• Blogs

    November 28, 2014

    The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in December

    Don't worry if you've been too naughty for Santa to bring you anything good, because December is full of great stuff for every geek girl and boy. You won't even have to leave any cookies and milk out to enjoy all the great nerd fun that Denver has in store for you this month, from weird horror to ha ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Five Reasons Why Halloween Sucks Right Now

    At some point Halloween went from real pumpkins, elegantly toilet-papered trees and hellishly funny Halloween films to plastic "fun-kins," polite, chaperoned gatherings and bad Tim Burton movie reruns on the tube. Although I can't identify exactly when the caramel apple fell off the stick, Halloween ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Revisit Your Childhood at the Toy & Doll Collectors Supershow

    Toys have a magical way of transporting us back to childhood, no matter what age we are. Re-encountering that one toy can instantly bring back memories of Christmas mornings or summer vacations. This Sunday, October 12, ride the nostalgia wave down to the Toy & Doll Collectors Supershow and see if y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Why (and how) Governor John Hickenlooper wants to support Colorado music: Interview

    Colorado Governor John Hicknlooper has long been invested in the culture of the state. As Denver's Mayor, Hickenlooper was a common sight at things like art gallery openings and concerts, and his roots in the community include co-founding Wynkoop Brewing Company in LoDo. He has spent the past thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Adelitas introduce half-price Monday margs

    Mexican joints across town have discovered the joys of Taco Tuesdays, which fill restaurants on a slow night of the week -- and generally tend to fill cash registers, too, because while regulars fill up on bargain tacos, their bar tabs keep growing. When he opened Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina last May ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Vacation! director Zach Clark talks drugs, sex and death at the beach

    The beach-party movie has fallen from its former pinnacle of popularity, but it still has its fans. Take writer/director Zach Clark, for instance. His latest film, Vacation!, resurrects the classic beach-party film formula, updates it for the 21st century and then twists it into weird places that Fr ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Guess where I'm drinking a mezcal margarita?

    When I asked the bartender if he had mezcal, his eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. "You want mezcal!? he exclaimed. "Oh, man, a gringo girl who likes mezcal. Wow." Not only did he pour me a potent margarita but he brought out the mezcal bottle, too, egging me on to knock back shots. I regrettably d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Ben Nighthorse Campbell plays Santa with U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

    The country is swamped by devastation from Hurricane Sandy and the storm of the 2012 election, but it's still beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And who's the Santa hauling the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree -- -- "America's gift to the nation" -- to Washington, D.C.? Former Senator Ben Night ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    After 28 years, Cherokee Dining on 12th Avenue will close on October 14

    When Deana Mikdad gently broke the news to the old man, he wept. For fifteen years, maybe twenty, he'd eaten lunch with his son at Cherokee Dining on 12th Avenue -- the "Cherokee" to most of us -- three days a week. It is to him, as it is to so many other longtime regulars, his home away from home, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    It's Christmas in July (and August) at Denver's Dangerous Theatre

    As the long, hot summer of 2012 blazes on, the idea of Christmas in July starts to look pretty cool. But that's not the only reason the cabaret-style Denver's Dangerous Theatre is bringing back an abbreviated version of its, um, Christmas classic, Kentucky Claus, a slightly raunchy backwoods holida ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    The Old West still lives in custom cowboy boot maker Mickey Mussett's shop

    Custom cowboy boot maker Mickey Mussett didn't start out fancying up the elite. He's 65 now and only started making boots ten years ago, after leaving his job in advertising. The lure of leather and glue is what pulled him away and what keeps him busy now. "It's a very human and exciting thing, to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Reader: What drinking establishment is serving holiday cocktails and atmosphere?

    ​It's not yet December 25, but Cafe Society would like to play Santa early, stuffing a reader's stocking with suggestions for where he and his friends can enjoy holiday atmosphere -- and beverages. Here's the note that Charles sent Santa:

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    December 27, 2010

    Congratulations, Crystal Harris, on your engagement to Hugh Hefner

    Looking fine, Hugh!​Sorry to let you down, ladies, but it seems Hugh Hefner -- commonly known as "The Sexiest 84-year-old since Bea Arthur died" -- went ahead and put a ring on it. The lucky lady? The 24-year-old Crystal Harris, who made her name on the reality series The Girls Next Door, in w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2010

    Nü Metal quilt will keep you warm with '90s nostalgia

    Memorable Christmas gifts are made with love, and in the case of this gent, his Christmas gift is infused with a rap-metal logos of the '90s and early 2000s. Many of the classic T-shirts are there: the Korn Adidas rip-off and 40 ounces, the Coal Chamber ice cream truck, the classic Walls of Jericho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Christmas critters tangle with holiday decorations: Kenny Be's Sign Language

    Holiday 2010: Antler lights on Lincoln Park bull elk lure motorists to get massages.​ The pampered beast shown on the TallGrass billboard in the photo above is this season's proud vision from the Evergreen hair- and skin-care coven endorsed by the cult of Oprah. Perhaps the gift cards advertis ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010
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    December 9, 2010

    Free Christmas music from Oh, Starling

    ​The Chipmunks singing holiday tunes is funny -- one time, once a year. Other than that, Christmas music has the tendency to suck, grating on our ears as we converge on shopping malls and Starbucks, waiting for the snow that never seems to be coming. Luckily, local musicians Dan Craig and Jess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Reader: Denver's Nativity Scene looks like something from Vacation's Clark Griswold

    ​Patricia Calhoun's post about the annual protest stirred by the Nativity Scene at Denver's City & County Building prompted a funny comment from one reader, who likens the display to a certain Chevy Chase movie -- one also referenced last week in our post about resident Alek Komarnitsky web-co ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    November 25, 2010
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    November 22, 2010

    Get lit: A brief guide to some of Denver's best holiday lights this season

    ​Ah, the holidays, that special time of year when we turn on a ridiculous amount of very small light bulbs to comfort us, because it gets dark too early, and also because this is America, and by gum, we can. Still, there's no denying the austere beauty of the snow all illuminated, making halos ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Ho, ho, hops! It's Christmas in July at Bull & Bush and Cheeky Monk

    ​Do you feel a chill in the air? Jack Frost nipping at your nose? Hard to imagine on 90-plus degree days in the middle of summer, but the Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery will be celebrating the holiday season all this week by pouring a new specialty beer each day, throwing a Christmas in July Bee ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of December 21, 2009

    ​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 ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Lori Midson​There'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 >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with the Nurses (that just sounds dirty, doesn't it?)

    ​And the Christmas songs just keep cropping up from the scene. Over the past week, we've spotlighted a pair of original holiday-oriented tunes from the Mansfields and Dressy Bessy. This one's a cover from a newer act out of Loveland called The Nurses doing a faithful version of the standard "Have ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009
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    December 17, 2009
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    December 15, 2009

    Top 10 emotionally disturbed Christmas songs

    ​Christmas songs really ought to be up little tunes -- hope, faith, charity, love and all that. But some songs have apparently snuck through the back door, drunk up all the rum, made a clumsy pass on pretty much everyone but the family dog, and are now holding court in the corner, seriously br ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009
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    November 20, 2009

    Denver Blogs: It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it, BC.​Here are some local sites you might enjoy visiting. A thread on's Comments & Rumors board begins with questions about why no local stations have started playing wall-to-wall Christmas music yet -- and ends with news that KOSI has begun t ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009
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    January 14, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Collision course

    As I was running out of my office last night, late again, I got a call from a neighbor. "Do you know why the police are in front of your house?" she asked. Uh, no, I said, wondering if the mess of ungifted holiday gifts and unfinished Christmas projects clearly visible in my living room wa ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Rearview: The week in review (12/22/08 - 12/25/2008)

    Let's hope your Christmas was better than this.   Here's you guide to all the great content on Backbeat Online you might have missed this week while you were busy getting trampled by crazed shoppers at Walmart, heavily drinking or wishing you didn't have to hang with the in-laws.

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    December 25, 2008
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    December 19, 2008

    Beyond Playlist presents Xmas-rated, part three: Jazz to the World

    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 three is titled "Jazz to the ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    December 1, 2008

    Black Friday in a bleak economy no big deal

    Media updates the weekend after Thanksgiving are always filled with attempts to judge the strength of the Christmas shopping season by the opening surge of buyers, and this year is no exception. But reports about a robust start to this annual exercise in consumption tend to ring false when they run ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008

    Into the Woods

    Get a jump on the shopping crowds at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

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    November 4, 2008

    The reason for the season: beer

    All the food groups. All I want for Christmas this year are some delicious, warming Christmas beers, and all I want for Hanukah is a place to find out which ones are available in Colorado. What’s that you say? Hanukah Claus has answered both of my wishes already? Oh, merry tidings! As I mentione ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 18, 2008
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    January 10, 2008
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    December 20, 2007

    It's Time

    The little things will get you every time.

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    November 29, 2007

    King of Kitsch

    Charles Phoenix shares his retro slides.

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    September 13, 2007

    A Different Time

    Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells a classic tale.

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    June 14, 2007

    Original Pancake House

    Going Dutch Baby.

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    December 21, 2006

    Santa Baby...

    Some culinary wishes and dishes for the new year.

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    December 15, 2005

    Hey, Santa

    Stephen Anson knows how to handle a crisis.

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    December 23, 2004

    Bite Me

    Dear Santa...

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    December 16, 2004

    Drunk of the Week

    Mead Street Station Grill and Pub

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    December 6, 2001


    Tidings of Good Cake

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