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Teen’s a ‘Ferocious Fighter’

For eight years, Patrick Boland, 16, has lived with a pain throughout his body that is so excruciating, it can feel as if he’s wrapped in barbed wire, doused in gasoline and set on fire.
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The Art of the Brick welcomes guests back to DMNS

A space with about 10 million Lego bricks in it probably sounds like a dream come true for many children (and quite a few adults as well), but for artist Nathan Sawaya, that's just his workspace. …
This image of graffiti-style lettering and cartoon figures that have been painted on the windows of the Irish Rover bar on South Broadway has been added to the library's collection of images documenting COVID-19's impact on the Denver area, which can be viewed online.

Documenting a pandemic in Denver

When six-year-old Noah Alpert decided to express his feelings about his life during the COVID-19 pandemic in a song, he never could have imagined that song would someday end up in the collection of a …
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Federal COVID supports are a good deal

Ever since March 13 when President Trump declared a health emergency, the federal government has eagerly tried to help individuals and businesses in at least nine different ways. Their new laws, …
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‘Silent Rose’ is anything but

One of the worst things a storyteller can do when telling the story of, or to, young people is condescend to them. Many don’t take the thoughts and opinions of young people seriously, and that’s …

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Arts community has shows and sad news

Each year, the Colorado Watercolor Society holds a statewide exhibit that brings out many fine paintings — very much worth an excursion to enjoy them.
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Local author honored for collection of stories

Centennial author Emily Wortman-Wunder, who lives near Koelbel Library, won in the recent Colorado Book Awards contest, sponsored by Colorado Humanities, in the category of Best Short Story …
Fireworks light up the sky above Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood in July 2019. Most metro-Denver communities have canceled this year’s Independence Day fireworks displays, but many are offering alternative events to celebrate the Fourth.

A different look to the Fourth in the age of COVID-19

Independence Day is still on the calendar for July 4 — but this year’s holiday marking the nation’s birth won’t look like past celebrations.
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Thornton Arts welcomes the summer

The Thornton Arts and Culture Division is emerging from the COVID-19 closedown with several free activities that provide artistic connection and take into account the need to keep attendees safe. …
“Down on the Farm,” an acrylic painting by Mary Clark, was named Best of Show in the Heritage Fine Art Guild’s online exhibit.
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Tour local art scene from your screen

For a happy way to spend some time — and perhaps find an artist you aren’t aware of — visit a couple online exhibits we received word of. The online venue offers the art lover a chance to …

Colorado Book Award winners announced

Colorado Book Award winning authors read from their works at a Facebook Live celebration event that was watched by more than 1,000 viewers on May 30. Special guests were Colorado Humanities and …
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Take to the water at Big Soda Lake

By all accounts the summer of 2020 will be a dry one, with city water parks and regional attractions like Water World remaining closed for the season. Fortunately, Lakewood’s Big Soda Lake in Bear …

Accepting the torch: Words from a 2020 graduate

Dear Class of 2020, My name is Jasleen Batra, and I’m a high school senior at DSST: Byers High School. I wish I had the opportunity to thank my teachers and friends in person for all the help they …

Taking collections one step further

Does your family have special collections? Maybe they collect tools, spare change, stamps, ornaments, seashells, or photos.  Young children also are drawn to collecting things. These collections …
Hosted and moderated by Stage 32, the Vail Film Festival 2020 Women in Film: Personal Stories panel featured fascinating and insightful information from women in various areas of the film industry. From top left, producer Ashleigh Snead, producer Mali Elfman, producer, director and writer Alexandra Baretto, director, filmmaker, photographer and actor Leslie Alejandro, actor and producer Lesley-Ann Brandt, and producer and CEO of The Creative Coalition, Robin Bronk.
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In digital form, Vail Film Festival connects audiences and stories

During the COVID-19 quarantine, most of us have become exceedingly comfortable with foregoing the movie theater experience and streaming films from our couch. As familiar as that’s becoming, it’s …

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Reigniting creativity at the Arvada Center

As we enter the post-quarantine world, there are a vast array of jobs, industries and organizations that are going to need help coming back to life. The arts are certainly on this list, and the …
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