Who was the first African American to play Major League Baseball? Jackie Robinson, of course. Larry Doby and Hank Thompson, two other black ball players who joined the majors in 1947, aren't remembered as well, although they experienced the same brutal racism that Robinson did. And although Robinson ... More >>
Sender Films had the story of the year fall into its lap through pure chance. The Boulder-based climbing filmmakers had sent a cameraman to follow the mountain-scaling superteam of Ueli Steck and Simone Moro as they attempted to climb a new route across Everest and its neighboring peak, Lhotse, when ... More >>
Five black and Latino teenagers were convicted of beating and raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989, when the city was in the midst of a racially-motivated witch hunt. Though no compelling evidence placed any of the boys -- Antron McKray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymon ... More >>
We generally don't think much about who is narrating our stories, but in the case of Benjamin Hale's new novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, we have to. Mostly because the narrator is an ape. Hale, who grew up in and around Boulder but who currently lives in New York, will be in town to ... More >>
Jonathan Easley TITUS ANDRONICUS with Free Energy 09.15.10 | Bluebird Theater, Denver Free Energy opened for Titus Andronicus at the Bluebird last night, and while I was skeptical of the band's hype upon entering the venue, I'm fully on board now. The Philly quintet has received breathless ... More >>
Titus Andronicus is frightfully serious about punk rock. The group of well-read, New Jersey-bred twenty-somethings recently released The Monitor, a concept album about the Civil War that contains spoken-word, era-appropriate interludes, male-female call-and-response, and three track punk su ... More >>
These days, Denver seems to be pumping those pedals like never before, thanks to initiatives like the city's new B-cycle bike-sharing program. But it turns out the city has always been bike crazy, with more bikes per capita than any other city in the country around the turn of the 20th centur ... More >>
Editor's Note: Treme writer/producer David Mills died of a brain aneurysm Tuesday in New Orleans. He'd written extensively about theTreme process and his burgeoning love for New Orleans music on his blog, undercoverblackman.blogspot.com. His Times-Picayune obit is here. By Larry Blumenfeld ... More >>
Tellurides Mountainfilm weds social justice and entertainment in the high country.
After decades of disregard, it's been a busy couple of years for the downtown structure formerly known as the Fontius building. First in the summer of 2007, local developer Evan Makovsky bought the infamously decrepit building at the corner of 16th and Welton streets as part of his ambitious plan ... More >>
In case you haven't had enough of Westword-christened Saggy Boob Electric Penis, the molten-red glistening pile of suggestive public-art bulbousness that now graces one end of the Highland pedestrian bridge, click below to see a delightful video collage "BunchaHicks," one of our blog commenters, dir ... More >>
What's it take to keep jazz interesting for nearly twenty years?
Wordplay explores the cult of the crossword puzzle.
Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli Student Union
Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again.
Denver Jazz on Film Festival
Legendary drummer Roy Haynes sings Bird's praises while creating his own legend.
Gold (Lost Highw), Sebastopol (Artemis)
From Moroccan-flavored psycho-trance to furious superfunk, Critters Buggin cross space and time zones with their music.
From the week of July 5, 2001
Ken Burns's Jazz remains controversial. But its effect on album sales is difficult to dispute.
A look at screen gems from the Denver Jazz on Film Festival.
The Very Best of Charles Mingus(Rhino/Atlantic)
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.