As much an icon of African-American comedy as Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy, Keenen Ivory Wayans pioneered a new style of televised sketch comedy with In Living Color, introducing mainstream Americans to the stylish humor of early '90s black culture. The show also launched the careers of Jim Carrey, ... More >>
In this week's Rough Mix with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, who is due at Dazzle this Saturday and Sunday, we spoke with him about recruiting younger players and how composing for film has rubbed off on his jazz playing. In this extended Q&A, he talks about new Blue Note effort, Magnetic, more about ... More >>
On the surface, Darren Aronofsky's bleak masterpiece Requiem for a Dream, the screwball musical nun-comedy of Sister Act and a spaghetti Western from Thailand don't have much in common. In the eyes of Denver Film Society programming director Keith Garcia, they all share one important trait: They're ... More >>
Now that we've finally eked our way into the warmer weeks of spring (fingers crossed), it's time to get off the couch and head out into the fresh air to get to May's ten best comedy events. We've got albums being recorded, albums being released, two Latino-themed shows, nerd heroes Aziz Ansari and C ... More >>
In honor of the release of Stoker, the English language debut of Park Chan-Wook, the Sie FilmCenter is hosting a retrospective of the South Korean filmmaker's revenge series starting tonight with the first entry in Chan-Wook's trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. The series continues tomorrow with O ... More >>
One of the great historians of our time, Dustin Lance Black is responsible for some great dramatic portrayals of our country's past. Whether his subject is Harvey Milk, J. Edgar Hoover or the California State Supreme Court, Black is painstakingly thorough with his research and masterful with his sto ... More >>
Wayne White might be the most prolific and virtually unknown contributor to popular culture of the last four decades. But the illustrator, painter, sculptor and puppet-maker from Chattanooga is getting some much deserved exposure with the release of Beauty Is Embarrassing, a documentary about White' ... More >>
This morning, headlines are screaming about the New York City Police aiming a subpoena at Twitter in regard to tweets about launching an Aurora-theater-shooting-like attack on a Broadway theater. But little of the coverage I've seen has given a complete context of the alleged threat from the @obamam ... More >>
Tom Botelho.Denver Film Society executive director Tom Botelho is still recovering from the just-concluded Starz Denver Film Festival; he's got a severe cold. But the word of mouth about the fest makes him feel better, and so do attendance and revenue figures, both of which appear to be up ov ... More >>
Helping black people.After all the strife and human sacrifice during the civil rights movement, it was pretty awesome in the end when every black person was triumphant in some way and every villain got her hilariously cathartic comeuppance by eating a pie full of feces -- but let's not forget ... More >>
In an interview with CNN yesterday, La Toya Jackson stated rather bluntly that she believed her brother was murdered. "I would never, ever think differently," she said. "Michael told me that they were going to murder him." It's not that outrageous of a claim, but it's also one of those things ... More >>
Today marks the anniversary of the day that the world lost the greatest rapper of all time. Christopher Wallace's untimely death on March 9, 1997, had a significant impact on the rap game. If Biggie had lived, for instance, his presence would have essentially erased the need for Jay-Z. Unstop ... More >>
Carmelo.The extended period of quiet over a Carmelo Anthony trade following the collapse of a deal with New Jersey is over. Not only are the Knicks back in the hunt, with a little reported help from Spike Lee, but now, both the Chicago Bulls and, yes, the Nets are reportedly feeling pressure ... More >>
Bush & Brownie.On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina began wreaking havoc on the Gulf Coast that's still reverberating today -- and many members of the public continue to see Michael Brown, head of FEMA at the time, as one of the story's chief villains. Still, Brown, a KOA talk-show host who ... More >>
Allen Toussaint.This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Democratic National Convention, an event that made Denver the center of the media universe for several unforgettable days. To mark the occasion, we'll be offering selected flashbacks of Westword coverage. First up: An on-site cou ... More >>
A look back at the year's flick picks.
Tap-dancing gets down at Macky Auditorium.
From the bayou to Boulder, Michael Brown's had a heckuva year.
Lucky Number Slevin plays Tarantino's game, without Tarantino's results.
Freedomland turns a rich, complex book into a poor, simple movie.
The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.
In the Mix can't keep up with its likable star.
There’s plenty to enjoy along Upper 15th Street.
Celebrating the overachieving, underhyped movies of 2004.
What a bad feeling -- and taste -- Honey leaves behind.
Ice Cube's Barbershop could style more laughs.
After a difficult beginning, J-Live gives hope to hip-hop.
Three urban luminaries make Lucy Pearl an R&B trio with star -- and staying -- power.
A Sterling man is on a lonely crusade to atone for the sins of his race.
PEOPLE SWEAR BY--AND AT--HIP-HOP'S OUTSPOKEN, UNDISPUTED GURU.