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Modern libraries are much more than books

t all started with a state parks pass. Areli Alcazar, a teacher at Kenton Elementary School in Aurora, stopped by the Schlessman branch of Denver Public Library a couple years ago, where a librarian …
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“Place and Time” by Littleton’s Rita Derjue is among her paintings exhibited at Bemis Library in Littleton through January.
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Artworks bring color to library in winter

Longtime Littleton painter rita derjue has an exhibit of colorful recent works at Bemis Library through Jan. 30 in the gallery. Some are familiar mountain landscapes, while others may be scenes from …

South Suburban looking for art-on-loan applicants

South Suburban Parks and Recreation and the South Suburban Public Art Committee are looking for artists in the community to apply for the art-on-loan program. The deadline to apply is Feb. 11. The …
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‘You Lost Me’ finds audience in Denver

Examining historical documents is like reading a ghost story. When playwright and director Bonnie Metzgar came across a list of about 166 Irish people saved by 17-year-old Ann Harvey from a wreck off …
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Abstract artist to share techniques, approaches

Denver-based abstract artist Homare Ikeda will teach “A New Look at Tools and Skills” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7 for guild members and guests of the Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe …

Douglas County recycles roughly 4,300 Christmas trees annually.

Trees leave mulch to be desired

Scott Lamb and his son Patrick pulled into a Highlands Ranch lot and parked next to a pile of discarded Christmas trees. The mound spanned several parking spaces and filled the surrounding park with …
Arts & Entertainment

Paintings and princesses come to gallery, theater

Fanciful paintings by Tara Pappas of Laramie, Wyoming will fill Stanton Gallery at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., in January while the theater runs performances of the …
Allan Harris is the star of the show “Cross That River” about America’s first black cowboys.
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Black cowboys are focus of jazz show

“Cross That River: A Concert About the Black West,” with jazzman Allan Harris, tells the story of black cowboys in the unsettled West of the 1860s and about Blue, a runaway slave who escapes …
Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton.

Theaters offer variety through rest of season

Winter has many appealing facets besides that beautiful mountain snow — arts events are top of the list for me and I’m looking forward to revisiting Monet’s art at the Denver Art Museum, plus …
Orchids on display at Denver Botanic Gardens.
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Scene stays green, says no to snow

Under the huge glass house conservatory — and in the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. location — one can find greenery and flowers while the garden is covered with snow. In …

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Start a new decade loud, quiet or with a roar

With the metro area's cultural scene booming, New Year's Eve offers a way to ring in 2020 for everyone. I've selected five options, ranging from small and intimate to big and brash, which will allow …
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Grandparents can teach too

Kids’ boxes are more than packaging

There are millions of boxes being delivered to front doors this winter. Sometimes what is in the box is not as fun as the container itself. Children can spend an amazing amount of entertainment time …
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Local Set shows the personal side of Red Rocks

The third annual Local Set series, which runs almost weekly through April 3, aims to bring a little intimacy to Red Rocks Amphitheatre by bringing audiences up close and behind the scenes of the …
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Gardens offer amazing lights, decor for holiday strolling

Elves and others have been hard at work filling Hudson Gardens’ trees and pathways with lights and assorted decorations so that families can embark on a magical holiday stroll through the gardens, …
Opening scene of Colorado Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”
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It’s the most ‘Nutcracker’ time of the year

There are plenty of “Nutcracker” performances around the holiday season. One is by Colorado Ballet, which has tickets remaining for some dates, but we recall that it was completely sold out last …

“High Alert,” Carl Paulson’s image of a mama bear and cubs, shows them as they sense a male bear nearby — a clear and present danger to the cubs. Paulson and Julia Grundmeier exhibit their photographs and paintings at Bemis Library.
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Painter, photographer join forces in exhibit at library

Two local artists who are active with the Littleton Fine Arts Guild, which operates the Depot Art Gallery, have collaborated in an exhibit on the lower level at Bemis Library, in which two sets of …
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