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Westword is a free alternative weekly newspaper based in Denver, Colorado. Westword was established independently in 1977. In 1983 it was bought by New Times Media. In 2005, New Times acquired Village Voice Media, and changed its name to Village Voice Media. Westword is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and has received several awards for its investigative reporting. Westword has several regular features focusing on local events including arts, entertainment and politics. Regular arts and music criticism includes music criticism by Dave Herrera. Westword also publishes the syndicated columns of Dan Savage and the cartoons of Tom Tomorrow. The newspaper's web site, westword. com, offers comprehensive listings of music, arts, and other events, along with restaurant and bar listings. Westword. com also has four blogs: Backbeat, a music blog; Cafe Society, about the Denver food scene; the Latest Word, a news and general-interest blog; and Show and Tell, an arts and culture blog. It also features regular nightlife and other event coverage on its slideshow page, westword. com/slideshow. Starting with the May 21, 2009 issue, Westword is now printed in a smaller magazine style with a glossy cover. Prior to this, the weekly had always been printed in a tabloid newspaper format.

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