This summer, while all eyes have been on the pomp and circumstance at Union Station, I've found my attention drawn more and more to tiny places, homegrown places, places with footprints as large as other restaurant's kitchens. Some of them I've reviewed, such as Kings BBQ and To the Wind Bistro. Oth ... More >>
Estately.com, the site behind our recent list of the ten best states for hippies, has a new target: the Internet search quirks of all fifty states, including Colorado, produced by running "hundreds of search queries through Google Trends to determine which words, terms and questions each state was s ... More >>
Collision, the History Colorado exhibit devoted to the Sand Creek Massacre, has made some history itself over the past two years. And a new chapter will begin today, when Governor John Hickenlooper will announce the creation of the Sand Creek Massacre Commemorative Commission and also mark the sign ... More >>
Smiling Moose Deli, which got its start in the Vail Valley in 2003, recently opened four new locations in Ohio, South Dakota, Montana and North Dakota. But this casual deli chain has not only expanded its geographic range: it's also expanded its menu with a brand-new dish, the Mo!Mac, a combination ... More >>
Jeff Campbell's one-man show, Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?, premieres tonight at work | space. Our Show & Tell blog spoke with Campbell about the show, and that piece focuses primarily on the production. We also caught up with Campbell, who's been a stalwart of the Colorado hip-hop scene for the better ... More >>
The North American Prairie is a land mass that covers about 1.4 million square miles. It stretches north to Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada and south as far as Texas -- and it once made up 40 percent of the continental United States. Even so, many people find the plains to be flat and boring -- ... More >>
By passing Amendment 64, which allows adults to possess small amounts of marijuana, voters here cemented Colorado's reputation as a pot mecca. Note the prominence of the state's name in headlines about the arrest of Brighton's Brian Unbehaun, who's accused of transporting nearly twelve pounds of wee ... More >>
This year has seen some random -- and downright nutty -- food heists. Stealing enormous amounts of edibles is a strange crime, especially since rarely are the thefts committed to feed starving people or to make significant political statements. What sort of greedy, soulless riffraff steals pilfers f ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Going to Extremes," focuses on triple-threat Justin Simoni, a Denver artist and performer who also finished first last month in the single-speed division of the world's toughest mountain bike race, the Tour Divide -- a grueling odyssey on mostly unpaved trails through the R ... More >>
This week's feature story, "Will the real Rick Strandlof please stand up?," explores the identities of a Denver college student who pretended to be a decorated Marine veteran. Although the Supreme Court overturned the Stolen Valor Act last month, effectively nixing any charges against him, Strandlof ... More >>
This has been one hot summer -- and it's bound to get even hotter. Tempers are flaring over the handling of the wildfires, and rumors are heating up over their possible cause: terrorists are setting the fires. And President Barack Obama's visit to the Waldo Canyon fire today is fanning the conspirac ... More >>
Brett Shaheen Wooden Table 2500 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village 303-730-2152 www.thewoodentablerestaurant.com This is part one of my interview with Brett Shaheen, exec chef of the Wooden Table. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow. Flipping pizzas at Pizza Hut. That was Brett Shaheen's firs ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: An eyewitness has stepped forward to offer his account about the terrible hit-and-run that took the life of Montana's Dustin Jefferson following UFC 135 this past weekend. He's B. Dutch Seyfarth, a Westword contributor who says he happened upon the horrific accident ju ... More >>
Driving through Montana last week, I saw worrisome splotches of red in the thick stands of trees on some hillsides -- not the fires of dry summers past, but the first signs that the pine beetles that have plagued Colorado are moving north. Heading south through Wyoming into Colorado, those sp ... More >>
Cloud.Lawmakers can't make up their minds about America's wild horses. While one congressman recently introduced a resolution celebrating the birthday of a stallion made famous by a Colorado filmmaker, the state's own legislature has declared its opposition to any expansion of range for the i ... More >>
Members of the Yelp "Elite Squad" in New York City recently received a chiding e-mail asking them, among other things, to stop acting like greedy trolls; to stop freeloading the grub; to quit auctioning off their event RSVPs to the highest bidders; and to quit bringing their entire families ... More >>
The '80s thing about this picture is that the shower is in a women's locker room.For much of his career, David Sirota has been a hard-hitting leftist political operative, running campaigns with what former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta once called his "instinct for the jugul ... More >>
Colorado's Public Utilities Commission is slated to sign off on Qwest's merger with CenturyLink today, a day after Montana became the fourteenth state to okay the deal, pushing memories of Mountain Bell even further down the line. The PUC was initially scheduled to approve the merger last we ... More >>
It won't make the body scans or perverse groping security pat-downs any easier to handle, but medical marijuana patients traveling to one of five states from DIA can now pack their cannabis openly instead of, say, hiding it in a shampoo bottle.
Larger image below.In recent days, temperatures have been rising over "The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals," a multi-panel work by California's Enrique Chagoya that's been on display at the Loveland Museum/Gallery -- or at least it was until yesterday, when a Montana woman ID'd as Kathlee ... More >>
Stop resting easy, pal. You're not endangered anymore.Last December, when President Barack Obama first announced the nomination of Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior, Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity criticized the choice, claiming that Salazar's environmental r ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of all the things we'r ... More >>
If you're not a student lucky enough to have a snow day, or a grown-up who's wisely decided to stay home and watch movies, you've either already been on the roads during today's storm or you're about to venture out onto them. And while Colorado drivers can present their own issues, out-of-staters ri ... More >>
On my first road trip to Montana, back in the pre-cell-phone days, I had to stop every hour or so and find a phone so that I could check in with a lawyer who was concerned that the Denver DA's office was going to file charges against our high-school intern. Why? Because that intern had just w ... More >>
Cloud, star of three documentaries--and until recently a target for the BLM roundup. The Obama administration talks tall about its fresh ideas and new directions. Especially at the Department of the Interior, where Secretary Ken Salazar has vowed to change course from the Bush years and devel ... More >>
There's nothing like having the endorsement of mom -- or having her tell you in no uncertain terms that she's going to kick your ass if you let her or the 2,000 kids who are assembled to watch your band down by not, well, kicking ass. Such was the lot of David Schmitt last weekend, when his band, ... More >>
Jo Scott as seen on Channel 7. In this week's Westword, "Bursting Their Bubble" discusses the first successful prosecution in Denver of a Bubble-Law violation. Convicted in August, Jo Scott will be back in court on September 30 to find out whether she'll be ordered to stay away from all Planned Pa ... More >>
You see a lot of things on a 950-mile road trip, although you don't see them for long if you're trying to average 77 miles (with gas/bathroom stops). But on that long trip yesterday from Clearwater Junction, Montana, to Denver, Colorado, the most welcome sight of all may have been the sign on the Lo ... More >>
Head Like a Kite makes reel music.
With Our Album Year, the Meese might inherit the earth.
David vs. Goliath
Northfork is the work of angels, real and imagined.
Castaways and Cutouts (Hush/Kill Rock Stars)
A judge's ruling beefs things up in the West University neighborhood.
Tired of downers? In Big Eden, life is full of happy twists.
Are Jake Jabs and Ted Nugent really the same person?
Ben Stevens is on the road again -- and he couldn't be happier.
Memories keep the ghosts of past friendships alive.
As its inmate population ages, the Colorado prison system discovers there's no con like an old con.
DR. NORM AND THE REST OF PATRIOT RADIO FACE THE APOCALYPSE. NOW.