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 A custom Yeti animatronic terrorizes the 13th Floor.

Screamworks on the 13th Floor and Rising

Screamworks has been in business since 2002, but the RiNo-based producer of the 13th Floor and other haunted houses has soared to terrifying new heights in the last three years.

Kate Armstrong is an urban forager who's made a career of living off our urban landscape by supplementing her diet with edible weeds.

Kate Armstrong, Urban Forager, Waxes on Weeds

Welcome to sunny Denver, where farmers markets reign supreme and foodies asking servers about the origins of their free-range chicken is as ordinary as a fork. But even here, the idea of living "authentically" sounds a little foreign, a little too Portlandia, doesn't it? Not if you're Kate Armstrong, the urban forager who's made a career of living off our urban landscape by supplementing her diet with edible weeds.

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Professor Phelyx and the Trick of Mentalism

Professor Phelyx is no ordinary magician -- he's a magical entertainer and mentalist with jaw-dropping talents that delight and amaze audiences from Denver to Ireland. And now for his next trick, a Wonderbound ballet!

Drag Machine covered the history of drag through performers depicting different decades.

Innovative and Askew, Off-Center @ The Jones Launches Third Season

Off-Center @ The Jones is the "test kitchen" at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Co-Curators Emily Tarquin and Charlie Miller discuss the third season, starting Oct. 10.

Bovine Metropolis Theater owners Denise Maes and Eric Farone.

Improvising a Business: Bovine Metropolis Brings Improv to the Masses

When the husband-and-wife team of Eric Farone and Denise Maes established Bovine Metropolis Theater in 2000, they left the stability and benefits of their corporate jobs to take a leap of faith toward a mutual dream -- to create a training theater that would develop Denver's improv community and bring the art of improv to the masses.

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Ruby Hill Park Getting Ready to Shine

Welcome to Ruby Hill. The long underused city park is going through an extreme, culturally infused makeover that is expected to turn it into a Denver gem. It's quite a turnaround for a former landfill with a considerably lower profile than many other parks in the city.

Sweet Action, a welcome addition to the neighborhood, opened its doors in 2009.

The Baker Boom: Revitalization on Broadway Hits Fever Pitch

Development in Baker has exploded in recent years, and the curve is steepening as of late 2013. Can one of Denver's most distinctive 'hoods balance explosive growth with the preservation of its quirky character?

Landon Meier's masks of Ron Jeremy, Mike Tyson and babies.

Hyperflesh's Signed Breaking Bad Mask Auctioned on eBay after Series Finale

Hyperflesh's super-realistic, signed mask of Breaking Bad's Walter White (a.k.a. Heisenberg) attracted bids north of $40,000 after the series' critically acclaimed finale. The Art Distict on Santa Fe-based Landon Meier tells us when latex and silicon masks cross the boundary and become art.

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Confluence Q&A: Ken Schroeppel, CU Denver and DenverInfill

Confluence Denver talked to DenverInfill Founder and CU Denver Instructor Ken Schroeppel about Denver development, parking lots and the best places in the city.

Warm Cookies of the Revolution encourages active citizenship with monthly meetings covering everything from poop to pro sports.

Civic Health Club: Warm Cookies of the Revolution

Warm Cookies of the Revolution encourages active citizenship with monthly meetings covering everything from water treatment to pro sports. Founder Evan Weissman is looking to expand the concept with a permanent storefront and more frequent gatherings.

Andrew Novick is an artist, collector, photographer, chef and coveter of the strange.

The Weird World of Andrew Novick: Blood, Pancakes and Punk Rock

The parallels to the legendary Andy Warhol are uncanny: identical infatuations with pop culture, both extraordinary collectors and coveters of the strange and they even share a name. What does a humble genius reminiscent of Warhol and undeterred by limits do in his free time? (Hint: The answer isn't "sleep.") Here's a brief review of all things Andrew Novick.

The original Chipotle on East Evans Avenue.

Top 10 Denver Startups of All Time

For Denver Startup Week, we pondered a question: What are the greatest startups to ever call Denver home? From burritos and suitcases to software and fishhooks, here are Confluence's picks.

Jim Deters is the founder and CEO of Galvanize, a startup incubator complete with a shared office space and investment branch that works to foster and promote Denver-area startups.

Denver Startup Year: From 2012 to 2013, the Impact of Denver Startup Week

The first Denver Startup Week, held last fall, helped raise the city's profile as a destination for entrepreneurs, startups and those who have the cash to invest in them. Now that the industry is in the middle of the second annual Denver Startup Week, taking place at dozens of venues from Sept. 16-21, what do entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and others have to say about the past 12 months, and where do they see the market heading in the future?

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Denver-Based Social Hub Maker Allowing Fans, Businesses To Wayin

In five short months, LoDo-based Wayin has grown into a Twitter-certified company, thanks to a unique social-media hub platform for fans in Denver and other cities. The company is making one high-profile local client happy: the Denver Broncos.

John Rumley launched Late Night Denver in Jan. 2013.

John Rumley, King of Late Night Denver

Late Night Denver, John Rumley's Internet-only talk show, is catching on in a big way. Now he's looking to capture a national audience, thanks to a deal with TheLipTV2 -- but Rumley promises the money won't change Late Night Denver.

The area around Elm Street is shaping up to be a great neighborhood.

Checking out the 'Fax: Revitalization Accelerates on East Colfax

East of Colorado Boulevard, business owners on Colfax Avenue see promise in underserved neighborhoods, but some stretches are coming along faster than others. The Fax Partnership is helping catalyze revitalization on what was once dubbed "the longest, wickedest street in America."

Michael Nye, editor of Missouri Review, author Amanda Rea, author Nick Arvin, author Jenny Shank on a panel “Scent of a Woman’s Ink: Gender Bias in Publishing.

The Story of a Writers Workshop: Lighthouse Shines in Denver

Everyone has a story to tell. For the past 16 years, Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop has made sure those stories were told through the written word. Offering workshops, literary events and more, Lighthouse in landlocked Colorado provides a guiding light to literary types by promoting engagement, growth and connection among writers and readers.

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Nanobrewery Boom in Denver: Everything Big Gets Small Again

Colorado's craft brewing industry has created some of the biggest fish in the microbrewery pond. The growth has catalyzed a brewing ecosystem, as the big fish have spawned many little fish. Nanobreweries are opening up in Denver at a very swift clip. But one question remains: What is a nanobrewery?

The After Party at the Bridge has booked Nathaniel Rateliff with Born in the Flood and FLASH/LIGHTS, an experimental electro-pop act from RiNo.

After Party on the Bridge Makes Fundraising Cool (and Affordable)

The After Party on the Bridge is a casual and hip alternative on Sept. 13 to the more refined Gala on the Bridge in Riverfront Park on Sept. 12. Co-Host Jorgen Jensen says it's all about getting younger people involved with The Greenway Foundation.

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'70s-themed CU Denver Block Party Celebrates 40 Years

The second annual CU Denver Block Party is taking over the 1400 block of Lawrence Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thurs. Aug. 22. Dust off your tube tops and leisure suits to celebrate the university's 40th birthday with students, staff and alumni.

The Denver Fashion Truck sets up shop at The Bug Theatre in northwest Denver.

Pop-Up Fashion: Denver Retailers Go Mobile

Taking note of the food-truck boom, Denver Fashion Truck and Brick & Mortar General Store have adapted a mobile business model for their own entrepreneurial endeavors. Moving away from traditional brick-and-mortar stores, these local retailers are opting for a movable shopping experience.

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Donor-Advised Funds Drive Denver Giving

While foundations and other aid organizations generate most of the attention in the charity scene, Colorado philanthropists are increasingly turning to a relatively new vehicle -- donor-advised funds -- to efficiently and effectively dole out their charitable contributions. And they're not alone: According to the latest figures from the National Philanthropic Trust, assets in donor-advised fund accounts grew by $5.5 billion in 2011 to a total of $37.4 billion for the year.

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Colfax Avenue Visions

Colfax Avenue is a 26-mile ribbon of blacktop running through the heart of Denver. This photo essay offers a glimpse in the everyday sights of the city's most urban street. 

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Tactical Urbanism's DIY Impact in Denver

Think downtown Denver needs more protected bike lanes? Or that Broadway could use more patio space? Some Denverites aren't waiting for change -- they're planning it and doing it themselves.

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Millennial Trains Project Rolls through Denver

The Millennial Trains Project is an incubator for the Millennial Generation on rails. It just stopped in Denver for 30 hours of mentoring, mingling and working on the participants' crowdfunded entrepreneurial projects.

The juice at Vibrant Earth is made overnight by her staff in a local commercial kitchen and is about 98% organic.

Two Raw Juiceries Pressing Forward Locally

Raw pressed juice is taking off nationally, and Denver is home to two standout raw juiceries in Vibrant Earth, complete with a mobile juice truck, and The Juicing Tree in Park Hill. 

Seventy percent of deicing fluids is collected and a good portion is recycled and reused into other products.

The Green Dream: For Waste, Zero is the Magic Number

You could say at the Denver Zoo and Denver International Airport, waste is not garbage. After all, both organizations are working toward goals of zero waste to landfills. But as with many initiatives, it's about the journey, not just the destination.

Staunton State Park is less than an hour from Denver.

Going Wild with Great Outdoors Colorado

Great Outdoors Colorado was key to the creation of the state's newest state park, Staunton State Park, less than a one-hour drive from downtown Denver. Find out how Colorado Lottery dollars are used through Great Outdoors Colorado to make the state a playground for one and all. 

The space consists of a 9,000-square-foot gallery and a 5,000-square-foot gallery, plus a classroom and plenty of storage space.

MSU Denver's Center for Visual Art Anchors Art District

Working artists and students mingle and collaborate at the constantly evolving Metro State Center for Visual Art at 965 Santa Fe Dr. Currently on display are two exhibits featuring works by arts educators, with an emphasis on process.

"I See What You Mean" aka Blue Bear is a piece of public art at the Colorado Convention Center.

Art for the Masses: Denver's Public Art Program Turns 25

If you're adamantly opposed to PDAs -- that's public displays of art, not affection -- you've probably landed in the wrong city. With a current collection of about 330 public pieces, some commissioned on the taxpayer's dime, others privately funded, Denver's amassed approximately three-fourths the amount of public art lining New York's streets, and that's only the beginning of the story.

Blue Ox artist renderings.

Creative Placemaking Reframes How We See Cities

In Denver's Curtis Park neighborhood, Wonderbound and Junction Box have emerged as a template for a national movement. Today's placemakers are thinking outside of the box when it comes to urban renewal.

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Noonan! Caddyshack Hits Larimer Square

Caddyshack is playing outdoors at Larimer Square on Thurs. Aug. 1 as part of the Ultimate Dining Event. Grease is coming up on Sept. 12.

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Confluence Denver Reader Survey

Take 30 seconds to tell us how we're doing covering Denver's creatives, entrepreneurs and city builders.

Brian Corrigan's "Oh Heck Yeah" project will transform Champa St. between 14th and 16th Avenues.

Meet Brian Corrigan, Denver's "Oh Heck Yeah" Phenom

From "Aha!" to "Oh Heck Yeah" and everything in between, "Community Change Agent" Brian Corrigan is transforming downtown Denver in ways that the city has never imagined. And his creative vision has earned him admirers -- and probably makes his former sixth grade teacher very proud.

The Sun Valley Youth Center has been in operation since 1998.

Sun Valley: Diversity, Change and Consequences

Sun Valley is Colorado's poorest neighborhood, but big investments are on the way in the form of transit-oriented development and relocating creative businesses. How can the neighborhood balance its traditional diversity with the change that is afoot?

Buntport stages a mini-play at Untitled.

Untitled at the Denver Art Museum: After-Hours Arts Lab

On final Fridays, Untitled brings an interactive, mixed-media extravaganza to the Denver Art Museum -- and there's a bar.

Linger was a former mortuary.

Restaurateurs Revitalize Historic Denver

Denver establishments like Root DownLingerLowry Beer Garden and TAG, among others, are revitalizing old buildings into contemporary restaurants, discovering the ecological, economical, and cultural benefits of adaptive reuse.

The budget for Hot Lead Hard Fury is $20,000 and will be shot in Denver and Englewood.

Things to Do in Denver When You're Filming

With a new Colorado film incentive on the books and Denver looking at another one for productions in the city, Hollywood has been shooting here more and local independent productions are also on the rise. Can Denver rebuild its film cred back to the halcyon days of Every Which Way But Loose?

The Denver Downtown Partnership and the Denver Botanic Gardens partnered to create the Garden Block on the 16th Street Mall.

Garden Block Blooms on 16th Street Mall

Located on the 16th Street Mall between Curtis and Champa streets, the Garden Block greens up the downtown scene and encourages mallgoers to stop and stay awhile.  

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Draft Urbanism Tackles Denver's Age-Old Problems

The Biennial of the Americas launched on July 16, but its creative answers to problems such as too many parking lots and integrating Auraria and downtown could have a life well beyond the Draft Urbanism exhibition.

Pieces for a new project sit on the table while the women crochet.

Painting the Town in Thread

Denver's reigning queens of yarn-bombing at Ladies Fancywork Society bridge the gap between underground art and mainstream.

The Brown Palace Hotel has long operated five bee colonies on its roof.

Sustainability Goes through Denver's Roof

Progressive developers and building managers are no longer ignoring rooftops. These spaces, once the sole domain of air conditioning units and storm water systems, are growing into a hotbed of agricultural innovation that can include gardens, greenhouses and even beehives.

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Lakeside Holiday

The state's most historic amusement park, Lakeside is a Denver institution. Independence Day was a great day for a spin on the Cyclone and a few snapshots. But what does the future hold for all of the vacant land around the park?

CEO Tamra Ryan is the mastermind behind the Women's Bean charity's revolutionary business model.

The Women's Bean Project: How Gourmet Food Helps Local Women

Sometimes hope is found in the strangest of places. At Women's Bean Project, a social enterprise offering transitional jobs to women in need, there's hope in the signature Six Bean Soup, as well as 30 other gourmet food products, all locally handcrafted with a purpose. 

Eclectic art is a hallmark of this social space.

One Day @ Creative Density

A day in the life of Creative Density, a coworking space in Uptown that bills itself as the most social in town. Companies like 303 Velocity, Tugboat and Terra Nova Games call the place home. 

The Arapahoe Square plan includes possible changes to Broadway.

Arapahoe Square: Revitalizing Denver's Urban Crossroads

Arapahoe Square is a roughly 30-square-block rectangle in northeast downtown Denver that has been late to the urban-core revival party. But there are signs it might be arriving.

Connor Wood Cycles' Woody Cruiser.

Entrepreneurs Riding Road to Success Thanks to Growing Bike-Based Economy

It's Bike to Work Day in Denver and there's been some serious growth in the local bicycle industry. From Denver to Philadelphia, entrepreneurs are building businesses around bicycles. This craft manufacturing boom goes hand in hand with trends galore -- sustainability, local-ism and alternative transit.

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Social Activism Never Tasted So Good: Three Local Restaurants Educate and Enhance the Community

Using the food industry as means for education, three local nonprofits -- Osage CafePizza Fusion Denver and Cafe Options -- are empowering Denver by giving disadvantaged individuals the tools necessary to prosper in their personal and professional lives and, subsequently, helping them become contributing members of the community.

and smooth deep voice from his years at Colorado Public Radio. Drayer was the original     host of Colorado Matters, the station’s daily show featuring local issues and people.

Dan Drayer's Radio 2.0 at Your Local Coffeeshop

No longer at Colorado Public Radio, local radio personality Dan Drayer can now be found interviewing locals at coffee shops for his own original series, "It's Like This," which can be heard online.

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Make Music Denver Hits All the Right Notes

Make Music Denver brings the sweet sounds of hip-hop, opera, country and most every other genre to downtown Denver Fri. June 21. The event is part of the planet-wide World Music Day, held annually on the summer solstice and now in more than 500 cities.
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