When photojournalist Corky Scholl started the non-profit Save the Signs in 2012, the first sign he wanted to save was the neon, Googie-style wonder that had graced Sid King's Crazy Horse Bar on East Colfax Avenue until the place closed in 1983. Two decades later, Scholl found it for sale on Craigsli ... More >>
Tom Lundin is an accidental historian: Through blog and The Denver Eye, his Facebook page, he shares images of the Mile High City's fascinating past. Lundin's collection is a curated mix of images that tell the story of a great city, with everything from hundred-year old photos of Lakeside Amusement ... More >>
If you take a closer look, underneath layers of paint and decades of additions, there are gorgeous mid-century modern commercial structures along Colfax Avenue that have a story to tell. A sordid past is part of what makes the country's longest main street fascinating to some, but for Bill Marino an ... More >>
Colfax Avenue was once a neon jungle. The longest street in America had an electric vibe that could only come from the bright, smoky glow of true neon. It was more than just signage -- it was art. But times have changed. Neon is expensive to maintain and a new generation of more modern signs have ta ... More >>
I drove by Smiley's Laundromat last night and felt one of those annoying sighs cross my chest -- a chest pain caused by the sight of possible improvement to a place that I used to enjoy for its utter sketchiness. Smiley's is closed right now for "remodeling," its windows papered over. Could we be lo ... More >>
Crowdfunding is no longer an interesting anomaly: It's become a part of life in the new economy, and often a reliable way for artists and creatives of all kinds raise money to fund special projects. The latest artist in town to kick off such an effort is Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, an original Westword Mas ... More >>
In 1988, Westword published its fifth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Band (the Subdudes, just going national) to the Best Hungry Young Band (Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long before they started singing Hillary Clinton’s song) to the Best H ... More >>
Thirty miles of developments, drunks and dreams -- the ultimate road trip.
Can a 24-hour crisis hotline put callers on hold? The state will get back to you on that.
Long Before "Asteroid," moviemakers made their mark on Colorado. A guide to some high and low points.
ONCE THIS RESTAURANT BATTLED HIPPIES. NOW IT'S THE COUNTER-CULTURE'S LAST STAND.