Weekly city bike ride Loops celebrates six years, a website launch and global expansion

Categories: Bicycling, Events

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Six years and hundreds of rides since its inception, Denver weekly bicycle meet-up, Loops, is bigger and better than ever. The free group ride meets every Tuesday rain or shine for a nighttime ride around the city, and organizer Broox Pulford says that as Denver's population grows, so does the interest in Loops.

This Saturday, June 28, Loops will celebrate its sixth anniversary with Pulford's version of an alleycat race followed by a big party and show featuring prizes, games and half a dozen local bands.

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Local art collector Ron Pollard to discuss a trove of questionable Russian avant-garde works

Categories: Art, Events

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Paintings and relief versions from Ron and Roger Pollard's collection.
When art collecting brothers Ron and Roger Pollard purchased a handful of paintings at an online auction in 2004, they had no idea what they were in for. The pieces, bought from a seller in Germany, were done in the style of an early-twentieth-century art movement known as Russian avant-garde, but their origins couldn't be authenticated.

The purchase would begin a decade-long pursuit for verification and information on these suspected great works. Tomorrow evening, mid-century-modern furniture store Mod Livin' presents "Lost Works From Behind the Iron Curtain," a conversation with Ron Pollard about this great collection and his ongoing art-fact journey.

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Jüna Hæm is bright and bold at the Westword Music Showcase

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
The twentieth annual Westword Music Showcase turned the Golden Triangle into a block party -- make that blocks party -- on Saturday. We spotted all kinds of outfits in the crowd, but the most energetic menswear look came courtesy of Jüna Hæm. Keep reading to learn what inspires his style, his style mantra, and where he shops.

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Kitty Newlin is a festival fairy at the Westword Music Showcase

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
On Saturday, the Westword Music Showcase transformed the Golden Triangle into a block party -- make that blocks party. In the fashion-forward crowd that filled the streets, we spotted a woman with a pair of iridescent wings that raised her style above the rest. Keep reading to learn more about Denver native Kitty Newlin, who inspires her look and where she shops.

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Writing Dates: Writing With Friends motivates writers at The Cartel Studios tomorrow

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Photo courtesy of Norah Charles
Since April, every month Norah Charles has picked a location in Boulder or Denver to host people who want to share in the writing process. She invites writers of all genres to show up with their laptops, journals or tablets, and then write together. Keep reading to learn more about this way of connecting with other local writers -- while getting a few words on the page at the same time.

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Allen Strickland Williams on one-liners, sketch comedy and #YesAllWomen

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Kelly Rose
Allen Strickland Williams is a Los Angeles-based writer, comedian and former NBC page who somehow absorbed that office's buttoned-down aesthetic. Today Williams, along with fellow standups Jake Weisman, Dave Ross and Pat Bishop, comprise the sketch-comedy group Women, whose widely circulated videos are nibbles of absurdity dolloped by grim punchlines. Women will descend on the Oriental Theater this Saturday, June 21st for the monthly Sexpot Comedy showcase. The show, hosted as always by Jordan Doll, features standup from each member, as well as videos and live sketches. It's also a Sexpot show, with all the dab dabbling that implies. In advance of the gig, Westword caught up with Williams to discuss what makes Women's sketches different, his fondness for one-liners, and his essay about the #YesAllWomen hashtag.

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"Reflections" celebrates a woman's inner beauty at the Fashion Design Center tomorrow

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All photos by Mauricio Rocha
"Reflections": A Celebration of Beauty" should be a beauty of an event at the Fashion Design Center Denver on Friday, June 20. Developer Lisa Curwen connected with Lisa Eberlein to organize a fashion show inspired by the poem "Mirror, Mirror"; Eberlien also produced a special film that will premiere there. And Lisa Ramfjord Elstun, founder of the Fashion Design Center and a 2014 MasterMind, joined the project to create high-fashion designs using locally dyed silks. Together, the three Lisas will host a celebration for women of all ages, shapes and colors, one that shows where a woman's inner beauty really comes from.

See also: Meet the 2014 MasterMinds: Lisa Ramfjord Elstun, fashion/design

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Tony Labat's Elevation: Denver activates at Emmanuel tonight with art, DJs and drag

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
San Francisco artist Tony Labat has built a site-specific sculpture for Emmanuel Gallery on the Auraria Campus, and from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight you can watch his sculpture turn into a platform for community interaction when it is activated with performances by DJs and drag queens. This piece is part of Labat's series Elevations: Platforms, Stages, and CatwalksElevation: Denver and Labat.

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Dance like a nerd at Rock Comic Con this weekend

Categories: Events

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When your long day of geeking out at Denver Comic Con is done but you're not quite ready to call it a nerd night, there's a place you can go -- Rock Comic Con. After all, nerds like to rock as much as anybody, and these days the geek music scene is going stronger than ever.

"It's past just fandom and fan bands," says Charlie LaGreca, one of Rock Comic Con's founders. "It's really amazing, talented musicians, bands, DJs and rappers that are passionate about this stuff and having a blast with it, translating it to new art and new avenues. People are wanting to have it be part of their lives. They relate to it. It speaks to them."

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West Elm celebrates local goods with a launch party Friday

Categories: Events, Shopping

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Watercolors by Kelsey McNatt will be featured at West Elm.
West Elm Local will launch on Friday, June 13, celebrating a partnership between the home-decor store and Denver artists. Bringing a Mile High flair to high-end furniture, the gathering is also an opportunity to meet the artists behind local goods. "We'll show a lot of unique, handmade art and it just adds some interest and intrigue to what we're doing here," says West Elm manager Barbara Sidey.

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