This year marks the 36th opening night for the Denver Film Festival, and like the previous 35, last night's kickoff event took place against a backdrop of glitter, glamour and anticipation. And if director Jason Reitman's Labor Day, which unspooled at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House before many of th ... More >>
Last week's feature on Jenny Kush, a cannabis activist killed by a drunk driver, brought to light just one of the 1,342 impaired-driving arrests in Colorado made over a nineteen-day period around Labor Day weekend. Figuring out how many people are caught driving stoned is especially important here, ... More >>
During the "Heat is On" Labor Day enforcement period, the Colorado Department of Transportation reports 1,342 DUI arrests and nine fatalities thought to be alcohol-related. These numbers represent a reduction from last year -- and a CDOT spokeswoman thinks one factor might be "interactive urinal co ... More >>
During the Labor Day enforcement period related to the Colorado Department of Transportation's "Heat is On" campaign, law enforcers arrested a staggering 1,342 people for impaired driving. Surprisingly, this figure represents a slight improvement over similar stretches in 2011 and 2012. But another ... More >>
The free Labor Day fun is over, but you can still fill your week with aliens, art and poetry -- all without emptying your wallet. If you know of more worthy free events, post information on them in the comments section below, and visit the online Westword calendar for a comprehensive look at what's ... More >>
Denver blog posts used the Labor Day weekend as a way to get ready for more labor. Colorado Peak Politics wants to know why the media hasn't made more of House Minority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst's quotes that appear to call the act of self-defense "absurd." Colorado Pols wants to know if Mike ... More >>
PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 9/1/13 One of the best things about Phish playing Dick's around Labor Day is that you get to see our sunset. A good, juicy, late summer Colorado sunset pre-show, and then you get two whole sets of Kuroda's light show like it's an indoor Fall show. This year's clo ... More >>
By Leslie Simon PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/13 The night started with a familiar sight in the Denver skies last night over the Phish show at Dick's Sporting Goods Park -- the airplane that local grow supply store chain Way to Grow usually has flying overhead at concerts with its "Grow ... More >>
There's plenty to do this three-day weekend that won't have you spending all those hard-earned dollars. Celebrate Labor Day with a poolside concert and comedy show, jello wrestling, free yoga and lots more. See the Westword calendar for a full roster of Labor Day happenings, and share more cheap fu ... More >>
Fast-food workers struck around the globe yesterday, including at two Denver-area McDonald's locations, demanding an increase in the minimum wage -- to $15 an hour in this country. Do fast-food workers deserve $15 an hour? With Labor Day looming, more than a hundred readers weighed in on that quest ... More >>
The thirtieth annual A Taste of Colorado runs from Friday, August 23 through Labor Day. The four-day, free festival features food (well, you have to pay for that), music, and more. Festivities will be held at Civic Center Park and will showcase eats from over fifty local restaurants; visit the websi ... More >>
We've all experienced the excitement of hitting the road for a much-deserved trip into the high country, followed swiftly by the disappointment of getting stuck in a traffic jam as a result of endless construction delays. To help drivers avoid such nightmares, the Colorado Department of Transportati ... More >>
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery is the latest brewery-in-planning to try crowdfunding as a way to raise money for equipment or other needs. Several other breweries in Colorado have tried to do the same thing over the past few years with limited success. The brewery, which has already signed a lease a ... More >>
Sure, Colorado is landlocked -- but that doesn't mean you have to spend your summer high and dry in the sweltering, 90-plus degree heat. We don't have an ocean, but there are rivers, reservoirs, pools, water parks and many more places where you can immerse yourself this summer. So dig out that Spee ... More >>
Update: Earlier today, we told you about the arrest of Samuel Maldonado-Tapia for allegedly starting a fire in a Broomfield Walmart; see our original coverage below. We noted in that post that we'd reached out to the Broomfield Police Department for more information, and the BPD has just responded w ... More >>
Labor Day weekend packed a peck of pickled parties, but for the holiday outing's best costumes, look no further than Saturday's 1950s Tiki-Exotica Ball. Held at the Millenium Harvest House in Boulder, the event featured historic fashion, Polynesian pageantry and vintage music for a night dedicated t ... More >>
Since etiquette of yore prohibits the wearing of white after Labor Day, be sure to wear all of your white attire on this three-day weekend. And there will be plenty of places to display your duds, from food-truck pool parties to tiny art shows, vintage auto exhibits to free film screenings. The best ... More >>
Some people watch for turning leaves or dropping temperatures as a sign that fall is coming. We watch for the first tent to appear outside of the Sports Castle in anticipation of Sniagrab, the giant Labor Day sale that Sports Authority continued when it took over this flagship of the Gart's empire - ... More >>
Three Denver blog posts to see you through to Monday. Now that wildfires in Colorado are dying down, those who lost their homes can see how a Fourmile Canyon fire (Labor Day 2010) victim is nearing completion of her new home. After dropping three of four by the St. Louis Cardinals, the Rockies hea ... More >>
Something's been bugging the hell out of us lately. We can't understand why, come the first frost, people suddenly become allergic to drinking white wines. While you might think it horribly uncool to wear white after Labor Day, there is absolutely zero reason to stop drinking white wines once the da ... More >>
Update (9/29/11): A few commenters on this week's cover story, "Phish Story," alerted us to another video of the incident that has surfaced. This one, which was posted on YouTube today, evidently, is shot from yet another angle, and the footage appears to be from sometime between the subsequent elev ... More >>
If, like us, you spent some of your Labor Day weekend trying on winter gear in stifling heat at the Ski Rex and Sniagrab sales, here's a quick reminder that the day after Labor Day is a great time to buy summer gear. Gotta love living in topsy-turvy Colorado, right? We perused some local offe ... More >>
What are you doing this weekend? Duh, partying like it's the end of summer, because, well, it is! It's also Labor Day weekend, and so hopefully you'll have nothing to do on Monday except recover from said partying. To that end, we've got the drop on a slew of events that are going down this S ... More >>
You hear that sound? It's the sound of summer whistling its way out the door. Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and that means that even if we're still able to sit on patios next week, the moment when we're going to have to bundle up and brace for winter is any day. Don't let it go out with a wh ... More >>
Ray J as host.You know that scene in "Serial Mom" when Kathleen Turner's character beats the juror to death with a phone receiver because she's wearing white shoes after labor day? Well, things are luckily not that dramatic at Sunday's Labor Day Annual White Party thrown by 3Deep Productions ... More >>
Mark your calendar: On Labor Day weekend, 8Ball & MJG, the legendary Tennessee 'hood rap aficionados, are set rock Casselmans on Sunday, September 4, with cast of locals that includes Fresh Breath Committee, Young Doe, Rockie, Hynpautic, King Teff and Johnny Rocket.
Phish heads are undoubtedly doing the dance of joy right now. Long rumored, the Colorado dates were confirmed this morning by the legendary jam purveyors, who gave word that they'll be wrapping up their summer tour over Labor Day weekend (September 2-4) at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
This fall, Carlos Santana and George Lopez are hitting the road together on a tour they've dubbed Divine Rascals. Co-headliners, the pair will have them each offering up sets doing what they do does best; the former will be playing the hell out of the guitar, while the latter gets his funny o ... More >>
Shops at Northfield.On a Labor Day detour from DIA, I spent a few hours wandering around the Shops at Northfield. It was a much more successful mission than my first attempt to reach this area, when I exited I-70 on what I thought was the right access road -- and wound up stuck in a hideous t ... More >>
For some of us, Labor Day weekend was positively electric -- especially those who attended the Electric Avenue Music & Arts Festival. Westword photog Eric Gruneisen captured all the high-voltage action. Check out his shots, plus lotsa photos of Sleep at the Gothic Theatre and Vampire Weekend ... More >>
Labor Day weekend offered us plenty of opportunities to say goodbye to summer by gorging on what our state's restaurants do best. And to celebrate, we headed to Gourmet on the Gore, a two-day food festival in Vail that offered tastes from several local restaurants, paired with cold beers and ... More >>
Ah, Labor Day weekend: Time for us to chill and do nothing like it's our job. Our musician friends, however, well, they'll be putting the "labor" in Labor Day. To that end, there's a ridiculous number of options if you're looking to do something compelling and music related, and we've writt ... More >>
It's Labor Day weekend, and with a little luck, we'll be spending it stuffing our faces, celebrating the end of summer by getting fat, drunk and happy. This weekend also coincides with a Taste of Colorado at Civic Center Park, a four-day event at which fifty restaurants will dole out grub to ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Noble Swine Supper ClubInfinite Monkey Theorem roséNow that Memorial Day has come and gone, some people might say that summer has officially started. Others might insist that It's now officially, unrepentantly, rosé drinking season. A few weeks ago I threw down the 201 ... More >>
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