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On the Road

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Sonny Lawson Field Is a Favorite With Michael Hancock -- But You'll Need a Key to the City

    The deadline is fast approaching for My Favorite Place in Denver, a program created by the Denver Department of Community Planning and Development that's currently soliciting nominations for favorite places in town from residents and visitors alike. We've already weighed in on our least favorite pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Patio of the Week: The History of My Brother's Bar Leaves Its Patio in the Shade

    Last week I stopped by My Brother's Bar to honor the anniversary of the original release of On the Road -- Jack Kerouac's most popular novel about the beat generation and his travels across America, including time in Denver, the home of his buddy and fellow beat writer Neal Cassady. See also: A si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Swallow Hill Music is turning an RV into a mobile music studio, open to everyone

    An anonymous donor gave Swallow Hill Music a 1976 chrome RV, and the organization plans to turn it into mobile music community. After extensive engine work, an interior refurbishment and an external paint job, the vehicle will travel to festivals, shows and events, where it will let people play inst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    John Sinclair on the Beats, poetry and weed

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 6, 2014
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    September 9, 2013

    Patio of the Day: My Brother's Bar

    Not to be confused with the raucous (and world's different) downtown Brother's Bar and Grill, this Highland watering hole was dubbed My Brother's Bar after two brothers bought it in 1970. But that wasn't the beginning for his spot. Drinks first started pouring here in 1873 when the bar was called Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Play ball! Homeless Diamond's third season looks like a hit

    After weeks of delays, the third season of the Homeless Diamond is about to start on Sonny Lawson Field, the newly restored park at the edge of Five Points. This has been a ballfield for decades -- since long before Jack Kerouac watched a game here in 1949, which he commemorated in On the Road. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Sonny Lawson Field reopens Monday -- just in time for Homeless Diamond, season three

    Baseball has always been big in Five Points; in On the Road, Jack Kerouac described going to a game on Welton Street one night among "all humanity, the lot." That game was on a field renamed Sonny Lawson Park in 1972, and it's still home to one of the most unusual softball fields in Denver: right o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Better Block Project comes to Five Points: Don't fence us in!

    The Better Block Project comes to Five Points tomorrow, when it will focus on sprucing up the block of Welton Street that's home to the legendary Sonny Lawson Park -- and its ballfield. Neighborhood groups have been meeting for over a year to discuss what to do with this parcel of land; at one of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Reader: I wasn't disappointed by On the Road

    For fifty years, fans of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, an ecstatic recount of crossings and recrossings of North America in the late 1940s that provided a road map for the Beat generation, have been waiting for a movie of the book. Fans in Denver have a particularly interest: Muse Dean Moriarity was b ... More >>

  • Film

    March 21, 2013
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    March 21, 2013

    Billie McBride channels Dorothy Parker in And Toto too's Pardon My Dust

    Writer, critic and colorful Algonquin Round Table yakker Dorothy Parker was really born to be a character in a play; known in her heyday for her caustic tongue and running witticisms, she left behind a diverse body of work, from comic poems to Hollywood scripts. And her life story was epic, from her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Top five picks for the Boulder International Film Festival from Kathy and Robin Beeck

    The Boulder International Film Festival opens tonight with Muscle Shoals and continues through the weekend with three more days of independent cinema, symposiums and events featuring special guests from all over the world. It can be tricky to pick films from the festival's extensive schedule, so we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (9 free!), February 1-3

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    January 31, 2013
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    November 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Neal Cassady: The Denver Years gets in gear at 3 Kings tomorrow

    Born and raised in Denver, Heather Dalton has long nurtured affection for one of the city's proudest cultural alumni: Neal Cassady, the larger-than-life literary macho-muse who inspired the character of Dean Moriarty, hero of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. For the past several years, Dalton, a musician ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Five Points community gets to the point at cultural potluck today

    Jack Kerouac visited Five Points when it was at its most vibrant, when it was the heart not just of Denver's African American community, but of the entire Rocky Mountain West, when the Rossonian Hotel and other jazz clubs in the area were must-stops for black entertainers crossing the country. As Ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Sonny Lawson Park: Welcome to the neighborhood

    For over a year, neighbors and stakeholders in the area just northeast of downtown -- the edge of the Ballpark neighborhood, Curtis Park, Five Points -- have been discussing how to improve this part of town. They've come up with some answers, and one big question: Why is Sonny Lawson Field, in the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Reader: There are wonderful things happening on Larimer, few good things on Welton

    The Rossonian Hotel turns 100 this year, and so far, there hasn't been much to celebrate. This former hotel in the very heart of Five Points, at the intersection of five streets in Denver's historic black neighborhood, was once filled with the sounds of the country's greatest jazz talent. Jack Kerou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    One Book, One Denver finally comes up with decent choices for next tome on the range

    The ninth time's the charm. After years of serving up the literary equivalent of a Happy Meal for the One Book, One Denver program, the city finally has three great choices for 2012: Through June 22, you can vote for Denver, Enrique's Journey or The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan's book on the Dust B ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Let Untitled take you on a road trip at the Denver Art Museum

    It's always a good Friday when Untitled rolls into the Denver Art Museum: The monthly last-Friday series, which makes looking at art fun and proactively unboring, turns your museum visit upside-down from the moment you walk in the front door. Tonight's session, Untitled #44 (Road Trip), pays homage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Ten things to do for $10 this weekend, February 3-5, 2012

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Uni and Square set the street-art scene at UnseenDenver's fundraiser for Arts Street

    Street art is usually a fly-by-night phenomena, one that the artists prefer no one -- especially the police -- witness. Just ask the Knapper twins, the subjects of this week's Westword cover story. But Denver has recently taken to the idea of live street-art events. And last Friday night, UnseenDenv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    One Book, One Denver goes to the dogs -- but why not take a bite of a Colorado book?

    ​When I equated the One Book, One Denver program with a McDonald's Happy Meal -- people-pleasing and easy to digest -- I didn't know that McDonald's had signed on to sponsor this year's celebration of reading, which will focus on The Art of Racing in the Rain. But hey, at least it's better th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Street artist Theo on Banksy, Jack Kerouac and running from the cops

    Theo's Kerouac stencil, looking pensive.​If he were around today, it's pretty certain that Neal Cassady, immortalized as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's On the Road, would appreciate what the street artist Theo has been up to lately. Cassady was a born rabble-rouser, after all, and in more way ... More >>

  • News

    June 30, 2011
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    June 30, 2011

    Jack Was Here: Showing you the places Jack Kerouac once was

    Yes he was.​Jack Kerouac was here. He came here and wrote about it in On the Road, his most enduring work, and fell in love with Denver to the extent that, at one point, he actually bought a house in Lakewood. Yes, Kerouac was indeed here, but one thing that will not be here, apparently, is Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Review: Willie Nelson at Red Rocks, 6/21/2011

    ​WILLIE NELSON at RED ROCKS | 06.21.11"While Willie Nelson is still a solid player and performer, seeing him these days is about nostalgia for a lot of people. These aren't the best versions of songs like "Crazy" and "Aint It Funny," but seeing Nelson up on stage performing them is as heartwar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Today in Stoke: Sweetgrass Productions' Solitaire heads South for summer ski, snowboard action

    ​Solitaire, the new backcountry skiing and snowboarding film from Colorado-based Sweetgrass Productions and director Nick Waggoner, isn't scheduled for its Denver premiere until September 16 when the Fall flick frenzy gets into full swing. That hasn't stopped the company from dribbling out swe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Snowsurf, noboard & backcountry magnificence from Sweetgrass Productions (VIDEO)

    ​There are, no doubt, saner ways to film the Cordillera Blanca of Peru than paragliding a few feet above jagged glaciers, vertiginous cliffs and freezing lakes, camera and breathing and life itself neatly suspended -- but that wouldn't be the path chosen by Sweetgrass Productions, a backcountr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    10 things to do for $10 this weekend, April 8-10, 2011

    Evert BrownHungry? Why wait? Grab an edible book.​April is here, which means we've got weird weather that causes us to question what on earth we should be wearing at any given point. We blame April specifically for the jeans/flip-flops phenomenon that ruins our mental state on a yearly basis. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Read all about it: Hickenlooper to unveil 2008 One Book, One Denver

    Denver won't be turning to Mark Twain. At 11 a.m. today, Mayor John Hickenlooper will unveil the fifth selection for the city's One Book One Denver reading program. Here's what we know it won't be: Plainsong, Kent Haruf's lovely novel about life on the Eastern Plains, rejected early on because of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    Last Night...Widowers CD release party with Achille Lauro, Mothership and Hawks of Paradise @ Larimer Lounge

    Photos by Jon Solomon. Widowers, Achille Lauro, Mothership and Hawks of Paradise. Thursday, April 24 Larimer Lounge Better Than: LSD Nearly a year ago, Widowers played its first gig with Achille Lauro and Mothership, so it was a no-brainer for the three like-minded bands to team up again to help ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2008

    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool

    January 23, 2008 by Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D The American Mid-West | The story of how On The Road was written is perhaps a better known story than the plot of On The Road itself: In 1951, a young writer named Jack Kerouac rolled several scrolls of teletype paper into his typewriter and then in a three ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2008

    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool

    January 23 by David Amram The American Mid-West | As boy brought up on a farm in Pennsylvania in the late 1930s, I have never forgotten the love of trains, which our generation shared. The distant rattle and rumble of the steam locomotives pulling their freight and passengers across America through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool

    January 19, 2008 by Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D Denver | Jack Kerouac's On The Road, based in part on Kerouac's own life traveling back and forth across the United States in the mid to late 1940s, was written in a spontaneous but highly disciplined style of writing, which very effectively documented the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool, Day Three

    Day One Day Two Day Three January 15, 2008 by Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D The American West | Lowell, Massachusetts, the small industrial town of Jack Kerouac's childhood and growing up, is not a setting in his most famous novel On The Road. Still, there is a presence of this town and the people Keroua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool

    Day One Day Two Day Three January 15, 2008 by David Amram The American West | Since I was brought up on a farm in Feasterville, Pennsylvania during the 1930s, most of my first impressions of the American West were informed by Saturday matinees at the movies. But my Uncle David, a merchant seaman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2008

    Huckabee, Stock Show Style, Graffiti and Various Other Treats

    We know you're busy. So we've compiled this list of the essential stuff you might have missed, or might want to see again, from this week at blogs.westword.com. Enjoy. This slide show offers up some essential do's and don't's of Western wear from the National Western Stock Show parade. We caught u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool, Part Two

    Day One Day Two January 11, 2008 By Audrey Sprenger San Francisco | There is an alleyway in San Francisco named for Jack Kerouac. It links Grant and Columbus Avenues, the main drags of Chinatown and North Beach. Identified by a proper city sign and locatable on city maps it is, except for the gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool, Part Two

    Day One Day Two January 11, 2008 By David Amram San Francisco | In the summer of 1948, at the same time that Jack Kerouac was wandering America, I hitchhiked across the country, from Washington D.C. to San Jose, California to visit my girlfriend. On my weekends off from my job as a carpenter's he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool, Day One

    Monday, January 7 by Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D Denver | There has been a lot of talk about Jack Kerouac this year and the 50th anniversary of his novel On The Road. It's buzzed through Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, public broadcasting and public radio. Over and over again I hear the same comments, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    On the Road in Search of Jack

    Monday, January 7 by David Amram Putnam Valley, New York | In 1956 Jack Kerouac and I first met at a bring-your-own-bottle party at a painter's loft and instantly began collaborating artistically. I backed him up musically while he read and from the earliest days of our working together I knew tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007

    Covering On the Road

    The One Book, One Denver reading program may have overlooked the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road – even though the work has numerous Denver references – and chosen local author Nick Arvin’s Articles of War for this year’s selection, but Book Forum magazine didn’t forget th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2007

    Happy Birthday On The Road

    It was 50 years ago today, that the travel journal charting the 1951 bohemian oddysey of the not-yet-beloved-by-free-spirits-everywhere Jack Kerouac, hit book stands dorm-room shelves, changing America's literary landscape and putting the Beat writers at the forefront of American consciousness. On T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2007

    Keller Williams Keeps Us In the Loop

    For the record, Keller Williams does not sell real estate. He does, however, tour regularly on the jam band circuit, where he routinely impresses audiences with his one-man band approach. With the help of looping technology, Williams constructs his crowd pleasing grooves right on stage, layer by la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2007

    Farewell, Jack Kerouac

    Kenny Be It's time for Jack Kerouac to blow this cowtown again, to rush off into the good night. But instead of heading west to 'Frisco, Denver's favorite adopted son is moving on to summer in his real hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts. This Saturday, March 31, is the last chance to catch Kerou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2007

    Dead Beats

    The much-ballyhooed arrival in Denver of the scroll bearing Jack Kerouac's On the Road manuscript brings back memories of the last great Beat convergence in these parts, a time when wacky Kerouacians crowded the University of Colorado campus in Boulder to revel in all things Jack. The year was 1982 ... More >>

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