The Red Bull Canvas Cooler Project will send Mario Zoots and Jaime Molina to SCOPE Miami

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Red Bull's national cooler challenge stopped in Denver this week with a mission for twenty handpicked Denver artists: Each was presented with a Red Bull cooler covered in canvas and asked to turn it into a work of art.

The resulting works were reviewed by a panel of local gallerists, artists and celebrities, including Bobbi Walker of Walker Fine Art, Tom Horne of Black Book Gallery, Denver Nuggets shooting guard Randy Foye and photographer Mark Sink at a public reception at the McNichols Building on Wednesday night.

See also: Twenty Denver artists vie for a spot at SCOPE Miami at the Red Bull Canvas Cooler Project

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CU Denver students zoom to the winner's circle with a vehicle that gets 1,254 miles to a gallon

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CU Denver team at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014.
On April 26, eight University of Colorado Denver mechanical engineering seniors won first place in the hydrogen fuel cell category at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition in Houston, after designing and building a vehicle -- named Archetype -- that could go 1254 miles per gallon powered just by a hydrogen fuel cell and made out of carbon fiber. "We picked the hydrogen fuel cell category because the school has competed on that competition three years now," says team captain and CU Denver senior Ben Johnson. "Last year we won, too, so it's been a successful project and it has been something that we wanted to continue."

See also: What has the National Renewable Energy Lab done for the public good?

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Come to #Artopia14 this Saturday

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Aaron Thackeray
Every year, Westword gathers our favorite painters, sculptors, performers, musicians and more from around Denver for Artopia, a celebration of all that's good in Denver's art world. This year, the celebration is taking over five venues along Broadway.

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MCA Denver selects finalists for Twelve & a Half Days of Xmas LIVE!

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The results are in, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver's Twelve and a Half Days of Xmas LIVE! has selected the dozen performers who will rock the museum's modernist atrium throughout the holiday season. The performers each earn a $50 honorarium as they compete for the winning prize of $500, and with acts ranging from the holiday-inspired burlesque of Gigi D'Lovely to the self-explanatory Crazy Gorilla Drummer, the dozen days of Christmas should be filled with all sorts of appealing weirdness. We spoke with MCA director of programming Sarah Kate Baie to hear about how the museum found the acts in Denver's very diverse arts scene.

See also: MCA Denver seeking entries for holiday performance contest (no explosives, please)

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Help decide who wins the 2013 Denver Web Awards!

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Last month we asked readers to send us suggestions for the Denver arts scene's best representatives on social media for our 2013 Denver Web Awards. We compiled our list of finalists from those suggestions, and now it's your turn to pick who wins top honors.

Here's how it works.

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Submit your videos to our Web Awards Vine contest

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Nate Hemmert
Calling all aspiring auteurs: Here's your chance to get your six seconds of fame. We want you to submit your best arts-and-culture-related Vine videos by uploading them with the hashtag #DenWeb2013. We'll pick our favorites to play at the annual Westword Web Awards party at Galvanize on December 5, where the audience and our panel of judges will help us pick the year's top video.

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MCA Denver seeking entries for holiday performance contest (no explosives, please)

The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art Denver will celebrate the holiday season by hosting twelve and a half days of artistic performances in its sleek atrium. What sets the Twelve and a Half Days of Xmas Live! series apart from the MCA's other programs is that the performers will be chosen from an open call for entry and the applicants will be competing for a $500 prize. To learn more about the concept, Westword caught up with Sarah Kate Baie, MCA Denver's director of programming and chief of fictions, to discuss the contest rules, reaching out to the local creative community and Denver's puppeteering scene.

See also: The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver opens its doors.

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Jordan Doll wins Comedy Works New Faces Competition

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After six grueling months of weekly competition that whittled 140 comics down to one, the 2013 Comedy Works New Faces Competition has a winner in Jordan Doll. He'd delivered heavily talked-about performances at UMS and High Plains, and there had been a lot of hype in the comedy scene that Doll would come out on top even before last night's finals began. But strong performances were also delivered by Arguments and Grievances host Kevin O'Brien and local mic-rat Christie Buchele, who earned second and third place rankings, respectively, in this major comedy contest.

See also: Deacon Gray on the Comedy Works New Faces 2013 finalists

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Deacon Gray on the Comedy Works New Faces 2013 finalists

Comedy Works New Talent coordinator Deacon Gray.
It's been a long ride since last spring, when the Comedy Works New Faces Competition 2013 began. And now, with 130 comics eliminated, we're down to the final ten, who will compete tomorrow night for a cash prize and the prestige of joining the ranks of previous winners, including Ben Kronberg, Josh Blue and Adam Cayton-Holland. The finalists: Aaron Urist, Christie Buchele, Derrick Rush, Jordan Doll, Kevin O'Brien, Mike Hammock, Nichole Mccormack, Patrick Hesse, Tim Messenger and Zachary Maas.

Comedy Works New Talent Coordinator Deacon Gray has been documenting the Denver comedy scene since 2004, keeping stats on each comic's every move within the walls of this legendary comedy club, as well as producing the New Faces Competition. We recently sat down with this 27-year veteran of the standup industry, chatting about the boom and bust of the '80s club circuit, how the Internet has changed comedy, and why New Faces became a measuring stick for ambitious young comics.

See also: Greg Baumhauer recalls busting out of the hospital for New Faces comedy competition

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2013 Westword Web Awards: Help us pick the winners

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From Facebook to Vine, social media is changing the way we follow the arts. At the 2013 Westword Web Awards, we'll celebrate the artists, organizations and personalities that use it best -- and we want your help finding them.

There are two ways you can help us pick this year's winners.

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