Whether you are interested in cultural documentaries, classic dramas or anti-colonial revenge films, this year's XicanIndie Film Festival promises to showcase the most innovative and intriguing Latino, Chicano and global indigenous films. Here are five must-see selections from the festival, which st ... More >>
Escaramuza: Riding from the Heart is the opening night film at the XicanIndie Film Festival XVI.In his tenth year as curator of the XicanIndie Film Festival, Daniel Salazar decided to revamp the whole project. Working with film programmers from all over the Americas, Salazar created the Encuentro Mu ... More >>
Shortly after his arrival in the Colorado prison system, a mentally stable teenager named Sam Mandez landed in solitary confinement for a series of minor rules infractions. He soon began to experience auditory hallucinations and other signs of mental illness, and his erratic behavior made it imposs ... More >>
Mestizo, a new play written and directed by Anthony Garcia, kicks off Su Teatro's new season on Thursday, October 11. The premiere stars Daniel Valdez, who in 1973 composed the album Mestizo -- the first and only Chicano protest album to be released by a major record label. And the script follows a ... More >>
#70: Mare Trevathan Mare Trevathan gets around. The theatrical jill-of-all-trades works her chosen field from every angle: as an actor, director, teacher, talking-book reader, collaborator and public-relations expert, going from one spotlight to another as the muse moves her. Trevathan is not only ... More >>
If you're looking for things to do this weekend, you're in the right place. Whether you want to build Day of the Dead altars, see zombie burlesque, dance at an '80s party, or chill out with a speed Reiki session, we've got it all here -- and more. And here's the really excellent part: None of these ... More >>
You can bank on Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? being different from other movies about the recent economic bust. The 75-minute film traces the crash of 2008 as far back as the '70s. "A lot of times you see documentaries and they're like, 'Here's this big problem, here's who's to blame,' and yo ... More >>
For Now Showing, our fall arts guide inserted in the September 27 issue of Westword, we asked dozens of luminaries on the local arts scene -- including winners of the Westword MasterMind awards -- to take a survey about the state of the arts. We published many of the responses in Now Showing, but an ... More >>
The University of Denver isn't all about political debates. The Lamont School of Music is offering 250 free concerts this year, for example. And in Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide, DU arts administrators gave particularly intriguing answers to questions about the city's cultural scene.
Several times now, Lisa Suarez's mother has come to see her daughter perform in I'll Remember for You, the play about their relationship and Alzheimer's that opens at Su Teatro tonight. She has sung along with the actresses, watched as little pieces of her life are reconstructed and recreated onstag ... More >>
Jacquie Van Horne believes that artists who are mothers, too, need to stick together, because -- as she writes on her Facebook page -- "Motherhood is not the time to put the paintbrush down." That's why she created Artistic Mamas, which is as much a celebration of mothers who paint and sing and dan ... More >>
It was quieter in RiNo yesterday than you'd expect, considering there was a studio tour and a RiNo hunt going on for the last day of Create Denver. But it was nonetheless a perfect day to explore, and whether or not you discovered one of the 100 numbered ceramic rhinos left out for tourists to find ... More >>
The trees talk to Denver artist Corrina Espinosa, whose work often starts with a piece of wood; a carver with a deep soul, she's made art out of stumps and branches, and whole trees shaded her Metro State College of Denver senior thesis exhibition, Hybrid Zoetic. The finished pieces sometimes seem l ... More >>
It wasn't until Gustavo Arellano, our Ask a Mexican columnist, started researching the spread of Mexican food in this country -- or what passes as Mexican food in this country -- for his new book, Taco USA, that we realized Denver was not only home to a unique green chile, but was also the place wh ... More >>
Denver's earned its rep as a slam-poet factory: The city not only supports two competitive adult teams, each of which has taken a national title in the last decade, but it also has a strong youth wing, Minor Disturbance, one of this year's Westword MasterMind Award-winners. And tonight is when they ... More >>
The root of theater is storytelling, and Stories on Stage has made a practice of matching expressive words with talented actors for many years. The March 11 offering, Distant Voices, features Sherman Alexie's short story "War Dances," about a young man afflicted with a mysterious partial deafness wh ... More >>
Pax-Am Records Update (12:53 p.m.): So check this out: A couple more things you should know here. First of all, the show has been postponed until tomorrow night due to inclement weather (shocker, we know). Secondly, whatever sensationalist malarkey you've read about Ryan Adams being some sort of up ... More >>
James Denton The play Enrique's Journey, adapted by Su Teatro artistic director Anthony Garcia from the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nazario, debuted last weekend in Denver, bringing to light the harrowing story of Central American immigrants who risk life and limb riding the top ... More >>
Tancredo and Gustavo.By our count, about 1,600 people watched the debate on immigration between almost-Colorado governor Tom Tancredo and Gustavo Arellano, who writes the "Ask a Mexican" column that appears in Westword each week, on Tuesday night at Su Teatro on Santa Fe. That of course, incl ... More >>
Jeff Peckman.Jeff Peckman, who spoke to Westword last week about a rash of recent UFO sightings, waited a long time to get his proposal for Denver to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission on the ballot -- but the time might finally be right for Initiative 300. Because in this crazy C ... More >>
Fresh from shmoozing with Barack Obama, John Hickenlooper will be at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House tonight, presenting the 2008 Mayor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts to Charles Burrell, the Denver Young Artists, Su Teatro and the Bloomsbury Review, as well as a Mayor's Cultural Legacy Award t ... More >>
Su Teatro's El Sol Que Tú Eres is an uneasy marriage of styles.
El Sol Que Tú Eres revisits ancient mythology with a Chicano twist.
Cordell Taylor gets a shot at Red Reel
For the locked-out founder of Eulipions, the play’s still the thing.