Kevin Grossi of Lola Mexican Fish House may have grown up in New Jersey and Michigan, but he fell in love with Mexican cuisine early, spurred on by the beauty and passion of a fellow student. "My first experience with cooking Mexican cuisine was back in my culinary-school days," he remembers. "Our t ... More >>
Update: Jaime Leon Rivas, a nineteen-year-old undocumented immigrant who we wrote about last week (see below), has been released from detention, where he was awaiting deportation. On April 2, a week after his friends and family held a vigil outside the GEO immigrant detention center in Aurora on the ... 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 >>
Eric Cimino Luca D'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 lucadenver.com This is part two of my interview with Eric Cimino, chef of Luca D'Italia; part one of our chat ran yesterday. What's the best food- or kitchen-related gift you've been given? I love getting new cookbooks, especially the odd, q ... More >>
Most of us assume the divorce capitals of the United States must be big cities populated by rich, beautiful people -- the type who are always looking to upgrade. But no: Data from the American Community Survey collected by the Huffington Post and The Daily Beast shows that none of the top ten places ... More >>
For this year's Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide, we asked artistic movers and shakers to answer a few questions about the state of the arts, both locally and around the world. We'll be rolling out their answers over the next few weeks in pairs that combine both veterans and newcomers in simi ... 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 >>
Ricky Padilla, founder of Brown Water Coffee, doesn't think his company's mission ends with serving good coffee. He also wants that coffee to support good works. See also: - Denver's ten top coffee shops for work productivity - Thump Coffee will start brewing in Capitol Hill in late August - Photos ... More >>
Being in a landlocked state, anything here that is beach-themed automatically feels campy and corny. Tiki bars, snow-cone stands, Hawaiian shirts, windsurfing -- all of it. So needless to say, the tropical-themed Medicinal Oasis, with its Jimmy Buffet/yacht club decor, was not winning style points ... More >>
Since 4/20's this weekend, we would be remiss if we didn't give you some great new local jams to smoke to. Nothing's better than hip-hop whilst being blitzed into another realm of consciousness. And we're representing all styles today: SP Double for the purists (though he gets a little rowdy on this ... More >>
Another fresh batch of local hip-hop. This week, we've got J.Rebelz reflecting on her childhood, the members of Dope City proclaiming that they will never go broke, "The Originator" Jaz-O blessing a track by Morningstar, and Lkeys teams up with the Squizzy Gang's Trev Rich. Continue on to hear what' ... 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 >>
Alright, we've got another fresh batch of local hip-hop for you. Hope you're ready. We've got a Slam 1 collab with Tech N9ne from the Last Dragon mixtape, Trev Rich, the rapper formerly known as Rockie, reaches for new heights on a cut called "Top of the World," TC Crook laughs his hater's off, and ... More >>
A new year is here, and from the looks of this week's new batch of music, it's going to be a good one for local hip-hop. We're off to a good start, anyway. We've got new beats from Man Mantis off his label's new comp, a fresh joint from production duo Fly 4 Ward, a new cut from ILL Silla, a new free ... More >>
Update: The latest development in the bizarre story of John McAfee, supporting player in our recent feature "The Hot Yoga War"? The software pioneer, who somehow managed to flee cops in Belize who wanted to question him about a murder even as he launched a publicity blitz, has traveled from Guatemal ... More >>
To celebrate the luckiest day of the year -- 12/12/12 -- Ron Abuelo rums asked a dozen mixologists across the country to a create a signature cocktail as a toast to the holiday season. Kevin Burke of Colt & Gray, who won our Best Bartender award in the Best of Denver 2011, is part of the lineup. H ... More >>
VAN HALEN @ PEPSI CENTER | 5/24/12 Evidently, 1982 was a very good year for David Lee Roth. "You're taking pictures here tonight, hot stuff?" the Van Halen frontman asked a woman in the front row in the middle of "Panama." "What? Oh, you want to make a sex tape. I'll tell you what, girlfriend, you ... More >>
This Friday night, the DMC World DJ Championship returns to Colorado for another eagerly anticipated edition of the battle at Casselman's Bar & Venue. Last year's champion, Colorado's own DJ Vajra, of course, went on to become the greatest DJ in the world, besting competition from all over the globe ... More >>
For the two highly respected teams Denver sends to the National Poetry Slam each year, the moment of truth has finally arrived: After a year-long process of elimination, the teams have selected their top five poets of the year and are gearing up today to travel all the way to Boston for the b ... More >>
Tons of fresh local hip-hop for you to vibe on this week. We've got a snippet of Mic Coats from the Food Chain spitting over a Mass Prod beat from the crew's new "brunch" project, a new track from Anxious from his forthcoming Almost Famous album, a new joint from the High Tops featuring Brer ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray STEEL PANTHER with Drug Under 03.16.11 | Bluebird Theater See Steel Panther at the Bluebird slideshow Last night, Steel Panther and a few hundred of its closest friends in Denver, hopped in the Delorean with Doc and took the Bluebird Theater back to the future when spandex, ... More >>
Mr. Bug, I presume. Yesterday, we told you that the bed bug-killahs are in town: An estimated 500 pest management professionals are attending the inaugural National Bed Bug Forum in Broomfield, which runs through tomorrow. The shindig is hosted by the National Pest Management Association, whi ... More >>
Andrew Romanoff's had one head-spinning year. Passed over by Governor Bill Ritter in his quest to be appointed to Ken Salazar's Senate seat, Romanoff snubbed any White House entreaties regarding a job in international development in order to take on Senate appointee Michael Bennet. But even ... More >>
Duane Rieder When Rusted Root formed in Pittsburgh in 1990, it made a world-beat influenced splash with a series of releases throughout the decade. During this creative period, the band released its most commercially successful song, "Send Me On My Way." The tune, which has been used on soun ... More >>
Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin, who's refusing to return to Afghanistan for a second tour until President Barack Obama produces proof that he was born in the U.S., is a Colorado native. Which makes perfect sense given the case of birther fever that continues to run through the state more than a ... 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 >>
Cheba Hut hopes Denver liquor-license employees will turn out to be kind buds
Ed Asner as Lou Grant. Ed Asner is back at the Denver International Film Festival -- at least on film. The irascible star of Lou Grant came to Denver 21 years ago, when the completely forgettable O'Hara's Wife opened the festival in 1987. But former festival director Ron Henderson won't forget one ... More >>
Ang Lee steams up Toronto with Lust, Caution.
David Phipps plays keyboards for Sound Tribe Sector 9 (read more about them in this September 6 Westword article), but he’s also the group’s reigning tech guru -- the musician as responsible as anyone for making the band sound forward-looking and adventurous. On top of that, he oversees STSP’s ... More >>
06.09.07 Zambia, Africa Chief, I made it into the chicken shack of an airport last night after a twenty-hour travel day. City very dark, just gaggles of young men squatting on the corners. Too hard to make anything of the place in the gloom and smell of burning tires. Too shaken up and addled to ... More >>
It takes two to tango -- and create a great Latin American restaurant.
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The tragic death of one of America's most important investigative journalists
American hunger for black-tar heroin has made downtown Denver the land of opportunity for immigrant dealers.
Cuba Cuba continues its warming trend.
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When terrorism hits home, Gary Cunningham will be ready.