Hickenlooper Hypes Local Artists at Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Inauguration

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Photo by Jonathan Shoup
John Hickenlooper
Governor John Hickenlooper is a big fan of both beer and music; tonight he'll be at the Paramount Theatre to speak at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame's latest induction ceremony, where the organization will be honoring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco, Firefall and Manassas.

The very first inductee in the Hall of Fame was the late John Denver, who would have turned seventy on New Year's Eve. And Hickenlooper displayed his own hankering for country roads on New Year's Day, when he was at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville: His appearance backstage was touted on the Opry's January 2 radio broadcast. It's "safe to say the governor is a man of many musical tastes," says his spokeswoman. Still, she notes, "any band from Colorado will always be preferred."

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Photos: Heebonism Rocks the 1UP Colfax on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, while some folks gathered 'round the tree, Denver's hip, young Jewish crowd bellied up to the bar -- and a treasury of video games and pinball machines -- at the 1up Colfax for an evening celebration of a different sort. Photographer Brandon Marshall was there to catch all the fun; keep reading for some of his photos.

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Photos: Ugly Christmas Sweaters on Wheels at the Roll Ugly Sweater Mixer

If you missed Roll's Ugly Sweater Mixer Friday night at the Exdo Event Center, you likely missed some of the ugliest Christmas sweaters in town, which glowed in all their resplendent awfulness under colored lights as they zipped around the rink. Luckily, our photographer Scott Lentz was there to record the ugly skate soiree. Can you handle it? Read on for pics.

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Prud Collective Launches Ethical Fashion With a Fashion Show and Pop-Up Shop on Thursday

All photos by Amfo Connolly
African tradition meets Colorado style on Thursday, December 18 at Beacons Community Creative Space, where Prud Collective will host an Ethical Fashion launch of its new spring 2015 line with a pop-up shop, cocktails and a fashion show. Prud founder Dacia McPherson's love of American, Japanese and Scandinavian styles are clear in the collection, as are the artistic influences of her design team.

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Photos: Krampus Nacht Celebrates the Darker Side of Christmas

Krampus, the horned anti-Santa of Alpine folklore, is said to handle the naughty children Santa leaves behind by throwing them in his sack and carrying them off to some unimaginably hellish place. Denver's first Krampus Nacht transformed the Oriental Theater into that den of iniquity on Saturday night, and Scott Lenz was there to capture every moment. Keep reading for photos.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Santa Tomorrow, From Speedo Runs to Bar Crawls

Categories: Bars, Events

Britt Chester
Throw on a Santa suit and throw one back
Christmas is just twenty days away, and if you haven't yet been bombarded by the Pentatonix holiday album in your office, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see Kris Kringle this weekend. You can even become Santa yourself -- or at least get in the bag. Here are the four top Santa events this weekend.

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Photos: A Thanksgiving Eve Karaoke Showdown at the Dong Gong Show

Categories: Bars, Photos

On Thanksgiving eve, amateurs took the stage at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse for a grand karaoke showdown inspired by that ridiculous '70s game show, the Gong Show. Judges Juicy la Booty, Long Gong Scooter and Bad Cop Robin weighed in on each performance, while contestants hoped to avoid hearing the toll of the dreaded dong gong. Photographer Nicki Lamson was there to record both the triumphs and the lamest fails; keep reading for a taste of the evening.

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Red Ball Denver struts for World AIDS Day on Sunday

Photos courtesy of Colorado AIDS Project

Fashion shows with intricate hairstyles, theatrical mak-up and haute couture are always a feast for the eyes. When the spectacle is for a good cause, it makes the entertainment a charitable effort. This is the case with Denver's Red Ball, now in in its sixth year. We spoke with Jeff Trujillo, Colorado AIDS Project manager of marketing and events in advance of the show -- which takes place Sunday, November 30, at Exdo Event Center -- to find out what makes this fashion show so unique and what surprises are in store for guests.

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Photos: Roll Goes Retro with a Roller Rave Skate Party

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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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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