South Park exposed our secret. After an episode aptly titled "Casa Bonita" aired in 2003, the existence of Casa Bonita became known to the world outside of Colorado. Up until that point, Casa Bonita was mostly a regional gem. If you grew up in Colorado, chances are you celebrated at least one birt ... More >>
Ian Cooke has always been known for his stunning lyrical imagery, and while he has dropped a handful of interesting video accompaniments in the past, he's never attempted anything like this before. A project that has spanned over two years, Cooke has collaborated with local artist Adam Singer and ba ... More >>
We all dream of finding fame and fortune in our chosen fields, but when people actually do get rich and famous, they often discover that money can't buy happiness, or love, or whatever it is the Beatles were singing about. What's the answer, then? God? Meditation? E-meter auditing? When musicians ge ... More >>
Fans of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, local comedian heroes, know that their hilarity knows no bounds. And when it comes to South Park, it also knows no boundaries. Which is why we weren't entirely surprised to find that the show and its creators were recently spoofed themselves -- with a burlesque pa ... More >>
As usual, South Park's timing is impeccable. As the replacement refs debacle was finally being resolved, last night's season premiere, "Sarcastaball," featured satirical jabs at the NFL, officiating, commissioner Roger Goodell, the Broncos, Peyton Manning and the Denver cheerleaders, re-dubbed the W ... More >>
The vicious international terrorists of COBRA could never stop GI Joe, but he's finally met his match, at least temporarily. This year's GI Joe Fest -- an annual film festival of stop-motion animation starring everyone's favorite military action figure -- that was scheduled for Saturday, September 2 ... More >>
Coloradans and visitors from other states put on their short-sleeved button-up shirts, ties, backpacks and bicycle helmets and made their way down to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House last night for the opening of The Book of Mormon. And even if they didn't don full-on Mormon attire, these fans felt lu ... More >>
It's been a tough few months for Colorado, and homestate heroes Matt Stone and Trey Parker know it. On Tuesday, the South Park creators talked to press at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House about their latest success, the hugely popular and distinctly brazen comic musical The Book of Mormon, which opens ... More >>
Jumping for joy over The Book of Mormon tickets.People are still comparing notes on how long they tried to log on to buy tickets for The Book of Mormon when they were available for a few brief hours on Sunday, January 22. Those who gave up on technology and simply went to the ticket windows a ... More >>
On Friday, the 300 (or so) restaurants participating in Denver Restaurant Week will be posting their $52.80 (for two) menus for the two-week eating orgy that starts on February 25; we're offering $52.80 to both the diner and the restaurant employee who offer the best Denver Restaurant Week survival ... More >>
Last night's "All Glory to the Hypnoquiz: an all-Futurama Event " at Rackhouse Pub, sponsored by Geeks Who Drink, was a pretty raucous time, and I definitely debunked the myths that geeks can't drink, party, be hot or win things. The evening didn't turn out exactly how I wanted -- my team lo ... More >>
Tom Botelho.Denver Film Society executive director Tom Botelho is still recovering from the just-concluded Starz Denver Film Festival; he's got a severe cold. But the word of mouth about the fest makes him feel better, and so do attendance and revenue figures, both of which appear to be up ov ... More >>
Graham TolbertThe War On DrugsThe War On Drugs (due Sunday, October 30, at the hi-dive with Purling Hiss and Carter Tanton) started to take shape when Adam Granduciel moved back to the East Coast from Oakland to settle in Philadelphia. Once there, Granduciel began to play music with various p ... More >>
Our post about the I'm a Mormon billboard campaign in Denver has spurred some intriguing theological back and forth. Here's the take of a reader who places what she sees as discrimination against Mormons in a historical context, using the name of someone who's already history.
Meatball surgery at the IKEA restaurant in Tempe, Arizona.On July 27, IKEA will unveil its first store in Colorado, complete with the 550-seat IKEA Restaurant & Café and a Swedish food market. Although both a market and restaurant are integral parts of most IKEA outlets, the restaurant in ... More >>
Trey Parker.We've been following The Book of Mormon's march to theatrical dominance for months, from first raves to Drama Desk nominations and Tony nods -- fourteen of them, leading to nine victories at the awards ceremony last night, including Best Musical for hometown boys made good Trey Pa ... More >>
Matt Stone.Eighteen years ago this week, Westword published my interview with CU students Trey Parker and Matt Stone about their in-progress film Alferd Packer: The Musical. Did I predict in that piece that they'd someday create an acclaimed Broadway show? Sadly, no -- but the South Park crea ... More >>
Bring it back home!Type "The Book of Mormon" into Google right now, and the first thing to come is the eponymous play by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, two Colorado boys who went on to become, we think it's fair to say at this point, the greatest satirists of a generation. From South Park to Tea ... More >>
The guy who invented Scientology also wrote this.The dark empire of Church of Scientology, well known for its extensive real estate holdings, expanded its reach in Denver yesterday by throwing down $8.5 million in cash money on a new facility to house its secretive minions. Believed by its ad ... More >>
A few weeks ago news outlets across the nation, including Westword, reported on what appeared to be the first-ever pot commercial on regular TV, a spot for a California dispensary on Sacramento station KTXL. But as it turns out, irregular TV around Colorado has been running dispensary ads fo ... More >>
Via Flickr As important as food is to the real world, there aren't all that many foods unique to the fictional world...which might be a very good thing, considering the inherent dangers in these following fake-foods and drinks. Some dangers are slight, others more sinister, some plain disgus ... More >>
Ron Zappolo likes what he likes.He might hang out at cocaine- and sex-fueled parties on South Park, but in real life, you're more likely to report that local Fox News anchor Ron Zappolo is savoring saltimbocca and sipping red wine at his favorite Denver restaurant, Venice Ristorante and Wine ... More >>
The smart people at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University just delivered a brand-spankin' new study that shows a correlation between licensed cartoon characters and kids' affinity for snacks. A motley crew of forty munchkins between the ages of four and six was subj ... More >>
Three not-evil Jay Lenos.While Colorado doesn't boast that many animation studios, those we have are known to pack quite a punch. Take Mighty Fudge Studios, a Boulder operation that for the past eleven years, has been churning out Saturday morning-style cartoons with an adult twist by way of ... More >>
Ever wonder what Denver will be like after the rapture? Me neither -- but the folks behind the Fox animated series American Dad clearly have. "Rapture's Delight," the most recent episode, finds central couple Stan and Francine stranded on earth as the rest of the family floats heavenward -- and ma ... More >>
Last month, we mentioned Robert Schneider's new project Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine. And earlier this week, Schneider, the ever prolific Apples in Stereo mastermind, released his debut under the Robbert Bobbert moniker, and already the whimsical, kid-centric project seems to be gaining tr ... More >>
I recently visited Casa Bonita for the first time, and I'm still trying to recover. No, that's not an indigestion joke about the food, sub-par as it may be. Actually, my mind was blown in a good way. As I'd been told, there's no easy way to describe the Lakewood institution, which bills itself as "T ... More >>
Fort Lupton-based Judge Paul Sacco's method of punishing young noise-ordinance violators -- by sentencing them to an hour spent listening to Barry Manilow tunes and the like -- has gotten plenty of attention in recent days from the local press (here's a piece in the Rocky Mountain News), national ne ... More >>
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