Summer is in full swing and you're probably saving up your cash to party with 2 Chainz this weekend at the Westword Music Showcase. So if you want to have a good time this week without burning a hole in your wallet, here's a few things to try. Celebrate sports, tell a story and jam out this week, fo ... More >>
Fall is making its presence known with cooler weather, even snow. And just in time for this season change, this weekend is packed with both indoor and outdoor activities -- including a chili cook-off, a larger-than-life comedy showdown, a masquerade ball, an all-ages dance party, and the triumphant ... More >>
In music, the term "remix" can mean a lot of different things, even in rap. But one of the most celebrated traditions in the rap industry is collecting verses from the hottest names in the game for a second go-around on a tried-and-true instrumental. On the one hand, you can wind up with a collectio ... More >>
Yesterday, we shared the weird discoveries found lurking in Facebook's "Other" archive, a message repository whose existence came as a surprise to plenty of us. We heard from lots of folks stumbling upon oddities that have been lingering for years, but few with as much variety as this reader.
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 >>
We were beginning to despair of spotting any interesting womenswear -- but then we spotted singer Agau Bior boarding the D-line train this week. Keep reading to learn her favorite film genre, her style icons and where she shops. See also: - Womenswear Wednesdays: Concierge Gillian Kumm on her arti ... More >>
We've been enamored of African Grill since we first stumbled into this Aurora strip mall spot a couple of years ago. Not only does the restaurant serve up tasty, tomato-tinged jollof rice and pungent goat stew, it's also operated by some of the most hospitable owners we've ever encountered. Osei and ... More >>
Since Feminism & Co.'s inception, Melinda Barlow has a been a favored speaker at the MCA Denver's engaging spring series. Associate professor of film studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Barlow is also a well-versed film and video historian and curator who focuses on contemporary women ... More >>
RAY OKPARA @ BETA | FRI, 3/22/13 Unlike most DJs out of Germany, Ray Okpara leans more toward the house end of the tech-house spectrum -- and that's to the benefit of his legions of fans all over the world, because Okpara has polished a streamlined, minimal-leaning version that's still overflowing w ... More >>
Listen, before I breakdown rap's worst lyrics, you should know, I don't hate Lil' Wayne. No, really. I like him just fine. But even good rappers get caught slipping, as evidenced by the fact that Lil' Wayne makes several appearances on this list. And while picking low-hanging fruit is the nature of ... More >>
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 bring their white hot melodies, thunderous vocal stylings and high vibration rhythms to the Boulder Theater tonight. But while Seun, the son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and his band are clearly the main draw this evening, you won't want to miss the opener, Atomga, a ... More >>
You cannot escape the groove of African dance. Doesn't matter if you're tone deaf, half-dead or were born with two left feet -- African dance will pick you up and fill you with joy and never let you go. Which is why you should let the spirit move you to the BaoBao Festival, an annual celebration of ... More >>
Koffi Toudji has been making a positive impact on Denver as a drummer, dancer and teacher of both for more than half a decade, and now he wants to take his energy full circle. Toudji is originally from Kpalimé in Togo, West Africa, and he's putting on the Koffi Togo fundraiser this Saturday, ... More >>
There's nothing worse for a pot-smoking music fan than to find your concert joints crumbled into a broken mess at the bottom of your favorite hiding spot. All that work rolling them beforehand, stashing them in your hat and making it through security is gone, and you've got to spend the rest ... More >>
Mark MangerThe Ford-Wuo family at African Grill and Bar.For this week's review, I visited African Grill and Bar, an oasis in an Aurora strip mall that offers a culinary journey to West Africa -- as well as an education on the fare served in Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Senegal and Liberia. Here's ... More >>
Mark MangerThe owners of African Grill and Bar serve dinner with an education.I love it when an unfamiliar cuisine forces me out of my comfort zone, sending me into a post-dinner frenzy of research as I try to understand a culture through what it eats. When I first sat down at African Grill ... More >>
You got nothing on this, other states.It was a momentous day for the Centennial State on Saturday, when Deepak Sharma Bajagain shattered the Guinness world records for Most Envelopes Torn in Half in Thirty Seconds and Most Grapes Eaten in Three Minutes with a Small Plastic Spoon (stay tuned - ... More >>
Statistics compiled by the Federal Trade Commission show that Colorado had the highest per-capita rate of consumer fraud complaints in the nation last year. According to the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network report for 2010, Greeley, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs all ranked among t ... More >>
For those of us that hate outdoor activities, winter is the best time of year, because most things happen indoors. None of those pesky barbecues or the guilt that comes from sitting inside all day when it's a lovely 80 degrees out. We've got plenty of pleasant indoor activities going on this ... More >>
It's Monday, and in case you're worrying about what you did this weekend or worrying about what's ahead at work, here's a heaping helping of weird food to divert you: To fuel your engine, how about the candy bar with the world's worst name, asse. Or to get your engine running, a nic ... More >>
Zachrey Harris.On Saturday, Joseph Owen Coy was accused of a racially motivated attack on Olubiyi Ogundipe for allegedly punching the Nigeria-born CU student amid slurs about monkeys and worse -- but Boulder Police didn't know if Coy's two companions would face similar charges. Now, one of th ... More >>
Early Saturday, an altercation took place near Boulder's Hookah House, at 1325 Broadway. And Boulder Police believe what took place constitutes a racially motivated crime -- hence, the accusations against Lafayette's Joseph Owen Coy, who's said to have called CU student Olubiyi Ogundipe and a ... More >>
Ray LaMontagne and his backing band, the Pariah Dogs, visit the Boulder Theater for an eTown show Thursday, August 12, five days before before his fourth album, God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise hits stores. The live radio show taping hosted by Nick and Helen Forester also includes music and ... More >>
One day it was Home Depot, the next it was Wendy's, and then a secret admirer told me he'd stopped by "applebees and thought about u." Now I just got an e-mail from someone who spotted me at Starbucks -- at least according to this: Howdy Patricia. not usually this brave, i thought i saw u b ... More >>
Nothing gets your blood pumping faster than a little African dancing and drumming. Doesn't matter if you're on the stage or in front of it. By the time the drums start talking and the dancers start whooping and leaping, you'll be ready to credit the Africans for inspiring the bulk of American cultur ... More >>
Last fall, Nigerian-born Ifiok Etuk began to transform the space at 2044 Clinton Street, Unit B, in Aurora into his own workplace, his own restaurant. The result is Hessini Roots International Cafe, a unique space that fuses soul food, African food and Mexican food into a veritable world tour of cui ... More >>
When I check my e-mail every morning, just as I was once greeted by long-lost Nigerian cousins in need of cash, I now find countless would-be friends. But none of these entreaties has been as appealing as the invitation Monday to join "DIA's Heinous Blue Mustang Has Got to Go," the Facebook group of ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddlin ... More >>
On the block. What’s an independent, socially-conscious woman to do these days when her ‘To Do’ list keeps growing? And where can she find a man that will fix her faucet, keep her fit, and teach her to fly a plane all in one place? At the Denver Men with Heart auction hosted by the Denver Ce ... More >>
A powerhouse of a woman speaks for Unique Lives.
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Sometimes, you can judge a book by it's cover -- or an album, at least. A look at thirteen soul-blues albums, a genre that's mastered the art of capturing the record's flavor with a perfect cover.
The Urban Bush Women join forces with Compagnie Jant-Bi.
The letter, received by fax last week, read like countless others before it. “ATTENTION: Director/CEO,” it began. “I write, asking for your indulgence in re-profiling funds to the tune of Twelve Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$12.8m) which we want to keep safely overs ... More >>
Iron Ladies of Liberia takes an in-depth look at the country's new leader.
As my friend who told me about the event noted, were it not for the neatly manicured grass in Del Mar Park this past Saturday, you wouldn’t have been able to tell you weren’t in Ghana. Because, while everyone else in the city was busy greeting September with college football, the Asanteman Asso ... More >>
Wu Fei curates the Colorado Creative Music Series.
Going overboard at Ocean.
For Ghanaian immigrants, there's no place like home.
West African groups find ways to spread the music and dance.