Neighbors are raising a stink over smells that they say emanate from a dog-snack factory that moved into the River North neighborhood -- now the hot-hot RiNo -- long before most of them did. This past spring, the city issued an odor citation to Kasel Associates Industries -- but the company's owner ... More >>
Some of the best holiday memories are made in the kitchen. The wafting aroma of ham and reheated Hawaiian rolls, the rush to make sure the cream of mushroom soup moistens that green bean casserole, the agonized sighs after reading the calorie count on the Sara Lee pie box. And, if you are me, the sc ... More >>
The work of Everything is Terrible! is hard to describe.The easy way out is to note that it's video collage, but that doesn't begin to convey what this crew does with video. The videos themselves are dense, context-busting pastiches of pop culture and pure insanity. But as if that weren't enough, th ... More >>
William BreathesThe holidays are upon us here at Westword. Editors have begun leaving for vacation, and the gaggle of unsupervised reporters have already begun dipping into the egg nog, singing dirty Christmas carols and wrapping up interns like presents.
Every holiday season, almost as sure as you can count on Christmas falling on December 25, you can depend on some obsessive, Griswold-wannabe somewhere crafting a lighting display that makes all the previous standouts from past years seem like also-rans. You know the type -- the kind that lit ... More >>
I've been making the pilgrimage every Christmastime to the Kloewer family home on Elati Street, just north of Belleview, for at least the last eleven years, and this is why: Being Jewish and all, it doesn't really feel like Christmas until I've immersed myself in some sort of urban electric m ... More >>
Holiday 2010: The never ending toy story. The back story of Christmastime in a consumer culture always plays out in the alleys of Denver. This is where yesterday's must-haves are temporarily tethered to trash bins in an effort to make room for a glut of new holiday gifts. The kiddie clunker p ... More >>
click image to enlarge The photograph above features a decorative dead end in the Reunion subdivision of Commerce City. The center of the picture looks out into the future of planned suburban expansion. Until then, the nearly identical homes face off in a duel of nearly identical holiday deco ... More >>
Time for an Exchange. There is only one thing people love more than Christmas gift shopping, and that is after- Christmas gift-return shopping! As seen below, It's also the one time of the year that Josh McDaniels and Carmelo Anthony can return what they've been handed, and ask for exactly ... 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 >>
With only a few days to go until Christmas, it's time to 'fess up: Have you been naughty or nice? For your sake, here's hoping you've been good enough throughout the year to merit yourself worthy to partake of some seriously good juice between now and the new year. Read on for the continua ... More >>
Not feeling the Chinese dumplings this year? Try one of these five restaurantsWhether you don't celebrate Christmas or you'd simply rather abstain from holiday cooking, eating options constrict significantly when you're choosing a place to dine on December 25. Thanks to hotel restaurants that ... More >>
Stop! You don't have to!So we're well into the Christmas season, and chances are good you're getting a bit tired of Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby and the Time-Life Christmas collection in general. What had been a charming return to familiar holiday standards -- and perhaps the only reason to ... More >>
Cora Vette's having lots of fun this Christmas.Cora Vette (aka Reyna Von Vett) never knows what'll come out of Santa's mouth. "It's usually dirty," she says. "And then I yell at him, and then he goes to the bar and drinks. "Lecherous Mr. Claus," she concludes. Burlycute veterans might remem ... More >>
Yep, that exists.It's 2010. We demand a solution to our seasonal movie needs that doesn't require leaving the house. Netflix Instant Streaming is our usual go-to in these sorts of occasions, but holy crap, have they dropped the ball on this one. There is no convenient way to browse what's ou ... More >>
Denver's holiday display wasn't always such an orgy of bad taste. Back in 1935, just three years after the Denver City and County Building was completed, muralist Louise Emerson Ronnebeck created a 76-foot-long Nativity painting for its pediment -- a painting that has since gone missing. What ... More >>
It's a holiday tradition no less practiced than trimming trees and visting family. We're speaking, of course, of drinking. And while "Frosty The Snowman" works just fine for opening presents with junior, kids songs start to sound a little creepy once you go in for thirds on the 'nog. We, of c ... More >>
While not all of us are particularly enthusiastic about Christmas music, that doesn't mean we can't recognize a good song when we hear one. This new Dressy Bessy single, "Hopped Up (on Xmas) Featuring King Scratchie" might be one of the few holiday songs worth a regular holiday rotation. It's ... More >>
Last night, for the first time in eight weeks, the garish holiday lighting of the Denver City and County Building was not my night-light. That's because the city had finally flicked the switch, turning off the display at City Hall and packing up everything on the steps: Rudolph and his fellow ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their holiday decorations... click image to enlarge January 5 is considered the last of the twelve days of Christmas. It is the time for the family living in the home pictured above, to reflect upon their unorthodox traditions in preparation for celebrating Epi ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their holiday decorations... click image to enlarge Of the twelve days of Christmas, today is devoted to the eleven pipers piping. Lest we forget, they are tooting for the birth of the little baby Jesus. The historical account of elbeejay's birth, revealed in ... More >>
Italians know how to do a lot of things right. They make sexy cars, damn good wine and great cheeses. Most important, they know how to celebrate Christmas Eve. On the night referred to as "the vigil" or La Vigilia, Italian-American families gorge themselves on seven-course seafood feasts. I ... More >>
"Do I irritate you?"Worry over the outcome of a mail-in vote on a new contract isn't the only thing stressing out King Soopers workers this season, as I learned during a shopping trip yesterday. When "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" came streaming over the speakers, our teenage s ... More >>
Handmade decorations allow celebrants to use traditional holiday images to craft deeply personal messages. In the painting pictured above (spotted on South Cherokee Street), the typically pudgy Santa Claus appears as a muscular hunk who wears a sexy off-the-shoulder tank top and summons tha ... More >>
Got word today from one of my South Pearl neighborhood spies that things are looking bad for Nosh. This space at 1439 South Pearl Street, originally opened by John Hinman as the Gelato Spot back in 2005 only to become Nosh a couple of years later, was well-known in the neighborhood not only for its ... More >>
3 Kings brings back a Christmas favorite.
I finally stopped by my post office box yesterday to pick up the mail that has accumulated over several days. Normally, I cruise by on my way to or from the day job and things don't pile up. Life, however, has been a bit abnormal lately, so I haven't been able to get in there, and it just hasn't see ... More >>
On this fine Christmas Eve, I gift all of you with a link to the finest Christmas song ever recorded, and the only one anyone ever truly needed. It's a song about the brutal, cold reality behind all of our romantic pretension, and about love that still manages to hang on despite all the tears, regre ... 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. Part two features "Reissues and R ... More >>
Catch a multifaceted rendition of this holiday classic.
The CRCGs Holiday Party is a furry, four-footed festival.
Strap on your ice skates and start enjoying the holidays.
The Christmas memories of Dylan Thomas take the University Theatre stage.
Doesn't this get you into the yuletide spirit? Visited a Highlands Ranch-area Hobby Lobby on Saturday and was stunned -- and yet not stunned -- to see the store's entire lobby stuffed with Christmas trees. Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was the official start of the Christmas shopping season. Then ... More >>
This restaurants time has come.
Consider the alternative at 3 Kings.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday: I awoke this morning before the sun. I opened my blinds to a firey orange suggestion that it may soon follow my lead. I arrived at work bleary-eyed and as I approached the glass doors that lead into the cafeteria, I hit an icy patch that sent me into the splits. This wa ... More >>
A Child's Christmas in Wales waxes nostalgic.
Jump-start the Christmas spirit at WinterWorld.
Bourbon "Spiked" Hot Chocolate
California Pizza Kitchen
My Letter to Santa
Cooking up the perfect holiday party to cap off the year.
And I'll dine if I want to.