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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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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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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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.

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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.

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Westword Book Club: Author Kenn Amdahl on algebra, self-publishing and daphnia

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Reading is about more than following a narrative or absorbing information; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, which celebrates the books that inspire Denver artists.

Kenn Amdahl is an author, an entrepreneur and something of a homespun polymath based in Broomfield. Frustrated by difficulties finding a publisher for his book, an educational manual leavened by bits of whimsy, Amdahl founded Clearwater Publishing in 1990. Since then, Clearwater has released eleven books. Westword recently sat down with Amdahl to talk about math and science, self-publishing, his favorite books and being part of a community of writers.

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Westword Book Club: Comedian Deacon Gray on comedy, comic books, and the Theory of Stew

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Jeff Nicholson
Reading is about more than following a narrative or absorbing information; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, which celebrates the books that inspire Denver artists.

Deacon Gray, an Oklahoman transplant who honed his comedic expertise through years of working thankless road-dog gigs, is the new-talent coordinator in Denver's most celebrated comedy club. As such, he slaloms between developing his own act and mentoring insecure young comics who seek to benefit from his 25 years in the game.

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Westword Book Club: Evan Nix on Joseph Campbell, Bruce Campbell and The Wiz

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Ryan Brackin
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature that celebrates the books that inspire Denver artists.

Evan Nix is a local filmmaker with roots in Denver's comedy scene. With the help of his younger brother, Adam, a fellow filmmaker with whom he shared a Westword MasterMind award this year, Evan Nix has developed a fruitful creative relationship with the Grawlix comedy trio, producing several sketch videos along with the annual Laugh Track Comedy Festival. This week, Nix met with us to discuss the books that helped shape his sense of humor, as well as the importance of insulating yourself in naivete in order to follow your bliss.

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Meet fabric artist Amy Butler at Fancy Tiger Crafts tonight

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A galvanizing figure of the new craft movement, Ohio fabric and pattern designer Amy Butler is in Colorado for a Makerie Sewing Retreat at Chautauqua in Boulder. But she's kicking off her visit with a meet-and-greet tonight at Fancy Tiger Crafts, the craft palace on Broadway run by Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran, which carries Butler's beautiful, modern fabrics, patterns and books.

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Denver Craft Ninjas will have you in stitches at Mutiny Information Cafe

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Jack Jensen's Mutiny Now bookstore, now under new ownership, morphed into Mutiny Information Cafe just one month ago. But the changing of the guard at the South Broadway is already making itself evident, as the new book and coffee place begins to add events, such as the Westword Best of Denver-winning Mutiny Word Night, to its roster.

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