In a comparatively short period of time, Troy Walker one of Denver most sought-after comedians, a designation he'd likely dismiss with a modest scoff despite its accuracy. A regular at Comedy Works, Walker has opened for some of the most prom ... More >>
Pop culture can inspire some strange culinary creations; a creep-tastic example is Alamo Drafthouse's new duo of wines based on Silence of the Lambs: "The Cannibal Chianti," a nod to Hannibal Lecter, connoisseur of two-legged protein, and "Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio," an homage to Buffalo Bill, our ... More >>
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released five years ago, ending an adored, epic series that kept devoted fans buried in books for almost ten years. Tomorrow, J.K Rowling's first "adult" novel, The Casual Vacancy, will finally be available. Will the magic and mystery that Rowling fans have c ... More >>
This weekend is sure to be out of this world. Whether you're witnessing the newest mission to Mars, browsing ethereal art, or journeying to a Harry Potter world of magic, you won't need more than a Hamilton to escape reality at these exciting events. Have a blast, get out there, and don't worry abou ... More >>
After seeing the last installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Sven Ceelen decided to move the action off the screen and into City Park, where his own quidditch team, the Denver Dementors, practice every Sunday. In Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban ... More >>
"People are always coming up to us and asking, 'Is this for real?' And we tell them it is for real: we are playing Quidditch," says Sven Ceelen, one of Denver's biggest enthusiasts of a sport that was, up until a few years ago, confined to the fictional pages of the Harry Potter series. "Sometimes a ... More >>
This is an unusual week for new releases because many companies have decided to forgo the usual Tuesday or Wednesday timeframe in order to take advantage of the far more eponymous sounding 11-11-11. Still, we've tallied up everything worth a mention, which includes novels from two heavyweight ... More >>
Like Sting's most absurdly protracted tantra, the Harry Potter series of books and movies (and merchandise) has for over a decade been dangling the carrot in front of its fans: What's going to happen? Last night, the first of those fans found out the answer -- a revelation that left them most ... More >>
Given the horrible, atrocious things people do to each other (thanks, horrible people, for keeping journalism alive!), we sometimes imagine the news actually crawling off the page like some sort of repugnant lower life form -- now, thanks to this photo a reader sent in this week, we have a re ... More >>
Friday marks the beginning of the end for the Harry Potter film series, with the official release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 -- a flick my HP-loving twin daughters, age eighteen, have been anticipating for more than half their lives. But they managed to get a jump on the ... More >>
Expecto patronum, channels change!Millions of people will head out to theaters next Friday to take in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final installment of the decade-long empire. And while the teeming masses will come, among them will be a select few (you'll be able to tell t ... More >>
There's a principle in Buddhist philosophy that the journey ultimately matters more than the destination -- what exists besides right now? -- and, in that capacity, Improv Star is pretty much nothing but nirvana. In the words of one contestant: "as long as you're steering it somewhere, you do ... More >>
While seeking some epic pow-pow at Breckenridge recently (read: practicing my "pizza and French fries" on the cruisin' slopes), I noticed a new phenomenon: ski dudes and dudettes whipping out their smart phones to compare stats on Vail Resorts' new EpicMix social-media app, which tracks guest ... More >>
As projected, the crowds came out for this weekend's premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, to the tune of $125.1 million, the most ever for a Potter flick. That included my family's little donation to the total weekend box-office; we caught Deathly Hallows Saturday at the ... More >>
Harry Potter is only barely trailing Star Wars as the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time, and that won't last for long. The seventh movie in the series, which comes out tonight at midnight, is expected to do north of $100 million in revenue this weekend. We're less than twelve hours ... More >>
Via Flickr As important as food is to the real world, there aren't all that many foods unique to the fictional world...which might be a very good thing, considering the inherent dangers in these following fake-foods and drinks. Some dangers are slight, others more sinister, some plain disgus ... More >>
Celebrate the opening of the sixth Harry Potter movie in Commerce City.
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they ... More >>
Harry Potter fantatics come in all shapes and sizes. If you aren’t over-cinematized from the Denver Film Festival, you may want to check out We Are Wizards, starting at the Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway, on November 26. The film looks at the heady and often hilarious world of Harry Po ... More >>
An epic science-fiction convention prepares for landing.
The Comedy Addiction Tour plays a serious subject for laughs.
Find out how Harry Potter's story ends.
The newest Potter film mines the depths of adolescent angst.
The fourth Harry Potter rushes through its paces.
Avistrum Academy brings Hogwarts to the New World.
Denver Public Library WonderWeb
The Prisoner of Azkaban takes a Sirius-ly dark turn.
Banned Books Week offers a chance to speak out
Dollars and sense
Looking for love in the arms of a stranger -- ten of 'em at a time.
The LEGO Store
Harry Potter's second adventure delights exactly like the first.
Westminster Promenade 24
The magic eclipses the marketing of the big-screen Harry Potter.
Test your Harry Potter knowledge with this quiz.