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    November 7, 2014

    Music Video Premiere: Shatterproof Decries the Beaten Path in "Cookie Cutter Life"

    Shatterproof, a Fort Collins-based alternative rock band, has made waves over the last year in the Colorado scene. Not only did the young band win a coveted spot at the Warped Tour, and open for Switchfoot at the Budweiser Event Center, they were also accepted into the 2014 SpokesBUZZ class as the y ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    A Six-Pack of Pre-Halloween Culinary Events This Week...and Two Bonus Treats

    Man does not live on dread alone. Build a base for all the Halloween parties to come at wine dinners, cocktail dinners and other deliciously decadent events this week. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar. See also: Five Reasons Why Halloween Won't Be the Cannapocalypse

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    October 27, 2014

    Thirteen Top Spots to Trick-Or-Eat on Halloween in the Denver Area

    As Halloween descends on the city, there will be plenty of ghostly, ghoulish and gory events on October 31. But if your idea of trick-or-treating is really trick-or-eating, here are thirteen special events and deals to stash in your goodie bag. See also: Death on Wheels at the Emma Crawford Coffin ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Jeffco Student Walkouts: More Schools Joining Protest of Patriotically Slanted History Plan

    Yesterday, we told you about planned protests this morning by students at three Jefferson County high schools -- Pomona, Ralston Valley and Arvada West -- over a plan to promote patriotism in history lessons by downplaying civil disorder. Now, students from at least one more Jeffco high school are p ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    Frasca to create anniversary menu from guest favorites

    Frasca Food and Wine is turning ten in August and will celebrate a decade of serving its nationally acclaimed brand of Italian-inspired cuisine with a special menu for the week of August 4 through August 9. Since that's a month away, why are we telling you know? In part, because landing a table at F ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Photo: King Khan and the Shrines buy (legal) weed in Denver

    Although Arish Ahmad "King" Khan (of King Khan and the Shrines fame) lives in Berlin -- which isn't too far from Amsterdam -- he says it's not common for the crew he runs around with to travel to the Netherlands for pot. But he was beyond thrilled to purchase marijuana legally from a dispensary whil ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    Update: Amy Van Dyken will return to Colorado to do her rehab in Denver

    Update: Amy Van Dyken, who severed her spine in an ATV accident on Friday (see our previous coverage below), confirms that she'll be relocating from Arizona to her home state of Colorado in order to rehab at Craig hospital in Denver. In the meantime, she continues to amaze with social media posts th ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Weirdest Internet search quirks of all 50 states (including Colorado) according to Estately

    Estately.com, the site behind our recent list of the ten best states for hippies, has a new target: the Internet search quirks of all fifty states, including Colorado, produced by running "hundreds of search queries through Google Trends to determine which words, terms and questions each state was s ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Artist-run DATELINE gallery launches tonight in RiNo

    When artists Adam Milner and Jeromie Dorrance decided to open an exhibit space in what's essentially their living room, they did so in a spirit that's both DIY and not DIY, by putting together a well-crafted show that covers a national gamut of contemporary work by five colleagues in the art world. ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    Beer calendar: Quads, sours and bocks are all a blessing

    Odell Brewing takes pride moving slow, and in expanding at a reasonable, measured pace -- which is why the Fort Collins beer makers was so deliberate last week in announcing that it would enter the Texas market -- the company's first new state in two years. To help out, Odell produced the above onli ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Artopia 2014: The artistic lights were bright on Broadway

    Broadway became the center of Denver's art world Saturday night as Westword's Artopia 2014 took over five venues in the heart of town. Artists ranging from Westword cover boy Andrew Novick to zombie portrait artist Stan Yan were on hand to show their work at City Hall and Vinyl, while musical acts ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Denver Zoo offers buy-one, get-one admission February 14-17 in honor of Valentine's Day

    This week's cover story, "Beauty of the Beasts," is all about the matchmakers who help zoo animals find love. Or at least another animal to, you know, mate with. And some animals have a strange way of doin' it, as explained in our sidebar about weird mating habits. (Did you know male giraffes will l ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    How to survive Super Bowl XLVIII if you hate the Broncos or don't care about football

    I've kept my mouth shut on the topic of professional sports for most of my time as a writer. I don't even talk about how much I despise the majority of the culture that comes with it on Facebook (I save those complaints for Twitter). But I know I can't be the only one who suffers in silence this tim ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (9 free!), December 13-15

    This weekend is full of festive fun in Denver, and you won't have to bum money off your friends to enjoy it -- nine of our featured events are absolutely free. You can dance at a francophile party, tour a candy factory, or catch a series of short plays. Share bargain events we overlooked in the comm ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Photos: Got Insurance? site aims its pitch at bros and more

    Among the least-insured groups in the country are young men in good health. How to get them to take advantage of the new health-care law, now known by supporters and critics alike as Obamacare? The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Education, the folks behind the 2011 Than ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Want to feel famous? Rent the Ecto-1 for a night of haunted houses and Instagram-worthy fame

    I've thought about what it would be like to be famous -- a lot. Being the self-absorbed person I am, one who grew up with parents telling me how great I was at everything I did definitely made me into an adult who wanted nothing more than total stardom. Since that kind of infamy has yet to materiali ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013: Ah, so that's what that helicopter thingy was for at Showcase

    The Westword Music Showcase 2013 is now officially a wrap, and in just a few short months we'll start batting around ideas for next year's Showcase (if you have a wishlist of acts we should consider booking, feel free to weigh in below). In the meantime, Gabe Rovick from Focus4 Design sent over the ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from City Hall Amphitheatre

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Shawn White hosted at City Hall Amphitheatre this past Saturday. Keep ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from Vinyl's rooftop

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Matt Miner hosted on the rooftop at Vinyl this past Saturday. Keep rea ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from City Hall street level

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Noah Hubbell hosted the street level stage at City Hall this past Satu ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from Bar Standard

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Tom Murphy hosted at Bar Standard this past Saturday. Keep reading for ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from Cantina

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Stephanie March hosted at Cantina this past Saturday. Keep reading for ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Showcase crowd goes bananas for Dada Life!

    Denver, are you guys ready to go fucking bananas? That's a silly question, Dada Life. Of course we are. And we did. No really. Straight bananas! During the act's closing set at the Westword Music Showcase Saturday night, those crazy Swedes had friends of ours -- typically reserved cats, prim and pr ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Dazzle

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Jon Solomon hosted at Dazzle this past Saturday. Keep reading for some ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from 100 % De Agave

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Robin Edwards hosted at 100 % De Agave this past Saturday. Keep readin ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Rooster & Moon

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Josiah Hesse hosted at Rooster & Moon this past Saturday. Keep reading ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Stoney's

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Cory Lamz hosted at Stoney's Bar & Grill this past Saturday. Keep read ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Curious Theatre

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. A.H. Goldstein hosted at the Curious Theatre this past Saturday. Keep ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Broadways

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Adam Steininger hosted at Broadways this past Saturday. Keep reading f ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Denver B-cycle celebrates Earth Day with deals today

    Celebrate Earth Day 2013 while the sun is still shining! Today's Earth Day also marks the third anniversary for Denver Bike Sharing, which launched Denver's B-cycle system on April 22, 2010. To get the day rolling, Denver B-cycle is offering annual memberships at a discounted annual rate of $59 thro ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Dizaster on the art of battling and his controversial King of the Dot battle with Arcane

    The battle-rap scene has grown tremendously over the past few years, thanks to video battles like Smack DVDs and Fight Klub, and leagues like King of the Dot, Grind Time and the UW Battle League springing up everywhere. Dizaster -- in town this weekend to battle Detour as part of the two-day Perfect ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    100 Colorado Creatives: Onus Spears

    #94: Onus Spears Onus Spears (that's a stage name and Facebook alias) isn't your typical creative. He's been homeless at times, and he goes to AA meetings every day. He estimates that he's had dozens of jobs -- the number is in the hundreds, in fact -- over his 49 years. But he is also a man of stor ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    The 2013 Whiteout Fashion Show: What did the audience wear?

    It finally happened last night: Thanks to a number of great sponsors and designers, Westword welcomed the 2013 Whiteout fashion show at the McNichols Building last night. While we all focused on the live runway show, with models dressed by eight local designers, there was no shortage of fun fashion ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    Nicholas Carr examines how the Internet is affecting our brains

    Did you know that when we use a Google search engine, scan Twitter feeds or compulsively reach for our smart-phones, we're actually engaging evolutionary tools that have been with us for tens of thousands of years? And while these tools have aided our species survival, author Nicholas Carr argues th ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Sleigh Bells ring: Getting our nails done on the S.S. Coachella by Alexis Krauss's manicurist

    Earlier this week, the S.S. Coachella took to the high seas and set sail for the Bahamas. One of our esteemed south Florida colleagues had the pleasure of being on board for the cruise's maiden voyage. She sent us a few dispatches documenting some highlights from the trip, so that all of us landlubb ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    Become a beer artist! Design an Odell tap handle logo and win serious beer swag

    So you're a beer fan -- but are you a connoisseur? If you not only drink good beer but revel in the art of craft, keep reading. In conjunction with the 2012 Denver Web Awards, Westword's annual celebration of the best and brightest projects in digital Denver, we're launching a contest to design the ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Vote in the 2012 Denver #WebAwards

    It's time for the 2012 edition of Westword's Denver Web Awards, our annual celebration of Denver's greatest digital minds. This time, we're introducing new categories to recognize the area's creative and forward-thinking app developers, but we've made sure to include a few favorites, like Best Shame ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Vote in the 2012 Denver #WebAwards

    It's time for the 2012 edition of Westword's Denver Web Awards, our annual celebration of Denver's greatest digital minds. This time, we're introducing new categories to recognize the area's creative and forward-thinking app developers, but we've made sure to include a few favorites, like Best Shame ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Vote in the 2012 Denver #WebAwards

    It's time for the 2012 edition of Westword's Denver Web Awards, our annual celebration of Denver's greatest digital minds. This time, we're introducing new categories to recognize the area's creative and forward-thinking app developers, but we've made sure to include a few favorites, like Best Shame ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Vote in the 2012 Denver #WebAwards

    It's time for the 2012 edition of Westword's Denver Web Awards, our annual celebration of Denver's greatest digital minds. This time, we're introducing new categories to recognize the area's creative and forward-thinking app developers, but we've made sure to include a few favorites, like Best Shame ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Ditch the drinking games and start the 2012 Presidential Debate At-Home Boot Camp

    If your plan is to drink 47 shots every time Barack Obama chides Mitt Romney over his "47 percent" remarks during tonight's presidential debate, you're going to have more immediate problems than the latest jobs report. For an alternative to debate-night drinking games that will absolutely be better ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Photos: Denver sign porn

    Talk about signs of the times: Denver is a showplace for amazing signage from over the decades. No wonder #denversignporn is a popular Instagram hashtag. Look below to check out some of our favorite examples of this particular brand of porn -- and click on the links to check out more of the photogs ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Aurora theater shootings aren't national news, declares conservative activist

    News of the Aurora theater shootings and suspected killer James Holmes continue to dominate headlines not just in Colorado, but nationwide -- and Yates Walker is sick of it. Writing for The Daily Caller, Walker, a self-described conservative activist, vents his frustration in a piece entitled "Jame ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    See something that needs fixing? Snap a photo for the DAM's Design Dilemma

    The delivery date for submissions in the Denver Art Museum's Open for Design community challenge is closing in. Have you been dragging your feet because you just don't know how to come up with a solution that fits the problem within the framework of the challenge? The DAM isn't about to let you o ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Ru with a view: A mainstage travelogue from our Westword Music Showcase emcee, Ru Johnson

    Because I live in the club district, for me, the Westword Music Showcase started around 5 p.m. the day before and went on through the evening. Outside my window, the workers toiled and clanged away throughout the night, building the production. By morning, there was a complete stage, and the heat wa ... More >>

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    June 23, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase schedule

    Alright, it's here! Finally! The waiting is over! The eighteenth annual Westword Music Showcase. You've probably already printed it out, cut it out, copied and highlighted the schedule, but just in case you haven't, here's the most up-to-date version of today's lineup for the Showcase. All of the TB ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Top ten tweets about D.J. Williams sharing Broncos playbook photo

    Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams's inexplicable decision to tweet a photo from the squad's playbook earned him slaps o' plenty from Twitter Nation. See the ten most memorable reactions below. Still, there's irony in this censure -- because the response was considerably larger than the ones involvin ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Death of the civil unions bill got you down? Just do what I'm doing, and marry a gay guy

    After sitting through two recesses and a combined seven hours of debate and testimony before the House State Affairs Committee killed the civil unions bill last night, I left the Capitol with a numb ass and a heavy heart. But as I and other GLBTQ persons and allies face another year of Colorado legi ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Prost Brewing will contract-brew and can for Dad & Dude's, Silverton

    When the owners of the soon-to-open Prost Brewing bought a 72.25-barrel brewhouse in Germany late last year, craft beer-industry watchers wondered what they'd do with that much capacity. After all, most recent start-up breweries have opened with just a fraction of that kind of beer-making brawn, any ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    And Then She Saved accessories swap brings Denver frugalistas together

    Denver's frugalistas flocked to the Curtis Hotel Saturday night to get rid of old looks and find new favorites at the And Then She Saved accessories swap sponsored by Denver's own Handbags.com. "I really wanted new clothes but I didn't want to pay for new clothes, and I'd heard about swaps so I tho ... More >>

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