White Plains,” published in 2017 by Colorado author David Hicks, is chosen for this year’s Village Read, organized by Arapahoe Libraries and Greenwood Village. A finalist for 2018 Colorado Book …
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"White Plains,” published in 2017 by Colorado author David Hicks, is chosen for this year’s Village Read, organized by Arapahoe Libraries and Greenwood Village. A finalist for 2018 Colorado Book Award, “White Plains” is a survival tale of a man’s coming to terms with himself and the world. Hicks and Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky will appear at Koelbel Library at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 to talk with readers. Also planned: author visits, writing workshops programs inspired by the great outdoors through August. See: arapahoelibraries.org/village-read-coming-soon or call 303-LIBRARY.
First Friday Art Walk and Littleton History Walk will be from 5-8 p.m. on July 6 in downtown Littleton. Galleries and businesses will be open to welcome strollers and diners. Meet at the Littleton Municipal Courthouse, 2016 W. Littleton Blvd., for history walks at 5 or 6 p.m., led by Historic Littleton Inc. members.
Opera in the mountains
Central City Opera will present “The Magic Flute” (Mozart), “Il Trovatore” (Verdi), and “Acis and Galatea” (Handel) and programs of “Short Works” and “Lunch and a Song” and “The Face on the Barroom Floor” through the summer in the historic Opera House and nearby. For a calendar of events, see centralcityopera.org/2018-events. For information, the box office number is 303-292-6700, email@example.com. The Denver office number is 303-292-6500.
Those who enjoyed seeing/hearing Mary Louise Lee in “Ain’t Misbehavin’” at Town Hall recently will want to consider her presentation of the “Whitney Houston Songbook” at Lone Tree Arts Center on July 27. 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.
“New Territory: Landscape Photography Today” is open at the Denver Art Museum through the summer, as is “Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer.” On the Plaza, families and individuals snuggle into “La Musidora” to rock and make music. The museum is at 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway in downtown Denver. Denverartmuseum.org.
Films for kids
Kids Camp Film Series will entertain kids and benefit the Douglas County Libraries this summer. Alamo Drafthouse Littleton will show the films, including “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Sing,” “The Land Before Time” and “Despicable Me” during weekday matinee hours. Choose your ticket price: $1, $3, $5.
All proceeds will go to the Douglas County Libraries Foundation. Listings online at drafthouse.com/series/alamo-kids-camp. Information: 303-791-7323.
Chatfield Farms, a division of Denver Botanic Gardens, is near Littleton at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road (off South Wadsworth Boulevard at Chatfield State Park entrance). It offers lots for families to enjoy: lavender fields, dye garden, working historic farm, old schoolhouse, bird watching and Butterflies at Chatfield — a large enclosure with native butterflies and flowers (separately ticketed). Trails, special plantings and more. Cost: $5 per passenger car; $8 per van. Spend the day wandering. Go online to botanicgardens.org/chatfield-farms.
The annual juried Kaleidoscope Art Show is open at Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton, through Aug. 3. (Closing reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 3) Free admission. Open noon to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Levity with the Bard
“The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) (revised)” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield promises to pack three guys and 37 works into two hours. Sam Gilstrap, Ben Hilzer and Luke Ramsdorf-Terry pull off this silliness through July 22 at the John Hand Theater in Lowry, 7653 E. First Place, Denver. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Thursday July 12 and 19; 2 p.m. Sundays and Saturday, July 21. Tickets: $12-$25, thisisspotlight.com, 720-530-4596.
“Bridges of Madison County,” a musical version, plays through Aug. 2 at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. 303-856-7830, vintagetheatre.com.
Englewood Camera Club
Former member Steve Johnson, who now lives in Dillon, will speak to the Englewood Camera club at 7 p.m. on July 10, at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 5400 S. University Blvd., Centennial.
Johnson, who has had a special interest in birds, has expanded his work to mountain wildlife and landscapes. He will talk about capturing great images. Guests welcome.
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