Going to a play in the summer isn't that different from hitting a blockbuster film or burying your nose in a fat, classic novel: Big themes -- Hurricane Katrina, the silent-film milieu of the early twentieth century and the rise of AIDS -- power our current theater picks. Keep reading for three show ... More >>
New York-based filmmaker Bill Morrison had already made two short films using Bill Frisell's pre-recorded music, but Morrison wanted to work with the well-known jazz guitarist on a longer project. That effort would become The Great Flood, a documentary that they started collaborating on a few years ... More >>
Wondering what becomes of all the bootleg merchandise that is seized? The clothing items sometimes find their way into the hands of less fortunate individuals through various charity organizations. Such was the case in 2005, when Cousins Entertainment, through its attorneys at the time, the Denver-b ... More >>
Michael Brown & pal.As the man in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the 2005 period when Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, Michael Brown knows a thing or two about hurricanes, and the media's coverage of them. So what kind of grades does the current KOA talk-show h ... More >>
A year before Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) scored a number jazz album with his major label debut, he was already sparring with lions. Just check out the eight-minute YouTube clip of the young Shorty trading trumpet licks with Wynton Marsalis at the House of the Blues in New Orleans.
Welcome to In the Weeds. Kyle will be right with you -- most likely to complain about something. Usually he is pleasant, but this is his place to blow off some steam. Don't take it personally; he just needs to vent because he's been doing this for about thirteen years. Enjoy your meal. Early ... More >>
Bush & Brownie.On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina began wreaking havoc on the Gulf Coast that's still reverberating today -- and many members of the public continue to see Michael Brown, head of FEMA at the time, as one of the story's chief villains. Still, Brown, a KOA talk-show host who ... More >>
Editor's Note: Treme writer/producer David Mills died of a brain aneurysm Tuesday in New Orleans. He'd written extensively about theTreme process and his burgeoning love for New Orleans music on his blog, undercoverblackman.blogspot.com. His Times-Picayune obit is here. By Larry Blumenfeld ... More >>
Allen Toussaint.This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Democratic National Convention, an event that made Denver the center of the media universe for several unforgettable days. To mark the occasion, we'll be offering selected flashbacks of Westword coverage. First up: An on-site cou ... More >>
Mack Maine, is always moving. When I first meet him standing amid the ruins of the Young Money stage set he will not be still; he's too busy and that's a good thing -- too busy crafting clever rhymes, to "build his brand." Maine's Doofus cum Cyrano de Bergerac verse at the end of this summer's st ... More >>
In case you were curious, these things are incredible.... Open wide. Today in Cafe Society: • Newest Smashburger one burger short of a Colorado dozen. • A la cart in Cherry Creek. • Birthday beat: Luca D'Italia and Jonesy's EatBar both have reasons to jubilate. • Vesta Dipping Grill revs u ... More >>
The Museum of Nature & Science handles natural disasters.
Among the residents who evacuated in the face of a fast-moving fire in Boulder this week was Michael Brown, current consultant and talk-show host, and former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a man who will be forever linked with this remark by President George W. Bush over his h ... More >>
Tony Clifton stops by the Walnut Room.
Best Friends founder Michael Mountain signs his new book.
Michael Brown. After he was booted from FEMA in the wake of Katrina, Michael Brown returned to Boulder, where he set up an emergency consulting business (and talked with me for this column on the one year anniversary of his "heckuva job.") But yesterday he headed back to the East Coast -- into the ... More >>
If you were listening to the radio yesterday morning, you know that the rush hour commute was an especially deadly one. "4 motorists killed in crashes on area roads," reads the headline in today's Rocky Mountain News. The brief goes on to list Nathan Woods as being among the fatalities, noting that ... More >>
Henry Butler PiaNOLA Live (Basin Street) As noted in a 2006 Westword profile, Henry Butler once owned a house in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood – but Hurricane Katrina destroyed the structure and pretty much everything else in it. Somehow, though, a number of live recordings he made over th ... More >>
Spike Lee talks about doing the right thing.
George Porter is the bassist for Porter Batiste Stoltz, a three-piece whose mammoth grooves have made the players favorites among jam-band aficionados – but he's also a whole lot more. As a founding member of the Meters, a classic New Orleans combo, he helped establish a Big Easy sound that’s de ... More >>
The Kyoto Accord began the race to halt global warming. On its 10th anniversary, why are we barely past the starting gate? I remember so well the final morning hours of the Kyoto conference. The negotiations had gone on long past their scheduled evening close, and the convention-center management w ... More >>
In a profile from Westword’s June 28 edition, Mavis Staples speaks her mind in a notably feisty manner -- and in the following Q&A, which encompasses the entire text of the interview that formed the basis of the article, her undimmed passion comes through even more clearly. Topics include her rea ... More >>
The civil-rights era is far from over for this songstress.
Definition of a Circle
A look back at the year's flick picks.
From the week of September 7, 2006
From the bayou to Boulder, Michael Brown's had a heckuva year.
Hurricane Katrina evacuees have enough woes without battling stereotypes.
Hurricane season is about to hit, but Washington, D.C., is still flooded with backwash from Hurricane Katrina. Last week, the Center for Public Integrity released 928 pages of e-mail messages to and from former FEMA head (and current Coloradan) Michael Brown. The e-mails, which the center received s ... More >>
Thursday, February 16, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 1-866-464-2626.
Thursday, December 15, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399; Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17, Quixote's True Blue, 303-297-1772.
You look marvelous!
Katrina and the Waves experience an unexpected surge in popularity.
Fresh at Lotus
Charity began at home. This home.
Locals make music to hip-hop over Katrina.
Substance makes a temporary return to the airwaves.
Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge
Friday-Monday, September 9-12, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.