Writer Irene Vilar came from a political family. Her mother, who devoted herself to the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, spent decades in prison for political actions. Her family had two Episcopalian priests involved in liberation theology, a Latin American religious movement whose followers ... More >>
Better late than never: Today, Washington launched limited recreational marijuana sales for adults age 21 and over, just over six months after Colorado did likewise. And naturally, Twitter Nation wanted to talk about it. Look below to see the twenty most memorable tweets we found, with authors rang ... More >>
Estately.com, the site behind our recent list of the ten best states for hippies, has a new target: the Internet search quirks of all fifty states, including Colorado, produced by running "hundreds of search queries through Google Trends to determine which words, terms and questions each state was s ... More >>
What's the connection between the devastating flooding in Colorado and the dreadful shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., in which Aaron Alexis killed a dozen people before being gunned down? Beyond death and tragedy, most of us would say "nothing." After all, one incident was a natural di ... More >>
Bad news for Animal Collective fans. We just received word that the band will not be coming to Denver as planned this Friday, March 22. The reason: Avey Tare (aka David Portner) is suffering from a severe case of strep throat and is unable to perform. No word yet on when the date will be rescheduled ... More >>
The office of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has just announced a 59-count indictment against The Silver Lizard, a Denver medical marijuana dispensary reviewed in March by our MMJ critic, William Breathes. Among the claims: The center was selling marijuana for non-medical purposes to thirte ... More >>
On Wednesday, September 12, you'll have a chance to become part of history and help the Melvins weasel their way into the Guinness World Records book, which they hope to do by playing shows in all fifty states plus one in the District of Columbia in just 51 days. One can only imagine what sparked th ... More >>
Friday, February 17, Summit Music Hall, 866-468-7621.
Push On! In the seven months since Clayton Brown opened his Pusher BMX shop at 5777 East Evans Avenue, "Colorado's Only BMX Rider-Owned and Operated BMX Shop" has been getting props from the likes of TransWorld Business and ESPN, doing double the business Brown projected for himself and attra ... More >>
Video below.In our post about how Osama bin Laden's death was experienced by the Facebook generation, we noted that localizing this story was unnecessary, because it impacted all of us, wherever we were. Which is why spontaneous celebrations broke out in New York City, Washington, D.C. -- an ... More >>
A cracked window on Flight 967.In the movies, turbulence can be hilarious -- but it's considerably less so in real life, as passengers on United Flight 967 headed from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles discovered last night. Injury estimates vary from a turbulence incident over Kansas vary, but ... More >>
Nine companies have joined the proposed class action lawsuit against Yelp, the San Francisco-based Internet giant, attorneys in Miami and California announced this morning. The new plaintiffs are located everywhere from Tujunga, California, to Washington, D.C. They include businesses rangin ... More >>
Lori Midson Venue chef James Rugile Restaurant and chef semifinalists for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards were released this morning, which gives all the nominees exactly 32 days to chew on their success before the five finalists in each category are announced on Monday, March 22. The ... More >>
"Geronimo!"It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that a passenger caused a flight to make an unscheduled landing in Colorado due to inexplicable behavior (including his insistence on shaving topless). That's because it was only a couple of weeks ago. Now, a similar act: A thus-far unnamed ... More >>
As sad and time-wasting as frivolous lawsuits can be, they're a part of American life. Sometimes they can be downright funny (except for the people involved). Remember the dumbass Washington D.C. judge who sued his dry cleaners for $54 million over a pair of lost pants? Fortunately he lost that c ... More >>
YerkishMaybe it was the last minute switch of venues from the Auraria Campus to the 3 Kings Tavern and Oriental Theater, but it was pretty slim turn-out for Saturday night's section of the festival at 3 Kings. Although not many folks came out that night, there was still a lot of solid local talen ... More >>
The jump wasn't so bad -- but landing on that pole hurt like a bitch. I've just returned from two weeks away from my job -- but that doesn't mean I spent that time jetting to exotic locations. My family and I had already decided against that kind of an adventure due to the economic downturn ... More >>
The Denver Business Journal posted this little ditty earlier today, reporting that McDonald's -- a national hamburger chain known for helping our children get super fat for decades -- considers Denver one of America's happiest cities for families. I have absolutely no idea what this means -- I can ... More >>
On Sunday, I stopped by the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the new, 250,000 square foot facility on Pennyslvania Avenue devoted to the history of news. The views from this building are stunning, as are many of the exhibits. But in many ways, I might as well have been at a natural history museum, looki ... More >>
Breathe Carolina, a band that tours so often these days that it almost doesn't seem like a Denver band anymore (seriously, with the exception of April and May, the act is going to be on the road from now until at least the end of August; check out the list of tour dates on the next page), recently p ... More >>
An arm of Urban Skye, a local collective seeking to help "revitalize the urban soul" by hosting cultural and spiritual salons and forums and fostering service projects, the Worldview Film Series meets on the last Thursday of every month with the goal of opening eyes to global issues through film scr ... More >>
Moments ago, Westword editorial assistant Aubrey Shoe noticed something unusual about the front page of the January 14 Rocky Mountain News: It didn't mention January 14. The date usually appears at the top of the page, centered in small print directly above the box containing featured headlines. But ... More >>
J. Francis Stafford speaking at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Earlier this week. J. Francis Stafford, the former archbishop of Denver, who is now a Cardinal based in Rome, called the election of Barack Obama "apocalyptic" during a speech at the Catholic University of America in Washin ... More >>
Looks like we won't have to wait until February after all to hear what the Fray has in store next. The band is slated to debut "You Found Me," the first single from its forthcoming self-titled album, next week. Beginning at 10 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, fans can listen to a stream the new song o ... More >>
Nick Roberts. "'Block the Vote' co-author and Rolling Stone contributor Greg Palast on Colorado's troubled voting system," an October 29 blog, suggests that our fair state makes it mighty tough on folks who not only want to vote but are interested in their ballot counting. Here's one more anecdote ... More >>
Tony Shawcross. "Tony Shawcross Saved Public-Access TV in Denver," a July 8 Message column, reported about how Shawcross and his associates created Denver Open Media, an entity that rescued public-access television in the metro area. No wonder the organization was chosen to host "Access Without Bo ... More >>
Minty fresh. The Denver Mint, which was shuttered last week during the Democratic National Convention (allegedly to conduct “inventory”), was back in business Tuesday, September 2. Too bad its employees missed one of the most ridiculous chapters in the soon-to-be closed book on the convention ... More >>
"Slice me off one of those..." After a brief DNC-related hiatus, it's the triumphant return of the Westword.com blog shortcut, designed to help you find even more bloggery on this here site... Plenty on the menu at Cafe Society, including a Taste of Colorado rant courtesy of our own Jared Jacang ... More >>
A nation's worst nightmare... In this difficult time for the journalism industry, publications must do everything they can to promote themselves -- even if it's dorky or embarrassing. As evidence, look no further than Roll Call, a well-respected Washington, D.C. operation that describes itself as ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Energy’s third Solar Decathlon is now under way in Washington, D.C. Two years ago, twenty university teams from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Spain and Germany began designing the world’s most energy-efficient solar homes. Their off-the-grid creations – now on display i ... More >>
Sunday, October 7, Mercury Cafe, 303-294-9281.
Marilyn Musgrave will be singing a different tune.
Friday, April 22, Rock Island, 303-443-2227.
Quest for Immortality
Monday, December 6, Rock Island, 303-572-7625.
Saturday, October 23, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
Out of the ashes of 9/11 comes a reason to celebrate again at Fashion Forward.
It's not easy being green.
This week's concert pick: The Dismemberment Plan
How Washington lobbyists--and some politicians--cash in on Colorado's local governments.
Denver officials join the Department of Aviation and see the world.
AFTER LISTENING TO COLORADO'S PATRIOTS, FRANCISCO DURAN SHOT OFF MORE THAN HIS MOUTH.