South Park exposed our secret. After an episode aptly titled "Casa Bonita" aired in 2003, the existence of Casa Bonita became known to the world outside of Colorado. Up until that point, Casa Bonita was mostly a regional gem. If you grew up in Colorado, chances are you celebrated at least one birt ... More >>
If you asked the average person to name something Denver and Seattle have in common, other than their football teams facing off in this year's Super Bowl, he'd likely answer, "Legal pot." But for whatever reason, neither VISIT DENVER nor Visit Seattle are currently using this fact to pitch their res ... More >>
You can find art all over town -- not just on gallery walls. In this series, we'll be looking at some of the local artists who serve up their work in coffeehouses and other non-gallery businesses around town. Colorado native and outdoorsman Greg Marquez of Artquez can't get enough of the Wild West, ... More >>
Would you love it if loads of people suddenly decided to relocate to Denver? If not, we have some bad news for you: The folks at the real estate website Motovo have just published "30 Reasons You Need to Move to Denver," which lays out a pretty damn good argument for heading this way immediately. C ... More >>
Until recently, I avoided online games the same way I avoid Justin Bieber fans: by pretending with all my might that they don't exist. Then came Game of Thrones Ascent on Facebook, and since I am a fan of the books/show, I started playing -- and wandered into the bizarre and complex world of online ... More >>
Endless runners -- if you've played Temple Run or Jetpack Joyride, you know the routine: Collect coins, jump over stuff, die, rinse and repeat. Jones on Fire, made by Denver-based developer Glass Bottom Games for iOS and Android, is a little different. Its low-fi graphics and little blocky kittens ... More >>
Remember The Book of Mormon? The musical from Coloradans and Broadway darlings Matt Stone and Trey Parker flew through here just last summer, electrifying Denver audiences, or at least the folks who were lucky to snag its fast-disappearing tickets. But if you missed it the first time around, here's ... More >>
Last year, we celebrated the state we're in with our first top-ten collection of "You know you're from Colorado when..." punchlines. But there are a lot more possible answers than that, as we discovered when we stumbled upon another list featuring a slew of responses that were new (and funny) to us. ... More >>
In recent years, commencement speakers for the University of Colorado at Boulder have either been controversial or underwhelming to the vast majority of the student body. But neither of these issues are likely to plague the 2013 graduation ceremony, scheduled for May 10, since the speaker chosen -- ... More >>
Yesterday in this space, we nodded to ten Colorado-connected hotties, ingenues and reality-TV stars. But our square state is known for funny business, too. Turns out the list of notables who were born or lived here includes lots of notable comedians and comic actors -- some hugely famous, others get ... More >>
John Elway has plenty of fans. But two of them could soon rival Number 7 on the Colorado celebrity scale. When they met with the local press to discuss The Book of Mormon , creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said that if there was anyone they wanted to see the show, it was John Elway.
Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m. They'll be gone within minutes, if not seconds -- only to reappear shortly thereafter on eBay, StubHub and other aftermarket ticket sites for two, three or even four times their original cost. It's nothing new. But it sure gets old. ... More >>
LUCINDA WILLIAMS at PARAMOUNT | 11/12/11About a halfway through Lucinda Williams' two-hour set on Saturday night, it felt somebody hit a switch at the Paramount Theatre and all the sudden the place was electrified. For the first hour, the crowd of mostly middle-aged folks sat fairly complacen ... More >>
Today's a historic day, in case you were wondering. Not only is it the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, but today will mark the day that the Velvet Elvis, one of the country's top Elvis "emulators," comes to rest as well. In honor of the occasion, we asked the Velvet Elvis himself, ... More >>
Meatball surgery at the IKEA restaurant in Tempe, Arizona.On July 27, IKEA will unveil its first store in Colorado, complete with the 550-seat IKEA Restaurant & Caf√© and a Swedish food market. Although both a market and restaurant are integral parts of most IKEA outlets, the restaurant in ... More >>
Trey Parker.We've been following The Book of Mormon's march to theatrical dominance for months, from first raves to Drama Desk nominations and Tony nods -- fourteen of them, leading to nine victories at the awards ceremony last night, including Best Musical for hometown boys made good Trey Pa ... More >>
#OMG, they killed #OBL. And finally, tonight, Gary Faulkner can sleep soundly, Samurai swords safely sheathed. We heard "Bin Laden is dead" about 500 times from Wolf Blitzer in about 30 minutes, listened as Geraldo tried to articulate his joy at the death of Usama bin Laden, but the real en ... More >>
Matt Stone.Eighteen years ago this week, Westword published my interview with CU students Trey Parker and Matt Stone about their in-progress film Alferd Packer: The Musical. Did I predict in that piece that they'd someday create an acclaimed Broadway show? Sadly, no -- but the South Park crea ... More >>
South Park is no Seattle...or Philadelphia.The news that Jason Sheehan is leaving the Pacific Northwest to return to the East Coast and a job at Philadelphia Magazine inspired numerous comments that indicated Sheehan may be long-gone as the Westword food critic, but will never be forgotten. A ... More >>
Comedy Central announced an awards show devoted to comedy today. It will be called The Comedy Awards and will air simultaneously on Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, TV Land and Nick at Night on March 26. On one hand, comedy does tend to get boned in the other major awards, particularly the Oscars ... More >>
The guy who invented Scientology also wrote this.The dark empire of Church of Scientology, well known for its extensive real estate holdings, expanded its reach in Denver yesterday by throwing down $8.5 million in cash money on a new facility to house its secretive minions. Believed by its ad ... More >>
The beating heart of Yo Gabba Gabba!: Scott Schultz (clockwise from left) DJ Lance Rock and Christian JacobsAs co-creator of the children's television show Yo Gabba Gabba!, Christian Jacobs has a simple agenda: Create entertainment that engages both parents and their kids through really aweso ... More >>
Ed Perlmutter.Update: Leslie Oliver, campaign spokeswoman for Ed Perlmutter, says a recent attack ad inaccurately claiming that the 7th District congressman supported supplying Viagra to convicted rapists isn't the first time an outside group called the American Action Network has battered hi ... More >>
Glenn Porzak.CU-Boulder's distinguished alumni list includes the likes of politicians Hank Brown and Ralph Carr, sportscaster Chris Fowler, South Park co-creator Trey Parker and attorney Glenn Porzak, whose entry notes that he "led the first American team to climb two peaks over 26,000 feet o ... More >>
Since leaving Congress earlier this year, past Westword profile subject Tom Tancredo has been taking his immigration-reform crusade to locations around the country -- and as documented in Alan Prendergast's April 15 blog "Obnoxious North Carolina Students Leave Tom Tancredo Speechless," he hasn't ... More >>
A poorly executed farce puts a small Denver paper on the map.
Ben Schulz issued the battle cry that echoed across World of Warcraft.
Film buffs can reach for the stars at the Ultimate Film Fanatic competition.
Consider this your final exam on the past year. Cheating is encouraged, bribes will be accepted -- and grades will be posted at City Hall.
Two years later, a digital-video short film became an overnight ad sensation
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Put Up Your Dukes
The men behind this season's best shows -- and biggest failures -- blame it all on Regis.
Jim Lambert won the lottery, but thatís not the only way he strikes it rich.
Kissing off a year of six-minute smooches and sex-toy cigars.
Former Warlock Pincher Dan Wanush returns with the Wild Canadians.