Update: Online Voting Now Open in "I Heart My RTD" Student Art Contest

One of the students' designs. To see them all (and vote!) visit the RTD art contest website.
Update: Online voting has begun in the "I Heart My RTD" student art contest. The website features sixteen designs created by middle school students in the Aurora and Cherry Creek school districts and asks users to vote for their favorite. Two designs will ultimately be chosen to be adapted for display on either side of a forty-foot bus.

Voting will be open until October 24. The winners will be announced October 31.

See also: RTD Art: Emanuel Martinez at the Tenth and Osage Station

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Photos: Nan Desu Kan 2014's Best Costumes on the Contest Runway

Nan Desu Kan 2014's greatest cosplay moment -- the annual costume contest -- unfolded onstage at the Denver Marriott Tech Center on Saturday night, with anime-inspired wings and weapons galore. Photographer Marissa Shevins recorded the action with these images and more.

See also: Photos: The Cosplayers of Nan Desu Kan 2014

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Denver's D.C. Barns wins Star Wars: Force for Change contest -- and a role in Episode VII

Director JJ Abrams announces the Star Wars: Force for Change contest.
A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away, Star Wars fan D.C. Barns decided to enter a contest that had as its grand prize a chance to be in the next installment of the Star Wars saga, Episode VII. And this week, Barns learned that in the longest of long shots, he'd won the grand prize: He'll be flown from Denver to London to perform a minor role in the film that JJ Abrams is directing.

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Stories On Stage Writing Contest Seeking Upbeat Tales

Categories: Contests, Theater

Stories On Stage
Ain't Life Grand? could tell your story.
Ain't life grand? That's what Stories On Stage artistic director Anthony Powell thinks, and his group has just announced a new writing contest with that theme. Stories on Stage is looking for upbeat tales of quiet satisfactions and small -- or not so small -- triumphs; stories can be up to 2,250 words, and the submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, August 18. The winning story will be read by professional actors alongside works by Carol Anshaw, Donald Barthelme, Charles Baxter and Gary Schanbacher during the two performances of Ain't Life Grand? at Su Teatro on September 13.

See also: Three Book and Poetry Events for the Week of August 11-17

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Poets explore love, Denver style, at the Denver County Fair

The Denver County Fair, now in its fourth year, was conceived as a big, fat blue-ribbon love letter to everything that's cool about Denver, from local artists and a healthy geek culture to, yes, legalized pot. So it's only fair that this year's poetry contest has an I Heart Denver theme.

This year's entries -- all unpublished and judged by a panel of literary pros -- explored love in the Mile High City from just about every angle. Following are the judges' five final picks; hear all of them read live at noon Sunday, August 3, on the fair's Arts Pavilion Stage, where the top three poets will also be awarded with prizes and ribbons.

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Pot pavilion ready for lift-off at Denver County Fair

Denver County Fair
The Denver County Fair embraces everything that makes Denver an extraordinary city.
Typical county fairs hand out blue ribbons for livestock, quilts and homemade pies. The 2014 Denver County Fair, which starts next Friday, August 1, will hold competitions for all of those, too. Only some of the pies might get you stoned.

See also: "Denver County Fair's planned Beer Pavilion goes up in smoke; Pot Pavilion doubles in size"

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Think you're the best at air hockey? Prove it at the Denver County Fair.

Justin Lee
There's no crying in air hockey.
There's no crying in air hockey.Do you consider yourself a gladiator in the arcade?

When the Denver County Fair hosts the 2014 Air Hockey World Championships next weekend, all of Colorado's rec-room warriors are free to join -- but the competition sounds stiff.

See also: "Beer pavilion out, super-sized pot pavilion in at Denver County Fair"

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

Courtesy of Red Bull.
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

Categories: Contests

Photo courtesy of CU Denver
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

Categories: Artopia, Contests

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.

See also: Artopia 2013

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