Big bad lizard life is theme of show at Denver museum

Sonya's Sampler: Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 9/19/17

With interest in dinosaurs at a peak in the metro area these days, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, will bring in an exhibit called “Ultimate Dinosaurs,” opening on Oct. 6 with general admission. (Audio guides …

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Big bad lizard life is theme of show at Denver museum

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With interest in dinosaurs at a peak in the metro area these days, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, will bring in an exhibit called “Ultimate Dinosaurs,” opening on Oct. 6 with general admission. (Audio guides available in English and Spanish.) Strange creatures evolved in isolation in Africa, South America and Madagascar. The supercontinent Pangaea gradually broke apart and formed today’s continents, carrying various dinosaur species as pieces of continents drifted. From the tiny Eoraptor to the massive Gigantosaurus, visitors can indulge the “inner 8-year-old,” as the DMNS puts it. The exhibit, with 17 fully articulated skeletons and dozens of fossils and casts, was created by the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, and toured by the Science Museum of Minnesota. For more information: dmns.org/ultimatedinos.

Dracula returns

The Colorado Ballet begins its season on Oct. 6-15 with performances of “Dracula,” choreographed by Michael Pink, with music by Philip Feeney. Seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead will dance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Coloradoballet.org. Principal dancer Chandra Kuykendall, who grew up and started dancing in Parker, begins her 20th season and will be the primary Lucy. Information: coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888, ext. 2. Recommended for ages 12 and over.

‘Deportee’ at ACC

On June 28, 1948, 28 Mexican citizens were being repatriated from Oakland, California, in a plane that crashed. They were not widely identified and were buried in unmarked graves in Fresno. Singer/activist Woody Guthrie and Martin Hoffman wrote a song, “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos).” Author Tim C. Hernandez (“All They Will Call You”) has spent years locating and interviewing family members of the passengers, including the pilots, and presents a free program with musician Daniel Grandbois and a Q&A with the author. The presentation will be in the Arapahoe Community College Library, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, at 6 p.m. Oct. 5. (Also 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Community College of Aurora.) Sponsored by Colorado Humanities.

Kaminski sculptures

“Processing Spirit: Sculpture by Kim Kaminski” is open at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St. Littleton, through Oct. 22. She was Best of Show winner at the 2016 Own an Original exhibit, thereby winning an invitation for a solo show. She sculpts in bronze and steel. Open during museum hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. 303-795-3950.

For the short set

Ezra Jack Keats’ charming book, “The Snowy Day,” is transformed into a play for Pre-K to third-graders at Denver Center for Performing Arts, 14th and Champa Street in downtown Denver, through Nov. 19. See Denvercenter.org. Tickets: $1o-$15.

Art and Design Center

Explore Arapahoe Community College’s Art and Design Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 10 if you are a prospective student — or just a community person who wonders what’s happening there at 2400 W. Alamo Ave. in Littleton. Reserve a spot: Arapahoe.edu/artdesign-openhouse, or call 303-797-5755.

‘Western Winds’

The Denver Concert Band’s first concert, “Western Winds,” conducted by Jacinda Bouton, will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets: 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.

Lone Tree Symphony

The first concert of the new season by the Lone Tree Symphony will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. It will include Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish Symphony,” as well a 007 James Bond Medley and other music by UK composers. Tickets: 720-509-1000, lonetreesymphony.org.

Woodcarvers

The 43rd Annual Woodcarving Show will be in Highlands Ranch this year on Oct. 14-15 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Plaza Drive, Highlands Ranch. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15. Admission: $5, free for children 12 and under. Carving competition both days at 2 p.m. Featured carver 10:30-11:30 a.m. both days. Coloradocarvers.org.

‘Some Enchanted Evening’

“South Pacific,” a favorite by Rodgers and Hammerstein, plays Sept. 29 through Oct. 15 at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Tickets: parkerarts.org.

Craft fair in Littleton

The 46th Annual Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum Craft Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Ketring Park with 300 crafters and artisans. Food concessions available. No strollers please. Limited parking. Try to park and walk in. Information: skling@littletongov.org.

Arts by Aaron

Local artist Patricia Aaron, a Greenwood Village resident who exhibits widely, has a new show, “Salt Water + Light,” inspired by travel to the Bahamas, Prince Edward Island and Iceland, at the Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. It runs through Nov. 4. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 720-904-1088.

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