Photos: The colors and cultures of Asia at the 2014 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Lions and dragons and boats took over Sloan's Lake Park this past weekend as thousands braved the heat to eat, shop and play at the 2014 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. The culture of the Philippines was showcased this year, but entertainment included everything from Japanese taiko drumming and martial arts to a wide, pan-Asian slice of traditional dances -- and, as always, the food courts were a major draw. Photographer Jake Shane caught the sheer variety of the fest in these photos and more.

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Cinema Q will chronicle Boulder's forty-year legacy of same-sex marriage

Limited Partnership
Despite all the hoopla about Hillary Hall issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder, marriage equality is not a new concept in that town. As Westword has reported, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Clela Rorex issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in the country in the mid-1970s. Although the effort was short-lived, the results of Rorex's pioneering activism have been chronicled in Limited Partnership, the closing-night documentary at Cinema Q, the SIE FilmCenter's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival.

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Adam Cayton-Holland on doubling down for High Plains Comedy Festival's second year

Mindy Tucker

Adam Cayton-Holland is a comedian, podcaster and former Westword scribe who forged his craft in ego-battering Colfax open mics before co-founding The Grawlix with Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl, a union that has produced a self-titled parodic web series and Denver's best monthly standup showcase -- which just so happens to be tonight at the Bug Theater at 10:30 p.m. Cayton-Holland has amassed an enviable list of TV credits, delivering strong sets on shows Conan and The Pete Holmes Show, while steadfastly residing in his native Denver, where the outspoken baseball fan recently realized his lifelong dream of throwing out the opening pitch at a Rockies game after a long social media campaign. And Cayton-Holland's brainchild, The High Plains Comedy Festival, continues to thrive under his quiet but determined stewardship, with the second edition set for August 22-23. The unbelievably stacked lineup includes returning champions from last year's fest, like Beth Stelling, Sean Patton, Kate Berlant, Ian Douglas Terry and Cameron Esposito, in addition to Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani and T.J. Miller as well as ringers like Chris Fairbanks, Baron Vaughn and the top-billed Pete Holmes.

Westword recently met up with Cayton-Holland at the favored Baker haunt and High Plains venue Mutiny Information Cafe to discuss his post-surgery Frankenfoot and doubling down for the festival's second year.

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Longmont's Front Range Film Festival returns for a second run this weekend

Jessica Kooiman
A still from the film The Forgotten Kingdom, screening on Saturday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church in Longmont.
Coloradans like to celebrate their state almost as much as they like to live in it. Longmont's second annual Front Range Film Fest, running Thursday through Saturday, "Connects the Front Range to Film," with three feature-length films and a series of shorts, most of which are by local filmmakers.

"Our main priority as a film festival is showcasing films that have a connection to Colorado," Jessica Kooiman, the festival's organizer, says.

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Photos: The rainbow colors of Denver PrideFest

In 2014, the members of Denver's LGBTQ community have a lot to celebrate. But their political struggles aren't over, either. And that's what Denver PrideFest was all about this past weekend: a blend of celebrating and raising voices toward an improved future. Thousands gathered in Civic Center Park and marched up Colfax Avenue, letting it all hang out as their rainbow flags flew; photographer Ken Hamblin brought back these shots from the festivities.

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Author Antonya Nelson on LitFest, buying books and Funny Once

Categories: Books, Festivals

Author Antonya Nelson.
Paint the town read! As LitFest 2014 continues at Lighthouse Writer's Workshop, we caught up with award-winning author Antonya Nelson, who'll be teaching two classes this week and participate in a free reading on Thursday, June 19. Nelson teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and is the author of three novels and four short-story collections; her work regularly appears in the New Yorker, Harper's and Best American Short Stories. We chatted with her about what inspires her -- and the first thing she'd advise a writer.

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Ten don't-miss mountain festivals in Colorado

The Telluride Balloon Festival takes place this weekend.
Sometimes you just need to escape the heat. And luckily, those pointed peaks off in the west are the perfect place to cool down and enjoy some natural beauty and some killer festivals this summer. Colorado's colorful mountain towns are the host to tons of quirky extravaganzas that are centered around everything from beer to pirates to balloons, and tons more.

Our Summer Guide, which hit the streets Thursday inside the regular issue of Westword, has information on hundreds of events, as well as this list of ten not-to-miss mountain festivals. Keep reading for our picks.

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Photos: Denver Chalk Art Festival 2014

Categories: Art, Festivals

All photos by Scott Lentz
Larimer Square was jammed over the weekend with spectators watching an asphalt canvas come alive with color during the annual Denver Chalk Art Festival, a favorite summer kickoff for fest-goers of all ages. Scott Lentz was there to capture the crowd, the artists and the masterpieces-in-progress.

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2014 Film on the Rocks to feature Fight Club, Caddyshack and more

Brandon Marshall
A band plays before a screening at last year's Film on the Rocks.
This summer's Film on the Rocks schedule is out; as in past years, the festival will feature old favorites, newer films, local artists and more at Red Rocks.

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Photos: Back to the '80s at Totally Tennyson

The Berkeley neighborhood went back to the '80s this weekend when Totally Tennyson took over the Tennyson Street strip from 35th to 46th avenues for a street crawl and party that ended with live music and a high-stakes costume contest at the Oriental Theater. Photographer Marissa Shevins brought back these images of the big-hair shredders and other pop-culture heroes of thirty years ago -- from Mr. T to Olivia Newton John -- who wandered the street on Saturday.

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