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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),

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.

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 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.

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.

Winter Solstice Hike, Mountain Park Environmental Center, Beulah. $3. Acknowledge the years shortest day and longest night, and the return of the sun, while hiking with a bunch of friendly folks along the trails of Mountain Park. Sat., Dec. 20, 1 p.m. Fore more call 719/485-4444.

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.

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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