Though it may be tempting to stay inside and watch holiday specials on YouTube, there's plenty to do in Denver this week between viewings of the Pete and Pete Christmas episode and the Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special. Our top three events include a concert with tacos, an evening of orchestral ... More >>
Update: PETA is still making problems for mall Santa and former Westword cover boy Bill Lee. Five days after calling him out for an incident in which his reindeer escaped from a Santa appearance in Dillon and had to be tracked down the next morning (get the details below), the animal rights organiz ... More >>
The results are in, and Denver Museum of Contemporary Art's Twelve and a Half Days of Xmas Live! has selected 12 performers who will rock the museum's modernist atrium throughout the holiday season. Each act earns a $50 honorarium as they compete f ... More >>
Etsy is a treasure trove of Colorado pride items, and we've highlighted some memorable ones in posts from January and March. And with the holiday shopping season officially launching this week, we thought it was the perfect time to highlight the latest and greatest, ranging from artwork made from di ... More >>
Bill Lee, the Idaho Springs rancher and mall Santa charged with 32 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, has agreed to plead guilty to one of those counts. He's been granted a two-year deferred judgment, meaning that if he complies with a set of conditions for two years, he won't be convicted of any ... More >>
About a month ago, the government seized five tons of Colorado-grown plant life, and on December 4, members of Congress plan to light it up. No, not that kind of plant life. It's the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, and although they won't have the munchies, those in attendance will cert ... More >>
Run run Rudolph!Caffe Boa, the restaurant in Tempe, Arizona, that served rrabbit at a very special Easter dinner, is at it again, with a multi-course, not-so-tasteful menu for Christmas that's a reindeer roundup. Chef Payton Curry claims that his holiday meal features reindeer not from the N ... More >>
"National Velvet" sculpture by John McEnroe, dressed for the holidays. The Christmas tree shape and Santa Claus color of John McEnroe's sculpture at the base of the Highland bridge almost demands that "National Velvet" be decorated for the holidays. Inspired by the sculpture's similarity to ... More >>
Photo courtesy Denver Int'l AirportIf you think about it, Santa is kind of like God: He's omniscient (he knows when you are sleeping), he's omnipresent (how else does he deliver presents to everyone except for kids in third-world countries all in one night?), not to mention he sits in judgmen ... More >>
We're all hearing a lot of talk this holiday season about shopping local and what it means to a community. But Talulah Jones shop owner Robin Lohre is doing more than that: Beginning December 1, Lohre will host a reception showcasing a different local artisan every night through Christmas Eve ... More >>
Yard Arteology: The study of neighbors through their lawn decorations... Holiday 2010: Santa Down! By day, the white electrical cords that power the lights of the holiday yard display pictured above look like an alien plant species that has slithered across the yard to strangle Santa Claus an ... More >>
Home for the holidays!As estranged family members start trickling into town this weekend for the holidays, chances are you're looking for something to do to show off this great city. You're probably also trying to do it on the cheap so you can save up for some awesome last minute gifts (or pa ... More >>
Bree DaviesThe Aspen Grove Santa is a wandering one. Luckily, he's trailed by gaggle of carolers -- dressed like real-life, Disney-like Dickens characters, no less -- so he's easy to track down along the sidewalks of the outdoor shopping and "LifeStyle Center." I found him taking a break on a ... More >>
The Chipmunks singing holiday tunes is funny -- one time, once a year. Other than that, Christmas music has the tendency to suck, grating on our ears as we converge on shopping malls and Starbucks, waiting for the snow that never seems to be coming. Luckily, local musicians Dan Craig and Jess ... More >>
While not all of us are particularly enthusiastic about Christmas music, that doesn't mean we can't recognize a good song when we hear one. This new Dressy Bessy single, "Hopped Up (on Xmas) Featuring King Scratchie" might be one of the few holiday songs worth a regular holiday rotation. It's ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's post about the annual protest stirred by the Nativity Scene at Denver's City & County Building prompted a funny comment from one reader, who likens the display to a certain Chevy Chase movie -- one also referenced last week in our post about resident Alek Komarnitsky web-co ... More >>
Temple Micah, 2600 Leyden Street, will host its annual Top Latke Cook-Off and Chanukah Party, featuring a silent auction, kids' activities and the ever-popular latke cook-off, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tonight. For more info, call 303-388-4239 or go to www.micahdenver.org. For information on dozen ... More >>
Light 'em up! And get me some reindeer.It's been a long, ongoing, dirty process of restoring the First Avenue Hotel at 101 Broadway -- for the last year and a half or so, owner Jesse Morreale (of Rockbar, La Rumba and Mezcal, among others) has been slowly but surely pecking away at restoring ... More >>
Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a drag. You just have to know where to look. There are two big reasons why we're already thinking about it seriously this year: First, this gift-getting season could go down in the books as the earliest commercial shopping blitz in history. The door-buste ... More >>
Got word today from one of my South Pearl neighborhood spies that things are looking bad for Nosh. This space at 1439 South Pearl Street, originally opened by John Hinman as the Gelato Spot back in 2005 only to become Nosh a couple of years later, was well-known in the neighborhood not only for its ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their lawn ornaments Fiqure 4. Cole: Xmas-Season Xpansion Tree: Holidays may come and go, but some Christmas decorations are made to hang around just a little bit longer. A close examination of this prolific wonder reveals that it is a seven-section plastic evergreen ... More >>
Keep the little ones occupied with Hay Bales & Tall Tales.
On this fine Christmas Eve, I gift all of you with a link to the finest Christmas song ever recorded, and the only one anyone ever truly needed. It's a song about the brutal, cold reality behind all of our romantic pretension, and about love that still manages to hang on despite all the tears, regre ... More >>
This year, we've wrapped our roundup of holiday albums a bit differently. Instead of delivering it to you in one big lump (like coal), we're parceling out the reviews online, with a blog each weekday through December 24 devoted to recordings in a different category. Part five brings you "Christmas A ... More >>
This year, we've wrapped our roundup of holiday albums a bit differently. Instead of delivering it to you in one big lump (like coal), we're parceling out the reviews online, with a blog each weekday through December 24 devoted to recordings in a different category. Part three is titled "Jazz to the ... More >>
I trekked to the Denver Pavilions today for the same reason dozens of others did: on the off chance that we could witness a man dressed as Santa Claus explode. Unbeknownst to me, there is actually an annual event wherein St. Nick rappels down the giant "Denver Pavilions" sign to inaugurate the holi ... More >>
Strap on your ice skates and start enjoying the holidays.
Take something handmade home for the holidays.
Consider the alternative at 3 Kings.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday: I awoke this morning before the sun. I opened my blinds to a firey orange suggestion that it may soon follow my lead. I arrived at work bleary-eyed and as I approached the glass doors that lead into the cafeteria, I hit an icy patch that sent me into the splits. This wa ... More >>
For Alek Komarnitsky of Lafayette, Colorado, holiday decorations aren’t just a hobby, they’re a way of life. A very, very insane way of life. Komarnitsky became a local hero four years ago when, as part of his neighborhood Fouth of July parade, he drove his nine-foot-tall inflatable Incredible ... More >>
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