At Westword, we're all about hometown/home-state pride -- hence, posts such as "50 reasons we're glad we live in Denver and not the United States" and "Happy Colorado Day: Here are 50 reasons you should be glad you live here." So you can imagine our befuddlement over a Huffington Post article calli ... More >>
As we point out (as if we needed to) in our Year in Review issue on stands now, 2012 was a weird, wild year for Colorado. And we would know: We've covered it online and in 52 print issues throughout the past twelve months. Choosing the images to embody the news on our front cover is often as tough a ... More >>
Metro Denver will welcome another H&M store tomorrow, but sadly, even though statues of the store's body model, David Beckham, appeared in three cities last week, Denver is not getting one. (For a consolation prize, just look at those abs. Now try to look away.) In preparation for the chain's latest ... More >>
For "Rocky Mountain High," Westword writers scattered around the state on Colorado Day, August 1, and returned with reports on why, even in this very tough summer, there are plenty of reasons to love Colorado. And Shaw Nielsen gave us one more: his wonderful cover art.
It seems like every weekend in Denver there's another fun run with a theme, which is great, really. Sure, there are themed runs (often involving beer before, during or after) in other cities, but surely not with the frequency, participation level or gusto as we can boast here in Colorado. It's an ac ... More >>
It's been a tough summer for Colorado -- the toughest in memory. But on this August 1, Colorado Day, there are still many, many reasons to celebrate life in the Centennial State. And Missy Franklin's gold medal is just the most recent. The oldest? Just take a look to the west. Can't think of any? W ... More >>
This week, Clear Channel announced that it had made an agreement with Denver International Airport to install a "a first-of-its kind digital advertising program" that will feature 118 LCD screens throughout DIA, including six overhead video walls and four, 26-foot high diagonal LED video towers. Wh ... More >>
Yesterday we offered the bare facts on the woman taken to Denver Health after she stripped naked at Denver International Airport -- allegedly after she was told to extinguish the cigarette she'd lit up on the concourse. People at DIA were shocked by the sight, but as these historical photos indica ... More >>
This week's feature story, "Mexican Hamburger Helper," by Gustavo Arellano, takes a look at the unique "Den-Mex" cuisine. Proclaims Arellano:
A roller derby nickname must be several things. Among them: short, clever and intimidating. This year's winner of "Best Roller Derby Nickname" in our 2012 Best of Denver issue is all three: Boo Boo Radley of the Denver Roller Dolls. But there's more cleverness and badassery to go around. Here, we ... More >>
Ever since Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets, observers have wondered if he can maintain his squeaky clean image in the City That Never Sleeps (and Tends to Sleep Around). Just prior to his scheduled introduction to the NYC media, we're getting an indication via a billboard that makes a vei ... More >>
Dear Jets and Jets fans, As you know, Tim Tebow was introduced as a Jet today, which is funny, because you just gave your starting quarterback a $40 million extension and your coach is one of the most boisterous and profane personalities in the league. But that's another issue. We're here to help.
Remember that billboard last season urging Broncos coach John Fox to play Tebow? Well, it's been updated. This time, the sign asks folks to vote for who they'd rather see at quarterback: Tebow or Peyton Manning. And at this writing, Tebow is winning.
Getting mounted by the Denver International Airport demon horse, known as "Mustang."Fresh off his Grammy win for best R&B album and dropping a pair of remixes with Rihanna, Chris Brown was attacked by seagulls Sunday while on vacation in Miami. The Daily Mail (of course) has a pretty hilarious phot ... More >>
So with all the hip-hop, punk rock and scary metal happenings this weekend, you hair metal maniacs probably feel a bit left out that we haven't mentioned a word about Vince Neil playing at the Grizzly Rose tonight. Well, rest easy. We didn't forget about you. We've been busy crafting a bingo card fo ... More >>
Big pics below.No question about it, the ascension of Tim Tebow has established a unique style of football in Denver. The Broncos have managed to distill all the heart-pounding excitement and nail-biting competitiveness of NFL action and compress it into the final couple of minutes (and somet ... More >>
Video below.This week's feature story, "Tilting at Windmills," profiles Corey Donahue, a modern-day Don Quixote, who keeps the cops and the courts in Denver very occupied. We featured Donahue on the cover, and in the following making-of video, art director Jay Vollmar reveals how the shot was ... More >>
Jay VollmarRMRG celebrates its win. "Rocky, Rocky, Rocky! Fight, Fight, Fight!" That's the cheer of the number-one roller derby team in the country: Denver's own Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, who kicked all sorts of spandex-ed ass last year to win the WFTDA Championships. The team will defend ... More >>
This week's feature story, "Buzz Kill," profiles the Knapper twins, whose cast of street-art icons earned them popularity from fans and unwanted attention from the police. Westword art director Jay Vollmar provided this animated version of the cover, which you can check out below.
This is one. Nine more suggestions for that Tebow billboard are below.As if losing to the Oakland Raiders at home on the first Monday Night Football nightcap of the year wasn't enough humiliation, the Denver Broncos are a laughingstock again today in the sports world because of a plan by a gr ... More >>
If religion is the opiate of the masses, as Karl Marx once observed, then sports are, like, the meth of the masses... or something. Whatever. The point is that mainstream sports -- or "borts," as we like to call them ("boring" "sports") -- like football and baseball are for plebeian doucheb ... More >>
When the U2 360 tour rolled through Denver on May 21 at Invesco Field, it was exactly one week removed from the massive 108,800-person concert in Mexico City. The tour was huge (Huge! Remember how that stage dwarfed the grid at Invesco?) and on Monday, Live Nation released a report drilling d ... More >>
This week's feature story, "Shall We Trance?" by Amber Taufen profiles Lisa Wimberger, who teaches cops how to de-stress for success. Here, Wimberger offers up these ways to de-stress after a hard day -- ideas around her top five to-dos. Story by Wimberger, illustrations by Jay Vollmar.
After watching Drew Barrymore's Whip It with her daughters two years ago, Robin Bond -- the Denver-based filmmaker behind the new documentary Derby Baby -- set out to chase down some roller derby dreams of her own. She didn't get very far. "I'm fairly athletic, and had started skating a lot ... More >>
This past Sunday, April 24 at the Larimer Lounge, a bunch of friends of Rick Kulwicki got together one more time to celebrate the life of the dearly departed guitarist at the Pure Sunshine BBQ. Boss 302 reunited for the occasion, and our art director Jay Vollmar was there and captured these ... More >>
No need to explain 4/20 in these parts, what with medical marijuana continuing to be such a hot topic in Colorado. Some politicians are all for it, others say we don't need it, and all the while, pot makes news daily.
Break dancing took Denver by storm in the mid '80s, drawing 10,000 people to a competition at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where this paper's founder and editor Patricia Calhoun was a judge.
Westword presents "At the Gig," an occasional video feature by art director Jay Vollmar. In this video, Smoothbore performs on February 26, 2011, at Bender's Tavern. The song is "Ironsides" off its record Red Lines.
Mark HolthusenDavid Eugene Edwards Wovenhand (due at The Marquis Theater tomorrow night with Git Some) is the current musical project of David Eugene Edwards. In his early bands, Bloodflower and The Denver Gentlemen, Edwards was developing an aesthetic that some consider synonymous with all ... More >>
The Highlands Mommies is an exclusive group. In order to be accepted into what some say is northwest Denver's most powerful organization, you must live within certain boundaries. As described in this week's cover story, "The Mommies," the group accepts mommies (and less frequently, daddies) ... More >>
Have you seen this eye-catching billboard on Champa Street just south of 14th Street? It's been dubbed the Faces of Colorado Art billboard, a collaborative effort curated by the Denver Theatre District's Art Salon. But who are the artists behind the billboard?
Jay Vollmar Alas, the agonizing wait is over: This weekend at Northfield, I Love This Bar & Grill -- Toby Keith's, well, bar and grill -- is celebrating its grand opening. Near as we can tell, there's only four of these bad boys in the world, and somehow we got one. Yay us! We haven't made i ... More >>
Jay Vollmar The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls are officially the best. In the final bout yesterday at the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Championships in Chicago, Denver's Rollergirls beat the Oly Rollers of Olympia, Washington, to become the 2010 national champions. The Derby News Networ ... More >>
Photo by Jay VollmarSeen this week near Alameda and Sheridan: a Charlie Brown-style Christmas tree looking for a home -- in October. Anyone have a spare security blanket?
Jay VollmarThe Rocky Mountain Rollergirls are on top. Going into next month's national WFTDA Championships, Denver's oldest roller derby league is currently ranked No. 1 in the country by the Derby News Network, a website dedicated to all things derby -- and the only organization to publish ... More >>
Jay VollmarThe Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' Whipity Pow at Sunday's bout against Texas And now, derby fans, a bit of proof that Denver kicks ass at roller derby, courtesy of a Derby News Network live blog of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' slaughter bout against the Texas Rollergirls this past ... More >>
Jay VollmarDenver's two roller derby leagues, profiled in the Westword's feature "Denver's Roller Derby Rivalry Could Start the Sport Rolling Across the Country," are stepping up their games this year -- both on the track and off. Exhibit A: The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls have been kicking a ... More >>
Jay VollmarThe Denver Roller Dolls (blue) battle the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls at the national derby association's Western regional tournament, hosted in Denver last October. The Denver Roller Dolls -- the fourth-best roller derby league in the country, according to the Derby News Network -- ... More >>
The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' Sugar Kill Gang (black) battle the Dooms Daisies (blue) at the league's first bout of the season, on February 6 at the Fillmore Auditorium.Denver's first roller derby bout of the season went down on February 6 at the Fillmore Auditorium -- site of today's speec ... More >>
Mark MangerA LEGO Westword, created by Duane Hess The idea was so delightful we had to give it a shot: For this week's cover story, which details how local video game developer NetDevil is creating a LEGO version of World of Warcraft with the game LEGO Universe, why not transform Westword's signa ... More >>
Photo by Jay Vollmar "The Psychedelic Experience," a Denver Art Museum exhibit that runs through July 19, is touted by a great poster suitable for framing -- or ripping off. As you can see by the attached photo, DAM personnel wrapped scaffolding around the museum with advertisements for the show, a ... More >>
This from a guest bar blogger: Hey all, we're having a great time here in Denver!!! We're discussing social networking and demographics, the future of journalism, and politics. Woo!!! We have found out that the 18-25 age demographic isn't as brain-dead as previous thought. They may actually have som ... More >>
Our art director deserves some shameless promotion. Here it is.
Dance for democracy -- and KGNU.
A new studio space brings art to the masses.
What are these punk kids doing, turning Denver into a hot art town?