DIY gallery space Inca House closes up shop

Categories: Art, DIY

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Molly Bounds
American Culture playing at the Inca House last winter.
When artists Taylor Boylston and Chelsea Bashford recently decided to officially "close" Inca House, their home gallery and show space, it was for reasons all too common to a DIY spot: the rent got to be too much and people weren't respecting the venue. "We felt like people were taking advantage of our space and things were getting stolen and broken and mistreated," says Boylston, who acknowledges that these issues are perils inherent to opening your home to the public and insists they won't stop her from trying again in the future. But for now, Inca House is no more.

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Spacecraft, the creative-reuse store, holding a Photo Ball fundraiser Saturday

Categories: Crafts, DIY

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Photos courtesy of Leanne Alaman
Spacecraft creates art out of donated, reused materials.
Spacecraft opened in February as a place where companies and individuals could donate used materials to be repurposed into art. "The mission is about providing easy access to sustainability, giving people a way to make a difference that's fun and doesn't require that they change their entire lifestyle," says founder Leanne Alaman. As part of the fun, Spacecraft is holding a Photo Ball fundraiser for the shop on Saturday, March 15, where guests can have professional pictures taken against backdrops made out of reused materials.

See also: Best Place to Recycle Everything Including the Kitchen Sink -- RAFT


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Ten best comedy events in Denver in February

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February is winter's death rattle. The roads are sludgy, the calendar is wonky, and there's nothing to look forward to except Valentine's Day --which can often seem more of a solemn obligation than a holiday, anyway. Fortunately, a diverse range of comedy events should light up the otherwise bleak February entertainment landscape: comedian-produced shows with gross names like Tongue Stuff and Tits & Giggles; veteran acts like Paul Mooney, Norm MacDonald and Jeff Ross; and even the spectator sport of Olympics for Weirdos. In short, plenty of ways to keep you laughing until the sun comes back.

See also: Beth Stelling on Sexpot Comedy, writing plays and tiny failures


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Festivus Film and Laugh Track festivals call it quits

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Tim Sorensen
Two bastions of Denver's DIY scene won't be back in 2014. The Festivus Film Festival, which was founded in 2007, and the Laugh Track Comedy Festival, which spun off the FFF, both ceased operation at the end of last year. Beyond providing many local comedians and filmmakers with a valuable opportunity to network and hone their craft for a hip audience, the festivals also helped grow that audience, paving the way for other ambitious events, such as last August's High Plains Comedy Festival. We reached out to the founders and organizers of both festivals for their thoughts on the end of their brainchild; read on for their quotes and clips of highlights throughout the years.

See also: Eleven memorable lines from the Laugh Track Comedy Festival

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Celebrate legalization with the Tokeasy DVD release party

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Wally Wallace
Chaz Grundy as Tyrell in Tokeasy.
While the impact that legalizing cannabis will have on Colorado life has been analyzed from economic, political and demographic standpoints, its influence on our creative community has received much less attention. With films like Tokeasy, however, that may be starting to change. Heretofore discreet stoners have been coming out of the woodwork and ganjapreneurs are emerging as the area's most significant patrons of the arts. While as little as ten years ago, an event like this Saturday's Tokeasy DVD release party would seem like a literal pipe dream, now it just seems like the most appropriate way to honor a film with a unique perspective on a transformative time in our history.
See also: Keith Garcia and Theresa Mercado join forces for new film series Channel Z

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Cast your 2014 intentions in clay on First Friday at an EvB Studios mini-shop

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As far as First Fridays go, tonight's 2014 kickoff is a little slow, but there are certain things you can count on -- and Marie EvB Gibbons's monthly First Friday hands-on clay mini-shop is one of those. There's nothing quite like it: It's a chance to squeeze your hands into some clay and make something to take home, all in the inviting and cozy confines of the EvB Studio at 44th Avenue and Tennyson Street.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Marie EvB Gibbons


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100 Colorado Creatives: Jaime Kopke

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Meigan Canfield
Kopke co-curated the design exhibition, Once Removed, in New York (2012) as part of ICFF.
#30: Jaime Kopke

Jaime Kopke hails from Massachusetts, but ended up in Colorado, bringing cultural gold in her pocket. She's helped spark more than a few creative projects here, from the city's ongoing Pecha Kucha series to the Denver Community Museum, a short-lived but brilliant pop-up people's reliquary that threw imaginative shows using the contributions -- and wishes, hopes and dreams -- of everyday folks. In her spare time, she kept the design blog, Designklub, and contributes to another at mocoloco.com. After shutting the DCM, Kopke took a break to complete her graduate studies, finally returning here in 2011 to a position at the Denver Art Museum, where she assists in adult programming and helps curate the museum's ongoing Untitled evenings.

We asked this born idea-maker to share some of her ideas via the 100CC questionnaire; read on to find out what makes her heart beat.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Christina Battle


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DIY or die: Why Denver needs under-the-radar, all-ages arts spaces

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Dean Keim
Japanther and its crowd become one at a show at Denver DIY show space Glob.
Last month, Denver DIY house venue and show space Mouth House was shut down by the cops for good. As far as house venues go, it had a good, three-year run. Undaunted by surrounding gentification, Mouth House sat in the midst of Five Points, minding its own business in a surprisingly busy neighborhood that didn't seem to mind or even notice the dirt yard -- which was often teeming with people either taking a smoke break from the noisy interior sweat box or waiting to get in to see whatever band was playing (or sometimes, whatever guy was writhing around on the floor pouring windshield-wiper-fluid-blue soda all over himself while screaming into a microphone).

When I heard that the coffin lid on Mouth House had been nailed shut forever, all I could think was, fuck. Another all-ages performance space in Denver gone for good.

See also: Denver DIY space Mouth House shut down, two of its tenants due in court today

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Picture.Me.Here opens second exhibit of refugee photographs tomorrow

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Alex Brown
Brigid McAuliffe and Erin Preston, two of the coordinators of Picture.Me.Here.
Picture.Me.Here is a digital storytelling exhibit for refugees from the Mercy Housing/ Grace Apartments in Aurora. A year ago, Brigid McAuliffe, Erin Preston and Lauren Dorn, digital storytelling professionals, sat in a Bhutanese woman's apartment, drinking amazing tea and teaching that woman and other refuges how to handle hand-me-down cameras. The participants had been chosen by Lutheran Family Services, which provides help for about 2,000 refuges a year in Colorado. McAuliffe and Preston wanted to show the women gathered for the class that photography could be a very powerful tool.They could use it to learn about the world around them, overcome language barriers, and document life.

See also:Refugee women tell their stories with photos in picture.me.here


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Help bring Daniel Johnston's art show to Colorado's Inca House DIY gallery

Categories: Art, Benefits, DIY

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Taylor Boylston
Curator Taylor Boylston inside The Inca House.
When Taylor Boylston was working on setting up the next art show for her backyard gallery, The Inca House, she went straight for her favorite artists. "I just had an idea and sent an e-mail and now we're having a Daniel Johnston," says Boylston straightforwardly.

But the exhibition comes with an understandable price tag: for each piece of Johnston's work that will be shown, a $100 deposit is needed. And since Boylston and her roommate and co-curator Chelsea Bashford run the gallery out of their home on nothing but love, this is proving to be a bit of a challenge. So Boylston has organized a benefit show this Sunday, September 29 at Rhinoceropolis, with local bands playing cover sets from Johnston's substantial discography to raise money for the art opening, slated for November 15.

See also: Alley Cats: An All Women Art Show opens Friday at new DIY gallery The Inca House

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