The weather is hot, but your bank balance is not. Chill! There are many cool activities around town this week that don't cost a cent -- everything from discussions to physical games to head games, as OhHeckYeah closes up shop. Go to the Westword calendar for a complete line-up of events around town ... More >>
Yee-haw! Although summer activities can quickly empty out your saddlebags, we've rounded up a trio of fun events this week that are abolutely free. Share information about other free activities in the comments section below, and check the Westword calendar for our complete guide to all events in ... More >>
Whether you're looking for summer reading, poetic inspiration or just a good time with a side of culture, there's a literary event for you this week. Read on and we'll tell you where the poets are rhyming and the hottest authors are reading. See also: Ed Ward's "Stories, Stories, Bring Your Stories ... More >>
Throughout its various incarnations in Colorado since the mid-'70s, Marilyn Megenity's Mercury Cafe has been a model for clean energy. Since the Mercury settled into a permanent home at 2199 California two decades ago, Megenity has installed 36 solar panels on the building and also worked to change ... More >>
Don't let the unseasonable snow keep you inside this week in Denver. Bundle up and head out to a Kinesthesia Festival, a flash fiction slam or a night of burlesque storytelling -- all for free. Check out our events calendar for more fun to be had, and share information on more bargains in our commen ... More >>
Whether you are into snowboarding or beer or saving cute little animals by dancing the night away, there is something for everyone on the culinary calendar for everyone this weekend. See also: Photos: CitySet now has a full set of restaurants, including two Best of Denver winners
As March goes out like a lamb this weekend, you don't have to worry about wasting all your April rent. Because you can learn about the woman who may have written Shakespeare's catalogue, attend a donation yoga class or party at an adult prom -- all for under $10. As always, the online Westword cal ... More >>
Nancy Stohlman can do it all. She can create new genres of literature, write operas and teach you how to do both. Someday she hopes to become a pirate, but in the meantime her new flash novel The Monster Opera will be transformed into an opera on Friday, October 4 at the Mercury Cafe. In the novel, ... More >>
You get a lot for your buck at Gorinto, the occasional Wednesday-night, outside-the-box performance series at the Mercury Cafe. And tonight's edition, the first Gorinto in 2013, will be pouring it on and turning your ears and eyes inside-out with a program called Piano Mutations Live! See also: - ... More >>
Did you pay your rent yet? Since it's the first of the month, we're celebrating tight pocketbooks everywhere by featuring nine events this weekend that are totally free. Whether you attend a Screw Your Resolutions party or sample the wide variety of First Friday art openings, there's plenty to do th ... More >>
It's the first First Friday of the year, and that means that Denver is teeming with art openings galore. The great thing about art openings? They're almost always free. And the rest of the weekend is packed full of events, too, from classic film screenings to go-go dancing tryouts, and none of these ... More >>
Gorinto, the Mercury Cafe's occasional music, food and whatever Wednesday evening get-together, continues to reinvent itself. This week, it will transform into a showcase of homemade and found-object musical instruments featuring a revolving parade of local folks who toy -- sometimes literally -- wi ... More >>
TITWRENCH 2012 @ GLOB | 7/27/12 It felt like the summer broke just in time for Titwrench 2012, and when things got kicked off a bit after 8 p.m. on Friday night, the climate inside Glob suited the music of opening act, Cardinal Veil. Julie Slater has played violin solo before and used the instrume ... More >>
Still not sure what to do for Mom this Sunday? Here are four unique brunches that still have openings. And if you know of any other fun Mother's Day activities, feel free to post them in the comments section below:
Among the lines delivered at poetry slams, one is often repeated: "The point is not the points; the point is the poetry." This has never been more true than over the last week and a half in Denver, when all three of the city's national teams -- Slam Nuba, the Mercury Cafe team and teenage dreamers M ... More >>
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, will host the second annual Sprout Down to benefit Sprout City Farms, the nation's first on-site farm-to-cafeteria growing space. Tonight's festivities will include live music from Fingers of the Sun and Steve Rothenberg, speakers, performances by students and a ... More >>
The Mercury Cafe has been a community gathering place for decades.Corey Elbin's departure from Denver is a real loss for this city's cultural scene. He's been the driving force behind Gorinto, the Mercury Cafe's Wednesday night food and music gathering, since it was introduced almost two year ... More >>
This weekend is all about one thing: Halloween. While there are a couple things you can do without stretching your costume muscles, nearly all of the events happening are related to Halloween in some way. If you don't like the holiday, you best hit up the video store and stock up on full seas ... More >>
Nightshark and others at the Mercury Cafe Every week, in an effort to pay tribute to those dedicated to the time tested way of promoting shows by hanging up posters, we make our way around the Mile High City to take a gander at all the eye candy affixed to light posts and such. Here are the f ... More >>
Gorinto, the weekly food-and-music joint at the Mercury Cafe, is known for bringing together eclectic bands with a $5 vegetarian meal. And tonight, they're adding film. Local filmmaker Kim Shively is curating a night filled to the brim with short films from local filmmakers, music, and as alw ... More >>
The Mercury Cafe Slam Team, reppin'.Slam poetry is to the literary world what hip-hop music is to jazz -- a progression of talent and a revolutionary outlet. Denver is lucky to boast of two solid teams that compete nationally. Both Slam Nuba and the Denver Mercury Cafe Poetry Slam Team advanc ... More >>
Vitamins (playing tonight at the Larimer Lounge Gauntlet Hair, Woodsman and Hearts In Space) is seemingly unstoppable -- The Denver-by-way-of Fort Collins band has been on a roll with new releases and stunning accompanying videos (like the just-released "Vimanas" below), plus, the quartet had the o ... More >>
It's summertime, and the photos are eye-popping. Find snapshots from Titwrench Fest 3 at the Mercury Cafe, Midnight at Chloe and the Denver County Fair (including an appearance by Devo), as well as our top nightlife photos of 2011 so far (NSFW) and more, on the Westword slideshow page.
Does food that's so good for you have to look so bad? That's the question Skipper poses after Veggie Girl Amber Taufen's recent piece on the venerable Mercury Cafe. Every single dish looks appalling. Who is responsible for these nightmarish piles of veggies, chips, cheese, and noodles? Jus ... More >>
Marilyn Megenity has done such a fantastic job turning the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, into a creative community outlet -- offering dancing, live music, poetry slams, solstice celebrations, eco-friendly festivals and much more -- that it's easy to forget that the Merc is also, well, ... More >>
At 7 p.m. tonight, the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, will host a screening of What's Organic About Organic, co-sponsored by Grant Family Farms. A $10 suspected donation will support filmmaker Shelley Rogers, who will be on hand to talk about the documentary that delves into the debate ... More >>
A Flickr photo.The Mercury Cafe will host a Sprout Down Kickoff Fundraiser & Hootenanny from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight to raise money for Sprout City Farms, an urban homesteading organization. The festivities include small bites, live performances, a silent auction and more. For more info, call 30 ... More >>
Lance Stack SHENANDOAH DAVIS With Pee-Pee, Laura Goldhamer and Princess Music 01.08.11 | Mercury Cafe The Mercury Café was looking sexy on Saturday night. Candle-lit tables topped with roses, a swooping network of lights above, fine wines, hearty beers and delicious food, all coming togeth ... More >>
Cassandra KotnickThe Mercury Cafe, still rising.At 6 p.m. tonight at the Mercury Cafe, still-Mayor John Hickenlooper will hand out Denver's 2010 Mayor's Design Awards, honoring eleven neighborhood projects that combine form and function in remarkable ways. Several of the winners are restauran ... More >>
If you've been meaning to catch Debajo Del Agua and haven't done so yet -- man! You better get on it. Tomorrow night may be your last chance for a long time. The outstanding ensemble is playing its final show at the Mercury Cafe before embarking on what they're referring to as an indefinite ... More >>
This Saturday, November 22, the members of Pee Pee, Denver's most curiously named combo, will be warming up for Nellie McKay at the Mercury Cafe before then joining the songstress back on stage as her backing band. The show, a benefit for bands for lands, will be the outfit's last for a while. The g ... More >>
What? There are other Westword blogs aside from this one? Why, yes -- and here is some of the excellent stuff you can find on them. Backbeat Online overflows with weekend concert reviews, including wide-ranging coverage of the Warped Tour at which 3Oh!3 ruled, plus the SoCo Music Fest featuring Gna ... More >>
Milonga overtakes the Mercury Cafe dance floor.
Homeless for a time, the DBC breathes easy in its new digs.
Give to the causes of your choice at a tax-day celebration.
For a true taste of Denver, try the Mercury Cafe.