The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 21 edition

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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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