Photos: Roll Goes Retro with a Roller Rave Skate Party

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Roller skating is even more fun when it glows in the dark. And that's what happened last Friday night at the Exdo Event Center, where the November edition of Roll! turned on the black lights while skaters spun around the rink in their best retro-rave wear. Photographer Ken Hamblin caught all the action in the following images.

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Photos: Crash 45 Party Fans the Flames for the Telluride Fire Festival

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The spirit of Burning Man and Apogaea will rise in the Rockies when the Telluride Fire Festival debuts in that town in January. On Friday night, Denver burners and other pyromaniacs got a taste of things to come at Crash 45, where the crowds, some in fire-inspired costumes, beat the cold with fire-spinning demonstrations and more. Photographer Brandon Marshall was there to catch the action for Westword; keep reading for some of the evening's hottest faces and flames.

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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.

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Photos: A Stunt Show to the Death at Tennyson's Tap

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Walking on hot coals? Swallowing fire? Sticking a pair of scissors down your throat? It's all in a day's work for a side show attraction. Last Friday night, the daring circus freaks of the Oh No Variety Show and the Faded Freakshow went mano a mano in a contest of weird skills for an audience blessed with strong stomachs. Photographer Marissa Shevins was there to capture every last macabre move; read on for a tiny taste of what went down.

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Photos: Kinky Cosplay at the Hentai Sexy Anime Dance Party (NSFW)

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Another side of cosplay was explored Sunday night at the Church, where cat-eared Neko slave girls and big-eyed, pink-haired lasses in skimpy maid costumes mingled on the floor with leather-clad anime he-boys. Photographer Aaron Thackeray brought back these images and more from the decadent evening.

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Photos: Summer Scream's Retro Rides and Neon Lights at Lakeside Amusement Park

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The Denver Film Society's Reel Social Club took over Lakeside Amusement Park last Thursday for an evening of kidstuff with a sophisticated edge, which included a live DJ and an open bar (oh, and no kids allowed...). But Lakeside's retro vibe, streamlined neon and old-school rides were the hits of the evening. Ken Hamblin shot these views of the old-fashioned fun, which you can enjoy for a few more days in September before Lakeside closes for the season.

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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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