Photos: A Holiday Shoot With Suzanne Heintz and Her Mannequin Family

Photographer Suzanne Heintz shoots a family Christmas card just like any self-respecting matriarch would, but with a difference: Heintz's happy family is made of plastic -- husband, snowflakes, flocking, stocking caps and all. Photographer Danielle Lirette joined Heinz for a holiday photo shoot Sunday at Kanon Collective; read on for images.

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The Nkisi Project Brings the Power of Community to Ice Cube Gallery

Photo by Christy Wolfe
Tammi Kefauver Brazee and Sarah Rockett building the Nkisi Project.
When Ice Cube Gallery director Sarah Rockett had some extra space at Ingrained, the co-op's December group show, she decided that it should take a village to fill it. Inspired by her longing to build a community in Denver as tight as the one she'd left behind in New Orleans, Rockett invited more than thirty artists from six states (including co-curators Peter Yumi and Tammi Kefauver Brazee) to submit their own unique Nkisi Nkondi, or power figures, to be interwoven into a group installation: The Nkisi Project. We asked Rockett to elaborate on her concept, which she hopes will lead to others like it in the future. Keep reading for her insights...

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Photos: Krampus Nacht Celebrates the Darker Side of Christmas

Krampus, the horned anti-Santa of Alpine folklore, is said to handle the naughty children Santa leaves behind by throwing them in his sack and carrying them off to some unimaginably hellish place. Denver's first Krampus Nacht transformed the Oriental Theater into that den of iniquity on Saturday night, and Scott Lenz was there to capture every moment. Keep reading for photos.

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Photos: December's First Friday Nightlife in the Art District on Santa Fe

Though the First Friday of December traditionally collides with the Parade of Lights, art-lovers still flocked to Santa Fe Drive, despite interfering downtown gridlock. Read on to see photographer Danielle Lirette's images from the art district's monthly gallery stroll.

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Photos: Beefcake and Babes Strip Down for the Santa Speedo Dash

Ladies and gents alike flashed a little flesh on Saturday at the annual Santa Speedo Dash, a Highlands Square holiday tradition that involves skivvies-and-Santa-hat-clad lunatics running down the street in the dead of December. But it's all for a good cause -- raising money for Life is Better Rescue, a local foster-based animal rescue -- and the weather wasn't bad, either. Keep reading to see pics from the event, captured by photographer Scott Lenz.

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Photos: A Thanksgiving Eve Karaoke Showdown at the Dong Gong Show

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On Thanksgiving eve, amateurs took the stage at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse for a grand karaoke showdown inspired by that ridiculous '70s game show, the Gong Show. Judges Juicy la Booty, Long Gong Scooter and Bad Cop Robin weighed in on each performance, while contestants hoped to avoid hearing the toll of the dreaded dong gong. Photographer Nicki Lamson was there to record both the triumphs and the lamest fails; keep reading for a taste of the evening.

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Photos: Homegrown Comix and Cartoonists at the Cowtown Comics Fest

The local comics community set up tables last Sunday at Morey Middle School for the Cowtown Comics Festival, an all-Colorado artist expo that featured everything from hand-stapled zines to hardback graphic novels. Photographer Nicki Lamson was there, and brought back these images and more from the low-key fest.

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Photos: Roll Goes Retro with a Roller Rave Skate Party

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: Art and Fashion at ArtDenver

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival decided to bring the summer event's tried-and-true formula indoors this past weekend for the inaugural ArtDenver at the Colorado Convention Center. For extra glitz, fashion took center-stage at the first night of ArtDenver, which mixed runway shows and designer vendors with artist booths. Photographer Brandon brought back these images from the fest.

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

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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