17 Iluminations That Kept Melbourne Wide Awake On White Night

                                            <b>It&rsquo;s not a dream.</b>                                                          

1. Once every year, Melbourne turns on the lights to host a night-long celebration that only proves why it’s the culture capital of Australia.

2. Bright Notes at Melbourne Central.

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3. The Crucible at Federation Square.

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4. …Another fire spectacle!

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5. Key Frames at the National Gallery of Victoria.

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6. Golden Mirrored Carousel at the National Gallery of Victoria.

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7. Neon Angel Wings at Queen Victoria Gardens.

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8. Infinite Curve at the National Gallery of Victoria.

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9. Sita’s Garden near Federation Square.

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10. 4 Elements at the Royal Exhibition Building.

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11. Colonise at Scots’ Church.

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12. TOTEM Turtle at Alexandra Gardens.

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13. Vox Lumen at Federation Square.

Sore feet? Watch Vox Lumen transform movement into light at Fed Square #WhiteNightMelb

— whitenightmelb (@WhiteNight Melbourne)

14. Wonderland at the Forum Theatre.

15. More from Wonderland.

Have you been to Wonderland #Melbourne? #WhiteNightMelb

— whitenightmelb (@WhiteNight Melbourne)

17. Sofles’ Graffiti Mapped at the McKenzie Street car park.

18. Rabbit Hole at the State Library of Victoria.

Head down the Rabbit Hole @Library_Vic You would be mad not to move towards Northern Lights #WhiteNightMelb

— whitenightmelb (@WhiteNight Melbourne)

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Skyline Festival to debut at Zuni Park

CHAFFEE PARK — Neighbors will join together Saturday, August 12, to kick off the first Skyline Festival at Zuni Park, 51st Ave and Zuni St. “It’s a free event open to anyone,” said Jason Hornyak, one of the event organizers. “We’ll meet new neighbors, eat some food, listen to some music, play some games and […]

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Five Points Jazz Festival returns, celebrates 15th anniversary

DENVER ­– Denver Arts & Venues’ 15th annual Five Points Jazz Festival returns 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 20, celebrating the music, culture and roots of Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood. The free, family-friendly festival takes place on Welton Street between 26th and 29th streets and features more than 40 bands playing live […]

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Historic Lumber Baron Inn to Host Old-Fashioned Holiday Festival

HIGHLAND — One of the oldest mansions in Denver has new owners and a new attitude. The Lumber Baron Inn, known for its rich history and elegant Victorian architecture, is opening its doors to the community on Sunday, December 18th, from 1pm to 5pm, to bring community together in the spirit of kindness. While there is no admission required to enjoy the festivities, the Lumber Baron is collecting donations for Almost Home, an organization that helps Coloradans with emergency shelter.

For their inaugural year, The Lumber Baron Inn is pulling out all the stops, offering free Santa visits, a petting zoo, a backyard camp fire with marshmallows and s’mores, a station for composing letters to Santa, live holiday music, local artisan booths, and a cash-bar with special holiday libations for purchase, all tucked within a delightfully decorated venue. It just feels like Christmas.

When asked why she is not charging an admission for this event, Lumber Baron Owner and Baroness, Elaine Bryant, said “I cannot bear the idea that any child would be denied participation. I want everyone to be included. I don’t want anyone to be turned away because they cannot pay” And so it is. An event

to support the community in more ways than one was born. Instead of paying to attend this event, Elaine asks that attendees bring an unused item to support Almost Home, a local shelter than supports families in need of emergency shelter. The unused items that would be most helpful include: gift cards for grocery stores and gas stations, winter coats and outerwear.

Guests are asked to RSVP through the Facebook event page if they attend to join the fun: https://www.facebook.com/events/1199121593516246

The Lumber Baron Inn is a Victorian Bed & Breakfast and full service event venue offering five elegant guest suites, a grand ballroom, rose gardens and Scottish fare. Circa 1890, the old Victorian delivers charm, function, and enchantment to any special occasion. To find out more about our diverse offerings, please visit www.lumberbaron.com, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lumber-Baron-Inn-Gardens, or call 303-477-8205

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Denver Improv Festival is back Nov. 10-12th

DENVER — The Denver Improv Festival is back! Don’t miss the unscripted hilarity hitting four performance venues across downtown Denver when the festival returns November 10-12th 2016. DIF 2016 features more than 175 performers from across the country.

The festival headliners are married couple Craig and Carla Cackowski (Los Angeles, CA) performing as Orange Tuxedo, and Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto (Chicago, IL), who are Here: the Musical.

Craig Cackowksi is best know as “Officer Cackowski” on NBC’s Community and is a recurring performer on Comedy Central’s Drunk History. Carla Cackowski performs and teaches with Second City Los Angeles and has toured Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean as part of their touring company.

Tara DeFrancisco was awarded “Funniest Person in Chicago” by the Free Press. She and her partner, Rance Rizzutto, are Here: the Musical, a duo that is one of Chicago’s most lauded shows presenting the original two-person improvised musical. Chicago Tribune Critic-Recommended and called “Nothing Short of Genius” by NPR, this show has been brought to 14 countries and 40 cities worldwide.

The festival starts on Thursday, November 10th with High School Night, which features five teams of student performers from around the metro area. Tickets for High School Night are $ 10.

Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 11th feature nine shows at the Bovine Metropolis Theater, the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse and Backstage at Beryl’s. Each show has top-notch improvisers from Denver and across the country. Tickets for standard festival shows are $ 15.

Festival workshops will be held during the day on Saturday, November 12th and will have offerings from Craig Cackowski, Carla Cackowski, Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto, as well as guest instructors from San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The festival culminates in the “Big Show” on Saturday, November 12th at 9pm at the Studio Loft at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The “Big Show” features headliners Orange Tuxedo and Here: the Musical, as well as the Denver Center for the Performing Art’s improv team, Cult Following.

More information is available at www.DenverImprovFestival.com

More about our headliners

Craig Cackowski is an actor, improvisor and teacher based in Los Angeles. He has been involved with the iO and iO West theaters since 1992, and is the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the country with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote 5 revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community (as “Officer Cackowski”), Bajillion Dollar Properties (as “Todd the janitor”), Veep (as “Cliff”) and as part of the ensemble cast of Drunk History. Other film and TV credits include Son Of Zorn, Girlboss, Comedy Bang Bang, Newsreaders, Welcome To The Family, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Year Of The Dog, 21 And Over, and The Kings Of Summer. He may be heard frequently on such podcasts as The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Spontaneanation and his own podcast Craig’s List, in which he makes Carla watch his 100 favorite movies.

Carla Cackowski is an improviser, actor, writer, teacher, podcaster, and nap-lover. She toured all over Europe, Alaska, and the Caribbean performing sketch comedy and improv with The Second City and currently teaches improvisation and directs sketch shows at The Second City Hollywood. Carla is also a solo performance artist, having written and performed five solo shows that were produced in Los Angeles. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has done voiceover work on shows for ABC Family, TBS, and Disney. She is the host of “Improv Yak”, a shop-talk podcast about improv comedy. Her comedic monologues have been published in anthologies by APPLAUSE BOOKS. Most recently, Carla has written for sketch shows on PBS Kids and Dreamworks TV. www.carlacackowski.com

Tara DeFrancisco was awarded “Funniest Person in Chicago” by the Free Press, “30 Under 30” in the Windy City Times, and “25 Funniest Females 2009” in Curve Magazine for her ventures in stand up, sketch, and improv. She teaches improv courses and workshops to people of all ages and backgrounds across this nation, and that’s about the most rewarding thing ever – traveling to elementary and high schools, colleges, and offices all over the country as both an introductory instructor and a professional Comedy Consultant. Tara has taught for all ComedySportz, iO, and Second City in Chicago, both in-house and on location. Tara is a 3-year veteran of Second City Touring Company, a decorated ComedySportz 3-time MVP, and an iO teacher, coach, house performer, and enthusiast. There are no words for how very thankful she is.

Rance Rizzutto has performed, coached and taught improv for years. Long-form with iO Chicago (Chaos Theory) and other various independent groups. Short-form with ComedySportz and Second City Theatricals (aboard NCL ships). Musical and hip-hop/rap with The Deltones, Baby Wants Candy, and The Beatbox. Even silent improv in The Silent Treatment. Rance has coached and designed team building and provided services for Intel, Nike, AT&T, Wells Fargo, IBM, Hewlett Packard and more. He’s even done improv all over the world, mostly in Here, a two person musical with Tara DeFrancisco herself! He is also known for his photography, hypnotism, and hosting.

About the GroupMind Foundation

The Denver Improv Festival is produced by the GroupMind Foundation, a 501(3) organization that is dedicated to “bringing improv to the community and the community to improv.”

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Ska Mexican Logger Wins Bronze Medal at 2016 Great American Beer Festival

DENVER — Ska Brewing’s Mexican Logger polished off another great summer season with a medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) this past weekend. Mexican Logger clinched the bronze medal in the International Style Pilsner Category at GABF 2016.

Last year, Ska’s Mexican-style lager rendition won a Silver medal in the same category.

“We always knew Mexican Logger was a crowd pleaser, but to have it win a medal two years in a row at the Great American Beer Festival is super exciting for us,” said Kristen Muraro, Marketing Director at Ska.

Originally brewed in 1999 and first enclosed in cans in 2011, the Mexican Logger has been our top seller every summer. To keep up with demand for Mexican Logger this year; Ska Brewing increased production of the beer by twenty percent and anticipates increasing it another twenty percent in 2017.  To answer the most frequently asked question, Mexican Logger will not be available year-round.

Mexican Logger offers a superhuman balance of sweet malt and mild bite. Crafted with fresh grains and Saaz hops, the Mexican Logger is a refreshing brew for warm weather days. At 5% ABV and 20 IBU’s this highly seasonable beer features a light to medium body and a clean, crisp finish.

Mexican Logger has just wrapped up its 17th thirst quenching summer to make way for its winter season sibling: Euphoria Winter Pale Ale. Look for Mexican Logger next spring in all of Ska’s regions of distribution, which are largely Colorado, Southern California, Chicago, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

About Ska Brewing
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers.  Pioneers in the canned craft beer movement, Ska Brewing is known for an array of styles in 12 oz cans including Modus Hoperandi, Mexican Logger, Euphoria and Pinstripe.  For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Plug into the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.

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