Ten best free fountains where you can get wet and wild on a hot Denver day

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Beat today's heat. Where? Keep reading.

No need to sweat the rising temperatures: Your next kid-tastic adventure is just a fountain away. That's right, the Denver metro area boasts some of the coolest, child-friendly fountains known to man, most adjacent to day-trip-worthy family attractions -- and all free. What are you waiting for? Grab the kids, suits and swim diapers, and start splashing.

See also: Boulder's Meadow Music offers a fun way for families to connect with nature and each other


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Ten best dates in Colorado this summer

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Romance is always in the air, but Colorado is especially enchanting in the summer, when you can have a lovely time outside -- or inside, escaping the heat. With so much to do during the warmer months, we've narrowed down the options to this list of ten of the best outdoor (and indoor) places to go with your beau or babe on a dream date -- with plenty of cheap or free options, too!

See also: Ten things you didn't know about Lakeside Amusement Park in Lakeside, Colorado

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Taylor Gonda and Kevin O'Brien celebrate two years of the These Things Matter podcast

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Kevin O'Brien and Taylor Gonda are the voices behind These Things Matter.
Two years ago, friends Taylor Gonda and Kevin O'Brien realized that they didn't just enjoy discussing popular culture, but that they also reveled in the High Fidelity spirit of connecting it to personal experiences. Thus the These Things Matter podcast was born, and Gonda and O'Brien began bringing special guests into their home studio to talk about "pop culture, autobiographically," covering topics like Caddyshack, Weezer, zombies, R. Crumb and more.

Tomorrow night, Westword's Best Podcast in 2014 celebrates two years and one hundred episodes with a live broadcast at the Sidewinder Tavern, inviting past guests back to talk about songs that, for them, represent singular moments in time. In advance of the big live show, Westword spoke with Gonda and O'Brien about what works and doesn't work for a podcast with as wide a scope as These Things Matter.

See also: For These Things Matter's first birthday, its hosts discuss their ten favorite episodes

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Ten best comedy events in Denver this January

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Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani
Any Denverite whose New Year's resolution was to laugh more has both admirably modest ambitions and a bounty of entertainment options this January. If you didn't resolve to laugh more, do it retroactively: Achievable goals build confidence. With exciting developments from Denver's two favorite local comedy troupes and visits from luminaries such as Aziz Ansari, Doug Stanhope and Kumail Najiani -- all of whom released hilarious standup specials last year -- January has comedy events to suit any and every taste.

See also: The ten best geek events in Denver in January

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Ten best Denver hipster shops

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Danielle Lirette
This week, we're covering all things hipster in Denver: best bars to run into them, best restaurants to eat with them, and now, best stores to shop with them. From do-it-yourself creative spaces, locally-made apparel, geeked-out workshops, and antique oddities, the Denver hipster scene is alive and well on all fronts.

Here are ten of Denver's best hipster-centric shops.

See also: Boulder Farmers Market says goodbye to peaches, hello to apples

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The ten best comedy events in Denver this September

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As their High Plains Comedy Festival hangovers fade, local comedy fans must look to the future after a game-changing August. Ironically, what lies ahead this month is firmly rooted in the past. We've got '90s sitcom stars, a slate of road-dog headliners, and two Saturday Night Live alums coming to Comedy Works -- one of whom is often still quite funny, and one of whom is Jon Lovitz.The main event however, is the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, studded by a rare headlining set from the reclusive Dave Chappelle.

See also: Mike Birbiglia on funny sadness and self-deprecating comedy

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Download Westword's new-and-improved Best of Denver app

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Want to know where to go and what to do in Denver? Your essential mobile guide -- also known as our Best Of app -- just got better.

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The ten best shops on Sixth Avenue

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All Photos by Byron Graham
While Sixth Avenue may be less celebrated than other Denver streets, the lineup of unique shops between Grant and Downing streets definitely make this strip one of the city's most convenient shopping areas. One of its most charming, too: The quirky specialty stores in historic brick bungalows and storefronts from every era are almost impossible to resist. Where else can you get an old-school barber shave, stock up on medical cannabis, shop for fly-fishing gear and get your dog groomed during a short walk? Unlike Broadway, its perpendicular cousin where seemingly half the storefronts are occupied by self-consciously kitschy antique stores, or parallel Colfax, with its long stretches of nothingness, Sixth Avenue has plenty to offer in a small stretch of space. Here, in no particular order, are the ten best shops on Sixth Avenue.

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- The ten best stores on Tennyson Street
- The ten best stores on Broadway
- Ten places you and your dog will love this summer


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The ten best stores on Tennyson Street

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It's ironic that nearly all the businesses mentioned when we named Tennyson Street the best neighborhood shopping district in 2011 have left the block or closed their doors (see the link below), including some that were strangled by prolonged street construction in the heart of the district. But now that the street's been put back together, the new Tennyson is blossoming with both new and renewed businesses. Healthy commerce is returning to Tennyson, and here are ten reasons why.

See also:
- Best Neighborhood Shopping District - 2011: Tennyson Street, Berkeley
- The Bookery Nook, an independent bookstore and ice cream parlor, is closing
- Tennyson Street businesses creating promotions to offset disruptive construction


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The ten best stores on Broadway

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Lowbrow's Tymla Welch and Lauren Seip.
We gave the Broadway/Baker retail strip the award for Denver's Best Neighborhood Shopping District two years in a row -- in 2012 and 2013 -- for so many good reasons: The area is spilling over with hip, modern creative ventures. But some of that contemporary spark flares further south, too, along Antique Row. Here are ten of our favorite local retailers on Broadway: Some are old, some are new, but every one of them rocks.

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- Best of Denver: The ten best local drag queen names
- Best of Denver: Denver's ten best comedy nights
- Best New Public Art: Our picks for the past decade


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