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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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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Womenswear Wednesdays: Model Jessica Caulder on her DIY style

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All photos by Mauricio Rocha
With the current heat wave, you still see summer fashions all over the street. We spotted freelance model Jessica Caulder looking very hot, wearing an expressive, DIY outfit. Continue reading to learn her 2013 jam, her style icons and where she shops.

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-Womenswear Wednesdays: Student Alex Eddy on her zebra style
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-Womenswear Wednesdays: Dance teacher Lysiane Ayite on her Parisian style


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

Categories: Art, DIY, Openings

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Jazzmyn Barbosa
Alley Cats: An All Women Art Show, which opens Friday, August 16, was the result of two friends desiring to see more gallery access in the art community. "I've not been super-pleased with how things are run in the Denver art scene," says Taylor Boylston, artist and co-curator of the show. "I got to the point where I realized that if I wanted to see anything change, I'd have to be the one to do it."

Along with friend and co-curator Chelsea Bashford, the two women proceeded to turn their garage into a DIY art gallery. Situated at 409 Inca Street -- in the alley between Inca and Santa Fe Streets, to be exact -- the space, known as The Inca House, is right in the midst of vibrant Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, and looks onto the site of what will become the new Space Gallery.

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- Photos: The people of First Friday at Denver's Art District on Santa Fe
- Japanther's Ian Vanek on the DIY scene, 'zines and handmade objects
- Charlie Boots on social media, the global village and going down the digital rabbit hole


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Journal your way into a new artwork with Theresa Anderson at PlatteForum

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A chapter in Theresa Anderson's journal.
Artist Theresa Anderson is also a writer, so it's no surprise that when she journals, she documents the development of ideas both personal and artistic. Using found objects, Xerox transfers, various art mediums and even a needle and thread, Anderson sketches her way into finished works, all between the pages of what is an evolving work of art itself.

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- 100 Colorado Creatives: Theresa Anderson
- Artist Theresa Anderson explains how narrative plays into her drawings
- Theresa Anderson and Jennifer Jeannelle present two shows at Ice Cube

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Comedian Sam Tallent to teach improv class at Deer Pile on Sunday

Categories: Classes, Comedy, DIY

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Sam Tallent's Skills for the Stage class is this Sunday.
Denver comedian Sam Tallent has been a rising star in the standup scene over the last few years, hosting The Squire open mic and performing as part of the Fine Gentleman's Club at the comedy quartet's wildly popular Wednesday night show, Too Much Fun. Still, many fans may not know that Tallent's talents are firmly rooted in improv comedy. A graduate of the Bovine Theater with years of unscripted comedy under his belt, Tallent is going to be sharing his knowledge of improv during his new eight-week course, Skills for the Stage, which begins this Sunday at Deer Pile. We recently sat down with Tallent to discuss the improv industry, why he switched to standup, and how his years of improv still inform his standup comedy.

See also:
- Lucky '13: Comedian and Fine Gentleman Sam Tallent
- Westword Book Club: Sam Tallent on existentialism, Southern gothic and DIY
- Too Much Funstival comedians on how Denver's scene has evolved

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Westword Book Club: Sam Tallent on existentialism, Southern gothic and DIY

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Jay Austin Graham (no relation to the author)
As the proprietor of the Fine Gentleman's Club and host of the Squire's ignominious Tuesday night open mic, Sam Tallent is already known to Denver comedy fans -- but what they may not know is that he contains multitudes, and not just within his corpulent frame. Surprisingly well-read for a public goofball, Tallent instinctively eschews any pretentious-seeming affectations, but he's often already devoured a literary classic or two before I wake up in the morning. An example of what persistent dedication and self-starting can achieve, Tallent is a local treasure and a good friend. Not incidentally, he helped me come up with the idea for this very column. This week, Westword checks in with Tallent to discuss his love of Southern Gothic literature, how existentialism warped his adolescent mind, and the biographies of his Falstaffian forebears.

See also:
- Lucky '13: Comedian and Fine Gentleman Sam Tallent
- A guide to DIY comedy tours with the Fine Gentleman's Club
- Westword Book Club: donnie betts on reading from the bottom shelf of the library


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