From its rough-hewn exterior, it's hard to tell if the Aztlan Theater is still up and running. It is, technically, but the once-notable building that has been a part of the fabric of Santa Fe for decades is in dire need of some help. There's a lot of love and history in this long-running music venue ... More >>
If you're not familiar with the Paleo diet by now, you're probably living in a cave. In a nutshell, it involves shunning grains, sugars and processed foods in favor of meats, eggs, vegetables, a little fruit and occasional nuts and seeds. Fat is good, especially if it's the kind of fat that nutritio ... More >>
June means more sunshine, better weather and evening throngs in the streets on First Friday, especially in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, where the whole stretch becomes a living art installation -- and everyone's a part of it. Photographer Danielle Lirette was there to document the district-wid ... More >>
Denver's Art District on Santa Fe was in full bloom on the First Friday in May, with pleasant weather and lots of action indoors and outdoors all along the drive. With Space Gallery debuting its high-tech new space and food vendors and crowds filling the street, there were ample opportunities to bot ... More >>
For this year's Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide (you'll find it tucked into our September 26 issue), we asked artistic movers and shakers to answer a few questions about the state of the arts, both locally and around the world. We'll be rolling out their answers over the next few weeks in pa ... More >>
Earlier this week, we posted about the top ten speed traps in Denver, as compiled from 2013 posts on the Speedtrap.org website. Then, when we shared the list on the Westword Facebook page, we asked if there were any speed traps we'd missed -- and as always, our readers came through in a big way. He ... More >>
You've picked your horse, you've dusted off your largest hat, and you're ready for your annual guzzling of mint juleps -- but if Churchill Downs isn't in your weekend travel plans, where shall you go? Westword has compiled a list of the best derby-themed parties taking place in parking lots, five-st ... More >>
Mayor Michael Hancock, Arts & Venues Denver and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs just announced the 2012 recipients of the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts: Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, Denver Ballet Guild and Emmanuel Gallery. The awards will be presented at a free, public c ... More >>
Like everything going green on St. Paddy's Day or ghoulish on Halloween, over the next three days our fair city will be going gay for PrideFest. And Denver's Art District on Santa Fe is no exception to this rule: For the third year running, this stretch will be transformed into a gayborhood for th ... More >>
Broadway has become a major contender on First Friday, and the crowds turned out to welcome the arrival of the Ladies Fancywork Society's new brainchild, Lowbrow, a gallery that celebrated its grand opening Friday night. "It was great to see so many people come out to support us -- many of them not ... More >>
Artists from the Arts District on Santa Fe have been working with UrbiCulture to create a new urban farming space, Gabrielle's Garden, in the La Alma and Lincoln Park neighborhood, adjacent to the art district. The farm, which is just one of the many spaces UrbiCulture farms each year in urban and l ... More >>
Artist Heather Doyle-Maier is stripping a common ritual to its most basic components. In two current shows in the Navajo Arts District, she explores the meaning of getting dressed and undressed. Doyle-Maier is featured in Lovesick at Zip 37, and she has an installation in the back room of E ... More >>
Holiday beers are on tap all around town, and you'll find some good ones right at the source -- at the breweries that make them. Some of the wintery wonders you can try include Ugly Sweater at Wit's End Brewing, Winter Spice Ale (with star anise, vanilla soaked in rum, ginger and allspice) at Copper ... More >>
Walker Fine Art: Mark Penner Howell, "Lotus Soup," acrylic and ink on canvas. If you think Third Friday is an invention of the Art District on Santa Fe, think again. You can give them credit, perhaps, and Santa Fe will be aglow with happenings tonight. But that doesn't explain the profusion ... More >>
The Big Draw: magnetic attraction. There is really no way to forget 9/11 on its tenth anniversary, but there are ways to acknowledge it and maybe move on, some small act that we can do. What remains important is people -- people communing with other people, shoulder-to-shoulder, possibly in ... More >>
The National Motorists Association lists Denver and Colorado Springs among the ten worst cities in the U.S. and Canada for speed traps, based on reported motorist sightings. And Colorado is the fourth highest state on a per capita basis when it comes to the rate of reported new radar-gun loca ... More >>
Parked on Santa Fe every First Friday, the Whomp Truck has become a huge success in the electronic scene in Denver. To uncover the truth behind this cult phenomenon, we sat down with one of the founders, Just Ben Travis, to get the full story on Denver's hard-thumping, foot stompin' mystery m ... More >>
If you've got an itching to get some learning in this weekend in lieu of your usual plan of drinking too much, hurling and then passing out on a friend's couch, we've got a perfect event for you. Scott Banning of the itchy-O Marching Band and Cacheflowe will be giving presentations, demos and ... More >>
Babes Around Denver is the Mile High City's largest lesbian social group -- and members were socializing en masse on Friday night. Westword photog Kate Levy caught the action in one of several new slideshows. Check out a Scumbag Sundays roundup, First Friday on Santa Fe and Muse at the Pepsi ... More >>
The original Santa Fe Tequila Company on Santa Fe Drive. Santa Fe Tequila Company has gotten mixed reviews (including mine) since it opened on Santa Fe Drive (technically at 901 West Tenth Avenue) last November, but that hasn't prevented the concept from expanding to Littleton. A second Santa Fe ... More >>
The first-ever Art Day on Santa Fe -- in conjunction with the monthly First Friday walk – was Friday, August 1, and it didn't disappoint: A life-size, 10,000-pound marble sculpture of Francisco's American Woman lay reclined, gazing majestically over a crowd of onlookers. Denver's Carlos Santistera ... More >>
Letters from the week of 7/17/2008
An empty restaurant leads to idle thoughts.
Translations Gallery changes its spots.
A mellow mix of booze and art goes down easy at First Fridays.
When it comes to the Southwest, English is the new Spanish.
Art goes dry.
First Friday intersects with a brand-new season.
Abstract sculptures and paintings look good at Walker and Fresh Art.
Lance Grabowski walks the nineteenth-century walk.
Driving up to Denver, the forecast is chile today, chile tomorrow.
The Museum of Contemporary Art lays out a postmodern fish story.
A notable Santa Fe artist joins two locals at Havu, while a New York star makes his Denver debut.
The statue doesn't look like a traditional Our Lady of Guadalupe. But its appearance is just the start of the mystery.