The Colorado School of English is doing more than just helping foreign students master the complex language of English. It's also teaching them to give back to the communities that help them. As part of the service learning component of the curriculum, students do a volunteer project every twelve we ... 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 >>
The big food news: Colorado cantaloupe season kicks off today, when pickers hit the fields to start harvesting Rocky Ford cantaloupes. "We love it when people come experience our famous cantaloupes at one of our grower's markets, but those who can't make it to Rocky Ford will find fresh field-ripene ... More >>
By now we've all heard about the European horse-meat "scandal," with bits of Mr. Ed being discovered in processed frozen-beef products -- everything from Burger King hamburger patties to lasagna. But why the hell is everyone freaking out? It's horse meat, not poison, and if horse meat were sold at g ... More >>
Fifteen teams competed in the 2013 International Snow Sculpture Championship in Breckenridge last week. From January 22-26, groups from across the globe hand-carved 20-ton blocks of snow into frozen art over a 65-hour period. Yesterday, team Mongolia took home top honors for its impressive snow stat ... More >>
So, if Facebook is the future of social discourse, it should be no surprise that it's been a forum for Occupy Wall Street discussions and visual arguments. Pictures, cartoons, graphics -- anti-Occupy Facebookers have taken to the virtual streets of Zuckerberg's city to fight Occupy Wall Stree ... More >>
In the 1880s, English explorers Teresa and St. George Littledale -- with their fox terrier, Tanny, in tow -- mounted expeditions in the Rocky Mountains and across North America. And then they headed even further afield, to the Caucasus, the Pamirs, Russian Central Asia, Mongolia and eventually Tibet ... More >>
Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to emphasize that it's focusing on arresting so-called criminal aliens -- and it's lassoed plenty in these parts of late. In September, ICE busted 78 people -- and of the 6,617 folks grabbed in the Denver area during fiscal 2010, 4,447 were said t ... More >>
This is distinctly American music. Working with a lineup that's fluctuated between six and ten and has included members of Jurassic 5, Ozomatli has for some fifteen years been blending Latin rhythms and hip-hop influences for a sound that's as big as it is varied and multicultural. The U.S. ... More >>
When I first met Steve Shoppman and Steve Bouey more than two years ago, their plan sounded a little crazy. The longtime roommates and adventure lovers had read a 1967 memoir called Who Needs a Road?, about a road trip all the way around the world, and they decided to repeat the journey -- a story t ... More >>
A diorama of what the Liaoning Forest might have looked like during the time of dinosaurs. Photo by Roderick Mickens/American Museum of Natural History Amazing discoveries are constantly being made in the paleontological field, but China's Liaoning Forest is yielding some information that's truly a ... More >>
In 1996, Westword published its thirteenth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Yuppie on a Harley (then-senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who posed for a Banana Republic ad) to the Best New Public Art (Mark di Suvero’s still-controversial “Lao Tzu”) ... More >>
Steppe by steppe, the hordes are descending on Denver.
Gaku Homma found his domo on the range.
Dromedaries bond over string music in a refreshing new docudrama.
Standup overcomes his disability
From the week of February 12, 2004
Unless you're Amarzaya Toodoi, a young Mongolian student trying to return to Denver in a post-9/11 world.
Charlie's high-flying heroines kick ass -- but not the sequel syndrome.
Shirts Against Skins
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
The second sailing of a traditional Chinese boat race heats up the competition.
Mongolian throat singers bring very, very old-timey music to Denver.
The ancient sounds of Huun-Huur Tu, the Throat Singers of Tuva.
February 25 - March 3, 1999