George Saunders is one of America's most celebrated short story writers. Winner of the Folio and Pulitzer prizes and been granted. MacArtuthur fellowship. Since 1996, he's professor at Syracuse, itself an incubator for the best authors of his generation. Saunders returns to town this week to the ... More >>
As the brass quintet launched into a sweeping rendition of an old Hollywood score, camera crews captured the historic action. This was one of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's controversial Classically Cannabis fundraisers, possibly the first-ever symphonic marijuana celebration anywhere -- even if ... More >>
From its rolling prairies to its purple mountains majesty, Colorado is full of natural beauty. But this state is also home to many manmade marvels, too: Everything from Coors to Jolly Rancher candies to some of the country's best craft beer has spilled out of this state's culinary creativity. One o ... More >>
This year's NFL draft takes place on Thursday, with the Broncos selecting in the 31st slot -- a tough place to find an impact athlete. We hope John Elway and company beat the odds -- or at least make a better choice than the ones on the following list. Here's our top-ten roster of the ten worst fir ... More >>
RAKIM at CERVANTES OTHERSIDE | 9/18/13 Last night at the Otherside, Rakim stalked the stage like a lion on an African plain, controlling the mic with a swagger that hypnotized the room, which was filled with an audience who hung on to his every word. The God MC showcased a presence that left everyon ... More >>
Is it bye-bye for Boone? The once-official, now unofficial University of Denver mascot was all over the news at the end of May, when DU's lacrosse team made it to the semi-finals in Philadelphia and ESPN2 showed many closeups of the Disney-designed character adopted by the school in 1968, booted in ... More >>
Eric Decker had some ups and downs in the Broncos' win over the Chargers last night -- catching a sure touchdown pass before inexplicably falling down, and later scoring a TD in an impressive act of will. But he's familiar with emotional swings, having lived through a school shooting -- an experienc ... More >>
See Also: Angry Hand of God at Bender's Tavern, 8/2/12 Angry Hand of God started in 2008 as a band inspired by the kind of slow, crushing, psychedelic metal that ran through most of the stoner rock bands at the time. Only this band has really strong riffs that have propelled it from the dark sludge ... More >>
David Parry -- a native of Syracuse, New York -- opened his first restaurant in Parker almost six years ago with a mission to bring Denver the New York-style pizza he loved and missed. That shop, a counter service joint, gave way to a second location in Castle Rock two years ago. And today, Parry a ... More >>
Dave Logan, recently fired as head coach of Mullen High School, is denying that he knew about recruiting violations, and says he would have fired any assistants guilty of such acts. As noted in our post yesterday, Mullen has long been suspected of recruiting -- but Logan's defenders insist he attra ... More >>
Denver's best live music bets, weekend of January 20, 2012
Bill Cosby.Tim Tebow's NFL rise has done more than boost the Broncos' chances of making the playoffs. It's inspired musical tributes, tattoos and Tumblrs, the naming of racehorses and a slew of testimonials from celebrities and pundits from beyond the world of sports. The latest examples of ... More >>
Crispin Porter BoguskySex sells, but can it sell baby carrots?When Boulder-based advertising firm Crispin Porter Bogusky set began constructing a marketing campaign to sell more carrots, its creative team studied consumers' "carrot habits," and learned all about the importance of crunch a ... More >>
Will it go 'round in circles? Bassist/vocalist Rob Barbato of Darker My Love initially seemed reticent to show much of himself during an interview for a September 25 Westword profile of his band. But with a little prodding, he began sharing background about himself and his band in what turned out ... More >>
Ra Ra Riot, one of the national acts joining the local talent at the Westword Music Showcase on Saturday, June 14 (click here for more details), is a band on the upswing. Wes Miles, the outfit’s frontman, traces the road to its rise in the funny and revealing Q&A that follows -- a supplement to a ... More >>
It's a jet-set life for these college dropouts.
Is the government paying for a miracle or a myth?
A guide to Denver ceramics, and Maynard Tischler at DU's Myhren Gallery.
The Broncos' surprise draft pick is straight out of the mechanic's manual.
A salute to the late, great James McKinnell, a master of Colorado ceramics.
Karen Kitchel and David Sharpe record the Western landscape in solos at Robischon.
Warren Haynes is one mule who's not ungovernable.
Colorado could be courting a winner in the NCAA Tournament.
Funny Cide, the people's choice, embodies every railbird's dream.
Once something special, an evening at Tante Louise can lag.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
A high-profile ESPN reporter chucks it all to become a low-profile schoolteacher -- and he couldn't be happier.
Life Is Sweet
The Museum of Contemporary Art finally catches up.
Two shows focus on the kith and kiln of Colorado ceramics.
Betty Woodman does it all for the Mizel Arts Center.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. finally gets the screen treatment he deserves with Breakfast of Champions.
Colorado Highways are safer now than they've been in decades. So what are drivers so mad about?
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