Books can unfold great adventures or embrace an experience that's as easy as pie. This week's picks explore both roads; take a last summer vacation with these diversions. Read on... See also: Five Amazing Zines From the Denver Zine Library
Less than an hour after the plane dropped them off, Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters saw the polar bear tracks. The two Boulder-based explorers were just beginning their campaign to complete a rare, unsupported land-to-pole trek, walking almost 500 miles across the sea ice from Canada's Arctic shores to ... More >>
This year's Best of Denver celebrates lots of great things about the Mile High City, including the top sports stars, teams and coaches. Below, we've gathered together a photo-illustrated list of the winners who had us cheering the loudest, complete with the original Best of Denver items and your pi ... More >>
With the mountains getting more snow, Arapahoe Basin already open for the season and additional resorts set to follow soon, it's time to start planning trips. But what's the best destination if you've got a family? The folks at the Colorado.com website have some ideas. They've listed seven ski area ... More >>
No one could have predicted that all the wacky doomsday predictions tied to the Mayan calendar and December 21, 2012 would mark a new beginning for PeaceJam, the homegrown effort that links Nobel Peace Prize winners with kids, teaching them how to make a difference in the world. But assuming the wor ... More >>
TAG|RAW BAR, Troy Guard's house of (mostly) raw foodstuffs that are good for your body and soul, is one of the city's most petite restaurants, but by the start of Denver Restaurant Week(s), Guard and his gang will have doubled the size of the below street level space in the Larimer Square pedestrian ... More >>
If you were born and raised in Denver, you are, by default, a green chile geek. And for those of you who popped out elsewhere (New Mexico notwithstanding), and simply don't get why we're so besotted with suffocating our burritos, enchiladas, rellenos and French fries with verde, we can only assume y ... More >>
Much like the little elves busy helping Santa at the North Pole, we've spent the better part of the year hard at work. tasting of hundreds of wines -- all so that we can serve up this listing of bottles worthy of only one thing: drinking your way through the most stressful wonderful time of t ... More >>
Stop lying to our children.It's April, and Easter will be here before you know it -- which means it's time for the Prophet Elijah to weigh in. One of our perennial tip-line favorites, the prophet calls us with impressive regularity to tell us his thoughts on a variety of subjects, including w ... More >>
Wherever you go, chances are that not too far away from you is a hidden gem tucked away in some off-the-path corner of the landscape, a weird little spot that somehow got bounced off the flatbed of time and just kind of stayed there -- to find it, you just have to know where to look. Where I' ... More >>
Run run Rudolph!Caffe Boa, the restaurant in Tempe, Arizona, that served rrabbit at a very special Easter dinner, is at it again, with a multi-course, not-so-tasteful menu for Christmas that's a reindeer roundup. Chef Payton Curry claims that his holiday meal features reindeer not from the N ... More >>
"You'd better watch your ass, Rudy -- Palin's got a gun" Over the years, poor St. Nick has been subjected to countless glasses of room-temperature milk and endless holiday plates of instantly-stale-out-of-the-oven sugar cookies dotted with those tiny silver-ball decorations (they're actually ... More >>
Everyone knows The Nutcracker, but few people know the story -- and that's for a good reason: It's is so slight, it's almost incoherent. Yeah, there's a pseudo-plot in the first act about a battle with a Rat King or something, but that's all wrapped up by the second act, which is devoted pret ... More >>
Bree DaviesThis is not what we had planned. By all accounts, the Santa representative at the Aurora Mall -- ahem, the "Town Center at Aurora" --positioned in front of Macy's in a red suit and plopped down in a mildly sad, purple button-back chair was our guy. But after an elf explained that w ... More >>
Bree DaviesHow Santa can be in so many places at once is something we will never know, but one thing is for sure: Right around Thanksgiving (and all the way until Christmas), you can find him anywhere people are buying stuff. We decided to stake out each incarnation of Santa in and around the ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their holiday decorations... click image to enlarge Look to the left center of the picture above to find the everyday western-themed yard art hiding behind the countless candy canes and wire reindeers. At first, the bronze animal looks like a small bison, but ... More >>
Just over ten years ago, local filmmaker and stage director donnie l. betts took a chance on radio drama, a medium some might deem obsolete, by reviving the works of Richard Durham, whose long run of live radio theater programs profiled cultural and historical African-American figures beginning in t ... More >>
Santa answers a most unusual wish.
The Anti-Gym's Michael Karolchyk says he wants you to hate him, and the media's eating up every word — even the little white lies.
Separating holiday-music gifts from seasonal disorders.
Vince Vaughn tries to attract a different set of underage babies with Fred Claus.
When Al Gore and other global-warming experts want to come in out of the cold, they turn to Boulder's Konrad Steffen.
Some culinary wishes and dishes for the new year.
The penguins only dance in the globes at Cherry Creek.
A quick guide to St. Nick and his pals at the malls.
Hammond's raises cane for the holidays
The early bird gets the bargain
Polar Express is a kids' action movie that parents will warm to.
Brian Setzer and the gang ring those sleigh bells
Elf has all the trimmings of a holiday standard.
Another SNL vet may be the next Bill Murray. Seriously.
Music's lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes on the shortwave radio dial.
A comic duo goes in search of Yeti and yuks.
Rattlebrain's gifted comic performances don't always guarantee a happy ending.
This year, a handful of shows provided the healing power of laughter.
Singing his praises
The stage is set for Christmas in Denver.
A guide to holiday brews.
The best holiday discs, as well as others that will make you pity the yule.
Man or Astro-man? announces plans for world domination.