Arvada Center for the Art and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/431-3939. Featuring Then There Was: Artists Depict Creation, work by eight artists (Homer Ikeda, Terry Maker, Jason Musgrave, Ken Peterson, Louis Romero, Eric Emmanuele Rucker, Sue Simon, Vicky Smith) from across the country who work in different disciplines. Opens Dec. 12, runs through Jan. 19.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., 303/443-2122. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sun.-Mon. Free admission, Thursdays 4-6 p.m. In the west gallery, mixed media works by Juan Logan; in the east gallery, oil paintings by Stefan Kleinschuster; in the Union Works Gallery an installation by Carrie Olson. Through Dec. 28.
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Featuring Contemporary Botanical Art: the Shirley Sherwood Collection, through Jan. 12. Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Art, through Aug. 17. African Renaissance: New Forms, Old Images, through March 23. West Point/ Points West, through July 21. Many more exhibitions; for details, visit www.denverartmuseum.org.
Soho, 112 E. First St., Salida. 719/530-0130. Featuring works by Marcy Misata.
But Seriously, a Comedy Improv Troupe, at the LIDA Project Theater, 2180 Stout St., Denver. Saturdays, 11 p.m. $6. 303/282-0466.
The Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Larimer Sq., Denver. Billy D., Dec. 5 -8; Phil Palisoul, Dec. 11-15; Rocky LaPorte, Dec. 18-22; and Vince Morris, Dec. 26-31. Sun. through Thurs., 8 p.m. (Wed., non-smoking), Fri. 8 and 10 p.m., Sat., 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Call 303/595-3637
Marianne Williamson at Tattered Cover Bookstore, Cherry Creek. New York Times best-selling author will discuss and sign Everyday Grace in which she returns to her own spiritual roots to help readers mine their inner resources and lay the foundation for a more graceful life. Free tickets available at 6:30 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 9.
rock, pop & blues
Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver. $10-$12, 800/965-4827. Over-21 show. Wed., Dec. 11, 8 p.m.
The Big Wu at the Gothic Theater, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood. $16.25, 303/380-2333. Over 18. Fri., Dec. 13 doors at 8 p.m.
Reverend Horton Heat at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver. $15, 800/965-4827. Over-21 show. Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m.
Lyricist Lounge featuring Scarface, Erick Sermon, Words Worth & Poverty at the Fox Theatre, Boulder. $25. Sat., Dec. 14, 8:30 p.m.
West Memphis 3 Benefit featuring ThroCult, Angels Never Answer, Swictchpin at Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax, Denver. $7. Fri., Dec. 13, 7 p.m. 303/831-9448.
Five Iron Frenzy at the Ogden Theater, 935 E. Colfax, Denver. $12-$15, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Sat., Dec. 14, doors at 7 p.m.
Boys of the Lough: Celtic Christmas at the Gothic Theater, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood. $23-$25, 303/380-2333. All-ages. Sun., Dec. 15, doors at 6:30 p.m.
Def Leopard at Magness Arena, 2240 East Buchtell Blvd, Denver. $38-$48. Tues., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. 303/830-8497.
El Vez with Bobby Collins Death Metal Armada at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver. $15, 800/965-4827. Over-21 show. Tues., Dec. 17, 8 p.m.
Steve Kimock Band with Mountains of Venus at the Gothic Theater, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood. $30, 303/380-2333. All-ages. Mon.-Tues., Dec. 30-31, doors at 8 p.m.
Slim Cessna's Auto Club at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver. $10-$15, 800/965-4827. Over-21 show. Mon-Tues., Dec. 30-31, 8 p.m.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver. $42-$45. Tues., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
North Mississippi All-Stars at the Fox Theatre, Boulder. $20, 303/447-0095. Dec. 30, 31.
Neil Diamond at The Pepsi Center, Denver. $18-$75. Tues., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. 303/830-849-7
Nile with Napalm Death, Voivod, Strapping Young Lad and The Bezerker at the Gothic Theater, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood. $20-$23, 303/380-2333. All-ages. Tues., Jan. 28, doors at 7 p.m.
The Rolling Stones at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $54-$304, 520-9090. Feb. 1, 2003.
The Pretenders at the Paramount Theatre, 1631 Glenarm Pl. $40-$45. Wed., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.
The Eight Reindeer Monologues at the Phoenix Theatre, 1124 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. $20, Fri & Sat, 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 21st.
The Laramie Project at the Theatre on Broadway, 13 S. Broadway, Denver. $25. Call for dates and show times, 303/777-3292. Through Dec. 21st.
Mama Mia!, a musical comedy featuring the music of ABBA at The Buell Theatre, 950 13th St. Denver. Through Sat., Jan. 18. Tickets on sale, $25-$70. For performance times and dates call: 303/893-4100 or 800/641-1222.