Arts and Culture

Get to know Westword's Tom Murphy -- and more! -- at the Onus Spears talk show Rawlitix

I can vouch for Rawlitix because I was a guest last month, and I had the time of my life. The Denver-centric live talk show conceived and hosted by local funny man and comedy promoter Onus Spears is still finding its legs, but it's a grand idea. Spears focuses on people -- writers, musicians, comics, artists, poets -- who don't necessarily spend time in the spotlight (for instance, moi), in the casual, salon-like, house-party atmosphere of the Deer Pile.

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For my own Rawlitix experience, I shared the stage with keytarist Luke Leavitt and comedian Jason Keyes (Spears says comedy will be a facet of every show). Street artist Frank Kwiatkowski, who uses orange traffic cones to create politicized linoleum-style prints, sold work on the sidelines. And, in spite of how unusual it is for me to take any stage in the first place, I was also gently coerced by Spears to -- even more unusually -- read some poems. I never do that, so you get the idea.

This relaxed host, who is a self-proclaimed booster of D-town and its artists and creatives, intends for his show to be a love-fest, and that it is. It's Spears's way of sharing his own people passions with new audiences.

This month's show, tonight at 9 p.m., showcases another Westword personality, music writer Tom Murphy, along with guitar-and-bass duo Tongue Mountain, poet Max Rommerdahl, comedian Connor Marshall and Kwiatkowski; as a bonus, Leavitt, who's signed on as the Rawlitix house band, will perform via Skype from Washington, D.C.

Admission to Rawlitix is a $5 donation at the door, and beer and wine will be available for further donations. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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