Paul Moschell's fantastical art-hats will blow the lid off of 303's Denver Fashion Weekend

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Paul Moschell (in headgear) and Tootie Lynn strike a pose.
With hair genius and photo-shoot stylist Charlie Price behind the scenes at the upcoming 303 Magazine's Denver Fashion Weekend, there's little doubt that the three-night event at City Hall, featuring national and local fashion shows as well as a hair show, will look good all weekend long.

But the addition of assemblage-artist Paul Moschell's boundary-breaking, whimsical hat collection -- fantastical, wearable found-object creations to be displayed in a pop-up shop in the club's cocktail lounge before and during runway shows on April 5 and 6 -- will have people talking.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Paul Moschell


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Monkey Town 4 will bring a highbrow slice of Brooklyn to RiNo

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We might live in a town where dining out with an eye-feast of visual media means heading to the latest sing-along screening at the Alamo Drafthouse, but in a few weeks, that will all change -- at least for a while. Former Denverite Montgomery Knott just announced the arrival here of Monkey Town 4, a Brooklyn-born video cube and dining installation making its first foray outside of NewYork, for a three-month pop-up run beginning February 27 in the Exdo Hall in RiNo.

See also: Now Showing: Ivar Zeile and Rebecca Peebles


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The Denver Art Museum will bring the bling in a home-grown Cartier exhibition next fall

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Photo: Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier.
Necklace worn by Countess of Granard. Cartier London, special order, 1932. Platinum, diamonds, emerald. Height at center 8.80 cm. Sold to Lady Granard. Cartier Collection.
The Denver Art Museum learned an important lesson when it brought 2012's Yves Saint Laurent blockbuster to town: The art of fashion is compelling, and not just to art aficionados, but to a wide cross-section of bling-lovers everywhere. Banking on a similar reaction, the DAM announced today that it will host Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, a house-produced exhibition of Cartier jewels and objects, put together with care by YSL designer Nathalie Crinière.

See also: Mona Lucero dishes on YSL and the magic of haute couture

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Get ready to buy Book of Mormon tix again -- for 2015!

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Denver loves The Book of Mormon, and the feeling is really mutual: Though the laugh-out-loud funny, touring Broadway musical from Colorado's own boy geniuses, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is in the last week of its second run at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver Center Attractions announced yesterday that it's been booked for a third, penciled in for August 11 through September 13, 2015, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Yes, 2015. That's planning ahead.

See also: The Book of Mormon really is that good, by Juliet Wittman


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Passport to Paris serves up French art with a side of history at the Denver Art Museum

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Claude Monet, "Road in the Wheatfields at Pourville," 1882. Oil on canvas; 23 x 30-3/4 in. Lent by Frederic C. Hamilton.
Don't expect a grand pastiche of Impressionists when you walk through the three exhibits that comprise Passport to Paris -- while the Denver Art Museum's fall blockbuster does have its share of Impressionist works, that's only part of the exhibition suite's story, which deftly provides the narrative of three centuries of French art in a historical panorama.

See also: Passport to Paris, Denver Art Museum


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Tickets for the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival go on sale at midnight

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Jason Reitman's Labor Day kicks off the Starz Denver Film Festival on November 6.
Hey, Denver: We've got game. For the last 35 years, we've been able to boast a world-class film festival, and this year's 36th Starz Denver Film Festival only ups the ante. The full schedule, released on Monday and tucked into today's issue of Westword (and also available online), proves the point.

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Your guide to the 2013 Biennial of the Americas

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Nick Cave's HEARD•DAM Soundsuits will gallop into Civic Center Park as part of the 2013 Biennial of the Americas.
Next Tuesday, the second Biennial of the Americas will kick off a crammed four days of programming -- July 16 through 19 -- that promises to run fast and hard, giving you little time to catch your breath. To help you plot your course, we've compiled this list of the Biennial's major events; for more details, visit the Biennial's website, Platform 5280 Facebook page or Twitter feed, @TheBiennial. For further info on the go, there's also a free Biennial of the Americas smart-phone app available from the iTunes App Store.

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- Biennial of the Americas, Denver 2013
- Erin Trapp to head Biennial of the Americas in artful move
- Comment: Biennial of the Americas? What was that?


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Sneak peek: Each piece is a world all its own in Nick Cave: Sojourn at the DAM

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Nick Cave, Untitled, mixed media, Denver Art Museum.
Nick Cave moves elegantly, like a dancer or maybe a panther; when he's in a room filled with his work, you can feel the reciprocal magic of a man communing with his own creations. Famous for his Soundsuits -- fanciful sound-making costumes for dancers, on a variety of themes -- Cave is not only evolving in that medium, he's also exploring new directions in three-dimensional assemblage and installation work.

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- Nick Cave: Sojourn opens at the Denver Art Museum
- Fifteen citizen dancers selected to perform in artist Nick Cave's Soundsuits at the DAM
- Spun spins a museum-wide web of textile-related exhibits at the Denver Art Museum


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The Denver County Fair online ticket store is open for business -- with early-bird pricing!

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It's time to gear up for the third annual Denver County Fair, which is aiming to make its trifecta year the best ever. Got a cherry pie to die for? An elegantly stitched quilt? A hen that struts like nobody's business? You have until midnight on July 26 to enter competitions; visit the website for categories, instructions and details.

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- Best Annual Festival - 2013: Denver County Fair
- Five prizeworthy parts of the 2012 Denver County Fair
- Slideshow: Denver County Fair 2012


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Get your fill of IMAX thrills with a summer deal from the Phipps IMAX Theater

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SK Films
The Phipps IMAX Theater at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science officially replaced the old Phipps Auditorium thirty years ago this summer, and quickly became a must-see addition to the museum experience. Over the years, even IMAX technology has reinvented itself, amplifying the already-dizzying visuals on the four-and-a-half-story screen with a 3-D bump, along with freshly implemented digital projection and Surround Sound.

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- Noah Van Sciver Visits the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, a web comic
- Spaced Out: Hubble at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
- Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age is a big, big hit

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