Everything at the Bro Show: MMA Fights, Beer Pong, Classic Cars and Man Cave Accessories

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Men gathered for a manly good time this weekend, when the inaugural Bro Show strode confidently into the Denver Mart, bringing with it a melange of beer kits, big-screen TVs, guns, MMA tournaments, gigantic trucks and more. Ken Hamblin snapped these images of the action; keep reading for a taste of the Bro Show.

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Kelly Sears Uses Found Footage to Capture Current Crises: See Them Tonight

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Kelly Sears, Voice on the Line
Kelly Sears will be showing a program of short films at First Person Cinema.
Scouring flea markets, thrift stores and film archives, filmmaker Kelly Sears rescues bits and pieces of forgotten movies and reanimates old footage to explore new ideas. But unlike many found-footage filmmakers whose works are an exercise in nostalgia, Sears reinvents histories to reflect on the current crises facing our society. For example, in her film Voice on the Line, she imagines a secret government program that persuaded '50s era telephone operators to keep callers on the line, slowly getting them to reveal their dirtiest secrets. The film uses this story to reflect on surveillance culture and social media exhibitionism.

Whether she's dealing with the Patriot Act, Manifest Destiny or the menacing drama of high school life, Sears creates captivating narratives while exploring the limits of experimental animation techniques and collage -- using both story and frame-by-frame manipulation. In advance of her presentation at First Person Cinema tonight, we spoke with Sears about her work.

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Opening Weekend at A-Basin: Sunshine, Beer and Just Enough Snow

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Happy skiers and snowboarders flocked to Arapahoe Basin over the weekend for the official kickoff to the 2014-'15 Colorado ski season, amid sunny conditions and a party atmosphere. While balmy weather is keeping the snow guns at bay elsewhere, it's only a matter of time before Loveland, Winter Park and eventually all the other ski resorts follow suit. Photographer Brandon Marshall hit A-Basin to record all fun in the sun; read on for a preview of our slide show.

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Truth Be Told Story Slam Hits Boulder Sunday

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Credit Marvin A. Ross
Truth Be Told hosts Johanna Walker and Nina Rolle entertain the audience.
In today's world, the art of storytelling has been diminished by quick texts and 140-character tweets. So Nina Rolle and Johanna Walker are crusading to keep storytelling alive with the Truth Be Told story slam. "I think that people really crave stories," Walker says. "They help us build community and find our place in the world. Someone else's story can help us make sense of what it is to be human. People are really longing to connect with other people, especially in this day of hyper information."

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Update: Online Voting Now Open in "I Heart My RTD" Student Art Contest

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One of the students' designs. To see them all (and vote!) visit the RTD art contest website.
Update: Online voting has begun in the "I Heart My RTD" student art contest. The website features sixteen designs created by middle school students in the Aurora and Cherry Creek school districts and asks users to vote for their favorite. Two designs will ultimately be chosen to be adapted for display on either side of a forty-foot bus.

Voting will be open until October 24. The winners will be announced October 31.

See also: RTD Art: Emanuel Martinez at the Tenth and Osage Station

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The Moth StorySLAM Lands in Denver Tonight

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The Moth StorySLAM is a community story-telling event.
The inaugural Denver Moth StorySLAM, presented by The Moth Radio Hour, will land at Swallow Hill tonight. These events, which are set up like poetry slams -- except with true stories that last no more than five minutes -- have already been hits in major cities like New York City, Chicago, LA and London. Now Colorado is getting one because this fall, the popular podcast The Moth Radio Hour got a permanent spot on KUNC out of Greeley. "We decided a while back to only start new StorySLAMs in cities where the public radio station plays The Moth Radio Hour," explains Jenifer Hixson, StorySLAM manager for the Moth. "Hearing the stories on The Moth Radio Hour gives people an idea of what we're after, the kind of storytelling we want: true and personal."

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Gallery Sketches: Three Shows in Denver and Boulder for the Weekend of October 17-19

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See video work by Ryan McFarlin and others at Dateline Saturday.
This weekend, you can survey the art of mourning and found objects, revel in grand strokes of pure color or see what's gone under the radar in the local videography community. For more options, check out Westword's gallery listings; read on for sketches of a few of our favorites.

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"Pockets of Contextless Waste As Points" invites viewers to be present for performance

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"Egyptian Paralysis," the first album release from Hippies Wearing Muzzles.
When musician, performer (and sometime Westword contributor) Luke Leavitt set out to create "Pockets of Contextless Waste As Points," he saw it as a way to finally cross paths with an Internet friend. The part-music, part-poetry, part-performance art event happening at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 18 at DIY space Hamsterdam, 3547 Brighton Boulevard, was shaped around finally connecting in real life with Lee Evans A.K.A. Hippies Wearing Muzzles, a longtime social-networking acquaintance.

See also: At the Aurora Mall with Cop Circles' Luke Leavitt

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Ink Monstr Celebrates Sticker Art With Sticky Situation at Cluster Saturday

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Photo courtesy of Ink Monstr
Stickers are not just for stationary. Ink Monstr, a graphic design and print shop, will be taking over Cluster Studios for Sticky Situation, a one-night-only elite art show and competition on Saturday, October 18. And you can help choose the artist who moves on to the national contest.

See also: Redman at Ink Monstr's Last Pool Party of 2014

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Art and Fashion Collide at the Classic Tonight

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The Classic: An Art and Fashion Exhibit will fill Green Labs, a marijuana think tank and performance space, with music, style, art and design tonight. The event is two shows in one, and will introduce Instant Classic Standard Clothing, a new lifestyle and clothing brand. In advance of tonight's Classic, we checked in with creative/organizer Ru Johnson and ICS designers Charles Silverstein and Darren Preston to talk about their work, and the creative scene in Denver.

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