Yesterday was the sixth anniversary of the sad day in December 2007 when Sandy Widener, Westword co-founder, was killed in a car crash that also took the life of her husband, John Parr, and their daughter Chase. Only then-seventeen-year-old Katy Parr survived. Every December 22, I find a reminder in ... More >>
Shortly after the Denver City Council authorized a $360,000 settlement in an alleged 2009 police brutality incident at the Denver Diner, a judge's ruling led to the firing of officers Ricky Nixon and Kevin Devine. However, they reportedly plan to appeal the decision -- and clues to their possible ar ... More >>
Friday afternoon, the office of Denver Manager of Safety Alex Martinez announced that there would be no charges against the three Denver police officers who nearly beat college student Alex Landau to death in 2009. In Martinez's mind, the case should be over at this point. But Independent Monitor N ... More >>
Earlier this month, the Justice Department decided not to charge the officers who beat Alex Landau to a pulp with federal civil rights violations. This conclusion frustrated Landau, but he figured that at least he'd find out the results of a local investigation put on hold due to the feds' actions. ... More >>
Organizations hoping to bury unpleasant or potentially controversial news traditionally release information late Friday, in the hope that many folks already in weekend mode miss the development. A classic example: Justice Department reps chose Friday at 6:30 p.m. to inform Alex Landau that they woul ... More >>
Every year since 1986, Denver has recognized creative individuals and organizations that make an artful impact on the community with the Mayor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts. The 2012 winners were just announced, and for the first time, they were split into three new categories: Youth Arts, Ent ... More >>
This week marks the return to school for many students, and with the start of a new school year comes a blast of new fall fashion. Even temperatures still in the 90s won't dissuade some students from going for extra-credit in their autumn attire -- sun or no sun. Keep reading to find out what today ... More >>
What's in a name? For the newly minted Metropolitan State University of Denver, about six years of research and discussion, thousands of surveys, numerous focus groups and $95,000. That's a portion of what went into a name change from Metropolitan State College of Denver that was made official yeste ... More >>
Michael Hancock.Yesterday, we noted in our post about the reinstatement of cops fired for beating Michael DeHerrera that we'd reached out to spokespeople for Mayor Michael Hancock to get his take. That response came yesterday evening, with Hancock calling for an appeal of the ruling -- and h ... More >>
Rosenthal.This week's cover story, "The Watcher," details the role Denver's Independent Monitor Richard Rosenthal has played in the ongoing controversy involving city law enforcement and alleged police brutality. It's a scandal that's made nationwide news and is shaping the mayoral race. How ... More >>
As we reported yesterday, Manager of Safety Charley Garcia has sacked Denver cops Ricky Nixon and Kevin Devine over allegedly billy-clubbing women to the ground and macing one of them in a July 2009 incident at the Denver Diner. Now it's been confirmed that one of the cops, Ricky Nixon, was a ... More >>
Alexander LandauOn the night of January 15, 2009, nineteen-year-old Community College of Denver student Alexander Landau was stopped by Denver police for allegedly making an illegal left turn. But according to a federal complaint filed yesterday, within minutes of the stop Landau was being be ... More >>
Mason Tvert prefers Emerald to Amethyst.For indefatigable marijuana booster Mason Tvert, founder of the advocacy organization Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), April 1 is a very big day. Rallies are scheduled to take place at more than eighty colleges and universities across ... More >>
Brief reviews of current shows
Brief reviews of current shows
Tracy Felix provides an idiosyncratic take on the scenery out West.
A sad farewell to a gifted photographer.
Get your Peoples and Vespas off the Auraria campus.
This family's roots are in Vietnam, but the next generation is branching out.
Contemporary realism is on display at Robischon, while get-realism takes over at RMCAD.
Fresh, painterly riffs on abstraction star at Havu and Sandy Carson.
Fifty years after his death, James Dean still gives rebels a cause.
With his grades and high school activities, Pablo is an ideal candidate for college, except for one hitch: He's illegal.
The environment has inspired some of the state's best artists.
The 10th Mountain Division returns
Auraria's effort to offer students "free" legal services cost plenty and ended badly.
Denver's fathers reconnect with their families and themselves.
The war is now half a world away, but these Sudanese refugees are still fighting to find their place.
Modernism rules in two fine shows at Judish and Andenken.
The William Havu Gallery has decked the walls with four aces.
From the week of November 16, 2000
These days, former Nation of Islam spokesman Jamal Muhammad is focusing on the hip-hop nation.
In the special election for a new District 8 City Councilman, the field is wide open -- just like all those empty lots.
The Mission Band uses hard rock to save people living hard lives.
Squabbles over money plague one of Denver's Oldest neighborhoods.
Part-time instructor John Hart claims he had something to teach the Community College of Aurora. But was his lesson plan too personal?
For a century this inner-city church has served as a refuge. But its most important mission has always been outside the walls.
THE FORMER RESIDENTS OF AURARIA LOSE A BATTLE FOR FINANCIAL AID.