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Wired flies with Denver aerial photographer Evan Anderman

A slideshow of shots by the Denver-based photographer showcase little-seen Colorado landscapes on the plains, and in the foothills and suburbia.

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Think of Colorado, and you probably picture the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies. But nearly half of the state lies on the high plains to the east of the mountains. The terrain is no less scenic, especially when seen from above.

"I love looking at the landscape and understanding how everything fits together," says Evan Anderman, who spends hours taking aerial photos from the cockpit of his plane, 1,500 feet above the plains.

His gorgeous images, taken during some 200 flights, capture the breadth of the plains and its industry. Fields of wheat, millet, and hay wave in the breeze. Cattle graze on rangeland. Factories, mines, and oil rigs dot the land. "Every square inch out there has been affected [by industry] in one way or another," Anderman says.

Read the rest and see the slideshow here.

The Source spotlights Wheelchair Sports Camp

Denver hip-hop group Wheelchair Sports Camp's new album and video got the attention of The Source.

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Before producer/keyboardist Ikey Owens (Jack WhiteMars Volta, Free Moral Agents) tragically passed away at 38 years old, he made one, final masterpiece -- Wheelchair Sports Camp's album, No Big Deal. Fronted by the sole female MC Kalyn Heffernan, the Denver trio has taken the Hip Hop community by storm with its jazz-infused take on the genre.

Recently signed to Sage Francis' new digital platform, SFDigi, Wheelchair Sports Camp has shared the innovative visuals for the first single from the album, "Mary Had A Little Band."

Read the rest (and watch the video) here.

Denver videographer wins Murrow award for "The Motel Life"

KUSA Denver's Corky Scholl won a Edward R. Murrow award for his 2015 short documentary on the people living in motels as "a last resort" in Denver, entitled "The Motel Life," reported the National Press Photographers Association.


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Denver a model for arts taxes in West, reports Christian Science Monitor

Denver is a model city for arts-supporting taxes in the West, according to a story in the Christian Science Monitor.

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By going to the polls to create a tax for the arts, metropolitan Denver sparked imaginations across the West. Voters in Denver and surrounding counties in 1989 approved a sales tax of a tenth of 1 percent, or a penny on every $10 spent, to support museums, theaters, dance companies, and institutions such as the zoo. 

It's "public patronage of the arts," says Peg Long, director of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), which oversees fund distribution.

State and federal budgets have regularly cut arts funding during tough times. But in a reverse trend, voters in several Western states are slowly following Denver's lead by committing to a small arts tax that continues to yield big results.

Read the rest here.

WalletHub calls Denver no. 10 city for recreation

WalletHub pegged Denver as the country's no. 10 city for recreation.

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Neighborhood parks are instrumental to building community cohesion, boosting property values, improving public health and reducing pollution. In Washington, for instance, close proximity to a park increases a home’s value by 5 percent. And neighborhood parks in Sacramento, Calif., contribute an estimated savings of nearly $20 million on health care costs.

But the term "parks and recreation" encompasses far more than just park facilities and exercise. In this study, we also consider those whose favorite pastime may be exploring museums, going to concerts or even attending food festivals, all of which contribute to the overall well-being of a city.

To highlight the benefits of public spaces and recreational activities to consumers and the local economy, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 27 key metrics. In each city, we examined basic costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities as well as the climate. The results, as well as expert commentary and a detailed methodology, can be found below.

Read the rest here.
 

Variety tabs Denver filmmaker as documentarian to watch in 2015

Denver filmmaker Mitch Dickman was one of Variety's "10 Documakers to Watch in 2015."

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If you'd told director Mitch Dickman last month that his documentary "Rolling Papers," would have national distribution just hours after making its world premiere, he might well have asked you what you were smoking. "It was one of those fairy-tale experiences of selling your film at the afterparty," he says of the film's SXSW bow, which saw it picked up by Alchemy. "Rolling Papers" follows the aftermath of Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana, and rather than simply titter around the issue, Dickman's film zeroed in on the Denver Post's Ricardo Baca, who was named editor of the paper's first marijuana section, dubbed the Cannabist

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Vulture places Denver's Grawlix among top comedians for 2015

Vulture pegged Denver's Grawlix among the top 50 humorists for 2015.

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Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy, collectively known as the Grawlix, have played a huge role in putting Denver’s comedy scene on the map. The electric trio has been hosting a live stand-up show in the Mile-High City since 2011, while also producing videos for Funny or Die. Their pilot Those Who Can’t about a group of incompetent high-school teachers, has been picked up by TruTV, and the first season is expected to debut early next year. Individually, each is an accomplished stand-up: Cayton-Holland has appeared on Conan and is about to release a new album, Backyards; Orvedahl performed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and released the album Hit the Dick Lights; and Roy did stand-up on Adam Devine’s House Party and released the album No Enlightenment in Sobriety.

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Layer3 TV opens Denver HQ, Multichannel News reports

Multichannel News covered the opening of Layer3 TV headquarters in LoDo.

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Layer3 TV, a startup that is billing itself as a "next-generation cable operator," opened up its Denver-based corporate headquarters on September 15, and now employs a total of about 50 people across its Colorado and Boston locations, company officials confirmed here this week.

Its Denver headquarters is located on the 8th floor of 1660 Wynkoop Street, an 11-story building in the city's vibrant LoDo district, placing it nearby venues such as Union Station and Coors Field.

Founded in 2013, Layer3 TV now operates in three locations -- its Denver headquarters, a distribution facility in the Denver area, and an office in Boston.

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Hollywood Reporter dishes on Layer3 TV move to Denver

The Hollywood Reporter profiled cable startup Layer3 TV raising $21 million in VC and its pending move from Boston to Denver.

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The company remains tightlipped about its product prior to launch. Binder said in a statement that "Layer3 TV merges the television experience with customers' digital lives in ways that engage and enhance the programming and distribution ecosystems."

While the company currently lists its headquarters in Boston, it looks like the company could soon move to Denver, already home to Liberty Global. The Denver Post reports that the Colorado Economic Development Commission has approved $2.9 million in job growth incentive credits for Layer3, which plans on creating 321 new jobs in the city.

Read the rest here.

Gizmodo trips out on experimental Denver light-rail film

Gizmodo showcased a psychedelic film made with a scanner on Denver's light rail.

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Metro is Chris Coleman’s daily commute on the Denver Light Rail as seen by a handheld digital scanner hooked up to a laptop he strapped to himself. 

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OhHeckYeah launches Kickstarter campaign

OhHeckYeah launched a Kickstarter campaign to create an interactive arcade in downtown Denver in 2014.

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John Rumley launches Late Night Denver

Onetime Slim Cessna's Auto Club mamber John Rumley has launched an eccentric take on the variety show with the monthly Late Night Denver.

The second show came out March 2.


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