Denver Open Media's Independent Voices celebration looks like a hot time tonight

Tonight the Open Media Foundation will celebrate seven years of independent voices on Denver Open Media -- which not only runs Denver's public-access channels on Comcast, but also provides training and services for non-profits and kids. From the hundreds of nonprofits and thousands of people it works with every year, OMF has selected three individuals and two organizations to honor at a fundraising dinner that kicks off the celebration. And after that just-about-sold-out event, everyone can join the party at the studios on Kalamath Street. See also: Open Media Foundation celebrates Independent Voices

Admission to the party, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m., is a suggested donation of $7, which gets you food from sponsors Illegal Pete's and Jason's Deli, as well as a drink from Breckenridge Distillery, Wines Off Wynkoop or Wynkoop Brewing Company; there will also be a photo booth and over 100 items in the silent auction.

And in Studio A, there will be live music by local band Varlet, showing off its psychedelic, folk, rock, jazz and doo-wop influences. Jonny 5 will also make an appearance. Yes, it's cold outside -- but this party promises to be hot. And if you just can't leave your house, it will be streamed live. Find more information here.

At the awards dinner, Dan Landes -- author, restaurateur (Watercourse Foods, City, O' City) and entrepreneur -- will be honored with the Independent Voice Award for his work supporting local artists with Deer Pile, among many other ventures. (I was honored to win that award last year, and OMF is definitely raising the bar by honoring Landes!)

The Bell Policy Center was chosen for an award in recognition of its Policy Tool Kit and ongoing efforts to educate the community; the other nonprofit being honored is the Colorado Trust. "The Colorado Trust is doing an amazing job of getting the word out about health equity, working with OMF to stream their 'Health Equity Learning Series' live via YouTube," says Tony Shawcross, executive director of the Open Media Foundation.

Steve Toth, DOM's most Prolific Producer for 2013, will be honored for submitting nearly fifty hours of content this year; Bill Freud will be given an award for producing the Top-Rated DOM show of 2013, "A Heartfelt Christmas."

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