It's our first best-cities list of 2014! And the roster assembled by Sharecare.com -- "America's 10 Best Cities for Fitness 2014" -- seems custom-made for Denver. Did the Mile High City kick ass in a way that showed off its taut musculature? Damn right it did, even besting the community whose footb ... More >>
Sometime during the second week in December, most likely on December 13, Voodoo Doughnuts, which got its start in Portland, Oregon and commands lines of epic length for its wacky -- and often naughtily-named -- doughnut combinations like the cock-and-balls, a doughnut oozing with cream, will open it ... More >>
St. Louis-style pizza isn't the only foreign flavor invading this city. Denver is also being infiltrated by businesses from Oregon, most recently Thump Coffee, a mini-coffeehouse chain that just opened its first location outside of Oregon on East 13th Avenue, in the heart of Colorado's Capitol Hill. ... More >>
Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel formed the Helio Sequence in Beaverton, Oregon, in 1999. On their first few releases, the duo created vividly realized, playfully psychedelic songs that made a languid, rockist format seem expansive and upbeat, particularly 2001's Young Effectuals, which was like ... More >>
Todd Snider is one of America's most gifted storytellers. The songwriter, who first gained notice in the mid '90s with the song "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues," writes the kind of songs that can both cut you to the bone and make you laugh at the same time. He has a knack for exploring and expres ... More >>
We recently shared a list of the ten worst travel cities -- a roster on which Denver finished first -- as judged by inexpensive flights, short travel times to popular destinations and accessibility. But what if you're more interested in another type of accessibility -- such as the ease of finding ve ... More >>
A Portland man has been arrested for harassing the families of victims of the Aurora theater shooting. Kevin Michael Purfield, 45, is accused of "e-mailing, calling and using social media to contact various family members of victims of the theater shooting," the Portland police say in a statement. ... More >>
This year's Great American Beer Festival played temporary home to 580 breweries -- and with more than 2,700 beers poured, the fest's professional judge panel had its hands (and mouths) full when making decisions on the winners of all 84 categories. Continue reading for the full list of the weekend's ... More >>
One piece of the puzzle of Denver's growth as a bike city, explored in-depth in this week's feature, "On a Roll," is the city's initiative to launch a bike-safety campaign. The effort's been in the works for months, given the rise in collisions between cyclists and cars. Top city officials met in Au ... More >>
"Delicious - divine - delectable." It's comments that like that just landed Fruition, Alex Seidel's tiny temple of gastronomy, in a listacle of ten restaurants that begins with New York City's Le Bernardin, includes Alinea in Chicago and ends with Screen Door in Portland.
The space at 3801 West 32nd Avenue that last housed Apres Dessert Bar is going in almost the exact opposite direction: toward wings, sandwiches, burgers and beer. Fire on the Mountain, a mini-chain with locations in Portland, Oregon, is expanding into Colorado. By the week of April 23, Denver's Fire ... More >>
Unknown Mortal Orchestra (due Friday, March 16 at the Gothic Theatre) is based on Portland, Oregon. The band's frontman, Ruban Nielson, however, spent nearly a decade in punk band the Mint Chicks while based out of Auckland, New Zealand. After a few records on the legendary Flying Nun label, Nielson ... More >>
Beer-loving Governor John Hickenlooper arrives at his post-inauguration party last January.Is Denver just a pathetic, Midwestern version of Portland? That debate is raging across westword.com, particularly in the comments section after "Fifteen reasons why young people move to Colorado," but ... More >>
Fans of Voodoo Doughnuts would be very thankful if the Portland, Oregon-based chain opened an outlet here -- and recent rumors suggest one could be coming our way. Not fast enough to satisfy Brains76, though:
Aaron ThackerayCelebrating Denver beer culture at the Great Divide birthday party.Beer here! A recent transplant from Portland, Oregon, found Colorado Beer Man's comparison of the Denver beer scene to that of Portland. And in this newcomer's view, Denver's not the winner. Here's the bad beer ... More >>
There's a new coffee shop in town, and it's unlike any that's come before. For one thing, it has no walls, no roof, no doors, no windows -- just a couple of wheels, a handlebar and two pedals. Introducing the Perk Cycle, Wash Perk Coffee Shop's free-wheeling new venture, one equipped to ser ... More >>
Lori MidsonWill Cisa The Corner Office 1401 Curtis Street 303-825-6500 www.thecornerofficedenver.com/food/dinner This is part two of my interview with Will Cisa, executive chef of the Corner Office Restaurant Martini Bar. In part one of that interview, Cisa dished on monumental cooking dis ... More >>
Portland's Hopworks Urban Brewing does it city-style.Portland is a better beer town than Denver. As a Denver native, it pains me to say that, but after having visited Beervana for the first, time, there is no getting around it. While Denver brewers consistently make better beer than those in ... More >>
Twin Perks has several locations in Portland.Denver is about to get its second bikini-barista coffee shop, and like the first, it takes its inspiration and has its roots in the bikini-barista trend in the Pacific Northwest. Twin Perks is scheduled to open sometime in December at 1628 Federal ... More >>
It's that time of year again, when chefs from all over the country send out e-mails begging their loyal customers to nominate them for a James Beard Foundation Award, otherwise known as the "Oscars of the food universe."
Mark MangerThe hot food story of the summer is the success of the gourmet food trucks and carts, which we predicted in our June 3 cover story. So far, we've seen trucks from Steuben's, Deluxe, Paris on the Platte, WaterCourse Foods and the Denver Biscuit Company, in addition to such gourmet c ... More >>
That's the news from Site Selection, a magazine with the corporatey mission of providing "corporate real estate strategy and area economic development."The Denver-Aurora area ranked third behind San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (1) and and Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metro areas as best locatio ... More >>
Xperiment Colorado hip-hop is serious right now, and there's a bunch of cats making moves. Hot on the heels of his runner-up finish to back-to-back winner Boonie Mayfield in the recent Red Bull Big Tune battle, Xperiment is the latest addition to the Humble Beast roster. Based in Portland, O ... More >>
Lori Midson Venue chef James Rugile Restaurant and chef semifinalists for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards were released this morning, which gives all the nominees exactly 32 days to chew on their success before the five finalists in each category are announced on Monday, March 22. The ... More >>
Eric Gilbert, Lisa Simpson and Cam Bouiss formed Finn Riggins in the small town of Hailey, Idaho, in August of 2006. Since that time, the band has put out five releases. Three of those albums were released on the Portland, Oregon-based Tender Loving Empire label including the act's latest, Vs. Wi ... More >>
Saturday, August 22, Gothic Theatre, 877-598-6659.
The Denver Business Journal posted this little ditty earlier today, reporting that McDonald's -- a national hamburger chain known for helping our children get super fat for decades -- considers Denver one of America's happiest cities for families. I have absolutely no idea what this means -- I can ... More >>
Sunday, July 5, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 303-788-0984.
Some bands wear a style like a trendy fashion statement, and others embody what that music is about by creating their own artistic identity while expanding and building upon what has come before them. The Prids, from Portland, Oregon, are among the latter. Incorporating elements of synth-inflected n ... More >>
At an undisclosed locale in Portland, Oregon, this Thursday and Friday, the Tickle Me Pink chaps will be filming a video for "Madeline," the title track of its Wind-up Records debut. The clip is reportedly being shot by Speedway Films, a West Coast-based production company that has previously worked ... More >>
Tuesday, February 10, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
The Nines -- the new hotel that Sage Hospitality opened in Portland, Oregon this fall -- is taking a beating on shamelessrestaurants.com for the general suckiness of its restaurant, which already lost its executive chef. To see the bile spewing, check out the comments on the Urban Farmer " ... More >>
Alright, so it's a day of reckoning, a day a great many of us have been anticipating for quite a while now -- and no, I'm not talking about the election. I'm talking about fucking Metallica at the Pepsi Center, dudes. Tonight we'll see if the cats still got it. I have to admit, I'm starting to warm ... More >>
Wednesday, September 10, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Woe is the traveler this summer who flies for business or pleasure. As gas prices have gone through the roof, the airlines have responded by taking it out on passengers, raising ticket prices, adding fees for checked bags, canceling routes and charging for food. As a result, Westword decided to beg ... More >>
Run for Congo Women in Morrison.
Ex-members of Kill City Thrillers, Scott Baio Army and Call Sign Cobra come back for a sort of homecoming.
This couple makes marriage seem cool.
Thursday, April 6, Boulder Theatre, 303-786-7030; Friday, April 7, Gothic Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.
Elliott Smith 1969-2003
Denver needs to make room for 100,000 more people. So where will they go?