Happy Colorado Day! In honor of this state's birthday, you'll find plenty of free activities around town. Start the weekend out right with tonight's free screening in Civic Center Park of the original, 1969 True Grit , which was filmed in Western Colorado. The scenery is stunning, and so is John Way ... More >>
It's high summer as we head into the Fourth of July holiday, when author tours take a break -- just like the rest of us. But in the meantime, we can hear poetry to raise a fist to, goof off literarally or see an art show that celebrates books and writers. Check 'em out. See also: Saving Grace: Dami ... More >>
Maybe you saw Neutral Milk Hotel last night in Boulder; if not you have another shot at it tonight in Denver. If the line "putting fingers in the notches of her spine" sends ice through your veins as consistently as it does ours, we can strongly recommend finding your way there. The band's great the ... More >>
#48: Andy O'LearyAndy O'Leary, a Denverite since childhood, is a poet, a DJ at KUVO and a general man of the people. But music is his mistress. Ever since he was a kid in the '60s whose brain was split open by the Beatles and then picked up a bass and started to play, O'Leary has found his life revo ... More >>
The third annual Roots, Beans and Greens goes down at Crossroads Theater, 2590 Washington Street, from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening. The all-ages, free party will focus on educating kids and their parents about the importance of an organic, local diet. And that mission is especially close to Ietef Vita, ... More >>
Get to the art of the matter tonight, at a free panel discussion -- complete with refreshments and a DJ -- in support of the Urban Arts Fund. This graffiti-prevention program of Arts & Venues Denver produces unique opportunities for young people to participate in diversionary art and leadership prog ... More >>
The great thing about Halloween falling on a week day is that it means there will be parties on both of the surrounding weekends. The fun kicks off tonight, and there are plenty of inexpensive events to enjoy -- everything costume parties to pet-costume parties to a chance to be an amateur sleuth. A ... More >>
Since etiquette of yore prohibits the wearing of white after Labor Day, be sure to wear all of your white attire on this three-day weekend. And there will be plenty of places to display your duds, from food-truck pool parties to tiny art shows, vintage auto exhibits to free film screenings. The best ... More >>
Steamrolling toward the August nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina, the 2012 Slam Nuba slam poetry team (and 2011 national winner) is just back in town after snagging a first-place victory in the Southwest Shootout in Tulsa. The Slam Nuba crew will celebrate tonight, with help from guest poet Ton ... More >>
With all that's going down this weekend between Communikey -- which is already well underway, and bringing a legion of talent to Boulder over the next three days -- Unified Field, the Sonic Bloom pre-party, Brown Suga Youth Fest, and the various other parties around town being hosted by DJ Mu$a, str ... More >>
Among the lines delivered at poetry slams, one is often repeated: "The point is not the points; the point is the poetry." This has never been more true than over the last week and a half in Denver, when all three of the city's national teams -- Slam Nuba, the Mercury Cafe team and teenage dreamers M ... More >>
Here we are, already in the first week of April, the sun is shining and the weather is sweet. There are a ton of parties happening this weekend in which you can shake your groove thang, post up in the back and nod your head, or just get plain silly and act a fool: Crossroads Theater is the sight of ... More >>
The death of Trayvon Martin has thrust race relations back to the top of America's list of conversation topics. But Carlos Heredia hopes for discourse that doesn't just happen as a result of violence. He wrote and directed a musical that he hoped would help create it: Then Sean Met Khalid, showing t ... More >>
That Minnesota slam poet Sierra DeMulder commands an audience is a given: The high-ranked word-slinger helped the St. Paul Poetry Slam Team take the nationals two years in a row, and that's the top line on a list of kudos she's received over the last few years. The author of the poetry volume The B ... More >>
The weekend before Valentine's Day has plenty of love (and anti-love) themed fun to offer, whether or not you're attached. From a Barbie and Ken art exhibit to a Victorian Mourning ceremony, we've got it all for less than $10. It will be way better than binging on heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. We ... More >>
Slam Nuba is still on a roll: After winning one of Westword's coveted MasterMind awards last year and sending a team to the nationals last summer that snagged first place, the spoken-word collective (which will also perform February 18 at Artopia ) is hard at work finding fresh ways to forge ... More >>
The Black Actors Guild was originally founded by five juniors at the Denver School of the Arts who were frustrated with the available material and also by the stereotype of the black actor, according Ryan Soo, the guild's director of operations. "A lot didn't apply to them, and a lot that did ... More >>
Another clothes call! Arts & Venues Denver will host a fashion forum tonight for local fashion/accessory and jewelry designers, which it describes this way: "This is a forum to LISTEN & HEAR from YOU! We want to know from you as designers what will be the best for this creative community." ... More >>
Although the fancy architect is gone and the ownership of Santiago Calatrava's DIA expansion design is still up in the air, plans for construction of the South Terminal, including a light-rail station and a public plaza, are moving forward. That means Denver could soon commission another $3 m ... More >>
Love "Mustang," the blue horse that stands guard outside of Denver International Airport? Loathe it? Tell DIA officials all about it tonight, when the airport and Arts & Venues Denver host a DIA Art Master Plan town-hall meeting at Crossroads Theater, 2590 Washington Street, from 5 to 7 p.m.
"Mustang," by Luis JimenezQuit horsing around! It's time to come clean about how you feel about the public art at Denver International Airport, a collection that includes everything from Gary Sweeney's beloved "America, Why I Love Her" to the loved, and loathed, "Mustang," aka Blucifer, the ... More >>
"Mustang," Luis Jimenez's killer horse at Denver International Airport, just placed third in a recent survey of the country's most bizarre public art. But it definitely ranks first in the hearts and minds of Denver residents, who either really love or really, really hate the sculpture.
Denver is one slammin' town, and that's to our advantage: It means we're not under the radar of the national slam poetry community. Rather, Denver is a destination: Touring poets make it a point to stop over here, say "hey" to their Denver brothers and sisters and perform for them in an appre ... More >>
Marissa GavelMembers of the "Going Green Living Bling" panel discussion BROWN SUGA YOUTH FESTIVAL 04.30.11 | Crossroads Theater This year's Brown Suga Youth Festival marked the third year that Cavem Moetivation (aka Ietef Vita) and his wife Neambe brought the community together in the name of the ... More >>
Cavem Moetavation is one of the hardest hustlers in the hip-hop scene. Not only is he more than proficient on the microphone, he has perfected the balance between art and activism. It's his mission to teach folks how to eat and engage the community, and this year's Brown Suga Festival will be ... More >>
If it weren't for a few smirking touches of ironic self-awareness, you'd swear Black Dynamite was straight out of the blaxploitation era. Not only does it feature the baddest motha-shut-yo-mouth since Shaft and Sweet Sweetback rolled into one, plus a ridiculously convoluted plot reaching to t ... More >>
There are slam poets, and then there are SLAM POETS: Though there's more than a little love and support spread around in the performance poetry community, it's still everybody for themselves when they hit the stage. That means there's going to be some fierce nitty-gritty going down at Westwor ... More >>
The newly rehatched Denver Art Talks, hosted by Eric Matelski, will hit the new year running by featuring designer/seamstress extraordinaire April Hoy as its first guest of 2011. Hoy has stitched her way through many behind-the-scenes professional layers: She's a stage costumer, a corset-mak ... More >>
The Rossonian Hotel is just beyond the 500-foot, no-liquor line.As we reported yesterday in Cafe Bites, there have been numerous roadblocks to the redevelopment of the strip of Welton Street that's at the heart of Five Points -- some anticipated, some surprising. The most recent? The Tubman H ... More >>
J. WohletzCoffee at The PointCoffee at The Point opened for business this week, with the full beverage, food and dessert menu available to Crossroads Theater patrons next door and anyone else who needs a kidney-punch of espresso made with Denver's own Novo coffee. Owners Ryan Cobbins, his wi ... More >>
Last week, Reyna Von Vett -- whose alter ego, Cora Vette, emcees naughty burlesque shows every Wednesday in the heart of Five Points -- got an e-mail from a business in France asking her to cease and desist using the name of their venue in the title of her show. The venue? Why, the Moulin Ro ... More >>
Don't you go around saying there's never anything new happening in town. You can get a shock of the new tonight, in fact, when Paragon Theatre hosts an edition of The Trench, the company's ongoing new play reading series, which offers a first look at works by locals. A talented young cast, in ... More >>
One thing's for sure: You can pretty much always count on Denver Chicano Renaissance man Gwylym Cano to come up with something completely different. His reputation as a filmmaker is built on the funny 1995 yarn El Corrido de Cherry Creek, but he's also made a name locally as a spoken-word poet and ... More >>
A new play examines nurture versus nature in relationships.
Elizabeth Welch (Citrine), Reyna Von Vett (Madame Reyna), Melinda Smart (Sapphire) and Michelle Sergeeff (Amethyst) star in Leadville or Bust. Photo by Kellie Coughlin. I wasn't prepared to be enchanted by Leadville or Bust, which runs at the Crossroads Theater on Tuesday and Wednesday nights thro ... More >>
Crossroads Theater resurrects the Rossonian.
An original holiday play hits the Denver Crossroads Theater.
Brief reviews of current shows