Gallery Sketches: Four Shows in Denver for the Weekend of October 24-26

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Scott Fraser, "No Strings Attached," Gallery 1261.

Colors may have faded in the mountains, but the local art scene is full of stunning visuals, including the otherworldly imagery of Paul Gillis at Rule, a group show exploring the cutting edge of realism at 1261, and fresh offerings from the local co-op Core and the artist-run Valkarie Gallery.

See also: Charles and Collin Parson: Continuance

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Tariana Navas-Nieves

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Tariana Navas-Nieves with artist Xi Zhang.
#49: Tariana Navas-Nieves

As Director of Cultural Affairs for Denver Arts & Venues, Tariana Navas-Nieves puts her background as a museum curator to work in a million different ways. As she notes in detail below, Navas-Nieves oversees every aspect of the city's cultural face, from its highly visible public art program to the details of how public funding is parsed among arts groups of every discipline. And every event you might attend at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park bears her seal of approval. To her credit, she wields her power while balancing an artful vision and her sense of duty to the city and its constituents. And in her spare time, she's both a mom and a cosmopolitan fashionista. Learn more from her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Ginger White Brunetti

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The Doctor Is In: Dr. Sketchy's Makes a Triumphant Return

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Vanessa Heart, who'll model for the upcoming Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School session.
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-­Art School -- a life-­drawing class combined with a cabaret show -- is back. Burlesque artist Vivienne VaVoom (aka Michelle Baldwin) launched Dr. Sketchy's five years ago, but she put it on unintentional hiatus a few years ago. "I decided it was time to take a break because of all the other crazy stuff I do," she says. "So I talked to other folks who were interested in taking it over and handed over the reins -- but they discovered that they also had very busy lives. So it was a series of people picking it up, getting super-­excited about it, and then realizing they didn't have time to do it."

See also: Naughty & nice: Shotza Ouzo & Chalita Bang-Bang at Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

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The Mayday Experiment: A Tiny House Inspires Big Conversations

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I love how this house, not yet a house but a structure, activates the neighborhood.

I have lived in Five Points for many, many years, and had my studio in its current location, a former chop-shop, for seven of them. In that time I've witnessed drive-bys, escapees from the juvie facility across the road and, most terrifying of all, rapidly encroaching gentrification. When I went away to grad school I sublet my studio for two years, with all of my belongings crammed into a closet; when I returned, my beloved neighbors, the grandmothers and gang-bangers, had given way to yoga-pants-wearing white ladies pushing baby carriages and hipsters walking very fancy dogs. I knew the writing was on the wall.

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The Mayday Experiment: Tiny House, Big Plan


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

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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.

See also: RTD Art: Emanuel Martinez at the Tenth and Osage Station

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The Moth StorySLAM Lands in Denver Tonight

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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."

See also: Denver's Minor Disturbance Youth Slam Poetry Team Takes the Nation Again at Brave New Voices

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Gallery Sketches: Three Shows in Denver and Boulder for the Weekend of October 17-19

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See video work by Ryan McFarlin and others at Dateline Saturday.
This weekend, you can survey the art of mourning and found objects, revel in grand strokes of pure color or see what's gone under the radar in the local videography community. For more options, check out Westword's gallery listings; read on for sketches of a few of our favorites.

See also: Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970-2014, RedLine


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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Kristin Rand

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#51: Kristin Rand

Kristin Rand is one of Denver's funniest people. You can catch her in the act at comedy nights and clubs all over town, because she's also a hardworking gal. Your best bets include Moxie!, her monthly sketch revue with fellow comic Mara Wiles at Syntax Physic Opera, and the Greater Than Social Club music and comedy showcase, which she hosts once a month at Lannie's. What makes the funny lady tick? We asked her to tell all in her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

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Three Book Events in Denver and Boulder for the Week of October 13-19

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Artist Judy Chicago appears at the Tattered Cover Colfax on Saturday.
Paint the town read! A couple of bestselling authors will discuss hot-button issues and their work in Denver this week, and a controversial figure will be here to set the table for a celebration of the 75th year of her iconoclastic life. Read on for all the lit-pick details.

See also: Matthew Inman, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances


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Gallery Sketches: Three Shows in Denver for the Weekend of October 10-12

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Leah Hardy, "Effort in Understanding," cast bronze, fabricated copper and brass, patina, prismacolor, 2014.
Visit worlds both fantastical and familiar this weekend at gallery shows that plumb the miniature and the infinite and everything in between. And you don't even need to leave Denver for this visual vacation! Read on for all the details.

See also: Got Oil? Lauri Lynnxe Murphy: Lament at Leon Gallery


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