Marijuana: Puff, Pass and Paint offers a 420-friendly art experience

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Photo by Leslie Simon
Like most artists, Denver painter Heidi Keyes, seen here, was looking to expand her artistic endeavors.

Then, a friend told her to create a Colorado-style version of the popular Sip and Paint/Canvas and Cocktails events already happening: "Why not some kind of 420-friendly painting class?"

And with that, Puff, Pass and Paint was born, gaining steam and clients faster than Keyes could ever have imagined.

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Sheridan Boulevard is on the frontline of graffiti -- and two city systems for handling it

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All photos by Nate Hemmert
There's street art and then there's graffiti. One can be beautiful, creative and inspiring; the other can be destructive, ugly and a huge nuisance. But the dividing line is difficult to determine. For proof of that, just head to the front of the graffiti war: Sheridan Boulevard, where you can see how two different cities are fighting this problem. Sheridan borders with both cities from Colfax south to Yale. And if you take a drive along this strip, you'll quickly recognize that graffiti and tagging are an issue here. Look a little closer, though, and you'll notice that the east side of the street is more marked up.


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Photos: More of Denver's best street art as chosen by a graffiti-scene veteran

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Earlier this month, we featured twenty images from a video entitled "Denver's Best Street Art" and asked if they deserved the title. A twenty-year veteran of the local street-art scene answered no and provided images that he feels better represent the area's best writers -- so many, in fact, that we broke the collection into two sections.

Today, we present the sequel -- and the art is just as astonishing as in part one.

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Photos: Denver's best street art as chosen by a graffiti-scene veteran, part one

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Earlier this month, we shared twenty images from a video entitled "Denver's Best Street Art" and asked the question, "Do the images deserve this title?" Shortly thereafter, we were contacted by a twenty-year veteran of the Denver street art scene who answered "no" -- and then came up with images that he feels offer a better representation of "some of the best writers in Denver."

He's absolutely right about that, as you'll see in part one of his top twenty picks below.

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"Denver's Best Graffiti Street Art:" The top twenty

Categories: Art, Photos, Videos

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It's been a year since we gathered the twenty most memorable Denver graffiti and street art photos on Istagram. And a lot of paint has been used since then, as is clear from an eye-popping video boldly entitled "Denver's Best Graffiti Street Art."

Do the images deserve this title? We grabbed twenty from the clip to help you decide for yourself.

Check out the complete collection below, followed by the video in its entirety.

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"Comic Books and Graphic Novels:" Preview William Kuskin's massive open online course

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This week's cover story, "Professor X," profiles CU-Boulder English Professor William Kuskin and his online course, "Comic Books and Graphic Novels," which at last count had roughly 35,000 students. The class is part of CU's foray into massive open online courses, or MOOCs, a new form of online teaching some say could transform higher education and save struggling humanities departments like English. So what's Kuskin's class actually like? Here are some videos and images from the course.

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Christo's "Over The River" legal wrangle far from over

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Contrary to what you read in the papers, the legal battle over the artist Christo's controversial "Over the River" project -- which involves suspending translucent, silvery fabric panels at intervals along a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River -- isn't about to go away any time soon. In fact, the group of local tourism, business and environmental interests fighting the installation has a raft of protests that seem to get more intriguing as the lawsuit evolves, including a concern that the massive construction effort involved in the project poses a kind of fire hazard.

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Photos: Would you pay $50,000 for a night in floating pop-up hotel room?

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Earlier this month, the folks over at our Show and Tell blog told you about "The Hotel Rehearsal," a "floating" hotel room at the Curtis Hotel, available for rent at the bargain price of $50,000.

The deal is getting national publicity thanks to a new Time magazine feature. But strangely enough, no one has paid the price -- yet.

Get details about the highly unusual deal and see a slew of photos below.

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Biennial of the Americas: The city suits up for Denver Night tomorrow

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Photo by Philip Poston
The world -- or at least the Western Hemisphere -- has come to Denver for the Biennial of the Americas. And tomorrow, July 19, the city gets its big chance to show off at Denver Night, night, when artist Nick Cave will transform Civic Center Park. Cave has an exhibition up at the Denver Art Museum, where his Soundsuits were such a hit last month; those Soundsuits will cross over to the park for a performance at 8 p.m. tomorrow. And at the History Colorado Center today, we got a sneak peak of the Soundsuits -- as well as some sound bytes from Governor John Hickenlooper, who pushed for the first Biennial in 2010.


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A.J. Boik: Local artist launches Kickstarter to make custom portrait for victim's family

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Chris Bates's reaction to the Aurora theater shooting last summer was one shared by countless other Coloradans. "I felt this really strong urge that I had to do something," says the Fort Collins artist.

But Bates was initially at a loss as to what. After listening to a talk about "art's ability to heal the world," he says the idea came to him: He'd contact the families of the deceased victims and offer to make them a custom drawing of their loved one. The girlfriend of eighteen-year-old A.J. Boik was immediately interested.

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