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art Articulation Gallery, 131 E. 1st Street, Salida, 719/539-0600. Featuring juried show with art by high school students from Salida, Buena Vista and Cotopaxi. Fri., Dec. 5 through Sun., Dec. 7.

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),

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. 303/571-0440. Open Fri. 6-9 p.m. and Sat., 1-4 p.m. Special event featuring retired police chief and noted author Reuben Archuleta, who will sign and present his books I Came from El Valle and Land of the Penitentes Land of Tradition. Fri., Dec. 12, 6-10 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.

Cultureclash Gallery, 101 N. F Street, Salida, 719/539-3118. Featuring Leigh Mills Trunk Show: "Bangles, Baubles & Beads." Sat., Dec. 13, 1-6 p.m.

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

www.denverartmuseum.org .

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 new work of local Guffey artists, fine art and crafts, antique furniture, paintings and aspen wood turning. Holiday Open House, Sun., Dec. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 pm.

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 Holiday Art Market through Dec. 24, Baroque Folke Concert, Dec. 7, Children's Day, Dec. 13, Paintings of the Sangre de Cristos through Jan. 11.

Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus, in La Veta, 719/742-3074. Open Tue., Thurs., Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Gift of Art, original art and reproductions of 20 area artists. Nothing priced over $200.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 1275 19th Street, Denver, 303/298-7554, www.mcartdenver.org. 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 Holiday Open House, El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union, Pueblo. Sat., Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ornament gourd painting party for kids, noon to 1 p.m. ($2 suggested donation, registration required). Lecture and book signing by Reuben Archuleta, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. Lecture and book signing by Joanne Dodds Dec. 13, 10 a.m. For more, call 719/583-0453.

ElectriCritters at the Pueblo Zoo, 3455 Nuckolls Ave., Pueblo. $2.50-$3. Holiday light extravaganza and live animal displays. 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.

Colorado Art Expo, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14Tth St., Denver. One-day pass $5, 2-day pass $7. Includes Art Caf cultural symposium. Expo has 600 artists, 30 museums and galleries. Fri., Dec. 5 and Sat., Dec. 6, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more, call 303/388-2137.

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 lauralee@fone.net.

music Pueblo Symphony and Bernard Walz concert, Hoag Recital Hall, CSU-Pueblo campus. $20-$25. Sat., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. For reservations and information, call 719/545-7967.

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.

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

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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