• Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Five Life Lessons Learned at the Wake Up Festival

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Shawn McDonald on summer camp, the tattoo renaissance and "Making the Mountain"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (8 free!), January 24-26

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    The gentlemen of Ultra Music Festival 2013

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Fresh Takes Kitchen brings healthy, affordable meals to the community

    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 >>

  • Film

    December 6, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Julian Christianson is top-three finalist in TransWorld Skateboarding video contest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Colorado Gives Day: Money keeps coming for twelve nonprofits that won $5,000 prizes

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    The ten worst skateparks in Colorado

    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.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    R-U Engaged and the case of the mysterious disappearing yarn bombs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    "Silent Disco" at Denver Zoo really hits its stride with Journey's "Small Town Girl"

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Welcome Back to Bessemer! in Pueblo, where Colorado history was forged

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Today in Stoke: Denver skateboarder Julian Christianson wins big

    Denver's Julian Christianson, center, won the Element Skateboards 2011 Make It Count international contest series​Earlier 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Four weird no-wave films

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Rowdy Roddy Piper on Charlie Sheen and staying in the ring

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Lynn Coleman seeking high flyers for Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival

    Lynn Coleman​Big 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    'Tis a privilege to live in Colorado: Cal-orado reunion finally pulls into Denver

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    In honor of Vladimir Putin singing "Blueberry Hill," here are five of the best singing politicians

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Boulder Fourmile Canyon fire update: Burned acres double -- see videos, structure list here

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Mad Greens is tossing mad salads today -- for free!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Sex blog "Shame Lane:" Provacateur Max Karson's mom isn't a fan

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Game over for phony Bronco Amadeus Harlan

    Amadeus Harlan​Amadeus 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Flying high with the trapeze artists of Westminster

    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 >>

  • Dining

    April 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    The YMCA's In and Out List

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2008

    Beards On Parade

    Facial hair is so hot right now.

  • Dining

    August 14, 2008
  • Calendar

    July 3, 2008

    High Times

    Things are looking up in Glendale.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2008

    Amadeus Harlan Out of Prison and Into Jail

    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 >>

  • News

    January 31, 2008

    Pro and Con

    Amadeus Harlan has spent his life playing everyone around him — but not as a Denver Bronco.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2007

    Best of Denver Winners 1992

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    October 4, 2007
  • Calendar

    September 8, 2005
  • News

    March 3, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of March 3, 2005

  • Calendar

    December 30, 2004

    Free Weights

    Out with the flab, in with the fab

  • News

    September 2, 2004

    The Truck Stops Here

    The mobile Compass program keeps kids like Rico and Monkey playful.

  • News

    August 12, 2004

    End of the Line

    For decades, folks along Highway 40 left the driving to Greyhound. Now they've been left behind.

  • Music

    July 15, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Welcome to the school of hard rocks.

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2004

    Dream Time

    MLK breakfast benefits youth

  • News

    August 7, 2003

    Camp Rock

    The Boulder YMCA is getting kids amped on music.

  • News

    May 15, 2003

    Security Reach

    RTD hardens its target with compulsory anti-terrorism training.

  • News

    June 27, 2002

    A New Day Dawns

    Early last Friday morning, Colorado went Cup Crazy for soccer.

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of September 13, 2001

  • News

    August 30, 2001

    Sweat Equity

    Longtime members of the downtown YMCA are angry about losing their favorite hangout.

  • People & Places

    March 29, 2001
  • News

    July 6, 2000

    Hoop Dreams

    Jon Bowman wants to bring order back to this court.

  • News

    November 11, 1999

    Off Limits

    Mission unprofitable...

  • News

    November 12, 1998
  • News

    February 22, 1996

    Soar Losers

    It's air today, gone tomorrow for the frequent flyers at the Central YMCA.

  • Calendar

    August 23, 1995
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