Rachel Neiman, a Regis University student, took no part in a suspected street race that ended when another vehicle slammed into hers. She was an innocent victim, and in the wake of her death a week later, she's being remembered as a promising and adventurous young woman whose life was cruelly cut sh ... More >>
On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. South Broadway's ... More >>
The soft colors and fake palm trees of a local Peruvian spot served as ideal backdrop as we caught up with the unique band of personalities in Latin reggae band Mono Verde. For many of the band members, this quiet spot recreates a feeling of home, with its imported South American beers, (fake) birds ... More >>
In recent years, much of Colorado has been stricken by drought. This year, in contrast, we've received so much precipitation that tragedies are multiplying, with a Western Slope mudslide that took three lives to a series of rafting deaths of the Poudre River that have led to three casualties as well ... More >>
It's crunch time for the students of Auraria Campus since today marks the beginning of finals week. It can be easy during stressful times to leave the house in a hoodie and sweatpants. Luckily, students like Walter Vasquez still found time to dress fashionably. Read here to learn where he shops, wha ... More >>
In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard - south to north - within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on thi ... More >>
Matthew Moon's homecoming has been years in the making. In the past five years, the Colorado native has lived in Peru and L.A. But for his latest album, I Am the Wind, he made his way back to Colorado, where he holed up in an isolated cabin in Aspen to write before finally returning to Mile High Cit ... More >>
Many of the restaurants I've reviewed have been launched by people trying to recreate the flavors that they grew up with. Karen Wee Lin Tan Beckman dishes up her mother's recipes at Makan Malaysian Café; Jaedo Ryu uses Bop & Gogi to showcase the bulgogi, kimchi and bibimbop of his native Korea; and ... More >>
This Saturday, April 6, Hooked on Colfax will donate its wall space to Local Goes Global, an evening devoted to raising money through art for a global health-focused nonprofit, Comunidades Unidas Peru. A student-run organization, CU Peru comprises volunteers from various schools at the University o ... More >>
Quick! Name a Peruvian food. Chances are you named ceviche -- raw, citrus-marinated fish. But Bob Van Diest is hoping that will soon change. A year and a half ago, Van Diest and his family opened La Polleria, a small restaurant in Centennial serving another type of authentic Peruvian fare: rotisse ... More >>
"I've been involved with food since I was six, and I've always dreamed of having a restaurant in an old building with a wooden roof and exposed brick -- a space to create whatever I want," says Pepe Aparicio, who, along with his brother, Gianfranco, will open Taita, a Peruvian restaurant housed in a ... More >>
One of TACtile Textile Arts Center's most colorful exhibits is back: World Threads III: Preserving Textile Traditions, featuring -- as in the past -- a beautiful global palette of fiber-arts handiwork to both look at and to buy. Even more beautiful is the humanitarian purpose behind the show -- to s ... More >>
Slither up to Boulder tonight to hear herpetologist Robert Jadin lecture on "Venomous Snakes," including a new breed of pit-viper snakes belonging to the genus crotalus. "Many different biodiversities exist and have yet to be discovered," he says. Earth has just as much to be discovered on the surfa ... More >>
Director Nick Waggoner and his Boulder-based Sweetgrass Productions crew spent two years filming in the backcountry in Argentina, Peru, and Chilean Patagonia to make Solitaire, a film unlike any of the other ski and snowboard porn premiering this month. We caught up with Waggoner and produc ... More >>
We miss Saturday mornings sometimes, when we would run downstairs filled with sugary cereal and spend the day watching cartoons and "educational programming." Even though these days we're well aware of the alphabet (some of us, at least -- mostly those that don't comment articles on the inter ... More >>
When whole wheat flour, line-caught salmon, blueberries and flax just won't do, there's another super-duper food for the most healthy of the healthy: Salba Smarts has been selling its line of products containing salba since 2006, and I've been munching my way through them. This superfood app ... More >>
Denver's street-food scene is exploding, what with all those cupcake trucks, biscuit-mobiles, gastro-carts on wheels and upscale taco wagons hawking their foodstuffs all over town. And the trend hasn't gone unnoticed by the Denver Public Library's free Fresh City Life programs, which integrat ... More >>
Dog on Joy.Joy Behar must have a thing for guests with Colorado connections. Last week on her Headline News show, it was Ted Haggard pimping his new Colorado Springs church. And last night, she jawed with Dog the Bounty Hunter about suspected Natalee Holloway killer Joran van der Sloot, who's ... More >>
Wine enthusiasts -- who perhaps don't quite reach the level of oenophile, but nevertheless enjoy their fermented grapes -- are generally familiar with French, Californian and even Australian wines. But there's a knowledge gap when it comes to Latin wines -- a gap that Centro Latin Kitchen & R ... More >>
Those of us who love food tend to love it from all regions of the globe. But while we might appreciate certain exotic cuisines, it's sometimes difficult to incorporate them into our own cooking repertoire. You can change all that with Cook Street School of Fine Cooking's A World of Taste ser ... More >>
Liz KellermeyerChocolate and fleur de sel caramel tart with milk chocolate gelato and nougatine crunch. Oh, yes.If your New Year's resolutions have you off the sugar, this post isn't for you. If, however, you've instead vowed to be more mindful of the quality of your indulgences and are keeping ... More >>
Perhaps inspired by the fact that we're in the process of putting together our annual year-end lists and thus reflecting on our favorite releases from the past twelve months, we've been going through all the albums we reviewed in 2009 in an effort to stir our memories just in case a worthy releas ... More >>
"New Gig," an October 2005 Message column, introduced readers to Gabriel Elizondo, who decided to leave his job as an assignment editor at Channel 7 in favor of an opportunity to join Al-Jazeera International, a new English-language spinoff of the controversial Arabic network. Over three years later ... More >>
Los Cabos II promises "puro Peru," and as Jason Sheehan found when he reviewed Los Cabos, it makes good on that promise. The restaurant at 1525 Champa Street that won our Best Central/South American Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2008 recently added another authentic dish to the lineup: Peruvian r ... More >>
Who: Debajo Del Agua In Their Words: "Formed in Denver, Colorado, Debajo is composed of musicians from Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico and the States. We fuse a vast diaspora of styles incorporating elements of hip hop, Andean music, salsa, samba, cumbia, reggae, and more. Our music is a reflectio ... More >>
Perú Negro brings a musical legacy to life.
Brief reviews of current releases
More of the same isn't always a bad thing.
I am spoiled. Most culinary adventurers would be happy to find one Peruvian restaurant in a town this size, but Denver has several, with more coming all the time. Early this year, Cebiche opened in the space once occupied by El Chalan, a Peruvian restaurant that pioneered this neighborhood more tha ... More >>
Head for warmer climes at the Walnut Foundry.
Some reasons to rise and shine.
James Redfield's Celestine Prophecy is one divine mess.
Los Cabos II stirs up Peru's culinary history.
Will Durst zings for KGNU
Manos Folk Art
Get a manos-on experience at Machu Picchu
Newmont Mining, Machu Picchu and the Museum of Nature & Science make strange bedfellows.
In The Dancer Upstairs, Bardem is the calm amid the political storm.
Life can get wild and woolly for herders who flock to the U.S. under a special law.
Piscos goes south of the border. Way south of the border.
THERE WEREN'T THOUSANDS OF FIRST-RATE RECORDS RELEASED IN 1995. BUT THERE WERE NINETY.