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Andy Juett Talks About Comedy, Glenn Has Idea$ and the Festival Starting Today

1 year ago by Lindsey Bartlett
The third High Plains Comedy Festival starts tonight in the Baker neighborhood. Festival founders Andy Juett and Adam Cayton-Holland have created the largest comedy festival in town, with talent ranging wildly from national to local heroes, and activities from standup brunch to highly inappropriate card games. "A lot of different looks, that’s...
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Producer Andy Juett on poetry, Updike and reading with his kids

3 years ago by Byron Graham
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists.
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High Plains Comedy Festival: Behind the scenes with Andy Juett

3 years ago by Byron Graham
We'd both been to some pretty amazing comedy festival setups ranging from Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Oregon to the now defunct HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado and we both agreed that Denver deserved a truly sustainable festival that would be uniquely "Denver." We thought by joining forces with creative fire stokers like Pete and Virgil Dickerson that we could make something special. Between our collective backgrounds and interests it just ended up being a pretty great team. It's like Sesame Street. Cooperation is a real fucking thing.
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The music scene supports songwriter Mike Marchant as he battles cancer

4 years ago by Tom Murphy
It was just before Christmas when Mike Marchant, one of Denver's most celebrated songwriters, found out he has cancer. "Being told you have cancer — I will never, ever forget what that feels like, because it's terrifying," he says. After seeing a doctor for what he assumed was an infection,...
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The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

4 years ago by Dave Herrera
Update 6/24/13: The poll is now closed. Thanks for voting! Update 3/21/13: The poll is now open. Let the voting begin! The road to the nineteenth annual edition of the Westword Music Showcase is officially being paved. While we've already announced some of the acts appearing on the Main Stage...
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2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

6 years ago by Dave Herrera
Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago...
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2009 Westword Music Showcase revealed

8 years ago by Dave Herrera
The 2009 Westword Music Showcase ballot has been formulated and will be included in this week's paper, which will beginning hitting stands in a few hours. Online voting will also begin later this week. In the meantime, though, as faithful readers of the Backbeat blog, we're giving you the drop...
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The Sideman

17 years ago by Michael Roberts
The complaint most frequently levied against Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a conceptual one. Putting up a tourist-friendly, mainstream memorial to what began as anti-establishment music, critics of the Hall say, is the best possible way to snuff out any sense of danger the form...
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Westword Music Showcase 2006

Welcome to the twelfth annual Westword Music Showcase. Twelve -- the dirty dozen. Can you believe it? When we launched the first Showcase all those years ago on a rainy Sunday night in LoDo, who would've thought that it would grow to such a mammoth event? Then again, did anyone...
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Left for Dead

17 years ago by Justin Berton
The Shooting At night, the parking lot outside the King Soopers at Iliff Avenue and Buckley Road in Aurora is a flat field of black asphalt. Thousands of white parking stripes lie useless, while the neon signs above the closed shops next to the food castle cast a fuzzy light...

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