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The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 27 edition

It's not faux. It's Pho.

Today in Cafe Society:Up Close: Pho 95. • What's Cooking? Getting corny in the kitchen with Pete Marczyk. • Spike It: Top six things that could be improved by caffeine. • Guess where I'm eating?Candy Girls: Twilight Sweethearts, Forbidden Fruits.

Today in Backbeat Online:Black Pegasus shares his funny tour stories. • Frank E pens songs for Madonna. • Relive prom with the Inactivists. • When Rock 'n' Roll meets Hollywood: Ten Awful Decisions. • Q&A with Travis Egedy of Pictureplane.

Today in The Latest Word:Pike National Forest: Can't see the trees for the weed. • Odd couples show off their fun bags for Denver Mag. • Peter Boyles wants to put up birther billboard. • Jay Cutler's new, ESPN-approved nickname: Mr. Grumpy Pants. • Michelle Malkin tells Sean Hannity Democratic HQ window-smashing is a "teachable moment." I hope we've all learned something.

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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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