• Rock The Mike This Saturday. Be There.

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    Drink kick ass beer all night for 20 bucks. Some of Denver’s best punk playing live all night. It’s your college house party, all growed up. Best of all, 100% of the take goes to help Mike Freeman with his medical bills. No excuses. Show up.

  • Where In The World Is Kristi King?

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    We’ve been getting a lot of work local shops have been creating for the DNC. The one glaring exception is the official credential the DNCC contracted to local designer Kristi King. If someone could get this to us, we would love to share them. Send them to the[at]denvertegotist.com.

  • Art Meets Democracy With Manifest Hope

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    What do you get when you combine 10,000 feet of gallery space, more than 80 local and national modern and contemporary artists (including a few of the Denver Egotist faithful), and the Democratic National Convention? You get the Manifest Hope Gallery, a four day show highlighting the central themes of the progressive grass-roots movement – Hope Change, Progress, Unity and Patriotism.

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    As explained on their site, Manifest Hope will showcase some of the finest modern contemporary artists, acclaimed NY painters and sculptors, activated grass roots and street artists, and present the most widely recognized pieces seen throughout the 2008 presidential primary campaign, as well as newly commissioned works and previous works on loan from some of the United States top artists.

    If David Choe’s work (pictured here in progress) is any indicator, this will be one of the top art events of the DNC and possibly the year. (WE JUST ADDED A REVIEW OF THE SHOW. READ IT HERE)

    Participating Artists:
    Aaron Martin // Adrian Sanchez // Alexis McKenzie // Amy Martin // Amy Rice // Andy Howell // Alex Pardee // Cathie Bleck // Casey Ryder // Chanel Kennebrew // Chris Pastras // Chris Yates // Cydney Payton // Dan Monick // Date Farmers // David Choe // David Lanham // Deroy Peraza // Diederick Kraaijeveld // Eddie // Elizabeth Rosen // Emek // Evan Hecox // Frank Chimero // Franke // Gary Baseman // HVW8 // Irene Hardwicke Olivieri // Jason Alberto // Justin Alberto Garcia // Jason Giglio // Jeff Zimmerman // Jesselisa Moretti // Jude Buffum // Julie Adler // Justin Bua // Kate Luscher //Kay Tuttle // Keith Negley // Kofie // Leontine Greenberg // Lisa Anne Auerbach // Lisa Congdon // Lukas Ketner // MAC //Max Ginsburg // Maya Hayuk // Mear One // Mel Kadel // Melanie Reim // Morning Breath // Munk One // Nick Dewar // Pete Yahnke // Philip John Lumbang // Ray Noland aka CRO // Rebecca Berdel // Retna // Rick Griffith // Ron English // Ron Keas // Sam Flores // Sarah Hoskins // Scot Lefavor // Shannon Bonatakis and Josh Holland // Shepard Fairey // Cypher13 // Todd Lockwood // Tom Slaughter // Mike Moore (Tres Birds) // Van Taylor Monroe // Zara Gonzalez // Zina Saunders // Zoltron // Aaron Axelrod // Thomas Brodhal // Ginger Che // Catia Chien // Christopher Cox // Grotesk // Damon Locks // Zach McDonald // Tres Birds // Adrian Tucker // Arellano Harvath // Antar Dayal // Vincent Comparetto

  • In Happier News... Cactus is Rocketing Upward

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    In our experience, you either love or hate government accounts. The downside is jumping through a lot of hoops to get the accounts. But if you become an agency that understands how to hit those hoops and then do brilliant work to back up your credentials, as Denver’s Cactus has done, government accounts can be an extremely lucrative and healthy way to grow a shop. The contracts typically last three years and the budgets are safely locked in, shielding you from peaks and valleys in agency revenue and from a client pulling the plug on your retainer mid-stream.

    Yesterday, Cactus announced that they’ve been selected as the agency of record for the Center for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Winning the new CDPHE business is big for Cactus, which has doubled its staff and revenue in the last two years, quickly approaching $20 million in client billings. Last August, Cactus won the significant Colorado Lottery account and continues to grow relationships with clients including University of Colorado Hospital and Westwood College.

    As a result of the win, they’re hiring quality individuals – so send your stuff over if you feel you’re worthy. Congrats to the entire Cactus staff. Nice to hear some positive Denver agency news in the midst of McClain Finlon’s passing.

  • NDAC Extends the Denver 50 Deadline

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    You want more rope? You got it.

    We got calls. We got emails. We got rocks thrown through our window with notes attached, begging us to move back the deadline for the 2008 Denver 50. You want more time? Here it is. The deadline for the 2008 Denver 50 is now Friday, August 29. So you have a little extra time to get your ideas together and get them over to us.

    Get the scoop here.

  • Enough With The Yellow Pages Already

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    That’s exactly what we were thinking yesterday as we walked out and tripped over our freshly delivered Verizon Yellow pages (which we promptly picked up and took directly to the recycling bin).

    Then this morning we ran across this on LifeHacker and thought we’d share it with our readers.

    The various yellow and white pages organizations deliver a whopping 540 million unsolicited books every year, and web site YellowPagesGoesGreen aims to prevent this gigantic and obsolete waste of paper from landing at your doorstep. There is no national service similar to the previously mentioned Do Not Call Registry for opting out of the yellow pages, but most individual yellow and white page organizations claim that you can opt out. What YellowPagesGoesGreen does is provide a centralized location for requesting that all such services in your area stop delivering the books to your doorstep. Because it’s not a national registry like Do Not Call, publishers may not be as eager to follow up on your request, but it’s worth a try.

  • Jerry Seinfeld Officially on Microsoft's Side of the Fence

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    Okay, now we’re confident this is part of Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s effort. From The Huffington Post:

    Microsoft Corp., weary of being cast as a stodgy oldster by Apple Inc.‘s advertising, is turning for help to Jerry Seinfeld.

    The software giant’s new $300 million advertising campaign, devised by a newly hired ad agency, has been closely guarded. But Mr. Seinfeld will be one of the key celebrity pitchmen, say people close to the situation. He will appear with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in ads and receive about $10 million for the work, they say.

    The new ad effort is expected to use some variation of the slogan “Windows, Not Walls,” according to several people familiar with the matter. Those people say the point is to stress breaking down barriers that prevent people and ideas from connecting. The campaign, said to debut Sept. 4, is one of the largest in the company’s history.

    Good spokesman or bad for Microsoft??

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