It's one thing to be a political musician, to point out the inherent wrongs of our social and political constructs from afar. Admirable as it is, it takes a truly special person to take a personal stake in perceived injustice and do something that goes beyond music. A couple days ago, Yasiin Bey ( ... More >>
When three members of activist punk collective Pussy Riot were thrown in jail in February 2012 for a forty-second performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, the world was watching. And earlier this year, HBO released Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, a documentary detailing the musicians' ... More >>
Sometimes flawless technique, inspired lyrics and a devoted fan base aren't enough. Sometimes you've gotta do something outlandish to step up your game and grab the world's attention. Some would say that getting on a stage and saying, "Hey! Watch what I'm doing!" might be considered attention-seekin ... More >>
Jennifer Rosen had an amazing array of interests. We met her in the early '80s, when she and sister Robin Chotzinoff covered a Chippendale's show: Jenny provided the photos, Robin the words. Robin went on to provide many more words as a longtime staff writer for Westword, but we always followed Jenn ... More >>
If you haven't seen this video of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin singing "Blueberry Hill," stop what you're doing right now and watch it. It's just that amazing. You see, in America, we sing to the president, but in Soviet Russia, the president sings to you (sorry!). Actually, we're pr ... More >>
Be careful: Bloody syrup will stain white fur.I'm guessing the Canadian consulate in Denver, at 1625 Broadway, isn't a frequent location for major protests -- but that changed yesterday, when PETA representatives chose it as the place to complain about Canadian seal harvests. Their approach? ... More >>
A Flickr photoDarcy Tucker, big buck-er. As noted in a blog yesterday, the end of a pathetic season by the Colorado Avalanche prompted a collective yawn by most mainstream sports fans -- a reaction that should worry Avs management. However, the person most likely to be punished for the team's perfo ... More >>
Letters from the week of 2/7/2008
This post-Soviet sitcom isn't worth Putin up with.
The arrival of a new editor shakes things up at the Denver Post.
The Olympics again place first in the Dash for Cash.
Nebraska's heading straight for the top. Sorry, CU.
In East-West, Russian expatriates returning home face the terror of the Stalin regime.