Big Freedia (due this Saturday, November 23, at the Bluebird Theater) is the stage name of Freddie Ross, who began performing in his home town of New Orleans as a backup dancer and singer for Katey Red, a local drag queen who performed bounce music. Nicknamed "Freedia" by a friend, Ross created a st ... More >>
The weekend is full of events -- some of them very, very spooky. The action starts tonight with second annual Adult Daycare at The Lobby, this one dedicated to All Hallow's Eve. From 6 to 10 p.m., kids 21-plus are encouraged to dress up in their finest costumes, forget their adult worries and drink ... More >>
Just like they play sports, most people play video games for fun. But also just like they play sports, some people play video games competitively, both professionally and in organized amateur leagues. Yes, really. All over the world, big-money tournaments take place constantly, offering the top game ... More >>
In just more than forty years, video games have evolved from technological novelty to cultural staple. That transformation is chronicled in the Aurora History Museum's "Growing Up Gamer", a look back at the history of video games as home entertainment that documents not just gaming's origins but its ... More >>
Ask local filmmaker Paul Berry what BARK, showing at the Mercury Cafe this Wednesday, is "about," and you end up with a shake-and-bake collection of themes and pop-culture references that include George Lucas, the Baghavad Gita, political satire, George W. Bush, buffalo on the moon and an implied po ... More >>
Last week, we told you about a bizarre court filing in the Aurora theater shooting case -- one that blamed the incident on a police chief and the Illuminati, among others. Shortly thereafter, Reddit user FreedomsTorch set out to unmask the prankster behind the document. He concludes the culprit is s ... More >>
Guitars, you say? Oh, we've got guitars, friend. Big ones, loud ones, twangy ones, whatever your flavor, and all being played by people pushing their amps into overdrive with passion. If you feel like indulging your inner rocker this week, let's just say you will have no problem finding places of wo ... More >>
Beer is more than just a commodity here in Denver. It's a cultural staple. Tickets for this year's Great American Beer Festival -- an event that holds a Guinness World Record for offering the largest number of beers on tap in one place -- sold out within minutes of going live. In 2011, Colorado was ... More >>
Good weather looks like it's here to stay, which means that food-truck season is revving up. Boulder is finally getting in on the action with "TRUCK IT!", the town's first truck party, set for June 8.
Backbeat editor Dave Herrera broke the news that Nedfest music festival founder "Michigan" Mike Torpie had died at the age of 43. As Herrera wrote, Tarpie was a "vital, highly esteemed and beloved member of the [music] scene." But his death is also a blow to the Colorado pot community, which lost a ... More >>
The Antique Wine CompanyWhat could you buy with $117,000? A really nice luxury vehicle. Some sort of tricked-out boat. A home away from home. Or one bottle of wine.
Lori MidsonI spent Saturday morning meandering around the Cherry Creek Fresh Market -- a market, frankly, that I've never been terribly fond of, mainly because much of the produce is unseasonal and trucked in from outside state lines, plus I was tired of seeing vendors pimping acres of dried ... More >>
Matt and Mike Casarez have their hands full running Crook's Palace, the historic Black Hawk restaurant they opened in 2008 with a board of burgers and beer -- and a commitment to making what they could in house. "I have a passion for food and so does my brother," says Matt. "When we started ... More >>
You will not have to draw this.A God-send to every kid with a mildly sadistic urge to make drawing, like, a hundred times harder than it needs to be, the Etch A Sketch has been around for more than half a century, proudly complicating the shit out of tasks as normally simple as making a diago ... More >>
You're either the first one or the second one.When John Larson conceived of the Council of Awesome back around February, he envisioned it as a sort of network for people who want to do more than network, and experiment, you might say, for people who like to experiment. Like a college chemistr ... More >>
Boulder's Twisted Pine Brewing Company is bottling fire. The brewery, which is fond of adding unusual flavors to its whimsically named beers, will release Ghost Face Killah in twelve-ounce single bottles for Cinco de Mayo. It's the first time this very hot (very hot!) cult beer has been sold ... More >>
Not a world-record holder.Deepak Sharma Bajagain already holds four Guinness records, and tomorrow, he'll attempt to add two more to that illustrious legacy: Most Envelopes Torn in Half in 30 Seconds and Most Grapes Eaten in Three Minutes by a Small Plastic Teaspoon. Yes, these are actual ent ... More >>
Winning.Charlie Sheen has a lot going on right now; giving interviews to anyone with a camera and microphone, getting fired, battling for custody of his kids, going bat-shit crazy and winning, duh. But he's not too busy to capitalize on his social media prowess. Sheen recently set the Guinne ... More >>
Dean Fernando Josh Davis, better known as DJ Shadow, is one of those artists that invents genres. Since the release of his 1996 critically-acclaimed debut, Endtroducing....., he has been regarded as one of the founding fathers of instrumental hip-hop. Endtroducing..... made the Guinness Book ... More >>
I've cooked in chili cook-offs, competed in a hot wings eating contest and eaten my fair share -- and then some -- of jalapeno poppers, New Mexico and Colorado green chile. And I've sampled at least four kinds of chili beer. Hell, my boss even has one named for her at the Wynkoop Brewing Com ... More >>
The Beer Man with the tools of his trade at Twisted Pine.I've used beer to cool the fires of green chile, Buffalo wings and jalapeno poppers. I've chugged it like water on scalding hot days and sipped it like wine to help turn down the heat of fiery discussions. I've drank it warn, but heaven ... More >>
Ben Barnes and Jessica Biel in "Easy Virtue." Easy Virtue, which opens today at the Esquire Theatre, marks a return for Stephan Elliott, who directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with fellow Australian Sheridan Jobbins, who accompanied him during a recent publicity trip to Denver and took p ... More >>
Gleaning lessons from the darkness, Herzog treks to Antarctica in Encounters at the End of the World.
The MCA follows up its summer extravaganza with the perfect chaser.
Walk softly and carry a big shtick
Out of the frying pan and into the fire
Taking it to the mats
The Mile Hi Hair Ball seeks to raise awareness, and hairness, in Denver.
Are the stars out tonight? Depends on who's asking.
Even at 100, Cole Kugel is ready for takeoff.
This city for sale.
From the week of October 5.
No bang for the buck
Never send a man to do a mom's job.
Together Productions gives the city's dance scene something to rave about.
Jobs. Gadgets. Profits. Crime pays big-time for the prison-industrial complex.
Give Louis Colaiannia a hand--he'll need one after his 24-hour marathon.
Dr. Stanley Biber has made 3,500 women--and 300 men.
Toots Hibbert is a reggae giant--and he's not afraid to tell you why.
At 74, Tito Puente is still sitting on Latin music's throne.
HE'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST STARS IN SHOW BIZ--AND NO, THAT'S NOT A FAT JOKE.