U.S. News & World Report recently set out to determine the best high schools in America, as well as the finest in each state. And while the top ten Colorado finishers didn't set any records on the national stage (the top finisher is ranked at number 66 overall), they're more wide-ranging than many m ... More >>
The Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Orchestra is among the twelve top high school jazz bands in the country - and the only one in Colorado -- chosen to participate in the eighth annual Swing Central Jazz Band Competition & Workshop in Savannah, Georgia. From March 27 through March 29, the yo ... More >>
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Thornton High School senior Samuel Opoku, a two-time Colorado Poetry Out Loud champion, has made it to the final round in Washington, D.C. -- again -- and will be aiming for bardic glory as the national recitation contest concludes tonight. And not just glory. The winner of the event, sponsored by ... More >>
From Cinco de Mayo celebrations to the First Friday art walk, Denver has plenty of stuff going on this weekend that won't totally demolish your savings. Whether you fancy mariachi music, watching a chihuahua race or meeting a grunge legend in-person, we've got it all here for less than ten bones. ... More >>
Denver's graduation rate is on the rise. Statistics released today show that 56.1 percent of seniors graduated "on time" in the spring of 2011, as opposed to 51.8 percent in 2010. "On time" means they graduated four years after entering high school as freshmen. Meanwhile, the dropout rate stayed th ... 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 >>
Meet Julie Almeria, the new voice of Bop SkizzumBop Skizzum has finally named its new lead singer, and she's making her live debut tonight at Cervantes' when the band shares a bill with the legends of Fishbone. Last month we confirmed that the group had indeed found a replacement for the then ... More >>
The three performers of EarWarp's show tonight. "I like the idea that music is somewhat ear-bending or mind-bending," says Erik Peterson, a Colorado Symphony Orchestra violinist who founded the chamber music group EarWarp. He'll be taking the stage at the Concert Hall at the Denver School of ... More >>
Well, we've now officially lost our incentive to watch this season of American Idol -- not to mention our faith in America. See the smiling faces in picture right there? That's Idol's Top 13, as revealed last night. Notice one that's missing? One belonging to a certain bewitching Colombia bor ... More >>
David Mason announces the winner, Samuel Opoku (third from left).Memorizing and reciting great verse kept the epics of the ancient world alive. It helped former hostage Terry Anderson survive years of dismal captivity -- and countless closet poets from losing their sanity in a tin-ear world. ... More >>
Evidently, Julie Zorrilla not only has a lock on cute dresses and shoes, but she now holds the distinction of being one of only twelve girls in the the American Idol Top 24. When we last checked in with Zorrilla, she sailed through Hollywood week with her take on "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles ... More >>
Last night, Project Runway contestant and Denver's current fashion star Mondo Guerra was at the Infinity Park Event Center for a clothing recycling bonanza known as the Good Exchange Fashion Show and Clothing Swap in Glendale. There was a fashion show featuring Goodwill clothing -- repurpos ... More >>
Okay, so now that you've had the chance to see her audition, is Julie Zorrilla the next American Idol? JLO suspects so. And we completely co-sign that. Aside from having the most impressive shoes of the competition, JZO wowed JLO and company by pretty much blowing everyone else away with a sultry ... More >>
Look out, Denver. Apparently, we have another American Idol contestant in our midst. And this one fits the title of American Idol better than anybody we've seen thus far. This is the second year in a row that we've had two ladies in the contest hailing from Colorado. You've already seen Emma ... More >>
Erik PetersonThe beauty of chamber music is in its intimacy and immediacy; you can't help, as an audience member, being caught up in the interplay and, even better, the moment. And at tonight's Chamber Music Series Concert at the Denver School of the Arts, which raises funds for the DSA Orche ... More >>
Superman, reinterpreted.Superman provides the basic template: publicly mild-mannered and lame, but secretly able to jump tall buildings and dominate everything. The potential for variations on that superhero theme is basically endless -- and particularly so coming from kids, whose superheroes ... More >>
Kenny McKinley.Broncos receiver Kenny McKinley was laid to rest yesterday (fortunately with no reported protests from members of Westboro Baptist Church) on the same day that Denver Public Schools publicly introduced its Signs of Suicide curriculum. The later event had been planned long befor ... More >>
Nothing gets your blood pumping faster than a little African dancing and drumming. Doesn't matter if you're on the stage or in front of it. By the time the drums start talking and the dancers start whooping and leaping, you'll be ready to credit the Africans for inspiring the bulk of American cultur ... More >>
In 1992, Westword published its ninth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Last Stand (the Denver Zephyrs, about to be supplanted by the Colorado Rockies) to Best Bail Bondsman (Duane Chapman, before he became known as “Dog”) to Best — and Sometimes ... More >>
Louder Than Words brings nightmares and dreamscapes to the DSA.
Newsical tunes in to local scoops.
Cock of the walk
The Denver School of the Arts is all about community
This festival dishes up an al fresco extravaganza
John Hines In the Pocket (Capri)
Colin Stranahan Quintet Dreams Untold (Capri)
Chuck Parson's summer solo at Artyard is refreshing -- even if the city's fountains aren't.
This Is Our Youth connects the audience to disconnected kids.
Northeast Denver's schools are running out of room.
It's a time of reckoning for the theater department at the Denver School of the Arts.
November 12 - 18, 1998