We gave the Broadway/Baker retail strip the award for Denver's Best Neighborhood Shopping District two years in a row -- in 2012 and 2013 -- for so many good reasons: The area is spilling over with hip, modern creative ventures. But some of that contemporary spark flares further south, too, along An ... More >>
Ben Roy, the subject of this week's cover story, has worked hard to establish himself as a unique voice in the growing Denver comedy scene. We recently spoke with several local comics who have a relationship with Roy both on and off the stage, some of whom were there at the germination of Denver's u ... More >>
#93: Evan Weissman
Evan Weissman already deserves the Colorado Creative designation as a member of the wildly creative Buntport Theater (the whole troupe was honored as such when they received a Westword MasterMind award back in 2005 as part of the inaugural class). But then, late last year, he cam ... More >>
Denver is the capital of Colorado. It is located exactly one mile above sea level. Weed is legal here, while riding your bike on the sidewalk is not. Your mom can make more free throws than Andre Iguodala -- these are all facts. The music scene here sucks ass...now, that is an opinion. The differenc ... More >>
Art-museum shows reigned in 2012, from a couple of demographic-busting blockbusters at the Denver Art Museum to a visual constellation of exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Denver, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center and other satellites that paid tribute to a West Coast punk moment in ti ... More >>
This past year has been tough for many people, and we're eager to kiss 2012 goodbye. In hopes that 2013 will turn out to be much luckier for many, we invited some of the town's cultural tastemakers -- entrepreneurs and entertainers we're lucky to have in Denver -- to answer a trio of questions. We e ... More >>
When most people look at a mound of used bicycle parts they see (at best) the potential for scrap metal, or possibly a refurbished bike. But when Carolina Fontoura Alzaga looks at the same junkyard of rust and discarded, greasy metal, she sees interior design.
-As Denver becomes a major ... More >>
Just in time for Denver Arts Week, which kicks off on November 2, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts is unveiling the results of its most recent study, which shows that metro Denver arts and culture generated $1.76 billion in total economic activity in 2011 -- a year that saw major new fac ... More >>
Denver Arts Week, which kicks off Friday with a special Know Your Arts First Friday, is really a big magnifying glass: Denver boasts a vibrant First Friday tradition every month of the year; this annual event just turns on the spotlight. As with any First Friday, the real trick is to plot your cours ... More >>
Local author (and Watercourse Foods owner) Daniel Landes will be signing copies of his new book, Joonie and the Great Harbinger Stampede, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Tattered Cover LoDo. Portions of the novel, which features art by local painter Ravi Zupa, will be familiar to diners who've frequented Wa ... More >>
Greencarpetedstairs (due tonight at Rhinoceropolis) is the hip-hop/experimental electronic/IDM project of Neil Ewing. He was part of the loose cadre students that attended Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in the first half of the last decade that were at the core of the scene around Rhinocer ... More >>
Aaron ThackeraySaturday night's Artopia was an entertainment mashup of music, performance art, visual arts, fashion, food and other almost undefinable activities, fueled by alcohol and general high spirits. You can get a feel for the annual event in this slide show -- which inspired Found Art ... More >>
On Saturday night, Westword introduced the eighth class of MasterMinds -- artistic entrepreneurs who are changing the cultural landscape. Since we started the program, we have given more than $130,000 in grants to artists and arts organizations. The latest winners (click on the link for profiles): M ... More >>
When Mother Nature dumped snow on Denver last Friday, more than a few galleries and businesses decided to shut their doors, first Friday or no. A blizzard of confusion resulted, as many show openings and other events were postponed to later dates -- many of them this weekend.
Here are some ... More >>
Update: Because of the snow, this event has been postponed until Saturday, February 11.
Life is a big mess, but deep down we all know what to do.
Or so say Lindsay St. Antoine and Ravi Zupa in their upcoming exhibit, Nothing Teaches Needs, which opens at the Black Book Gallery.
That may be an ov ... More >>
In this week's issue, we weighed in on Sineater, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake's eagerly anticipated forthcoming new album. We're pretty impressed with everything about it, from Ravi Zupa's cover art and the name to the songs and the production. Unlike most things in life, it's totally worth the build u ... More >>
Bigger image belowPardon us for a minute while we marvel at the cover art for the new Snake Rattle Rattle Snake record, would ya? Don't mean to gush, but... wow! As you can see below, Ravi Zupa simply outdid himself, and Kit Peltzel has put it all together in a way that more than does the ban ... More >>
Last night some of Denver's creative-minded people attempted to tackle the future at the first Forcasters event, a monthly presentation series that will take place every third Thursday at Paris on the Platte. As it turns out, that's not quite as easy as one would suppose, and while there were ... More >>
Ravi Zupa is an unschooled artist. Yet he's bright and searching and far from uneducated, and he surely channels an old soul; Ravi credits his mother, an art teacher, with providing him with artist tools and the freedom to do with them as he pleased while he was growing up. His first love is ... More >>
Denver Does Denver sounds more salacious than it is -- though we're sure there's a sexualized metaphor in there somewhere that was intended. If you haven't heard about it, Denver Does Denver, slated to take place tomorrow night at the Meadowlark, is a rad little show put together by the fine peeps a ... More >>
UMS Travelogue, Night Four
7.24.10 | Baker District/South Broadway
I have never seen so many neon Wayfarer sunglasses in my life. Ever. It was like I walked into 1982 the second I walked onto Broadway -- the hot sun blistered people's skin but their eyes were blocked by their ... More >>