The musical Kinky Boots, which was inspired by a modest 2005 film, tells the story of an unlikely partnership. Charlie has just inherited his father's shoe factory in Northampton in the English Midlands, a factory once known for producing some of the highest-quality shoes in the country. But the bus ... More >>
#5: Kim Shively One of Westword's newest crop of MasterMinds (all of whom will be honored this Saturday at Artopia 2014), Kim Shively expresses herself in images, rather than words, as a video artist and technician who'll take on any subject matter, from Wesley Willis to Lucha Libre wrestling, not ... More >>
#69: Bruce Price A painter who started out as a musician, Bruce Price learned from his mentor, the pattern painter Clark Richert, at the Rocky Mountain School of Art Design, and eventually stretched and bent those lessons into something that suited him better. The resulting work, abstractions exp ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature that celebrates the books that inspire Denver art ... More >>
Few bands in history have cast a longer shadow than The Smiths. They've inspired countless imitators and spiritual successors since they called it quits in 1987. While skinny indie kids moaning about the hardships of life are a dime a dozen, tracking down the successful artists influenced by Morriss ... More >>
Well, here we are, at the end of the road of lyrical idiocy. As our countdown to crappiness finally culminates, we've trained our eye on some of the greatest lyricists in rock, who during select moments, greatly disappointed us with their valueless verse. These lyrics are all bad on their own terms, ... More >>
Celebrity fandom is almost always based on inaccessibility. Whether it's a rock star, an actor or a politician, desire is created when you reach out for the object of passion and come up a few inches short. So what happens when you have a fanbase that is made up of people who long to find themselves ... More >>
Welcome to the Name Game, the latest Backbeat feature in which we periodically check in with a local act ask them to share the story behind the nom de tune (if there is one), to find out how and why they chose their handle, in addition to spelling out any special significance the moniker might have. ... More >>
Tony Wilson (the Andy Warhol of Manchester, England) once made the hackneyed statement "Morrissey is a woman trapped in a man's body," to which the dandified frontman of the Smiths eventually replied, "Tony Wilson is a man trapped in a pig's body." The two were friends and icons of the Manchester mu ... More >>
Willow Palin asserts that you are a homosexualIf conservative politics are a circus, then the Palin family is everyone's favorite sideshow. The teen pregnancy, the strange babydaddy drama, the truncated term as governor -- shoot, that was the Palins just getting warmed up, evidently, because ... More >>
Leadville has a long, colorful history. Colorful enough even without the latest colorful chapter: the much-publicized arrest in Ireland of Leadville-come-lately resident Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old blond, single mom whose own mother -- also a recent addition to the Leadville lineup -- ... More >>
Walker Fine Art
This Measure for Measure is beyond measure.
The sassy Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge skewers Dickens.
Dorian Blues' leading man deserves his day in the sun.
Poignant Irritations paints an intriguing portrait of Stein and Toklas.
Black Smiths (Self-released)
From the week of January 22, 2004
A Christmas Carol retains its message of hope.
Style is in the eye of the beholder -- and you can finally behold some again at the Tabor Center.
James Ellroy’s cruise through America’s shadows continues with the second part of his triology.
The saga of four sisters returns in a respectable musical adaptation.
From the week of June 14, 2001
Time travel with Herndon Davis at the DAM.
Phil O'Goodstein will paint a picture of Denver's Irish.
Colorado's Board of Education is more powerful than you know -- and it would like to get even stronger.
Matthew Shepard's murder and its aftermath are examined in The Laramie Project.
Patrick Gourley has seen enough death from AIDS. Now it’s time for rebirth.
From South Park to Pokémon, 1999 was almost an American beauty.
DRUMMER GINGER BAKER TALKS ABOUT JAZZ, CREAM AND HIS LATEST OBSESSION--POLO.