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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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Taylor Gonda

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Taylor Gonda, at the mic talking pop culture for These Things Matter.
#52: Taylor Gonda

When it comes to popular culture, Taylor Gonda talks a great game. As co-host of the local podcast These Things Matter, she chats about music, movies and other obsessions with celebrities both local and sometimes national. But there's more to Gonda than These Things Matter: A regular contributor to Denver's storytelling spotlight The Narrators and the woman behind the man for Adam Cayton-Holland's My Dining Room Table podcast, she also spent more than six years as a director and behind-the-scenes ensemble member of the defunct and sorely missed Paragon Theatre company. We invited Gonda to talk up what rocks her rapidly spinning world; find out more from her 100CC questionnaire, which follows.

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Photos: Kinky Cosplay at the Hentai Sexy Anime Dance Party (NSFW)

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Another side of cosplay was explored Sunday night at the Church, where cat-eared Neko slave girls and big-eyed, pink-haired lasses in skimpy maid costumes mingled on the floor with leather-clad anime he-boys. Photographer Aaron Thackeray brought back these images and more from the decadent evening.

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Photos: Nan Desu Kan 2014's Best Costumes on the Contest Runway

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Nan Desu Kan 2014's greatest cosplay moment -- the annual costume contest -- unfolded onstage at the Denver Marriott Tech Center on Saturday night, with anime-inspired wings and weapons galore. Photographer Marissa Shevins recorded the action with these images and more.

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Photos: The Cosplayers of Nan Desu Kan 2014

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Step inside the Nan Desu Kan anime convention, the region's largest, and you walk into a magical universe of gaming, screenings, fan panels, concerts and detailed costumery created in allegiance to favorite characters from the far-fetched world of anime. There's nothing else like it, as these images by photographer Danielle Lirette of this weekend's events convey.

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Tim Heidecker on Bedtime Stories and touring with Dr. Steve Brule

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Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are enfants terrible whose rhythm, aesthetic and sensibilities have informed everything from cinema to sketch comedy and deodorant advertising in the years since Tom Goes to the Mayor debuted on Adult Swim nearly a decade ago. Gallows humor abounds in their new series, Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories, a hilariously macabre horror-comedy anthology that makes its Adult Swim debut on Thursday, September 18. The show is a huge step forward for the duo, who've mounted their second national live tour in preparation for the premiere. What sets this tour apart from their last is the inclusion of Dr. Steve Brule on the lineup. Played by character actor John C. Reilly, who relishes each awkward syllable in the role of a profoundly unsettling physician offering dubious advice, Brule first appeared in interstitial segments on Awesome Show and then spun off into his own series, Check it out with Dr. Steve Brule. To find out more about the live show and to discuss the finer points of Bedtime Stories, Westword caught up with Heidecker before he headed to Denver for the Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule show at the Paramount on September 15.

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Denver's D.C. Barns wins Star Wars: Force for Change contest -- and a role in Episode VII

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Director JJ Abrams announces the Star Wars: Force for Change contest.
A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away, Star Wars fan D.C. Barns decided to enter a contest that had as its grand prize a chance to be in the next installment of the Star Wars saga, Episode VII. And this week, Barns learned that in the longest of long shots, he'd won the grand prize: He'll be flown from Denver to London to perform a minor role in the film that JJ Abrams is directing.

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Five Reasons Why the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Will Suck

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With its terrible writing, dump truck-sized plot holes, horrible Twilight fan-fic dialogue and a plethora of downright ridiculous misconceptions about BDSM and kinksters, Fifty Shades of Grey, the first book in E.L. James's trilogy, made me want to faceplant into my Kindle. It's four hours of my life that I will never get back.

I get that this is a work of fiction, but at the same time Fifty Shades has become an influential book, and will continue to be with the first movie coming out. Which is why it's important to point out its shortcomings. Here's a list of reasons why Fifty Shades of Grey sucks -- and the movie -- due out next year -- will too.

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Back in time: Modern in Denver recalls the last days of Cinderella City

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All images by Ron Pollard, courtesy of Modern in Denver and the artist.
When the Cinderella City mall opened its doors in Englewood in the '60s, it was state of the art in an almost Disney-esque fashion, all light and fountains and lofty arches, with a movie theater and the quaint Cinder Alley, a tchotchke lane where the hippie kids shopped. But, like many pop-culturey things, Cin City wasn't built to last. By the '90s, not only had the poorly built structure begun to crumble away, but the mall had lost business to more up-to-date shopping centers. It's gone now, replaced by the bustling Englewood City Center and light rail stop, but during the months before it was demolished, photographer Ron Pollard (who's made more recent news for his collection of what appears to be Russian avant-garde paintings) went in and shot images of the dilapidated palace of commerce.

Modern in Denver magazine printed a spread of the photos in its Summer 2014 issue and online; here's a sample that might jog a few memories of past suburban glory, along with Amy Phare's text from the article.

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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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