Photos: The Art District on Santa Fe Celebrates Denver Arts Week on First Friday

The crowds came out to Santa Fe Drive and other Denver arts districts on the first Friday of November, just as they do on every first Friday of the year. But because it was also the kickoff for Denver Arts Week, there may have been a few people experiencing it all for the first time -- and vowing to return. Photographer Danielle Lirette brought back these images and more from Denver's most popular art crawl.

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Photos: Know Your Arts First Friday in the Art District on Santa Fe

When the crowds came out on Santa Fe Drive to kick off Denver Arts Week on November 1, they found themselves crawling through a delicious collision of art, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, in addition to the usual First Friday street life. Following is a picture sampler from photographer Danielle Lirette, who was there to capture every aspect of the party. Follow the link for the full slide show.

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Valkarie Gallery opens tomorrow -- just in time for Denver Arts Week

Courtesy of Valkarie Gallery
The work of Katie Hoffman.

Valkarie Art Gallery and Studio is opening in Belmar this weekend, just in time for Denver Arts Week. It's the brainchild of Frank Farrar, Valerie Savarie and Karrie York, all veterans of the Denver art scene who will be showing their work in Valkarie's initial exhibit, which also features ten guest artists. The Belmar space sort of fell into their laps, Valkarie's founders say, and they knew they had to take a chance on it. The result is not only a gallery, but a studio space for the trio as well. In advance of tomorrow's opening, Westword spoke with all three of the artists, discussing everything from Norse mythology to what it's like to transition from artist to gallery owner.

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Dia de los Muertos art show will make its mark at Good Omen Tattoo

Courtesy of Amanda Erickson

Dia de los Muertos is a cause for celebration, a reason to gather with friends and family to remember the souls who have passed on. Mandie Erickson will make November 1 a day to remember by curating her first art show, which will have a grand opening from 6 to 10 p.m. that day at Good Omen Tattoo, 2561 South Broadway.

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Five ways to kick off Denver Arts Week

See Los Esqueletos, artwork by Tracy Weil, at Ironton Gallery on Know Your Arts First Friday.
Think of Denver Arts Week as a celebration of all our city has to offer culturally, with the added incentive of sweet deals, from discounted memberships, restaurant meals and original artworks to a free Night at the Museums. But as a trip online to Denver Arts Week central reveals, there's a lot to choose from. To get you started, we've compiled five picks for this weekend; after that, you're on your own.

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Tickets for the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival go on sale at midnight
Jason Reitman's Labor Day kicks off the Starz Denver Film Festival on November 6.
Hey, Denver: We've got game. For the last 35 years, we've been able to boast a world-class film festival, and this year's 36th Starz Denver Film Festival only ups the ante. The full schedule, released on Monday and tucked into today's issue of Westword (and also available online), proves the point.

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The Dikeou Collection pops up for a Denver Arts Week party


Denver's private Dikeou Collection has a permanent gallery space in a downtown Denver office building that's a little hard to find, unless you know your way around the corporate world. As a remedy, the gallery's Devon Dikeou also curates a more accessible ground-floor pop-up space in the Golden Triangle, which opens serendipitously for special events and shows. Tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., the pop-up will pop open for a free Denver Arts Week reception that doubles as a vintage-vinyl dance party.

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Denver Arts Week: Dixie Longate packs plastic and bullpucky in Dixie's Tupperware Party

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The Tupperware will be real, all real, when the participatory tour-de-force Dixie's Tupperware Party returns to the Garner Galleria Theatre tonight for another hi-larious repeat run, just in time for the holidays. And like the contents kept in Tupperware, Dixie Longate, the larger-than-life, big-haired, trailer-trash star who struts out on stage to hawk her plasticware, also keeps very well.

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Denver Arts Week: Get ready for the holidays at the Ink Lounge's Sweet T Tuesday

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In the midst of a modern DIY craft revolution, more people are resolving to make their holiday gifts, rather than dropping big bucks on impersonal gifts from the mall. And besides, it's fun to really get your hands into the holidays -- and even more fun to do it in a group, with other crafters. Novices do best in a setting where materials and instruction are provided, as they are in recurring Sweet T Tuesday screen-printing workshops, including one that will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. this evening at the Ink Lounge printing studio.

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Denver Arts Week: a free performance by Denver's Dangerous Theatre tonight

Denver's Dangerous Theatre lives up to its name, staging edgy and sometimes kinky theater of the sort we don't often see in this town. And the current show, Jonathan Vick's murky psychodrama Comfort in the Arms of the Damned, offers proof of that. But DDT's guiding force, Winnie Wenglewick, wants to know why more people haven't seen the production.

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