Kyle Harris is Westword's Culture Editor, covering politics, film, arts and culture in Denver. He is the former managing editor at the online, nonprofit news site The Colorado Independent. His writing has appeared in publications including OutFront Colorado, Shareable, AfterImage and Clamor. He a...
Confession: My kid and I fled the downpour on opening night of Denver's newest outdoor venue Levitt Pavilion, long before the headliner, Slim Cessna's Auto Club played, on Thursday, July 20. We were underprepared: no umbrellas, no raincoats, not even a cotton hoodie — just T-shirts and jeans.
In the DIY world, nobody expects venues to stick around that long. Backspace, an outlet that has been quietly booking loud shows for the past year and a half, is no exception. This weekend, dozens of bands will play the Dirty Denver Fest, the venue's ambitious swan song event and last jab at the gentrification that has driven up property values citywide and kicked out longterm residents, making the city a hostile place for artists and activists.
In February, a school nurse phoned Matthew Paul Miller, the Jewish reggae singer and rapper who plays under his Hebrew name, Matisyahu, with bad news. His three boys had lice. Again. Matisyahu has gone through some drastic changes in recent years, and this was the capper. In 2011, he’d shaved his beard and announced that he was backing away from Hasidic Judaism, a decision that caused some trouble for Orthodox fans.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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