Armitage & McMillan, a new menswear shop, opening Saturday

All photos by Mauricio Rocha
New menswear is coming to town: Daniel Armitage and Darin Combs are opening Armitage & McMillan on Saturday at 1550 Platte Street, Suite D. Keep reading to find out what menswear brands they will be carrying, what inspired them to open the store, and what they will contribute to the growing Denver fashion community.

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Imagine 2020, Denver's cultural plan, unveiled -- and celebrated today!


More than thirty years ago, 36-year-old dark-horse candidate Federico Pena rode to victory as Denver's mayor waving the slogan "Imagine a Great City." Under Pena, the city released its first arts plan in 1989 -- and now, 25 years later, Denver has released Imagine 2020, Denver's first cultural plan in 25 years.

Mayor Michael Hancock, who interned for the Pena administration, unveiled the plan -- dubbed Imagine 2020 -- Tuesday at the Colorado Convention Center, where he also introduced eight new pieces of public art that have been added to the city's collection. There will be a public presentation of the Imagine 2020 at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park at 4 p.m., followed by a free public reception at 6 p.m. Keep reading for photos of Tuesday's presentation.

See also: Imagine 2020: How do you envision the future of the arts in Denver?

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Meet the magic behind Mago's Magic Shoppe this First Friday

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Like magic, Mago's Magic Shoppe at 313 West 11th Avenue has suddenly become a must-see in the Golden Triangle, with its mix of magic supplies, oddities and art. We recently chatted with co-owner and resident magician Max Mago about where art fits into the realm of magic, how he got his start in the magic business, and what to expect at the Mago's First Friday event on March 7.

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Denver Zoo offers buy-one, get-one admission February 14-17 in honor of Valentine's Day

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This week's cover story, "Beauty of the Beasts," is all about the matchmakers who help zoo animals find love. Or at least another animal to, you know, mate with. And some animals have a strange way of doin' it, as explained in our sidebar about weird mating habits. (Did you know male giraffes will lick female giraffes' urine to tell if they're ovulating?)

For a chance to see the, uh, romance in person, head to the Denver Zoo this weekend for a buy-one, get-one-free deal on admission in honor of Valentine's Day.

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Make your mark at the Boulder Tattoo Project's Halloween fundraiser for flood victims

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Chelsea Pohl and Vinny Bachert of the Boulder Tattoo Project.
On Thursday, October 31, the Laughing Goat at 1709 Pearl Street in Boulder will be the host of a Halloween party to help Boulder flood victims -- and also to introduce some of the 200 people getting tattooed in the Boulder Tattoo Project, which we profile in this week's cover story. And by doing good, you'll also have a good time: You get eight hours of entertainment for the $5 suggested entry donation.

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Author Bruce Cameron talks failure, success, dogs and DreamWorks

"I'm so happy to be here tonight," said W. Bruce Cameron as he took the podium at the Tattered Cover in LoDo last night to address roughly fifty fans, many of whom sipped on plastic cups of complementary wine or nibbled at various cheeses and fruits through his talk. Tattered Cover "is regarded by authors around the country as being the premier bookstore," he noted, "and it's right here in Denver."

Cameron himself no longer is. A former Rocky Mountain News columnist-turned-novelist returned to Denver to promote his fourth novel (and seventh book overall), The Dogs of Christmas. He signed copies for fans and donated $2 from every purchase to Life Is Better Rescue, a nonprofit devoted to saving animals from euthanasia; his daughter is president of the organization.

See also: Bruce Cameron wins Best TV Appearance in Best of Denver

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Praxis Creative Arts Space is gone -- because of a lease dispute, or the Westword curse?

Praxis Creative Arts Space is not just off the grid -- it's gone altogether. A month after its founder, Joshua (no last names, please) was featured in "Free for All," Josiah Hesse's July 25 cover story on people living off the grid, the community group that Joshua had founded with a few friends near Denver's Art District on Santa Fe (no addresses, please), was evicted from its space. Hesse had interviewed Joshua in that space, where Joshua -- who has a master's in mathemathics from the University of Colorado -- had lived with a revolving cast of characters, operated a "free store" and occasionally hosted unauthorized events.

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Stephen Batura's "Winter Crossing" has been found -- safe in RTD storage

Zoe Yabrove has been profiling RTD's public-art pieces, and this Monday, her series reached"Winter Crossing," the stunning mural by Denver artist Stephen Batura that hung at Union Station for a decade -- and then disappeared when the historic facility was closed for major renovations. "RTD removed the work more than a year ago," Batura told her, "but there are questions about how it was dismantled and where the piece is currently at."

Now we have answers.

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-RTD art: Stephen Batura's "Winter Crossing" now gone from Union Station
- RTD art: Scott Parsons at the Lakewood and Wadsworth station
- RTD art: Scott Donahue at the Alameda station

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"A bear walked into a bar" -- read the winner of our joke contest

"Are giant bears walking through downtown Colorado Springs?" asked a nitwitted FoxNews anchor last week, after video of the dumpster-diving bruin outside of the Edelweiss German Restaurant in Colorado Springs aired for the umpteenth time on the network. And Fox wasn't alone; the schnitzel-hunting bear became an instant celebrity around the globe, thanks to this video:

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- Hand-feeding Burger King to bears? When it comes to stupidity, that's a whopper!

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Low Down Dog world premiere at the Oriental tonight
Four years ago historians of bad behavior got a rare glimpse into Denver street life and drug culture of the 1950s-1990s with the posthumous publication of Vato Maldito: My Life of Crime, by John "Bubbles" Gallegos, a local heister and heroin fiend. Now underground filmmaker and provocateur Raoul Vehill, who also happens to be Gallegos's nephew, has taken that text as the inspiration -- if that's the right word -- for what has all the earmarks of being a bold and seedy indie film, Low Down Dog, which screens at the Oriental Theater tonight.

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- Two ex-cons' choices: Go straight or go straight to hell
- Joe Arridy was the happiest man on death row
- Will juvenile lifers get a second chance?

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