Hip-hop and it still don't stop. This afternoon at 1 p.m., the inaugural Hip-Hop Legacy Literacy Conference kicks off with a screening of Ice-T's Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap documentary in the St. Cajetan's building on Auraria, and tomorrow, the Sankofa Lecture Series welcomes its fall ke ... More >>
Denver's Month of Photography 2011, a citywide celebration of the art of the camera masterminded by local photographer and arts mover Mark Sink, was a picture-perfect success on all counts. One element, called The Big Picture, was particularly ambitious, adding an international flair and a sense of ... More >>
Here's the problem: In Denver, 56 percent of public school fourth graders are not proficient in reading -- a measurement that experts say is closely linked to dropout rates, graduation rates and possibly even incarceration. It's an alarming trend that is much worse for minority and low-income studen ... More >>
Adam Gildar, Westword MasterMind (Class of 2011), is having a hard time getting used to saying "I" rather than "we" when speaking about happenings at his South Broadway gallery: Formerly known as Illiterate and managed by three partners including Gildar, it's now re-entering the art-scene fray as Gi ... More >>
While Katherine Rutter, Aron Dubois and Zach Reini all create very different art, Illiterate Gallery director Adam Gildar says that "they connect in their exploration of inhumanity and humanity, and they all have very different takes on that." Tomorrow night's closing reception at Illiterate ... More >>
If you've ever wanted to be a comic artist, you should probably reconsider because there's no money in it. But if you're anything like a comic book artist, you're stubborn and you will not listen, so you might as well get off on the right foot -- and Illiterate's Talk & Draw series is a good ... More >>
The city's Month of Photography has gone from a blip to a major event over the last few years; credit photographer Mark Sink for choreographing this year's liftoff into the stratosphere. MOP has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, but how do you navigate through all the shows on view this ... More >>
Today is the 107th anniversary of Dr. Seuss's birth. It is marked with National Read Across America Day, which happens each year to promote literacy and remember one of the greatest children's authors of all time. And he was a great children's author, no matter how you look at it: His books h ... More >>
This could be you!This I know is true: Comic books aren't easy. Banish the idea that they are from your minds immediately before you proceed. Sure, artists like Noah Van Sciver (creator of Westword's weekly 4 Questions strip) make it look easy, but a comic artist is kind of like a god-figure ... More >>
A Convivium Illiterate Preview Dinner with S.D. Prochyra. Quietly, very quietly, over the last year since the venue opened, Illiterate Gallery director Adam Gildar instigated a resident artist program, wherein Illiterate offers artists who go through an application process a chance to stage a ... More >>
Photo courtesy Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art SchoolSecret Santa shopping got you down? Head back to the drawing board at 6 p.m. this coming Sunday to whip up some pin-ups at Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, where Shotza Ouzo and Chalita Bang-Bang (a playful duo who frequent Denver's burlesque stages) ... More >>
Tom MurphyPart of "Leaving the Body" by Drew EnglanderSeveral blocks outside the First Friday art-walk on Santa Fe sits Illiterate Gallery at 72 South Broadway. It's a part of town that some consider a place so-called "hipsters" call home -- but if you stand in front of Illiterate too long on ... More >>
From denvernorth.orgNorth High School. Six struggling Denver schools were awarded $14.4 million in federal money to help them "turn around" -- which is education-speak for raise test scores and graduation rates. The schools -- Montbello High School, Rachel B. Noel Middle School, Gilpin K-8 S ... More >>
Is Ted Haggard ready for his closeup?Update, 11:25 a.m.: Ted Haggard has made his announcement. It involves a launch party for his new church and a possible documentary. Details below the original item, published at 8:36 a.m. Today at 10:30 a.m., embattled Colorado Springs evangelist Ted Hag ... More >>
Two parties benefiting arts organizations will delve into love and hate.
Last week, I received this e-mail (reprinted verbatim) from a Mr. Jason Mason: Sheehan (Mr Anthony Bourdain wannabe) Can you or will you ever give a true review w/stars, forks, diamonds, pokadots, liquor bottles, etc? I've been in the business a long time and have never seen anyone like you kiss s ... More >>
In Her Shoes is pretty but useless, a Prada with a broken heel.
Jane Komperda is overcoming dyslexia one letter at a time. But the St. Vrain School District still thinks she's too smart for special ed.
From the week of August 28, 2003
Koelbel Public Library
DPS's new literacy program is raising the bar -- but will it raise test scores?
Her parents kept her prisoner in a storage unit, but words set Jodi Jill free.
Three years ago, Ashley was branded the worst elementary school in Denver. What’s changed? Everything.
Teacher Joseph C'de Baca says Denver's public schools are failing Hispanic students--by passing those who don't deserve it.