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.

See also: Starz Denver Film Festival 2014: The Real Pleasures of The Imitation Game and More

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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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Ten Essential Science-Fiction/Fantasy Books by Colorado Authors

Categories: Books

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Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the multiple-award-winning The Windup Girl.
From such veterans as Connie Willis and Ed Bryant to newcomers Molly Tanzer and Rob Ziegler to Carrie Vaughn and Warren Hammond, the focus of Westword's current cover story, Colorado's science-fiction/fantasy writers are as wide-ranging as the genres themselves. The books that this state's authors have produced over the decades encompass hard SF -- that is, spaceships, aliens and technology -- as well as Gothic fantasy, and terrifying speculations about the future alongside inventive visions of the here and now. Like all good science fiction and fantasy, though, these ten essential books by Colorado SF/F authors use big ideas to capture and examine what it means to be human -- and, in some cases, non-human.

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Will Warren Hammond and Carrie Vaughn Go Where No Local Sci-Fi Authors Have Gone Before?


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Michael Charron Connects Art Lovers With Colorado's Unseen Beauty Through His Backcounty Llama Trekts

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Michael Charron
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.

"For a guy my age, I have a lot of energy," says Michael Charron. "It sounds cool, but it's sort of an affliction." The contemporary realist expels some of that energy in the summer when, funded by various collectors, he disappears into the Colorado wilderness with a pack of llamas and a few hundred pounds of gear and paints seldom-seen landscapes. Charron calls his collections "Colorado Pictorial Essays," and displays them annually at the Gilmore Art Center, a casual, dual-use gallery space adjoined to Mile High Framing that functions as the Curtis Street Church on Sundays. This year's installment, showing through December 20, features 34 plein air paintings from the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, along with several larger oils, a self-portrait, new abstract rock paintings dubbed geoabstractions and a photo slideshow from Charron's most recent journey.

See also: Ashley Joon's Nature-Inspired Acrylics Will Make You Love Orchids and Antlers

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Joel Haertling on the Myth of Stan Brakhage and the Faust Films

Categories: Film and TV

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Courtesy of Joel Haertling
Joel Haertling stars in Stan Brakhage's Faust's Other: An Idyll.
Avant-garde film legend Stan Brakhage has been both mythologized and demonized. But few deny he was an unstoppable cinematic force, and his best-known works -- Window Water Baby Moving, Mothlight, The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes and Dog Star Man -- are critical parts of the avant-garde film canon.

In the 1980s, musician Joel Haertling collaborated on six films with Brakhage. The filmmaker shot them and Haertling provided the soundtrack -- a rare honor, considering that most of Brakhage's films were entirely silent. In the Faust film series, Haertling also acts -- an experience that was both rewarding and embarrassing. And tonight Haertling will show all four of the Faust films in one program, something that has only occurred a handful of times. In advance of the event, Westword spoke with Haertling about his collaboration with the late filmmaker.

See also: Suranjan Ganguly on Experimental Filmmaker Stan Brakhage

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Three Things to Do for Free in Denver, November 24-27

Categories: 3 for free

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This is fall break for college kids -- and everyone who still wishes they were college. Thursday is reserved for relatives, but the rest of the week is a weeklong party. Everything from goth dancing to psych rock concerts and sexual karaoke are all free, so you can save your money to buy those pies you're supposed to bring to Thanksgiving. Don't forget that the online Westword calendar has a complete listing of events around town to entertain those houseguests, and if you know of any bargains we missed, share the info in the comments section below.

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Tonight: Two Colorado Mysteries Converge at Tattered Cover

Categories: Books

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Gary Reilly.
Two local authors will be celebrating their just-published novels at the LoDo Tattered Cover tonight -- one in the flesh, one in spirit. And since the authors have an intertwined history and the novels involve the latest exploits of series characters, it's important to keep things straight.

Former Denver Post reporter Mark Stevens will be on hand to introduce Trapline, the third in his series of mysteries featuring intrepid hunting guide Allison Coil. But the gathering will also certainly include some reminiscences about Stevens's buddy Gary Reilly, an incredibly prolific novelist who never made much of an effort to publish any of his work before his death from cancer in 2011, at the age of 61.

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Vail, Aspen, Eldora Open This Weekend

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Colorado's two glitziest, most well-known ski resorts open for the season this weekend, along with a locals' favorite, joining a few others that have so far. Vail goes first, giving customers access out of both Vail Village and Lionshead at 9 a.m., as well as return routes to both base areas. (Skiers and snowboarders are asked to observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season.) Boulder County mountain, Eldora Resort, also cranks up the lifts today, while Aspen Mountain follows on Saturday by opening the Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express, along with the Sundeck and Ajax Tavern. The mountain is opening earlier than expected, thanks to a storm that dropped 21 inches of snow.

We profiled all of Colorado's ski-country destinations in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season. We'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open, but here are our looks at Eldora, Vail and at the four mountains around Aspen.

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