Parking during any professional sporting event in Denver can be a challenge. Whether you’re paying inflated prices at a nearby lot or looking for a free spot so far away that walking to and from the game is a workout in itself, the experience is far from relaxing. Last year, the Colorado Cruisers set out to remedy the problem with a new — and mostly free (the drivers work solely on tips) — service. The company manages a fleet of tricked-out hybrid golf carts, equipped with all-terrain tires, stereo systems and LED lights, that are available in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods with a reservation. The golf-cart taxis also work private events, like bachelor parties and weddings. And they travel at low speeds, which is good if you find yourself hanging drunkenly off the side.

In a review of the largely forgotten 1985 movie The Year of the Dragon, starring Mickey Rourke, critic Elvis Mitchell coined the term "mood hair," suggesting that Rourke's 'do adapted to the demands of any particular scene like a mood ring reflecting the emotions of the person wearing it. Anastasiya Bolton's hair is something like that — a blend of multi-hued locks that look deadly serious when the topic is grim, fun and sporty when the subject matter is lighter. How does she do it? Hell if we know. But we're still impressed by the way the brainy Bolton's cut seems to have a mind of its own.

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Far too many TV types style their hair with a studied blandness in mind, not realizing that a clichéd coiffure makes them seem considerably cheesier than if they'd allow a little individuality to take root. No such danger with Don Champion: Rather than tame his hair into the usual undifferentiated follicle helmet, he lets his strands reach for the sky, figuratively speaking. The look is cool, bold and definitely not boring.

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For years, Crystal Heille O'Brien has been the governing face behind the scenes at Denver's Chicano Humanities and Arts Council. And if you've ever been in CHAC's in-house tiendita, you'll have an idea of what you'll now find at O'Brien's gift shop, Bella Luna. Along with her own Frida Kahlo-centric embellished boxes and wall plaques, the boutique carries works by 25 local artists, from Michael Penny's sandblasted stone sculptures and affordable art prints from Stevon Lucero to a wide variety of original jewelry and hand-carved santos; there's also a selection of Latino-themed books, hand-crocheted baby blankets, mosaic items, soaps, charms, and journals made from repurposed book covers.

Designed for middle-school, high-school or adult students, the Denver Public Library's one-on-one aid is the way to go when you can no longer fake it with quick Google or Wikipedia searches. Students book appointments in advance online, then meet with a librarian for up to an hour to learn about specialized databases and other resources that will help them meet their particular research needs. No, the staff won't write your paper for you, but they will give you the tools to impress the heck out of your teacher.

The new economy has many of us working for something other than traditional brick-and-mortar enterprises, but no matter how promising your latest start-up, you can't do it all out of your house — or worse, your car. The Desk has taken the idea of a co-workspace several steps further, offering everything from desks to isolation booths to conference rooms for inexpensive hourly rates, along with wine, beer, Ink! coffee and free fax, printing and wi-fi services. For those on the go, this is the place to stop.

Cherry Creek Shopping Center

The Cherry Creek Shopping Center seamlessly blends tony and more plebeian elements, without smelling too much like the popcorn and razzmatazz of lesser malls. It's got the most popular playground in all of retail Denver (one of these days, they're going to have to start taking numbers) and was built to be a place where the shop-till-you-drop crowd can comfortably spend a day, starting with coffee at Starbucks and ending with a classy steak or a nightcap a few steps away, at Elway's. The Creek also offers a well-rounded variety of department stores, upscale boutiques and novelty stores, and wins points for housing an Apple Store, H&M, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. Most important, it's the mall for city people, a place to rub elbows with the nice stuff, the trendiest merch, the best side trips and everything else.

The Harlem Shake video phenomenon came and went so quickly that most businesses never got the chance to capitalize on it. But there's no slipping a trend past the folks at Rocky's Autos. With lightning speed and absolutely no shame, the crew created a wordless, dubstep-biting spot in which Shagman, the dealership's ubiquitous spokesman, spends thirty seconds wiggling in either his standard work gear or an Uncle Sam outfit. Sure, it's stupid, but it's also an instant artifact — the kind of thing you'll watch on YouTube years from now with a goofy grin and a slackened jaw. Which is pretty much how people are watching it now.

Linda and Jerry Gonto thrive on the real thing when it comes to mid-century modern design: the pristine creative spawn of designers like Eames, Bertoia and Saarinen, preferably arranged in a classic MCM abode, like the one they bought when they moved here from Detroit a couple of years ago. The couple developed their taste in design during years of vintage retailing in the Midwest; in Denver, they're sharing their knowledge with the community at Retro House Love, a smartly appointed temple to mid-mod on the south end of Old South Pearl Street that opened last May. In the market for Mad Men barware or a really cool '50s-era lamp? Better get some Retro House Love.

The Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, which has been charged with putting pot policies into effect in Colorado, has made many recommendations. And while some will still need to be hashed out, one of the things they got right was making it clear that out-of-state visitors should be able to purchase herb if/when recreational shops open. People come here from all over the world for craft beer, skiing and mountains. Why not help them make some other special memories, too?

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