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Today in Cafe Society:Mountains of food and wine this weekend at the Mesa Verde Country Food, Wine and Art Festival. • Cherry Creek North Food and Wine Festival takes over Fillmore Plaza. • Mysteries of Sheehan's Desk: Day 8. • Andrews on Lincoln reopens, Brandon's does not. • Lobby American Grill gets ready to lounge in the former Buenos Aires space. • Guess where I'm eating?Ba Le Sandwich... and yogurt?The heat is on at the new Larimer Hot House.

Today in Backbeat Online:Q&A with Mack Maine, president of Young Money Entertainment. • Last night: Burn Sand Burn, Circle Number Dot and Wetlands at the hi-dive. • Katey Laurel chosen as a finalists in Vintage Voices competition. • Freak Friday: "Ah, C'Mon" -- Chuggo. • Single File getting silly on the Warped Tour. • Beyond Playlist: Cobra Starship and more.

Today in The Latest Word:Do birthers have a friend in Cory Gardner?Daily Camera editorial argues for legalizing weed. • Shmuck of the Week: Shawn Merriman, aka the Mormon Madoff. • Mason Tvert bamboozles his way onto the Amazon bestseller list. • Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario: Colorado State Fair presents Rodeo Du Soleil. Yee-haw!

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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