A Lively Mix of Sculptures, Paintings and Photos Fill Spark Gallery

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"Bags Grove," buy Andy Libertone.

Though the main gallery at Spark is usually cut into two spaces when there are two solos on display, Andy Libertone: Seldom Seen has been installed together with Katharine McGuinness: New.

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ARC Calendar Project Strikes a Few Iconic Poses

Cassandra Zink Photography
The return of Lady Day, courtesy of LaFonda.
If, as Fred Allen once suggested, a celebrity is someone who works hard at not being recognized, then the folks featured in the soon-to-be-released 2015 calendar put together by The Arc Pikes Peak Region are true superstars. The models -- all people with developmental disabilities and Arc clients -- have managed to recreate some of the most recognizable celebrity images of the twentieth century with such uncanny verisimilitude, masking their own identities in the fame of their subjects, that it's easy to get confused over which image is the original, which the impersonation.

Last year the Pikes Peak office did a feel-good calendar that depicted clients celebrating the seasons in Colorado. This year advocacy specialist Craig Severa wanted to take a different approach: drawing on volunteer talent and props and wardrobe borrowed from ARC thrift stores to restage some of the most iconic photos and posters of modern times.

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Thomas Weeks Strikes a Balance Between Humor and Depth With Pop-Culture Oils

Thomas Weeks Fine Art
From the "Burger King" series.
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.

Thomas Weeks's original plan after graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver was to go into graphic design. But the best-laid schemes often go awry. "The market was really saturated at the time," Weeks recalls. Since painting had always been his passion, at the urging of his wife he took a day job with the U.S. Postal Service so that he would have the freedom to create art on his own terms.

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Three Things to Do for Free in Denver, October 20-23

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Don't let Halloween sneak up on you before catching one of the most influential horror movies of all time. And talk about scary -- you can also read aloud from your teenage diary, or try to swallow a hot dog while laughing at Wisconsin comics. For a complete list of all things frightening, funny and fun this week, visit the Westword calendar. And if we missed a great free event, let us know in the comments section below.

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Everything at the Bro Show: MMA Fights, Beer Pong, Classic Cars and Man Cave Accessories

Men gathered for a manly good time this weekend, when the inaugural Bro Show strode confidently into the Denver Mart, bringing with it a melange of beer kits, big-screen TVs, guns, MMA tournaments, gigantic trucks and more. Ken Hamblin snapped these images of the action; keep reading for a taste of the Bro Show.

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Kelly Sears Uses Found Footage to Capture Current Crises: See Them Tonight

Kelly Sears, Voice on the Line
Kelly Sears will be showing a program of short films at First Person Cinema.
Scouring flea markets, thrift stores and film archives, filmmaker Kelly Sears rescues bits and pieces of forgotten movies and reanimates old footage to explore new ideas. But unlike many found-footage filmmakers whose works are an exercise in nostalgia, Sears reinvents histories to reflect on the current crises facing our society. For example, in her film Voice on the Line, she imagines a secret government program that persuaded '50s era telephone operators to keep callers on the line, slowly getting them to reveal their dirtiest secrets. The film uses this story to reflect on surveillance culture and social media exhibitionism.

Whether she's dealing with the Patriot Act, Manifest Destiny or the menacing drama of high school life, Sears creates captivating narratives while exploring the limits of experimental animation techniques and collage -- using both story and frame-by-frame manipulation. In advance of her presentation at First Person Cinema tonight, we spoke with Sears about her work.

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Opening Weekend at A-Basin: Sunshine, Beer and Just Enough Snow

Happy skiers and snowboarders flocked to Arapahoe Basin over the weekend for the official kickoff to the 2014-'15 Colorado ski season, amid sunny conditions and a party atmosphere. While balmy weather is keeping the snow guns at bay elsewhere, it's only a matter of time before Loveland, Winter Park and eventually all the other ski resorts follow suit. Photographer Brandon Marshall hit A-Basin to record all fun in the sun; read on for a preview of our slide show.

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Truth Be Told Story Slam Hits Boulder Sunday

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Truth Be Told hosts Johanna Walker and Nina Rolle entertain the audience.
In today's world, the art of storytelling has been diminished by quick texts and 140-character tweets. So Nina Rolle and Johanna Walker are crusading to keep storytelling alive with the Truth Be Told story slam. "I think that people really crave stories," Walker says. "They help us build community and find our place in the world. Someone else's story can help us make sense of what it is to be human. People are really longing to connect with other people, especially in this day of hyper information."

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Update: Online Voting Now Open in "I Heart My RTD" Student Art Contest

One of the students' designs. To see them all (and vote!) visit the RTD art contest website.
Update: Online voting has begun in the "I Heart My RTD" student art contest. The website features sixteen designs created by middle school students in the Aurora and Cherry Creek school districts and asks users to vote for their favorite. Two designs will ultimately be chosen to be adapted for display on either side of a forty-foot bus.

Voting will be open until October 24. The winners will be announced October 31.

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The Moth StorySLAM Lands in Denver Tonight

Christian Weber, courtesy of Jennifer Hixson
The Moth StorySLAM is a community story-telling event.
The inaugural Denver Moth StorySLAM, presented by The Moth Radio Hour, will land at Swallow Hill tonight. These events, which are set up like poetry slams -- except with true stories that last no more than five minutes -- have already been hits in major cities like New York City, Chicago, LA and London. Now Colorado is getting one because this fall, the popular podcast The Moth Radio Hour got a permanent spot on KUNC out of Greeley. "We decided a while back to only start new StorySLAMs in cities where the public radio station plays The Moth Radio Hour," explains Jenifer Hixson, StorySLAM manager for the Moth. "Hearing the stories on The Moth Radio Hour gives people an idea of what we're after, the kind of storytelling we want: true and personal."

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