When he hit rock bottom, DIY zine-maker and literary adventurer Justin Hocking started taking evening jaunts from New York City to Rockaway Beach, where he surfed the waves under the moonlit sky. He defied death; he navigated trauma; he searched the shadows of his soul. This period of self-explorati ... More >>
Last night, Glendale's legendary strip club -- Shotgun Willie's -- closed forever. And right next door, in a $4 million building that was just a steel-beamed skeleton when we wrote about it back in August, a new-and-improved Shotgun Willie's opened for business. In the hours before the new strip cl ... More >>
Look! A bottle holder that tips a miniature Corona into your margarita! There's really nothing else to say about this new concoction that's popping up in Mexican joints all around the city. Except this: #pleasedrinkresponsibly. Urp. Can you guess where I'm drinking? Special bonus: Anyone who give ... More >>
The current Westword cover story, "Fantasy Island," tells of Glendale's quest to build a riverwalk along Cherry Creek full of restaurants, theaters and bars serving booze in to-go cups. To make this dream project a reality, Glendale officials have made a series of smaller civic improvements -- which ... More >>
Is Denver an "immature" burger market? That's what Cameron Tune thinks, and so he chose Glendale's City Set project for the first U.S. outpost of his Canada-based Big Smoke Burger. "There are a lot of one-off and two-off burger places in Denver -- Crave and Juicy Burger, for example -- and there are ... More >>
Construction in the development on the edge of Cherry Creek Drive and South Colorado Boulevard is hidden by the Hilton Garden Inn and Marriott Residence Inn, but work is going quickly in the area being called City Set. So far, outposts of several local restaurant ventures -- including Jax Fish House ... More >>
A plea deal in the case of Rollin Oliver, the 22-year-old charged with murder in the shooting death of Denver police officer Celena Hollis last June, may be in the works, according to a court document. "There is a possible disposition in this matter," notes the register of actions, which is a summ ... More >>
Calling all wine fans! Tomorrow, the Beaujolais and Beyond food and wine festival kicks off at Glendale's Infinity Park Event Center, and if you were wondering how much food and wine will be there, the answers are: a) a lot, and b) as many as forty varieties of vino. The four-hour fest also feature ... More >>
Gang violence is a hot topic in Denver this summer. This week's cover story, "Flash Point," details the city's plan for cooling it down. Denver has seen several high-profile shootings in the past few months, and there's been speculation that many are gang-related, including the death of Denver poli ... More >>
The tiny town of Glendale has been doing a bang-up job of celebrating July 4th for years -- though its festivities never a actually fell on Independence Day, since that would have competed with other municipalities that shot off their own spectaculars on the holiday proper. And a few years ago, the ... More >>
City Park was awash in purple yesterday evening as hundreds gathered in Celena Hollis's favorite color during a vigil for the fallen Denver police officer. Exactly one week after she was shot and killed in City Park, politicians, law enforcement and residents visited the same place to celebrate her ... More >>
Earlier today, Kelsey Whipple shared her account of City Park Jazz's tribute to Celena Hollis, the Denver police officer murdered at the event the previous week. Westword's Nathan Federico also attended, and he tells the story in vivid, often emotional photos featuring the likes of Denver Police Chi ... More >>
Our list of "Five Kentucky Derby parties that will have you off to the races" offered an array of activities, but didn't include the 2012 Derby Party, which bills itself as "a Colorado tradition" and is an annual fundraiser for the Sean "Ranch" Lough Memorial Scholarship. The party has been held b ... More >>
Friday, April 27, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 303-788-0984.
Because of Colorado's increasingly controversial liquor laws, only one outlet of any grocery chain -- Safeway, King Soopers, Target, Whole Foods and the like -- can sell full-strength beer, wine and alcohol. Target's spot is in the superstore in Glendale, but until recently, its single aisle ... More >>
Mark MangerPeanut butter soup, fufu and bone-in, skin-on goat: not actually so weird.My first trip to African Grill and Bar for this week's review was a thrill ride because it offered a chance to explore a cuisine with which I'd had no previous experience and an opportunity to eat something s ... More >>
The King Soopers at 9th and Corona was recently remodeled -- and last week, we staged a contest in which we asked readers to share their favorite memories of the Denver landmark. The contest ended last Thursday, but comments keep rolling in -- including the following twisted tribute to the qu ... More >>
The King Soopers at 9th and Corona isn't just a supermarket: It's a cultural institution. That's why our pals at the Cafe Society blog have posted a photo gallery of the newly remodeled store -- and why we're giving away a $50 King Soopers gift certificate in celebration of this local landmar ... More >>
Pardon the interruption, but over on Latest Word, our news blog, we're holding a contest for the best memory of the King Soopers at Ninth and Corona, which unveiled its new look at a grand opening today. The winner gets $50 in groceries from the neighborhood grocer: Enter here! Also, check ... More >>
Yep.The NBA has a long and awkward history of team-produced Christmas music. Last year, the Nuggets did "Winter Wonderland" with all the production value of a local car commercial.This year's edition, released today, is more... well, entertaining at the very least. That's right, they remade R ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery, 4700 Cherry Creek Drive South in Glendale, will host a Holiday Beer Tasting from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight. Tickets to taste festive brews from around the world are each $1. For more info, call 303-759-0333 or go to www.bullandbush.com. For information on ... More >>
Randall Layman, a bartender at Vesta Dipping Grill, is just back from New Orleans, where he attended his first Tales of the Cocktail. We'll be printing his dispatches -- here are the first and second installments -- all week. Day Three: With the curtains closed tight over the window in my room an ... More >>
Our daily cruise through the blogosphere. Send tips. Inside Infinity Park and Glendale's strange obsession with rugby. (5280) Breaking down the Broncos quarterbacks. (Mile High Report) Michael Bennet's campaign has money in the bank. About $2.66 mill, in fact. (Colorado Independent)
Just received word from our friends in Rexway that the Harmony Interactive Music Experience event they were slated to play at this weekend in Glendale has been postponed. The inaugural event, presented by Ryan Dykstra Nightlife and Colorado Music Buzz Magazine and slated to take place this Saturday, ... More >>
The Denver Outlaws light a spark. Can't believe you're still at work? Get out. It's time to plan your fabulous July 4th weekend, so here's what you should do: Go hang out with a marg at Mezcal and ponder. You could even have some fun along with the relaxation: There's a Beyond José tequila educati ... More >>
Saturday, April 4, Gothic Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.
Infinity Park takes up the outdoor-movie banner.
Coming of age and stayin' alive on the mean streets of Astoria, Queens.
To err is human, and to forgive? A divine way to start out the new year.
Between Mondo Generator and Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Oliveri has the schedule from hell -- and he loves making it worse.
The battle for Cedar Pointe has turned into a tempest in a Tea Party.
Four Mile House
City of Kunming Park
The Metro Center for the Visual Arts and Foothills Art Center turn our expectations upside down.
The people and places that made 2000 what it was. Blame them.
Readers give our food critic something to chew on.
Two years ago they took over their city. Since then, things have just gotten curiouser and curiouser.
A Glendale hotel and the bar across the street could have made such beautiful music together.
Attention, adult gentlemen! A crusade against strip joints in the metro area may leave Denver the capital of the lap dance.
A disgruntled horse buyer snags a lemon and goes public--sort of.