He's back! It's seemed so quiet since Steve Horner, the anti-ladies'-night crusader, left town. A half-dozen years ago, he kept bars and restaurants around town hopping as he filed complaints with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, charging that their ladies'-night deals were discriminatory, since ... More >>
"What do you know about Paul Robeson?" internationally renowned baritone Anthony Brown asked writer Andrew Flack a few years back. "I know a little, but show me your notes," Flack responded. It was New Year's Eve, and the two men began talking about Robeson's life, his music, his political struggles ... More >>
#100: The Ladies Fancywork Society The Ladies Fancywork Society -- a somewhat anonymous collective of crafty women -- has been delighting Denver for a half-dozen years, working covertly in the dark of night to create yarnbombed installations that sprout out of nowhere in the strangest of places. The ... More >>
BIG BOI @ SNOWBALL | 3/2/12The purple lights cast Big Boi in a Prince-ly hue. He's leading the audience through the chorus of "Ms. Jackson" and the entirety of the crowd is bobbing around like crazy. Big Boi is leaning back, with one arm up, casually steering an invisible Cadillac at about two miles ... More >>
Outkast is easily one of the most noted and respected hip-hop groups in the game. Big Boi and Andre 3000 met in the East Point section of Atlanta when they were sixteen. The outfit combined funk, soul, jazz and blues influences with hip-hop lyrics on its 1994 debut, Southernplayalisticadillac ... More >>
Negative Degree, one of the more active hardcore bands in the Denver punk scene for the past year or so, is part of a small wave of new local bands playing hardcore punk music, which first sprang up in basements in the '80s and has been romanticized and gold-plated in more than a few books and docum ... More >>
Latest Word is off to mark Martin Luther King Day, but will be back on duty early tomorrow morning. The Martin Luther King Marade (that's march/parade) gets under way this morning at 9 a.m. The Colorado Progressive Coalition will be holding its own rally before the marade, asking for police accounta ... More >>
Steve Horner.Local bar owners breathed a sigh of relief when Steve Horner left town taking the discrimination charges he'd filed against them for offering ladies' night deals with him. Denver's gain is Las Vegas's loss: Sin City is the current focus of Horner's campaign. But rather than earni ... More >>
Guns N' Rosa Parks last night. See video below.A few minutes after 1 a.m. this morning, the last incarnation of Guns N' Rosa Parks hammered its way through one last thirty-minute set. Broken microphone cables, standard cover songs (Blitz, Last Rights, Infest) and dives off bar were all in ord ... More >>
Photo by Kiernan Maletsky BIG BOI With Eligh & Scarub and The Foodchain 01.28.11 | Ogden Theater Corporate sponsorship, lead by local ski and snowboard company Icelantic, brought Big Boi to Denver last night. The Atlanta rapper, who we'd venture has never set ski/board on a mountain in his ... More >>
Hell yeah, beer. This is your day. There are a number of so-called "drinking" holidays that roll around once a year -- St. Patrick's Day, Fat Tuesday, Black History Month -- but those, as you once heard a bartender say and now like to pretend like you came up with it yourself, are like "amate ... More >>
Since it finally feels like winter, it seems appropriate to begin throwing "official" holiday parties. Consider the Gorinto Pedicab Holiday Party the first one of the new year, going down tonight at the Mercury Cafe. $5 gets you in the door for a night of bands, booze and jug music, while another ... More >>
It was one of the most egregious and highly publicized miscarriages of justice in American history: the murder of Emmett Louis Till, a 16-year-old black boy who was brutally murdered for the supposed crime of flirting with a while woman in rural Mississippi in 1955. Though the obviously guilt ... More >>
In the year 2000, I heard my first Outkast album, Stankonia. You'll have to excuse my sheltered existence -- being a small-time kid from a small mountain town didn't exactly lend itself to being on the cutting edge.
Stephen Colbert and John Pineau -- sort of.Yesterday, we told you that attorney John Pineau -- who represents Carol "Chay" Burdick in a dispute that pits Peeps against possible eviction -- had agreed to speak to The Colbert Report's Stephen Colbert about a trial delay without commenting on th ... More >>
Most people just go along to get along. But every once in a while a hellacious disagreement -- about principle, turf, money, or who cut the cheese -- makes for an old-fashioned Western display of rootin'-tootin' feudin' and cussedness. The most memorable Colorado showdowns of the past ten ... More >>
The original casket of Emmett Till was among the missing items uncovered in the Alsip, Illinois, cemetery scandal. After the body of the fourteen-year-old civil rights martyr was exhumed in 2005 for an investigation into Till's lynching back in 1955, when the Chicago boy dared to talk to a white wom ... More >>
Awele Makeba tells it like it was
Fucked Up, Mustangs & Madras, Guns N Rosa Parks Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Larimer Lounge Better than: The G.G. Allin documentary. Right off the bat let's dispense with two things. One: Fucked Up is an awful name for a band. Two: If you are going to name your band Fucked Up, timidity is not g ... More >>
This is not John Common and you'll never see him do this This is my Personal Anti-Dancing Manifesto (PADM). It is a point-by-point, painfully honest examination of my dancing disability. My hope is to lay bare the ugly truth of this disability and in doing so, motivate you, the Reader, to dance in ... More >>
It's one thing to embarrass yourself. It's quite another to take an entire city with you.
Is Elvira Arellano a modern-day Rosa Parks?
The morning did not end well for Steve Horner. After Horner had spent several hours sorting through piles of paper and piling on the circuitous arguments to prove that he had been grievously injured by ladies' nights ads in Westword, had been "humiliated over not being invited to the party and very ... More >>
In a profile from Westword’s June 28 edition, Mavis Staples speaks her mind in a notably feisty manner -- and in the following Q&A, which encompasses the entire text of the interview that formed the basis of the article, her undimmed passion comes through even more clearly. Topics include her rea ... More >>
The Enclave has Commerce City fit to be tied.
From the week of 2/22/2007
Rosa Parks didn't surrender to discrimination and take a different bus. So why should Steve Horner go to a different bar?
Qusair Mohamedbhai just wanted to open a bank account. Instead, he was labeled a terrorist.
Alan Clements uses Spiritually Incorrect to skewer modern hype.
High in the sky
Making book on the Webb legacy.
2001? What 2001?
Are you a man or a mouse? Read all about it.
Odetta is happy to find trouble everywhere she goes.
To hip-hop's OutKast and Black Eyed Peas, the glass is half full.
CAN A BUNCH OF LEATHER GUYS BE SWAYED BY IRATE DRAG QUEENS? WE THINK NOT.