Photos: Tracks on wax at the Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo 2014

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Big K Productions, which celebrated its twenty years of putting on record shows last year, kicked off the Denver Record Collectors Expo's next twenty as fans stampeded into the ballroom at the Northglenn Ramada Sunday in search of musical holy grail. The platter-covered vendor tables served up everything from rare vinyl classics to hard-to-find bargains: Here are a few of them, as captured by photographer Ken Hamblin.

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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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Scrounge goes big with assemblage, found objects and repurposed materials in art

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Mario Rivoli, "Ducks in a Row."
Colorado is home to a whole community of assemblage artists, some working with nuts and bolts straight out of the dumpster and others using more rarefied detritus they've collected over years. But it doesn't really matter what goes into putting this kind of art together -- the final transformation is what's most important. Scrounge, a massive, three-part showcase of diverse assemblage art by 26 regional artists, will celebrate the genre when it opens Friday, April 11 at Republic Plaza.

Following is a sneak peek of the exhibit, which includes a large group show; a site-specific installation, "The Earthling Adventure," with work by Jimmy "Rocketman" Descant, Tim Flynn and Mark Friday; and a pop-up installation, "The History of Ornament...{now hurray up and wait}," by collaborators Theresa Anderson and Rebecca Vaughan.

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Photos: The creepy crawlies of Repticon

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It was a slithery scene over the weekend at the Repticon expo, where folks had a chance to get all touchy-feely with snakes, lizards, scorpions, tarantulas and other scaly, hairy, scary creatures on display at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. Brave photographer Brandon Marshall brought back these shots from the creepy-crawly event.

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Photos: Best hats of AnomalyCon

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All photos by Danielle Lirette
It's not really steampunk without the proper headgear, and the hats, goggles and helmets at this past weekend's AnomalyCon steampunk convention were an anachronistic sight to see. Photographer Danielle Lirette roamed the halls of the con with her camera; keep reading for her shots of some of the best costumerie this side of another time and place.

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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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First Annual March for Absurdity brings weirdness to the streets

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All photos by Byron Graham
The First Annual March for Absurdity
Denver's First Annual March for Absurdity convened at RTD's Market Street Station on Sunday afternoon. Whimsical accoutrements abounded at this small but dedicated gathering of weirdos, united in a defiantly pointless exercise for the sake of spectacle. But oh, what a spectacle.

While the costumes were all decidedly bizarre, the real show was on the baffled faces of passersby as they tried to figure out just what the hell was going on. Westword briefly spoke to March organizer Esther Hz (pictured above with a bunny head on) and took a several photos of what amounted to a pretty weird afternoon.

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Photos: The steampunk people of AnomalyCon

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The neo-Victorian look was hot over the weekend at AnomalyCon, where steampunk aficionados gathered for elegant, hardware-laden cosplay and camaraderie and all things con, as well as live music by Clockwork Flamingo and Keldari Station. Photographer Danielle Lirette caught the people of AnomalyCon in full dress, from another century.

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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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Photos: A close shave for the bald and the beautiful at Saturday's St. Baldrick's event

Categories: Benefits, Photos

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The brave souls who gathered Saturday at Lincoln's Road House knew what they were in for when they sat in the barber's chair: their heads shaved smooth as hard-boiled eggs, all in the name of charity. Good thing there was beer nearby....

Following is one woman's transformation for the St. Baldrick's Foundation's childhood cancer research, as documented by photographer Brandon Marshall.

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