Novelty had its moment in hip-hop; vision had its moment; abstraction had its moment. But thanks in no small part to Top Dawg Entertainment and its star, Kendrick Lamar, good old fashioned high-quality rapping is once again the standard of the day. And now, K.Dot's longtime running mate Schoolboy Q ... More >>
For the first time ever, Denver will host the annual Craft Brewers Conference, the industry's biggest trade show. The conference, a four-day-long series of seminars, networking events and parties, will bring 7,000 beer-minded people to town April 8 through April 11. To show off the Centennial State ... More >>
Excision is making his way back to the Centennial State to rattle the windows at 1STBANK Center for the inaugural Boom Festival featuring Deltron 3030, Funtcase vs Cookie Monsta, Brillz, Ill.Gates and Robotic Pirate Monkey on Friday, November 15. Tickets ($30-$39.75) for the show are on sale now. Co ... More >>
The Colorado-made hemp flag that flew over the Capitol in Washington on the Fourth of July has made its way back to the Centennial State. And today -- which is known as Colorado Day, in commemoration of the day on which the state officially joined the union in 1876 -- the hemp flag flew at the Color ... More >>
Police in states bordering Colorado have been on the lookout for drivers with Colorado plates, making traffic stops for minor infractions in hopes of busting illegal marijuana shipments coming from the Centennial State. And they've been successful, too, with arrests reports from assorted states freq ... More >>
Bringing It Home, a new documentary about industrial hemp inspired by North Carolina eco-conscious home builder Anthony Brenner's first hemp house, will be screening in Boulder tomorrow night as part of the fourth annual nationwide Hemp History Week. The film "explores the question of why a crop wit ... More >>
In order to make a movie, you need a crew. To that end, the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media has launched an online tool called Colorado Reel-Crew, which will "enable the state's film industry workforce and support service companies to showcase their skills and services to producers con ... More >>
Today's election marks a potentially monumental day for our state. With Amendment 64 on the ballot, Colorado is on the cusp of being the first state to regulate marijuana like alcohol. In honor of what could be a historic moment in the legislative annals of the Centennial State, we've compiled ten o ... More >>
Holy shit! Amendment 64 has passed. Hands up if you ever thought you'd live to see this day: Pot is now legal in Colorado. In case you've been somehow sequestered all night, the results are in, and let's just say our fine city's nickname, the Mile High City, has taken on a whole new meaning. Of cour ... More >>
You've got to hand it to whoever is in charge of coordinating talent for Obama's Colorado appearances, particularly the grassroots event last night at Community College of Aurora featuring Dave Matthews. It was a shrewd move tapping Mr. Matthews to stump for the Prez. That's one way of wooing the Ce ... More >>
Colorado is home to the highest number of Google searches for Halloween treats, according to NBC's Today; fortunately, the Centennial State has plenty of places to get our sugar rush. And we just acquired one more: A second Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop (the original is at 1512 Larimer Street) h ... More >>
Colorado is a swing state, apparently. Our vote will be key in helping decide who the next leader of the free world is. It's all up to us and some people from Ohio -- oh, and our, uh, meemaw in south Florida, evidently. Who knew, right? We only know this, of course, because we watch the Daily Show. ... More >>
Hierophany of the Open Grave
Season of Mist
It's been a tough summer for Colorado -- the toughest in memory. But on this August 1, Colorado Day, there are still many, many reasons to celebrate life in the Centennial State. And Missy Franklin's gold medal is just the most recent. The oldest? Just take a look to the west. Can't think of any? W ... More >>
With a scribble of his ceremonial pen this morning, Governor John Hickenlooper set Colorado on a path not unlike that of the Iron Man himself, Robert Downey, Jr. No, our fair state isn't going to rehab. Instead, lawmakers, film-industry insiders and Colorado boosters hope that the beefed-up film inc ... More >>
Our post about the majority-plus support for marijuana regulation at the Denver County Republican Assembly noted that it contradicted the commonly held belief that all conservatives are anti-cannabis. One reader thinks that myth is beginning to crumble.
Well, how about that? Another act fresh off its appearance at this year's SnowBall Music Festival and another Westword Music Showcase alumni, is coming back to the Centennial State. We've just received word that BoomBox, an act that's built up a sizable following in these parts, is slated to make it ... More >>
Colorado has starred in hundreds of movies -- and more recently, watched as filmmakers pass up the Centennial State for cheaper locales, even if their films are set here. (Thanks for nothing, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.) But lawmakers and industry folks have a plan to change that, a plan that could b ... More >>
Colorado has a rich film history. Nearly 400 movies have been shot here in more than 100 years. But, as explained in this week's cover story "The Reel West," Colorado is experiencing a bit of a film drought lately, something that lawmakers and industry folks hope to reverse. Instead of shooting in t ... More >>
Eric GruneisenOn the heels of its three-night stand at the Ogden Theatre this past December, Social Distortion has announced plans to return to the Centennial State, this time at the Boulder Theater with the Toadies. Tickets for the Thursday, May 10, date go on sale this Friday, January 20, a ... More >>
Sex survey results here.This fall, Westword created an anonymous sex survey aiming to lay out the sexual habits of the Centennial State. We're now happy to announce these results of the first-ever Westword sex survey, of which more than 1,600 respondents participated. Read on to see our favor ... More >>
Before writing the Descendants, and before indie-film-world-big-deal-director Alexander Payne turned the novel into a George Clooney movie, Kaui Hart Hemmings worked at Westword, selling classified ads. In 1999, right out of Colorado College, the Hawaii-native got her first job with us. "Had ... More >>
A Buck fish.Tomorrow, some of the country's top glass artists will be getting together at Illuzion Glass Studios on South Broadway to benefit the Friends of the Denver Fire Department. And while it might seem a bit self-serving for a bunch of guys who play with fire and molten glass all day t ... More >>
You got nothing on this, other states.It was a momentous day for the Centennial State on Saturday, when Deepak Sharma Bajagain shattered the Guinness world records for Most Envelopes Torn in Half in Thirty Seconds and Most Grapes Eaten in Three Minutes with a Small Plastic Spoon (stay tuned - ... More >>
rockyfordmelon.comThe Rocky Ford cantaloupe: a possible contender for the official Colorado dessert?In a highly charged and extremely political fight, residents of Maine find themselves trying to answer a life-or-death question: What should be the state's official dessert? The question threat ... More >>
Remember this shameful character from 2007?Names like Josh McDaniels, Scott McInnis and Jamie Paulin-Ramirez made us cringe this year, committing dastardly deeds or generally making fools of themselves and the Centennial State. And as such, they've been inducted into our Hall of Shame 2010 ( ... More >>
Jay Vollmar The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls are officially the best. In the final bout yesterday at the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Championships in Chicago, Denver's Rollergirls beat the Oly Rollers of Olympia, Washington, to become the 2010 national champions. The Derby News Networ ... More >>
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Lest the rest of the country think we're merely home to indie rock goodness like Candy Claws and sugary sweet electro-pop confections like 3OH!3 or Breathe Carolina, Allegaeon's new album, Fragments of Form & Function, issued two weeks ago on the storied Metal Blade Records imprint, should ... More >>
chug-a-lugIf the president can do it, so can everyone else. What Colorado needs now are more sudsy sit-downs. Here's an example (see our previous pairings here, here and here): Dispute: Bill Ritter vs. Labor Unions and his own party Beer: Steamworks Brewing Company's Colorado Kolsch ... More >>
Adam Cayton-Holland goes totally Rado.
High school rodeo champs compete.
"Excitements to Match Our Indictments"
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Made in Colorado
Who decides on a new rug at the governor's pad? A little-known state commission.