Before John Sinclair founded the White Panthers, managed the MC5 and did time for giving an undercover cop two joints as a Christmas present, he read Jack Kerouac's On the Road as a junior in high school -- and he says his life started. Sinclair will be at the Mercury Cafe on Friday, February 7 as ... More >>
Even if paying rent has left a hole in your wallet, there are economical entertainment opportunities around town. Whether you want to watch a horror film, see an activism documentary, or listen to an improv music performance, you can do it all for free in Denver this week. Let us know in the comment ... More >>
Halloween is long gone, but costume fiends don't care: they're always on the hunt for the next party. Which is why the Denver mask shop ArtSmyths is presenting Puttin' On The Ritz at the Mercury Café this Saturday, November 30. ArtSmyth's owner, Tiffany Smyth, is throwing Jazz-era dead-celebritie ... More >>
In 2009, a study commissioned by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, introduced Creative Vitality Index (CVI), a metric created by Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) to measure our city's cultural viability. Based on Denver's CVI, the study determined the Mile High City was an emerging natio ... More >>
#43: Kurt Bauer If you're an ambient/experimental/folk/worldbeat/noise/improvisatory/uncategorizable musician in Denver, you know it's not easy to get noticed. But Kurt Bauer is on your side: Bauer -- who's spent years in Denver's underground music scene -- galvanizes a small but serious community ... More >>
Though the grills have been extinguished and the fireworks are over, there's no need for the fun to end. July is full of events that won't drain your finances, from art openings to dance parties to a film about Russian feminist punks. Read on for ten events this weekend that are all under $10, and i ... More >>
When three members of activist punk collective Pussy Riot were thrown in jail in February 2012 for a forty-second performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, the world was watching. And earlier this year, HBO released Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, a documentary detailing the musicians' ... More >>
The opening of Denver's third Sprouts, a link in an Arizona-based chain, is just two weeks away, and construction is going fast. The 25,000-square-foot store is slated to open at 3625 East Colfax Avenue at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10. See also: - Sprouts are sprouting up across Colorado - Max MacK ... More >>
It's time to embrace the longest day of the year, to celebrate the first day of summer and the fact that it's still light enough to ride your bike at 8:30 p.m. and warm enough to eat ice cream all freaking night long. So let's all work together to create a mystical pathway for all the witches out th ... More >>
The Alamo Drafthouse, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton, is hosting a grand opening celebration tonight; festivities include a screening of some of Pam Grier's most famous scenes followed by a Q&A with Grier herself. The first Colorado location in this quirky chain of theaters has 32 local beer ... More >>
Upstairs at the Mercury Café tonight, it's all about local food as Sprout City Farms takes over with Sprout Down, a celebration of urban homesteading. A sliding-scale donation gets you two tickets to taste food from the Queen Anne Urban Bed & Breakfast, The Garden, Hanson's and the Truffle Cheese ... More >>
You can't expect every restaurant to cater to your specific dietary needs, which is why we're always looking for crossover venues that have hidden gems on the menu. Zest Cafe in Lakewood is one such spot. Although it's labeled a "vegan/vegetarian" restaurant on Foursquare, the menu lists only a hand ... More >>
Now that heating bills across the state are going up, it's tempting to stay inside and stay warm while staring at your empty wallet. But that's boring! There's tons to do in Denver that's completely free, so you won't have to feel Scrooge-like with your thermostat. This week, for example, you can se ... More >>
Ask local filmmaker Paul Berry what BARK, showing at the Mercury Cafe this Wednesday, is "about," and you end up with a shake-and-bake collection of themes and pop-culture references that include George Lucas, the Baghavad Gita, political satire, George W. Bush, buffalo on the moon and an implied po ... More >>
The curse has struck again. "It is cursed. It is the Così curse. You can call it that," says Cabaret Otaku's Christina Marzano Haystead. For the second time in a year, the alternative opera troupe is cancelling its planned update of Mozart's famous Così Fan Tutte called Così: The Series, which w ... More >>
Saturday night at the Mercury Cafe, second- and third-graders from SOAR Charter School in Green Valley Ranch will bring their drumming skills to the big stage for the first time. Performing under the moniker Night Oblivion, the elementary-school band of percussionists will be part of a fundraiser t ... More >>
When we last spoke with Corey Elbin -- the one-man orchestrator of the Mercury Cafe's weekly avant-garde food and music throw-down, Gorinto -- he was unsure of the fate of the unique get-together. After curating, cooking, booking and running Gorinto on his own for the better part of two years, Elbin ... More >>
Welcome to the end of the work week! Unsurprisingly, your musical options are plentiful this weekend: Gotye packs the Ogden tonight for a sold-out show with Kimbra, Fun. is at the Fox Theatre, John Scofield returns to Colorado after the successful three night stand with Phil Lesh not too long ago, B ... More >>
As the director of Titwrench, Sarah Slater is a staple of the Denver music scene. No, not a staple -- more like a three-ring binder that holds together a massive catalogue of civic talent, a human Rolodex of artists past and present. Beyond Titwrench, Slater keeps herself busy year 'round with a num ... More >>
So today is International Women's Day, and regardless of whether you already knew that or even care now that we've told you, Denver is placed particularly well for some serious celebration this year. Today marks the first day of competition in the Women of the World Poetry Slam, which is in turn a f ... More >>
The mounds of snow aside, there's plenty to do this weekend, whether or not you care about beefy dudes throwing a ball around. Yes, the Super Bowl is happening. But so are a bunch of equally exciting events that will happen despite the blizzard. We've got: A drunken spelling bee, a beatnik's birthda ... More >>
According to the Department of Defense, members of the American military committed suicide at the rate of one every 36 hours between 2005 and 2010. Ten years into the war in the Middle East, with troops officially set to exit Iraq in January, the problem of service members returning home de ... More >>
The seeds for Moon Dog Farms, the massive urban garden at 333 22nd Street that's run, in part, by the Mercury Cafe, were sown during a walk in the park.
2009 Broadway revival cast photos below by Joan Marcus. I don't know exactly what I expected when I walked into the Buell Tuesday for the opening night of Hair, and after the curtain went up and the once-controversial musical got started, even my theater-going companion, an old hippie in every sens ... More >>
viaYou'd think this city would be calming down after the post-holiday street-party season, but it that's certainly not the case. This weekend is looking especially awesome. Not only do we have a cat-related cupcake benefit, but also robotic dinosaurs, a pancake breakfast, a flash fiction read ... More >>
Jacob TeitelbaumMarried In BerdichevKicking off last night, Titwrench Fest 2011 is now in full-swing at the Mercury Cafe tonight with bands, dance performances and informational workshops running through the weekend. The four-day festival brings avant-garde, experimental and (mostly) female m ... More >>
Illustration by Rachel PatonWeekly avant-garde food and music party Gorinto changes things up a bit this evening at the Mercury Café with The Edible Cadaver, a night of gory delights and human-like edibles. This Wednesday night's foodie spread will be body part specific, from the Severed Mel ... More >>
A Melissa May design.Congress Park's Teller Elementary School already marches to a different drum when it comes to fundraising: Instead of hosting yet another carnival or bake sale, Teller has Tellerpalooza, for instance: an annual family-friendly night of live music at the Mercury Cafe. And ... More >>
It's April 20; do you know where your headies are? Because nothing goes with everyone's favorite (legal!) medicine like listening to righteous tunes, here's a rundown of where you can go to get your musical fix tonight -- trichromes not included.
For those of us that hate outdoor activities, winter is the best time of year, because most things happen indoors. None of those pesky barbecues or the guilt that comes from sitting inside all day when it's a lovely 80 degrees out. We've got plenty of pleasant indoor activities going on this ... More >>
Just two days before Thanksgiving, a terrible tragedy befell the family of Sarah and Julie Slater, creators of Denver's essential Titwrench festival and two of this town's biggest proponents of our precious, ever-blooming DIY scene. The home of their parents underwent a devastating house fire ... More >>
Adam Brock and others speak out."You are what you eat" -- we've all heard that one before. But writers and activists such as Michael Pollan have brought the issue of conscious eating into the forefront. And tonight, the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, will serve up "Conscious Eating: ... More >>
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