• Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Work by Former Denver Artist FACARO Shines on True Blood

    Carolina Fontoura Alzaga has come a long way since Denver. The artist, who's now based in Los Angeles, goes by FACARO in the art world, where she's gained international acclaim. And one of her chandeliers made of bicycle parts was just featured in several episodes of the popular vampire series, True ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Slayer front man Tom Araya had some problems with the crowd in Denver

    The throngs of metal-heads at Slayer's sold-out Fillmore appearance may have been more excited for the show than Slayer's own front man Tom Araya. It was Slayer's first Denver stop since the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, and the well-publicized split with drummer Dave Lombardo, both in the las ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    25 things you never knew about Steuben's bartender Ryan Layman

    As Westword's Ask the Bartender columnist, I've talked with many bartenders for Cafe Society's "Behind the Bar" series, posing numerous questions to Denver's top bartenders...and often receiving the same answers: "I love chartreuse," or "I'm really into smoked cocktails/barrel aging/bottled cocktail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Heineken debuts the "Star Bottle" in Denver tonight

    Heineken and the Coors Distributing Company are hosting an event at Space Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight to introduce the new Heineken Star Bottle, which will be available at local retail liquor shops and bars by the end of the week. Heineken created the new Star Bottle, its first package chang ... More >>

  • Film

    November 15, 2012
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    October 30, 2012

    Boulder Beer's Flashback has a cameo in Parks and Recreation

    Boulder Beer Company got a nice surprise last Thursday when two of the actors in Parks and Recreation enjoyed a Flashback India Brown Ale during a scene in the sitcom. The beer -- a hoppy, roasty black IPA, weighing in at 6.6 percent AVB -- is available in both Indiana, where the show is set, and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Chef Aaron Bennett of Bácaro Venetian Taverna on his epic meal with Emeril Lagasse

    Aaron Bennett Bácaro Venetian Taverna 921 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-444-4888 Part one of my interview with Aaron Bennett, exec chef of Boulder's Bácaro Venetian Taverna, ran yesterday; this is part two of our chat . Favorite restaurant in America: Probably Le Bouchon. When I ate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Share a Rapids soccer game with a buddy tonight at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

    One of the best things about the Heineken Lads Night Out at Dick's Sporting Goods Park/? Lassies are welcomed to partake of the promotion, too, which includes two each of everything -- Colorado Rapids game tickets, Heinekens, hot dogs and scarves for you and a buddy -- all for only $44. The only ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Photos: Finley's Pub opens on South Pearl Street

    This, declares Pete VanItallie, gazing around his new pub, is "exactly what I had envisioned when I dreamed of opening a neighborhood place." He points to a photograph on the wall, a gift from his uncle and godfather, that's a framed shot of the old Finley homestead in Ireland. "He researched the Fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Part two: James Van Dyk, exec chef of Lucky's Cafe, weighs in on vegans and the missing fish

    James Van Dyk Lucky's Cafe 3980 Broadway, Boulder 303-444-5007 This is part two of my chat with James Van Dyk, exec chef of Lucky's Cafe in Boulder. Part one of our interview ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: Just one: Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New York. David Chang's food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    David Lynch's ten weirdest scenes, by film

    It's a scientific fact that if you watch the canon of David Lynch's full-length films back-to-back, your eyeballs will not only melt, but David Lynch himself will somehow randomly appear to film your eyeballs melting. Fortunately for safety's sake, there is a week of recovery time between each of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Weekend's best party bets: Damn Gurl, erotic poetry, a Brooklyn-themed party and more

    This weekend, the weather will likely be warm enough to incite visions of summer dresses and cool drinks. You can get started with your summer loving this evening with a slew of party swagger with Damn Gurl, Ty Lawson at 24K or, on the hip-hop tip, with Anxious at Oak Tavern. We've got a slew of thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Old Chicago's latest Mini Tour is a canny beer move

    ​Canned craft beers have surged in popularity so much this summer that Old Chicago is running its latest Mini Tour based solely on aluminum. Each of the Colorado-based restaurant chain's 97 locations, spread throughout 22 states across the country, is featuring an interesting mix of eight cann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Ondo's Spanish Tapas Bar rolls out a traditional Basque happy hour

    Ondo's Spanish Tapas BarOndo's unveils a traditional Basque pintxos happy hour.​When Curt and Darcy Steinbecker opened Ondo's Spanish Tapas Bar in late 2009, they wanted to give Denver a true Spanish experience, channeling the country where they'd met and learned to cook. And in that spirit, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Tonight: Walter Meego at the Larimer

    ​Born in Chicago in 2004 as a duo, Walter Meego (playing the Larimer Lounge tonight with ManCub and C.S.Q.) makes the kind of sweet and accessible electronic pop perfect for the television medium -- which, as it turns out, is where the now-trio received initial mass exposure.

  • Music

    June 16, 2011

    Westword Music Showcase 2011

    The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers

  • News

    March 24, 2011
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    March 24, 2011

    Round two with Cuba Cuba executive chef Enrique Socarras

    Lori Midson​ Enrique Socarras Cuba Cuba 1173 Delaware Street 303-605-2822 This is part two of my interview with Enrique Socarras, executive chef of Cuba Cuba. In part one of this interview, Socarras raps on integrity, stomaching raw bacon and his new Boulder restaurant. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Good Chemistry on Colfax (No, really, it's there)

    ​Four different people have told me that they either circled the block or walked right past Good Chemistry on Colfax numerous times before locating the rather nondescript dispensary. I did both. The pot shop is in a narrow space in an old retail building, a block east of the capitol between Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Stupid ad of the week: Heineken's man fantasy

    Men want to do him, women want to be him--no wait...​We all know fantasy is better than reality, because in reality you have to do stuff you don't want to do, and you have to face the fact that there will be some things you'll just never be good at, either for lack of time to learn or lack of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Sangria and Spanish snacks at Ondo's happy hour

    ​Happy Place: Ondo's, 250 Steele Street, 303-975-6514 The Hours: Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.; all day Tuesday; Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight The Deals: $3 Heineken drafts; $3 red or white sangria; $3 well pours; $2 off wine, cava, and sherry by the glass; $3-12 food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Robots attack Denver! Top 10 androids that would really spell trouble for downtown

    ​Yesterday, an 8-inch toy robot stuck to a pillar near Coors Field triggered hours of havoc downtown, culminating in the Denver bomb squad detonating the innocuous figurine in a hullabaloo of wondrous proportions. Wondrous, but also completely unnecessary. Clearly the little bugger wasn't out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Stupid ad of the week: Heineken's smug dating advice

    Your ticket to love and happiness​Stupidity abounds in our daily lives, and the internetz have only exacerbated its abundance. Commercials hold a rather large market share of the overall world stupidity index, and since beer commercials own a significant amount of broadband real estate, by ext ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2010

    Swollen Members at Marquis Theater, 11/19/10

    Britt Chester​ SWOLLEN MEMBERS With Saigon • City Real • Prime Element 11.10.10 | Marquis Theatre Originally scheduled to take place the Summit Music Hall, last night's Swollen Members show was moved to the Marquis Theater. The dichotomy of confused Christian rock fans hoping to see Red ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 13, 2010
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    August 19, 2009

    Tasteless head games at A Taste of Colorado

    ​Colleen Don Dero got a taste of Colorado recently, but she didn't like it much. Several decades ago, the Colorado native moved to Phoenix, where she runs a hat and T-shirt company called It's All About the Head. The apparel features the company's name as a slogan alongside a mug of beer over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Last Night: Joe Rogan at Comedy Works South

    Near the end of his hour-long set at Comedy Works South last night, Joe Rogan's previously polished routine devolved into a call-and-response act, with audience members yelling out keywords off of which Rogan could riff. They yelled DPT, he did five minutes on Dipropyltryptamine, a gnarly psychedeli ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 4, 2008
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    November 26, 2008

    Pre-turkey day debauchery

    With the holidays officially kicking tomorrow, what better way to start of turkey day with a hangover from a lot of partying tonight. Here are a few Thanksgiving eve suggestions:Rockbar (3015 E. Colfax Avenue) will be dubbed Plymouth Rockbar for its Thanksgiving eve kegger. We're talking five kegs o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 4, 2008

    Pass the Pigskin

    Food and drink abound at Lola’s Football With Spice.

  • Dining

    September 4, 2008
  • Calendar

    July 31, 2008

    Fiesta Time

    NEWSED is turning Santa Fe’s biggest First Friday into a party.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2007

    Coachella, Yeah!

    Celebrities spotted in this tent. Our Denver contingent arrived at the Coachella campgrounds Thursday night to set up; we quickly became known as the "Denverites who came with the Hawaiians." The entire festival was amazing, but here are some of the highlights: Friday: Brother Ali, Digitalism, To ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 13, 2006
  • Dining

    April 13, 2006

    On the Lamb

    Yanni's shows why great Greek cooking is better than a cuisine.

  • News

    June 30, 2005
  • News

    July 24, 2003

    Miller Time

    It's beer today, gone tomorrow at Western Beverage.

  • Culture

    July 27, 2000

    Porn to Sell

    Product placement comes to adult videos...hey, watch where you put that thing!

  • News

    July 12, 1995