Denver native Austin Wintory says attending frequent Colorado Symphony Orchestra concerts and nerding out on video games and comic books inspired him just about equally as a kid, so Saturday's special concert "The Hero's Journey: A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con" at 7:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Ha ... More >>
The Colorado Symphony has been infected with a virus -- a terrible affliction that compels the group to play classic horror film soundtracks. But that's not all. "Oh, god, it's terrible," says Scott O'Neil, conductor of the Undead Orchestra. "They've been exhibiting these really strange mood swings ... More >>
Our workaday world is so minutely mapped and Googled that we sometimes forget just how much of it was, until fairly recently, unknown and feared -- particularly the sea, home of seals mistaken for mermaids and even more fantastic creatures: the sea serpent and the kraken, whales as big as islands an ... More >>
Kaoru Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi) came straight out of Berklee with a degree in film scoring and went right into performing, first with Barnum's Kaleidoscope and then with his Jupiter One. Along the way, he had stints with Regina Spektor and Sondre Lerche, and he was also a touring member of Kevin B ... More >>
While things are slowing down a bit somewhat with summer concert announcements, the fall show season is beginning to shape up nicely with new shows from (updated) Mumford & Sons, a trio of dates with Brother Ali in October, as well as the Melvins Lite and Henry Rollins in September and an October da ... More >>
The ninth time's the charm. After years of serving up the literary equivalent of a Happy Meal for the One Book, One Denver program, the city finally has three great choices for 2012: Through June 22, you can vote for Denver, Enrique's Journey or The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan's book on the Dust B ... More >>
John Williams.John Williams would have relished the irony. The University of Denver professor's astonishing novel Stoner landed with a thud when it was first published in 1965. Forty-six years later, and seventeen years after Williams himself died at the age of 71, the book is being hailed as ... More >>
Colorado SymphonyThe Colorado Symphony's financial woes continue, and now they're directly impacting programming. Say "finis" to five programs originally scheduled for the next two months: the Halloween Spooktacular (October 30) for families; Shuffle (November 11), part of the innovative In ... More >>
When I equated the One Book, One Denver program with a McDonald's Happy Meal -- people-pleasing and easy to digest -- I didn't know that McDonald's had signed on to sponsor this year's celebration of reading, which will focus on The Art of Racing in the Rain. But hey, at least it's better th ... More >>
John WilliamsPosthumous vindication has its drawbacks, to be sure. But the novels of John Williams, who died in 1994, are drawing more acclaim and readers now than the irascible University of Denver professor ever imagined he'd have. The latest laurel to come his way? A piece last week on Na ... More >>
Denver Restaurant Week kicks off on Saturday, which is also when the 2011 Beerdrinker of the Year will be crowned -- but in the meantime, there are plenty of culinary events to fill your belly. Here's what's on the menu:
Although Denver Restaurant Week, which starts on February 26, is the real movable feast, two new kids on the restaurant block are offering major deals on Tuesday, February 22. El Diablo, which opened last August at 101 Broadway, is offering its second tequila dinner featuring Republic Tequil ... More >>
John WilliamsFor years this space has been the repository of staff rants about the weird selections made by the city's One Book, One Denver program -- most of which have little or nothing to do with Colorado and seem to be, at best, a nod toward oh-so-PC mediocrity. The worst offender may be ... More >>
Jay CanodePaolo BacigalupiForget Carmelo Anthony. Our hopes for NBA glory this season are riding on Paolo Bacigalupi, a gifted but not particularly tall sensation from Paonia. That's NBA as in the National Book Awards. And fond as we are of Melo's tweets, we're banking on NBA finalist Paolo ... More >>
As reported last week, Van Morrison will be digging through more than forty decades of songwriting when the Irishman visits the Wells Fargo Theatre Saturday, September 26. If the show's anywhere near the quality of his live recording of Astral Weeks, the show should be epic. Tickets run $90-$350 ... More >>
From the week of 01/11/2007
You'll swear you've seen this Superman somewhere before.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Michael Winterbottom delivers the sex, and not much else.
Get a manos-on experience at Machu Picchu
Super Bowl Party
The Tin Hat Trio defies description -- even by its own members.
Harry Potter's second adventure delights exactly like the first.
Rocket Ajax prepares to blast out.
Spielberg's latest gets good grades until the end.
E.T. returns to heal our cynical hearts.
Blending free jazz with film lore, Sex Mob reworks old James Bond soundtracks for a sound that's shaken and stirred.
After writing for more than 400 films, Ennio Morricone remains the man with one name
Shut the Fuck Up and Dance
Before you declare yourself a Grammy expert, let Backbeat test your skills.
THAT BOUQUET EMANATING FROM DISGRUNTLED LOCAL VINTNERS? SOUR GRAPES.