Discover ten stars of Westword's Artopia 2013
Stand-up comedy from Kevin O'Brien
Denver's comedy scene has been brewing for quite some time, and key players like Kevin O'Brien are helping it gain national exposure. Along with co-host Taylor Gonda, O'Brien talks music, pop culture and comedy and everything between on the duo's original podcast, These Things Matter.
Visual artist Valerie Savarie
A key player in the co-op art scene, Valerie Savarie works with other creative minds in the community to keep the Navajo Art District front and center. A member of Zip 37 Gallery, Savarie's work is a combination of beautifully mutilated hardcover books and imaginative character sketches with telling facial expressions. Read more about Savarie in our 100 Colorado Creatives series.
Live songscapes created by Wasabi Drench
Headed up by multi-instrumentalist Colin Ward, Wasabi Drench is an extension of the local musician's work he does as Alphabets: searing, chattery synthetic compositions that mutate on the spot.
Live performance from Mane Rok and DJ Tense, a.k.a. Stay Tuned
Making a first-ever appearance as the newly renamed hip-hop duo Stay Tuned, Mane Rok and DJ Tense bring some necessary street style to Artopia. For the two Denver music scene staples, this latest moniker change-up isn't the only thing that's fresh: Soulful and witty, Rok is ferocious on the mike while Tense is impeccable on the beats.
Sculptor Jeff Erwine
Coming from a master at utilizing reclaimed, rescued and recycled materials, Jeff Erwine's work is a sturdy feat of creativity and craftsmanship. The metal-worker designs beautiful outdoor sculptures, home furniture and signage for stores and galleries across the city. Read more on Erwine in our 100 Colorado Creatives series.
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