Photos: Knitters Yarn Storm Civic Center Park at Taste of Iceland's Saturday Event

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Taste of Iceland brought yarn-storming fanatic Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir all the way from trendy Reykjavík to Denver, to help local knitters and other fiber-graffitists beautify the trees in Civic Center Park with knitted blocks and squares and toadstools, all on a lovely Saturday afternoon. Photographer Danielle Lirette snapped these images of the event and more.

See also: When in Reykjavík -- or Denver: Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir on the Art of Yarn Storming


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Mountain to Mountain Author Shannon Galpin on Bicycles and Violence Against Women

Categories: Activism, Books

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Shannon Galpin
Breckenridge resident, women's right activist and avid cyclist Shannon Galpin (whose adventures we featured in the July 2012 cover story, "Peak Performance") has quite the story to tell in her just-released autobiographical tale, Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan, which chronicles the launch of her nonprofit organization, Mountain2Mountain, and her strange path as an advocate for women bicyclists in Afghanistan. She'll sign Mountain to Mountain at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 6, at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, and on Wednesday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder. In advance of those appearances, we chatted with Galpin about how she wound up riding mountain bikes in Afghanistan and how her own experiences with violence as a woman help her connect with other women.

See also: Ten places to ride your bike this summer

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Three Book and Poetry Events for the Week of September 29-0ctober 5

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Pick up the new edition of Charlie Papazian's The Joy of Home Brewing this week at the Great American Beer Festival.
This week, you can mix your bedtime reading with explorations of beer-making and improving health through medical marijuana, or just enjoy an old-fashioned open-mic poetry reading at the Arvada Center. Keep reading for the details.

See also: A Sense of Multidiscipline: Albert Chong: The Photomosaics/Mark Amerika Book Release


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Kaitlin Ziesmer Creates Starstruck Paintings

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You can find art all over town -- not just on gallery walls. In this series, we'll be looking at some of the local artists who serve up their work in coffeehouses and other non-gallery businesses around town.

"I'm obviously inspired by film," says freelance artist Kaitlin Ziesmer, who paints famous movie and TV faces onto generic bodies, including her own. Ziesmer loves old-time nostalgia, and so do her fans -- so much so that they're constantly making suggestions about what they'd like to see next. Ziesmer's done most of her childhood favorites: Storm Troopers, Power Rangers, even the Gremlins, which scared the bejesus out of her when she was little. "I'm fascinated with combining things that don't go together," Ziesmer says. "I'm really fascinated by helmets, too. I'm not the biggest Star Wars fan, but I love how the stuff looks."

See also: A Colorado Coal Miner's Great-Granddaughter Paints the Town

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Three Things to Do for Free in Denver, September 29-October 2

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The chill is in the air. It's not too bad yet, but it's coming. So why not exercise both your brain and your civic duty -- while enjoying warm cookies and beer? That's just the start of the worthwhile activities in town this week -- many of them free, and three rating top-pick status. Check out our online Westword calendar for more listings, and if you know of other great free events, let us know about them in the comments section below.

See also: The Great American Beer Festival Week 2014 Calendar of Events

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Meet Ello, the Social Network Created Right Here in Colorado

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If you have been anywhere near the Internet in the past week, you've probably heard about Ello, a new social networking site that's still in the Beta stage. But it's picked up a lot of steam as Facebook users started jumping ship after Facebook announced its "real name" policy -- which drag performers and other members and allies of the GLTBQ community charge is dangerous and discriminatory.

Ello's Denver-based programming team is is spearheaded by Paul Budnitz -- the guy behind vinyl toy maker Kidrobot, which moved its headquarters to Boulder in 2010 -- along with Mode Set and fellow Colorado designers Berger & Föhr. We recently chatted with Mode Set's Justin Gitlin (also known around town as music and multimedia artist Cacheflowe) to find out what, exactly, Ello is all about -- and how it's been affected by the recent Facebook move.

See also: CacheFlowe Releases Open-Source Robot Vocal Software to Welcome Our Digital Overlords

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Gallery Sketches: Four Shows and Art Events in Denver for September 26-28

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Peter Illig, "Crisis of Painting," oil/unstretched canvas.
This weekend, visit with an artist-in-residence as he paints, check out what's new at the Denver Art Museum, begin a three-show odyssey with a top-notch Colorado sculptor or just have some fun with a local working collective. Keep reading for the details.

See also: Taste of Iceland: Yarn Storming


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NOW! Is the Theme for July Biennial -- But Artists Can Apply for Grants Now!

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Denver Night at the 2013 Biennial of the Americas.
The Biennial of the Americas returns to Denver on July 14, 2015 -- months away, but still NOW! That's the theme for this third Biennial, which will feature festivals, exhibitions, events and dialogue over three themed days -- Generation NOW, Business NOW, and Community NOW -- culminating with Americas NOW!, a free festival in City Park on July 17. Additional activities will run until September 7, 2015.

See also: Best Reason for the Biennial of the Americas to Return -- Denver Night

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When in Reykjavík -- or Denver: Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir on the Art of Yarn Storming

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Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir decorating a pole with yarn.
Yarnbombing or yarn storming, as it's called in places like the UK and Iceland, is an international revolution; here in Denver, the Ladies Fancywork Society's work has brightened random street corners and local art museums alike. Now, Icelandic yarn stormer Linda Björk Eiríksdóttir, aka BarbaKnit, has come from Reykjavík to lead local participants in a yarn-storming action in Civic Center Park Saturday as part of the Taste of Iceland, a touring event bringing the frigid island's food, drink, music and culture to American cities.

In advance of the event, we asked Eiríksdóttir to explain why she just can't stop decorating things with yarn. Keep reading for the full Q & A.

See also: Gemma Bayly Brings Her Optimystic Arts to a New Community Collaborative Mural In Denver

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Crazy Horse's Girlfriend Author Erika T. Wurth on Growing Up in Idaho Springs

Categories: Books

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Erika T. Wurth, now a creative writing professor at the Western Illinois University, went to school in Idaho Springs. She already has one book of poetry under her belt and now a novel, Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, set in the mountain town. She'll be back in Colorado on Monday, September 29 for a reading/signing at the Tattered Cover at 2526 East Colfax Avenue. In advance of that appearance, we chatted with Wurth about how her experience in Idaho Springs shaped the novel and her thoughts on penning what could be the first Native American literature set in Denver.

See also: Author Cheryl Strayed Is Ready to Get Wild in Denver

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