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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Artist House Tour: John Haley forges badass metal work in his Lakewood studio

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John Haley III
John Haley's metal shop studio in Lakewood, CO

Editor's note: Indie Design Blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put their houses together. In this series, she'll be sharing some of her favorite homes, taking us inside the unique private spaces of metro Denver and beyond.

John Haley III is one interesting cat. His art-nouveau-inspired metalwork can be found in artsy homes all around the world. It can also be purchased at johnhaleyiii.blogspot.com or at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival this weekend. You can see what we're talking about on the next few pages as we show his work displayed artfully throughout his midcentury-modern home in Lakewood. Read more to find out what inspires this fascinating metalworker.

See also: Artist House Tour: Featuring Mark and Kristen Sink


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The ten best geek events in Denver in July

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If Fourth of July picnics and World Cup hysteria aren't doing it for you, July has plenty of geek entertainment to offer -- whether you're looking to get your game on, enjoy Star Wars in the traditional Shakespearean form or just sit in the blessedly cool, air-conditioned embrace of a movie theater while watching science-fiction classics. Here are July's ten best geek events.

See also: From Basket Case to Raiders, the undying cult of genre film

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Photos: The costumes of Denver Comic Con

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More than 85,000 people walked through the aisles of the Denver Comic Con over the weekend, according to the folks behind the rapidly growing convention, and a lot of them were in costume. Con cosplay, after all, is an art unto itself, featuring hand-built costumery that can sometimes take months to create. Or not. Photographer Danielle Lirette brought back these images -- and more -- from the third annual event.

See also: Fans and celebrities at Denver Comic Con 2014

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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Brad K. Evans

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Brad K. Evans, "Starkiss," stencil.
#79: Brad K. Evans

Brad K. Evans is a different kind of leader, one who casts a skewed entrepreneurial light upon all his pursuits -- of which there are many. And he does it all with a sense of humor and adventure. Artist, designer, dumpster diver, realtor and bike advocate, Evans is probably best known as the mastermind of the Denver Cruiser Ride, a weekly Wednesday night bike and bar crawl with costumes that attracts as many detractors as it does diehard fans. Regardless of where you stand on the cruiser-ride issue, Evans, who works with the authorities to establish safety rules for the hundreds of riders who show up for DCR's Denver Bike Night, is someone we all ought to know. Get acquainted by way of his 100CC questionnaire.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Katie Kruger


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Photos: Star Wars and Itchy-O spread the force at City Hall

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Denver's May the Fourth Be with You Star Wars celebration expanded to a three-day party this year, but Saturday's blowout at City Hall was clearly the high point, with a sci-fi costume contest hosted by Andrew Novick that featured the spectacle of the masked marching band Itchy-O. Photographer Brandon Marshall brought back these images.

See also: Geek Speak: Star Wars won't let me go!

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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.

See also: The Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo is a music fan's paradise


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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.

See also: AnomalyCon performer Keldari Station on what makes good science fiction

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Artist House Tour: Fine art photographers Mark and Kristen Sink thrive in their LoHi Bohemia

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Mark and Kristen Sink, www.gallerysink.com and www.kristenkatgi.com
Fine Art photographers Mark and Kristen Sink in their LoHi home.
Editor's note: Indie Design Blogger Jeanne Connolly loves to see how creative people put their houses together. In this series, she'll be sharing some of her favorite homes, by taking us inside the unique private spaces of metro Denver and beyond.

Husband-and-wife photographers Mark Sink and Kristen Sink are quite the artistic force in Denver, using their inspiring bohemian as a home base to launch massive community projects, to create special wet-plate photos and to collect books featuring historic family members who have impacted the field of photography. There are even some fabulous photographs of Mark's work with renowned Pop artist Andy Warhol from the 1980s.

See also: Artist House Tours: Featuring Eron Johnson's inspiring Valverde Loft.

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Photos: People of Animeland Wasabi 2014

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Over the weekend, cosplayers from around the region gathered at the Animeland Wasabi convention for an Asian pop-culture jubilee, with costumes, concerts, animation and 24-hour gaming provided through partnerships with the Colorado Cutthroat Connection and National Video Game Association. Photographer Danielle Lirette caught the spirit of the con in the following photos.

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