Artopia 2015 Presale Starts This Morning!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 21, when Artopia 2015 will fill City Hall with art, culture and fashion. Our presale for the event starts this morning, and you'll find some new twists added to Westword's annual arts extravaganza....

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Noah Van Sciver

#42: Noah Van Sciver

If you read Westword, you're familiar with Noah Van Sciver -- since 2008, when he started inking the 4 Questions feature in Backbeat, the hard-working cartoonist has been making observations about modern society and its many characters in these pages and online at But Van Sciver has a professional life beyond the fourth estate -- pumping out comic creations, spreads, sketches and graphic novels like a bat out of comic-book hell, including The Hypo, his acclaimed 2012 Fantagraphics imprint about the darker side of Abraham Lincoln. We asked the rising star what keeps him going in this difficult field; learn more about the artist from his 100CC questionnaire.

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Photos: Art and Fashion at ArtDenver

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival decided to bring the summer event's tried-and-true formula indoors this past weekend for the inaugural ArtDenver at the Colorado Convention Center. For extra glitz, fashion took center-stage at the first night of ArtDenver, which mixed runway shows and designer vendors with artist booths. Photographer Brandon brought back these images from the fest.

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Photos: Crash 45 Party Fans the Flames for the Telluride Fire Festival

The spirit of Burning Man and Apogaea will rise in the Rockies when the Telluride Fire Festival debuts in that town in January. On Friday night, Denver burners and other pyromaniacs got a taste of things to come at Crash 45, where the crowds, some in fire-inspired costumes, beat the cold with fire-spinning demonstrations and more. Photographer Brandon Marshall was there to catch the action for Westword; keep reading for some of the evening's hottest faces and flames.

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The Mayday Experiment: Maiden Voyage

The tiny house has made its maiden voyage. Invited to collaborate on a project at the Wittemyer Ranch overlooking Boulder by curators Petra Sertic and Alvin Gregorio , Philip Spangler and I decided that, though it was not necessarily an artistic collaboration in the truest sense, using the tiny house as a site to play with seemed a logical approach.

For the past three years, Petra and Alvin have curated Launch Pad, a site-specific project that asks artists to create works of art in unusual locations. John and Jenn Wittemyer, collectors and art supporters, have generously allowed the use of their land for this purpose, which last year culminated in a mile-long hike among dozens of artists' installations, ending in a community potluck with music and friends. Having visited the Wittemyer Ranch for Launch Pad 2 (one of the best art events I've ever seen in Colorado), I was excited to be included, and especially to have the chance to work with Philip on something besides the house. The curators had chosen the theme of "Secrets and Herbs," so Philip and I began having conversations about secrets and how to incorporate the tiny house into a collaboration that would reflect both of our respective interests.

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Ten Missing Library Books That Should Have Taught Their Borrowers Better

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Denver Public Library is forgiving fees for those with sticky fingers.
Hundreds of people have taken books from the Denver Public Library and never returned them, racking up so many fees that showing their face at the library is embarrassing -- and pointless, since $5 in fines means you can't borrow additional books. But even if all is not forgiven, the DPL is willing to meet its prodigal sons halfway in November, with a fee-forgiveness program that will halve accumulated fines if they pay a portion this month.

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Britta Erickson

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Britta Erickson is all smiles at a Starz Denver Film Festival red carpet event.
#43: Britta Erickson

Britta Erickson, a Denver native who's the director of the Starz Denver Film Festival, not only builds the fest from the ground up behind the scenes but also serves as its public face. Popular Denver Film Society side projects such as Film on the Rocks and the Stanley Film Festival also bloom under her watch; in her spare time -- if you can believe she has any -- she's also a film producer who often works with local talent like documentarian Daniel Junge. That's a lot for one woman to carry on her shoulders every year, but Erickson does it with charm and business aplomb, and clearly loves every minute of her work. Learn more via her 100 Colorado Creatives questionnaire, which follows.

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Photos: The Art District on Santa Fe Celebrates Denver Arts Week on First Friday

The crowds came out to Santa Fe Drive and other Denver arts districts on the first Friday of November, just as they do on every first Friday of the year. But because it was also the kickoff for Denver Arts Week, there may have been a few people experiencing it all for the first time -- and vowing to return. Photographer Danielle Lirette brought back these images and more from Denver's most popular art crawl.

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The Denver Botanic Gardens Lands a Dale Chihuly Sculpture for its Permanent Collection

A rendering of what the sculpture will look like once it is installed.

To call Chihuly, which closes November 30 after several months at the Denver Botanic Gardens, a success, would be something of an understatement. Made up of Dale Chihuly's monumental glass sculptures nestled into the picturesque landscaping of the grounds, the show has nearly doubled last year's attendance numbers at the DBG, with well over a million people having visited so far in 2014.

And now, the cherry on top for Chihuly-mania: a monumental sculpture call "Icicle Tower -- 'Colorado'" will be gifted to the DBG next month and become part of the permanent collection. This piece is not part of the current show and is not yet installed at the Gardens, but is being specially made for the site and will be erected in December.

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Sexpot Comedy Launches Website That Takes Local Funny Business Seriously

Sexpot owners Andy Juett (left) and Kayvan Khalatbari.
It just got easier to laugh in Denver. Kayvan Khalatbari, local ganjaprenuer, owner of three Sexy Pizza spots and godfather of the Sexpot series of comedy shows, just launched a new website that ties together many of the various strands that make up Denver's burgeoning comedy scene. The site,, is a hub of information that includes a calendar of area comedy shows and an audio archive of past shows, as well as podcasts and videos, mostly produced by Denver comedians.

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