Last week, onetime Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo revealed that he would take a single puff of a marijuana cigarette to settle a bet with a comedian-filmmaker. Once he does, he'll join a large number of politicians who've done likewise -- and most of them admit it. Continue to coun ... More >>
Last night, the Mitt Romney campaign got a lot of bounce from announcing the endorsement of John Elway -- and having Elway introduce Romney at a Wings Over the Rockies rally. In truth, though, Elway's declaration of support is about as surprising as Tim Tebow taking a knee after scoring a touchdown. ... More >>
We all have it -- that one song that stopped us in our tracks the first time we ever heard it, that continues to give us pause each and every time it's played, and we each have a song -- and a story that goes along with it. Deep Cuts is our latest feature, in which we share the personal stories behi ... More >>
Dry-ice bombs are so simple to make that anyone who reads the Wikipedia page featuring the image seen here could probably manage it. That only increases the challenge for the Araphaoe County Sheriff's Office, which is looking for the person or persons who made a device that recently blew up i ... More >>
Shane Boor, who faced harassment charges for flipping off a state trooper, is free to let his finger fly again. The Colorado State Patrol requested that the matter be dropped after the ACLU let it be known the organization would defend Boor's right to express himself digitally -- just like th ... More >>
Last week, conservatives cried foul over Michelle Obama inviting the rapper Common to a poetry reading at the White House, since he'd rapped about violence against cops and President George W. Bush. While the reading went off without a hitch, the debate goes on: Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly ... More >>
Kanye has gotten a lot of flack for doing some absolutely wonky things. Most recently, a photo of his hoo-ha mysteriously appeared on the Internet, followed by word that he copped the microphone on a Delta flight last week to perform for the cabin. Even with all the wonky things he's done, though, ... More >>
There's a certain political group that pays a lot of lip service to individual property rights -- raise your hand if this sounds familiar: Lower taxes, gun ownership, capitalism! As it turns out, there seems to be one aspect of individual property that certain group does not seem to respect ... More >>
Sarah Palin: pro-life exemplar or poser in lipstick?Sarah Palin, who's monopolizing the airwaves as part of her publicity tour for her new book, Going Rogue, is widely viewed as one of the more pro-life politicians on the current scene. After all, her youngest child, Trig, received a pre-nata ... More >>
Every presidency has its own biases about the kind of education that makes for good leaders. JFK stacked the deck with Harvard grads; Bush I and Bush II leaned toward Yalies, of course. Snobbery, Eastern elitism, Ivy Leaguism--it's been expected of the White House since the days of Woodrow Wi ... More >>
When Republican George W. Bush was president, KOA, at 850 AM, ran his regular, Saturday morning radio address, but skipped the Democratic response. Now that Democrat Barack Obama is chief executive, however, the opposing Republican message is airing on Saturdays after The Big O's talk. Double stand ... More >>
You remember Michael Brown -- or "Brownie," as George W. Bush liked to call him. He was head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when Hurricane Katrina hit, and he soon became the walking, talking symbol of the government's failure to anticipate the size and scope of the disaster or ... More >>
A handful of those who've commented on assorted blogs since we published information about layoffs at Westword have raised the topic of my alleged snarkiness as it applies to the Rocky Mountain News, which was recently put on the market -- the suggestion being that I've chortled about the Rocky's tr ... More >>
George W. Bush's recent press conference in Iraq has gotten a lot of attention for obvious reasons; a journalist chucked not one but two shoes at the president during the session. But less attention has been paid to the fate of White House press secretary Dana Perino, who reportedly suffered a minor ... More >>
Federal prosecutors have indicted an Ohio man who they say threatened to bomb the Denver International Airport and then shoot himself in the bathroom this October. According to the indictment, if he somehow survived the bomb and the gunshot (apparently he didn't have much confidence in his mayhem sk ... More >>
As you like it. Today in Backbeat Online: • Sebastien Tellier (pictured) talks about Sexuality in a naughy Q&A. • Oasis' Noel Gallagher gets the Q&A treatment, too. • Eric Eyl's Mile High Makeout gives a listen to Mike Marchant's campfire songs. • A look at photographer Peter Beste's black- ... More >>
Locals Only When Ichiban’s name was announced as the winner of Best MC at this year’s Westword Music Showcase, the hip-hop heads in attendance were taken aback but so was the rapper himself. “There were so many dope MC’s in the category this year, I was actually very surprised,” Ichiban ... More >>
A new theater production sings and dances through the Iraq War.
When Westword profiled former Coloradoan turned White House Press Secretary Dana Perino last September, she admitted that "there weren't a lot of people lining up" to take the position. But now, her gig looks like one of the easiest in Washington. Americans of every political stripe are currently pa ... More >>
The former Secretary of State returns to her old hometown.
On January 8, Darrin Bell's Candorville -- one of my favorite newspaper comic strips, as noted in my survey of the funnies last September -- more or less takes on Dana Perino, the longtime Coloradoan currently serving as the press secretary for President George W. Bush. In the second frame of the sa ... More >>
Non-fiction continues its ascent on the screen.
With Tony Snow out, Colorado-reared Dana Perino steps into one of the most thankless posts ever: White House press secretary.
Baby Einstein impedes infant development, and you thought babies couldn't get any dumber.
Since arriving in Denver, new Nugget Allen Iverson has been on his best behavior -- but his bad-boy reputation remains intact, as the folks at Saturday Night Live understand. The venerable show's January 13 edition opened in typical fashion -- with a routine needling George W. Bush. Will Forte's be ... More >>
When it comes to politics, Will Durst doesn't discriminate.
An item in the current edition of Westword features a few words with illustrator Ralph Steadman, who makes appearances this evening at the Denver Press Club and the Denver Newspaper Agency auditorium. Turns out, though, that Steadman had more to say about his new book, The Joke's Over, and his thirt ... More >>
Mr. Lif's thought-provoking rhymes take you back in time.
At War With the Mystics (Warner Bros.)
The Santa Clause
Elevators, Frappuccinos, and things that go bump in the night.
When dinosaurs ruled the earth
The answer could be blowing in the wind.
Students ruffle Auraria's tradition of apathy.
Johns TV redux
The Big Ka-Boom, Part One (Alternative Tentacles)
TV managed to suck and blow in 2000, but still, we watched . . . and watched
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