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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This Weekend: Eat Like It's Still Summer and Help This Refugee Soccer Team Get a Ride

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Jason Hicks (third from right) and his hot kicks, The Niyakko Rush.
Here's an idea: If, like me, you are bored to tears with the corporatization of sport and want to celebrate in some way those who play for pure love of the game -- and maybe grab a burger, some hot dogs, and a cheap car wash in the bargain -- then I've got a deal for you. Point your car to the heart of Aurora this Saturday afternoon and make the acquaintance of Niyakko Rush, a grass-roots soccer club of talented and dedicated young refugees who just really, really, really want to play.

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For a modest donation -- whatever you, Mr. or Ms. Consumer, feels is fair -- you can get your car washed and be well fed. And meet some soccer fiends who are so tight, so wildly enmeshed in this idea of teamwork, that they named their club after a Burmese term that means "brother."

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Five Life Lessons Learned at the Wake Up Festival

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Deborah Lopez
Elizabeth Gilbert brought down the Wake Up house on Saturday night.

A collection of visionaries, luminaries and live-your-best-life movers-and-shakers met at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park this past week for the Wake Up Festival, which is orchestrated every year by Boulder's own Sounds True media company. This year's lineup included Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love), k.d. lang, Jill Bolte Taylor, Rick Hanson, Seane Corn, Mark Nepo and many more. With keynote and session titles like "Tools for Peace," "Reduced to Joy" and "Filling the Hole in Your Heart," there were myriad lofty lessons to be gleaned from the teachings on hand; here are our top five.

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Top ten reasons a man will appreciate the Renaissance Festival

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The damsels of the Faire leave little to the imagination.
Most people think of the annual Colorado Renaissance Festival -- or any Ren Faire, for that matter -- as a medieval Comic-Con. But when we visited this annual blast from the past in Larkspur, we found the Renaissance Festival an ideal place for a strapping fellow to bear witness to epic battles, execute feats of strength and kiss a damsel or two. Here are the top ten ways a man can get his machismo on at the Renaissance Festival.

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Photos: Drag queens and fashionistas at the Apocalyptic Ball

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Crowds turned out at Tracks this weekend for the fifth annual Apocalyptic Ball, a fundraiser for the Colorado AIDS Project that combines drag queens -- including RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Delta Work -- and mini-fashion shows for a good cause. Photographer Eric Gruneisen brought back these images and more of all the fun and games.

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Photos: Hotrods and horsepower at the Denver Automotive and Diesel Center

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Spit-shined Mustangs, T-Birds, Corvettes and other automotive classics were the focal point Saturday at the Denver Automotive and Diesel Center's car show. Along with the stylin' rides, the event featured a rockabilly costume contest and other diversions. Feast your eyes on these examples of automotive style, taken by photographer Jake Shane.

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Photos: The art and people of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival

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After more than twenty years, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival continues to attract folks from all over the city -- and the world -- to browse and buy fine art and craft works by a national roster of artists. Food, live performance and interactive art activities for all all ages round out the summer tradition, making it a must-see event year after year. Photographer Ken Hamblin was on the scene in Cherry Creek North over the weekend to snap these images and more.

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Photos: The Inkmonstr Pool Party splashed down on Denver on Saturday

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All photos by Aaron Thackeray
Denver isn't known for its beach scene, but last Saturday, the EXDO event center was filled in with sand and covered with inflatable pools for Inkmonstr's Pool series. Westword photographer Aaron Thackeray was there to capture all the games and pool splashing, and you can view the entire Inkmonstr slide show here.

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Fancy Tiger celebrates its eighth birthday with a bash on Saturday

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Photo by Mauricio Rocha
The owners of Fancy Tiger, the clothing store, and Fancy Tiger Crafts will celebrate their eight-year run of keeping Denver stocked with stylish wears on Saturday, June 28. Although both stores are throwing parties, each will have a different atmosphere and festivities.

"The anniversary is a celebration of the customers and the staff," says Fancy Tiger Clothing co-owner Matthew Brown. "My staff and designers help me to express and realize my vision. It is also a celebration of the Denver community. My vision alone is not enough. I need creative people to help bring it together."

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Photos: The rainbow colors of Denver PrideFest

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In 2014, the members of Denver's LGBTQ community have a lot to celebrate. But their political struggles aren't over, either. And that's what Denver PrideFest was all about this past weekend: a blend of celebrating and raising voices toward an improved future. Thousands gathered in Civic Center Park and marched up Colfax Avenue, letting it all hang out as their rainbow flags flew; photographer Ken Hamblin brought back these shots from the festivities.

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