Ryan Demers, a Denver-based filmmaker, is the co-founder of Gaylord St. Productions, and has managed the impressive feat of helming two independent films without going completely bankrupt and abandoning the dream. The Honey Cooler, a farcical detective story set in the milieu of an economic ... More >>
There's no better way to celebrate Easter weekend than by watching ladies with bizarre nicknames wrestle in jello. Denver will have that and many more events -- from photography shows to a Walking Dead-watching party -- that you can enjoy over the next few days without dropping too much cash in the ... More >>
Update 3/21/13: The poll is now open. Let the voting begin! The road to the nineteenth annual edition of the Westword Music Showcase is officially being paved. While we've already announced some of the acts appearing on the Main Stage this year, below are the acts appearing on this year's Showcase ... More >>
The heart of the noir genre is the hardboiled detective, but your typical noir doesn't pit him against furries and Lucha Libre wrestlers. For that, you need a farce noir, and that's exactly what you get with The Honey Cooler, debuting tomorrow, November 7, at the Hi-Dive. Farce and noir may seem lik ... More >>
Sometimes the best things in life really are free. This week, for example, you can experience slam poetry, catch a film screening, or learn about a magical realist legend -- and you won't be charged a thing. Keep reading for three free things to do this week; for a full listing of entertainment opti ... More >>
With Halloween over, we're now officially on to colder weather and anticipating the upcoming holiday season. But there's still plenty to do this week, everything from Day of the Dead parties to art openings, costume parties and even a dramatic reading of lines from Pretty in Pink. And they're each u ... More >>
Update 10/24/12: A Bob Weir solo date with Jackie Greene has been announced on Thursday, December 13 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets for the show ($37.50 - $56, plus fees) go on sale this Friday, October 26 at 10 a.m. So now that the final debate's over, we still don't know who's going to be in t ... More >>
When you see the walking dead clogging the streets this weekend, don't grab your bug-out bag and head for your zombie-proof cabin in the woods. This is not the start of the undead apocalypse we've all been waiting for -- just a dress rehearsal of sorts. Apparently, someone declared Saturday, October ... More >>
The Laugh Track Comedy Festival will descend on Denver tonight, bringing three days of comedy performers and films that are sure to make your sides split. To help you navigate the thirty short films and over forty comedians, festival co-director Evan Nix sent us his top ten picks of events not to mi ... More >>
See Also: People of UMS 2011 Kicked off the first day of UMS by catching Bad Weather California in a very humid 3 Kings Tavern. People were packed in pretty tight in the middle of the room and mostly on the flanks. BWC played a loose, relaxed set like the guys had a group meeting beforehand and all ... More >>
"If you're from Denver (or you've lived here for more than eight consecutive months) you know how small it can feel," says Bree Davies. "It's like three degrees of separation between you, your favorite barista at Pablo's and your best friend from eighth-grade summer camp. Because that favorite baris ... More >>
Memorial Day is about honoring fallen soldiers, but it's also about enjoying good company, getting out of work, and firing up the grill. If you don't have a backyard to go to this year, we've got five events this Monday that won't cost you more than a five-spot, from a free barbecue to a rubber duck ... More >>
Just because you're scrambling to get the rent together this weekend doesn't mean you have to stay inside and mope. From a vegan prom to a Mexican wrestling-themed dance party, we've got everything to do this weekend all in one place, and for under $10. So go out and enjoy the sun, check out some of ... More >>
Update 3/14/12: The polls are officially open. Please feel free to make your way to the 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot and register your vote! The 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot is here -- no more waiting. Well, that's not entirely true: You will have to wait another day or so before the ... More >>
Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.
Photo: Mattie StaffordThe Hood Internet perform in June in Minneapolis. See more photos.Artopia, Westword's annual "biggest, greatest, most poppin' ass art party of the year," goes down on Saturday night. A highlight this year as always is the musical talent, so we've parsed down the full sch ... More >>
Did you catch Undercover Boss staring Bryan Bedford, the CEO of Frontier Airlines? No? Yeah, can't say we blame you. The show, which premiered with a fairly promising premise, has quickly devolved into a one-dimensional series with almost Real World-worthy typecasting. Each of the boilerpla ... More >>
Tom MurphySeraphim Shock's Charles Edward looked like a vampire superhero turned pop star. SERAPHIM SHOCK The Siren Project • Lola Black 08.27.10 | Gothic Theatre, Englewood Used to be you could count on the opening bands at a Seraphim Shock show to be pretty awful. But in the last severa ... More >>
Tom MurphyThe Murder Pinchers at 3 Kings Tavern UMS Travelogue, Night Thee 7.24.10 | Baker District/South Broadway The TS Board Shop stage was really an augmented version of the truck that Jeremy Gregory of Bands for Lands and The Construct uses to put on shows anywhere and everywhere. This ... More >>
This past February, when we started putting together the 2010 Westword Music Showcase, we posted an item asking you how we could improve our annual music festival, this year set for Saturday, June 19, in the Golden Triangle (if you haven't already purchased your tickets, you can still buy d ... More >>
That eggnog will getchaHere comes Santa Claus...right down Rockbar's lane. Rockbar is hosting its first ugly Xmas sweater party tonight. And guess who's in town? You got it. Jolly old Saint Nick will make an appearance, and he's bringing....well, backup. "Naughty elves" (and if you've ever b ... More >>
My experience with poetry slams is almost nonexistent, so someone tell me: Do most poetry slams feature awkward rap battles between goofy white guys named Lando Calrhymian and MC ChewRocka, meditation on Gungan penis, and appearances by a a marching band led by Boba Fett? Because the George Lucas ... More >>
You're looking at the first image of Wall Street -- the ref-bribing, match-fixing, gabacho jerkoff alter ego of former Machine Gun Blues frontman Aaron Collins. As reported here not so long ago (see the original blog here), Collins has turned his years of of experience abusing his body to a new caus ... More >>
Photo by Cory Casciato The late, lamented Machine Gun Blues was a band known not only for its raucous, high-energy rock and roll but for the intensely theatrical and physical performances of its frontman Aaron Collins, who would get naked, throw himself around the stage, often careening into the aud ... More >>
It's Mexican fight night!
Maybe size does count.
Deproduction has a plan to save public-access TV in Denver. Good luck.
Sid Pink delivers a riot.
The raunchy future is now at Way Beyond Thunderdome.
The Denver Polo Classic downplays snob appeal.
Kings of the road show return.
Tales of life in the Mile High City.
Shop to her heart's content.
From the week of December 23, 2004
Denver's Christmas display could use a new coat of hay.
East High gets booked
A smokin' deal
The Commish and pals want you to play along
The Westword Music Showcase Awards wrap-up.
The lowdown on the Music Showcase awards.
Sid Pink makes the audience see red as Westword Music Showcase Awards winners are announced.
Music everywhere: Music Lowdown 2002 and the Westword Music Showcase covered both the recording industry and live, in-the-flesh performances.
If you're bringing something back, why not burlesque?