In 2014, the members of Denver's LGBTQ community have a lot to celebrate. But their political struggles aren't over, either. And that's what Denver PrideFest was all about this past weekend: a blend of celebrating and raising voices toward an improved future. Thousands gathered in Civic Center Park ... More >>
The brand-new 4 Noses Brewing in Broomfield held its grand opening party last weekend with several beers on tap, including a few special firkins. There were also food trucks and live music -- all the hallmarks of a new brewery party. Westword photographer Ken Hamblin was there, and brought back thes ... More >>
In June of 2012, Preston Douglas opened the doors of NORAD Dance Bar in hopes of redirecting the ears of listeners to the underground sounds of house, deep house, and techno music. Since then, it has become a fixture in Denver's growing dance and electronic scene, welcoming fans for sell-out nights ... More >>
The first annual BrüFrou beer and food pairing event went down last Saturday at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Lowry. There were forty Colorado breweries paired with dishes from forty Front Range chefs, along with music and big airplanes. Westword photographer Ken Hamblin was ther ... More >>
Record Store Day is all about showing the love for your favorite bands by hitting the shops and making a purchase. Westword decided to hit the checkout lines at Wax Trax and Twist and Shout and put people on the spot. Hey You! You just bought a bunch of stuff from the record store: show us the goods ... More >>
Big K Productions, which celebrated its twenty years of putting on record shows last year, kicked off the Denver Record Collectors Expo's next twenty as fans stampeded into the ballroom at the Northglenn Ramada Sunday in search of musical holy grail. The platter-covered vendor tables served up every ... More >>
DSTILL, a week-long celebration of artisan spirits, took place last week with tastings, panels and tours. The series wrapped up on March 13 with the Showcase, a tasting featuring some fifty liquor producers at McNichols Building Westword photographer Ken Hamblin was there to capture all the spirits ... More >>
LUPEC, aka Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, tend to get tipsy together, though often in the name of charity. On Saturday night, the girls (and their dashing dates) dressed to the nines, tattoos and all, in vintage prom wear, corsages and big smiles for the Sweetheart Prom, ... More >>
Last week, we told you about the soft launch of Terrapin Care Station, Boulder's first recreational marijuana store. But days after our post, TCS celebrated its grand opening in style, with a ribbon-cutting courtesy of Boulder City Councilman Macon Cowles, seen here with owner Christopher Woods, and ... More >>
DEVOTCHKA at GOTHIC THEATRE |10/31/12 Nick Urata was quite engaging throughout last night's show, but one of the most compelling moments came when he introduced a song as one written by one of the band's heroes. The tune wasn't immediately recognizable, as the band had expertly reworked the song to ... More >>
It was a wild night last night in Denver. Though we're sure no one needs to tell you that. You're probably just barely recovering from spending an hour this morning washing off the grease paint and chugging your coffee trying to shake off that hangover. Amirite? A trio of our resident shutterbugs we ... More >>
Torches, hot glass and oil took over the Wright Group Event Center this weekend as America's first dab festival, the 710 Cup, hit Denver. The three-day competition pitted the state's best extract technicians against each other to see who had the best hash, and it served as a giant meeting place for ... More >>
Yesterday, we shared a 2013 PrideFest photo sampler based on images captured by Ken Hamblin on day one of the annual extravaganza. Afterward, though, Hamblin came through with a slew of additional pics from day two, with lotsa great shots of the PrideFest parade -- including the hilarious protest of ... More >>
Each year, Denver PrideFest rolls into town, transforming the Mile High City into one of the most lively, vibrant, colorful and joyous places on the planet -- and the latest version was no exception. Photog Ken Hamblin was on hand to capture the scene. Below, find a sampling of his images from day ... More >>
Raj Chohan is a pro. While working -- hard -- as a reporter at CBS4, he was also attending law school. When he became a full-time lawyer, it was definitely a loss to journalism -- but at least viewers got to watch him every Friday, as the host of Colorado Inside Out, Colorado Public Television's pub ... More >>
Ted Nugent's comment that if Barack Obama is re-elected, the Nuge will "either be dead or in jail by this time next year" has elevated the Motor City Madman to the status of talking point/progressive whipping boy in this year's presidential race. Which is amusing to yours truly, given that he's said ... More >>
Decades ago, when marketers started touting "the television family," they were talking about all the network people who'd show up in your living room every day.
Ken Hamblin, during his days as the "Black Avenger." This month marks the 25th anniversary of KOA radio personality Alan Berg's murder. But despite this substantial passage of time, Ken Hamblin, Berg's friend and colleague, still gets emotional when he thinks about the evening when he broke the new ... More >>
See you next month. Today in Backbeat Online: • Rabbit is a Sphere giving away entire discography. • Michael Jackson's single, bedazzled glove: What's up with that? • MP3 Freeloader: The Nautical Mile Sunday, July 5 at hi-dive. • CacheFlowe's "Computer World" video. • Download a track f ... More >>
The tipster poured her story into my ear, a long, involved tale of bureaucrats behaving badly. "I'll talk to the writers and see if we can get that in the paper," I told her. "Oh, I don't care about the paper," she said. "I want it on TV." Since I was on the very first episode of Channel 12's Col ... More >>
On top of his gig gabbing weekday mornings on KHOW, Peter Boyles has spent the past fourteen years hosting Friday's Colorado Inside Out, a weekly roundtable on Channel 12 that subsequently spawned Colorado Inside Out Live, an hour-long Wednesday program that's driven largely by viewer calls heard in ... More >>
David vs. Goliath
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