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North Korea, polka music on deck in library programs

Upcoming programs at Littleton’s Bemis Library include: “Explore North Korea” with Active Minds — learn about the Kim family leadership, as well as nuclear weapon development, trade and human …

‘Kaleidoscope’ juried exhibit opens at college

The annual community exhibit, “Kaleidoscope,” is open through Aug. 3 at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College/Littleton, offering a varied look at works by artists in the …
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Arts venue lobby gets dramatic new paint job

Stop in to see Town Hall Arts Center’s spiffy redecorated lobby when you’re next in downtown Littleton. Life Scout Jack Rutherford has pretty much grown up around Town Hall where his mother, …

‘Full Circle’ exhibit is worth coming around to see

Viewers at the opening of Terry Maker’s “Full Circle” exhibit (through Aug. 19 at the Littleton Museum) huddled in groups, fixated on Maker’s brightly colored, complex compositions, …

Summer food trucks return to Civic Center Park

As the mid-day sun beamed down on Civic Center Park, Jorge Dominguez smiled warmly from the window of his truck. The young lady standing below him returned the smile as she ordered an arepa — a …
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Museum Outdoor Arts does great job of making do

What does a museum do when a projected exhibit falls through for one reason or another? If it’s an institution with a rich collection, it can craft a different exhibit by pulling a selection of …
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Options abound for fireworks fun

Independence Day offers a wealth of options for those looking to see the night sky lit up with color and sound. One of the biggest celebrations has been held at Denver’s Civic Center Park for the …

Jazz group brings sparkling sound to stages in area

When vocalist Steve Lippia joins the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra at the Arvada Center on July 21, the audience will time-travel to 1966 to hear music from the classic jazz album, “Basie and …

Renaissance Festival comes to life

The Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur opened its doors for the second weekend this summer last weekend. The festival, inspired by the 16th Century, boasts a village of permanent structures …
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Castle Rock Band gets ready to rock Independence Day

The Castle Rock Band will play a free concert to celebrate Independence Day at 7 p.m. on June 30 at the town bandstand in front of the Philip S. Miller Library (100 S. Wilcox St.). The All-American …
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Picture yourself in an oil painting

As someone who has visited countless art galleries over the years, a common question I have is what it takes to be a model for one of these artworks. Who has that special something that inspires an …
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‘Brooklyn Bridge’ gets tune-up at its location along light rail

Conservation is an ongoing concern when an extensive art collection is involved. Light-rail passengers see the Museum Outdoor Arts piece “Brooklyn Bridge” by Red Grooms when they arrive at the …
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Starting a creative fire at Benchmark

Some of the most atmospheric stories ever told fall into the Gothic genre. Tales overflowing with darkness and character explorations that thrive on the eerie and supernatural. These stories had …

Artists share colorful paintings of outdoors in library exhibit

Watercolorist Patricia Nash and oil painter Judy S. Purcell exhibit colorful paintings of flowers, Colorado landscapes, birds and other outdoor subjects through July 31 at the James H. Larue Library …

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PrideFest returning for 44th year

Although it has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, Denver’s PrideFest can trace its roots all the way back to 1975. And this year’s event is going to be the biggest yet. “We’re going …
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