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 >>
Martin Campos Comida Cantina 3350 Brighton Boulevard 303-296-2747 eatcomida.com This is part two of my interview with Martin Campos, exec chef of Comida at the Source; part one of our interview ran yesterday. Your three favorite Denver restaurants other than your own: Bourbon Grill, because, wel ... More >>
Christmas is all about traditions, sure, but MCA Denver's Black Sheep Fridays introduced a new holiday custom: decorating anatomically correct dirty cookies and making sparkly pasties pretty enough to adorn an adults-only Christmas tree. Photographer Ken Hamblin III shot the action as pastie-making ... More >>
Though it may be tempting to stay inside and watch holiday specials on YouTube, there's plenty to do in Denver this week between viewings of the Pete and Pete Christmas episode and the Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special. Our top three events include a concert with tacos, an evening of orchestral ... More >>
The Great American Beer Fest is always a hairy experience. Last year we noted a curious trend: The suds extravaganza wasn't just full of beer, it was full of beards, and many kinds of beards at that. So this year we were on the lookout for impressive whiskers -- and their wearers. Here are the ten ... More >>
Our recent cover story -- "Bed Check," a close look at the shelter space available for homeless women in Denver -- was published just as the city opened up a new overflow wintertime option exclusively for women. The emergency spot has a total of fifty mats each night. And after more than a month in ... More >>
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 >>
For eight years, one local holiday tradition has taken winter fashion far beyond the ugly Christmas sweater craze. On Sunday, Frost: Fashion Denver's Holiday Market brought together 31 designers and dozens of looks during its annual spotlight on the city's scene. Roving Westword photographer Christo ... More >>
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 >>
Like her sketch-comedy counterparts in Denver troupe LadyFace, Timmi Lasley is a versatile performer. The sketch comedian has been doing stand-up for the last three years, after paying her dues as a stage actor and getting a degree in theater. The acting expertise came in especially handy this year, ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT @ OGDEN THEATRE | 1/28/12 Just in case anyone forgot how long the Reverend Horton Heat has been around, he reminded everyone during the first 45 minutes of his show the Ogden Theatre Saturday night by playing a song from each of his albums in chronological order, from 1991' ... More >>
The Scissor Sisters have two incarnations: campy, carefree guitar-driven band, as was the case for early cuts like "Take Your Mama" and "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," and a new, more hedonistic synth band with one ear to the dance floor and another in the bedroom. The latter vibe dominated the band's ... More >>
The holiday season is a time of giving, kindness, harmony and joy - or at least, that's what it should be. But these days, the true essence of the holidays seems to be overwhelmed by crazy amounts of traffic, ridiculous lines at stores, people beating each other over toys, dwindling bank acco ... More >>
Lori MidsonI crashed a Christmas party. Unintentionally, I might add, but nonetheless, when I waltzed into the Fat Frog Cafe earlier this afternoon to check out the new digs, I came face-to-face with a blizzard of Christmas sweaters, none of which, surprisingly, were ugly. But even if they ha ... More >>
I've seen the Denver Center Theatre Company's production of A Christmas Carol more than once, and as someone who was brought up on a diet of Mr. Magoo, Reginald Owen, that nice thick novel by Charles Dickens and, later, Bill Murray in Scrooged, I never tire of it: Well-played by the ensemble, with g ... More >>
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 >>
Number 10.It's the time of year for the giving and receiving so-called White Elephant gifts -- which, for those of us into kitsch stuff, can be better than receiving something allegedly classier. Understanding this, our friends at Arc Thrift Stores of Colorado have assembled their "must-have" ... More >>
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 >>
Festive as shit!The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is among the more baffling holiday traditions out there. Maybe it makes sense if you're in New York, but millions of people elsewhere sit down to watch a parade on TV. Parades are boring in real life! And this isn't just any parade. This is, ... More >>
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 >>
David BlackBethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno are Best Coast In recent years, with bands ransacking the '60s, '70s and '80s for musical ideas and sounds, it's becoming increasingly easy to dismiss many musicians as being little more than throwbacks mimicking their artistic ancestors. But some ... More >>
There were a lot of new iPhones opened on Christmas Day, and that was a big present for the Colorado Department of Transportation, which created its own iPhone application in November to help people measure whether they are too drunk to drive.
Dixons packaged itself for the holidays.Twenty-seven businesses entered the first annual LoDo Aglow: Scenes of the Season window-decorating contest, lighting up for the holidays (and through the Stock Show, like the Denver City and County Building). And the winners, announced this week by t ... 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 >>
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 >>
The Winter in the City program is an effort to warm up to suburban shoppers by showing them how "Denver has seen the light!" The evening begins at Union Station with a visit from "Concealed-Carry Claus." He will be packing a 500-magnum "candy cane" as a promise of protection to all white guys atten ... More >>
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, BC.Here are some local sites you might enjoy visiting. A thread on DenverRadio.net'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 >>
The view out my front doorAh, snow. I hate it. I am not a skier, not a 'boarder and I sure as fuck don't snowshoe. And it's not because I am some pansy-ass, warm-weather transplant from SoCal or something. I grew up in Wyoming and I've been in Colorado for almost thirteen years, so I am certa ... More >>
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