A collection of visionaries, luminaries and live-your-best-life movers-and-shakers met at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park this past week for the Wake Up Festival, which is orchestrated every year by Boulder's own Sounds True media company. This year's lineup included Elizabeth Gilbert (author ... More >>
Shawn McDonald believes the art of tattooing is experiencing a renaissance. The industry has changed a lot since his childhood in Massachusetts, where tattooing was illegal until 2000. Now a prolific artist in the industry, McDonald has been tattooing professionally for thirteen years and currently ... More >>
Though your lack of funds might make you want to stay home and blast the Descendents's Everything Sucks until the weekend's over, resist that urge. Even if you don't have much (or any) cash, you can find plenty to do in Denver this week, good, good things like watching the Descendents documentary F ... More >>
By Victor Gonzalez Gay, straight, bi, or simply rolling face, if you're a man with abs like Jesus and just enough fabric to cover your genitals, there was nothing wrong with showing off your manhood in Miami this past weekend. It's Ultra Music Festival, baby! And the Gym, Tan, Molly fraternal order ... More >>
It's one thing to know that you should be eating healthier, and another to have the time and money to prepare healthy meals. Saloni Doshi and Chelsea Katz, co-founders of Fresh Takes Kitchen, are working to make healthy, affordable meals accessible to the community. Their goal is to become a viable ... More >>
Local skater Julian Christianson -- Westword's Best of Denver 2012 Best Skateboarder pick -- has a knack for turning local contest honors into bigger opportunities. Last year his Hometown Heroes contest win in Denver earned him an invite to skate in the amateur finals at the X Games in Los Angeles, ... More >>
Last month, we told you which of the 928 participating nonprofits raised the most money during Colorado Gives Day. This year, technical difficulties caused the 24-hour online charity blitz to be extended to 36 hours, during which folks donated a total of $12.4 million.
The November issue of Thrasher included the results of a contest in which the magazine had asked readers for the worst skateparks in their towns for a list titled "Certified Piece of Suck: Doo-Doo Skatepark Construction." One of these pieces of suck is located in Colorado.
Have you seen me?We told you about the yarn bombs across Boulder B-Cycle stations. Now, R-U-Engaged, who was planning on turning the large-scale yarn art into blankets for charity, can't find the brightly colored cozies. It is like they just disappeared into the night. "Having stuff disappea ... More >>
"Get those hands up!"Much like pantsless subway rides and flash mobs involving dancing in public places, the phenomenon of the "silent disco" -- wherein dozens of people, mostly White People (sorry fellow crackers, it's true, we're dorks.) -- has come and hung around longer than maybe it shou ... More >>
Copyright Bessemer Historical Society / CF&I Archives. The town of Bessemer, which immediately surrounded Pueblo's storied reason-to-be, the mighty Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, was incorporated in 1886, 125 years ago. It was home to hard-working immigrants from around the world -- Italians ... More >>
Denver's Julian Christianson, center, won the Element Skateboards 2011 Make It Count international contest seriesEarlier this month, 303 Boards' CLFX team skater Julian Christianson won the Denver stop of the Element Skateboards Make It Count contest series at the Lafayette Skatepark, earning ... More >>
The no-wave movement of film-making, which used ultra-low budgets and a punk sensibility to produce films heavily steeped in mood but with generally incoherent story-lines, had a big impact: Besides being heavily influential for directors like Jim Jarmusch and David Lynch, it pretty much sing ... More >>
Watch out, Cindy Lauper.Rowdy Roddy Piper is one of the stranger interviews I've ever done. He's a hard man to get a hold of -- he juggles a variety of projects from showbiz to professional wrestling -- but once you get him on the phone, he's like a spigot unstopped, a torrent of tangentially ... More >>
Lynn ColemanBig Air ski-jumping in Civic Center Park not enough spectacle for you? A call for fans and practitioners of high-flying acrobatics -- on trapeze, hoops, fabric and other riggings -- is now underway for Denver's first Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival, May 12-15, at the Oriental Theat ... More >>
The Calhoun family Cal-orado reunion -- a crazy jumble of travel by planes (although not many from the snowbound East Coast), trains and automobiles -- started yesterday morning at Snow Mountain Ranch outside of Granby, where I'd snapped a photo of a New Year's Day rainbow, and ended last ni ... 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 >>
Filling up.The fight against the Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder is far from won. Since our last update on the blaze, says Boulder County public information officer Mike Banuelos, the size of the fire has more than doubled, and so have the manpower resources being deployed to battle it. Get ... More >>
To celebrate the opening of its tenth Colorado location at 2073 South Colorado Boulevard, Mad Greens is tossing free salads today from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. According to manager Ben Pappas, lines haven't started forming yet, but they're ready for action. Customers can choose from any one ... More >>
Max Karson is at it again."Long time, no publicly criticize." That's the e-mail greeting I received this weekend from Max Karson, a former CU student who made headlines for years in these parts with provocative (and frequently misunderstood) satire about race, relationships and pretty much a ... More >>
Amadeus HarlanAmadeus Harlan lived life like the Bronco player he claimed he was -- driving fast cars, wooing ladies left and right, even setting up a community sports company based around his gridiron glory. Too bad it was all a lie, as Westword described in the January 2008 feature "Pro and ... More >>
Photos by Alan Prendergast The scene: A vacant field at 76th and Stuart in Westminster, now home to the rig of the Imperial Flyers, quite possibly the oldest continuously operating amateur trapeze group in the world. The cast: Daring young men, some not so young, and daring young women, too ... More >>
The New Depression thriftiness is forcing ad execs to get creative. Car commercials brag about how much money their tiny hatchbacks will save on gas. Banks insist they're the only trusted sources of financial wisdom left. Weird late-night TV ads urge you to stick your gold jewelry in a plastic bag, ... More >>
Facial hair is so hot right now.
Things are looking up in Glendale.
Amadeus Harlan, a longtime Denver con artist who used a phony story about being a Denver Broncos player to score women, fast cars and, this past fall, a $2.5 million former YMCA building in east Denver to house his sports tournament business, Harlan21, was released from federal prison this week. He ... More >>
Amadeus Harlan has spent his life playing everyone around him — but not as a Denver Bronco.
In 1992, Westword published its ninth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Last Stand (the Denver Zephyrs, about to be supplanted by the Colorado Rockies) to Best Bail Bondsman (Duane Chapman, before he became known as “Dog”) to Best — and Sometimes ... More >>
From the week of March 3, 2005
Out with the flab, in with the fab
The mobile Compass program keeps kids like Rico and Monkey playful.
For decades, folks along Highway 40 left the driving to Greyhound. Now they've been left behind.
Welcome to the school of hard rocks.
MLK breakfast benefits youth
The Boulder YMCA is getting kids amped on music.
RTD hardens its target with compulsory anti-terrorism training.
Early last Friday morning, Colorado went Cup Crazy for soccer.
From the week of September 13, 2001
Longtime members of the downtown YMCA are angry about losing their favorite hangout.
Jon Bowman wants to bring order back to this court.
It's air today, gone tomorrow for the frequent flyers at the Central YMCA.