Best College Reviews has come up with its list of the fifty best college towns in America, and two from Colorado made the top fifteen -- something matched only by a couple of other states, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Sorry, New York and Cali. Which Colorado towns made the grade? And where did they finis ... More >>
There are a lot of ways to travel the world. Most of them involve being extremely wealthy. However, if you weren't born with the gift of mommy and daddy's golden checkbook, you can still find a fairly respectable way to see the world, provided you're OK with sleeping on a pool table and using a bloo ... More >>
After the speeches were over and the ribbon was cut, the attendees of the Union Station Bus Line grand opening made their way to Wynkoop Brewing's beer garden to toast the 22-gate, underground station (which opens on Sunday). The beer garden was pouring Mile High Pale Ale, Kurt's Mile High Malt, Or ... More >>
Some say beer is food. Others say it is art. In the case of Kurt's Mile High Malt, the Wynkoop Brewing Company is hoping to put wisdom and prose into a can. The beer, which is being packaged for the first time, is a coffee-infused lager that is based on a recipe by author Kurt Vonnegut's grandfathe ... More >>
The Craft Brewers Conference, a national trade show that brought more than 8,000 brewing-industry pros to town, wrapped up last week in Denver with the presentation of awards in the World Beer Cup, a prestigious biennial competition. There were 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries this ... More >>
AnomalyCon (running March 28 to 30 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center) started as a steam punk and alternate history-themed convention but has since expanded to cover science fiction generally. In its fourth year, the convention is featuring guest speakers, artists, writers and performers that have ... More >>
Colorado's largest craft brewer, New Belgium, and one of its smallest, Black Shirt, both broke new ground in January when they began canning a pair of unusual beers. New Belgium's offering was the tart Snapshot, one of the first canned beers using lactobacillius as a souring agent. Black Shirt rolle ... More >>
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series are only a small sample of the top 100 banned or challenged books of the past decade. Banning books might sound like a problem of the past, but there are still attempts to cens ... More >>
Nathan Lund, a comedian in the Fine Gentleman's Club, may not strike Denver comedy fans as a man of letters, but those who listen closely will be unsurprised. However, there' a lot going on beneath Lund's direct, unvarnished style of joke-telling and his wooly appearance. An integral figure in t ... More >>
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, is honoring the anniversary of author Kurt Vonnegut's passing with a beer dinner/breakfast this evening at 6:30 p.m. The four-course, morning-themed menu will feature Tender Belly Pork and Novo coffees paired with beers from Wynkoop. See also: - A new pati ... More >>
River North Brewery, which has been working on getting approval for a patio for quite a while, finally got the go-ahead just before the Colorado Rockies home opener. And although it's a little chilly out there today, the new space should be a great place to hang out all spring and summer with four, ... More >>
Snow may hit late tonight -- what better place to hole up than Beast Bottle? The new restaurant just introduced a mid-day brunch menu in anticipation of nice weather, but it should work just fine on a snowy day, too. Brunch service currently runs Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a..m. to 2:30 p.m. C ... More >>
Back in 1982, the Mile High City-set series Dynasty was the most popular show on TV, but only establishing shots were regularly filmed here. So what was Denver really like back then? We stumbled upon a regular time-machine of a book that shows us: Denver Now, described as "Denver's Business Showcase ... More >>
Not long ago, Graham Elliot moved to Colorado to chase a girl. Unfortunately, his quest for love didn't conclude with a picturesque Hollywood ending. So Elliot did what most spurned lovers do: He wrote a novel, of course. In 2012 Elliot released A Pact for Life, a story about a hot-and-cold Denver c ... More >>
In Rudy Ch. Garcia's debut novel, The Closet of Discarded Dreams, a man awakens in a strange, surreal world made up of dreams -- his own, and everyone else's. In this bizarre place, Che Guevara and Marilyn Monroe debate philosophy and no one ever dies, but not everything is as wonderful as it seems. ... More >>
What happens when you mix a podcast conversation about telepathic octopi with a psychedelic experience on DMT? The answer is Glucose's jungle-heavy EP Telepathic Octopus. For electronic music fans of a certain age -- those old enough to remember the late '90s -- hearing Glucose's new EP Telepathic O ... More >>
David Amram, who will perform at the Neal Cassady birthday tonight at the Mercury Cafe and tomorrow night at Dazzle, shared a close connection with Cassady, Jack Kerouac and other Beats, while also being a jazz musician who collaborated with Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus and Oscar Pettiford. Amra ... More >>
Street art is usually a fly-by-night phenomena, one that the artists prefer no one -- especially the police -- witness. Just ask the Knapper twins, the subjects of this week's Westword cover story. But Denver has recently taken to the idea of live street-art events. And last Friday night, UnseenDenv ... More >>
If you thought banning books on the basis that they fail to fall in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ was a thing of the past, then consider yourself unstuck in time: A couple of weeks ago, a school board in Republic, MO, voted to remove copies of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five -- ... More >>
Pootie too good.I have the attention span of a four-year-old. I can't sit still for very long and I don't like to watch things --particularly television shows and movies -- without having something else going on at the same time. (Like a massive laundry folding undertaking or an organization ... More >>
Some people probably think escapism is a bad thing, but if we've learned anything over the years, it's that sometimes you need to get as far away from reality as possible. Case in point, all the picks this week are somehow related to the idea that you don't have to be where you are -- whether ... More >>
If you're interested in stories about a sexually obsessed sister, deadly religious demon monsters, ghost drug dealers or practical jokes taken too far, boy have we've got some good stuff for you this week. If you prefer to consume media that keeps to the realm of reality, you're out of luck. ... More >>
William Hillyard.Some people surely pay for the Denver Voice simply because the money goes to the homeless and hardly glance at it before tossing it -- although that would be a mistake. Not only does the Voice represent a worthy cause (for which is won a 2009 Westword MasterMind award), it al ... More >>
Lori MidsonRhett Songer Zi Fusion 7340 South Clinton Street, Englewood 720-934-6402 www.ziasian.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Rhett Songer, the executive chef of Zi Fusion. Part two of Songer's interview will run in this space tomorrow. "It's absolutely silly that it ... More >>
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On Sunday, the city hosted its first -- but with any luck, not last -- Kurt Vonnegut appreciation event, with assorted celebrities (or what passes for them in this town) reading two-minutes snippets of his work, fans doing the same, and then Mayor John Hickenlooper -- whose father went to college wi ... More >>
Appreciate, depreciate or just plain celebrate Kurt Vonnegut today.
The Colorado Rockies are the Clint Eastwood of the MLB playoffs: The team with no names. Sure, most fans and analysts are at least somewhat familiar with first baseman Todd Helton and left fielder (should-be) NL MVP Matt Holliday. But as Tony Kornheiser and countless other commentators have griped, ... More >>
Critters of Habit
The South hits the southern suburbs.
A toast to Kurt Vonnegut.
Chef Adam Mali’s also a floorwalker, which bothered me a little. When I see a chef working the room, shaking hands, making nice with the customers, all I can think is that with him on the floor loving up the crowd, who’s in the galley watching my agnolotti or expo-ing that twelve-top? A chef o ... More >>
An item in the current edition of Westword features a few words with illustrator Ralph Steadman, who makes appearances this evening at the Denver Press Club and the Denver Newspaper Agency auditorium. Turns out, though, that Steadman had more to say about his new book, The Joke's Over, and his thirt ... More >>
The Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown lights up.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. finally gets the screen treatment he deserves with Breakfast of Champions.
Dressy Bessy makes pop music that doesn't fall far from the Apples' tree.
Meet TARD, Denver's most politically incorrect punk band.