This Sunday thousands of ganja enthusiasts will gather in Denver's Civic Center for what has become an annual rite of spring, the embrace of cannabis culture at 4:20 on 4/20. But this weekend also marks the peculiar collision of several more somber anniversaries, commemorating some of the worst days ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists ... More >>
T.S. Eliot's Prufrock famously measured out his life in coffee spoons. For the last several weeks, I've been measuring mine out in peaches. Stands at the Boulder Farmers' Market are overflowing with blushing fruit, so I've had peaches for breakfast, a peach with a piece of blue cheese for an afterno ... More >>
Noah Eli Gordon's newest book is hard to pin down. And why would you want to? The Year of the Rooster, out now on Ahsahta Press, is best understood through experience rather than painstaking analysis. It's wild and flowing, playing with gender pronouns, musical imagery, and poetic forms to create a ... More >>
Among the many avant-garde artists and writers with whom Donald Sutherland was friends were Gertrude Stein and her life partner, Alice B. Toklas. Sutherland's friendship with Stein began when she praised his 1937 book, Child with a Knife. In 1951, he wrote the first text dedicated to a stylistic stu ... More >>
Gary FaulknerThe death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of an elite American strike team sure put a crimp in the travel plans of Gary Faulkner, the Greeley man detained on the Pakistan-Afghan border last June. Armed with sword and pistol, Faulkner told authorities he'd been hunting the terrori ... More >>
Audio books are all about finding the perfect actor with the perfect voice to read to you while you drive across the country. So, when we heard Will Oldham had taken on the narration of Rudolph Wurlitzer's Slow Fade, we started thinking about what other artists should venture into the same bu ... More >>
Steve GullickForming in London in 2003, the Duke Spirit has evolved a sound that brings together elements of garage rock, soul, the blues and swirly, noisy atmospheric rock. Rather than sounding like's trying to do too many things at once, act's music sounds rich with textures and emotional landscap ... More >>
Ghost Buffalo, one last time as seen through the lens of Jon SolomonGhost Buffalo, Eyes and Ears, Brian Hartley, Sonic Vomit Tuesday, May 12, 2009 3 Kings Tavern Better than: The death of a person -- that just sucks. Out of the death of a band, at least there came a great show The night was bitters ... More >>
The Wheel, Gregory Alan Isakov, Porlolo and Bela Karoli Bela Karoli CD Release Party October 6, 2007 hi-dive Denver’s singer-songwriter scene currently enjoys more support and recognition than it has seen in many years, and Saturday night’s Bela Karoli CD release party was further proof. A sol ... More >>
You'd think I'd hate this place. But you'd be wrong.
A love story told in iambic pentameter? Yes, and yes again.
The re-animator resurrects traditional tapas at The 9th Door.
Boulder Dinner Theatre's Cats can't overcome the show's built-in sentimentality.
Michael Petroni explores where we go Till Human Voices Wake Us.
The enduring power of language ignites Behind the Broken Words.
The year's screen gems.
The release of Apocalypse Now Redux sharpens the debate over the moral complexities of the battlefield.
A stylized Titus is rescued from the Shakespearean rubbish heap.
David Byrne is mad as hell at his former bandmates--and he's not going to take it anymore.
A city project may restore some of the northwest Denver boulevard's former beauty.