art Arvada Center for the Art and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/431-3939. Featuring Frank Sampson: Retrospective and Debbie Masuoka. Opening reception: Thursday, Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m.
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; Sargent and Italy, through Sept. 21 (special exhibition ticket required); Secrets from a Chinese Garden; Lighter Than Air: Gauze Robes from China; New Classics from the American Indian collection; Chinese Art of the Tang Dynasty from the Sze Hong collection.
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 through Oct. 31.
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. Foothills Art Center. Featuring the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Gallery talk with artists, Mon., Oct. 13, noon.
Gallery Sink, 2301 W. 30th, Denver. 303/455-0185.
www.gallerysink.com . Thurs. through Sun., 1-5 p.m., or by appt. Featuring Paintings, Assemblages and Works on Paper by Purvis Young, Urban Expressionist through Sept. 21. Opening reception Fri., Aug. 1, 6 10 p.m.
literary events Slideshow Presentation and Book signing by John Fielder and Steve Smith, part of the Rocky Mountain Land Series. The authors will present and sign Seeing Colorado's Forest for the Trees, LoDo Tattered Cover, 1628 16th St., at Wyncoop, Denver. Thurs., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
rock, pop and blues See our listings in the Playing Around section.
recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. $3. Protecting The Ecology Of The Southern Rockies, Thurs., Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Yoga in Nature (hike); bring water, and a light mat or towel. Sat., Sept. 27, 9 a.m. For registration and information, call 719/485-4444.
theater Northanger Abbey, Jones Theater, 119 Main St., Westcliffe, $5-$10. Creede Reperatory Theatre brings Jane Austen's 18th century comedy to life. Sept. 13 only, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For more, call Pam at 719/783-3004.
Stories on Stage, Stage Theatre at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa Street, Denver. $85 season/$20 individual. Readings of great short stories. Sundays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Acts of Passion; Nov. 9, Homemade Mythologies; Feb. 8, Curve Balls; March 28, Liquid Truth; April 18, Canterbury Tales; May 16, Shouldering the Chip. For more, call 303/494-0523.
Fiddler on the Roof, Country Dinner Playhouse, 6875 Clinton St., Greenwood Village. $29.95 35.95. Wed. through Sun. evenings, weekend matinees. Buffet at 6 p.m., performance at 7:45 p.m. For more, call 303/799-1410.
Barefoot in the Park, Federal Theatre, address, Denver, $13-$15. Thurs., 7 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m., select Sun. matinees in Sept. Tickets at 303/399-4662.
Charlotte's Web, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Most Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. and noon; Sat. Oct. 11, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sun., Oct. 12, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more, call 303/898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org.
Spoon River Anthology, Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $17. Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sept. 5 27. For more, call 303/987-7845 or visit www.Lakewood.org.