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    October 31, 2014

    Thirteen Best Places to Trick-or-Eat Tonight

    Halloween is here and Denver will be oozing with costumes, creatures and candy all weekend long. There's a grab-bag of events to indulge in: some scary, some sexy, and some scrumptious. Build your base for the evening at Chipotle, which is offering its Boorito deal after 5 p.m., selling all custome ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Five Points Pizza: For Friends -- or Our Mutual Friend -- Only

    Eden Myles prides himself on his punk, no-hype attitude. He thinks Denver is getting too soft, which is why he injects a bit of punk into it when he can. His new venture making pizzas is a reflection of this attitude and his desire for simple, affordable, quality, Denver-esque food. Myles, a bagel ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    Run Away to the Treehouse Patio at the Weathervane Cafe

    A few weeks ago, I stopped by the Weathervane Cafe to work; having left my office job, I've been cafe-hopping. The Weathervane is one of those places that I've passed a million times and always meant to try; a September day with snow predicted seemed just the right time for it. The potential snow se ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014
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    September 3, 2014

    Photos: Our Ten Least Favorite Places in Denver

    To generate a little community spirit -- and to prove that it is hip -- Denver's Department of Community Planning and Development is asking residents to name their favorite places in town. To participate, you just need to share your spot via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, using the hashtag #favorit ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Here's How Long Your Set Should Be

    When you purchase a ticket to any concert, you run the risk of not getting the experience you paid for. Outdoor shows get rained out. Favorite songs don't get played. Opening bands go over their allotted time. Sometimes a musician is just having a very bad night. The one variable any musician can fe ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Burrito Fanatic Eats 250 Burritos in Two Years, Still Loses Illegal Pete's Eating Contest

    Coloradans love burritos; both Chipotle and Illegal Pete's started their burrito empires here for good reason. But few people love them like Michael Odbert, burrito enthusiast, amateur burrito photographer -- he chronicles his love affair on an Instagram account dedicated to his burrito-filled meal ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Beer calendar: fruity firkins, a taphouse tour and a new Denver brewery opens

    On Thursday morning, a group of six small Colorado breweries will take a decidedly modern approach to beer-making when they all brew Simultaneous Saison at the same time at their respective locations across the state. The six breweries -- Denver's Strange Craft, Echo Brewing in Frederick, Monument's ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014
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    May 22, 2014

    Riff Raff live is good, but not nearly as good as Riff Raff on the Internet

    I drove all the way to Colorado Springs once because I heard a Myspace scene queen was going to be at a house party I was invited to. I wanted to see if she was real. She was. Seeing Riff Raff at the Bluebird last night felt similar; I went to see if Jody Highroller was real. When you observe and ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Becky Wareing-Steele

    #93: Becky Wareing-Steele Becky Wareing-Steele lives in a world of miniatures, where tiny figures and creatures go about their lives inside tiny bottles and jars and whimsical lockets, and even among the jagged crystals of cracked-open geodes. Her crafting career started with a button-making machin ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    The Westword Music Showcase ticket contest

    Update(s): We've picked a winner for questions number one and two. So far we've somewhat arbitrarily given tickets to people who have suggested that a great music scene needs radio support and that the best thing about Denver's music scene is that everyone from "budtenders" to businessmen go to the ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    Video and photos: Tumbleweeds meet fire whirl in Rocky Mountain Arsenal

    The tumbleweed invasion is nigh. Over the past few weeks, gaggles of the rolling desert shrubs have taken over portions of central Colorado, clogging streets and driveways, and trapping a few residents in their homes. Some communities around Colorado Springs have even resorted to clearing away the p ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    Cast your vote for Acorn/Oak at Fourteenth's Steve Redzikowski, a Food & Wine magazine best new chef nominee

    You'll find plenty of foodniks singing the praises of Oak at Fourteenth, the lauded restaurant that Steve Redzikowski and Bryan Dayton opened in Boulder in 2010 -- and again in 2011, following a crushing fire. And you'll find just as many ardent admirers of Acorn, the sequel to Oak that opened last ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Womenswear: Christina Tate is all dolled-up in Cherry Creek

    Fashion steps into the world of fantasy with this cotton candy-colored look. We spotted dolled-up Christina Tate at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center recently; keep reading to learn her favorite color, accessory and places to shop. See also: Womenswear Wednesdays: Jessie Maynard on her Alice in Wond ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    Vaux Vintage closing Weathervane location to go back on the road

    Thrift shop Vaux Vintage started as a nomadic venture, as owner Aly Barohn traveled the country with her vintage garments. She opened a brick-and-mortar location above the Weathervane Cafe last summer, but has decided to close it in order to go back on the road. And so the shop will disappear after ... More >>

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    February 11, 2014

    Valentine's Day: The braggart's holiday

    I don't even remember what I was doing on Valentine's Day 2013. That's because I'm the kind of person who lets the individual feeling of each holiday be dictated by my own current selfish standing in the world. Last year, I was so far from being in love that Valentine's Day could just fuck right off ... 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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    December 3, 2013

    Top five ways to survive negative temperatures and the onslaught of snow in Colorado

    We discuss weather in this state (and on this blog) a lot. If you've ever made small talk with a stranger here, then you know that weather is a hot topic, especially now that Mother Nature -- or global warming, depending on what you call it -- has decided to finally bring on the freezing-ass cold te ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    The Devil Wears Prada: "We want to make an album that will mean something in fifteen years"

    The Devil Wear's Prada (due this Sunday, November 24, at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom) first came together in 2005. Formed in Dayton, Ohio, by members who came up in the local hardcore scene, the act is a Christian band, but it has never traded on that aspect of the band with any overt, ham-fiste ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    SUN | MAZZY STAR at OGDEN THEATRE | 11/10/13 David Roback was a leading light in the Paisley Underground movement with his band Rain Parade. When that group split up in 1986, Roback formed another outfit, called Opal, with former Dream Syndicate bassist Kendra Smith. Opal released Happy Nightmare Ba ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Five best Halloween candies to give out -- don't be the cheap house!

    You really, really don't want to have the reputation of being the worst Halloween candy-giving house on the block. So don't hand out Tootsie Rolls, candy corn or those nefarious orange-and-black-wrapped chewy things. And don't even think about gifting trick-or-treaters with shwag like toothbrushes o ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    Izm White, still in the game almost two decades later, has a Ghostface feature on his new album

    Izm White (aka Hayden Laybourn) has been immersed in the local hip-hop scene since the mid '90s from when he first started heading down from the Western Slope to Denver to compete in MC battles and attend shows. During that time, he's had some ups and downs, from released multiple albums and taking ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    Five ways to survive the Colorado Get Movin' fitness challenge

    I've been obsessed with fitness ever since I can remember. Maybe it was because I grew up in the '80s, and activities for girls revolved around a pink-haired dog that pimped nail accessories and showing the world what we could do through the fine art of ribbon dancing. I took ballet, tap dance, ice- ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Photos: Street artist David Choe paints a new piece at 13th and Champa streets

    Savvy street-art fans might have noticed that a new work has appeared by the foot bridge that traverses the intersection of 13th and Champa streets. The murals that already filled that space are now accompanied by more works by the same artist -- with permission from the city. Creator David Choe rea ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Colorado Distillers Festival: Josh Mishell tries to visit forty distilleries in eighty days

    Last year, the coordinators of the Colorado Distillers Festival created a tongue-in-cheek infographic comparing the costs of road-tripping around the state to visit distilleries versus simply attending the festival. The 1,020-mile road trip would take five days and cost $132 in gas alone, according ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from Roostercat Coffee House

    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. Antonio Valenzuela hosted at Roostercat Coffee House this past Saturda ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Photos: Jessica Alba's Dear Eleanor pic diary as film wraps in Colorado

    Last month, we shared photos and more about Dear Eleanor, a Leonardo DiCaprio production that was shooting in Niwot and other area locations. Now, the movie has wrapped in Colorado -- but its star, Jessica Alba, shared plenty of images of what happened via Twitter and Instagram. Shots range from l ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013
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    March 11, 2013

    Get your Artopia 2013 poster, and enter to win VIP Westword Music Showcase tickets

    Westword's eighteenth annual Artopia combined art, food, music and live performances at Vinyl, City Hall, Bar Standard, The Living Room and The Salty Dog on February 23, 2013. And to celebrate the event turning voting age, we asked Denver artists John Vogl to create a limited edition poster (above) ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Little India was the audience favorite at Artopia

    Despite its name, Westword's eighteenth annual Artopia spotlighted much more than art. Across this year's five venues, the event also featured food from Little Man Ice Cream, The Shoppe, El Camino, Little India, Jersey Mike's Subs, Sushi by Night, Mustard's Last Stand and DJ's Berkeley Cafe. We aske ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Win tickets to Artopia 2013

    This year's edition of Artopia is only five days away. The lineup is pretty stacked, with Wheelchair Sports Camp, Hearts In Space, Kitty Crimes and In the Whale, among others on the bill. And those acts will be performing alongside a serious batch of artists, poets, dancers, videographers and comedi ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Win tickets to Westword's Artopia 2013!

    Westword's annual Artopia takes place this Saturday, which means it's time to start planning your one-night exploration of Denver culture right now. Split across four venues -- City Hall, Vinyl, Bar Standard and the Living Room -- the event features dozens of artists, exhibits and musicians includin ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Win tickets to Westword's Whiteout Fashion Show!

    February's Whiteout Fashion Show is Westword's newest signature event, and it's a big one. On February 7, we'll take over the McNichols Building with live performance art, a runway show full of winter fashions and food and cocktails from an array of local vendors. It will be a night of both style an ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Win tickets to Westword's Whiteout Fashion Show!

    February's Whiteout Fashion Show is Westword's newest signature event, and it's a big one. On February 7, we'll take over the McNichols Building with live performance art, a runway show full of winter fashions and food and cocktails from an array of local vendors. It will be a night of both style an ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    2013 Resolutions, week one: You better work!

    A few days ago, a friend asked me via Facebook if I had followed through with my Patrick Nagel tattoo -- in November, I had promised myself the reward of getting one of his minimalist pin-ups tattooed on my arm upon successful completion of National Novel Writing Month. I didn't make it through Na ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (5 free!), December 28-31

    It's the end of the year -- and that means there are plenty of ways to blow your last bucks on extravagant champagne toasts and hotel rooftop parties. But why do that when you can spend this weekend having fun...without spending too much cash. Skip the fancy parties and spend the last weekend of 201 ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Photos: See our #GetMeToTheGRiZ contest winner and the other fun Instagram pic entries

    This Saturday night, GRiZ (aka Grant Kwiecinski) is headlining the Fox Theatre. When the show was announced in early October, it sold out in six hours. We got our hands on a pair of tickets for the show and decided to get a little bit creative with how we gave them away. So we created a hash tag on ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Photos: Wind storm snaps majestic Cheesman Park tree

    The wind may have kept a lot of Denver metro awake last night -- but it did much worse to this Cheesman Park tree, seen in a photo sent by one of our readers. The storm got snappy with a phone poll near the park, too, as you can see below.

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    September 7, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 this weekend, September 7-9, 2012

    With the last two weeks of summer on the horizon, it's time to get in all the outdoor fun you can before the air becomes chillier and you want to hibernate. This weekend is full of summer fun -- from a garden gala to outdoor film, from a silent disco to an Italian-themed festival. Each one of the ev ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Photos: Andre Iguodala illustrated man in Nuggets comic, Foot Locker ad

    New Nugget Andre Iguodala met the press yesterday, and pretty much every word out of his mouth -- including his interest in a long-term deal -- reassured fans that the move was a positive one. And the Nuggets have wasted no time in promoting their latest star, featuring him in a wacky new comic enti ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Reader: DIA is the country's most beautiful major airport -- period

    Yesterday, we noted that our collection of beautiful DIA Instagram photos made the airport look so good that people might never want to leave. One reader who agrees even had nice things to say about Blucifer, DIA's infamous demon steed.

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    July 23, 2012

    Unreasonable Institute climaxes with venture pitches from 22 entrepreneurs

    After six weeks of living under the same roof, 22 promising entrepreneurs from 16 different countries and every walk of life pitched their ventures to hundreds of potential funders, partners and local supporters gathered in Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado Boulder campus on a scorching ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    Photos, videos: Waldo Canyon fire finally 100 percent contained

    Update: At long last comes the announcement residents of Colorado Springs have been awaiting since June 23, when the Waldo Canyon fire flared to life. The blaze, which destroyed 346 homes and took the lives of Barbara and William Everett, age 73 and 74, respectively, is finally 100 percent containe ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Climate change contributes to wildfires, makes them hard to fight, scientists say

    Leading climate-change scientists say the chances of humans stopping the wildfires raging across Colorado aren't good. "These wildfires, when they become wind-driven, are like a nuclear bomb going off, and humans are not going to stop them any more than they stopped the hurricanes in Gulf Coast," ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Ten great #WMS tweets from Westword Music Showcase 2012

    Westword Music Showcase 2012 was a long, sweaty day of awesome music, people and partying. Endangering the battery life of their cellphones under the hot sun, tons of fans and musicians shared the highs (and lows) of their Showcase experience in the Twitterverse and on Instagram using #WMS. Read on ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012
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    June 8, 2012

    AIGA Colorado invites you to do Denver by the letter -- all 26 of them

    Urban adventure races and downtown scavenger hunts have become old hat in adrenaline-conscious, wheel-happy Colorado. But when AIGA Colorado, the regional design association, decides to put on an outdoor event, you know it's going to be of a very different type. To that end, letterpress typographer ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Did Freddie Gibbs make it to DIA without having his weed confiscated? Appears so.

    Welcome to the Mile High City, Freddie. ​Now it's no secret that marijuana consumption is legal for medicinal purposes. The number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver rival the number of Starbucks, and hell, we're even called the Mile High City, for chrissakes. But this truly takes the ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Topo Designs creates bags for the realistic, nostalgic outdoorsman

    Topo Design's Klettersack.​It starts with photographs. They're set in a storybook West -- mostly in the back country of Colorado and Wyoming, but Mount Rushmore pops up as well. They're populated by little girls in pigtails whose noses are scrunched either because of the sun hitting their eyes ... More >>

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