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Last year was rough, but with state cannabis sales blowing past the $2 billion mark in 2020, it seems many Coloradans found ways to bring a little levity to an otherwise heavy year.

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Earth Day may still be another week away, but restricted crowd sizes and other COVID caveats have made it more important than ever to get a head start on volunteer or celebration plans. Check out this roundup of events happening all over the Pikes Peak region to find those that best suit you…

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As we’ve been seeing, show announcements are starting to pop up in the next few months, and we are starting to see some more local bands slowly crawling out of their rehearsal studios to get on a stage near you. On May 8, The Black Sheep will be hosting a special, free local event with Lette…

Montreal’s avant-classical ensemble Godspeed You! Black Emperor has made apocalypse its business over six studio albums stretching from 1997. The seventh instrumental outing, G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! (Constellation) may be the most complex and unrelentingly bleak. But one is reminded of Bap…

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It’s that time of year again! When all the heads come together and celebrate that finest of flora, that uber herb, cannabis — that’s right, it’s 4/20! And in case this is your first time to the party, or you’ve over-partaken in the doomsday cloud that was 2020 — triggering that reefer madnes…

This little brick brewhouse, located just east of Wahsatch Avenue in the quiet outskirts of downtown, has free, off-street parking and plentiful patio seating as well as a great, breezy vibe indoors that makes us want to hang out. Unfortunately, the brews they offer don’t make us want to sti…

Americas National Parks have been described, in the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Wallace Stegner, as "the best idea we ever had." Each April, the National Park Service and it's official charity, the National Parks Foundation, celebrate the treasures that are our parks, monuments…

The downtown arts scene has a brand-new addition to its outdoor collection — a 10-mural display featuring the colorful, sport-themed works of the late LeRoy Neiman. The murals, which are free to view and open to the public, are displayed on the exterior walls of Weidner Field along Sahwatch …

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It’s long been noted that, for a variety of reasons, the Springs’ dining trends have lagged behind other major cities’. Perhaps the closest example, the Indy’s food writing team has pointed out the substantially different vibe we get when a Denver restaurant concept expands to the Springs, à…

It’s interesting that the style of beer called the Baltic porter has less in common with the porter, an English style of ale, than with a black lager. Despite the name, a Baltic porter is in fact a type of lager, meaning it’s fermented at low temperatures with different strains of yeast.

‘I think that — that anyone, the painter, the musician, the writer works in a — a kind of an— an insane fury. He’s demon-driven. He can get up feeling rotten, with a hangover, or with — with actual pain, and — and if he gets to work, the first thing he knows, he don’t remember that pain, tha…

I’m not one usually sucked in by almost artificially bright food colors, but damn if Mischef’s seasonal-special Thin Mint cheesecake (worth every one of five dollars) doesn’t work some laser voodoo mind control magic on me, forcing me to order it. It’s got a cookie crumble base and full cook…

The first person signed to David Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1971 wasn’t Jackson Browne or Joni Mitchell, but the waifish-looking intellectual Judee Sill, who hid a life of armed robberies and needle drugs behind her innocent bespectacled eyes. Her two albums were ignored by most, and she die…

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Like many artists, painter Carol McIntyre’s path to artistic success hasn’t exactly been linear. As a young college student fearful about the future, she gave up her artistic aspirations for a career in educational psychology. The choice, while safe, wasn’t easy. While she excelled in her ne…

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I had headed more toward the southern end of town recently while seeking out some dispensaries, and one that caught my eye in the search was Canna Meds Wellness Center. Their menu had a handful of enticing-looking strains, so it seemed like an easy choice, one that would certainly end in a h…

Where Murray Boulevard dead-ends at South Carefree Circle, it’s pretty quiet, which makes Back on the Boulevard feel almost perfectly Cheers-y. Hell, we all but expect Ted Danson to walk out of the bathroom while we’re waiting for our order: a slopper and a pulled pork sandwich.

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It’s hard to believe it has officially been a full year since live shows came to a halt and venues, bars and restaurants had to temporarily close. Though these venues have been able to open back up, musicians are still waiting patiently to take the stage again. A year is a long time to go wi…

We love this place on first sight and bite. Lolley’s recently launched in Monument and cuteness pervades, with bright colors everywhere and the fun, engaging branding artwork by area illustrator Mark Ludy — featuring Lolley, a happy anthropomorphic cow, seen in a rear dining room mural handi…

The Independent Film Society of Colorado is taking its popular Colorado Short Circuit Film Festival online this year, bringing more than 50 independent, Colorado-based films to fans via streaming over a period of three days. Now in its fifth year, the festival, which is part of the Indie Spi…

Hasaan Ibn Ali was a session pianist with Max Roach, who influenced John Coltrane’s “sound sheets” methods. Roach talked Atlantic Records into reserving Ibn Ali studio time in August-September 1965, but the project was shelved following the pianist’s incarceration on narcotics charges. The m…