Photos: Flyboys and jitterbugging dames at the 1940s WWII Era Ball

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The annual 1940s WWII Era Ball goes back in time right down to every last retro detail, with re-enactor appearances by '40s celebrities, swinging to big band music and some cherry examples of WWII aircraft for a backdrop at the Boulder Airport. Photographer Jake Shane was there on Saturday night to catch the sights and people at this year's version; following are some of our favorite shots.

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Erica Sodos gets metaphysical at the Mercury Cafe

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All photos by Mauricio Rocha
Abracadabra: She's out of the box with a wand of her own. Erica Sodos is a magician, psychic entertainer and motivational speaker currently in residence at the Mercury Cafe. In advance of her May 31 show there, The Magic Within: Psychic Explorations in Telepathy and Empathy, we chatted with Sodos to learn what motivates her magic.

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Photos: Roll! skates back to the '70s with a Polyester theme

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Denver roller disco fans were in their element Friday night, when the monthly Roll! party at Exdo returned to the heyday of disco for one "Polyester" blast from the past. Photographer Danielle Lirette caught all the bling, shiny fabric and afro wigs for our Roll! slide show; some of our favorite images follow.

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The Denver Cruiser Ride 2014 hits the road tonight with a block party on wheels

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Denver Cruiser Ride big wheel Brad Evans continues to find ways to keep the weekly, costumed bike crawl on a roll. So when the first ride of 2014 -- with a "Reds and Robes" theme -- starts tonight at five bar locations, the shared destination will be a bona fide block party at the locus of 14th and Champa streets, given the green light by the partnering Denver Theatre District.

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Like karaoke much? Sing your heart out and help ArtPlant's artist residency program

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It's the little things that help a community thrive, and that's where ArtPlant artist residencies fit into Denver's scene, spreading the wealth by creating an atmosphere of good will and collaboration. Last fall the program's first resident, Kansas City installation artist Rashawn Griffin, took full advantage of the ArtPlant offer, which included a free workspace at TANK Studios, as well as housing at Showpen and a culminating exhibit, to boot.

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Photos: Star Wars and Itchy-O spread the force at City Hall

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Denver's May the Fourth Be with You Star Wars celebration expanded to a three-day party this year, but Saturday's blowout at City Hall was clearly the high point, with a sci-fi costume contest hosted by Andrew Novick that featured the spectacle of the masked marching band Itchy-O. Photographer Brandon Marshall brought back these images.

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Photos: The colors of Colorado, once around the rink at Roll: Colorado Proud

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Over the weekend, some folks went to church and others basked in the sun while celebrating Colorado's favorite plant. But others laced up their skates and took to the floor at the Exdo Event Center dressed head-to-toe in the red, blue and gold, not mention the orange and blue. Ken Hamblin took these shots of the Colorado-centric fun at Roll: Colorado Proud.

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Photos: Yuri's Night blasts off at NORAD

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Fantastic Hosts, a nonprofit known for throwing wild, themed costume parties with artist-designed props, took over two floors at NORAD Dance Bar on Saturday night to celebrate the first flight into space, made by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin 53 years ago in 1961. Part of Yuri's Night, a worldwide acknowledgement of the feat, the party drew astronauts and aliens alike to the dance floor, while raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House. Eric Gruneisen brought back these images from a night that was truly out of this world.

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Photos: Dr. Krishna and Voltaire's Maniacal Steampunk Ball

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All photos by Ken Hamblin
It only made sense to top off the AnomalyCon steampunk convention with a well-timed club night at the Church: Dr. Krishna and Voltaire's Maniacal Steampunk Ball brought out some of the best costumes of the weekend, as well as live music and a Victorian carnival vibe. Ken Hamblin snapped these shots of the well-dressed steampunk aficionados.

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Monkey Town 4: The future is here, and it's lovely

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Susan Froyd
One month into its three-month stay in Denver, Monkey Town 4 -- the fine-dining experience in a video cube brought here by returning hometown kid Montgomery Knott, who fine-tuned the concept for several years in Brooklyn -- is generating a buzz as more and more people suspend reality for two hours in the stylish attraction, snapping pictures and tweeting their sheer delight throughout the evening.

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