It's no surprise that CU prof Peter McGraw and longtime Westword writer Joel Warner, authors of a new book called The Humor Code, would rank the funniest American cities. After all, just such a list spurred the entire book project. "I got one of the endless 'Top 10 city list' press releases," notes ... More >>
Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>
Yesterday, we shared our picks for the ten best movies filmed in Colorado. Today, we have a twist -- a top-ten countdown of movies set at least partly in Colorado, but not filmed here. At all. We're using the word "memorable" instead of "best" for a reason: While some of these flicks are great, oth ... More >>
The 1992 Lithuanian men's basketball team was much more than a bad fashion statement punctuated by mullets and tie-dye T-shirts. It was a crusade for liberty, pride and independence. While overshadowed by the U.S. team -- aka the Dream Team -- at the OIympic Games in Barcelona, it was the Lithuanian ... More >>
This has been one hot summer -- and it's bound to get even hotter. Tempers are flaring over the handling of the wildfires, and rumors are heating up over their possible cause: terrorists are setting the fires. And President Barack Obama's visit to the Waldo Canyon fire today is fanning the conspirac ... More >>
Did you miss Chess at the Arvada Center? Now you have a second chance to see the production, which has moved to the Lone Tree Arts Center's Main Stage Theater, where it opens tonight. In the meantime, here's a reprise of Juliet Wittman's review: The semi-operatic Chess doesn't have a lot of dialog ... More >>
Jennifer Rosen had an amazing array of interests. We met her in the early '80s, when she and sister Robin Chotzinoff covered a Chippendale's show: Jenny provided the photos, Robin the words. Robin went on to provide many more words as a longtime staff writer for Westword, but we always followed Jenn ... More >>
How to describe the voice of Colorado-based Barron Christian, who has a small part in Imagine That, an Eddie Murphy movie shot partly in Denver that opens on Friday? It's a deep baritone delivered warmly and confidently -- and there's a cadence to his vowels that gives his sentences incredible ric ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM.Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Ka ... More >>
Billy Ray takes on another liar: FBI traitor Robert Hanssen.
De Niro takes a loooong, sloooow look at the history of the CIA.
From the week of August 31, 2006
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Tag, you're hit -- if you ran with Robert “Skeme” Iron.
In East-West, Russian expatriates returning home face the terror of the Stalin regime.