Kind Design's New Leggings Line Gives Red Rocks a Leg Up

Categories: Fashion

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Photo courtesy of Damon Redd
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Damon Redd started Kind Design back in 2008, but last year Mother Nature threatened to end his clothing line. "I never in a million years expected to wake up and find my business under five feet of water and mud in Boulder, Colorado. All of my family and friends rallied behind me to help clean up the mess. It was a truly humbling experience," says Redd. Now he's partnering with The Cotery to release a line of Colorado-themed leggings for ladies that both celebrate and help the environment that almost did in his business.

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You Don't Have to Consider Yourself an Activist to Send a Message in the Streets

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Your peace is deadly.
I've never considered myself an activist. I've never thought that I have done enough, voiced enough of my concerns or actively offered enough public support to those in need to be considered an activist. I am like many people I know -- I don't make much money, but I donate several times a year to various organizations representing marginalized communities. I vote, I read and gather news daily from various sources and I engage in debates with my friends. I write a lot about current issues of social injustice that people like me and people I know face. But I am not an activist.

Like many, I have had my eye on Ferguson since Michael Brown was shot to death. Yesterday, I found myself tethered to my computer for most of the day, waiting for the Grand Jury's decision on whether or not to indict Darren Wilson. When the decision finally became public, I was mad as hell. I tweeted furiously, sharing my thoughts and retweeting activists, reporters and other people on the ground's shared thoughts of anger, outrage and despair. But after two hours of this I thought, now what?

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The Mayday Experiment: A Tiny House Becomes a Home

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A door carries symbolic weight. It is the way we close out others, it is the signifier of home, it creates a suggestion of privacy and a feeling of safety. A door defines our place in the world. Yesterday was the day that, with the installation of the door, the tiny house started to become a tiny home.

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Playbill: Three Holiday Stage Classics for Everyone

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The Demented Divas in The Nutcracker, starting November 26 at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret.
What do you do with the family after Thanksgiving is over? You dress them up and take them to see A Christmas Carol, because some stories were just made for retelling, generation after generation. And if you don't have a family with spit-washed faces, you can throw a little whipped cream on top and see a Christmas show that's silly and glittery and features bearded drag queens. Continue reading for the details...

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Five Movies to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Categories: Film and TV

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Addams Family Values brings us the jaunty Thanksgiving tune "Eat Me."
Thanksgiving is a time not just for feasting, but family antics. Everyone has a story from the holiday, whether heartwarming or heartbreaking. This year, instead of focusing on the drama at the table, why not direct your attention to the silver screen? When you need a time-out from your family or need to veg out after you've stuffed yourself, these five movies are reason to be thankful.

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The Five People You'll Run Into When Home for the Holidays

Categories: Lists

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You're bound to see these five people home for the holidays
With the holidays approaching, these things are certain: Someone in the office will begin playing the Mariah Carey Christmas station on Pandora today, Black Friday deals will assault you via airwaves and billboards, and you will undeniably run into the following five people if you head home for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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Photos: Roll Goes Retro with a Roller Rave Skate Party

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Roller skating is even more fun when it glows in the dark. And that's what happened last Friday night at the Exdo Event Center, where the November edition of Roll! turned on the black lights while skaters spun around the rink in their best retro-rave wear. Photographer Ken Hamblin caught all the action in the following images.

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Starz Denver Film Festival 2014: Keep On Keepin' On Highlights Fest's Closing Week

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A scene from "Keep On Keepin' On." More photos below.
Our Starz Denver Film Festival opening days roundup noted that the above-average quality of the screenings I caught offered compensation for weak attendance at numerous high-profile events. I wasn't quite so lucky over the course of the fest's last week-plus, but Keep On Keepin' On, a documentary with deep Colorado ties, was the exception that proved the rule.

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Why African-American Art Could Be Another Victim of Bill Cosby

Categories: Art

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From the collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr. Photograph by Frank Stewart, © 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
"Blind Musician," by Jacob Lawrence.

By now everyone has heard that Bill Cosby -- the beloved Dr. Huxtable from the 1980s hit sitcom "The Cosby Show," and before that, tennis coach Alexander Scott on "I Spy," from the '60s -- has been publicly accused by at least ten women, including Lou Ferrigno's wife, of sexually abusing them, or of having attempted to sexually abuse them.

Although I'm an art writer rather a crime or celebrity reporter, the story resonated with me nonetheless. That's because it occurred to me that there is another victim, one that has been mostly lost in the media shuffle: African-American art.

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After Starting an eBay Art Revolution, Lisa Luree Moves Into the Gallery World

Categories: Art

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Happily Ever After, Lisa Luree.
It all began with Artist Trading Cards. Back in 2004, local painter Lisa Luree had already started selling her full-size paintings online when customers began asking if she made Artist Trading Cards, those two-and-a-half by three-and-a-half-inch pieces that artists generally traded. Luree asked her online art community if other artists would be interested in selling their ATCs on eBay -- but the initial response wasn't great.

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