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art Arvada Center for the Art and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/431-3939. Featuring Lewis deSoto: Paranirvana (self portrait), Linda Foster Leonhard: Suspended Reality, Dismas Rotto: Dizplayed, Dizcover, Dizclosure, prints and assemblages.

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. Dark Resonance--surrealistic paintings and prints by Mark Spencer, Icons of My Tribe: A Year at the Mall--photographs by Richard Varnes, Arte E Ecologia: On the Social Ecology of Place. Call 303/443-2122.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Featuring Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Photography, through Oct. 5; Sargent and Italy, through Sept. 21 (special exhibition ticket required); Secrets from a Chinese Garden through Sept. 28; Lighter Than Air: Gauze Robes from China through Nov. 30; New Classics from the American Indian collection; Chinese Art of the Tang Dynasty from the Sze Hong collection. START Building, free community celebration marking the beginning of new construction. Aug. 16 17. Tickets on sale at the Museum and on-line at .

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, Denver. 720/865-3500. Summer Hours Wed. Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sat. Tues., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Summer admission $4 - $6.50. Featuring Botanical Illustration School Student Show.

Edge Gallery, 3658 Navajo St., Denver, 303/477-7173.Open Fri. 7-10 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Featuring Symballein, an installation of glass books by Alicia Baily.

Flying Turtle Gallery West, 611 Cañon Street, Guffey, 719/689-6100. Hours are Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment. Featuring the work of local Guffey artists, fine art and crafts, antique furniture, paintings, Raku horses.

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden. 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Sat., 10-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Free. Featuring Colorado Art Open, a biennial exhibition with 127 works in all media through Aug. 24.

The Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, in La Veta, 719/742-3074. Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues. and Thurs. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. La Veta Photography Show. Gallery in the Park features Majestic Colorado, over 70 works of art.

Gallery Sink, 2301 W. 30th, Denver. 303/455-0185. . Thurs. through Sun., 1-5 p.m., or by appt. Featuring Paintings, Assemblages and Works on Paper by Purvis Young, Urban Expressionist.

Manatees: The Edge of Extinction, The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria, Parker. $6. A multi-media exhibit promoting awareness and conservation of these gentle creatures. Sat., June 21 Sun., Oct. 26, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 720/488-3300.

Quetzalli Art Gallery, 928 W. 8th. Ave., 303/573-0414. Gallery hours: Mon. Thurs., 3 - 7 p.m., Fri., 3 - 10 p.m., local stone sculptor, Frank Guerrero and Bolivian artist, Luisa Coaquira Peralta. Opening Reception Fri., Aug. 1, 6-10 p.m. Beginner stone sculpting workshop Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m. ($10, RSVP required).

jazz, folk, acoustic Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Southern Exposure, Dakota Blonde, Michael Herne and South by Southwest, Sat., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. For more, call 720/898-7200.

Southern Exposure, Arvada Center outdoor amphitheatre, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Fri., Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. $22 - $34. For more, call 720/898-7200.

rock, pop, blues, country Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities outdoor amphitheatre, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Asleep at the Wheel and Hot Club of Cowtown, Sat., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m., $22; Riders in the Sky with Hot Club of Cowtown, Fri., Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m., $22. For more, call 720/898-7200.

Trinidaddio Blues Fest, Central Park, Trinidad. $10-$25. Sat., Aug. 23 starting at noon with pre-fest concerts on Thurs., Aug. 21 and Fri., Aug 22. Headliners include Coco Montoya. For tickets or information, call 719/846-3000.

Fiddler's Green, 5889 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village, 303/220-7000. Sammy Hagar and Lynard Skynard, Tues., Aug. 12; Lollapalooza: Audioslave, Jane's Addiction and the Donnas, Wed., Aug. 13; Iron Maiden with Dio and Motorhead, Wed., Aug. 20; ZZ Top, Tues., Aug. 26; 311 with G. Love and Special Sauce, Fri., Aug. 29; Sex Pistols, Sun., Aug. 31. Tickets at

Universal Lending Pavilion at the Pepsi Center, 1700 7th St.,Denver. N.E.R.D., O.A.R., The Roots, Talib Kweli and more, Thurs., Aug 14 and Fri., Aug. 15; moe. and Keller Williams Sat., Aug. 16; Weird Al Yankovic, Sun., Aug. 17; Go-Go's, Wed., Aug. 20; R.E.M., Sat., Sept. 13; Alabama, Sat., Sept. 13 (Pepsi Center). Tickets at

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Tori Amos, Thurs., Aug. 7; Willie Nelson and Family, Fri., Aug. 8; Sheryl Crow, Sat.; Aug. 9; Nora Jones, Fri. Aug. 15; Gypsy Kings, Wed., Aug. 27; Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Wed., Aug. 27 and Thurs., Aug. 28; Mountain Jam with 50 Cent, The Doors 21st Century, Korn, Sat., Aug 30; R.E.M. with Ed Harcourt, Sun., Sept. 14. Tickets at

dance Les Merveilles de Guinee, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, Boulder. $21.50 - $29.50. West African drumming and dance. Fri., August 15, 8 p.m. For tickets, call 303/786-7030.

special events Toast of Breckenridge, Main Street Station, Breckenridge. $35 demonstrations and activities, $170 weekend pass. Festival includes best wines, foods and outdoor education. Fri., Aug. 15 Sun. Aug. 17. For more, call 720/359-1065.

Snowmass Village Free Concert Series, Snowmass Mountain, Thursdays, June 26 Aug. 23. For more, visit .

The Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series, 1005 York Street, Denver. Gates open at 6 p.m., shows at 7 p.m. Go to for full details. Aug. 14, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Buckwheat Zydeco.

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