"Metal bands want to portray the opposite of a happy life on their album covers," says Ken Sarafin, and the Vale of Pnath frontman knows from whence he speaks. In addition to creating the awe-inducing artwork for his band's latest release, The Prodigal Empire, Sarafin has illustrated at least a doze ... More >>
Fear not, geeks (and geek-curious): The Geek Pavilion at the second annual Denver County Fair, which runs from Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 at the National Western Complex, is in excellent hands. That's because Dana Cain, the Denver County Fair's director, is passionate about nerd lif ... More >>
Seated in front of the soundboard at his home studio in Castle Pines, Mike Paul Hughes reveals telltale signs of his day job as an engineer. There's his rapid-fire technical talk about the basic elements of sound and recording -- details about megahertz and latency issues. But the signals go beyond ... More >>
South Pole StationMore than two years past its original deadline, the National Science Foundation has finally awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin to handle the U.S. government's vast operations in Antarctica. The thirteen-year, $1.9 billion contract begins April 1 and its headquarters will ... More >>
Denver Beer Co doesn't have a kitchen, but the city's zoning inspectors may be tempted to double check. The brewery, which opens today on Platte Street, serves Kaffir Lime Wheat as fresh and nuanced as any chef's signature appetizer, a rauschbier that smells and tastes like a plate of smoked ... More >>
Lori Midson Justin Cucci Root Down 1600 West 33rd Avenue 303-993-4200 www.rootdowndenver.com This is part two of my interview with Justin Cucci, owner and executive chef of Root Down and Linger. Part one of my interview with Cucci ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in Amer ... More >>
Jose's RestaurantForty-five years ago, Jose Trujillo quit his job with Lockheed Martin to pursue his dream of restaurant ownership. He started by selling burritos and tacos out of the back of the old Kitchen Bar on Littleton's West Main Street. And ten years later, on this exact date in 1976, ... More >>
Nearly three months after the National Science Foundation was supposed to announce who had won the thirteen-year, $2 billon Antarctic Support Contract, the federal agency has acknowledged to bidders that the award will be delayed by at least a year. Centennial-based Raytheon Polar Services c ... More >>
Jane Norton.Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee registered a couple of domain names on behalf of former Colorado Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton -- and today, Norton's using one of them, JaneNortonForColorado.com. Up-front: A news item that declares, "Jane Norton official ... More >>
Allen Toussaint.This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Democratic National Convention, an event that made Denver the center of the media universe for several unforgettable days. To mark the occasion, we'll be offering selected flashbacks of Westword coverage. First up: An on-site cou ... More >>
An image from Lockheed Martin Space Systems' website.Lockheed Martin Space Systems' Waterton Canyon facility has served as a major economic engine for southern Jefferson County for decades, and it will no doubt continue to do so -- but its horsepower is due for a reduction. The firm plans to ... More >>
Pearman's creation.(Read Jason Sheehan's SPAM confession here.) All hail the SPAM king, ruler of all that is pink and meaty and rectangular. This year, the king is from Colorado Springs. Ron Pearman -- 48-year-old Lockheed Martin engineer, father of four (soon to be five) and Colorado State Fair c ... More >>
Chicago in 1968 was a place of violence and chaos. Some activists would like to re-create those good old days.
A DU law student sues to make the feds consider the alternatives.
Summiting the highest penthouse in the Mile High City.
After spearheading the post-punk revival, GoGoGo Airheart is still on its own island.
A dream of the future from the past still looks great right now.
Summertime Silly Season
July 31, 2003
Sensory Circus seeks to juggle creative circuits
From the week of May 1, 2003
Rocket Ajax prepares to blast out.
Titanium, the king of metals, scraps for a home in Denver.
From the week of March 14, 2002
Colorado's legacy of contamination spreads far and wide.
Denver's Big Four are getting even bigger.
When a boardmember refused to go with the flow, Metro's plan to handle Lowry wastewater got down and dirty.
This was the year many Coloradans decided to play God -- and I'm not happy about it.
The university's secretive fundraising project manages to raise eyebrows as well.
As the turks of Denver's black politics grow old, what's to be made of their legacy?
In the deadly race to circle the globe in a balloon, team Re/Max plans to rise above the crowd. But can a bold ego go where no man has gone before?
The sky's no limit for these Colorado scientists. They're heading straight for the Red Planet.
A Grand Junction couple churns out big-bang theories about fireworks.
Denver's former DA has his irons in the fire at City Park's troubled golf course.
Coach McCartney got into bed with one of Denver's biggest polluters, but Pillow Kingdom's neighbors are proving to be a tougher sell.