History can build and destroy nations, create and end wars and help society wrangle with ethical obligations and failures. But when teachers reduce it to an endless scroll of names and dates that have been stripped of context, history loses its power. The Smithsonian Institution's Richard Kurin is ... More >>
The Colorado-made hemp flag that flew over the Capitol in Washington on the Fourth of July has made its way back to the Centennial State. And today -- which is known as Colorado Day, in commemoration of the day on which the state officially joined the union in 1876 -- the hemp flag flew at the Color ... More >>
Kirk Johnson, a paleontologist and fossil hunter who made science and history fun for the masses at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the past 22 years, has landed a job with the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Johnson, the head curator and vice president of research ... More >>
Mickey Hart (due tomorrow night at the Ogden Theatre) was one of the Grateful Dead's two drummers; along with Bill Kreutzmann, Hart helped weave the unique polyrhythms of the legendary band. Whether as a solo artist, with the Dead or as an activist, Hart always puts his heart and his being into his ... More >>
Science writer Margaret Wertheim specializes in weighty topics, but she has a light touch when writing about science and mathematics. The author of several books dealing with theoretical physics within a cultural context as well as articles for numerous publications -- everything from the New York T ... More >>
Not enough history for you in History Colorado? Did you want more context in the exhibit devoted to the Sand Creek Massacre? That was one of the complaints in the New York Times piece on the new facility -- which echoed some of Michael Paglia's criticisms of History Colorado. There are ways to fill ... More >>
Music podcasts are a difficult breed. With the current outdated copyright law, most podcasts can't utilize full songs in their recordings, making anyone but the best sound like boring music nerds. Of course, we love boring music nerds but being able to speak eloquently or interestingly about ... More >>
I love songs that tell stories. I'm partial to them in a way that if I got jury duty to pick the best of them, I'd be kicked out due to my relentless love of any and all songs conveying even a semblance of plot. Knowing this, I still feel comfortable saying that the 1999 release of The Leg ... More >>
Photo by Sam Kittner/NewseumThe 9/11 display at the Newseum. The first unintentional zinger my wife fired at me on Monday immediately after we visited the Newseum, a lavish media museum in Washington D.C.: "I feel like I did after we went to the Holocaust Museum." The second unintentional zin ... More >>
The Tesoro Foundation helps bring history to life.
Conrad Keely, frontman for the indie-rock vets in ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, is among the most articulate and opinionated figures in music. He earns this reputation anew it in the following Q&A, conducted for our profile of the band, "...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of De ... More >>
Street artist Shepard Fairey, whose "HOPE" poster became an icon of the Obama campaign, did an interview with Terry Gross of NPR's Fresh Air earlier this week. Now that the Smithsonian recently purchased the original stenciled poster for its National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Fairey has offici ... More >>
Learn all about the giant squid in Parker.
The Acorn Glory Hope Mountain Paper Bag Records 00:22-01:07 of “Low Gravity” The Acorn proves, apparently, that Canadian indie-rock has a “sound,” and bands like the Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade and the Acorn all jerk each other off with their Baroque attitudes, collective ... More >>
LOCALS ONLY Veteran Denver emcee D.O. The Fabulous Drifter is still putting the finishing touches on his new album D.irector of O.perations while working overtime for a collaborative venture. He connected with Canadian songbird JaQe for a project called His and Hers, a combination of hip-hop and so ... More >>
The Fort hosts a market and rendezvous from times past.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Fast reviews of recent releases
A park ranger gives the skinny on forest follies.
Gifts for Yuletide reach high tide
Childhood Remembered gives voice to women's history
Reflections in Black: Smithsonian African-American Photography, Metro State Center for the Visual Arts
The Polar Bear Gallery
It's Asian art at the DAM, African-American photography at the CVA, plans for the MCA, and a new planner for Denver.
Latin jazz gets its due in a Smithsonian exhibition
Joseph Triscari 's photos will move you.
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
North Mississippi All-Stars
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
The Buffalo Silver Dollar could tarnish Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell's image.
The feds had a bone to pick with this fossil-hunting family.
Once Gary Staab found his calling, the rest was pre-history.