The Lord of the Rings

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    October 30, 2014

    One of the World's Best Run the Jewels Murals Is in Denver

    Run the Jewels is one of the most exciting musical projects happening now. The collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P is having something of a heyday, raising an amount of money that surprised even them for a cat-related remix project called Meow The Jewels, getting featured everywhere from Roll ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Urban Dictionary for Pot? Ten Definitions From Ganjapreneur's Marijuana Slang Site

    The Ganjapreneur website wants to put words in your mouth: Its new Marijuana Slang Dictionary aspires to be the Urban Dictionary of pot jargon. The page is too new to have much user-generated content, but the starter set of definitions is amusing in and of itself -- especially usage samples that wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Photos: The Modern Mythologists of MALCon

    There's a cosplay convention for everyone, it seems, from those obsessed with the world of anime to furry folk who dress up in shaggy animal suits. And then there's the Myths and Legends Con, which changes its overriding themes each year to include different sectors of mythology old and new. This pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    The ten best geek events in Denver in August

    If you're ready to get out of this unseasonal rain and have some good, clean (and dry) geek fun indoors, August will make you a very happy nerd. Two cons, one weird county fair and more movies than you can shake are just some of the highlights of a month packed full of great geek fun. Here are Augus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Alex Figura, chef of Lower48 Kitchen, on the chicken he turned into chewing gum

    Alex Figura Lower48 Kitchen 2020 Lawrence Street 303-942-0262 This is part two of my interview with Alex Figura, exec chef of Lower48 Kitchen; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Most memorable meal you've ever had: This place in Barcelona, Spain, that was tucked away ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, May 12-15

    Don't let the unseasonable snow keep you inside this week in Denver. Bundle up and head out to a Kinesthesia Festival, a flash fiction slam or a night of burlesque storytelling -- all for free. Check out our events calendar for more fun to be had, and share information on more bargains in our commen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Photos: Get to know the people (and tattoos) of Denver's DIY music scene

    In a world where you can buy a Dead Kennedys T-shirt at Urban Outfitters, the "punk" label has lost some of its ability to describe anything at all. We spent the past couple of months going to the shows that still embody the genre's original spirit, the ones that now define themselves as DIY and cer ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 30, 2014
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    December 12, 2013



  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Author Carol Berg on Tolkien and writing realistic fantasy

    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 art ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Podcast: Thor's a bore, About Time, and The Right Stuff turns 30

    Thor: The Dark World just doesn't compare to the 2011 original, in spite of its few redeeming qualities. That's the consensus among this paper's film critics on this week's Voice Film Club podcast, available now. Listen to the Voice Film Club podcast. "[The original Thor movie] was so unbelievably ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Five of the goriest zombie movies of all time

    Where you find zombies, you will also find gore. Sure, there are zombie films that aren't particularly bloody, but they are the exception, not the rule. This is, after all, a genre where disembowelments are standard operating procedure. To stand out in this viscera-clotted field, a movie's got to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Five cult classic horror movies inspired by books -- and available now!

    The entertainment industry, with its long-established allergy to new ideas, often mines the bestseller list for source material. Studios are more likely greenlight a scary story after it has been officially vetted by the reading public, and less likely to interfere with a proven earner. In horror ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    FRI & SAT | BIG GIGANTIC at FILLMORE / RED ROCKS | 9/27-9/28 When Big Gigantic played Red Rocks last year, the feeling of hometown pride was unmistakable. As the act went into "Colorado Mountain High," a giant projection of the state flag draped the rocks, and the crowd went absolutely bananas. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Comedian Ian Douglas Terry on Game of Thrones and dragon nerdery

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Marisha Pessl on Night Film, her new literary thriller

    For her best-selling debut, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, novelist Marisha Pessl precisely mapped out her characters and plot using spreadsheets, graphs and tables. But for her followup, a psychological thriller called Night Film, she took a more exploratory approach. The book tells the story ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Comedian Jordan Doll on hobo tales, comic books and childrens' classics

    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.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    The ten best Norwegian metal bands

    Sweden is to death metal, as Norway is to black metal. Norway's sixth sense for finding black metal with the right amount of heavy guitar distortion, banshee shrieking vocals and an unrefined recording quality gives them a black flame kick that fuels the fire of many metal fans. Keep reading for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    The best metal shows in Denver in September

    PENTAGRAM @ SNOWBOARD ON THE BLOCK | SAT, 9/14/13 If you've seen Last Days Here, you're familiar with the frustrating tale of Pentagram. Formed in Virgina in the early '70s, the pioneering psychedelic metal band should have, by all accounts, realized massive worldwide fame. Instead, success evaded t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    The ten best metal videos

    Music videos are the artistic representation of the band's music, a visual extension of muscle from the shoulder to the fist, jarring a deeper emotion in your brain. If music videos were never created, who knows what would've happened? Well, actually a couple things are certain: We would've been spa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Comedian Troy Walker on law school, comedy and Michael Crichton

    In a comparatively short period of time, Troy Walker one of Denver most sought-after comedians, a designation he'd likely dismiss with a modest scoff despite its accuracy. A regular at Comedy Works, Walker has opened for some of the most prom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Paul Michel will unleash The Fanciest Tiger at Fancy Tiger's Civilized Living tomorrow

    With his subtly satirical humor and deeply intricate ink drawings, Paul Michel creates stop-and-think images of layered, comedic art. He'll debut new work in The Fanciest Tiger, a show opening tomorrow at Civilized Living, the monthly First Friday event at Fancy Tiger Clothing. In advance of that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 this weekend (3 free!), February 15-17

    Valentine's Day fell on Thursday this year, but some of the love will carry through the weekend. Whether a V-Day-themed roller-skating party is your jam or you're in the mood for a little friendly Vogue-posing competition, there are plenty of parties to choose from across the city -- and none of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    100 Colorado Creatives: Dreamer, doer and Westword Whiteout designer Brandi Shigley

    #96 Brandi Shigley A relentlessly positive and hardworking jack-of-all-trades, Brandi Shigley has become synonymous with Denver fashion. The local couture guru, musician and small business owner was part of the first class of Westword MasterMinds in 2005, and she recently reactivated her handbag des ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 27, 2012
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    December 6, 2012

    Win tickets to the opening weekend of The Hobbit in Denver!

    During the last decade, few movies have inspired as much box-office awe (and costumed panic) as Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Or as many life lessons: Throughout the films' fifty hours of footage, we learned a little bit of Elvish, discovered the importance of man jewelry, and explored ... More >>

  • Articles

    December 6, 2012
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    October 29, 2012

    Hobbit-themed menu at Denny's: Five reasons one onion ring will rule them all

    No kidding: Denny's is introducing a special menu inspired by the upcoming movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. When I first heard this, I thought it was a joke. After all, watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy constituted ten hours of my life that I would never get back; no amount of drug use ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Damien Echols on the West Memphis Three, exoneration and Life After Death

    Is there life after death? After eighteen years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit, most of them spent in the debilitating confines of death row, Damien Echols plans to find out. In 1993 Echols, then eighteen, and two other Arkansas teenagers were arrested and charged with the murders of thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: Sept. 28-30

    Hell yeah! It's finally Friday! Welcome to the weekend! Feel like tossing back a few cold ones and seeing some live music? You've come to the right place. There's an overwhelming number of outstanding shows for you to check out this weekend. We've got all of them listed in our concert calendar if yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    A newcomer's guide to the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspurshire

    In the wake of the wildfires burning through the West, as well as the ridiculously hot temperatures we've been experiencing, a day of escape and merriment is something that many Coloradans could use right now. At the Colorado Renaissance Festival, you can show off your best tavern-wench attire, leav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Game of Thrones Season 2 premiere tonight at Landmark Theatre

    Game of Thrones Season 2 is coming. Game of Thrones, HBO's latest popular series that's been described as sort of The Sopranos crossed with Lord of the Rings, debuts its second season Sunday night, but Denver-area viewers can get a sneak-peek of the new series tonight.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    The 20 greatest geek albums

    ​If the geeks are really set to inherit the earth (that's the saying, right?), then it's time we highlight the musical offerings they have on the table. With Jonathan Coulton's Artificial Heart being released last week at PAX, it seems as good a time as any to look at our favorite albums about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Top 5 stadium names just as ridiculous as Sports Authority Field at Mile High

    ​ News that Sports Authority is hoping to relieve Invesco of the naming rights to the Broncos stadium -- thus making the stadium's name even more of a mouthful: Sports Authority Field at Mile High -- is likely to rile fans who think the name is ridiculous enough already. But Denver isn't alone ... More >>

  • Music

    July 21, 2011


    Thursday, July 21, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Candyland, and other childhood pastimes Hollywood has ruined

    Yeah, this shit is totally like Lord of the Rings.​Here's how the screenwriters of the upcoming Hollywood adaptation of Candyland -- the candy-themed board game for children who do not know how to read -- describe it: "We envision it as Lord of the Rings, but set in a world of candy." That i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Denver Zoo welcomes four red ruffed (and endangered) (and effing cute!) lemurs

    "We loves being born!"​ We here at Effing Adorable Animal Baby Headquarters just got a super-important dispatch from the Denver Zoo: four new red ruffed lemur babies! Though not as effing adorable as the zoo's four Amur tiger cubs -- who won the prestigious Best Denver Zoo Animal Babies award ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Ka-tet Wellness Services feels your pain

    ​As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all straight, Westword is offering a no ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010
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    February 12, 2009

    Our Weekly Bread: Mendelson's Greenwich Village

    The Sandwich: Greenwich Village What's on it: Pastrami-seasoned turkey, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, lettuce, tomato and Russian dressing on rye Where to get it: Mendelson's New York Delicatessen (600 17th Street, 303-996-5555) How much: $9.75 If sandwiches were movies, then Mendelson's triple-decker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Live review: AC/DC and The Answer at the Pepsi Center

    Photo: Chad Fahnestock AC/DC and The Answer Pepsi Center November 25 The crowd at the Pepsi Center last night for AC/DC's first Denver concert in seven years resembled the ones that gather for Oakland Raiders games. It looked like everyone incarcerated at the state's prisons had been given a one- ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 20, 2008
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    October 16, 2008
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    May 19, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Carmina Burana @ Boettcher Concert Hall

    Carmina Burana Sunday May 18, 2008 Boettcher Concert Hall Better than: Sitting in a room full of wannabe thugs. Jay Z may be well known by millions worldwide, and Carl Orff may just sound like the name of the German exchange student who went to your college, but they are more similar than you mig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2008

    Grammy Suckfest Celebrates Half Century of Lameness

    On February 10, the Grammy Awards marked their fiftieth anniversary with a program so misguided and wrongheaded that it perfectly encapsulated all of the music industry's current woes. Following a suitably embalmed duet with the thoroughly dead Frank Sinatra, appearing in stock footage, Alicia Keys ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 27, 2007

    Money Maker

    Terry Pratchett's Discworld series has a new story.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2006

    More Messages: When Elves Go Bad

    A November 14 More Messages blog chided Channel 2 for asking a rhetorical question in an on-screen graphic that was misleading at best, and flat-out false at worst, as a way of enticing viewers to watch the station's 9 p.m. newscast. Well, staffers at the outlet took such plugs to a new level during ... More >>

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    Old Curtis Street Bar

    From stocks to shots

  • Dining

    April 14, 2005

    Drink of the Week

    Passionfruit Cosmo

  • Dining

    February 21, 2002

    Close Calls

    Two new ethnic eateries make Wash Park a neighborhood to watch.

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