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Artopia Pre-Party at Bar Standard, Rockstar Aaron’s Carnival Birthday Bash, Denver Cruisers and more… Oh my!

As it seems to happen a lot lately, I had a pretty busy couple of weeks. And, as is usually the case when that happens, I’ve neglected updating this blog in a timely manner. Fear not, for with one swift entry I shall catch up on everything that has been going on in my not-so-exciting life. Ready?

Click on the links to see the exclusive articles and photos on Examiner.com, or check out the embedded slideshows below for a wider selection of shots on my Flickr stream.

February 10 – Artopia Pre-Party at Bar Standard

This year, Westword’s Artopia promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever, spanning 4 venues and pretty much taking over the entire city block for the annual art-food-fashion-and-music party. I’m in no way affiliated with Westword, but I had so much fun at last year’s Artopia that I couldn’t resist bringing my camera this time around.

Westword's Artopia Pre-Party at Bar Standard (2/10/10)

February 12 – Rockstar Aaron’s Carnival Birthday Bash at the Rockbar

This was one hell of a fun event. DJ Rockstar Aaron is known for throwing crazy parties for his Birthday every year, and this time was no exception. The party was hosted by Naughty Pierre Jean-Pierre St. Pierre and featured stilt walkers, burlesque performances by Lannie’s cabaret dancers Midnight Martini and Peggy Tulane, cameos by Maris the Great, Faggoria, Sid Pink and a slew of other colorful characters. There were clowns, little people, Single Ladies flash mob, and much more. The entire night seems like a blur to me now, but thankfully I have photos as evidence that it did, in fact, happen.

Rockstar Aaron's Carnival Birthday Bash at the Rockbar (2/12/10) Rockstar Aaron's Carnival Birthday Bash at the Rockbar (2/12/10)

February 13 – I (heart) Cruisers at Casselman’s Bar and Venue

I (heart) Cruisers was a cruiser bike-themed Valentine’s Day party hosted by Denver Cruisers, which featured a fine art photography exhibit by Todd Van Fleet, music by DJ Ginger Perry, face painting, cruiser bike show, giveaways, a silent auction, and other cool stuff.

I (heart) Cruisers at Casselman's Bar and Venue (2/13/10) I (heart) Cruisers at Casselman's Bar and Venue (2/13/10)

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Lipgloss at La Rumba (12/18/09) with White Girl Lust and resident DJs Boyhollow and Soup

Check out the exclusive article and the slideshow on Examiner.com!

Denver’s pioneering DJ duo White Girl Lust played a special set at Lipgloss last Friday. As always, you can see the entire set on Lipgloss Flickr Photo Stream, or check out the rest of this post for some of my favorite shots.

Lipgloss at La Rumba (12/18/09) with White Girl Lust Lipgloss at La Rumba (12/18/09) with White Girl Lust

Lipgloss at La Rumba (12/18/09) with White Girl Lust

Lipgloss at La Rumba (12/18/09) with White Girl Lust Lipgloss at La Rumba (12/18/09) with White Girl Lust

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Tiësto at Beta Nightclub (11/9/09)

I’ve been slightly sick and a little bit out of the loop lately, but there are a lot of exciting things on the horizon. I will try to get back to more regular updates next week.

Meanwhile, here are some photos from Tiësto’s show at Beta Nightclub in Denver last Monday. For more pictures, check out Examiner.com and even more on my Flickr photo gallery.

Tiësto is an extremely popular trance music DJ/producer, and I actually happen to like a lot of his stuff (at least, back in my techno/trance music obsession phase many years ago, I used to listen to him quite a bit).

It was my first time at Beta, which I’ve heard a lot of good things about — eco-conscious design, energy-saving lights, state-of-the-art sound system, and so on. By the time I got there, the venue was packed wall-to-wall, and I found it difficult to move, let alone get close to the stage to get any decent close-up shots of Tiësto. After being squished by the dance-floor crowd from all sides as I tried to get closer, I finally asked one of the bouncers if I could come around the other side and take a few photos next to the stage. He said okay, but make it quick. So I grabbed my camera, made my way to Tiësto’s DJ table, which was actually blocked in my field of vision by a giant speaker and a wall, and literally extended my arm and took 4 or 5 blind shots, before the bouncer tapped on my shoulder and gestured for me to move back.

Other than being insanely crowded, the show was a lot of fun and I liked the venue quite a bit. However, I’m finding it more and more difficult to do nightlife photography on a regular basis, while also having to get up early in the mornings for my regular dayjob. Eventually, the lack of sleep is starting to catch up with me.

Anyway, here are some photos from Tiësto’s show.

Tiesto at Beta Nightclub (11/09/09)

Tiesto at Beta Nightclub (11/09/09) Tiesto at Beta Nightclub (11/09/09)

Tiesto at Beta Nightclub (11/09/09)

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Flaming Lips and Wolfmother CD release parties at Lipgloss with resident DJs Boyhollow and Soup (10/23/09)

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As always, you can view the full set on the Lipgloss Flickr Stream (when they are posted), or check out the rest of this entry for some of my personal favorite shots.

Lipgloss at La Rumba (10/23/09) Lipgloss at La Rumba (10/23/09)

Lipgloss at La Rumba (10/23/09)

Lipgloss at La Rumba (10/23/09)

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Air “Love 2″ and Gossip “Music for Men” CD Release Party at Lipgloss with resident DJs Boyhollow and C.Db.Sn

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Friday was another great night of Lipgloss with resident DJs Boyhollow and C.Db.Sn, who played a variety of awesome indie/pop/electro/disco music, including one of my favorite songs by the Pet Shop Boys (“It’s a Sin”). There was also a CD release party for new albums by Air (Love 2) and Gossip (Music for Men). Great stuff.

As always, you can view the full set on the Lipgloss Flickr Stream, or check out the rest of this post for some of my personal favorite shots.

Lipgloss at La Rumba (10/9/09)

Lipgloss at La Rumba (10/9/09)

Lipgloss at La Rumba (10/9/09) Lipgloss at La Rumba (10/9/09)

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Great American Beer Festival 2009

As part of Examiner.com’s coverage of the Great American Beer Festival, I obtained a media pass for the Thursday, September 24 session of the event, where I took lots of photos. You can see the whole set on my Flickr photo stream, or check out the rest of this post for some of my favorite shots.

Great American Beer Festival 2009 Great American Beer Festival 2009

Great American Beer Festival 2009

Great American Beer Festival 2009

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Lipgloss at La Rumba with guest DJs Frankie Bank$ and FIGO (9-25-09)

As always, you can see the full set from that night on Lipgloss Flickr photo stream (I like the slideshow feature), or view the rest of this post for a selection of some of my personal favorite shots. Also, be sure to check out the article and slideshow on Examiner.com!

Lipgloss at La Rumba (9/25/09)

Lipgloss at La Rumba (9/25/09) Lipgloss at La Rumba (9/25/09)

Lipgloss at La Rumba (9/25/09)

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Westword Dish – Menu Affair at Fillmore Auditorium with The Informants

On Wednesday, Fillmore Auditorium was packed with food connoisseurs and music lovers who came to sample the dishes from some of Denver’s best restaurants, witness a Mile High Chef Competition showdown and groove to the live performance by The Informants. The event was titled Menu Affair, appropriately enough, because both the food and the music were worthy of falling in love with.

Being one of said food connoisseurs myself, I surely couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try some delicious food, have a few cocktails and listen to some good live music. Not to mention — it was a good opportunity to shoot some material for my Denver Nightlife Photography Examiner column.

Westword Dish: Menu Affair at Fillmore Auditorium (9/23/09)

Westword Dish: Menu Affair at Fillmore Auditorium (9/23/09)

Westword Dish: Menu Affair at Fillmore Auditorium (9/23/09)

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Oktoberfest 2009

It’s a big week for beer lovers in Denver, as Oktoberfest, Denver Beer Fest and Great American Beer Fest turn this already beer-friendly city into a brew-lover’s paradise.

Oktoberfest, a celebration of beer, food, music and German culture took place in Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood on Larimer Street (between 20th and 22nd streets) on September 18-20th and will conclude on September 25-27th. It is an annual tradition that has been around for 40 years, but this year the celebration is particularly special — festival organizers announced that it will be the final Oktoberfest celebration in Denver, at least in its current incarnation.

Below are some of the photos I took last weekend. To see more, head on over to my Denver Nightlife Photography Examiner coverage of the event.

Oktoberfest Denver (2009) Oktoberfest Denver (2009)

Oktoberfest Denver (2009)

Oktoberfest Denver (2009) Oktoberfest Denver (2009)

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Lipgloss at La Rumba (9/11/09) with resident DJs Boyhollow, Soup and C.Db.Sn.

It’s a new era at Lipgloss, as the torch gets passed on to DJ Soup and C.Db.Sn, who join DJ Boyhollow in Lipgloss residency.

As always, you can check out the full set from that night on Lipgloss Flickr Photo Stream, or see the rest of this post for my personal selection of favorite shots.

Also, be sure to check out the slideshow on Examiner.com!

Lipgloss @ La Rumba (9/11/09)

Lipgloss @ La Rumba (9/11/09)

Lipgloss @ La Rumba (9/11/09) Lipgloss @ La Rumba (9/11/09)

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