The soft colors and fake palm trees of a local Peruvian spot served as ideal backdrop as we caught up with the unique band of personalities in Latin reggae band Mono Verde. For many of the band members, this quiet spot recreates a feeling of home, with its imported South American beers, (fake) birds ... More >>
The Colorado School of English is doing more than just helping foreign students master the complex language of English. It's also teaching them to give back to the communities that help them. As part of the service learning component of the curriculum, students do a volunteer project every twelve we ... More >>
The title of this week's review of Spuntinomay be "The Grill Next Door," but there's nothing common about co-owner Yasmin Lozada-Hissom's desserts. I caught up with the four-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist by e-mail, curious to see what the new season might mean both for Spuntino and for de ... More >>
Richard Koca traveled the world as a military officer and do-gooder who co-founded StandUp for Kids, a non-profit homeless-youth charity. But what, exactly, did he do? Last Friday, 71-year-old Koca was convicted on 22 counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. The tria ... More >>
John Dadzie, the orbital center of Los Angeles' dubstep galaxy known as SMOG, is the mastermind behind 12th Planet. Transitioning from drum and bass to dubstep seems to be a natural course for producers in the past few years, and Dadzie has been at the forefront of that movement's progression. We re ... More >>
FUR COAT @ NORAD | SAT, 3/9/13 Fur Coat hit the international scene hard last year after Damian Lazarus signed the act to his illustrious Crosstown Rebels label. Riding that wave of exposure, tracks like "Fall's Out," "You and I" and "Space Ballad" garnered hundreds of thousands of spins on dance fl ... More >>
Gustavo D'Arthenay is better known these days as Input, an emerging rapper who's been grinding hard for the better part of the past decade. With a half-dozen releases already under his belt and two more -- including a collaboration with Broken titled Never Heard of Ya and Bomb's Over Everything, a s ... More >>
The University of Denver isn't all about political debates. The Lamont School of Music is offering 250 free concerts this year, for example. And in Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide, DU arts administrators gave particularly intriguing answers to questions about the city's cultural scene.
Jonny Copp's credo for the Adventure Film Festival he founded in Boulder was "Make Your Own Legends," and, while the climber/artist/musician/writer/adventurer made many legends of his own before his death in 2009, one of his greatest legacies may turn out to be posthumous, thanks to the Jonny Copp F ... More >>
Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, the pastry chef of Duo and Olivea, where her husband, John Broening, is also the executive chef, was a regular at Spuntino, an Italian cafe in Highland, owned, in part, by Simone Parisi, who also runs a namesake pizzeria and deli, as well as its downstairs restaurant, Firenze a ... More >>
Just a quick update to this weekend's The Great Food Truck Race celebrations in Denver, which we've been covering extensively on the Cafe Society blog: Cafe con Leche, the Cuban food truck from Van Nuys, California, will be camped outside Great Divide Brewery, 2201 Arapahoe, on Sunday, from ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation awards gala, a glitzy, high-falutin' soiree that honors the best chefs, pastry kings and queens, restaurateurs, restaurants and wine directors in the country, takes place on May 9, 2011, at the Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York. And the culinary blowout ... More >>
Photo courtesy Discovery ChannelRyan Van Duzer on the Discovery Channel's "Out of the Wild: Venezeula"Tune in to the Discovery Channel tonight, when Ryan Van Duzer (Boulder's "Out There Guy" endurance athlete and adventure journalist) gets dropped off at Angel Falls with a bunch of annoying p ... More >>
Mark MangerWhen I returned to the United States after a stint in South America, I feared I'd be unable to find empanadas, that nearly perfect food that stuffs pastry pockets with savory filling. My quest eventually took me to Empanada Express Grill, at 2600 East Street in Golden, where owner ... More >>
These days, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, emphasizes that it's targeting criminal aliens, not otherwise law-abiding citizens who lack documentation authorizing their U.S. residency. And that's the theme of ICE's latest Colorado busts. Of the 78 people rounded up fr ... More >>
Lori MidsonEvery Wednesday and Saturday at the Cherry Creek farmers' market, and again on Sunday at the City Park Esplanade farmers' market, Igor and Beckie Panasewicz feed Venezuelan arepas to the masses from their vendor booth littered with bags of Harina P.A.N. white corn meal, plates of ... More >>
Blue Ice Martini Lounge just hired a new executive chef -- and with the hire, got a new feature: South American food. "We do food from Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Colombia," says chef Jose Santiago. "We have comfort food, and every weekend we are going to try to do a dish from another Latin count ... More >>
The John Leyba photo of Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba that accompanied today's front-page story in the Denver Post. This morning's Denver Post features a Colorado Rockies story on page one -- but it's not about the team's eleventh straight victory, which tied a franchise record. Rather, it conce ... More >>
Yorvit Torrealba as he appeared on the cover of the October 15, 2007 Rocky Mountain News, during much happier times. The kidnapping and subsequent safe return in Venezuela of Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba's eleven-year-old son and brother-in-law certainly makes matters like the firing of manager ... More >>
"New Gig," an October 2005 Message column, introduced readers to Gabriel Elizondo, who decided to leave his job as an assignment editor at Channel 7 in favor of an opportunity to join Al-Jazeera International, a new English-language spinoff of the controversial Arabic network. Over three years later ... More >>
By June of 1998, sixteen-year-old Nathan Ybanez couldn't take it any more. So he called his friend, seventeen-year-old Eric Jensen, to get him out of the house. And he got out, all right: In separate trials, both boys were convicted of the murder of Julie Ybanez, as detailed in Luke Turf's "Headed f ... More >>
Juan Martinez. At 24, Juan Martinez still has the same dream that he had two years ago, when I wrote about him in "A League of Their Own," an April 2006 feature about Denver's Liga Latina de Beisbol, a predominately Mexican Front Range baseball league. It's the same dream he’s had his entire lif ... More >>
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Johnson & Wales whips up a hoops treat from scratch.
A populist leader's triumph in Venezuela is caught on film.
Kid 606 separates the beats from the crap.
The History of New Year's Eve.
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Piscos goes south of the border. Way south of the border.
A businessman tries to satisfy a craving.