Early this year, it looked as if the Colorado Shakespeare Festival might be on its last legs. But after some re-organization, a strong marketing push and a tightening of the festival's focus, the New York Times named the CSF one of the summer's hot tickets -- and A Midsummer Night's Dream opened l ... More >>
Today, the Supreme Court will consider arguments for and against the Defense of Marriage Act -- a hearing that recalls the court's part in tossing out 1992's Amendment 2, which prevented bodies in Colorado from recognizing gays and lesbians as a protected class. The passage of Amendment 2 led to Col ... More >>
"Patty C. is so out of touch and over-the-hill that she buys into the pretend anonymity nonsense... or even the entire absurd pretense of reviewing dispensaries, by a recreational stoner pretending to be a medical patient." Yes, DonkeyHotay is back at the keyboard, commenting again, and again, and a ... More >>
By 9 a.m. this morning, Westword pot critic William Breathes had received at least three e-mails asking how he felt about his "real identity" being outed in the New York Times today by Frank Bruni, the former Times restaurant critic turned columnist. In a piece titled "Colorado's Marijuana Muddle," ... More >>
It seems like everybody and their neighbor wants to be in the wine business. Last week, we spilled the juice on Denver-based Club W's first year in the monthly wine club business. While we found their edgy-cool offerings well worth the hype, as we did our research we couldn't help noticing that the ... More >>
The Aurora theater shootings have spawned a number of lawsuits against Cinemark, owner of the Century 16, where James Holmes allegedly killed twelve people and wounded 58. But two of the suits were subsequently amended to remove direct references to prior gang shootings at the theater -- a rationale ... More >>
Our Patricia Calhoun didn't think much of the New York Times' take on the 16th Street Mall's thirtieth birthday, marked by an event featuring an appearance by Mayor Michael Hancock, seen here. However, another local endorsed the less-than-laudatory Times review.
Members of eleven families with a loved one who died in the Aurora theater shooting gathered yesterday to criticize Governor John Hickenlooper and a nonprofit in charge of donations, claiming they've been left out of the process. Some of them also had complaints about another group: the local media ... More >>
As an end-of-the-year public service to those who were going to need hot, hot green chile to cure their hangovers on January 1, Lori Midson offered her list of "Denver's ten best green chiles." Any discussion of green chile always stirs the pot. Fans of those that didn't make the list complain -- ... More >>
Some acts of art vandalism are clearly inspired by outrage. Take, for example, El Dildo Bandito, the nom de guerre of a man who stole 22 ceramic penises from an art display in Boulder. Others are inspired by drunkenness, as may have been the case with Carmen Tisch, charged with scratching and hittin ... More >>
In time-and-money-wasting news, The New York Times recently ran a story on the Boston Public Heath Commission's organization of a one-day conference on "healthy break-ups," wherein area teenagers discussed dating and subsequent break-up etiquette on Facebook. Really? Of all entit ... More >>
Governor John Hickenlooper has walked a taut tightrope on energy issues since taking office, pushing for more natural gas drilling in a state already leading the region in drilling starts, while at the same time nudging the industry toward greater disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic ... More >>
Forty years ago today, President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs -- and according to protesters who gathered at Skyline Park earlier today, that's forty years too many for a failed policy that's done more damage than good not only to America, but to countries around the world.
William Breathes.I overheard someone call our fine publication Weedword not too long ago, referencing the eight-plus pages of medical marijuana ads in the back of our print edition. Funny, and also true. As Jeremy Peters points out in today's New York Times, that greening of advertisements ha ... More >>
Ralphie could kick your ass!Everyone's watching, to see what you will do Everyone's looking at you, oh Everyone's wondering, will you come out tonight Everyone's trying to get it right, get it right Everybody's blogging for the weekend!!! The Colorado Independent has Michael Bennet defending ... More >>
Kate LevyCheck out the slideshow for more pics from last night. Whoo boy! What a time we had last night. Every year, I'm always so energized after hosting the awards ceremony -- not to mention hungover (more on that in a minute). As I mentioned last night (numerous times, apparently), I'm re ... More >>
Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity kicked off yesterday in full force. Among her goals are the demand for promoting more exercise within school curriculums, teaching children about healthy food choices, and ensuring that nutritional information will be less misle ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the White House"They hate them. They hate us. Where's the love?" According to the New York Times, Colorado is America -- at least when it comes to our opinion of health-care reform. Which ain't too positive right now. "In Colorado, Craving Reform of Health Care and Congress ... More >>
Yesterday, Westword's quest for a medical-marijuana critic made the New York Times, after already being featured in the Wall Street Journal, MSN and CNBC. My e-mail box overflowed and my phone rang off the hook. It's funny how the national media has jumped all over this. "Is this the most at ... More >>
Would you like to sniff the cork? Today in Cafe Society: • Grapes and grilling tonight at Strings. • Guess where I'm drinking? • Martini Ranch and Hiccups III dry up. • And the new, New York Times restaurant critic is... • Tonight's shochu dinner at Elway's Cherry Creek could be th ... More >>
Gotten enough marijuana (news) this week? No? Then you've come to the right place. As reported in the Latest Word's extensive, twelve-hour live blog of Monday's packed Colorado Board of Health medical marijuana hearing, pot dispensaries in Colorado appear to be safe ... for the moment. The health ... More >>
Chefs and restaurateurs in New York City (Jeffrey Chodorow, in particular) are likely breathing a collective sigh of relief at news that Frank Bruni, restaurant critic at the New York Times, is kicking his food beat to the curb to pimp his new memoir, Born Round: the Secret History of a Full-Time Ea ... More >>
Talk about slow service... Hurry up already. Today in Cafe Society: • May is National Hamburger Month -- and CityGrille's eleventh anniversary. • Make a pig of yourself this weekend. • Will The Bachelorette get a pizza the action? • New York Times' restaurant critic Frank Bruni steps away ... More >>
Thomas Friedman spreads the good word about an eco-friendly planet.
Jinx. Last month, the two dailies stopped arriving at my house. The last time I'd reupped my subscription, I hadn't been able to commit beyond six months -- I simply didn't think that both papers would be around that long. And in November, the end of one seemed so inevitable that I postponed re-up ... More >>
Sometimes I joke about adopting a teenager. I imagine myself showing up at the adoption agency with a stop-watch around my neck and a tape measure on my belt, dragging prospective dependents onto the lawn to time them in the 40 and measure their wingspan. I'd never do it, of course. Too much paperw ... More >>
Most bands would kill for the buzz surrounding this NYC quartet.
Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006.
So Foie, So Good
The Denver dailies' editorial sections often have a New York state of mind.
Crossword-puzzler Al Sanders has had his ups and downs.
The Sunday Denver Post is one of America's most widely circulated newspapers. Does it deserve to be?
A tale of prison gardeners is this summer's sweetest feel-good comedy.
Main library, University of Colorado at Boulder
Give our food critic something to chew on.