Earlier this year, we told you about a lawsuit against the Denver Broncos and its owner, Pat Bowlen, after police twice ejected a Cannabis University vehicle from a Mile High Stadium parking lot, allegedly because the word "cannabis" was printed on it. The complaint has already been amended once. B ... More >>
MM Serra is struggling to find a New York City venue bold enough to exhibit Charles Henri Ford's 1971 surrealist memoir film, Johnny Minotaur. Nobody wants to bite. This experimental classic reflects on teen sexuality with explicit homoerotic imagery. Unnamed institutions refuse to show it ... More >>
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series are only a small sample of the top 100 banned or challenged books of the past decade. Banning books might sound like a problem of the past, but there are still attempts to cens ... More >>
Big pics below.It's been a whirlwind June for Kittredge artist Michael McGrath. Three small pieces, including two featuring nudity and a third that was mistaken for a vagina, were removed from a display at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. But yesterday, they were back -- following a letter ... More >>
Brian Hill.As an organization devoted to freedom of the press, Reporters Without Borders typically targets dictatorships and other iron-fist nations that attempt to quash objective journalism. Now, however, RWB is protesting a story very close to home: the copyright infringement lawsuit filed ... More >>
Seth Brigham being arrested.To protest an ordinance that might have criminalized women who publicly bare their nipples, Boulder's Seth Brigham stripped to his boxers at a February city council meeting -- and was promptly arrested. Four months later, David Lane, fresh from winning a $5.9 mill ... More >>
William Ayers as a young radical.Last week, David Lane threatened to sue the University of Wyoming if it didn't respond to a letter about the institution's speaking ban against controversial professor William Ayers within a couple of days. The university failed to do so -- and a lawsuit soon ... More >>
David Lane has given the University of Wyoming a very short deadline.Attorney David Lane loves big issues and controversial clients, including former CU professor Ward Churchill, wrongfully convicted Timothy Masters or Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene. And now, he's taken on another cause that' ... More >>
Ward Churchill, in an image from HBO's documentary "Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech." Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech, debuts Monday, June 29, on HBO -- and judging by its trailer, Colorado's own Ward Churchill is a significant player in the documentary. The ... More >>
According to state senator Greg Brophy's blog, "he's been called one of the most conservative members of the legislature and a Prius driving, bicycle riding, eco freak. You decide." But first read this, and you might come up with a couple of other descriptors. On April 24, he recounted the tale of ... More >>
Each April since 1992, the Thomas Jefferson Center, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, has awarded the Jefferson Muzzles "as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment" -- and i ... More >>
I'm a little stunned by the controversy surrounding ridiculous screamo-hip-hop also-rans, BrokenCYDE. If you haven't heard, earlier this week, a post on Loud Hawk Press called for the removal of the band from this summer's Warped Tour, on the basis of two offenses: 1) they suck, and 2) the ... More >>
A June 17 More Messages blog revolves around a column written by Colorado Springs Independent scribe Rich Tosches about Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen. In the piece, an activist accuses Laugesen of insensitivity and more in regard to comments he made in a series of e-m ... More >>
A More Messages blog from January 30 includes an e-mail Q&A with Ward Churchill, who responded to a query about the dropping of charges against one of his supporters over an episode involving Boulder Daily Camera reporter Heath Urie. However, the final section of the communique was temporarily omitt ... More >>
Back in November Westword published "The Poisoned Pen of Fort Lyon," which examined the toxic history of Fort Lyon, a frontier fort turned veterans' hospital turned prison. Since the place was turned over to the Colorado Department of Corrections in 2001, there have been numerous instances of inmate ... More >>
These Lone Star ladies have no plans to just Shut Up & Sing.
Japanese design is showcased at the CVA, while more art censorship hits Colorado.
From the week of June 23, 2005
From the week of February 17, 2005
Roan and Groan
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
Banned Books Week offers a chance to speak out
RTD pays a six-figure settlement for muzzling its own directors.
Pearl Jam accuses the Rocky Mountain News of uneven flow.
Highlighting the week's greatest gratis event
From the week of September 26, 2002
From the week of November 22-28, 2001
As Marilyn Manson's concert gets closer, the debate over free speech gets louder.
Shopping-center execs love getting attention in the media -- as long as they call the shots.
It's a time of reckoning for the theater department at the Denver School of the Arts.
South High's image-conscious leader offers students repeated lessons in the stifling of free speech.
The printer for two college papers refuses to print a photo of a naked woman.
Questions about the religious right are this GOP candidate's cross to bear--or is that bare?
A web of intrigue surrounds the high-stakes legal brawl between FACTnet and the Church of Scientology.
A gruesome triple murder puts a Boulder publisher and its how-to-kill book in the crosshairs.
SUPPORTERS OF AMENDMENT 16 INCLUDE A TITILLATING COALITION OF PORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANS AND DENVER BLUEBLOODS.
A JUDGE RULES THAT THE CITY'S CABLE CHANNEL ILLEGALLY MUZZLED GAY VIDEOS.