As American National Poetry Slam Champion and executive director of the award-winning Minor Disturbance Youth Slam Team, Ken Arkind gets to share his words with the world. A lot of those words are about his native turf of Denver, Aurora and the Colfax Avenue connection, and his second book, Coyotes, ... More >>
RAKIM at CERVANTES OTHERSIDE | 9/18/13 Last night at the Otherside, Rakim stalked the stage like a lion on an African plain, controlling the mic with a swagger that hypnotized the room, which was filled with an audience who hung on to his every word. The God MC showcased a presence that left everyon ... More >>
We've finally arrived: The The best of the worst. The creme de la crap. The unholy of unholies. If you thought 50-11 were bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet. These are the lyrics that can turn a good album sour, and make a bad album laughable. Included are quotes from Eminem, Lil B, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, ... More >>
This week, we've presented the first two editions of our worst lyrics in hip-hop. Today, the parade of awfulness continues. These next ones are even worse than before, and we're only halfway done. Be prepared for lines from Lil' Wayne (again, again), Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull. Keep reading ... More >>
The story seemed too crazy to be true: A DIA shuttle driver conspiring to blow up New York's subway system with bombs made from components found in Aurora beauty-supply stores? But after days of questioning in September 2009, 26-year-old Najibullah Zazi was indicted and shipped off to New York, wher ... More >>
You know what the best part of waking up is? For Jered Lish, Zac Crider and Chris Stuberg of the Sunshine House (due at this year's Westword Music Showcase), we're betting it was waking up to find that they're one of five finalists in the Folgers Jingle Contest. Although, curiously, for whate ... More >>
OBL or UBL?Osama bin Laden's death was an instant Twitter sensation. But likely more people shared their immediate reactions on Facebook -- especially those under twenty, like my seventeen-year-old twin daughters. Last night, while my wife and I channel-surfed, 20th century style, in advance ... More >>
Theron and Teague Harrison, Manual High School's top debaters and the subjects of our recent feature, "Say What?", were in New York City this past weekend for the Urban Debate National Championship, along with Thomas Jefferson High debaters Danite Reda and Talan Lousignont. So how did Denver ... More >>
Theron and Teague Harrison, Manual High School's top debaters and the subjects of our recent feature, "Say What?", left Denver yesterday bound for New York City and the Urban Debate National Championship. Their coach, Charlie Smith, went with them, as did debaters Danite Reda and Talon Lousi ... More >>
Snooki makes all her booty calls on the duck phoneNothing like a flat bang of an episode opening--finally, Snooki has gotten hers (well, again.) But as soon as this dude is in, he's out--he won't cuddle. After Snooki tells him to head out, she gets on the duck phone to call up an old flame. Meanw ... More >>
Hickenlooper.We were a little disappointed not to see John Hickenlooper in his '80s-era red ski outfit when he welcomed the Snowsports Industries America show to town with cowbells yesterday. "What do you think of my new duds?" he asked, showing off his jacket. Frankly, it seemed a little sed ... More >>
Kate LevyMatthew Bellamy of Muse MUSE With Passion Pit 10.02.10 | Pepsi Center Pinpointing Muse's primary, uh, muse is neither difficult - if you said Bends/OK Computer-era Radiohead, give yourself a gold star -- nor particularly insightful to point out at this juncture. It's an old knock. Just th ... More >>
Tavis Smiley has a new take on Columbine.More than a decade after the attack on Columbine, the high school's name remains a buzz word -- and an infinitely flexible one. Example: Public Broadcast Service talk-show host Tavis Smiley used the massacre as an example of violence done by Christian ... More >>
The way things are looking right now, the new Ali Baba (which is just waiting on permits, according to the manager) might manage to get open before the end of December. Failing that, though, the fallback date is January 1. That's what I wrote at the beginning of December, from the best info ... More >>
Photo by Brett AmoleWoody Paige in the Denver Post newsroom circa 2005.Yesterday, I expressed regret for the January blog headline "Good News, Woody Paige: Les Paul Isn't Dead Yet" in light of the fact that Paul, a pioneering guitarist and inventor, had just passed away at age 94. Then, this ... More >>
Denver's spent decades trying to convince the rest of the country that everyone in this town doesn't walk around singing the tunes created by John Denver, a man who a) wasn't born in Denver (he hailed from Indiana) and b) wasn't born John Denver (his birth name was Henry Deutschendorf). But this mo ... More >>
The national news is full of Colorado's vituperative lover flaming his ex on the Internet (and getting smacked by this state's bizarre criminal libel statute) and a future vituperative lover giving dating advice at the age of nine (here's just one international sample, from Australia, as well our Oc ... More >>
Buy local week continues through December 5. And while, with Barack Obama's appointments announcement today, it doesn't look like many Coloradans will be heading to D.C., there's plenty to do here at home. Nothing gets the home fires burning like neighborhood fights, and Denver's Neighborhood S ... More >>
Dwayne Clark just opened his third Davies Chuck Wagon Diner — this one inside a Howard Johnson’s at 12100 West 44th in Wheat Ridge. I remember the days when every HoJo’s had its own restaurant, but the chain has not fared particularly well through the ups and downs of this roller-coaster decad ... More >>
Monday, January 7 by Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D Denver | There has been a lot of talk about Jack Kerouac this year and the 50th anniversary of his novel On The Road. It's buzzed through Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, public broadcasting and public radio. Over and over again I hear the same comments, th ... More >>
Westword's resident funny man recently sat down at a computer to send questions via e-mail to Zach Galifianakis, who sat down at a computer to answer them. Though he may have stood. The following is the correspondence: Westword (Adam Cayton-Holland): Hey, Zach, Adam Cayton-Holland here, writer for ... More >>
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