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art Center for the Art and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/431-3939. Featuring Frank Sampson: Retrospective and Debbie Masuoka, Big Hare Ceramic Sculpture (through Dec. 31),

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Featuring El Greco to Picasso from the Phillips Collection through Jan. 4, New Classics from the American Indian collection through Dec. 31; Chinese Art of the Tang Dynasty from the Sze Hong collection through Jan. 25, Full Frontal: Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection through May 23, A Family: Portraits by Jim Torok through March 28, Lighter Than Air: Guaze Robes from China through Nov. 30, The Harmsen Collection: A Colorado Legacy through Dec. 31, 2005. Tickets on sale at the Museum and on-line at .

Edge Gallery, 3658 Navajo St., Denver, 303/477-7173.Open Fri. 7-10 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Featuring Safety in Numbers, an installation by Sarah Doremus, Theresa Ducayet Clowes and Dania Pettus. Nov. 7-30.

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 and aspen wood turning.

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.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 1275 19th Street, Denver, 303/298-7554, Hours Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5:30 p.m. Featuring Blood: Lines & Connections, an international body of video, photography and installation-based work created from diverse cultural backgrounds. Through Jan. 4.

holiday events Friendship Bridge Thanksgiving Day Fundraiser, Amicas, 136 East 2nd Street, Salida. $10-$20. Thanksgiving Day lasagna dinner with all the trimmings raises funds for Guatemalan women in home-based businesses. Thurs., Nov. 27, 5-8:30 p.m. For more, call 719/539-5219 or 719/539-5307.

Nutcracker in a 'Nut Shell,' Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $6. A performance especially for children. Sat., Nov. 29, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For tickets or information, call 719/295-7222.

Holiday Craft Fair, Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Handcrafted items by over 100 regional and national artists and crafters. Fri., Nov. 28 and Sat., Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 720/898-7200.

ElectriCritters at the Pueblo Zoo, 3455 Nuckolls Ave., Pueblo. $2.50-$3. Holiday light extravaganza and live animal displays. Preview Nov. 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Show Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 19-23 and 26-30. Gates close at 8 p.m. For more, call 719/561-1452.

Nutcracker, The Ballet, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $6-$8. Thurs., Dec. 4 and Fri., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For more, call 719/295-7222.

Beulah Yule Log Festival and Mountain Park Open House and hike, Beulah. Free. Sun., Dec. 14. Open house at Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, 719/485-4444, Noon-4 p.m. Yule log hunt, Mountain Park pavilion, starts at 1 p.m. For more about the Yule Log Festival, contact the Beulah Arts Council at

Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa Street, Denver. $26-$47. Fri., Nov. 4-Sun., Dec. 28, various times. For tickets and information, call 800/641-1222 or visit

Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. $35. Dec. 2-28, various times. For more, call 720/898-7200.

literary events Presentation and book signing by Martin Amis, Cherry Creek Tattered Cover, 2955 E. 1st Ave., Denver. Amis will read from and sign his Yellow Dog. Wed., Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.

recreation and learning Saturday Mornings at the Zoo, Pueblo Zoo, 3455 Nuckolls Ave., Pueblo. $10 plus $1 materials fee. Children 7-11 years old, will sketch, paint, print, and make collages of wildlife from around the world. Live animals including a hedgehog, lizard, turtle and armadillo will be used as models. Every Sat. through Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is necessary; call 719/561-1452 ext. 100.

High Tea, Peaceful Henry's, Guffy. Every Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. For reservations or information, call 719/689-6475.

special events Art Imitating Art, Tao Mundo, 137 W. 2nd Street, Salida. Area weavers have created woven pieces from photos or paintings; pieces will be sold in tandem and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chaffee County Mentor Program. Show runs through December 31. For more, call 719/539-5400.

Lunch with Kathleen Turner, Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th St., Denver. $100. Proceeds benefit Planned parenthood of the Rocky Mountain's Teens for Tomorrow program. Fri., Dec. 5, 11:30 to 1 p.m. Reservations at 303/813-7704 or

theater The Unsinkable Molly Brown, 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. Runs Nov. 12-Jan. 18. For more, call 303/799-1410.

Chicago, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder $19 - $50. Tue. Sun., Through Feb. 29. Show times vary. Call 800/448-5501 for more.

Idiot Box, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street, Denver. $10-$15. An evening of sketch comedy. Dec. 11-21 Thurs. and Sun., 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Pay-What-You-Can on opening night, Thurs. Dec. 11. For reservations or more information, please call 720/946-1388

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Theatre on Broadway, 13 S. Broadway, Denver. Every Fri. and Sat. through Nov., 7:30 p.m. For more, call 303/777-3292 or visit .

Three Tall Women, Germinal Stage Denver, 2450 W. 44th Ave., Denver. $13.75-$17.75. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m. through Dec. 14. For more, call 303/455-7108.

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