On December 3, after five days and 170 miles, the fifteenth annual Sand Creek Massacre Healing Run will end with a procession to the steps of the State Capitol, where descendants of Arapaho and Cheyenne tribe members killed at Sand Creek will join with more tribal representatives, historians, politi ... More >>
When I was first asked if I wanted to cover a Weedmaps event at which Afroman was the featured guest, thirteen-year-old Taylor died a little bit on the inside. I was taken back to the good old days of middle school, and recalled the first time I ever smoked weed, with Afroman as the soundtrack. And ... More >>
Today in Cannabis Time Capsule, we'd like to introduce you to the Father of American Prohibition, Richard Pearson Hobson. You can thank him for such things as marijuana prohibition, the war on drugs and America's failed attempt at making alcohol illegal in the 1920s. In this 1933 article from the S ... More >>
These days, we think of the American Legion as a conservative lobbying arm for veterans. But back in 1923, legionnaires were a force to be reckoned with -- or at least they wanted to be seen that way. Their war on drugs in the early 1920s was just one way the organization enforced what members saw ... More >>
James Walsh found that the old methods of teaching were not working, so he threw out his textbooks, shredded his exams and turned his 200-person lecture hall into a space for radical, theatrical collaboration exploring people's histories: stories of labor, immigration and gay rights. Soon he was int ... More >>
Literally the biggest comedian working today, Ralphie May has been charming the pants off of comedy fans for the last decade and a half. Playing a slack-jawed wise-ass, May will often twist his audience's perception by using a Southern accent to deliver an insightful crack about controversial subje ... More >>
In 2011, we published a post counting down the fifty reasons Colorado is the best state. But that wasn't enough to express our affection for our home, so we followed up in 2012 with the fifty latest reasons why Colorado is the best state in the country. And still, we didn't cover everything. So now, ... More >>
Joe Garcia, Colorado's coolest lieutenant governor, won't be going to Washington, D.C. -- not now, at least, and not as the head of the Department of Labor. Yesterday, the White House announced that Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, will take that post. Like Garcia, ... More >>
By the summer of 1966, the Beatles sucked. Or at least that's the way they felt for the band. "Performance, for us, it's gone downhill," Paul McCartney said of his band at the time. "Because we can't develop if no one can hear us; so for us to perform...it gets difficult each time." The pressures of ... More >>
There is no question that Joe Garcia is a cool guy, as Governor John Hickenlooper pronounced in his State of the State speech; he called his lieutenant governor the "ever-cooler." And he's probably the coolest Colorado lieutenant governor ever, as Hickenlooper has suggested. No insult to Barbara O'B ... More >>
Of all the constitutional freedoms cited in defense of the Occupy movement, the First Amendment is staked most territorially. But in Occupy Boulder, attorneys defending protesters arrested for illegal camping are using the Fourth Amendment in a push to dismiss evidence gathered when police officers ... More >>
Miguel Lopez.Marijuana activist Miguel Lopez took a signed petition for the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol act of 2012 out of a voter's hands on July 17 and allegedly prevented volunteers from retrieving it. When the petition didn't resurface last week, Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol propon ... More >>
Full-size photo below.Today, the swastika is almost exclusively associated with the Nazi regime. But the icon was once seen as a benign decorative device -- which explains how it turned up on a quilt recently donated to the Greeley Museums. Manager Erin Quinn views it as a gorgeous specimen. ... More >>
The grim graffiti appeared at Boulder High School on Monday.Update, 1:12 p.m.: An arrest has been made in the Arapahoe campus incident described in this post. Look below the original item for more information. Back in February, graffiti appeared at Boulder High School declaring "Everyone wil ... More >>
A sign about cleaning up that some people see as thoroughly unclean (image from Channel 4's coverage).Last night, Channel 4 featured a report about a stretch of Highway 85 adopted by Denver's branch of the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group -- not the kind of publicity calculated t ... More >>
You don't need to work too hard to roast Tom Tancredo: The man roasts himself. Google the name of the former Sixth District congressman and your computer starts smoking, then spits out story after story, quote after quote, that prove truth is indeed stranger than fiction. A few of Tancredo's ... More >>
A task force has named four finalists in the naming-rights battle over the new Denver Justice Center -- and historic gangbuster Philip Van Cise isn't among them. To those who know anything of Van Cise's remarkable but much-neglected story, the news is a bit puzzling, and disheartening. Not that the ... More >>
It's easy to like a terrible baseball team, but supporting a winning team is hard work.
The morning did not end well for Steve Horner. After Horner had spent several hours sorting through piles of paper and piling on the circuitous arguments to prove that he had been grievously injured by ladies' nights ads in Westword, had been "humiliated over not being invited to the party and very ... More >>
Who stole Pancho Villa’s skull?
Last year, it seemed as if Dalton Trumbo, arguably the most famous-ever resident of Grand Junction, had finally been embraced by his hometown. Now, however, the town's daily newspaper seems to be balking, and for the quaintest of reasons: Trumbo was a pinko. No denying that. As noted in this Messag ... More >>
Glory Road relives the season that college hoops smashed the color barrier.
Gary Austin's one-man Oil is no character gusher.
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Westside Oratorio brings the Mexican experience to the stage.
Central City gambles on its future. Again.
Undertow pulls in the pain and beauty of a reclusive Southern family.
It's Asian art at the DAM, African-American photography at the CVA, plans for the MCA, and a new planner for Denver.
At 75, Ralph Stanley is beginning his career anew.
Texas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings, The Best of Townes Van Zandt (Tomato)
A Gentle Evening With Townes Van Zandt (Dualtone)
Another chapter in Denver’s African-American history unfolds in a new documentary.
From the week of July 27
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