On November 22, 2004, when Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch opened Rioja in Larimer Square, that block wasn't the dining destination that it is today -- and chef Jen was far from a household name. Fast forward ten years, and Larimer Square is an eating Eden, with Gruitch and Jasinski adding to the ... More >>
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed the Best New Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2014: Lower48 Kitchen. Lori Midson talked to Shoni Jones, executive chef at the Best New Restaurant at DIA, Root Down at DIA, about the importance of local restaurants for this week's Chef and Tell. And ... More >>
What do condoms and bicycles have in common, beyond the fact that cyclists have been known to have sex every now and then -- usually after parking? According to the folks at Boulder B-cycle, they're all about safety -- and so is Boulder's homegrown love-glove specialist, Sir Richard's Condom Compan ... More >>
Denver has zombie walks, zombie proms, zombie races, zombie car washes and zombie fashion shows, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that a pair of Denver filmmakers have launched an ambitious zombie documentary. Alexandre O. Philippe and Robert Muratore, the pair behind the Star Wars doc The People ... More >>
Update: YouTube video of Wyclef Jean's freestyle added below. "For the record," he says, "I would never sell out," presumably in response to the anti-MJ clause of the contract. See Also: 4/20 at CU Boulder: Wyclef Jean concert, police crackdown to shrink event? See Also: Wyclef Jean at Coors Even ... More >>
Denver, meet Su Charles (aka SuCh), the latest American Idol hopeful from our city. Aside from having an exceptional voice, Charles has quite an inspiring story. The child of Haitian immigrants, Charles was born in Boston to a pastor and a school teacher. Raised in Long Island, New York, Charles beg ... More >>
On Wednesday evening, a handful of CU-Boulder students will be trying to improve the planet -- by handing out condoms. But not just any condoms: Sir Richard's Condoms, from a Boulder company that's bringing the one-for-one charity model associated with TOMS Shoes to love gloves.
Carbondale-based non-profit Feed Them with Music has a business model that they hope will bring small musical acts more exposure and bigger audiences, while simultaneously feeding the Third World. It works like this: Paul Frantzich and Ashley Mosher, the duo who run the organization, manage a ... More >>
John AndersonIn its relatively short life, Austin's Follow That Bird! (due at the hi-dive tonight with the Marrow, Married in Berdichev, Port Au Prince and Jess Williamson) has moved from an instrumental duo to a fierce and vocally-led trio, all while continuing on its path of smart, straight ... More >>
Every year, we enlist our Backbeat writers to host various stages at the Westword Music Showcase, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty and write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Click through to read travelogues from Thorin Klosowski, Ru John ... More >>
The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers
Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
Deepak Sharma Bajagain broke two Guinness World Records on Saturday, March 26, at the Community College of Aurora as part of the Work for Children Food Campaign 2011 hosted by the Global Lynx Foundation and Nepal Tourism Campaign: One for the Most Envelopes Torn in half in Thirty seconds, and ... More >>
We've made lotsa sport of Niwot-based Crocs, from a 2005 feature that included savage reviews by fashionistas to reports of what Alan Prendergast described as the "brightly hued, comfy-ugly clown shoes" being escalator unfriendly. So our first thought after hearing the company is donating 100 ... More >>
There's a PBS special called Marketing Cool that explains how businesses and retailers tell consumers what's cool, then have them buy it. It's all about the "Cool Factor." Twitter is all about that same cool factor. But it's only effective if it's used wisely.
Dear militant vegans: Please, please, for the love of all things holy, do a favor for everyone -- non-militant vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike -- and shut the fuck up already.
Luther Campbell (aka Uncle Luke, aka 2 Live Crew front man, aka sister-paper Miami New Times columnist), has placed his hat in the race for mayor of Miami-Dade County. Nope, we're not kidding, but he's hoping to make a real change to the system, and he's taking the whole thing incredibly seri ... More >>
Denver International Airport was just named the "Best Airport in North America" by Business Traveler magazine -- for the sixth consecutive year. Want to know what could make DIA even better? Some decent, Colorado-centric shopping on the concourses -- including souvenir beers.
Yesterday, CNN reported that Wyclef Jean has entered himself into the bid for president in Haiti. This doesn't mark the first time a celebrity has run for office, and while we wish him the best of luck, we have to wonder what qualifications he has other than being a member of the seminal '90s ... More >>
Cloudy with a chance of damnation.Evangelical pastor Pat Robinson believed God was punishing the United States for its abortion laws with Hurricane Katrina. He also said that the earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people in Haiti was the result of "a pact" that the country with the dev ... More >>
On Monday, we shared Dakota Ridge High School student Conner Cordova's account of his dream date with UFC ring girl and May Maxim cover model Arianny Celeste. Now we offer video highlights proving that Cordova, who wooed Celeste with a persistent (and successful) YouTube campaign, wasn't kept at a ... More >>
Courtesy of the White House"The Republicans can't blast me for doing this, can they?"These days, pretty much everything President Barack Obama does is criticized by someone or other. But his detractors will have to work overtime to fault him for his decision regarding the money he received f ... More >>
Over the weekend during All-Star Weekend festivities in Dallas, MTV approached Jay-Z at the Two Kings party he hosted with LeBron James, and asked him about We Are the World 25. Looking dapper as always, the rapper explained as plainly and as respectfully as he could that he simply considers "We Are ... More >>
Street treatment following an amputation in Port-au-Prince. Photo from despardes.comJust a few hours after touching down in Denver, after a week of performing emergency amputations in a makeshift operating room in Port-au-Prince, local surgeon Scott Burke was trying to catch up on his sleep a ... More >>
Update: This morning, Pitchfork, NME and several other outlets are reporting that Reatard's death is now being treated as a homicide, citing a seemingly erroneous report filed by MyFox Memphis stating as much. The original piece has since been inexplicably removed from the site, raising reasonable d ... More >>
If you've turned on the tube lately, you're aware that some psychopath almost blew up Detroit with his underwear on Christmas, you've watched certain talking heads make complete idiots of themselves regarding the devastation in Haiti, and you've seen Kim Karsdashian's new soft porn commercial for ... More >>
We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down three of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments. This weekend: As ... More >>
While Mayor John Hickenlooper was outlining some of the ways that Denver is speeding up projects to stimulate the local economy, DIA aviation manager Kim Day yesterday announced plans for a 500-room hotel at the airport, which will be built right by the anticipated FasTracks stop. The hotel project ... More >>
Amy Serrano's documentary Sugar Babies: The Plight of the Children of Agricultural Workers on the Sugar Industry of the Dominican Republic, with its knowing narration by the Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat, isn't Serrano's first film and it isn't likely to be her last. She's left behind a long trail ... More >>
At Denver International Airport, the Greetings From Colorado store at Concourse A sells T-shirts from Haiti (including models that list the wrong date for Denver's founding) and souvenirs from anywhere but Colorado. But right around the corner, travelers will soon be able to get a real taste of this ... More >>
From the week of September 22, 2005
The art of young tsunami survivors will be showcased in Denver.
Colorado could be courting a winner in the NCAA Tournament.
The Denver Center's supple staging is designed to delight.
The Fugees are determined to make rap, not war.