A Colorado summer can be short, but there are plenty of ways to make it sweet, especially if you pack it with as many festivals, road trips and patios as possible. We've picked out ten music festivals sure to give you the flavor of the state's musical offerings -- everything from the EDM of Global D ... More >>
In recent years, much of Colorado has been stricken by drought. This year, in contrast, we've received so much precipitation that tragedies are multiplying, with a Western Slope mudslide that took three lives to a series of rafting deaths of the Poudre River that have led to three casualties as well ... More >>
Update: Earlier this week, we told you about the arrest of David Pineda on suspicion that he'd stabbed his wife to death; see our previous coverage below. The victim of this terrible crime has now been identified as Isabel Pineda, a professional housekeeper -- and tonight at 8:30 p.m., her children ... More >>
Over Memorial Day weekend, ArtStir -- a Colorado-centric festival of fine art and craft -- brought a taste of local culture to downtown Denver and the Denver Pavilions. Crafted by Samuel Schimek of the I Heart Denver shop in the Pavilions, the fest cast a modern, urban slant on an old tradition, pow ... More >>
Grilling season is upon us -- although it may be hard to tell with all the hail storms and tornado sirens -- and there will be plenty of backyard barbecues this weekend. But many local restaurants are also firing up their grills -- and there are some smokin' food festivals in the mountains. Keep rea ... More >>
We've finally made it to the unofficial start of another summer. Memorial Day weekend kicks off Denver's hottest season, and we want you to be able to enjoy that extra day off without breaking the bank. To balance out the backyard barbecues and parades, hereare ten festivities that will blow you aw ... More >>
Memorial Day is coming right up, but there are some memorable meals on the culinary calendar today, including a dinner at Panzano featuring the all-female Denver Five and a dinner at Frasca with winemaker Isabella Pelizzatti Perego. And this morning, any four-year-old visiting a Colorado McDonald's ... More >>
Denver's newest brewery will open this weekend in a neighborhood in the southeastern part of town that is thirsting for craft-beer options; Comrade Brewing, which has a large taproom, two bar areas and six beers on tap, makes its official debut on Saturday. But at least four other breweries in the ... More >>
April is here, and Denver's parks are abuzz -- but not because of daffodils, robins and honeybees. Rather, it's our First World right to get buzzed -- whether it's with booze or with pot -- in these public places that has people springing into action. And while the 4/20 Rally in Civic Center has its ... More >>
#36: Samuel Schimek Artist, designer and entrepreneur Samuel Schimek bridges the gap between art and business in his Denver Pavilions shop, I Heart Denver, which serves as a working incubator and showcase for dozens of Colorado artists and independent companies. In the process, he's perfected the a ... More >>
This week Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar, Mark Antonat's journey up Federal stopped at J's Noodle Star Thai, and Lori Midson traveled to Boulder to interview Nate Bychinski, executive chef of Mateo. And there was lots of other action on the Denver dining scene, including sever ... More >>
Denver is knee-deep in food-and-drink events this Memorial Day weekend, what with the two-day South Gaylord Street Festival, EatDenver's Big Eat on Sunday and the Full Moon Street Carnival on Friday -- and there's plenty of culinary action in the altitude-high town of Vail this weekend, too. FEAST! ... More >>
Following the Boston Marathon bombing, runners looking forward to participating in this year's BolderBOULDER quickly spoke out about participating despite increased fears about terrorism and "soft targets." Nonetheless, security for the event has been beefed up. CU-Boulder Police spokesman Ryan Hu ... More >>
Flags in Colorado will fly at half staff today, as they have been since December 14, to honor the children and adults who were killed in Newtown, Connecticut. They'll be raised again to their full height on Wednesday -- unless of course there is another tragedy, another senseless death in Colorado o ... More >>
Several years ago, Westword created the Mile High Murder archive to track area homicides. Since we began covering the July 20 attack on the Century 16, however, we haven't included our reporting in that category, instead grouping it under several other headings, including our Aurora Theater Shooting ... More >>
As Denverites worry about increasing gang violence in the wake of Denver Police officer Celena Hollis's murder, Aurora is in the midst of a veritable homicide spree, with at least four slayings since Memorial Day weekend -- and none of them has generated an arrest thus far. The latest involves the k ... More >>
Update: We now know the identity of the man found shot to death in a parking lot outside the Abrigo Apartments in Aurora: Ernesto Rodriguez-Rodriguez, age 44. Thus far, though, the Aurora Police Department isn't releasing much more information about the case -- including any possible suspects.
While many people laid out by the pool or devoured BBQ on Memorial Day weekend, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit or old T-shirt and shorts, true street fashion never takes time off. For proof, look no further than these stylistic movers and shakers we found downtown over the holidays, who c ... More >>
Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, Matt and Rosemary Lopez, who've owned Taza de Cafe for the six years, finally opened Charlie's Ice Cream Social right next door in the hot Berkeley neighborhood. Or is it?
As if the Friday murders of Justin O'Donnell and Deon Rudd, plus the Saturday slaying of Richard Nack, didn't create enough bloodshed for the Memorial Day weekend, yet another homicide took place in Aurora late last night. The victim has not yet been identified, by the sickening circumstances have ... More >>
Fewer than two weeks have passed since the third anniversary of the Mile High Murder archive -- and since that time, there have been at least seven homicides in the metro area, including four over the Friday-Monday Memorial Day weekend. The latest involves gunfire outside the duRozz Restaurant & Lou ... More >>
Though you can never truly count on the weather in Colorado, it's been consistently warm out there for a while and the forecast calls for it to stay that way. Fortunately, the water park at Elitch Gardens will open May 26, just in time for Memorial Day fun. Here's a look at the latest addition to ... More >>
When Elitch Gardens first moved from northwest Denver to a new, city-subsidized home in the Platte Valley, the amusement park promised fireworks every night. But the real fireworks were set off by cranky neighbors worried about the noise, and the nightly shows fizzled. Now, sixteen years lat ... More >>
In the beginning, there was the Ballpark Market, a singular urban flea with a European ambiance. And not long after that, sisters Kim Dahlquist and Stacey Johnson begat A Paris Flea Market in downtown Littleton, bringing a similar concept to the the southwest 'burbs. And then, and then, and t ... More >>
Chris Power Bain.Memorial Day is still three days away, but all week I have been carried away by memories. The extended Westword family lost one of its members this week when Chris Power Bain, who'd served as advertising manager in the early '80s, passed away. There's much more to her story ... More >>
Magic Trip is a featured film this weekend at Mountainfilm in TellurideRoad trip! The 32nd annual Mountainfilm in Telluride film festival gets into full swing today at 9 a.m. with opening remarks from filmmaker Tom Shadyac and a Moving Mountains "Awareness into Action" symposium. The first sc ... More >>
Jonathan ShikesThe patio at Ale House at Amato's is usually packed.In the Best of Denver 2011, we named Common Grounds the Best Coffeehouse for Finding a Date, thanks to the constant crowd of young professionals who mingle over cappuccinos. And because we're big proponents of ditching online ... More >>
Drunk driving of the sort that allegedly took the life of Lilly Duncan earlier this month is always a concern, but even more so during a three-day weekend like Memorial Day. With that in mind, BeMyDD.com, a new designated-driver service, has just launched in Denver. How does it work?
This work by Henrique Oliveira is not a painting. It's made out of wood.Whether you spend the morning of Memorial Day nursing a three-cumulative-day hangover or getting up early and running a perverse distance in the Bolder Boulder, chances are, by Monday afternoon, you are going to need some ... More >>
Still riding high off the success of his full length album, Son of the Crack Era, Mr. Midas is gearing up for a Memorial Day release of his latest project, a mixtape titled Flight Risk. Conceptually, he says the mixtape is an extension of his debut, while others open doors to a different them ... More >>
Upslope Brewing has a big summer on tap. The Boulder brewery has just tripled the size of its taproom -- a grand reopening party takes place on Thursday, May 12 -- and will add a fourth canned beer to its all-can lineup, Upslope Craft Lager, in the next two weeks. "We wanted to complement o ... More >>
Flay's Dallas BurgerWhat with his Food Channel fame and a restaurant empire stretching from Las Vegas to New York City, it was bound to happen: Bobby Flay is now king of all he surveys. At least he thinks so. Applebee's recently introduced a menu concept of "regional American burgers" from ... More >>
While many of America's celebrities announce their Arizona boycott plans, Colorado's most famous performer is preparing a big show of support. Inspired by the new immigration law passed by the Arizona state legislature, Tom Tancredo is getting the band back together.
As we all prepare to take time out from our hurried lives to remember the brave men and women of the armed forces who fought (and continue to fight) to keep us all free to live our lives as we please, we came up with a list of ten tunes to cue up this Memorial Day as you fire up the grill. ... More >>
As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all straight, Westword is offering a n ... More >>
Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them, and cook up a feast. "There's always somethi ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their lawn decorations... Photo by Kenny Be Figure 64. Fort Logan: An eagle-eyed watch over a tiny gravestone dedicated to those who gave. At Fort Logan National Cemetery, veterans, Boy Scouts, Auxillary wives and Senator Michael Bennet will observe this week ... More >>
The Cheeky Monk has discovered the New World. The Belgian beer café, which has spots on East Colfax and in Winter Park, plans to open its third location over Memorial Day in Westminster, and the new place will feature more than a dozen hard-to-find American craft beers alongside its Belgian ... More >>
The Aetna Park to Park 10 Miler runs its course through the city.
The Masters are on the move. Mel’s in Greenwood Village (at 5970 South Holly Street) had a couple of parties (one for friends, and then a knock-down, drag-out staff bash) over the weekend, and is closing today for remodeling. The hostess I talked to last night said that the staff had been told to ... More >>
Its the pits.
Local television tends to shine when covering actual breaking news, as opposed to the sort that's overhyped in an attempt to get folks to tune in to evening updates even when nothing out of the ordinary is happening -- and that was certainly the case on May 22 in the wake of a tornado that cut a wid ... More >>
Clean, wholesome fun with the Cycle Jerks.
Salida hosts an art party like no other.