Eight years ago, seven strangers were picked to live in a converted meat-market bar in Lower Downtown and have their lives videotaped -- and they found out what happens when people stop being polite and start being really, really bad at acting like they aren't in a reality TV show. I'm speaking, of ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>
Is it possible that last Tuesday's casting call at Suite 200 for The Real World wasn't, well, real? It certainly wasn't crowded when Claire Delahorne left at 11 p.m.: "In 2012," she wrote in her Real World blog post the next day, "a major cable network casting for an insanely popular reality show co ... More >>
I didn't wake up Tuesday morning thinking I'd stop being polite and start being real, but that's how I ended my day. MTV held an open casting call for the new season of its infamous reality show, The Real World at downtown bar Suite 200 and, against my better judgement, I decided to see if I had tha ... More >>
Tyrie Ballard, back in The Real World.Revisit the glory days of The Real World: Denver tomorrow night, when Tyrie Ballard, one of the cast members of the eighteenth incarnation of the reality show that held LoDo hostage five years ago, is featured in the opener of Real World, the Challenge: B ... More >>
Buy a red car and find someone young and spry to liven up your life. That's what most people would do when staring down the precipice of a life crisis. I applied for The Real World online. Last Tuesday I got an e-mail telling me that I was a very important person -- or at least invited to the Th ... More >>
Are you ready to play host for a houseful of reality-show attention addicts à la MTV's Real World: Denver a few years back? If not, you'd better get ready -- because Bunim/Murray, Real World's production company, has just placed a Craigslist ad announcing, "THE BAD GIRLS CLUB IS COMING TO D ... More >>
Jared and Mike bonding on "The Real World."Representative Jared Polis knows a little something about reality TV, having co-starred in the cable series Freshman Year -- a gig we wrote about last March in a blog headlined "The Real World of Jared Polis, Courtesy of CNN." Little did we know tha ... More >>
"I'm just a little bit of comic relief in times of recession," says Andrew Woods. "I'm just there to kind of ease the pain."Making light of sexual assault and rape isn't usually the best way to get a job -- or an invitation into the family living room. But for shock cartoonist Andrew Woods, a ... More >>
MTV is looking for overweight home-schoolers who have been affected by natural disasters for the next season of The Real World -- and it's coming to find them in Denver, which hosted its own cast of seven strangers picked to live in a house in 2006 and 2007. Real World casting directors will be at ... More >>
The former Real World home is empty again.As Bella, 1920 Market Street served upscale Italian fare. As B-52, it was bar chow. As the site of the Real World: Denver, the space served up mostly melodrama. But when new owners Shane Alexander and Josh Hawkinson took over the LoDo building and tur ... More >>
The latest installment of MTV's Real World premiered on Wednesday, this time bringing eight annoying young strangers together in Brooklyn. New York is cool and all, but can the show really top the scandalous plotlines seen in the 2006 season set in Denver's LoDo? One thing is sure: No one has has ... More >>
Amber Taufen, one of the Westword staffers laid off yesterday, served as the paper's assistant calendar editor -- a position that calls for an ability to write well and often about a vast variety of topics and events. She did so with skill and lively wit -- but she also occasionally got a chance to ... More >>
When they bought the site of The Real World: Denver series at 1920 Market Street (formerly B-52 Billiards), Shane Alexander and Josh Hawkinson had big plans for the ultra-swank nightclub and restaurant they planned to name Theörie. But the reality of running a restaurant proved much rougher tha ... More >>
When The Real World: Denver production crew took over the former home of B-52 Billiards, at 1920 Blake Street, they turned it into some pretty swank digs. And in November 2006, before the MTV show had even finished its run, Shane Alexander and Josh Hawkinson bought the building and remodeled it aga ... More >>
The latest nightlife news.
From the week of 5/24/2007
Denver says goodbye to the worst cast ever.
Fat Tuesday is phat.
Lance Bass was cuckolded by Davis? It's a sad, sad, sad Real World. You thought the drama was going to end with The Real World: Denver season? Dream on. According to this TMZ.com tidbit, there's a very good reason why former 'N Sync vocalist Lance Bass ended his "very stable" relationship with R ... More >>
Before delving into Episode 10, I have a bone to pick with AOL's "TV Squad" blog. According to this entry, The Real World is eyeing Sydney for its first international outing since London in 1995. Wikipedia has already confirmed that Sydney will be the next city ravaged by reality television, with th ... More >>
Over the past few months, there have been religious riots, killer floods, a full-scale war, a government overthrown, U.S. bombing and more religious riots in the Horn of Africa. Don't feel too bad if you've been too distracted by news about The Real World: Denver and the iPhone to pay attention to t ... More >>
Celery, I can forgive. Bad French, never.
A real eye-opener.
Like any American chef (current or former), I've had a love/hate relationship with France for a long time. Before I knew enough to know better, I hated the country for producing some of the white-toqued, chain-smoking, red-faced bastards who trained me -- guys who bigfooted their way through the kit ... More >>
The Alexander Group, LLC -- consisting of father-and-son team Steve and Shane Alexander -- has just purchased the property soon to become infamous on The Real World: Denver. The price? A cool $3.3 million. The vision? To turn the street level into an upscale lounge, the second floor into a restauran ... More >>
As I watched Episode 3 of The Real World: Denver, one thought repeatedly ran through my mind: Where do the producers find these people who are legally old enough to drink -- yet retain the emotional and social capacity of a seventh-grader? Although Tyrie, Davis, Brooke and Stephen haven't done anyt ... More >>
The world doesn't get more real than this: While last Wednesday's premiere of The Real World: Denver featured, among other things, same-sex kissing in a LoDo hot tub, getting face time with Larry King a few channels away was Focus on the Family's James Dobson, offering his first public take on the T ... More >>
Real World Denver cast: Stephen (clockwise from top left), Colie, Davis, Brooke, Tyrie, Jenn and Alex (center). On Wednesday, all of Denver waited with bated breath as MTV aired the first-ever Real World episode set in our fair city -- actually, it was the first two episodes. And it wasn't just th ... More >>
From the week of 11/23/2006
Zombies are attacking this city.
Meet The Real World: Denver" cast before they join the collective.
Bidding farewell from the cheap seats.
From the week of June 29, 2006
Who knew the people of Denver were so passionate about reality TV? The response to Westword's Real World prank has been both lovely and livid. Mere hours after the article hit the stands, the letters started coming in, with sentiments ranging from Abbe's "brilliant, truly brilliant," to Randy's "ye ... More >>
A clipboard and a camera will get you anywhere -- even on The Real World.
Why I love The Real World.
Everybody must get stone.
Saturday, December 17, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Indie rock meets prime time in a post-O.C. world.
The mountains win again at the South Park Music Fest.
A smokin' deal
Edward Burns's Sidewalks does more talking than walking.
Rebecca Blasband, veteran of The Real World, is getting on with her real life.