The documentary Fruits of War tells the story of four former members of Mara Salvatrucha 13, who are all now part of the social justice organization Homies Unidos. GRASP, the Gang Rescue and Support Project, is hosting a screening of the documentary at Su Teatro on April 8 to raise funds for its gan ... More >>
Jaime Leon Rivas turned nineteen years old yesterday. But he didn't spend his birthday with his girlfriend, his friends or his family. No, the Summit County resident spent it inside the GEO immigrant detention center in Aurora, where his girlfriend says he's the youngest person in the custody of fed ... More >>
RAKIM at CERVANTES OTHERSIDE | 9/18/13 Last night at the Otherside, Rakim stalked the stage like a lion on an African plain, controlling the mic with a swagger that hypnotized the room, which was filled with an audience who hung on to his every word. The God MC showcased a presence that left everyon ... More >>
Arnold Rubio Tamayo 1400 Larimer Street 720-946-1433 richardsandoval.com/tamayo This is part one of my interview with Arnold Rubio, exec chef of Tamayo; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. Arnold Rubio's smile is infectious, and it's all because of Richard Sandoval, the New York-based chef an ... More >>
From his involvement with the Whomp Truck to his efforts to help the dubstep movement in Denver progress, DJ Ishe is a household name in Denver. He's also an advocate for the use of marijuana, who knows first-hand what the plant can do to help others, even though he himself hasn't smoked in over a d ... More >>
Another week, another fresh batch of Colorado hip-hop. We've got a brand new mix from Chris Karns, who is retiring his DJ Vajra moniker. We've also got a new single from Pries, along with fresh cuts from Lil Bad and AP and J Dubb. Continue on to see what's good this week in local hip-hop. See also: ... More >>
Just a couple of weeks ago, we noted that Edwin Ernest Rivera Gracias, suspected of committing a brutal murder in Jefferson County circa 2011, had been added to the FBI's updated Ten Most Wanted list. Gracias didn't stay there long, however. He surrendered to the FBI in El Salvador and is now back ... More >>
Back again with another fresh batch of homegrown hip-hop. This week, we've got new cuts from new comers Young Tenner and Killa Keezy, while scene veterans 2MX2 deliver a song about the mischievousness of certain women and Panama Soweto works to uplift the voices of the unheard. See also: - Fresh lo ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
After 35 years as a criminal defense attorney, Jeanne Winer has published her first novel. The Furthest City Light is set in Boulder and draws on her life in the courtroom, but it's neither a mystery nor a legal procedural. Instead, it's a wise and often humorous examination of a life fully lived. W ... More >>
Woah, woah. We just had a batch of killer local hip-hop to present last week. Are you telling me there's already a whole new set of juicy cuts to be enjoyed? Yes. That's exactly what we're telling you. It can't stop and it won't stop. First, we have a new BLKHRTS joint off their upcoming project, JZ ... More >>
Two of Denver's meal mainstays are celebrating their birthdays this weekend -- and you're invited to join in the festivities. Here are the invitations:
"It's going to be blast," says Herb Brodsky, who co-founded Novo Coffee ten years ago, and is hosting a birthday party at the roasting facility this Saturday. "Last year over 500 people showed up -- everyone is welcome!" he says. And there's much more on the culinary menu this week. Here's a taste:
It's difficult to imagine, but U2 used to be cool. Not just cool, but one of the most innovative, inspiring and mysterious bands of their generation. The group challenged the sounds, look and emotional resonance of rock music, forever redirecting the cultural stream for good or ill. Today, while man ... More >>
DJ Cavem, the local O.G. (organic gardener), has been literally feeding the community through events geared toward the "green" movement for years. Using a hip-hop agenda (even rocking with a children's choir), Cavem has broadened his audience to include discussions that involve enhancing the communi ... More >>
Nearly a year ago, Railroad Earth played a late-afternoon acoustic set at the Ogden Theatre for 75 fans, who each made a contribution to BECA (Bilingual Education for Central America). To mark the anniversary of the show, the band is releasing a live recording of the set on Monday, December 1 ... More >>
The weekend is here! The weekend is here! If you're like us, you're looking for the drop on the dopest parties to shake off the week. We've got you covered top to bottom. From reggae and world beats to drum and bass, there's something for everyone to get into as we ease into the weekend.
Six years ago, Seattle-born brothers Tommy and Tim Thwaites borrowed some money from their parents to launch Coda Coffee, a metro Denver roaster that drew on the their combined three decades of experience in the industry. A year or two into their venture, the brothers started focusing more on the pe ... More >>
Though the logo for The Medijuana Center -- a Colorado license plate-like with TMC branded on it -- hasn't changed in the year-plus I've been passing by it on my way home from the Westword offices, the management apparently has.
Today is ILL Se7en's School Daze mixtape release party at Red & Jerry'sMike Acuña is a hip-hop OG. Better known on stage as ILL Se7en, he's been in the game for more than a decade. The MC got his start as one-half of the group Isolated Generations with Ben "Opt Won" Chavez back in the day, a ... More >>
Boutique roaster Novo Coffee recently got a batch of Esmeralda Geisha, one of the most lauded coffees in the world and the subject of the Westword feature "Pot of Gold." If you stop by Novo's retail location at the Museum Residences, 1200 Acoma Street, you can grab a cup for yourself for $4 ... More >>
As Denver's boutique coffee scene continues to develop, establishments are offering up an ever-increasing variety of Joe, from the essence of Tanzanian peaberries extracted through a French Press to Sumatran varietals processed through beakers and tubes straight out of a mad scientist's labor ... More >>
Alex Cox, who wrote and directed cult favorites like Repo Man and Sid & Nancy, is joining CU-Boulder's film studies faculty this fall and will teach screenwriting and film production, as the Daily Camera reported. Cox, who grew up England, studied film at UCLA, then lived in Mexico and Spain ... More >>
A Washington Post editorial reprinted today in the Denver Post calls for a moratorium on the deportation of gay immigrants who are legally married or in civil unions until after federal courts decide the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
"Coming Out To America," this week's cover story, follows two GLBT immigrants as they apply for asylum in the United States. One immigrant, a transgender woman named Kassandra, is afraid to return to her native El Salvador for fear of persecution. And for good reason. A 2010 report by severa ... More >>
I was out in Stapleton last night when I found myself with a late-night craving for pupusas, the El Salvadoran staple that looks like a fat corn tortilla stuffed with cheese, pork or vegetables. And since it wasn't practical to drive up to Boulder to Pupusas Sabor Hispano, our pick for Best P ... More >>
Think of the Muse's Market as Al Gore with music and art, and you might begin to get the idea of what it's all about: Billed as "a modern-day Chautauqua" or a "farmers' market for music and ideas," the Denver-based tour comprises an earnest crew of musicians, artists, a photojournalist, a sla ... More >>
Lori Midson Marco Ramirez The Palm 1672 Lawrence Street 303-825-7256 www.thepalm.com This is part one of my interview with Marco Ramirez, executive chef of The Palm. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. Marco Ramirez, a self-described "child of a poor farmer family" i ... More >>
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.
Got the munchies? If so, there's really only one place to be today: Cheba Hut. "We are throwing a party system-wide," says Matthew Trethewey, spokesman for the Fort Collins-based sub sandwich chain, which has a dozen stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon and celebrates its anni ... More >>
Remembering genuine American heroes.August 10, 1984 is a date that will live in infamy.On that fateful morning, twenty-five years ago today, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by air and ground forces of the Soviet Union.The United States was at peace with that na ... More >>
Why do Mexicans have so many kids?
Comfort, Salvadoran style
Salvadoran immigrants have a hunger for the good life.