Christmas -- or whatever you celebrate this time of year -- is not a geek holiday. Sure, the togetherness and gift-giving and eggnog drunks are great no matter if you're a geek or not, but it still seems like the holiday should throw us some kind of bone. It doesn't, though. There are just no sweet ... More >>
It's the end of the year -- and that means there are plenty of ways to blow your last bucks on extravagant champagne toasts and hotel rooftop parties. But why do that when you can spend this weekend having fun...without spending too much cash. Skip the fancy parties and spend the last weekend of 201 ... More >>
'Twas a few days before Christmas and all through the town, there was a lot of medical herb being sold -- likely a few pounds. People were stocking up, patients like me -- to deal with our in-laws as stoned as can be.
The year 2012 has been a great year for those us who immersed ourselves in the EDM scene. We got a lot of great music, both locally and internationally -- but that doesn't mean there wasn't a plethora of crap released alongside the worthwhile. To honor those lackluster moments, Backbeat culled the b ... More >>
Cost Plus World Market is usually a one-stop gift shop for foodies, but during the holiday season it becomes a wonderland of seasonal edibles, drinkables and everything to create and serve them, including winter-themed cookware and dishes that you'll only use once a year. The prices are reasonable f ... More >>
Switched On Xmas
With Christmas ads filling the airtime vacated by campaign commercials, the holidays must be upon us. But it doesn't have to be Santa season for a server to ask if you want a Christmas tree. In New Mexico, where folks are even crazier about chile than we are, diners can choose to have their food smo ... More >>
It's going to be a holly, jolly Christmas with Michael Buble's new collection of holiday classics.Michael Buble put out a killer Christmas record, and it could not have come at a better time. While the charts are currently flooded with dance-pop beats, synthesizers-laden hooks and auto-tuned ... More >>
Big pics below.Last December, our friends at Arc Thrift Stores of Colorado shared their choices for the top White Elephant Christmas gifts of 2010 -- and they've wisely continued the tradition this year. Page down to check out their must-have countdown picks for the season, featuring Arc's p ... More >>
Quit hiding the Ice Palace. Gimme Santa.The Ice Palace will open its doors at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center at 5 p.m. today -- which means that Santa Claus will finally be in the house. Er, the mall. The Ice Palace -- a fancy name for a faux icicle-covered indoor forest -- will feature six ... More >>
Lori MidsonChristmas Day at my house is completely uneventful, unlike Christmas Eve, which is a day-long marathon of gluttony and wine- and champagne-filled debauchery. We wake up late on Christmas morning and pad around in our sloppy pajamas, eventually surrendering to our hangovers late in ... More >>
For the lonely, there's probably not much lonelier than Christmas, that time of year when we're supposed to be basking in the warmth of family and loved ones, but instead we're watching It's a Wonderful Life for the third time and eating TV dinners seasoned with the bitter salt of our own tea ... More >>
Tomorrow, Rick Gold will host a traditional Fesitvus celebration at the Shag Lounge. There, you can commune around the Festivus pole, air some grievances and perform some feats of strength. There will also be a ($5 maximum) gift exchange. In honor of disillusionment everywhere, we present 10 ... More >>
We're all hearing a lot of talk this holiday season about shopping local and what it means to a community. But Talulah Jones shop owner Robin Lohre is doing more than that: Beginning December 1, Lohre will host a reception showcasing a different local artisan every night through Christmas Eve ... More >>
Mark MangerKnow what I'm really looking forward to this holiday season? Not the gifts or the family time or the generosity of spirit or the tidings of comfort and joy. Nope, I'm looking to the fact that having Christmas fall on a weekend gives me an extra day or two to enjoy brunch. Because ... More >>
As a public service to compulsive drinkers, on Mondays, we usually give you a breakdown of all the obscure holidays you could be celebrating that week. This week, however, there's no need for that, because this week heralds the coming of the granddaddy of all holidays: Boxing Day, the Canadia ... More >>
Home for the holidays!As estranged family members start trickling into town this weekend for the holidays, chances are you're looking for something to do to show off this great city. You're probably also trying to do it on the cheap so you can save up for some awesome last minute gifts (or pa ... More >>
Hamilton was once quoted as saying, "I can last all night."Sure, you still need to find a Christmas present or holiday gift for your dad that isn't somehow related to golf, but maybe if you hit up some awesome DJ nights, the Candy Cane Festival or any other event this weekend you'll have a cr ... More >>
Everyone knows The Nutcracker, but few people know the story -- and that's for a good reason: It's is so slight, it's almost incoherent. Yeah, there's a pseudo-plot in the first act about a battle with a Rat King or something, but that's all wrapped up by the second act, which is devoted pret ... More >>
A Flickr PhotoDid you use conventional flour in those? That's so 2006The holidays bring out the crazy in multi-tasking moms. As the seasons turn and after all the "My kid didn't fail third grade English" bumper stickers have been purchased, they turn their attention to cookie-exchange parties ... More >>
Susan Boyle's number two is a very special gift.It's officially the Holiday season, which is why Poptimystic is finally ready to address the Christmas albums on the charts. Even though they've been there for at least three weeks. Two of Billboard's top ten albums are seasonal, and Billboard, ... More >>
Not to be outdone by Best Coast and WAAVES, whose Christmas song for Target ("Got Something for You") has been all the chatter around the water cooler this week, Breathe Carolina has penned a new Christmas song specifically for those of us in the Mile High City -- well, sort of. It's a called ... More >>
Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows, including Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only*, 99.5 the Mountain's Homegrown Show*, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC ... More >>
Lori MidsonThere's nothing like a properly muddled Old Fashioned and enough Christmas decorations to light-bright Clark Griswold's house ten times over to get me in the holiday spirit. Can you guess in what winter wonderland I was drinking? Special bonus: Every Friday, anyone who gave the f ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayBusy weekend in Denver, including a White Trash XMas Party, a slightly less trashy Christmas party, and a bunch of other parties that varied in trashiness. See photos of them all on the slideshow page. Also: Read a review of the Hot Congress show -- which sounds like one big ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For t ... More >>
"Oh, we know you were here," a city official told me Monday, after I'd returned from my undercover mission to inventory the shlock and awe that is Denver's annual holiday display on the steps of City Hall -- and then explain why, exactly, it's legal to have a Nativity scene at a a public faci ... More >>
USPIRG doesn't think you should explore this planet.It's Cyber Monday, a date that sounds as if it should be associated with discounted internet porn and not Christmas shopping -- but so be it. And just in time for the holiday shopping season, the happy elves at the U.S. Public Research Inte ... More >>
The holiday season is in full swing, and even Denver's monthly Tweetup is getting in on the action. The November meeting of the Twitter faithful is pairing up with the Denver Santa Claus Shop for the latest event, to help ensure a merry Christmas (or other culturally appropriate winter holi ... More >>
HANU-Karaoke takes Hanukkah songs to the stage.
This year, we've wrapped our roundup of holiday albums a bit differently. Instead of delivering it to you in one big lump (like coal), we're parceling out the reviews online, with a blog each weekday through December 24 devoted to recordings in a different category. Part four features "Variety Packs ... More >>
As many of you know, I got an early Christmas present on Wednesday night when I had the honor of being a guest on Dave Herrera's amazing new radio show, Mile High Fidelity, on 101.5 FM. Though it had been many years since my passionate college-radio days, I fell immediately back into the groove. And ... More >>
This year, we've wrapped our roundup of holiday albums a bit differently. Instead of delivering it to you in one big lump (like coal), we're parceling out the reviews online, with a blog each weekday through December 24 devoted to recordings in a different category. We start with "Noel Notables" -- ... More >>
It's that time of year again, when Jewish people everywhere stuff themselves with General Tso's and buy overpriced tickets to the latest Reese Witherspoon flick, desperate to stave off the boredom of another neon-tinted, Christ-loving holiday. But Denverites refuse to settle for such misery. Instea ... More >>
The Flaming Lips Christmas film hits the Boulder Theater screen.
Out of Hibernation. Yes, it’s only October 2, but unlike Christmas decorations and glossy newspaper ads, holiday beers never…NEVER…come too early. This is my favorite time of the year for hops, barley and malt, and one Colorado brewery has already tapped special seasonal releases, with more o ... More >>
The art of last-minute shopping.
Our holiday boutique watch.
Make mine a stiffie.
Finding beauty in the status quo.