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    September 12, 2011

    Vegan banana walnut muffins for breakfast on Meatless Monday

    ​No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but here's some incentive to join the growing movement. We're now featuring an animal-free recipe each week. For our opening act, we decided to tackle vegan baking. It's surprisingly easy: These muffins are moist and fluffy ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Photos: 43,000 pounds of turkey legs ingested at A Taste of Colorado

    ​Turkey legs. Everyone was eating them over the weekend at A Taste of Colorado at Civic Center Park, where the meaty beasts are downright ubiquitous. On Monday, Taste officials released their cutely named "festimates" of food consumed at the festival, which you can see below, in addition to ma ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Phuck phishing: Five most annoying typo-sites you can come across

    You just wanted to watch YouTube and instead you get this crap.​When Al Gore created the information superhighway, he didn't account for wrong turns, most notably the frontage-road hucksters you encounter after you punch in a typo'd web address.

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    July 27, 2011

    Kill Syndicate video captures essence of metal

    ​Kill Syndicate, an outfit that's been helping keep the metal scene thriving for nearly a decade now, has a new video it's hoping to see broadcast on Comcast. In order for that to happen, though, the band's old video for the song "Volition" needs to register enough "likes" on YouTube. Don't kn ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Twitter at a funeral: The evolution of tweeting from a service since Marten Kudlis controversy

    ​A lot has changed in journalism over the past three years -- including the death of the Rocky Mountain News. But at least one thing remains the same: Reporters who tweet from a funeral are asking for criticism. A Boston Herald journalist is currently learning this lesson, which was also taugh ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Norma Jean, RX Bandits and Casey Shea: Fliers of the week for July 22-28, 2011

    Casey Shea's concerned.​Every week, we make our way around town to get a gander of the fliers that are hanging up. Here's our rundown of fliers we spotted this week at on random telephone poles and at places like 3 Kings Tavern, Sputnik and Floyd's Barbershop just down the street from Westword ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Marczyk opens a second store at Colfax and Fairfax

    Jordan Roston ​After nine successful years at its 17th Avenue location, Marczyk Fine Foods has opened a second store on Colfax east of Colorado Boulevard. This location, which debuted today, is a beautifully renovated hardware store, and Marczyk II features the same quality dry goods, produce ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Photo-chop fun with a picture of a large hole

    Wut?​If there's anything we can learn from Return of the Jedi, it's that you never want to get tossed into a large hole, probably because it's actually a Sarlacc. Indeed, in the Star Wars universe and therefore also in our own a hole is never just a hole, and that's why today (also because it' ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Video: Tomato Battle 2011 uses 300,000 lbs. of tomatoes for evil

    ​First, imagine 300,000 lbs. of tomatoes. Now, imagine those tomatoes are overripe and mildly rotten. Now, imagine all of those tomatoes in a humongous pile at Copper Mountain and a crowd of people gathered for no other reason than to throw that third-of-a-million-pound heap of tomatoes at eac ... More >>

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    June 19, 2011

    Top ten tweets from Westword Music Showcase, a.k.a. #wms11

    The Sword ​You can't be everywhere at once, especially during events like Saturday's Westword Music Showcase, with more than a dozen venues across a few blocks in the Golden Triangle. Thankfully, we've got Twitter to read about people complaining and dancing and high-fiving across the festival ... More >>

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    June 19, 2011

    Missed Connections at Westword Music Showcase 2011

    ​Oh no! Those five vodka & Red Bulls gave you the guts to talk to that guy or girl, but not the common sense to actually get their phone number, Facebook, Twitter or even their name. Now here you are in the sobering sun of Sunday morning, wondering how you missed your opportunity. Here are t ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Vietnam Grill goes for a liquor license

    ​Vietnam Grill has been slinging pho and spring rolls from its Federal Boulevard strip mall spot for a few years, but now the eatery is hoping to add alcoholic pairings to the menu. The restaurant just applied for its liquor license, and if all goes according to plan, it'll add beer, wine and ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is this week's most ridiculous trailer

    ​In the decade or so since the first Shrek destroyed the innocence of every thing to follow, it seems like it's some sort of requirement that every kids' movie fill at least 45 of its 90 minutes desperately winking and nodding at the parents with over-the-head pop-culture references and self-a ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Have smart phones changed how we're hearing music? Yep. Here's five apps for the geo-aware.

    ​There has been a bit of a gold rush on making apps ever since Apple launched the App Store and Microsoft and Android followed suit. While a lot it is absolute trash that seems to point to some incoming app-bubble, there are a lot of interesting and innovative ideas mixed in there. Most recent ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Piñata accident: Your moment of lulz

    ​You've got to hand it to Mexicans: Those folks know how to get down. Besides Cinco de Mayo last weekend -- probably the greatest party of the year -- they also invented the piñata, which, with its injury-prone combination of dizziness, blindfolds, probable drunkenness and a wildly swinging b ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Twitter Tuesday: Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice!

    It's SHOWTIME!​This edition of Twitter Tuesday is going to be a little different than the previous format -- mostly because the Beetle Juice twitter isn't really "real," so to speak. It's a Twitter Bot, and we came across it recently when looking to see if Beetle Juice might, in fact, have a t ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Reader: Government has no business telling us what beers we can drink

    ​The news that Corona Light qualifies as heavy-enough to be sold in Colorado bars and restaurants -- just in time for Cinco de Mayo! -- inspired this from mtnrunner2: Bless you, o omnipotent state government, for permitting us do something we should have been able to do all along without your ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Why does a penis museum need a human specimen? A psychological query

    Penis, anyone?​For the last fifteen years, the Phallogical Museum in the tiny fishing town of Husavik, Iceland, has existed for one purpose and for one purpose only: to collect and display a shitload of penises. Is that two purposes? So be it. In any case, the museum's collection features an i ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Reader question: What is Denver's best cigar bar?

    Is Churchill Bar Denver's best cigar bar?​In Best of Denver 2011, we served up many places to drink, including Best New Bar, Best Dive Bar and Best Tap House. But what if you're looking for a drink and a smoke? Frank asks: Your last edition featuring "Best of" failed to mention best Cigar Bar ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Gettin' Crafty: printing blocks

    Just the block, ready and waitin'​For all those who give pom-pom critters for birthdays, feel an urge to stick googly eyes on everything or just occasionally get a twitch to fold some origami, we bring you "Gettin' Crafty" where we feature a craft you can easily make with minimal supplies and ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Tweet Psych reveals the secret intentions of some of Denver's biggest people and places

    ​Tweet Psych uses keyword algorithms to create psychological profiles of anyone with a Twitter account. Lady Gaga, for example, evidently tweets about sex 681% more than the average person. We have our doubts as to the usefulness of this thing beyond gimmickry, but what a fun gimmick it is. J ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Top five things Charlie Sheen needs to ingest in order to sober up and get his butt back to work

    He may be getting the fat boot two and a half times.​ Charlie Sheen, our favorite "total friggin' rock star from Mars," has done lost his mind and is hitting the talk-show circuit harder than a bottle and a line of coke right now. His tirades are amusing, to be sure, because when was the las ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Twitter patter, so much chitter chatter: Cats could learn a thing or two from Chamillionaire

    ​There's a PBS special called Marketing Cool that explains how businesses and retailers tell consumers what's cool, then have them buy it. It's all about the "Cool Factor." Twitter is all about that same cool factor. But it's only effective if it's used wisely.

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    February 10, 2011

    Big Papa's BBQ bumps business using social media

    Johnny MolfettaThe first pop-up, aided by Twitter.​Barbecue is a Southern and warm-weather food. So how is Big Papa's BBQ seeing an increase in sales in the middle of a Colorado winter? In much the same way other businesses are driving revenue, it's utilizing social media. In mid-November, Bi ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    New study says junk food makes you dumb as well as fat

    Lay off the junk​Hot on the heels of the new USDA nutrition guidelines, which basically boil down to "lay off the calories, fatty, and consume a vegetable once in a while," comes a study that gives you more incentive to eat right: Junk food doesn't just cause you to gain weight; it also make ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Gettin' Crafty: creating chalkboards

    Your to do list goes here​For all those who give pom-pom critters for birthdays, feel an urge to stick googly eyes on everything or just occasionally get a twitch to fold some origami, we bring you "Gettin' Crafty," where we feature a craft you can easily make with minimal supplies and limited ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    Lil Wayne's Twitter account compromised. Hacker fails to get the Internet riled.

    ​Yesterday, while Lil Wayne was presumably not diligently monitoring his Twitter account, it was compromised by an unknown Tweeter. Surely the Internet break-in sucked for Weezy once he was alerted, but the bigger problem lay in followers' laps: The faux LilTunechi was a blathering idiot, subj ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Carmelo Anthony trade: Melo using Twitter to vent and whine about rumors and haters

    Carmelo.​The talk of a blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade to the New Jersey Nets continues to build, and with it the pressure on Melo. Throughout the process, he's been cautious with his public comments -- but in the past day or so, posts on his Twitter feed have grown increasingly whiny and d ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    New Belgium Brewing plans eight Lips of Faith beers in 2011

    ​Although I've never been New Belgium Brewing's biggest fan when it comes to their standard beer lineup, I've always admired the way the Fort Collins craft brewer -- Colorado's largest -- tries to keep environmental and employee-happiness issues on their list of priorities.

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    December 3, 2010

    An ode to the McRib sandwich, which disappears again December 5

    ​ The McRib sandwich will be ripped from our hands, and our hearts, on December 5, cruelly taken away by the McDonald's corporation. Here is a poem I wrote to express my grief:

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    November 29, 2010

    Five foods to serve your family to get them out of your house after the holidays

    These will do the trick​So the holidays are coming to a close, the stock of leftover ham is depleted, and you're determined to get back to the normal, everyday routine of work, cleaning the hors d'oeuvre smears off the davenport, and paying off the mountain of credit card bills left in the wa ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Big Papa's BBQ uses Facebook and Twitter to sell ribs

    Photo: Johnny MolfettaBig Papa's BBQ is all up in your Twitter.​If a truck pulling a large barbecue smoker pulls up next to you on the street, you might be in for some free food. As part of its new social media campaign, Big Papa's BBQ will be sending a mobile emissary to several locations aro ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    We had a party and tweeted about it: Westword #WebAwards winners!

    ​If you were there last night, thank you for coming to the first-ever Westword Web Awards party at Casselman's, 2620 Walnut Street. The room swelled (see full slideshow from the Web Awards) to about 400 bloggers, photographers, shameless self-promoters and artists, who tweeted about the thing ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Lenny Lenn on Twitter, making bold statements and continually having to prove himself

    ​Lenny Lenn has an opinion, and he's not afraid to express it. He frequently makes big, bold statements about seemingly everything. One moment he's speaking in a quiet, humble tone about his technical training in post-production, for instance, and the next he's comparing himself to Andre 300 ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010
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    February 10, 2010

    Google is shutting down blogs, trying to kill Twitter.

    Do no evil my ass. Last night and into today, many people using a Blogger account to host a music blog logged on to find this. The news is making its way across the web now, but DJ/record producer Tommie Sunshine tweeted about it way early. The error message of doom.​ Presumably, people got ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Twitterpated: the scene shares its mind 140 characters at a time

    The Twittervese has become one of the most entertaining and insightful places to catch a glimpse inside the lives of some of the most outspoken members of our local music community -- 140 characters at a time, of course. ​We never ceased to be entertained by the tweets of various members of t ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Twitter Tuesday: Ef Rodriguez, our featured Twit

    Rodriguez onstage at Ignite Boulder 7 ​Our featured Twit this week goes by the handle @pugofwar on Twitter, and Ef Rodriguez most other places. When he's not busy blogging (on his own blog and for the Huffington Post), he can be found playing World of Warcraft, organizing events such as Boco.m ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Twitter Tuesday: Matt Bernier, our featured Twit

    ​Our featured Twit this week is Matt Bernier (@mbernier on Twitter), a local web developer and blogger. Matt came to our attention when he was recommended as someone to watch by a fellow Twit (always a good sign on a medium used first and foremost for self promotion). When we realized he also ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Twitter Tuesday: Eric Elkins, our featured Twit

    ​This week's featured Twit is Eric Elkins, a local writer, blogger, CEO of a social media company and "avowed narcissist." He caught our attention on Twitter because he's one of those Twits that's just everywhere -- he seems to know everyone, and everything going on, all the time. He's always ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Twitter Tuesday: Elisabeth Rappe, our Twit of the Week

    ​Today's featured Twit is Elisabeth Rappe, a local film blogger who writes for Cinematical. Rappe caught our eye on Twitter (where she can be found as @ElisabethRappe) because she is one of the rare members of that fabled species, the Geek Girl. In other words, she blogs (and tweets) about the ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Five fearless tech predictions for 2010

    Nostradamus predicted Twitter, but he never thought Facebook would be as big as it is.​The end of the year -- and the decade -- is just around the corner. So it seemed like a good time to pull out the old crystal ball and look ahead to the year and decade to come. Predicting technology is a f ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Twitterpated: the scene shares its mind 140 characters at a time

    ​The Twittervese has become one of the most entertaining and insightful places to catch a glimpse inside the lives of some of the most outspoken members of our local music community -- 140 characters at a time, of course. We never ceased to be entertained by the tweets of various members of the sc ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Twitter Tuesday: Tim Davids, our featured Twit

    ​Another Tuesday, another Twit we'd like to bring to your attention. Today, the Twitter limelight falls on Tim Davids, a writer and filmmaker from Boulder. When we opened nominations a few weeks back to figure out who we should be featuring, Davids tweeted this: "i wanna be a featured twit. t ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Twitterpated: the scene shares its mind 140 characters at a time

    ​The Twittervese has become one of the most entertaining and insightful places to catch a glimpse inside the lives of some of the most outspoken members of our community -- 140 characters at a time, of course. We never ceased to be entertained by the tweets of various members of our scene and susp ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Social-media Frankenstein

    ​Every day, I use multiple social media services to work, stay in touch with friends and keep up to date with what's going on in the world. Half an hour on MySpace here, twenty minutes of Facebook there, and a quick look at Twitter every hour -- it adds up. So, until the future I predicted h ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Twitter Tuesday: Michael Salamone, our featured Twit

    ​Our latest round of queries asking the Twits of the world to justify their following has yielded some good results. Exhibit A: Michael Salamone (@michaelsalamone), a funny guy who persistently bugged us to feature him until we had no choice. There was just no other way to shut him up. Just ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Introducing Twitterpated: the most captivating tweets from our favorite follows

    ​Unless you're a willful and adamant luddite or a conscientious dissenter pop culture trends, you've undoubtedly noticed how Twitter has steadily and unceremoniously unseated all the other social networking sites to become the primary means of communication and information dissemination in the Oba ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Twitter Tuesday: Holiday prep edition

    ​Back again in our old "three Twits to follow" form for a special Holiday prep edition to get your burgeoning Twitter feed feeding you stuff you can use as the holiday season descends. As always, follow us at @denverwestword, @cafewestword, @westword_music and @casciato. @Colorado_Moms: If it ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Twitter Tuesday: artbyNemo, our featured Twit

    ​Our featured Twit this time out was one of the few who drew several nominations from people other than himself -- he's really quite popular. (Granted, he did nominate himself, because, like everyone on Twitter, he likes to self promote). You can find him on Twitter as artbyNemo, and, it tur ... More >>

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