. In recent years, fall has come on with a vengeance: with uncharacteristically heavy rains and early snow, and winter has refused to leave. But this year it has felt more like we've been given a reprieve. That climate, that natural ambiance perfectly suited a place like Chautauqua Auditorium and a ... More >>
It takes grit to make a movie in Colorado -- sometimes True Grit. This state's film industry has gotten mixed reviews over the years, but there's no question that producer Hal Wallis created a classic when he made True Grit, based on the book by Charles Portis, in Colorado in 1969. The San Juan Moun ... More >>
The 2014 Stanley Film Fest brought movies, fans and scares to the iconic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park this weekend. The horror wasn't confined to the Stanley, though; zombies paraded through town, startling unsuspecting tourists. Our photographer Brandon Marshall was there to capture all the undead a ... More >>
Tonight at the world-famous Stanley Hotel, the Stanley Film Festival will kick off its second year with Alexandre O. Philippe's look at zombie culture, Doc of the Dead. [Disclosure: I appear in Doc of the Dead.] Sunday, the fest closes with the horror comedy What We Do in the Shadows, starring Jemai ... More >>
This coming weekend promises some major events, including Easter and 4/20. But don't save up all your appetites for then, because there are ample opportunities to eat out this week -- everything from wine dinners to private chef specials. See also: Bistro Vendome's "Adventures on the Wine Route" la ... More >>
The Stanley Film Festival just announced its opening-night film and other special, scarey events for the four-day fest, which kicks off April 24 at the historic Stanley Hotel. "The Stanley Hotel is consistently voted one of the most haunted hotels in the world, and they give over 75,000 ghost tours ... More >>
It's 3/14 -- pie day! All three Patxi's locations in metro Denver are celebrating with a $3.14 lunch special: a slice of signature Chicago-style stuffed pizza or hand-pulled thin crust pie, with a choice of salad and a non-alcoholic beverage. The offer is for carry-out only. See also: All aboard! ... More >>
The most notorious haunted hotel in the world, the Stanley Hotel, inspiration for The Shining, will host the second annual Stanley Film Festival, April 24-27. Organized by theDenver Film Society, the festival fits right into the historic hotel, with a theme -- presented by NBC Universal's Chiller TV ... More >>
Denver Restaurant Week wraps up tonight -- but if you hurry, you can still snag a reservation at one of more than 300 participating restaurants. And some of those eateries have decided to offer their special, multi-course $30 menus into March. To see those menus and the list of participating restaur ... More >>
UPDATE: We have a winner of our HUSH Table: Great Roads to Great Chefs contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to tell us, in fifty words or less: What culinary contraption do you wish you could invent, and why? From the five submissions entered, we chose this answer from kezzamcdezza, who w ... More >>
What are the hundred things everyone should do in Colorado before they die? We posed this question to our writers and editors, and over the next few weeks, we'll be rolling out their answers across our blogs. First up on the Denver Bucket List are Latest Word's 25-16 picks. Count them down here, a ... More >>
Savoy is slated to make its way back to the Mile High City for a headlining date at the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, February 15, as part of the act's Get Lazer'd Tour. Tickets ($25) go on sale this Friday, October 25, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week, what s ... More >>
Holy shit! Brace yourself, as this might just be one of the coolest show announcements we've ever heard. Ever. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them, Murder By Death is playing a show at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park (yes, The Shining!) on Friday, J ... More >>
Estes Park is a favorite tourist destination of visitors to Colorado from across the country and the globe. And the town was likely to receive an onslaught of such folks in the coming weeks due to the September 24 release date of Doctor Sleep, author Stephen King's sequel to The Shining -- a book in ... More >>
Being a dad is tough, which is why, in honor of Father's Day, we're honoring the dads whose families have literally driven them to the brink of insanity (or further). Relax. It's only movie dads we're talking about here -- your dad probably won't go crazy and kill you this Sunday. Then again, as my ... More >>
Be afraid. Be very afraid. The inaugural Stanley Film Festival, which will run May 2 through May 5 this year in Estes Park, is holding an open house for fright-film fans and potential volunteers tonight. The four-day Stanley Film Festival, which will celebrate the best in independent horror cinema ... More >>
"In 1987 a distressed young man in Denver, Colorado, held his local radio station hostage insisting, at gunpoint, demanding they play nothing but Smiths records. This they did -- for four hours," writes Mark Simpson in the biography Saint Morrissey. "Eventually, the police besieging the building per ... More >>
Next weekend, a highly unique paranormal party is slated to take over the infamously spooky Stanley Hotel, which, of course, provided the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining. Part paranormal investigation and part dance extravaganza, Feel the Energy, as its been dubbed is a party that exists ... More >>
In recent decades, this state has been the focus of numerous doomsday predictions that Colorado -- if not the world itself -- was in imminent danger of disappearing. The most recent furor involves the Mayan calendar's prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012 -- a prediction deb ... More >>
Santa's like, "Haaaay, girl."The number one rule when scouting a Santa for the Santa Ratings is that he has to be alive. I mean, there are probably like a million statues of Santa in this great square state, so those are generally disqualified in favor of a breathing (and preferably naturally ... More >>
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is a lovely old place. Built in the early 1900s at the mouth of what is now Rocky Mountain National Park from wood salvaged from the Bear Lake burn of 1900, it was best-known then for the Stanley Steamer, a steam-powered automobile invented by hotel owner Freel ... More >>
Come out of the closet, gapers! Hot pink and electric blue ski and snowboard gear from the 1980s lives forever thanks to events like tonight's 8th annual 80s Ski Party at Mile High Station, 2027 West Lower Colfax Avenue, where they won't even let you through the door unless the bouncer needs ... More >>
Last week, my wife and I decided it was time for a last-minute weekend getaway, and we decided on Manitou Springs. We'd never been there, and its cave-and-castle kitschiness sounded like Niagara Falls mixed with oddball Colorado charm. As it would turn out, the town's lodgings would be happy ... More >>
At this distance, a theremin constantly plays.Call me a sad shell of a human being with a withered capacity for imagination, and you would probably be right, but I don't believe in no ghosts. It just doesn't make any sense. But before I crap all over your good time with my "logic," suffice it ... More >>
Well, it looks pretty ominous.It was partially by coincidence and partly by design that the opening credits of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining had just started rolling when we flipped on the TV Saturday night in our room at the Stanley Hotel; the movie, of course, is based on Stephen King's nov ... More >>
Big pics below.Last week, we took you on a photo tour of actor Kelsey Grammer's ski home, on sale for just $7.9 million. By that standard, Estes Park's Stanley House -- built in 1904 by automaker F.O. Stanley, who built The Shining-inspiring Stanley Hotel five years later -- is a genuine barg ... More >>
"The Searchers."The Colorado legislature just nixed a plan to tack a ten-cent fee onto movie tickets, money that would have been used to provide financial incentives for film companies that want to make movies in this state. As revised, the bill would now ask for donations from movie-goers -- ... More >>
Just got off the phone with manager Michael Torres of the Corner Office, talking about the new man behind the burners at that most Mad Men-y of restaurants at the Curtis. Carlos Ruiz (most recently ex of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, making him well-versed in both hotel cookery and avoid ... More >>
What you may have missed this week on Cafe Society while you were buried in gravy, a slave to stuffing or checking out Sheehan's roundup of Denver's best pub grub, which is exactly what you want after too much tryptophan: Saul Hudson learned that Chipotle Mexican Grill is entering the Lond ... More >>
A new play tells real Colorado ghost stories.
Portions of Mr. & Mrs. Smith were filmed in Glenwood Springs. Last week the American Film Institute issued its updated list of the top 100 films of all time. As to be expected, Citizen Kane is still number one, but Casablanca fell to number three in favor of The Godfather. To view the complete lis ... More >>
The Mayananda is at your service
Songs From a Restless Sleeper (JunisPonds Records)
Community-radio advocates and the Colorado Department of Transportation wind up in gridlock.
Wining and dining in Estes Park.
John Hickenlooper's lastest, and other news on the food front.
An amusing little bankruptcy case, with a nutty aftertaste.