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    July 31, 2014

    These four players helped desegregate the NFL; watch Forgotten Four at Mile High

    Who was the first African American to play Major League Baseball? Jackie Robinson, of course. Larry Doby and Hank Thompson, two other black ball players who joined the majors in 1947, aren't remembered as well, although they experienced the same brutal racism that Robinson did. And although Robinson ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    How to make a geek: Nurture nerdiness

    It doesn't take a geek to raise a geek, but it sure helps. My elder daughter will turn 21 this year, and as she reaches the final gateway to adulthood (woohoo, booze!), it's safe to say that just as surely as she got my genes -- sorry about that terrible eyesight, kid -- she also inherited my geekin ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Photos: Ten best first-round draft picks in Broncos history

    In anticipation of today's 2014 NFL draft, we recently posted our choices for the ten worst first-round draft picks in Broncos history. Now, we look at the more positive side of that coin: the team's top ten first-round selections. We've included greats from yesterday and today, including three pla ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Closing day ski celebrations and, yes, powder turns in the forecast this weekend

    If you've had enough of the seasonal allergy syndrome down here in Denver and find yourself already missing winter, never fear: Five Colorado ski areas are either still open or re-opening this weekend, thanks to one very good winter snow season -- and there's powder in the forecast for Saturday nigh ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Five games that changed my life -- from Halo to Sorry!

    Games have been good to me. I've been playing games, in one form or another, since before I started school. Board games, card games, video games, you name it, I love them all. In the grand scheme of pop-cultural pursuits, I consider games to be the equal of any other medium you care to name. To me, ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Hops, handrails and prom this weekend on the culinary calendar

    Whether you are into snowboarding or beer or saving cute little animals by dancing the night away, there is something for everyone on the culinary calendar for everyone this weekend. See also: Photos: CitySet now has a full set of restaurants, including two Best of Denver winners

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    February 18, 2014

    Toy Box's Carter Matthews: "I want to express something you can't record and have in song"

    Carter Matthews, known better these days as Toy Box, is bringing a new voice to the Colorado EDM scene. With a live show complimented by live instrumentation, namely a 1911 Gibson mandolin, Matthews is putting a new slant on dance music. We spoke with the young producer about the multitude of influe ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    Satisfy your cravings for sake, bacon, bourbon and munchies this weekend

    Now that you can buy recreational marijuana, what's the best way to deal with your munchies? Sure, there are the fast-food staples -- but isn't it high time to educate your palate? Jane West, owner of Edible Events Co., thinks so. The goal of her party-planning group is to "enhance the cannabis expe ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    Beer calendar: Colorado's craft breweries toast new beers and a new year

    The last twelve months have been amazing ones for Colorado's craft brewers, both old and new, and 2014 is shaping up to be even better. Two highly-anticipated brewpubs have already announced that they will open in the first month of the new year. Denver's Lowdown Brewery Kitchen, the brainchild of ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Nightmare lodgings: Five films that will make you want to stay home for the holidays

    Sleeping away from home is scary. Hotels hotels, motels and other temporary sleeping arrangements can be full of bed bugs, meth residue and sketchy-ass neighbors -- and when you step out of real life and into the world of horror movies, you can add murderous ghosts, zombies and psychotic clerks to t ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    Von Miller waits on you at Ocean Prime, an Oceanaire dinner, Chef & Brew and more

    Tonight is celebrity waiter night at Ocean Prime, where All-Pro linebacker Von Miller and Bronco teammates will trade in their day jobs and run interference at the front of the house. The fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction; dinner will follow at 8 p.m., when a l ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Rob Ryzin talks about his tough past and upcoming wrestling match with idol Matt Hardy

    Pro-wrestler Rob Ryzin is no stranger to the ring -- but this Sunday, November 10, the local hero will be performing a fighting first. Going up against his wrestling hero, Matt Hardy of the WWE's Hardy Boyz fame, Ryzin will take on the Sensei of Mattitude in Twist of Hate, one of his biggest matches ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    USA Pro Challenge announces 2014 host cities, lets fans vote for final stage

    The host cities for the first six of seven stages for the 2014 USA Pro Challenge were announced at a press conference in Aspen this morning along with news of a fan-vote contest to determine the course for the final stage, which will end in either Denver or Golden. "For 2014, we have a great combina ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    SUN | OF MONTREAL at MARQUIS THEATER | 11/3/13 Among the most popular and successful of the bands associated with the Elephant 6 collective, Of Montreal started off as a sort of indie pop band with an experimental edge. The band evolved dramatically across several records, fearlessly exploring lyric ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    The best EDM shows in Denver in November

    SAT | MICHAL MENERT at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 11/16/13 Since his debut solo album Dreaming of Something Bigger, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when first hit the scene. Menert has one fans ov ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    THURS | DEVOTCHKA at GOTHIC THEATRE | 10/31/13 It just wouldn't be October without DeVotchKa's annual Halloween extravaganza. This year, the beloved Denver act is holding court at the Gothic Theatre on Thursday, October 31, and the Boulder Theater on the following night, Friday, November 1. Shady El ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Amy Dombroski, R.I.P.: Boulder-based cycling star killed in training accident

    One of the most prominent clips of Boulder-based cyclocross racer Amy Dombroski declares that she had become a rock star -- and that's precisely how she was viewed locally and internationally. Her effervescent personality was matched by grit exemplified by the number of pics in which her face is spa ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Photos: Ten best parks for doing just about anything in Denver and beyond

    Contrary to the impression left by many local and national news broadcasts, not every park on the Front Range was badly damaged by recent flooding. Indeed, some of our favorites either sustained little or limited damage or are already coming back strong. With that in mind, we've dipped into our huge ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    Comedian Jordan Doll on hobo tales, comic books and childrens' classics

    Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists.

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    August 22, 2013
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    August 19, 2013

    Pitching Sam Adams, National Lemonade Day, Ian Kleinman magic and more

    The Mi Casa Center, 360 Acoma Street, is welcoming Samuel Adams Brewing for a free speed-coaching advice program for upcoming entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry today. This year's event will feature a "Pitch Room" competition that gives eight Colorado companies a chance to win a trip to ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Bicycle art rides into Denver International Airport

    Even as the third annual US Pro Challenge takes off from Aspen today, a bicycle-art show is taking off a Denver International Airport. Using bicycles, artists have created representation of all the cities involved in the US Pro Challenge: Aspen/Snowmass, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    "Welcome to the Jungle," by Guns N' Roses, is a kick-ass American rock-and-roll masterpiece

    If the opening chords of "Welcome to the Jungle" doesn't trigger some sort of Pavlovian reaction within you in which you suddenly have the urge to shotgun a beer and do a little shimmy from side to side, then you probably don't know where you are right now. Relax. Don't panic. You're in the jungle, ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013
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    August 13, 2013

    Five ways to survive the Colorado Get Movin' fitness challenge

    I've been obsessed with fitness ever since I can remember. Maybe it was because I grew up in the '80s, and activities for girls revolved around a pink-haired dog that pimped nail accessories and showing the world what we could do through the fine art of ribbon dancing. I took ballet, tap dance, ice- ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    I'm a sports nut for Magic: The Gathering

    Welcome to a new column called Geek Speak, in which we take on an aspect of geek culture each week. The world championship of Magic: The Gathering is in Amsterdam this week. For the next four days, some of the world's best players will compete individually for the title of world champion, and on na ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    Lucha Libre & Laughs will make wrestling funny on purpose this Sunday

    Simply put, Lucha libre is fun. Stand up comedy is fun. Put them together, and you have fun overload. The idea came to me after the 2012 Too Much Funstival, during which we put together a few tag team lucha libre matches from the MxW Pro Wrestling promotions before the stand up comedy and music at a ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    USA Pro Challenge = traffic challenges: Road closures from Aspen to Denver

    The USA Pro Challenge is returning to Colorado, with bicycles, and the athletes on them, ruling a significant portion of the state's roadways from August 19-25. What will that mean for motorists who may be more interested in getting from point A to point B than in watching the contest? The Colorado ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    ADAM ANT @ OGDEN THEATRE | WEDS, 7/24/13 Adam Ant, the charismatic post-punk British pop star responsible for a generation of pirate shirts, returns to the U.S. after a long absence. Now 58, he's picked up more tattoos and a smoking habit since we saw him last; despite being battle scarred from year ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    A farmers' market party at Rooster & Moon, professional ping pong at Ace and more

    The Golden Triangle Farmers' Market will debut Sunday, July 28, in the south parking lot adjacent to Rooster & Moon Coffee Pub, 955 Bannock Street. Organizers are kicking off the new gathering with a party at the coffee shop this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be drink specials, raffle prizes a ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Photos: Gun advocates hold rally near memorial service for the Aurora theater shootings

    Pro-gun advocates, including members of the NRA and the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners club, held a rally today at Cherry Creek State Park, near where a memorial ceremony was being held for the victims of Aurora theater shootings, on the eve of the first anniversary of those events. The memorial ceremon ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    Which hip-hop crew is the dopest?

    Whether it's been b-boys clashing, graf artists battling or MCs matching wits, hip-hop has always been competitive. These days, the MC has taken preeminence, and the crews are more commercial. Often, they manifest as labels, but sometimes they exist less formally as collectives, such as Wu-Tang or O ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop shows in Denver in July

    MAC MILLER @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 6/22/13 Following in the footsteps of fellow Pittsburgh native and Taylor Allderdice graduate Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller is well known for making feel-good music. His breakout mixtape K.I.D.S. (Kickin' Incredibly Dope Shit), an homage to the notably dark Larry Clark fi ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Ten milestones in the history of competitive gaming

    Just like they play sports, most people play video games for fun. But also just like they play sports, some people play video games competitively, both professionally and in organized amateur leagues. Yes, really. All over the world, big-money tournaments take place constantly, offering the top game ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now: What's on your playlist this week?

    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 >>

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    April 27, 2009

    Knowthanks on that new Broncos jersey

    I'm mad. Mad about new Broncos coach JoshMcDufus's arrogantly poor handling of the Jay Cutler affair, mad about his signing of, as my friend Mayf called it, the PuPu Platter of washed up running backs (Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington and LaMont Jordan) to compliment (?) our existing cast of beat ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    No Doubt, Neko Case, Def Leppard shows announced

    No Doubt just announced a 45-city tour with Paramore and the Sounds that includes a Wednesday, May 27 stop at Fiddler's Green. On Monday, August 24, Def Leppard, Poison and Cheap Trick will also share a bill at Fiddler's, while Lady Sovereign hits the Bluebird Monday, May 18, Neko Case plays the Ogd ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Colorado-based pro-Palin blogger Adam Brickley has his eyes on a new prize

    Adam Brickley as he appeared a few months back on The Colbert Report. Blogger Adam Brickley was credited in many quarters -- including Comedy Central's The Colbert Report -- with helping Alaska governor Sarah Palin rise to national prominence via his PalinForVP.blogspot.com website. (See his appea ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008

    The banners at the eminent-domain poster business are still flying

    Hop aboard the "Never Surrender" bandwagon -- er, cart. The banners and signs on view outside Pro-Tint, located at 1398 Wadsworth Boulevard, don't have anything to do with the window-tinting services the business provides. Rather, they're all about an RTD plan to seize the operation as part of its ... More >>

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    August 22, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: DMX, VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, Forbes Hip-Hop Cash List

    "Where my reality show at, dogs?" DMX gets a reality show Even though DMX is sitting in a Miami jail waiting to answer to a variety of charges including drug possession, weapons possessions and animal cruelty, some television producers think his life would make for some great entertainment. The sh ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Bionik Brown, Ozone Awards, Large Professor, DMX

    LOCALS ONLY Even though hip-hop artist Bionik Brown had only lived in Denver for short time before his passing this week, he became familiar with the local music scene quickly and scored gigs easily thanks to his dope skills on the mike. In honor of Bionik’s memory, after the jump we've posted a ... More >>

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    June 24, 2008

    John Elway, Swinger

    Not so long ago, plenty of pundits seemed to think that John Elway might be interested in a political career -- but why in the hell would he hurl himself into that meat-grinder when he's capable of earning a nice living by letting people pay him to play around? Witness Big John's participation in th ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008

    Best of Denver Winners from 1996

    In 1996, Westword published its thirteenth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Yuppie on a Harley (then-senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who posed for a Banana Republic ad) to the Best New Public Art (Mark di Suvero’s still-controversial “Lao Tzu”) ... More >>

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    January 1, 2008

    Best of Denver Winners from 1995

    Ah, 1995: a time when entire Best Of categories were devoted to the O.J. Simpson trial, Bernie Bickerstaff and Dikembe Mutombo were still dominating the sports pages, and Mel's Bar and Grill was still new. Check out the winners from our 1995 Best Of issue after the jump.

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    December 21, 2007

    Best of Denver Winners From 1994

    In 1994, Westword published its eleventh Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Italian Restaurant (the brand-new Carmine’s on Penn) to Best Makeover (the renovated Herb’s Hideout) to Best New Arts Venue (the Bug, on Navajo Street) to Best News for Blue ... More >>

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    September 5, 2007

    Q&A: David Phipps of Sound Tribe Sector 9

    David Phipps plays keyboards for Sound Tribe Sector 9 (read more about them in this September 6 Westword article), but he’s also the group’s reigning tech guru -- the musician as responsible as anyone for making the band sound forward-looking and adventurous. On top of that, he oversees STSP’s ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    Faceball, August 21

    Here's a brief look at some of the items America is desperate to learn about today: Faceball It’s the hot new sport with the unbeatable motto: “Your face, our balls.” Invented at the offices of Flickr, it’s a simple game that involves mashing a Day-Glo ball into a coworker’s face from ten ... More >>

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    August 2, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Kelly Clarkson and More

    Kelly Clarkson My December (RCA) How did I know that Ms. Clarkson’s latest would be a commercial disappointment? Because I kinda like it. Don’t get me wrong: The disc doesn’t exactly qualify as an artistic triumph – not given the surplus of mock-profound couplets exemplified by “I’m str ... More >>

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    July 18, 2007

    Michael Vick: Professional Dumbass

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been

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