Photos: The Wonders of the Wonder View Tower on Sale This Weekend

Categories: Photos

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All photos courtesy of Terry Russell
At 10 a.m. today, Bruhns Auction Gallery began selling off the contents of the Wonder View Tower, the amazing roadside attraction that C.W. Gregory built on the plains a hundred miles from Denver back in 1926, and that subsequent owner Jerry Chubbock turned into an amazing museum stuffed with...stuff.

Chubbuck passed away last year, and now the family is selling all that stuff -- and, perhaps, the tower itself. Keep reading for a look at the building and its contents.

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A Desire to Be Creative Brought Elizoebeth Jensen -- and Her Jewelry -- to Denver

Categories: Design

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Elizoebeth Jensen's first move to a creative life was leaving California for Colorado in 2005. Seven years later, she gave up her California consulting job and became a full-time designer and mother. Jensen is now the creative mind and designer responsible for beautiful, delicate pieces of jewelry. She recently took a few minutes to talk about what inspires her designs for Elizoebeth Jensen Jewelry.

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Gallery Sketches: Six Shows and Art Events in Denver for September 19-21

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Choose from 99 pieces of small art at Access Gallery's annual one-night art sale fundraiser.
You'll find a wide spectrum of new art big and very small this weekend, on gallery walls and as moving pictures on downtown streets. Here's a sampling of what you can see...

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Anthony Buchanan's Found Footage Frenzy Is Beyond Belief

Categories: Film and TV

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Anthony Buchanan will be launching his microcinema series Cinema Contra with Beyond Belief, a program of archival films.
Almost every city has some sort of microcinema -- a small-scale, do-it-yourself movie screening series showcasing experimental, oddball, archival and underground films and videos. But Denver needs more of them, says Anthony Buchanan, so he's launching Cinema Contra, his own wandering microcinema that will be doing monthly screenings in different venues across town.

To introduce the series, Buchanan has curated Beyond Belief, a program of quirky archival and found films including the 1975 UFO documentary Mysteries From Beyond Earth, an investigation into the Lock Ness Monster called The Monster and the religious films Armageddon and Gods of the New Age. We recently spoke with Buchanan about his series and the state of experimental film in Colorado and beyond.

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Six Things You Should Know About Cosplay

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Cosplayers dressed as characters from the anime Beyond the Boundary at Nan Desu Kan 2014.
Denver is a great place to be a cosplayer. Nearly a dozen geeky conventions come through the Mile High City every year, from last weekend's Nan Desu Kan to the brony-themed Running of the Leaves, so fans have plenty of chances to dress up as their favorite characters. Even the Denver County Fair got in on the action this year, hosting its own cosplay contest..

But while many Denverites have seen cosplayers in action, few have actually tried it themselves. To give them a crash course in the activity, we spoke to Kaai Santerelli, a professional cosplayer based in Denver. Kaai, who goes by his first name in the community, makes his living modeling, designing and creating costumes; at Nan Desu Kan, he hosted a panel titled "Surviving the Norms" on cosplay safety and etiquette. Here's what he had to say.

See also: The Excellent Cosplayers of Nan Desu Kan 2014

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10 Things to Do for $10 in Denver This Weekend ( Free!), September 19-21

Categories: 10 for $10

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They say summer's done, but that doesn't mean the parties are over. There's something for everyone -- and every dog -- this weekend, whether it's drinking Scotch, wine, margs or beer at a couple of festivals, listening to live music or hanging with pugs. It's all pretty cheap and many events repeat through the weekend, so have fun at everything.

We'd love to know about events we missed in the comments section and surf the Westword calendar for a complete listing of happenings around town.

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Finally, a Movie With Liam Neeson That's as Good as Liam Neeson

Categories: Film and TV

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Photo by Atsushi Nishijima - © 2014 - Universal Pictures
Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones.
Special guest Inkoo Kang, film critic at TheWrap and news editor at Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog, joins Alan Scherstuhl of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of the LAWeekly to discuss a variety of topics on this very big podcast, including: The Maze Runner, what it's like interviewing director Steve McQueen, Amy's highlights from the Toronto Film Festival, Kevin Smith's Tusk, and Matthew Crawley, err, Dan Stevens's role in two movies out now -- A Walk Among the Tombstones and The Guest. Alan makes an anti-recommendation for Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? and Inkoo heartily endorses season 2 of Masters of Sex on Showtime.

Phew! Listen to it all below, and don't forget to...



Denver Cartoonist Spills Colfax Avenue's Secrets in 30 Miles of Crazy!

Categories: Colfax, Comix

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Karl Christian Krumpholz is a historian of the most seamy, lurid thoroughfare in Denver: Colfax Avenue. His medium is his webcomic, 30 Miles of Crazy! where he trawls the street for stories of drunkenness, depravity, and insanity. Now he's rolled the archives of the comic into one handy paperback: the 30 Miles of Crazy! Collection: True-ish Tales of Derelicts, Bars, & Denizens of Other Low Places.

The release of the book will be celebrated with a release party at Mutiny Information Cafe on September 20 at 6 p.m., where fellow cartoonists and authors will read his stories and share their love of "The Longest, Wickedest Street in America."

We tracked Krumpholz down at one of his favorite watering holes, Tooey's Off Colfax, to tell us his own story: he dishes on the Denver comics scene, the death of Colfax's dive bars, and how he stacks up against his caricature of himself.

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Seven Ways to Celebrate the Fall Equinox

Categories: Events

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It might still feel like summer with temperatures in the '80s, but it's hard to ignore those crunchy amber Aspen leaves accumulating beneath our feet, or the plump Gala apples brightening up waning famers' market stands. As the sounds, tastes and colors of fall gradually hit Denver, it is time to revel in the annual harvest our town has produced. And what better way to rejoice than with a festival honoring the fall equinox, the time when day and night are nearly equal in duration and summer is officially over, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac, and sometimes called the Pagan Thanksgiving in magical communities. Shift into the new season with one of these Autumnal Equinox events.

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Author Cheryl Strayed Is Ready to Get Wild in Denver Friday

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Reese Witherspoon stars as Cheryl Strayed in Wild.
In 1995, after the death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed looked for comfort by dabbling in sex and heroin. When that only made her problems worse, Strayed embarked on an ambitious journey to hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail. In 2012 Strayed turned her trek into a memoir: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. This Friday, September 19, Strayed will be at the Paramount Theatre to talk about her book and the upcoming film version starring Reese Witherspoon.

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