Brain Aid Will Help Comedian and Lion's Lair Open-Mic Night Founder Troy Baxley

Categories: Benefits, Comedy

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Troy Baxley is a comedian's comedian. "He's a brilliant comic; everything that comes out of his mouth is fucking hilarious," says fellow Denver standup comic Heather Snow. "People know him from coming up -- Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland. All of those guys started in rooms that Troy started. He's like a Denver legend."

One of the rooms he started is now infamous: Baxley's open mic night at Lion's Lair was created as a place for comics to get a taste of the road. He knew how tough it was to step into a bar full of people who didn't care if someone was on stage telling jokes or not, and he wanted his fellow comics to get the necessary training to go out there and kill it.

But now, the man who aided the careers of so many local comedians needs help himself.

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Photos: Taking Steps Against HIV/AIDS at the 2014 Colorado AIDS Walk

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Thousands of runners, walkers, mutts and whole families hit the streets around Cheesman Park Saturday for the annual AIDS Walk Colorado, before celebrating their stamina in hot and sunny conditions with a festival in the park. Side events included a volleyball tournament and the Diva Dash Stiletto Fun Run for high-heeled contestants; Ken Hamblin caught all the action in the following AIDS Walk images.

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Sid King's Crazy Horse Bar neon sign needs help to light up the night again

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When photojournalist Corky Scholl started the non-profit Save the Signs in 2012, the first sign he wanted to save was the neon, Googie-style wonder that had graced Sid King's Crazy Horse Bar on East Colfax Avenue until the place closed in 1983. Two decades later, Scholl found it for sale on Craigslist -- and to keep the sign from being sold to an owner who might not publicly display it, Scholl created Save the Signs and started a fundraising effort to buy the icon.

Though unsuccessful at that first attempt, Scholl convinced owners Mike Brown and Melissa Kostic to lease it to him until he could make another attempt to save the sign. This week, Scholl and friends launched a new Indiegogo campaign, and now they need your help to get this neon beauty back out on Colfax where it belongs.

See also: Will Sid King's Crazy Horse Bar light up Denver again?

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Urban Nights will celebrate Denver fashion -- and raise money for Urban Peak

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The second Urban Nights Fashion Show is a "runway with a reason." The event promises to not only be a great fashion celebration featuring some of Denver's best boutiques and designers (including Project Runway's Mondo Guerra) but to raise a lot of money for Urban Peak, a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of services for youth who are homeless or at risk. In advance of Friday night's festivities, we spoke with both creative director Dahlia Weinstein and Kim Easton, the executive director of Urban Peak, about how fashion can play a role in helping homeless youth.

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Photos: Drag queens and fashionistas at the Apocalyptic Ball

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Crowds turned out at Tracks this weekend for the fifth annual Apocalyptic Ball, a fundraiser for the Colorado AIDS Project that combines drag queens -- including RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Delta Work -- and mini-fashion shows for a good cause. Photographer Eric Gruneisen brought back these images and more of all the fun and games.

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AIDS Candlelight Memorial Sunday in Boulder, "Big Top" Extravaganza May 24

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On Sunday, May 18, the Boulder County AIDS Project will join with the Interfaith AIDS Coalition of Boulder for the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. This is the 31st annual commemoration, and people will gather at 6:45 p.m. at the BCAP office -- located at 2118 14th Street in Boulder -- for a silent walk through downtown Boulder to the AIDS Memorial Garden on Boulder Creek, with a stop on the Courthouse lawn for a few words remembering those who have lost their battle against AIDS.

A week later on May 24, BCAP will host a far less solemn event: "Big Top: A Springtime Circus Extravaganza," its sixth annual variety show and community celebration promoting HIV awareness and prevention. "We have been really blessed to be supported by the community and until today, all of our shows have sold out, so we hope for a big crowd," says Frank O' Cana, HIV prevention director, coordinator of the Atlas program and director of the show.

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Africa School Assistance Project to break ground on a girls' dorm in East Africa

Categories: Activism, Benefits

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, a Denver non-profit that builds primary and secondary schools in underserved areas of East Africa in partnership with local communities, will break ground next month on the first phase of a dormitory for girls at a secondary school in rural northern Tanzania. "If you really want to support a girl to get into an education in rural Africa, it's imperative to build dormitories at a secondary-level school to give girls a safe place to live and all kinds of amenities that keep the girls wrapped in services that support them to stay in school," says Susan Bachar, executive director of ASAP.

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Like karaoke much? Sing your heart out and help ArtPlant's artist residency program

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It's the little things that help a community thrive, and that's where ArtPlant artist residencies fit into Denver's scene, spreading the wealth by creating an atmosphere of good will and collaboration. Last fall the program's first resident, Kansas City installation artist Rashawn Griffin, took full advantage of the ArtPlant offer, which included a free workspace at TANK Studios, as well as housing at Showpen and a culminating exhibit, to boot.

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WordLove Tour: Brandi Shigley and Sahar Pazirandeh take empowerment on the road

Categories: Benefits, Classes

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Denver entrepreneur, MasterMind and fashionista Brandi Shigley has teamed up with transformational speaker and coach Sahar Pazirandeh to take the WordLove Tour from Denver to California this month. For this transformational and inspirational program, the two women are joining their passions and voices to encourage other people to find and do what they love.

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University Park Home Tour is an open house for a good cause

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As a Denver neighborhood with a rich architectural history, University Park is home to houses of all shapes, sizes and legacies. This Sunday, May 4, five homes in the historic area will open their doors to the public for the University Park Home Tour, an afternoon event that benefits University Park Elementary. Though the neighborhood-organized tour began back in the '70s, 2014 will be the tenth year that parents from the elementary school have taken on the community-championing project.

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