One of the largest looming and most influential icons in the history of rock and roll, Lou Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71. No word has been received regarding the cause of Reed's death, though the "Walk On The Wild Side" songwriter did recently undergo a liver transplant last May that nearly c ... More >>
The end of the world as we know it may come quickly. According to performance artist Rob Andrews, the apocalypse might even begin this Sunday. The artist's previous pieces have involved everything from washing people's feet for twelve hours in a marketplace in Macedonia to carrying a door from Coney ... More >>
The original Sam's Coney Island opened back in the '20s, when it was a favorite with everyone from judges to janitors. But by 1969, when Sam's No. 3 opened on Havana Street, it was the last Sam's left. Now, though, the Sam's empire is growing again...and will soon actually have three locations. See ... More >>
Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink. Well, not when there's this much beer around. Welcome to Great American Beer Festival week in Denver -- which is, for some, the most wonderful time of the year. And the presents have already started arriving. But whether you have tickets to the main ... More >>
Mile High Vienna StandTemperatures threaten to approach the triple digits as we prepare to celebrate our country's independence this weekend, which puts us smack into summer, the season of baseball, lazy patio nights and, of course, hot dogs, which we like to feast on as we wander the streets ... More >>
Simone RodaI'm fresh off a long weekend in New York City, where it's possible to buy a big, floppy slice of pizza on just about every block in Manhattan. But to go to New York and eat just those renditions, dripping with grease and kept warm under a heat lamp or reheated at the last minute in ... More >>
Theme parties serve many essential purposes, adding an element of the theatrical to drinking in your backyard, allowing your inner creativity and Cher wig to flow, and providing an excuse to wear spandex pants (or no pants' no one judges at a theme party). Looking to go beyond the Ugly Sweat ... More >>
The scene from last year's Chow Down for Charity hot dog eating contest. Who do you think can eat more hot dogs in a short period of time: the chefs and volunteers from Project Angel Heart, which feeds over 800 meals to sick and housebound patients every day, or the Glendale Raptors rugby team? P ... More >>
You didn't miss all this good stuff, did you? No problem, we've rounded up the best of the Cafe Society week for you below.Hot dog eating champs battled it out in a Denver qualifier for the big 4th of July competition in Coney Island. Jason Sheehan sought your opinion on where to take Da ... More >>
Liz KellermeyerSee more photos from the contest at westword.com/slideshow.John Proctor, a supervisor at the Park Meadows Sam's Club, knew he could eat a lot of hot dogs -- but downing eight and a half in ten minutes in the amateur hot-dog eating competition on Saturday afternoon unlocked a hidden ta ... More >>
The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, is kicking off its inaugural Garden Grapes & Hops party tonight at 5:30 p.m. with a flower pot auction, live music from Chris Daniels & the Kings and all-you-can-eat food and drink from 15 local restaurants, including Steuben's, Wynkoop Brewing Company ... More >>
In 1985, Westword published its second Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Cheeseburger at My Brother’s Bar to the Best Bronco (John Elway, now in his second year with the team), to another future landmark, the Best Addition to the Skyline (Herbert ... More >>
Kevin Taylor steps into the Limelight.
There are gypsies on our streets, prowling the avenues in their ghetto-fabulous low riders, blasting "LA Woman" from the stereo and telling passersby that although they may not have a taxi license, they'll still take them to their hotel or convention or flight out of DIA in a ride that trades certif ... More >>
Breaking bread with Colorado's top competitive eater.
The Tour de Lance flows through Colorado.
Human tumbleweed Ramblin' Jack Elliott keeps on rollin'.
Visionary female artists step from the shadows at the CVA
New York Pizzeria serves the next best thing to eating there.
Denver's WTC connection emerges, and the Singer displays photos of the Big Apple.
Alice and Blood Money (Anti-)
The loving and loathing of a poofy rhino animates Death to Smoochy.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
At Camp Amache, a school project reopens an ugly chapter of Colorado history.
Aronofsky's followup to ¼ is a brutal personal movie about the horrors of drug addiction.
Creator of Wonder Boys and supermen, Michael Chabon is a literary hero
Elitch's doesn't want the public to know that its top ride is a real pain in the neck. But 31 customers already do.
The Ladybug Transistor steers clear of the beach.