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.

See also: Artist-run TANK Studios sets a new precedent in the local art scene


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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.

See also: Geek Speak: Star Wars won't let me go!

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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.

See also: Waving the flag for Colorado artists

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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.

See also: Yuri's Night with Whomp Truck at NORAD



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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.

See also: Photos: The steampunk people of AnomalyCon

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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.

See also: Monkey Town 4 at Exdo Hall


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Photos: Wipeout! turns black light on decked-out skaters at Exdo's Roll night

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Roll, the monthly roller-skate party at Exdo Event Center, took on a neon glow on Friday night with Wipeout!, a chance for skaters to don dayglo paint, lace up and circle the floor under black lights. Photographer Ken Hamblin was there to catch all the colors swirling; have a look at the action on the rink, below.

See also: Big Trouble in Little Chinatown at Reeewind and Roll.



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Impulse Theater bids LoDo adieu with a last round of improv, but the shows will go on

Categories: Improv, Nightlife

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It's been in the works for a while, but Impulse Theater is finally parting ways with its home within the Wynkoop Brewing Company, where the performance space has been located for more than two decades. The long-running improv spot isn't calling it quits; it's looking for a new location. And in a series of shows this weekend, it will close its Wynkoop chapter and prepare for a new one.

See also: Impulse Theater faces an uncertain future after life at the Wynkoop


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Photos: Big Trouble in Little China at Reeewind and Roll

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Chinese New Year celebrations kicked off early this past weekend when the monthly Reeewind and Roll roller disco took over the floor of the Exdo Event Center with a Big Trouble in Little Chinatown theme. Photographer Ken Hamblin caught the skaters in mid-roll and on the sidelines; continue reading for a peek at the action.

See also: Down & Derby: Roller Disco Is Dead



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Photos: F%CK Xmas flipped off Christmas with mayhem and sexy ladies at 3 Kings Tavern

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Since some people just can't wait for Christmas to be over, 3 Kings threw open its doors on December 25 for the annual F%CK Xmas! celebration, a night of anti-holiday carousing with PBRs and the lovely ladies of Ooh La La. Photographer Brandon Marshall joined in the fun, snapping these images and more (some images might be NSFW).

See also: Photos: New traditions were made at MCA's XXXmas Craftfair (some images NSFW)



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