Escaramuza: Riding from the Heart is the opening night film at the XicanIndie Film Festival XVI.In his tenth year as curator of the XicanIndie Film Festival, Daniel Salazar decided to revamp the whole project. Working with film programmers from all over the Americas, Salazar created the Encuentro Mu ... More >>
Tattoos have colored most of Walter McDonald's life -- he got his first ink at age twelve and has been tattooing professionally for more than twenty years. Originally from Houston, he has lived in Colorado for 26 years, becoming a well-known name in the industry. He's now the owner of Lifetime Tatto ... More >>
The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>
Literally the biggest comedian working today, Ralphie May has been charming the pants off of comedy fans for the last decade and a half. Playing a slack-jawed wise-ass, May will often twist his audience's perception by using a Southern accent to deliver an insightful crack about controversial subje ... More >>
Todd Snider is one of America's most gifted storytellers. The songwriter, who first gained notice in the mid '90s with the song "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues," writes the kind of songs that can both cut you to the bone and make you laugh at the same time. He has a knack for exploring and expres ... More >>
We all know folks from around the country who graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder and then never leave town -- and it turns out this decision's a mighty good one according to Kiplinger, whose list of the ten best cities for grads prominently features the People's Republic. Count dow ... More >>
Melvins have been an influence on some of the most sonically forward-thinking rock bands and other musical experimentalists of the last three decades. Impossible to consistently pigeonhole as simply punk, or metal, or even rock, Melvins have set a high bar for integrity, both as a live band and as a ... More >>
There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>
It took a long time for the south to be recognized as a major player in the hip-hop scene, and it still has a ways to go to be held in the same regard as the East and West Coasts, but with the emergence of a new breed of countrified rappers such as Big K.R.I.T., Future, Yelawolf and 2 Chainz (and ev ... More >>
#90: Eric Matelski Much more than just a curator, Eric Matelski is a supporter, advocate and all-around positive public relations man for artists all over Colorado -- which made him an obvious choice for Westword's 2010 MasterMind award. But the self-proclaimed "art pimp" is also an accomplished art ... More >>
The All-Star break is over, Kenneth Faried manimaled his way to some long-overdue national attention, and fastest team in the NBA West got a few days off to recharge its batteries. After the Nuggets beat the Celtics last night to avenge that frustrating triple OT loss heading into the break, it's of ... More >>
The craft-beer industry has always been community-minded -- not to mention budget-conscious. Although there are many big craft brewers, there are many more tiny ones, and most of them only came about because someone risked everything by maxing out their credit cards and cashing in their 401k, saving ... More >>
Since 2007, Design OnScreen has worked to preserve modern architecture across America by producing and presenting films focusing on unheralded architects and designers, and also curating architecture-centered film festivals around the world. And it's fought this good fight from its headquarters in D ... More >>
The City of Houston has released Run, Hide, Fight, a video designed to help people survive a mass shooting in a public place. According to CBS News, the $200,000 production was issued early due to the Aurora theater shooting, hitting YouTube days before this weekend's Sikh temple slayings. It's a te ... More >>
Last night's episode of American Idol offered us a few strong contenders and an out-of-place space shuttle opening sequence. Houston, we have a problem: we're not actually in Houston -- despite misleading promos, we're in Galveston, Texas. Don't be deceived, people. Skylar Laine, a sweet seventeen ... More >>
Photo by Dq Israd, courtesy J. Walcher CommunicationsNick Batsch coming in hot at the 2011 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy PilotingThe mere thrill of jumping out of a plane wasn't enough for Denver-based skydiver Nick Batsch, who took up the sport of canopy piloting (where the ... More >>
"We're not promiscuous. We're just posed that way."Hooray! Another city list in which Denver scores high! And we do mean "scores" -- because Mile High has placed eighth in OKCupid.com's list of the ten most promiscuous cities in the U.S.
So Pitchfork is reporting this morning that Jay-Z and Kanye West's highly anticipated Watch the Throne tour, which we told you was coming to Denver on Monday, October 10, is no longer coming to town on that date. The tour's apparently being rerouted due to "overwhelming demand," says Billboard, citi ... More >>
This morning, while most of us in the working world were sound asleep, the dudes from Big Head Todd and the Monsters were at Mission Control in Houston serenading the astronauts aboard the Shuttle Discovery on their last day in space with Big Head's song "Blue Sky."
The city's Month of Photography has gone from a blip to a major event over the last few years; credit photographer Mark Sink for choreographing this year's liftoff into the stratosphere. MOP has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, but how do you navigate through all the shows on view this ... More >>
Friday, December 17, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Carmelo.More dizzying twists in Carmelo Anthony trade rumors. This week, we've been told the New Jersey Nets are his choice, in a likely concession to his fame-addicted reality-TV-star wife La La Vazquez -- only to hear Chicago is really his top pick. But are the Nuggets pushing for a pact wi ... More >>
Every week we explore the annals of recent shmuckdom. This week: An alleged murderer who accidentally wound up in Houston. Some weeks the shmucks just reach out and grab you. This was one of those weeks, thanks to the sinister moron Franklin Gonzalo Sierra-Rodriguez. Sierra-Rodriguez is ac ... More >>
Michael Alan McDougall smirked before making his chilling statement.Littleton's Michael Alan McDougall didn't hide from the lights and lenses of TV cameras after being accused of murdering his pregnant wife, Jennifer, in a Houston suburb by shooting her in the abdomen -- nor did he dodge the ... More >>
An hour after getting all the appropriate permits, the long-awaited Houston's finally opened this past weekend at 303 Josephine Street. This sibling of the Cherry Creek Grill and other restaurants in the Hillstone chain has an expansive, sleek dining room and an inexplicable eleven seats at the bar ... More >>
Here we go... Today in Backbeat Online: • Built to Spill, Mudhoney, the Fluid lead the 2009 Westword Music Showcase headliners. • Q&A with Reggie Youngblood of Black Kids. • Record Store Day preview: Flight of the Conchords take on a racist dragon. Today in Cafe Society: • Fork the recessi ... More >>
Links: They're like hot links, but not as delicious and awesome. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org.Why do the Broncos suck? The answer is a guy named Gary in Houston. (Mile High Report)Sen. Wayne Allard and Rep. Tom Tancredo are riding into the sunset. Sunsets just got 34 percent more boring. (Fac ... More >>
Under its original plans, Houston's would be open by now. And according to the last published report, the restaurant would still open by February 2009. But Houston's -- part of the Hillstone Restaurant Group, which also owns the Cherry Creek Grill -- will be moving into an entirely ne ... More >>
It took Guns 'N' Roses fifteen years to finally release Chinese Democracy, which was released November 23 and available exclusively at Best Buy. That's a mighty long time. Heck, Jesus Christ died and returned from the grave in just three days. Our sister paper in Houston compiled a slide show of a d ... More >>
This photo just popped into my e-mail box from my dude Chris Gray at our sister paper in Houston. Matt Sonzala, the man behind the Houston So Real blog, snapped this pic of Bun B from UGK straight flossin' at Pepsi Center and sent it to Chris this afternoon. Now if you read my column this week, you ... More >>
LOCALS ONLY Even though hip-hop artist Bionik Brown had only lived in Denver for short time before his passing this week, he became familiar with the local music scene quickly and scored gigs easily thanks to his dope skills on the mike. In honor of Bionik’s memory, after the jump we've posted a ... More >>
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John Robinson of the Fluid, which reunited on June 20 at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for the lowdown), is one of the great should-have-beens in the annals of Denver rock. He had everything it took to be a star of global proportions, but for whatever reason, it didn't happen. Neverthele ... More >>
Dwayne Edward Wright, we have your wallet -- the wallet you lost back in the mid-70s, when you were a student at a community college in Texas. So how did that wallet wind up under a pine tree in Conifer, Colorado?
For those of you discontent with the hip-hop scene, Ghostface Killah released an excellent album this week along with this accompanying video. Veteran rapper Pimp C dies in L.A. Rapper Pimp C, of the veteran and legendary Houston rap group UGK (Underground Kingz), was found dead in a Los Angeles ... More >>
I came late to the UGK party. I was out of the country for much of their rise from 1992-1995, and then I lived in Nashville, where their legend had not yet spread, until the end of 1997. Even after moving back to Houston, it took me a few years to come around to them – I had kind of soured on hip- ... More >>
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