It was evident early on that New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton had tremendous trumpet chops. After a stint with legendary drummer Elvin Jones, Payton inked a deal with Verve at the age of twenty and went on to release seven discs for the imprint, as well as a number of albums on other labels. S ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists ... More >>
Outspoken Denver Public Schools board member Andrea Merida will not run for re-election. In a blog post on her website (the full text of which is below), she explains why: "I cannot, in good conscience, serve on a board whose only function now is to give tests." Merida was the subject of a 2010 Wes ... More >>
Comedy festivals are the perfect antidote to a nasty breakup. Not only because laughing activates several different sections of the brain, strengthening neurons that lead to insight and emotional balance, but because so many comedians love to bitch about heartbreak. Like Morrissey records or the fil ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature that celebrates the books that inspire Denver art ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Lifers Book Club," reports on the Words Beyond Bars Project, a pilot progam at the Limon Correctional Facility that puts high-security prisoners, many of them serving life sentences, in a room with volunteers to discuss great books. It's a modest effort that could trans ... More >>
Katt Williams is one of the current scene's most popular standup comics. But when he was heckled at Denver's Wells Fargo Theatre last night, his response backfired in a big way. His Denver-dissing verbal onslaught prompted a cascade of booing that led to him stopping the show early and storming offs ... More >>
After three days of panels on everything from feminism and film making to bicycles, banks and Burger King, the Art of Social Justice conference on the Auraria campus came to a close last night with a breathtaking speech by human rights activist, Dr. Cornel West. The Turnhalle Ballroom in the Tivoli ... More >>
Jorge MorenoSpank RockSpank Rock (due tonight at Summit Music Hall for the Check Yo Ponytail 2 tour) emerged in Philadelphia around the middle of the last decade making music that brought together threads of hip-hop, rock, R&B and electronic pop. With the release of 2006's YoYoYoYoYo, the gro ... More >>
Hot on the heels of SXSW, the nations hottest buzz band returns to Denver.
Against all odds, this nine-year-old has been voted the most likely to succeed.
The New World boldly reclaims the Pocahontas tale from Disney.
From the week of March 31, 2005
African-American art is up at DU, while Mizel surveys the Jewish roots of the comics.
Julie Taymor and Salma Hayek paint a spectacular portrait of Frida Kahlo.
A lively bridal-party setup fails to mate with a story line.
Too much talk makes Spinning Into Butter lose its focus on racism.
A teacher at Thornton High School gets a lesson in social studies.
Bruckheimer's Titans speaks loudly about race but says nothing.
Vincent D'Onofrio may be the best actor of his generation, but who would notice?
November 5 - 11, 1998
Punk-rock guitarist turned Nation of Islam minister Jamal Muhammad is still angry--and not just in black and white.
From body bags to gang shootings, artist Bill Potts has seen the horror--and held on to the dream.
Is gangsta rap getting more profound? Well...no.
AFTER A LONG DECLINE, THE BLOOD IS PUMPING THROUGH STEEL PULSE AGAIN.