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What can one not say about Artopia? Westword's annual multi-venue celebration spills over with things to do and hear and see and eat and drink, from visual-art exhibitions and fashion shows to poetry readings and adventurous mixed drinks. You can shop at Artopia's fashion market and I (Heart) Denver store, listen to DJs and live bands, thrill to fire dancers, dig video and LED installations, ogle burlesque girls and marvel at vaudevillian magicians -- and that's just a fraction of the goings-on.

The fun begins at 7 p.m. at Vinyl, 1082 Broadway, and the Living Room, 1055 Broadway, with events at other Broadway venues in the same vicinity -- Mo's, Bar Standard and City Hall -- chiming in after 9 p.m. And don't miss the annual Westword MasterMind awards ceremony, 8 p.m. sharp at the Living Room, where we honor local movers and shakers in the arts (who often do their thing under the radar and on a shoestring) with micro grants and increased recognition.

It's going to be epic in 2012, and if you still need convincing, check out the blow-by-blow schedule, get additional information and then reserve your tickets, $25 ($35 on the day of the event), at http://microapp.westword.com/artopia/2012.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2012

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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