As part of his "Coloradoans Don't Shut Down" tour, Senator Michael Bennet stepped away from his desk in order to bus tables at the Adams Mountain Cafe in Manitou Springs. See also: Colorado lawmakers inclined to legalize hiking the Manitou incline
Yesterday marked the deadline for Colorado's 271 cities and towns and 64 counties to decide whether they want to ban recreational cannabis businesses and sales -- and it is starting to look like Denver will be ganja ground zero. Already, four of the ten largest cities in Colorado (Colorado Springs, ... More >>
Update: A body found in Colorado Springs has been positively identified as Rose Hammes, seventeen. Our sincere condolences to her friends, family and loved ones. See our previous coverage below. Update, 6:38 a.m. August 13: Yesterday, we told you about a piece of good news that emerged after Friday ... More >>
The prospect of recreational marijuana sales has produced a lot of political naysaying in the past month or so. On June 19, we counted 24 cities that had prohibited retail pot shops. Now, five weeks later, the Denver Post reports that the number has more than doubled, to 56 cities having voted for b ... More >>
Tomorrow, on the Fourth of July, that most patriotic of holidays, a flag made of hemp will fly over the Capitol in Washington. And guess who America has to thank for the cannabis-derived stars and stripes? That's right -- Colorado. The flag was made from hemp fiber purchased in Manitou Springs an ... More >>
There's something perfect about the contrast between a cold Colorado beer in your hand and the warm sun on your face -- something that makes the tensions of the day melt away. And although there are plenty of places around Colorado to drink good beer, a few of them stand out when it comes to summert ... More >>
Update: At long last comes the announcement residents of Colorado Springs have been awaiting since June 23, when the Waldo Canyon fire flared to life. The blaze, which destroyed 346 homes and took the lives of Barbara and William Everett, age 73 and 74, respectively, is finally 100 percent containe ... More >>
Update:Firefighters made progress against the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs yesterday -- enough to get a better sense of the destruction that took place the previous day. The number of homes destroyed had been estimated at north of 300, and that proved all too accurate. Thus far, 347 homes ... More >>
Another year, another residency -- it's business as usual at PlatteForum, the award-winning nonprofit that pairs struggling kids with resident artist/mentors to create something communal and beautiful. The latest resident, installation artist Jessica Kruetter, has been working with ArtLab students f ... More >>
Colorado Springs artist Sean O'Meallie and the Business of Art Center put on a once-in-a-lifetime show last October, when they brought the Manitou Chair Project -- a 600-chair conga line down the middle of the main drag in Manitou Springs at sunrise -- to fruition. We liked it so much we named it on ... More >>
Bicycle vs. Homing Pigeon vs. Moped from Village Voice Media on Vimeo.We've been rolling off lists this week like there's no tomorrow, and maybe there isn't, considering that pesky 2012 Mayan prophecy and all that. Earlier this week, Jef Otte presented his 10 best moments in Denver arts list, riffin ... More >>
On Sunday morning in Manitou Springs, early risers were treated to a sight they're not likely to ever see again: The Manitou Chair Project went down as planned, featuring nearly 700 disparate chairs on loan from the tourist town's artsy community lined up, one after the other, in a front-to-back tra ... More >>
For the Halloween-phobic, we've still got plenty to do this weekend, including a craft event, race watching and dancing. It's First Friday to boot, so you should have plenty to keep you busy, all for less than $10 per event. For a complete guide to this weekend, go to westword.com/calendar.
Dry DockDry Dock Brewing kicked its weekly firkin in a record 49 minutes last Friday, and since the taproom opens at 3 p.m., that means there was none left for anyone who showed up after 3:50 p.m., which can be tough since most people don't get off work til later. So the brewery plans to sta ... More >>
An interesting response to Joel Warner's post about the prevalence of lodgings in Manitou Springs that don't allow children. Far from complaining about this state of affairs, plenty of our readers backed this policy wholeheartedly. Here's a prime example.
Last week, my wife and I decided it was time for a last-minute weekend getaway, and we decided on Manitou Springs. We'd never been there, and its cave-and-castle kitschiness sounded like Niagara Falls mixed with oddball Colorado charm. As it would turn out, the town's lodgings would be happy ... More >>
Wherever you go, chances are that not too far away from you is a hidden gem tucked away in some off-the-path corner of the landscape, a weird little spot that somehow got bounced off the flatbed of time and just kind of stayed there -- to find it, you just have to know where to look. Where I' ... More >>
If the nearly $1,200 Gucci price tag to attend the Food & Wine magazine Classic in Aspen, which kicks off later this month in glitter gulch, is too pricey for your pocketbook, take solace: Tomorrow, from noon to 6 p.m., 30 Colorado wineries are pouring stomped grapes at the Manitou Springs C ... More >>
Do you know the muffin man?There's a contest for everything, including, as it turns out, muffins. And for Sharon Smith and Wendy Goldstein, owners of the Two Sisters Inn -- a bed-and-breakfast in Manitou Springs -- it was their muffins that took the cake on Monday, November 9 at the Bed & Bre ... More >>
Capsule reviews of current exhibits
Many restaurants will be offering specials tonight to coincide with First Friday, and the Infinite Monkey Theorem winery, at the edge of the Santa Fe Arts District at Fifth and Santa Fe, is even hosting a wine-tasting at 5 p.m. with light bites from Masterpiece Delicatessen. For info, call 9 ... More >>
The Craft Lager Festival pays homage to the sun.
The documentary American Artifact highlights the history of rock poster art.
D'Vine Wine, a boutique winery, just opened at 211 South Main Street in Breckenridge, the fourth Colorado location of the California-based franchise. D'Vine makes handcrafted wines in its Colorado wineries, using freshly crushed grapes from Napa vineyards to create customized win ... More >>
Make a break to Colorado Springs. No, you don't have to be religious.
Live it up at Frozen Dead Guy Days.
Andrea Modica: Photographs, Sandy Carson Gallery
On the front lines of the Hayman blaze.
Getting motorvated in Manitou Springs.
Tracy and Sushe Felix, New Work by Felix & Felix
A plethora of shows highlight the diversity of the Colorado aesthetic.
Since Amendement 2 passed seven years ago, Colorado Springs has learned a lesson in Family Values.
May 21 - 27, 1998