Show will be Verdi special experience

Sonya Ellingboe

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Music director Rene Knetsch will conduct the Parker Symphony Orchestra and Legend High School's Cantores Choir in “Messa da Requiem,” a masterpiece composed by Giuseppe Verdi, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Pace Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., downtown Parker. The concert will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Italian composer's birth. Guest soloists are: Cyrissa Anderson, soprano; Amalia Dobbins, mezzo-soprano; Todd Teske, tenor; and Jeff McClendon, bass. Tickets start at $20 and may be purchased at PACEcenteronline.org or by calling 303-805-6800. For information about the orchestra, formerly the South Suburban Community Orchestra, see parkersymphony.org.

Ragtime band

The Big Little Ragtime Band will perform, presented by the Ragtime Society of Colorado, at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Forte Academy of Music, 8030 S. Holly St., Centennial. The four band members are from the popular Queen City Jazz Band. Tickets: $20/$15 members. Send check to society president Coleen Vander Hoek, 8360 Zephyr St., Littleton, or call for reservations: 303-973-4353.

Selling its props

Need a Halloween costume? A set of band uniforms? (Music Man). A red vinyl booth? Chairs? Tables and more …? The Front Range Theatre Company will hold a big garage sale on Oct. 26 and 27 in Castle Rock (location to be announced), with 15 years' accumulation of interesting items large and small. The company will move to Highlands Ranch in 2014 and needs to lighten its store of props, costumes and equipment. Email LeslieBennett@MSN.com or AnneMcGhee@att.net for information on location or to preview the collection beforehand.

Stars 4 Douglas County

Tickets are on sale for a Masquerade Benefit that will raise funds for K-12 Douglas County art programs. The event will be from 7 to 11 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Cielo in Castle Pines, 688 Happy Canyon Road, Castle Rock. Music will be by the Delta Sonics. The Italian-themed masquerade ball will be followed by live and silent auctions, including large hand-painted stars. Julie Holladay, art teacher and director of Stars 4 Douglas County, said, “Last year the event raised $10,000 for student scholarships, art supplies and other art program enhancements for teachers and students.” For tickets and information, visit stars4douglascounty.com.

MythBusters at DMNS

Discovery Channel's “MythBusters: the Explosive Exhibition” should appeal to families with budding scientists. It is at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, through Jan. 5. The program, first launched in 1993 hosts a variety of exhibits, including: The Blueprint Room, The Workshop and a live MythBusters Demonstration Stage. Tickets: $22/$16/$18; timed admission include admission to the rest of the museum. Dmns.org/mythbusters.

South Suburban art

• Karen Trenchard's photographs of Colorado locations are exhibited through Oct. 30 at the Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle, Lone Tree. • Amy Van Stensel specializes in botanical illustrations and oil paintings, exhibited through Oct. 30 at Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial. • Darlene Kuhn's artwork is at Douglas A. Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, through Oct. 30. Artists interested in displaying work can contact Vickie Willis at 303-483-7072.

Visit a Mexican Cocina

“La Cocina” is a re-creation by Museo director Maruca Salazar of her grandmother's kitchen, with tile stove, table set for dinner with Salazar's collection and items from the Museo de las Americas collection. It runs through Jan. 12, with numerous related programs, including lectures on Talaveras and Tonala pottery and Spanish Happy Hours. The Museo is at 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. See museo.org or call 303-571-4401.

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