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art Arvada Center for the Arts and Humantities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7272. The Arvada Center is now registering for Winter/Spring Courses. Call for more information.

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. Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artists, Works, Culture and Education by Gary Keller, Joaquin Alvarado, Katie Johnson and Mary Erikson. Opening Fri., Jan. 9, 6-10 p.m. Runs through Jan. 24.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. The Harmsen Collection: A Colorado Legacy through Dec. 31, 2005. Tickets on sale at the Museum and on-line at .

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden. 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Sat., 10-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Featuring paintings of the Sangre de Cristos through Jan. 11. Radiant Souls: African Americana in Painting, Photography and Sculpture, Jan. 17 through Mar. 28. Free opening Sun., Jan. 18, 2-4 p.m. Brown bag gallery talk to meet the artists, Sat., Jan. 31, noon.

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.

Gallery Sink, 2301 W. 30th, Denver. 303/455-0185. . Thurs. through Sun., 1-5 p.m., or by appt. Staged Fantasy photographs by various artists of science fiction, intuition, and dreams frozen in time and space through Feb. 1.

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.

Sandy Carson Gallery, 760 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/573-8585. Featuring Floyd Tunson, New Works. Through Jan. 2. Gallery Walk on Jan. 2, 6-9 p.m.

holiday events Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa Street, Denver. $26-$47. Through 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 Elizabeth Buchan Presentation and Signing, Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Avenue, Denver, 303/436-1070. Author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Women will read from and sign The Good Wife Strikes Back. Tues., Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m. Call Judi at 212/366-2752 for more.

Author Extravaganza of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, Colorado Business Bank, 17th and Champa streets, Denver. $25-$75. Authors signing books and visit with attendees. Thurs., Jan. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call Pat Wakham at 303/423-2315 for info.

Mark Kurlansky Presentation and Signing, Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver, 303/436-1070. Author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World, signs 1968: The Year that Rocked the World. Tues., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. Call Heather at 310/838-6040 for more.

Simon Winchester Presentation and Signing, Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Avenue, Denver, 303/436-1070. Author of The Map that Changed the World signs The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary. Thurs., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. Call Sara at 212/726-6032 for more.

music Arvada Center Chorale Auditions, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200. The chorale presents three concerts per year. They rehearse every Mon., Sept.-June. No prepared material is required. Sun., Jan. 4, 4-6 p.m. Call 720/898-7200 for more information.

Winter Warmth, Front Range Youth Symphony Orchestra, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200. $3-$5. Includes music from Schubert, Offenbach and Rossini. Tues., Jan. 13, 7 p.m.

Jeffrey Siegel, pianist, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200. $23-$26. Suites for the Suite: Bach, Bartok and Debussy. Wed., Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.

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

Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. First Hike of 2004, Sun., Jan. 4, 1 p.m., Yoga in Nature Hike, Sat. Jan. 31, 12:30 p.m. $3. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

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.

Bonfire Dinner, Town Ranch Nordic Loops, Crested Butte. $10-$20. An outdoor, ski and snowshoe dinner with bonfires. Food made by local Crested Butte restaurants. Sat., Jan. 31, seatings from 5:30-7 p.m. Call the Crested Butte Nordic Center at 970/349-1707 to make reservations.

theater The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), CSU-Pueblo's Hoag Recital Hall, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo. $5-$7. Thirty-six of Shakespeare's plays performed in ninety minutes by three actors. Jan. 8-10, 15-17, 7:30-9:15 p.m. Call 566-3985 for more.

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 through 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.

Mcguinn and Murry, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street, Denver. $5-15. A period comedy. Thurs. through Sat., Jan. 2-Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Jan. 29-31, 9 p.m. Pay-what-you-can on Sun., Jan. 4.

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