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Sean Cronin

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    November 20, 2014

    The Five Coziest Music Venues in Denver

    The negative temperatures and piles of snow last week were a pretty solid indication that winter has arrived in Denver. While every day of winter here doesn't involve bone-chilling cold, plenty do, and it gets old, fast. Suddenly, concert calendars look a little bare and the idea of leaving your cou ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Video: Joel Hunt, vet-turned-Paralympic hopeful, during pre-skiing slump

    In this week's cover story, "Competitive skiing kept Army veteran Joel Hunt from going downhill," I profile Hunt, an Iraq war vet who's one of the country's most promising skiers with disabilities; he's in the running for the Paralympic Games in Russia next year. But when I first met Hunt while work ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    Tattered Cover's racks are exposed

    The Tattered Cover Lodo may be trying to keep non-dwarf patrons from having to see the covers of their adult magazine collection by placing these titles at shin height, but it seems like some problems with the plan would be exposed if little Jimmy or little Jenny decides to peruse the rack (magazine ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Continental keeps crash passengers away from the booze

    Continental Airlines probably should have known better. After all, the airlines have long understood that pacification of terrified passengers in a time of crisis keeps a bad situation from getting worse. The purpose behind those oxygen masks that drop from the ceiling of the plane? Oxygen gets you ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the week of October 2, 2008

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    September 25, 2008

    Colorado's Bubble Law was the first in the country... but not the last

    Jo Scott as seen on Channel 7. In this week's Westword, "Bursting Their Bubble" discusses the first successful prosecution in Denver of a Bubble-Law violation. Convicted in August, Jo Scott will be back in court on September 30 to find out whether she'll be ordered to stay away from all Planned Pa ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008

    Theatre of the Irrational: Confronting anti-abortion protesters on the 16th Street Mall

    An image from abortion protests on the 16th Street Mall. Denver's 16th Street Mall is generally a pretty happy place, from what I've seen. And why not? What's not to love about a street where you can max out all four of your credit cards on shit you really don't need before taking down a Cheesecak ... More >>

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    July 11, 2008
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    June 13, 2008
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    May 15, 2008

    Hatchet Job

    You can buy ICP shirts at Colorado Mills – just don’t wear one there.

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    May 12, 2008

    Green with Gluttony: The Original Chubby's

    Can you digest a steel-belted radial? Are you goiter-popping iodine-deficient? If so, has Chubby's got the lard-laced saltastic green chile you've been looking for! I understand why people don't love this place. The north Denver landmark can put a hurtin' on anyone's bowels. Even those who were ra ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008

    Brewery Tours: Pint's Pub

    “Is that going to be okay with you?” challenged the barman at Pint's Pub, located at 221 West 13th Avenue. He wasn't so much asking if we would be amenable to drinking their “real ales,” as much as he was curtly warning us that others hadn't been okay with drinking their unpasteurized, unfil ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008

    Emma, Will You Go To Prom With Me? -Ari

    Joel Harvey is Ari from East High School's new hero. And mine too. On his day off, Harvey happened to head into work at the Bluebird Theater and caught a phone call from Eli asking if the Bluebird would be willing to post his prom date invitation on the marquee. Having been spurned by a girl himself ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008

    One-Armed Masturbating Construction Worker Catches Dave Letterman's Eye

    Better late than never, I guess. To cap his "Small Town News" segment last night, Dave Letterman picked up a YourHub.com Wheat Ridge police blotter item from August of 2007. The original text from the article follows and Letterman's writer did nothing to change it. Some things are perfect on their o ... More >>

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    April 7, 2008

    Video Interview with Daniel Johnston and Bad Weather California

    Denver locals Bad Weather California -- with some help from friends Roger Green and Erin Roberts -- had a dream come true when, three days before the show, they were asked to be the backing band for Daniel Johnston. Of course they said yes. Here's an interview with the band and Johnston. -- By Sean ... More >>

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    April 3, 2008

    MyMotorMaid May Save My Marriage

    If one single thing threatens my relationship with my soon-to-be wife, it won't be my womanizing. That's just not me. It won't be the whiskey or the beer or the fact that I spend money like a drunken sailor or that night recently when I just didn't come home. She's pretty cool about those things. It ... More >>

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    April 3, 2008

    Odd Nosdam DJs His Own Art Opening This Evening

    Get it Threw Your Thick Skull, promises to be a great exhibition of works by artists Antonio Diaz and David P. Madson -- aka Odd Nosdam of anticon records -- opens tonight at Andenken Gallery, 2990 Larimer Street, and will run through April 25. The opening reception, which starts at 7pm this evening ... More >>

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    February 12, 2008

    Daniel Johnston to Play Ogden Theatre

    AEG announced yesterday that cult music hero and troubled troubadour Daniel Johnston will be playing the Ogden Theatre on Saturday, April 5. No word yet as to who might open for the man, whose life story is told in the brilliant documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, but with Denver's burgeoning ... More >>

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    January 14, 2008

    Over the Weekend ... The Knew, Light Travels Faster, the Get Down @ Lion's Lair

    The Knew, Light Travels Faster, The Get Down January 12, 2008 Lion's Lair Better Than: Watching the false pageantry of another Patriots win. Popping into the Lion's Lair on Saturday night, I marveled at how much the bar has changed since I first started making my way in there with a fake ID toward ... More >>

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    December 28, 2007

    Last Night ... Los Comicos Super Hilariosos

    Los Comicos Super HIlariosos is a monthly gathering of Denver's best underground comics for a celebration of cheap booze and jokes. And last was ... well, it was interesting. Transplant Tig Notaro (who you can see tonight at the Oriental Theater, and I highly recommend that you do) absolutely kille ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    What's In Your Top Ten Concerts of 2007?

    In compiling this slide show of 2007 concerts that were not to be missed this year, I realized the list is severely lacking. This year I saw Sunset Rubdown at hi-dive and it changed my life. I watched Elvis Perkins transform his recorded acoustic balladry into a jaw-dropping live performance at the ... More >>

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    December 10, 2007

    Monday Morning Hang Over

    I'm no meteorologist, but I do know this: it was really, really cold out this weekend. We would have more for you this morning, my fellow Denverites, but several of us, after having bundled up to head out to enjoy the amazing culture of this town, decided that the roads were just too slick to ventur ... More >>

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    December 5, 2007

    Save Mister Splashy Pants!

    It's whaling season again and Greenpeace and the more zealous Sea Sheperd Conservation Society (profiled in this great National Geographic piece by Denver writer Peter Heller, which he later expanded into a book) are surely steaming their way to the Antarctic Ocean to stop the Japanese whaling fleet ... More >>

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    November 29, 2007

    The Horror

    Former Attorney General John Ashcroft was in town on Tuesday and, since he graced our fair state with the honor of his presence, I thought I'd reciprocate by sharing what is probably the best song ever written by a cabinet member. Enjoy. -- Sean Cronin

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    November 19, 2007

    Monday Morning Hang Over

    It was, again, a weekend filled with film. The 30th Denver Film Festival wrapped last night and over the weekend we caught a few flicks. I hated Being Michael Madsen. The boredom was only punctuated by the two drunks next to me who knocked over their beer bottles half way through the film and I gig ... More >>

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    November 15, 2007

    Sippin' On Some Sizzurp

    It started off as an e-mail thread conversation with some former coworkers about absinthe. We went back and forth for a while on the best way to get, prepare and truly enjoy the wormwood wonder before I reached way back into my toxic past to summon the best liquid buzzes I've ever had. Hands down it ... More >>

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    November 13, 2007

    This Day In Colorado Rockies History

    It's a strange day for Rockies fans. Our delegation to the House of Representatives in D.C., upon hearing that the Massachusetts delegation had introduced a resolution honoring the Boston Red Sox, decided they would draft their own touchy-feely, this-land-is-your-land-this-land-is-my-land, version o ... More >>

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    November 2, 2007
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    October 30, 2007

    Thoughts on Five Songs While I Pretend to Work

    “Back to My Old Ways” Dr. Dog We All Belong Every time I hear the tinkly piano into to this song – the only one I like by this band – I think of Bobby Bare Jr. Bare is my favorite live performer touring these days, and I caught up with this hero of mine when he opened up for Dr. Dog last Ma ... More >>

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    October 25, 2007

    Game One: Yeesh.

    The first game of the 2007 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and YOUR Colorado Rockies started perfectly: With Fox's Jeanne Zelasko giving Eric Byrnes shit for being a loud-mouthed douchenozzle. Byrnes committed the first broadcasting boner of the evening -- and not the last -- when he said th ... More >>

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    October 24, 2007

    Have the Red Sox become the Evil Empire?

    They've paid $140 million and then some for their team. When they travel to other parks since they erased the curse of the Bambino in 2004, bandwagon fans make up anywhere from a third to half of the crowd. Even when their team isn't playing, you can find Sox fans in any Major League ballpark in the ... More >>

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    October 24, 2007

    Rocktober Becomes C***tober

    Dear Superbad-Watching Westword Reader, Thank you for your letter to the editor, which arrived with our mail today. However, due to our letters policy we can only print letters that are no more than 200 words. This letter is worth at least 1,000 and will therefore have to be edited before we can run ... More >>

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    October 22, 2007

    No World Series Tickets Through the Rockies Website

    While the Rockies opened up ticket sales to season ticket holders yesterday, the rest of us schmoes had to wait until today. I got no sleep last night; I had visions of watching the Rockies take the new Evil Empire in four games. I woke up early. I coordinated with friends. You take game three, I'll ... More >>

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    October 19, 2007

    VVM Executives Arrested in Phoenix for Grand Jury Story

    Last night, Village Voice Media (VVM) Executive Editor Michael Lacey, and VVM Chairman and CEO Jim Larkin were arrested by plainclothes officers in Phoenix on misdemeanor charges related to the alleged revealing of grand jury information in a Phoenix New Times feature story. Westword is a part of th ... More >>

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    October 17, 2007

    Five Random Songs From My Work iTunes, October 17

    "The Underdog" Ga Ga Ga Ga Spoon This one goes out the entire National League. My brain is hopelessly and disproportionately dedicated to baseball at the moment, sorry. Hearing this song first thing in the morning guarantees that I will be humming Spoon for the rest of the day. The little Austin ban ... More >>

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    October 17, 2007

    The Ultimate Rockies Fan: Does Such a Thing Exist?

    Let the national media and every blogspot pundit list the reasons why Rockies fans don't deserve the sheer elation we're experiencing at the moment. Let them say the Simpsons has been around longer than our beloved team. Let them opine that Denver has no home-grown fanbase because the town is solely ... More >>

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    October 16, 2007

    My Gift to You, Rockies Fans

    What could be more surprising than the Rockies being in the World Series? Paris Hilton joining a nunnery? O.J. Simpson admitting that he not only killed his wife but also JonBenet Ramsey? Dick Cheney showing up at a session of Congress wearing a turban? Whatever your answer, the Rockies made it -- ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007

    Radiohead In Rainbows Dueling Track-By-Track Instant Review

    Okay, we're not quite as quick as Annie Zaleski, whose early morning review of the new Radiohead recording In Rainbows can be found here. But below, find a couple of additional takes from two regular Backbeat Online contributors, Sean Cronin and yours truly. The rules were simple: Jot down your reac ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 9/20/2007

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    September 14, 2007
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    September 12, 2007

    Last Night: Rilo Kiley, Jonathan Rice and Grand Ole Party @ The Ogden Theater

    Rilo Kiley, Jonathan Rice and Grand Ole Party September 11, 2007 The Ogden Theater Better than: The next Denver show they play, which will undoubtedly be at the Fillmore and I'll be that snob you know who says, “I saw them at the 15th Street Tavern on their first tour, so I've no need to see them ... More >>

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    September 5, 2007

    Happy Birthday On The Road

    It was 50 years ago today, that the travel journal charting the 1951 bohemian oddysey of the not-yet-beloved-by-free-spirits-everywhere Jack Kerouac, hit book stands dorm-room shelves, changing America's literary landscape and putting the Beat writers at the forefront of American consciousness. On T ... More >>

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    August 17, 2007

    The Boys and Girls of Summer Live On

    Team Rarebird was depressed. Sitting around crying in their beers about yet another season of the Denver Kickball Coalition gone and the inexorable march toward death weighing heavily on their rolled-up pants and sideburns, they had an epiphany: The Denver Volleyball Coalition. The Commish would b ... More >>

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    August 14, 2007

    Left Behind: Unintelligible Scribblings

    Rambling incoherence has always been a trait I look for in fliers and leaflets. Sure, the threats of fire and brimstone in those bus-seat fliers attempting to shame readers into accepting Christ as their lord and savior provide for a couple stops of entertainment, but the photocopied rantings of an ... More >>

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    August 14, 2007

    Duct Tape Bandit, August 14

    Here's a brief rundown of some of the top search items on Google.com today: Tropical Storm Dean Reuters reports that energy markets are going crazy over what could develop into the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, as oil prices surged today because Tropical Storm Dean has developed in the At ... More >>

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    August 10, 2007

    Marketing the Colorado Way of Life

    Everybody's getting into the Web 2.0 game. For those of you not in the know, the term refers to websites that rely on user-generated content and traffic while spending little or no money to get it after the initial infrastructure is built. Startup costs and little else, so the theory goes. The lates ... More >>

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    August 7, 2007

    Michael Vick Chew Toy, August 7

    Thousands of man hours a week go into adding to academic databases that make reports on the latest and greatest human achievements available to the public, and this is what America is searching today: Hillary Nutcracker The production of this toy will likely have the same kind of divisive reaction ... More >>

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    August 6, 2007

    Dog Days

    On Saturday, the Denver Post reported Duane “Dog” Chapman, bounty hunter and quipmaster extrordinaire, said from his Hawaiian home that growing up in Denver meant something really special to him. In addition to telling Post columnist Bill Husted that he used to orchestrate drug deals in order t ... More >>

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    August 6, 2007

    Michael Vick Chew Toy, August 6

    The font of human intelligence overflows on Al Gore's wet dream, and this is the stuff people are using Google to search today: Cirque Lodge Lindsay Lohan is headed to this posh Utah detox center to clean herself out for the next paycheck-induced binge. Last month, Slate.com answered the question t ... More >>

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    July 30, 2007

    Lobster Sex Champagne, July 30

    The entire breadth of digitized human knowledge at their fingertips and this is what America is searching today: Tom Snyder Long live Snyder, the host of the The Late Late Show, who died at the age of 71 yesterday. TMZ reports his catchphrase on the show Tomorrow, was “Fire up a colortini, sit ba ... More >>

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