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Thursday, December 9,2010

Smokin' bowls

Lafayette’s new skatepark proves the ’burbs are leading the pack

By Oakland L. Childers
The city of Lafayette is not the first place anyone thinks of when the words "cutting edge" or "revolutionary" get tossed around, but when it comes to municipal skateparks, of which there are many in the state of Colorado, the tiny Boulder 'burb stands atop the heap.
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Thursday, October 28,2010

A kinder, gentler Ween

Band’s sound changes again as it enters middle age

By Oakland L. Childers
Itīs hard to picture the two guys who wrote "Waving My Dick In The Wind" and "Spinal Meningitis" settling into suburban family life, but time has a way of imposing its will on everyone, even Gene and Dean Ween.
Thursday, October 21,2010

Animal instinct

As if putting all his family’s business out for public display weren’t depraved enough, author David Sedaris has now pointed his pen at the seemingly harmless world of furry little animals

By Oakland L. Childers
The author, known widely for his autobiographical and sometimes embarrassing accounts of his family life growing up in rural North Carolina and his subsequent years spent trying to make it as.
Thursday, October 21,2010

Boulder's real weed problem

City finally making progress in battle against invasive plants

By Oakland L. Childers
The talk around Boulder for the past few years, among young and old, from every socioeconomic background, hippies to businessmen, has been largely about one thing: weed. Since medical dispensaries became a reality, the general public has learned a lot about weed and its myriad subgroups: Island Lady, Chronic Supernova, Red Hair, Durban Poison.
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Thursday, October 14,2010

In with the old

The Walkmen make no bones about their influences

By Oakland L. Childers
It's no surprise. The Walkmen sound like they just pulled up in a Volkswagen van covered in peace graffiti to jump on stage with tube amps and now-vintage guitars and wow an acid-drenched crowd of muddy Woodstock goers.
Thursday, September 23,2010

Man on a mission

By Oakland L. Childers
TOWARDS THE END of 2009, Tom Weis was a man growing weary, watching the pre-Obama promises of a cleaner, more sustainable future slip away, bit by bit. As the enthusiasm brought on by the idea of a quick U-turn in energy policy was replaced by ever-deepening despair over the realization that even the most minimal environmental changes could be decades away, Weis life...
Thursday, September 16,2010

Survival stinks

Even the lucky ones still face the prospect of smoke damage

By Oakland L. Childers
Families all around them have run through their mental lists of all they lost in the Fourmile Canyon fire: the family photos, the irretrievable data on melted computers, the teddy bear that lulled a child to sleep every night, the house where so many of those family memories were made, and so much more.
Thursday, September 9,2010

How the other half lives

How the other half lives The Venture Bros. is back after an abrupt, unannounced hiatus

By Oakland L. Childers
Of late the Monarch is becoming more and more obsessed with Dr. Venture, while simultaneously abandoning his duties as leader of a swarm of henchmen. Dr.
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Thursday, September 2,2010

Rebuilding Coliseum

Kentucky band back to basics with new drummer

By Oakland L. Childers
This lineup of the band feels like it should be the one forever. But who fucking knows? Things havent always been so harmonious within Coliseum, which formed in 2003 with Patterson, bass player Mike Pascal and drummer Chris Maggio. After recording and touring on the bands last record, No Salvation,.
Thursday, September 2,2010

Amendments 60, 61 and 101 would be disastrous

By Oakland L. Childers
Its an interesting stance to take, given the cult-like secrecy that surrounds her side of the debate. An Aug. 30 story in The Denver Post says Menten became enraged by the proposed language describing the three measures to be used in the Blue Book because it offered an example of what would happen to the states budget if all three were passed.
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