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 >>
There were five impaired-driving crashes and 318 arrests for driving under the influence on Memorial Day weekend -- and such busts are more common in certain parts of the state. NoDUIColorado.org has crunched the numbers for 2012 and come up with the top ten Colorado counties for DUIs -- and surpris ... More >>
The official start of summer is still more than three weeks away -- but unofficially, once you've cleaned up (or sobered up) from that Memorial Day barbecue, summer is definitely here. And to encourage long, languid lunches during the hot days ahead, Mary Nguyen has expanded brunch hours at Paralle ... 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 >>
Colorado-based Larkburger is springing into the warm weather with three very spring-y new salads: baby kale, bibb and quinoa, and Caesar. I'm sure I'm not the only Denverite who is hoping these spring offerings will bring some good juju with them, ensuring that we won't see another snowflake until n ... More >>
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park has started its 123rd season with a new family-friendly roller coaster, seven more shows and a third custom-craft beer. The park's new Blazin' Buckaroo allows cowboys and cowgirls as short as 36 inches high to climb aboard (but they'll need to be accompanied by a ... 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 >>
Two homicides took place in Aurora over Memorial Day weekend -- a shooting in the parking lot of the duRoss Lounge and a man found dead in a car near East Alameda and Ironton Street. The victims -- Harris Donkor (seen here) and Shawn Hicks, respectively -- have now been ID'd. But the same cannot be ... More >>
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 >>
The long weekend is here, and there are more dance related activities and parties over the next few days than you can probably handle. From the Hive's grand opening tonight to the Solution Showcase#6 tomorrow night, along with the Riddle of the Sphinx party, some funk/soul sessions and dance music g ... 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 >>
The former Pearl Street Grill may still be dark, while Yasu and Toshi Kizaki, the brothers who own Sushi Den and Izakaya Den, retool that space to make way for the relocation of Izakaya Den, but down the block, at 1859 South Pearl Street, Karen Wee Lin Beckman is gutting a small storefront that will ... More >>
Get out your earplugs! All summer long, Elitch Gardens has been ending every night with a fireworks show -- although the amusement park modified the display, muting the "high-percussive" explosions when some neighbors complained about the noise. But tonight, as part of a competition, the park ... 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 >>
That's right, Newsweek.Few could have anticipated a decade or two ago, when I was a kid growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, what kind of toll the decline of the Big Three automakers would take on the whole state; back then, it was a solidly middle-class and blue-collar place to be from, a p ... 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?
Denver is one slammin' town, and that's to our advantage: It means we're not under the radar of the national slam poetry community. Rather, Denver is a destination: Touring poets make it a point to stop over here, say "hey" to their Denver brothers and sisters and perform for them in an appre ... More >>
The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which means that many of you are firing up the grills and planning to hit the parks for a weekend of frolicking in the sunshine. As for us, we're getting ready to celebrate the holiday -- and what feels like the beginning of summer -- with a cold, sweet tr ... 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 >>
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 >>
Memorial Day is all about barbecues: in the backyard, at the park and in the woods, near the pee tree, if you're so inclined. But if you don't feel like throwing wood chips on the grill this year, there are plenty of barbecue barns in and around Denver that can feed your brisket, hot link, ribs and ... 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.
Its the pits.
Beatport gives birth to a new club.
Salida hosts an art party like no other.
Denver's strip-mall restaurants explore new territories.
Downtown residents are still in the market for a good grocer.