Photos: Drag queens and fashionistas at the Apocalyptic Ball

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

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

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Africa School Assistance Project
, 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

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

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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

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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Cheer on the youth poets of Minor Disturbance at tonight's Grand Slam

Photo by Daniel Sawyer Schaefer for Brave New Voices.
Nobody knows how deep the talent goes in our local youth slam-poetry community better than Denver poet and youth mentor Ken Arkind. He's been on the side of young poets -- and at their side as they represent Denver at the national Brave New Voices youth slam competition on the Minor Disturbance team -- as a coach and cheerleader for many years. So if he crows a bit about his kids, it's only because he's seen firsthand how good they really are.

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Do at the Zoo celebrates 25 years with Under a Blood Red Sky this June

Under a Blood Red Sky re-creates the U2 experience at Do At The Zoo 2014.
The Denver Zoo has nearly 4,000 mouths to feed every day of the year, and that adds up to a hell of a grocery bill. But events like the annual Do t the Zoo gala help a lot toward filling zoo coffers. And this year's Do on June 19 -- the gala's 25th anniversary celebration -- will go extra-big to raise funds for day-to-day upkeep by bringing in popular U2 tribute band Under a Blood Red Sky to re-create the U2 experience on the Conoco Zoo Gardens stage.

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Help make prom night spectacular for the students of Florence Crittenton Services

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Courtesy of Florence Crittenton Services.
Students enjoying 2013 prom.
The everyday experience of high school can be stressful enough; juggling parental responsibilities along with school work can be especially tough. Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado is a nonprofit early learning center that gives teen moms the support they need to succeed as students and mothers. This Saturday, April 12, the school will be holding its third annual prom -- and it's asking the community to help make it happen.

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Photos: A close shave for the bald and the beautiful at Saturday's St. Baldrick's event

Categories: Benefits, Photos

The brave souls who gathered Saturday at Lincoln's Road House knew what they were in for when they sat in the barber's chair: their heads shaved smooth as hard-boiled eggs, all in the name of charity. Good thing there was beer nearby....

Following is one woman's transformation for the St. Baldrick's Foundation's childhood cancer research, as documented by photographer Brandon Marshall.

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