Photos: The colors and cultures of Asia at the 2014 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

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Lions and dragons and boats took over Sloan's Lake Park this past weekend as thousands braved the heat to eat, shop and play at the 2014 Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. The culture of the Philippines was showcased this year, but entertainment included everything from Japanese taiko drumming and martial arts to a wide, pan-Asian slice of traditional dances -- and, as always, the food courts were a major draw. Photographer Jake Shane caught the sheer variety of the fest in these photos and more.

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Photos: Colorado Burlesque Festival

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All photos by Ken Hamblin
Performers from Colorado and beyond strutted their stuff during last weekend's Colorado Burlesque Festival, held at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret and the Paramount Theatre. Photographer Ken Hamblin was there to catch all the antics; keep reading for a look.

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Photos: Fetish Ball at The Church

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Jake Shane
Whips, chains and kinks of all kinds were on display at The Church Sunday night as people with came together -- and how! -- at the Fetish Ball. Our photographer was there to capture the action. See the photos below for a safe sample, and check out the complete NSFW Fetish Ball slide show here.

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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: Super Human updates the art of portraiture at Plus Gallery

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Adan de la Garza, "Arbitrary self improvement," performance document, HD video, 31 minutes, 2014.
It's not unusual for Plus Gallery to throw a group show in the summer, but Ivar Zeile says this year's offering, Super Human, is his biggest multi-artist exhibition ever, with work from more than 25 local, national and even international artists. More than just a collection of portraits, Super Human is a sleek study in 21st-century trends in portraiture. Here's a sneak peek at some of that work; see the rest when the show opens on Thursday, July 10.

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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: Highland Fourth of July Parade

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All photos by Brandon Marshall
Families gathered around the streets of the Highland neighborhood for the annual Fourth of July parade last weekend. Westword photographer Brandon Marshall was there and he captured all the pint-sized patriots, flags, and parade participants.

Take a look at the photos below and then scroll through our complete Highland Fourth of July Parade slide show.

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Photos: Independence Eve at Civic Center Park

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All photos by Jake Shane
Independence Day started early in Denver, with a fireworks display at Civic Center Park on July 3. Westword photographer Jake Shane attended the festivities. Check out some his photos below and then view the entire Civic Center fireworks slide show.

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Photos: Words and history entwine in art at Lighthouse Writers Workshop

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Mario Acevedo, "Pete's Kitchen," Art & Writing, Lighthouse Writers Workshop.
Art & Writing, one of Eric Matelski's favorite shows to curate, currenty fills the rooms of the historic Milheim House, a stately Denver Square from the turn of the last century, complete with a wraparound porch, that's now home to Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Conceived as a side trip of the annual Lit Fest last month, it's a cheeky collection by local artists curated to suit each of the mansion's rooms.

To cap its run, Matelski will lead a free tour through those rooms at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 6, sprinkling in a little of the home's historic lore while introducing the work of some of his favorite artists. Here's a preview of the art you'll see.

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