Despite what many Americans think, Cinco De Mayo is not Mexico's version of our Fourth of July. In fact, Mexico marks its independence starting September 15, followed by a full day of celebration tomorrow in honor of Grito de Dolores. But Mexican restaurants aren't the only spots rolling out special ... More >>
Snow cones and crepes; wok-tossed noodles and chocolate chip cookies the size of a small planet; pudgy sausages that stretched for feet and cheesesteaks that fed a platoon. The Fourth of July weekend ignited sparks with all that and more at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, an annual display of art in ... More >>
As a break from this weekend's flag-waving and fireworks, wouldn't it be nice to cool off indoors in a darkened theater for an hour or two? Here are some options -- ambitious, naughty or light-hearted, depending on your mood -- to chill with over the holiday. See also: Dead Man Walking, Central Cit ... More >>
There's a big holiday weekend ahead, and you can whet your appetite for all those festivities on the Fourth at a variety of culinary events this week. Keep reading to get a taste of what's on the calendar over the next few days... See also: The nine best places for Texans to eat in Denver
Arapahoe Basin opened for the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season way back on October 13 and, thanks to one of the best snow years on record, it is still open for one more weekend. Alas, all good things must come to an end, and Fourth of July fireworks at the Basin just aren't in the cards this time ... More >>
Trent Reznor and pals will play betwixt the monoliths in Morrison in July with grunge hero Soundgarden. Red Rocks's summer calendar continues to fill out -- Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and Blues Traveler also announced shows there this week. The rest of the concert calendar updates follow.
The Fourth of July may be over, but the fun is just beginning. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival starts today and runs through Sunday, July 7. The popular annual festival features 22 culinary vendors in addition to displays from over 200 artists; there will also be a major cooking component located at ... More >>
Tomorrow, on the Fourth of July, that most patriotic of holidays, a flag made of hemp will fly over the Capitol in Washington. And guess who America has to thank for the cannabis-derived stars and stripes? That's right -- Colorado. The flag was made from hemp fiber purchased in Manitou Springs an ... More >>
Celebrate Independence Day this week by freeing yourself from any reliance on your wallet. Whether you want to catch a horror film featuring creepy children, watch fireworks or dance to soul tunes at a barbecue, you can do it all for free. For hundreds of other events this week, check out the online ... More >>
The Denver Cruisers know how to stir things up. Rather than simply announce the 2013 themes for the mega-popular Wednesday rides, Brad Evans and company released an April Fools' Day version first -- one that turned heads via concepts like "Skid Marks & Seamen Stains." Behind the edgy irreverence, o ... More >>
The Fourth of July brought some good news for Colorado Springs, where the Waldo Canyon fire has been blazing for more than ten days: The firefighters have now reached 90 percent containment of the fire, and expect to have it completely contained by tomorrow.
The Aspen Art Museum will unveil its "Levitating Mass" float, featuring the work of Los Angeles-based guest artist Mungo Thomson, in Aspen's Fourth of July parade tomorrow. Thomson's "Levitating Mass" is a playful take on artist Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass" installation, a 340-ton granite mega ... More >>
Randy Balch Wazee Supper Club 1600 15th Street 303-623-9518 www.wazeesupperclub.com This is part two of my interview with Randy Balch, chef of Wazee Supper Club. Read part one of my chef and tell interview with Balch. Favorite dish on your menu: The meat-over pizza, with Canadian bacon, pepperon ... More >>
Big pics below.You were busy this weekend. We know, because we've been keeping track of the phone you had on our Show and Tell, Backbeat Online and Cafe Society blogs, as well as our slide show page. Look below for samples featuring Blues Traveler, Oscar winner Daniel Junge, Matt Selby and B ... More >>
Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Avett Brothers, James Taylor, Blues Traveler and Gogol Bordello were announced; Gauntlet Hair, Hindershot and Fierce Bad Rabbit got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Van Halen, Dr. ... More >>
OMFG, it's almost New Year's Eve!Long, long ago, in the fashion lexicon of yesteryear, satin meant "fancy." But today, in the modern world of casual-everything, sequins mean "fancy." How fancy? Fancy, as in what you can wear with jeans to a holiday party. This is where sparkly tank tops com ... More >>
Every year for the past decade, Colorado Inside Out, the weekly Colorado Public Television public-affairs show on which I'm a regular, takes a trip back in time. And for the last three years, those journeys have been awarded with a regional Emmy -- including one announced Saturday night.
No, please, just stay behind the bushes.It's one of life's most bitter ironies that, as a general rule, the people most likely to be nudists are the people you least want to see nude -- and so it was with a collective sigh of relief from the pants-wearing world that Nude Recreation Week wrapp ... More >>
PierreThere are two things I'm allergic to, and no, these aren't regular allergies like nuts or dairy. I'm allergic to onions -- red onions and white onions, but somehow not chives. And sunscreen. Yes, you read that correctly. I'll say it again: I'm allergic to sunscreen. Now before you go a ... More >>
Developed by hippies in the early 1970s, Baker green peas have been specially adapted for the cooler climate of the Baker neighborhood lifestyle. Guaranteed to produce a diversity of sustainable and nurturing pods, gardeners in all Denver neighborhoods are encouraged to give Baker green peas ... More >>
There's a brand new festival coming to Snowmass Village over the Fourth of July weekend, and Leftover Salmon (pictured) is among the acts slated to headline. Sharing the bill at the inaugural Eco Music Festival, taking place June 30 through July3, is Perpetual Groove, Tea Leaf Green, the New ... More >>
Nancy LevineTrade Whiskey at the Fort.As a kid, I loved almost everything about the Fort. The scale replica of Bent's Fort -- a trading post, army garrison and freight stop along the Santa Fe Trail -- seemed like a completely awesome adult version of the couch-cushion forts we built when play ... More >>
For the fourth year running, The Sawaya Law Firm will pick up the New Year's Eve tab on your cab ride home. They'll actually pay your fare tonight, as well -- the program started on December 23rd and goes until January 1.
Steve Ballas doesn't believe that the fact his birthday coincides with the beginning of National Hot Dog Month is a coincidence. "I believe in fate and everything happening for a reason." Ballas, who owns Steve's Snappin' Dogs, 3535 East Colfax Avenue, is hoping diners will bank on their ... More >>
You know what's really annoying? When you're having a cookout for some kind of holiday -- say, the Fourth of July -- and one of your guests mentions they don't eat meat anymore. What the hell do you feed those people? We'll be covering hot dogs in July, in honor of National Hot Dog Month, b ... More >>
Cajun BoyMongo Marquez (right) chows down.The Fourth of July may have meant fireworks and beer for you, but for nineteen lucky competitors, the big day signified only one thing: hot dogs. Out on Coney Island, New York, on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues, the winners of Nathan's hot dog ea ... More >>
Lucy, the tony restaurant that takes up the second floor of Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, is shuttered for what the website calls "maintenance." Well, sort of. I just got off the phone with Susan Collyar, marketing manager for Comedy Works, who told me that the restaurant is being "revamp ... More >>
Happy Freaky Friday on Thursday, since Westword is closed tomorrow! For a special Fourth of July treat, I give you this reason to love America, in all its glory. I have never been more proud that the USA declared their independence from tyrant Britain as I was when watching this atrocious ode to fas ... More >>
We're out early for the Fourth of July weekend, but check below to make sure you didn't miss any of the good stuff this week. Enjoy your sparklers.Floods and fire temporarily shutter two local barbecue joints.Where to find the best cart lunch? Readers weigh in.Restaurant roll call for Ju ... More >>
Here's an index to all the great content you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy gaping in sheer disbelief at the ridiculous prices Beatles memorabilia was demanding at auction...
The Masters are on the move. Mel’s in Greenwood Village (at 5970 South Holly Street) had a couple of parties (one for friends, and then a knock-down, drag-out staff bash) over the weekend, and is closing today for remodeling. The hostess I talked to last night said that the staff had been told to ... More >>
Politicians are fun to make fun of. They have a tendency to put their feet in their mouths, make questionable decisions (depending on your political leanings) and generally look awkward. Some abuse their power, others abuse their power absolutely. A few sit around and do nothing. But running for of ... More >>
With this month’s First Friday falling on July 4, most of the city’s venues have passed on participating which is no surprise since just about every gallery is closed. But there are some venues that just can’t let the day go without an event, and a couple of those spots are in RINO just north ... More >>
Okay, so everyone knows that fireworks are actually pretty stupid things to play with -- even the "safe" ones are Class C explosives. But the recent discovery of a Denver garage full of the stuff (not to mention the burnt paper wads that will litter gutters on July 5th) seems to suggest that we as a ... More >>
Its the pits.
The rules of the competition were simple: the first person to eat fifteen hot dogs (or "dawgs" to use the preferred spelling) wins a year's supply of these tubular meats. A two-hour time limit was enforced and all trips outside and to the bathroom had to be accompanied by a witness. Six guys stepped ... More >>
Just in time for the holiday, two blockbusters are hitting screens today: Transformers and License to Wed. Here's a cheat sheet on which one to choose when beating the Fourth of July heat.
The Rocky Mountain News is reporting that the Carioca Cafe -- better known as Bar Bar -- finally quit allowing smoking inside the establishment, a year after the ban went into effect. But while that great institution has fallen, Paris on the Platte is still flauting the nanny rules by saying it qual ... More >>
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