This is week is filled with free events, so you don't have to worry about breaking into the piggybank before payday. Instead, you can check out a "cool" movie, take a trip to Japan or shake hands with a two-time Mr. Universe. See the online Westword calendar for more events, and let us know about m ... More >>
Sometimes the stylish people we spot on the streets are Denverites, and sometimes they're visitors passing through the Mile High City. This week fashion fashion-conscious consultant Yuya Xiong caught our eye while he was here on a business trip. Read on to learn where he shops, and also what city an ... More >>
Founded in the Harajuku district of Tokyo in 1987, Guitar Wolf puts on one of the most wild shows around. Inspired in part by guitarist Seiji's encounter with "Rumble," the Link Wray classic, the band crafted a sound that combines bits of old time rock and roll with punk, garage rock and noise. See ... More >>
Former Westword critic Jason Sheehan was interested in trying horsemeat, "considered a staple in France, a delicacy in Japan and a treat among Italian, Dutch and Belgians." But he couldn't find a source in this country -- and then in 2006, Congress banned funding of horse-meat inspections, essential ... More >>
Izakaya Den will host a sake-pairing extravaganza tonight.All sakes start with rice and water, which are fermented in a process similar to that of brewing beer. But every toji -- head sake brewer -- has a different style, and rice polishing, additives and aging techniques all result in vastly ... More >>
During the 1980s and into the '90s, Duran Duran (due tonight at the 1STBANK Center with Neon Trees) was one of the most popular and successful rock bands of that time. It was the kind of band for whom people would camp out outside hotel rooms to get autographs. Its music and its music videos are ico ... More >>
Fast Geek BoutiqueThe monthly transitional weekend is one of our favorite types of weekends. It's like you enter the weekend thinking to yourself, "Gee, April is great," and by the end of it you're like, "Shit, it's May already?" It's a bit jarring, really. While you're busy writing out those ... More >>
As yet another example of the seemingly inexhaustible generosity of the members of our local music community, this weekend finds nearly two dozen acts from the scene rallying around the people of Japan with a pair of like-minded benefits, A Mountain of Arms at City Hall and Tomodachi: A Conce ... More >>
It is way too soon to joke about the three-disasters-rolled-into-one happening in Japan right now. Luckily, though, for those of us with an almost unbearable urge for shocking tactlessness, Japan is making the jokes for us with a public service video for children explaining via one of the mos ... More >>
Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tried to counter media-fueled fears about radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan creating health risks here. Today, that job just got more difficult. The CDPHE confirms that "minuscule" amounts of ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Denver restaurants are rallying to aid Japan; here are some of the local benefits: Ototo Food and Wine (www.facebook.com/ototoden), Izakaya Den (www.izakayaden.net) and Sushi Den (www.facebook.com/sushiden) will host fundraisers through Saturday, March 19. A portion of dinner ... More >>
Timing is everything. With gas prices going up, up, up due to the chaos in North Africa last month, suddenly a nuclear power plant started looking good to Pueblo County, where the commissioners are considering a proposal to make that county one of the spots in the country vying for a new nuke ... More >>
Andrew Novick and Janene Hurst, the stark raving mad brains behind Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast have taken monster steps up the ladder with their Japan-centric concern: The couple, who go on buying trips in Japan, opened and closed their Belmar store, vend at NDK and other cosplay meccas, throw a ... More >>
Really?It's the day we've all been patiently waiting and preparing for the entire year. The one day when we can come together as a people, not just as Americans, but also as human beings, and celebrate the magnificent beauty and potential of the human imagination. Yes, today is Guinness World ... More >>
Forget what you think you know of Spider-Man. Forget Toby Maguire, forget Sam Raimi, forget everything from the movies. Hell, forget Peter Parker and radioactive spiders -- this is Japanese Spider-Man we're talking about today. Japan is a wonderful place with their own special way of doing t ... More >>
A shot from The Cove. A documentary film about dolphin hunting in Japan directed by Boulder resident Louie Psihoyos has come under fire in -- where else? -- Japan. According to the website for The Cove, a right-wing nationalist group has raised enough ruckus that three Japanese theaters have ... More >>
Another genius idea has emerged from Japan, where entrepreneurs have developed a fire alarm for deaf people that uses wasabi powder to penetrate the nostrils and alert them to imminent danger. The wall-mounted alarm has a container of compressed, concentrated wasabi mist that, at the first h ... More >>
Non-traditional weddings are the new black. The bride wears whatever she wants, the wedding party jams to Kanye as they bebop down the aisle and beaches, backyards, and city parks have replaced chapels and churches. But a couple in Japan recently took the cake (or the sashimi, more appropriately) ... More >>
Before we go any further, I feel a warning is in order. Epileptics and anyone who started their day off with a hefty dose of psychedelics should stop here -- to go further is to risk madness, injury or death. The rest of you? Well, your eyes and brain may bleed a little bit, but you'll probab ... More >>
Today's freakshow is something of an Internet classic, and no doubt many of you are already well familiar with the singing, dancing insanity of the Japanese boy-band parody "Yatta." But classics gain that status for a reason, so you can stand to watch it again so your less well-informed coll ... More >>
Japan offers us this week's entry into the weird of the world. The song is "Hibi no Neiro" by Japanese group Sour. It's actually quite a nice little tune, sort of like a Japanese Belle and Sebastian who stop for a psych-rock/free jazz freakout now and then -- which I guess is weird enough, i ... More >>
Yesterday, a Colorado State University team led by civil engineering professor John van de Lindt successfully staged a very large-scale test in Miki City, Japan. They've come up with a new approach to building earthquake-proof (or at least more earthquake-proof) buildings, and to see if they're on ... More >>
Playing the Guggenheim? Ratatat has been there, done that.
Domo transports you to a place you've never visited before. But you'll be back.
Thursday, September 22, 15th Street Tavern, 303-572-0822.
POPjack: Warhol to Murakami
Locals get vocal about their favorite neighborhood joints.
Yuka Honda's Cibo Matto makes delectable treats for the postmodern ear.