Owner Hieu Hoang and her husband and restaurant manager Kevin Tram took over the former Pho Saigon Grill in May 2020, redecorating, rebranding and rebooting the menu for pandemic times — which is to say shortening it to make it more manageable for a skeleton crew that’s still running it toda…

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It is a very refreshing feeling to be seeing live events come back to life, and hearing the projects that were worked on over the past year finally come to fruition. Many bands have worked hard during the pandemic creating music that reflected the space they were in, and now it is finally be…

As Colorado’s preeminent guitar-and-drums noise-punk duo, In The Whale have achieved a lot over the past decade. They’ve played music festivals like Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza, toured with bands ranging from Agent Orange to Gogol Bordello, and released a series of full-throttle EPs …

Let’s clear the air: St. Vincent’s production role in Sleater-Kinney’s 2019 The Center Won’t Hold had little to do with their new electro-pop sound, or drummer Janet Weiss’ decision to leave. Their latest self-produced album, Path of Wellness (Mom + Pop), engineered by Adam Lee, finds Carrie…

I was scouring the various options that make up the Springs’ green scene, looking for some new fire to review, when I found myself drawn, like a moth to flame, to Fire Meds. It’s a dispensary I’ve heard of before, but never have I visited. So, I took the name as a sign from the universe (it’…

No place is perfect, and we find that to be true on our second visit to Ecclesia Market. Romo’s Street Tacos, the Castle Rock church-turned-food-hall’s Mexican concept, fills us up but doesn’t leave us wanting more.

As a former marijuana compliance officer, I find new industry-related regulations and laws make me want to pull my hair out and scream. Honestly, it's one of the main reasons I stopped working in the field. It's no fun to be the guy at work that never has good news. In fact, my bosses and co…

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When Suwanna Meyer opened Elephant Thai, her second Thai restaurant, just 10 minutes’ south of Chaang Thai on North Academy Boulevard, she told the Indy she would be offering street food dishes in addition to what Americans expect to see on a Thai menu. Being that I’ve never been to Thailand…

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On Thursday, June 10, I attended the memorial service for Jonathan Ellis at Hillside Gardens. Upon arriving and seeing car after car parked, I realized this was going to be something special. After the three-hour ceremony, I left feeling like this wasn’t just a memorial, this was Iggy Igloo’…

Sometimes, all there is to hold onto is a quick, tasty hot dog: no BS, no craft aspirations, nothing fancy whatsoever. That is what Stump Dog does, and for only a few bucks, the modicum of sanity that a fine-ground, cured, smoked, all-beef sausage offers can make its soothing presence felt.

You’ve never heard someone talk about pizza as enthusiastically as Slice 420 co-owner Christian Patriarca. But he and his wife Stefany are equally passionate about the mission behind their business, inspired by their daughter Sofia’s special needs, which brought them all to town as “medical …

Liz Phair won a loyal group of fans in the late 1990s with sassy, original indie albums like her parody of The Rolling Stones, Exile in Guyville. But some wrong turns in the new millennium, including moving into glamor-pop, made her a parody in the eyes of many supporters. She’s spent the la…

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Things have been tough chez Terr Thompson. My beloved 15-year-old shiba inu Julio is getting ever closer to crossing that Rainbow Bridge. His wobbly gait and the turning of his black-brown eyes to cataract blue has prompted my wife to start using that cursed word... euthanasia.

Now that summer is here — at least judging by the temperature — more and more of us will be out hiking, cycling and camping. Sure, any real Coloradan enjoys the outdoors year-round, but summertime allows us to go further away and to explore places that we may not have been able to get to dur…

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For most of us, this time last year marked the beginning of the Summer That Time Forgot. Nearly everywhere was locked down, there was little to do with our hard-earned money except stuff it under a mattress and everyone was avoiding each other like, well… the plague.

Dine & Dash takeover: This week, in tandem with our summer guide, we venture to Denver’s graffiti mural-rich River North Art District (RiNo). We sample a classic, a newbie and a one-of-its-kind in Colorado. This is just a snapshot from a very happening area with options aplenty.

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When it comes to music, creativity and new ideas are very important. That creativity may manifest in the way an artist writes lyrics, or the way they perform. Human Inferior is a three-piece band that has been playing garage rock in Colorado Springs since they formed in 2017.

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When rebounding from a less-than-favorable flower-hunting experience, I am always somewhat reticent as I go forward into my next review. Not wanting to get burned multiple times in a row, I often feel like I approach that next piece a little bit fearfully, still carrying the hurt from my las…

North Carolina rap superstar J. Cole was missing in action through much of the pandemic, then unexpectedly released an album in mid-May that broke all Spotify records, save those of Olivia Rodrigo. The Off-Season (Dreamville/Interscope) doesn’t solely address the weighty topics he’s handled …

This Saturday, as with every first Saturday in June, is National Trails Day. Established by the American Hiking Society — with partner federal agencies the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Transportation — the day is celebrated with …

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Altitude Hospitality Group has more dining concepts and brands than we care to shake a stick at, but given the high bar they tend to set, we’re not complaining. Garden of the Gods Market & Café, for instance, has expanded into the former Coquette’s Bistro at 616 S. Tejon St.

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It’s begun to return — the body heat, the mic checks of the bass drum, the loud enchantment of music pouring through a venue. Live music has been coming back around the country and here in town. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a few places closed their doors to rebrand, planning to come back w…

Longtime area restaurateur Phil Duhon has revived Oscar’s Oyster Bar (facebook.com/OscarsPatioBar) at 112 N. Nevada Ave., in the former Brewer’s Republic spot. Oscar’s former home at 333 S. Tejon St. became The Block Bar & Grill in early 2020, just before the pandemic hit and not long af…

It’s a bustling morning at El Super Taco with an almost full dining room and a steady line of patrons to the door for breakfast burritos. From six options, we try the two beef variants: steak and Machaca, both rolled with egg and cheese in a toasted flour tortilla: $6.60 and $5.90 respectively.