with the water that connects each of them.
The massive High Park fire has forced the annual Ride the Rockies bike tour to alter the path to its final destination. The bike tour will still end at at Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins as planned, but officials announced this morning that the cyclists will have to take a different route to g ... More >>
This week a series of nine "Come to Life" television spots promoting Colorado tourism began airing in target markets across the country, with an emphasis on outdoor summer adventure. To get that vibe just right, the Colorado Tourism Office brought in a team including Denver-based ad agency Karsh/Hag ... More >>
Immigration advocates are hopeful that a new agreement between the Roaring Fork School District and three local police departments will put an end to the controversial collaboration between school resource officers and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. But they also fear that the ... More >>
It's been an interesting past few years for James Mazzio, whose culinary career took a giant leap forward in 1999, when the then-Boulder chef of the long-gone 15 Degrees, snagged a Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef crown. Since then, Mazzio has cooked in numerous kitchens throughout the state, incl ... More >>
Weekend's here! Feel like cutting a rug? As always, we've got you covered. This weekend's Dance Card is brimming: Ana Sia, the glitch-hop/dubby darling of the West Coast, headline Casselman's on Friday night, and there are a ton of other options, including Icicle, Matt Darey, the return of Hi ... More >>
Lori Midson Phat Thai will definitely start serving at 11 a.m. today in Cherry Creek -- the place was already bustling earlier this morning as this Denver offshoot of Mark Fischer's Carbondale Phat Thai prepared to open the doors. Here's a first look:
Photo by Cory RichardsDennis Urubko, Simone Moro, and Cory Richards at the summit of Gasherbrum II in FebruaryIf you've been bitching about the freezing temperatures this week here in Denver, get a dose of perspective tonight at 7 p.m., when Outside Magazine will be presenting the online prem ... More >>
Self-portrait by Cory Richards, via adventure.nationalgeographic.comNational Geographic announced the finalists for its 2012 Adventurers of the Year awards on Friday, and they include two Boulder locals: Cory Richards, the first American to complete a winter ascent of an 8,000 meter peak, and ... More >>
Colorado filmmakers dominated the 2011 Banff Mountain Film Festival awards over the weekend at the annual competition in Alberta, Canada's Banff National Park, with Carbondale-based director Anson Fogel (Forge Motion Pictures), Basalt-based director Pete McBride (Pete McBride Photography), Gr ... More >>
The 2011 Adventure Film Festival gets under way in Boulder this week with a free Adventure Film Community Night at the Patagonia store at 1212 Pearl Street on Thursday at 7 p.m. and a Photographer Seminar at REI Boulder, 1789 28th Street, on Friday at noon, before the first screenings at the ... More >>
Lori MidsonThe Pullman, Mark Fischer's new restaurant in Glenwood Springs, just nabbed a spot on Esquire magazine's Best New Restaurants list.In late August, while on a food journey in Glenwood Springs, I had dinner at the Pullman, the newest restaurant -- a farm-to-table venture -- from ch ... More >>
"What the fuck am I doing here?" asks mountain climber Cory Richards, in the opening seconds of Cold, one of six climbing films featured in the 2011 Reel Rock Film Tour that kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. at the Boulder Theater. It's a poignant question: Richards is at 21,959' and freezing his a ... More >>
We are one step closer to having a peak near Carbondale named after Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., who was born in Roswell, New Mexico. You probably know him as John Denver, which is the actual name the eastern peak of Mt. Sopris will take if J.P. McDaniel has her way. This week, she's report ... More >>
Carbondale-based non-profit Feed Them with Music has a business model that they hope will bring small musical acts more exposure and bigger audiences, while simultaneously feeding the Third World. It works like this: Paul Frantzich and Ashley Mosher, the duo who run the organization, manage a ... More >>
Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to emphasize that it's focusing on arresting so-called criminal aliens -- and it's lassoed plenty in these parts of late. In September, ICE busted 78 people -- and of the 6,617 folks grabbed in the Denver area during fiscal 2010, 4,447 were said t ... More >>
Charlie Sheen was supposed to sign off on a sweet plea bargain last week. Rumor has it that the Pitkin County Sheriff is recommending a work-release program for the actor in exchange for his pleading no contest to felony menacing and 3rd-degree assault and criminal mischief in connection with ... More >>
Lori Midson Venue chef James Rugile Restaurant and chef semifinalists for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards were released this morning, which gives all the nominees exactly 32 days to chew on their success before the five finalists in each category are announced on Monday, March 22. The ... More >>
Among Colorado ski towns, Vail gets ragged on for being totally, painfully fake. Unfortunately, the town can now boast of hosting an Old-West tradition that rivals Aspen and Telluride would probably rather do without: the drunken-bar shootout.At 7:30 on Saturday, 63-year-old Richard "Rossi" Morea ... More >>
Herbal Connections dispensary (photo by Aaron Thackeray) Colorado's medical marijuana business is booming -- or, if you prefer, blooming. You can read about the growth in Joel Warner's feature story or The Latest Word's marijuana category, which includes reviews of dispensaries. But if you ju ... More >>
As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all straight, Westword will be offering ... More >>
The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board has just announced its fourth restaurant recognition program, to single out restaurants that promote Colorado wine. Last year's winners were Juicy Lucy's (the original, not the second spot in Cherry Creek), the Mercury Cafe and Restauran ... More >>
John and Kimiko Powers share their gorgeous collection at the DAM.
Oakhurst injects roots rock with a heady dose of bluegrass.
To market, to market
The Foothills Art Center presents the current edition of the state's most significant ceramics exhibit.
From the week of March 8, 2001
The Arvada Center offers an uneven salute to some of the state's best craft wizards.
From the week of September 21.
From the week of August 31
The Clusterfux get dangerous.