Mary DeForest loves Jane Austen. The 68-year-old academic has read each of the author's novels over 100 times. "I went to her tomb at Winchester Cathedral and burst into tears," she says. "I couldn't believe she was dead." DeForest has spent much of her academic career defending Austen's legacy. " ... More >>
It's normal for a restaurant crew to be nervous on its first day -- even when it's not your first rodeo and you've assembled an experienced staff. There's often chaos, flared tempers and a general reaction of palpable fretfulness. But this morning, at the new Maria Empanada, the vibe was pure joy. F ... More >>
Because of the relentless pounding humid heat, a different kind of anger boils in the veins of southern metal cowpokes. Southern metal is at all times heavy like metal should be, but it's also lethargic at times with a sweet tea in hand sitting on the porch, and sometimes it's wild with beer while o ... More >>
Okay, so you know how fan-shot videos by all accounts generally suck? Beside the shaky, migraine-inducing footage, the audio is generally awful and sounds like it was literally recorded from the inside of the speaker cone. I think we can all agree that they're a monumental waste of time for everyone ... More >>
Ghost @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4/18/12 As is customary at this point, before Ghost took the stage, Jocelyn Pook's haunting "Masked Ball" from Eyes Wide Shut came through the P.A. and perfectly set the mood for what was to follow. At first, the Nameless Ghouls took their places and started off with "Per As ... More >>
Founded in 2008, Ghost B.C. created a bit of mystique for itself right from the start. The sextet is essentially anonymous in its elaborate costumes, with singer Papa Emeritus II decked out like a satanic pope, and his cardinals, The Ghouls With No Name, performing in uniform brown robes whose cowls ... More >>
Colorado's Catholic bishops say they will "undertake a full review" of a lawsuit in which Catholic Health Initiatives, an Englewood-based operator of 78 Catholic hospitals in seventeen states, has argued that it can't be held liable for the deaths of two unborn babies because fetuses are not people. ... More >>
Andrea Steele, founder and director of the International Freethought Film Festival describes herself as: "an agnostic atheist with secular humanist tendencies." Like sexuality, comics and Occupy Wall Street, there are endless subgroups within the cultures that don't believe in god(s). And whether y ... More >>
The arrest affidavit pertaining to Father Charles Robert Manning, an ex-Catholic priest in Colorado Springs who's been busted on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, is currently sealed. But comments from a woman who says she reported Manning to authorities sugg ... More >>
With the release of The Devil Inside, out Friday, the cinema gods are taking a moment to remind all of us that religion is scary -- It's all higher powers and judgments and abductions by beings of light and women turning into salt and beings of pure good offset by beings of pure evil, and all of tha ... More >>
The image on the Shroud of Turin was not some medieval hoax, but was caused by a supernatural "flash of light," according to a team of Italian scientists. The recent news reports of their findings conveniently coincide with the History Channel's repeat showing of The Real Face of Jesus tonigh ... More >>
Flickr photoAs if vegetarians don't get enough kudos for being greener and more animal-friendly than their meat-eating counterparts, now they get rewarded with hugs. And who doesn't love a hug? Today is Hug a Vegetarian Day, according to PETA2. And since we've been slaving away in our cubic ... More >>
Big pics below.Yesterday, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests accused the Vatican, as well as four officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. To draw more attention to this action, members of SNAP's Denver ... More >>
Just in case Arbor Day like two weeks ago wasn't enough to tide you over in the commemorating trees department, this week starts off with Love a Tree Day, which, admittedly, sounds more like a sexual perversion than yet another attempt by godless hippies to shove their environmentalist propag ... More >>
Is this thing still on? The only way to save the My Violent Torpedo of Truth show would be to showcase Charlie Sheen's message with the talent of local acts...
Rob Cancer's "Benedictrix/Coronation # 37."The controversy surrounding the artist Rob Cancer's depiction of what many conservative Christians have protested as the Virgin Mary fellating Christ took a bizarre turn this week, when CONSTRUCT GalleryArtSpaceBlackBox, where the painting has been o ... More >>
Sorry about that priceless fountain, Italy. Eh, whaddaya?The Jersey Shore's third season just wrapped up, and the crew is headed to Italy. In a statement last January, MTV announced that the show's fourth season will be shot in "the birthplace of the culture [the cast members] love and live b ... More >>
In his effort to win, well, everything, Charlie Sheen claims he's trying to be the first person to appear on every television network. Which, we guess, includes Funny or Die, because that's the website that's hosting his cooking show, Charlie Sheen's Winning Recipes.
Clever ruse, Bob Barker, but we know of your nefarious designs.If there's one thing we've learned from Dan Brown, it's that, when the Illuminati get a vast conspiracy reaching to the very highest levels of the world's centers of power going on, they like to drop little hints about it. For exa ... More >>
Known to early local hip-hop heads as Shag One and, more recently, as Strange Powers, Josh Powers doesn't fit into the mold of a typical hip-hop cat. He embraces his individuality and honors his own unique global view of music and ideology through his creative endeavors - from more traditio ... More >>
Full-sized photo below.The study of neighbors through yard decoration. Meet Mary who's blessed most everywhere, From Vietnam to Vatican Square. But Guadalupe is hard to know, she's just a local saint from Mexico. What a crazy pair! But they're virgins, identical virgins all the way. One pai ... More >>
Capsule reviews of current shows
Capsule reviews of current shows
An image from the Solidarity Institute home page accessible from ecatholichub.net. In "Bob Beauprez Re-emerges -- as a Pro-Catholic Robo-caller for Bob Schaffer," a blog published yesterday, I wrote about a recorded phone message I received on Sunday in which 2006 gubernatorial candidate Bob Beau ... More >>
Scott Pomfret. Scott Pomfret is an anomaly: a gay Catholic. When he decided to write Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir, a book about his experiences in his Boston church, it changed his life in ways he hadn't expected -- including being removed from his shrine. Westword caught up wit ... More >>
A June 17 More Messages blog revolves around a column written by Colorado Springs Independent scribe Rich Tosches about Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen. In the piece, an activist accuses Laugesen of insensitivity and more in regard to comments he made in a series of e-m ... 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 >>
To err is human, and to forgive? A divine way to start out the new year.
The Bonfils/Lowenstein Theater, a beloved Denver landmark, may be in danger of demolition.
The story of the Magdalene asylums raises questions about the Catholic Church in Ireland.
June 26, 2003
The Dutch masters show at the Denver Art Museum is quite a treat.
Holy high rollers
Hark! The Herald Angels are practically the only group without a holiday CD this year.
A local conference on apparitions of the Virgin Mary features a Medjugorje speaker. The critics hoot.