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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Five most Cusackian John Cusack movies -- celebrate the actor tonight

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Say Anything, Gracie Films
Join These Things Matter hosts Kevin O'Brien and Taylor Gonda tonight at the Lost Lake Lounge for These Things Matter Night, a live podcast recording dedicated to the films of John Cusack, whose Rob Gordon character in High Fidelity inspired both the title of the podcast and the obsession with pop-cultural minutiae that keeps it going. "Cusack was one of the first things Taylor and I bonded over," says O'Brien. "I've discovered there is a whole legion of man-boys and lady-dudes who, like myself, spent [their] teen years trying to replicate Cusack's angst." To celebrate the career of the actor who continues to inspire them, Gonda and O'Brien have programmed a full evening of Cusack-related entertainment, with screenings and musical performances from SPELLS and Lisa Prank. They'll also be conducting brief interviews with any guest who wants to lionize Cusack for the podcast. Explains O'Brien: "We figured, why not hear from all the other Cusack-philes out there?"

In honor of tonight's event, Westword revisited the filmography of John Cusack and hand-picked his most definitively Cusackian roles. These movies are each thoroughly entertaining on their own merits, but together they illuminate the precise nature of Cusack's appeal. Old-school Cusack fans may notice the conspicuous absence of his broader '80s comedies. Unlike the man himself, Cusack movies like Better Off Dead have aged very poorly. 1985's The Sure Thing is a film that, like promise rings and the music of Rush, is strictly intended to entertain virgins. True fans can hardly begrudge this list, however, as it covers every shade of Cusack, and includes a legitimate masterpiece, two beloved cult classics, a half-forgotten potboiler that deserves a critical reappraisal, and a movie that features what is arguably the best boyfriend of cinema history in its ranks.

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Photos: Sounds on 29th's Live Gong Show at 3 Kings Tavern

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Channel 12's Sounds on 29th series brings local sounds to the airwaves, but without much of a budget, fundraising is a must to keep the Denver music showcase alive. To that end, Sounds hosted a benefit based on The Gong Show, the famed Chuck Barris game show of the '70s, last Thursday night at 3 Kings Tavern. While contestants took their chances onstage, photographer Brandon Marshall caught the action. Keep reading to see the slide-show preview.

See also: Sounds on 29th's Heather Dalton talks Teletunes and Denver music TV history


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The Artsmyths costume shop is puttin' on the ritz at the Mercury Cafe

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Valerie Photogoddess
Some of last year's costumes.

Halloween is long gone, but costume fiends don't care: they're always on the hunt for the next party. Which is why the Denver mask shop ArtSmyths is presenting Puttin' On The Ritz at the Mercury Café this Saturday, November 30.

ArtSmyth's owner, Tiffany Smyth, is throwing Jazz-era dead-celebrities funeral party, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the shop. It's the third time that the store has celebrated its birthday in this way.

See also: The Ten best stores on Broadway

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Photos: It was a plaid, plaid world at the Tavern Downtown's Lumberjack Party

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In a city that worships flannel, a Lumberjack Party isn't much of a stretch. At the fifth annual edition, this time at the Tavern Downtown on Saturday night, the floor was packed with flannel-clad boys and girls swinging their Paul Bunyan axes, twirling their manly (and womanly) moustaches, and bellying up tp the bar for enough PBRs to last a long, hard winter in the North Woods. Photographer Scott Lentz brought back these pictures of the fun, which included a surprise proposal; see the full slide show for all these and more.

See also: Lumberjack Party at the Gin Mill, 2011



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