Filmmaker Guy Maddin says that watching a movie has more in common with a paranormal séance than meets the eye; he remembers the first time he realized that the French word for a movie screening is "séance," which translates into "a sitting." Both activities take place in the dark; both are enchan ... More >>
Noah French Sugarmill 2461 Larimer Street 303-297-3540 sugarmilldesserts.com This is part one of my interview with Noah French, pastry chef and co-owner of Sugarmil; part two of our conversation will run tomorrow. It's just before noon on a Wednesday, and already Sugarmill, the Ballpark-neighborh ... More >>
SAT | MICHAL MENERT at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 11/16/13 Since his debut solo album Dreaming of Something Bigger, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when he first hit the scene. Menert has won fans ... More >>
SAT | KASKADE at SKYLAB, DENVER COLISEUM | 9/21/13 Kaskade has crafted his own signature sound out of an unusual blend of disco-kissed deep house and big-room trance. Somehow the Utah-born DJ manages to balance these two disparate genres into a unified whole, leaning heavily on female vocals and sex ... More >>
Despite the proliferation of eager whippersnappers rushing to open craft breweries and distilleries, people have been working diligently to get us drunk for centuries. St. Germain, for example, originated in France in 1885, and its exuberantly fruity taste, which benefits from that most European o ... More >>
Jason Lebeau Pastry chef Coohills 1400 Wewatta Street 303-623-5700 coohills.com This is part two of my chat with Jason Lebeau, pastry chef at Coohills; part one of my interview with Lebeau ran yesterday. If you could make one request of Denver diners, what would it be? Be willing to think outside ... More >>
Bad news for Animal Collective fans. We just received word that the band will not be coming to Denver as planned this Friday, March 22. The reason: Avey Tare (aka David Portner) is suffering from a severe case of strep throat and is unable to perform. No word yet on when the date will be rescheduled ... More >>
Brace yourself, my aging hipster friend: If you haven't heard, your favorite band from nearly a decade ago is back together and playing shows again. While the Coachella date is the one that got everybody hyperventilating, the Postal Service's tour actually kicks off a few days earlier in Reno. After ... More >>
Forty years ago, New York fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert set out to produce a runway show called Le Grand Divertissement à Versailles in 1973, a fundraising catwalk to save the dilapidated Palace of Versailles in France. But the fashion show -- which positioned American designers Oscar de la Ren ... More >>
Fabio Flagiello PastaVino 1043 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-955-8791 www.pastavino.com This is part one of my interview with Fabio Flagiello, exec-chef owner of PastaVino. Part two of my chat with the Boulder chef will run in this space tomorrow. "There's something about the life of a chef and resta ... More >>
Thomas Salamunovich Larkspur 478 Vail Valley Drive, Vail 970-754-8050 www.larkspurvail.com Larkburger www.larkburger.com Part one of my interview with Thomas Salamunovich, exec chef of Larkspur and Larkburger, ran yesterday; this is part two of our chat. Rules of conduct in your kitchen: Respect e ... More >>
Madrid, Paris, Denver.What do these three locations have in common? They are the three sites selected by the French fashion house to host Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective, which opened yesterday and runs through July 8 at the Denver Art Museum. As if you needed added incentive to see this impor ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! Whether you're making your way up to the mountains for Snowball Music Festival 2012 or staying behind in the city, there's an abundance of musical choices: Tonight at the Fillmore Snoop Dogg throws down before heading up the hill himself for a slot at Snowball, while a couple ... More >>
Union Station, 1881The two groups vying to win the contract to redevelop Union Station are both missing the boat, says one reader. Instead of building off the concepts of the past, they need to look to the future, to the "one-off-thinking of today's youth and young adults."
Michael Trundle's plate isn't just filled these days. It's overflowing to the point where he's dropping crap everywhere -- but he's dropping it like it's hot. While he's preparing for a trip to the Big Apple next week for the Live4Ever official CMJ showcase, where he'll perform as boyhollow a ... More >>
John Williams.John Williams would have relished the irony. The University of Denver professor's astonishing novel Stoner landed with a thud when it was first published in 1965. Forty-six years later, and seventeen years after Williams himself died at the age of 71, the book is being hailed as ... More >>
Lori Midson Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson Frasca Food and Wine 1738 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-442-6966 www.frascafoodandwine.com This is part one of my interview with Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, co-owner and executive chef of Frasca Food and Wine. Part two of my chat with Mackinnon-Patterso ... More >>
Lori Midson Noah Stephens Vert Kitchen 704 South Pearl Street 303-997-5941 www.vertkitchen.com This is part two of my interview with Noah Stephens, exec chef/owner of Vert Kitchen. Part one of my chat with Stephens ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: I love French ... More >>
Lori Midson This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Robert Bogart, executive chef of Elway's Downtown. In part one of that interview, which ran yesterday, Bogart raps on strange guest requests, one roof and how he wishes that cooks would get the respect they deserve. Rules of condu ... More >>
Christmas can be intense: Rife with familial undercurrents and financial strain, the yuletide can bring a time of crushing disappointment, dissolving relationships, mounting tension and exploding tempers -- but if we open our hearts and we wish hard enough, it just might also be a time of red ... More >>
Those of you who follow this blog have likely read my weekly Chef and Tell interviews, wherein I pepper local line monkeys with a syllabus of prying questions. We run a condensed version of their answers in print, while the entire interview runs over the course of two, sometimes three, days o ... More >>
Many people in Denver may not know Nathan Reid by name. Just the same, over the course of his career, which spans three decades, he's had the chance to work with a host of prominent acts from Ghostface to Damien and Stephen Marley. Currently operating out of Mercury Sauce, his private produ ... More >>
Every July 14, Frenchmen and francophiles alike revel in Bastille Day celebrations around the world. They're all fêteing that historic day in 1789 when French liberal political groups staged an infamous uprising against Louis XVI and the French monarchy at the Bastille prison in Paris. To ... More >>
Chipotle Mexican Grill, the big-ass burrito-monger that started in a tiny renovated ice cream shop at 1644 East Evans in 1993 has reached a couple of milestones recently. The first European Chipotle started hawking the goods to Londoners in May, and yesterday, the chain opened its 1,000th ... More >>
Founded in 2003 in Paris by sisters Bianca "Coco" Casady and Sierra "Rosie" Casady, CocoRosie has been responsible for making music that combines otherwordly electronic pop with organic sounds, hip-hop and conceptual art. As a whole, it's the musical equivalent of a magical-realism novel fe ... More >>
Lori MidsonMatt Mine, executive chef of Oceanaire This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Matt Mine, executive chef of Oceanaire. You can read part one of that interview here. Culinary inspirations: Many things, but the weather and the seasons usually play a big part in how I cook, ... More >>
This is part two of my interview with Olav Peterson, exec chef of Bistro One. To read part one, click here. Culinary inspirations: Whenever I go to Paris, I always come away with so many influences, whether it's from the art in the city or eating an iconic banana Nutella crepe off the stre ... More >>
Lori MidsonBob Blair, executive chef and owner of Fuel CafeThere are some chefs who insist on being called, well, "Chef," and then there are other kitchen wizards, like Bob Blair, who roll their eyes, shake their heads and politely ask that you don't address them as "Chef" at all. "I'm a cook ... More >>
Opus executive chef Michael LongThis is part two of my interview with Micheal Long, executive chef of Opus. To read part one of this interview, click here. Culinary inspirations: Norman Van Aken. I'm a south Florida guy, so when I came out of CIA in 1990 and moved back to Florida, Norman wa ... More >>
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