The Monkey Barrel

The doctor is in! You've probably seen Dr. Fart's work around the city — on electrical boxes, lampposts, the occasional dumpster. It's hard to miss, as the elusive Dr. Fart — the alter ego of an up-and-coming comedian — has found the ideal prescription for inducing a smile: writing "Dr. Fart" in very public places. In the ever-evolving world of graffiti, Dr. Fart's work falls under the sub-category of toilet-humor "tagging" or "getting up." And spotting another Dr. Fart eruption gets a laugh out of us every time.

Denver Art Museum
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Artist Nick Cave uses buttons — tens of thousands of them — along with bangles, sequins, doilies, pot holders and even animal statuettes to create his distinctive sculptures, and there were plenty of them in Nick Cave: Sojourn, the centerpiece of Spun, last year's salute to textiles at the Denver Art Museum. The biggest attention-grabbers, though, were his signature Soundsuits, luxuriously appointed hooded garments. Cave's over-the-top, more-is-more piss-elegant aesthetic makes him the RuPaul of conceptual art, with his sojourn in Denver clearly the artistic high point of last summer.

Denver Art Museum
Courtesy Denver Art Museum

It's rare for a Colorado artist to be feted in a solo at the Denver Art Museum, so Bruce Price: Works on Paper: 2007-2012 was worth noticing for that reason alone. But the works on paper included here used patterns taken from swatches of gingham and plaid, and they fit right in with Price's idiosyncratic aesthetic — one that he developed after working with fellow artist Clark Richert twenty years ago. The show also dovetailed with the DAM's multi-departmental textile extravaganza Spun.

Larimer Lounge
Jeff Davis

Compared to the vending machine at the Larimer Lounge, which offers a new pack of 100-percent-cotton T-shirts and socks, other vending machines just seem naked. The chance to go home to that special someone feeling fresh as a daisy after a show is worth way more than the few dollars you'll spend for said comfort. Puke, sweat, blood, gallons of spilled PBR: Whatever comes your way at the Larimer, you're prepared.

Best of Denver 2014: Arts & Entertainment

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