Mary DeForest loves Jane Austen. The 68-year-old academic has read each of the author's novels over 100 times. "I went to her tomb at Winchester Cathedral and burst into tears," she says. "I couldn't believe she was dead." DeForest has spent much of her academic career defending Austen's legacy. " ... More >>
History can build and destroy nations, create and end wars and help society wrangle with ethical obligations and failures. But when teachers reduce it to an endless scroll of names and dates that have been stripped of context, history loses its power. The Smithsonian Institution's Richard Kurin is ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, Richard Koca, who co-founded StandUp for Kids, a homeless-youth charity, pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of sexual assault on a child. However, prosecutors say they have a recording of Koca confessing. We've got details about the allegations and Koca's co-creation, which has now s ... More >>
Iced Earth (due tonight at Summit Music Hall) came out of the rich heavy metal scene in Tampa Bay, Florida in the late '80s. At a time when melodic heavy metal, especially the glam variety, was on the wane, Iced Earth came in with the wave of metal that produced a melodic speed metal as well as the ... More >>
Samantha Baker Ludacris, Carmelo Anthony, his wife, Lala Vasquez, and Sway Calloway from MTV surprised 1400 students at George Washington High School on Friday afternoon for the Get Schooled national challenge and tour, aimed at engaging students and their families to help improve high schoo ... More >>
P.T. Barnum."There's a sucker born every minute," P.T. Barnum supposedly said That includes all those suckers who still believe the stories about how Barnum, the founder of the Greatest Show on Earth, which rolled into town yesterday, called Denver home over a century ago.
A June 17 More Messages blog revolves around a column written by Colorado Springs Independent scribe Rich Tosches about Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen. In the piece, an activist accuses Laugesen of insensitivity and more in regard to comments he made in a series of e-m ... More >>
The Backbeat section of Westword’s June 12 edition is dominated by updates and details about the annual Westword Music Showcase, as well it should be. But strange as it might seem, there are other notable musical happenings taking place around town during the week, including a Saturday, June 14 pe ... More >>
What happens to the mentally ill in the justice system is just crazy.
In a profile from Westword’s June 28 edition, Mavis Staples speaks her mind in a notably feisty manner -- and in the following Q&A, which encompasses the entire text of the interview that formed the basis of the article, her undimmed passion comes through even more clearly. Topics include her rea ... More >>
Cockfighting is banned in Colorado. But the feathers still fly.
For American men tired of American women, Richard Beals knows how to Thai the knot.
Before Brad Braxton goes to a gangster's final destination, he has a choice to make.
Thirty miles of developments, drunks and dreams -- the ultimate road trip.
A generation of Denver jazz stars has one thing in common: Neil Bridge.
The joy of Pepsi
The Bills are really piling up around here!
P.T. Barnum was a great showman, but Denver's Bart Barnum may be just as good.
When C.D. Payne stopped writing ad copy, he created a revolutionary teenage hero.
After her retarded daughter was sexually assaulted, a mother decided to teach DPS a lesson.
Everyone said they wanted homeless people to be invisible at Lowry. So why aren't they?
The feds just might drive this growing industry out of its head.
Ex-Denver DJ Big Jon Platt on how to succeed in business by really, really trying.
Is this crazy, or what? The only way Mildred Bennett can get her house back is to prove she's mentally disabled.
Politics and pollution bubble just under the surface of the former Lowry Air Force Base.
THE FURY FLIES AS INDIAN ACTIVISTS TAKE AIM AT EACH OTHER.