Comments posted on Jef Otte's post about how not to be a dickhead on Bike to Work Day have gone through some interesting phases in the several days since it was originally posted, with numerous writers offering additional suggestions for cyclists and drivers alike. The following reader's advice is d ... More >>
Jef Otte's piece about how not to be a dickhead on Bike to Work Day didn't single out drivers for criticism -- but plenty of the dozens of commentators on the post certainly did. Here's one that stands for many.
Editor's note: In honor of Bike to Work Day 2013, we're re-sharing Jef Otte's timeless advice for drivers from 2011. Used to be, the only adults who rode bikes were either weird fitness freaks or those with multiple DUIs. Times have changed, however, and more bicyclists than ever are taking to the ... More >>
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 >>
Blockbuster has joined forces with Dish, and with that move Colorado gains a new corporate headquarters: This week Governor John Hickenlooper cut the blue ribbon to Blockbuster's shining new offices in Douglas County. In her piece reporting on the Blockbuster ceremony, Natalie Gonzales linked to an ... 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 >>
Time magazine started the whole thing, with a cover that featured a toddler smirking like a teenager while latched onto his mother's breast. The cover story, on attachment parenting, inspired a response from both Westword writer Jef Otte, who thinks attachment parenting sucks, and local comic Andrew ... More >>
.Creeped out by last week's TIME cover story about attachment parenting, Jef Otte penned an essay for the Village Voice about how much attachment parenting sucks and posted it to his wall. As it happened, local comic and 2012 Westword MasterMind Andrew Orvedahl had penned his own essay on how much n ... More >>
As we noted in a recent post about a new Metro State policy, breastfeeding is suddenly a hot topic thanks to a Time magazine story about attachment parenting featuring a hot mama with a toddler craning up to dock with her nipple. This prompted our own Jef Otte to rip attachment parenting in a Villag ... More >>
What is it about Westword news boxes that make people want to do strange things to and with them? Dunno -- but in the last year or so, several readers have shared wacky photos of them staging their own version of Boxing Day. Here's the first one, taken outside Bushwacker's Saloon last summer and pu ... More >>
We're on a roll! In honor of the upcoming Bicycle Film Festival, yesterday Jef Otte and Kelsey Whipple got the wheels turning with their list of the twenty best bicycle scenes in cinema, ever. "Bike porn, sweet," says bpsycle. But there was one sour note.
Tonight the Mayan is screening Wild at Heart, part of a series of David Lynch films it's featuring in April. That program inspired Jef Otte's list of David Lynch's ten weirdest scenes.
The only difference between Whitney Houston and the guy who pissed himself in his cot and died last night in the Salvation Army shelter is that nobody knew that guy's name," says Jef Otte in this week's video sidebar to his "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" weekly column, After Whitney died, pundits ... More >>
This week's video sidebar to Jef Otte's "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" column -- "Johnny Cash's covers album has the gravity that Paul McCartney's doesn't" -- talks about country music and destroying a 1979 Volvo 240 in rural New Mexico with the "Murder" cassette from Johnny Cash's Love, God, Mur ... More >>
Today marks the debut of a new weekly video rant from our resident loudmouthed rabble-rouser Jef Otte, who does his level best each week to break your heart. In the video-version of I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, monsieur Otte attempts to make a compelling case for why Nickelback is poised to knoc ... More >>
Last week, Susan Froyd offered the "Fifteen best Denver ART moments in 2011" -- a compendium of seriously praiseworthy events over the past year that elicited precisely one comment. Meanwhile, the comments keep coming in for Jef Otte's "Ten best moments in Denver arts: 2011."
Does this look like culture to you?Yes, it's getting deep around here -- and we're not just talking about the snow. If you've missed the discussion of Jef Otte's "The ten best moments in Denver arts: 2011," it's just the thing to heat you up on this cold winter day. Among the weighty issues t ... More >>
Bicycle vs. Homing Pigeon vs. Moped from Village Voice Media on Vimeo.We've been rolling off lists this week like there's no tomorrow, and maybe there isn't, considering that pesky 2012 Mayan prophecy and all that. Earlier this week, Jef Otte presented his 10 best moments in Denver arts list, riffin ... More >>
In "Occupy Christmas: What protesters could learn from the true meaning of the holidays," Jef Otte explained how the Grinch was about to steal Christmas from the 99 percent -- unless they had secured a nice temporary job in some retail establishment, so that they could give nice presents to t ... More >>
Jef Otte wrote "O, Barnum! An ode to Denver's least desirable neighborhood" as a celebration of his own neighborhood -- one that counts several other Westword writers as residents. Some of their neighbors appreciated Otte's ode; others did not. Denver School Board member Andrea Merida is just the l ... More >>
Residents of Barnum love their neighborhood, and several added their own reasons why to Jef Otte's "O, Barnum! An ode to Denver's least desirable neighborhood." Otte loves the activity, the weird stores around Federal Boulevard, even the fact that although the area's named for P.T. Barnum, t ... More >>
Are zombies done? Yes, we know it's not that easy to get rid of the undead...but the commercialization of the undead? That's something else entirely. Yesterday, thinking longingly of the days when slutty nurse costumes ruled, Jef Otte declared enough with the zombies already -- and offered up ... More >>
This is it. Today is the end of the world, according to Harold Camping, the biblical prognosticator who was born in Boulder more than ninety years ago. But with age does not necessarily come wisdom: He did miss with his prediction of the Rapture -- which he'd said would hit on May 21. So perh ... More >>
If the Rapture came this past May 21 -- as Harold Camping had predicted -- no one noticed. But not to worry: Camping, who was born in Boulder more than nine decades ago and went on to found a biblical empire, now says that the real date to focus on is October 21, when the world will definitel ... More >>
Opal, one of the maligned Pugs in the Park.It was a dog day when Jef Otte wrote his assessment of Pugs in the Park, a wrinkly, drooly display that he termed "disgusting" -- but all in good fun, like the event itself.
File under: Couldn't have said it better ourselves. Inspired by a New York professor's recent head-slapping conclusion that 92 percent of the songs that made it to the Billboard Top 10 in 2009 contained some form of "reproductive" messages, Jef Otte wrote up the 10 Best Reproductive Messages in Song ... 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 >>
I avoided attending IKEA Centennial's July 27 grand opening due to the crowds. But my twin daughters wanted to visit the store on Saturday afternoon to pick up items for the CU dorm room they're going to share, and given that ten days had passed, I figured things would have calmed down. I fig ... More >>
Big pics below.It was a packed house at yesterday's IKEA Centennial grand opening. Even Governor John Hickenlooper showed up -- and with so many bodies in the way, many people likely found themselves with a better view of more people than the actual items on display. Luckily, our Jef Otte att ... More >>
Today is the deadline to vote for the next pick in the One Book, One Denver program. Your options: Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Jef Otte wasn't thrilled by the choices, following in a long tradition of Westw ... More >>
Officially, June is bike month. Unofficially, however, it's bike-anguish month as Denver's daring, and occasionally dastardly, cyclists mount up and move out -- into traffic. But the relationship between cyclists and motorists can be amicable. No, really, it can -- if both groups of travelers ... More >>
StarFest is kicking off this weekend, and packed into the three day event are five different festivals, hundreds of activities and enough dork-power to raise Firefly from the ashes. You can pick up a full schedule here, but if it's a bit overwhelming, we've broken it down to ten events you wo ... More >>
Big pics below.It's as if the planets suddenly came into alignment -- but in a truly disgusting way. Yes, friends, we bring you two, count 'em, two thoroughly repulsive stories with Colorado connections involving jails and shit. Paul Kausalik and Abram Boise, come on down!
All hail. Since it's a well known scientific fact that the mustache is the best and most manly form of facial hair, let's start with a definition: A mustache consists of hair grown in some form above the mouth -- but not below it; i.e., if you have hair on your chin, you do not have a mustach ... More >>
Here's our massive, multi-page report/travelogue of the Westword Music Showcase from (in order) Tom Murphy, Cory Casciato, A.H. Goldstein, Jef Otte, Jon Solomon and Brain Frederick. Let us know in the comments what you saw and loved, saw and hated, or missed and hated yourself for missing. ... More >>
It's been about a year and half since the Fray's last release, the self-titled follow-up to its double platinum debut, How to Save a Life. In between touring and writing songs for its next album, Denver's favorite power-ballad purveyors have been working on a cover album. We caught up with D ... More >>
Jef OtteMaria Kohler as Mercuria Hot Congress / Long Spoon Block Party 06.05.10 | Meadowlark • Larimer Lounge The upside to a big, multiple-venue show like the Hot Congress/Long Spoon Block Party this past Saturday is that there's always something awesome to see. The downside: There's alw ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. F ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>