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Blue Spruce Gallery, 205 W. Main, Florence, 719/784-1339. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Family Portrait, works from six members of the George Douthit family.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Japanese Prints: 150th Anniversary of United States-Japan Relations; Scene Colorado/Sin Colorado; Changing Seasons: Coverlets from the Museum's Collection.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$15. IMAX film Coral Reef Adventure runs through Dec. Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West. Gates Planetarium: Passport to the Universe and A Cosmic Journey. Call 800/925-2250 for more.

Lakewood Art Fest, Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow, Lakewood. $1-$2. Art, music, food, fun. Sat., July 31 and Sun., Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more call 303/987-7859.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 1275 19th Street, Denver. 303/298-7554. Hours Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission $3-$5, kids free. www.mcartdenver.org. Lectures Teach or Preach: the Art of Direction, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $20-$30. I Can Do That! Young artists' workshop series, Aug. 9-13, 1-4 p.m., $35+.

Steamboat Studios Art and Culture Tour, Steamboat Springs. $25 adults, $10 kids, includes breakfast, tour, and picnic lunch. Gourmet breakfast, 9-10 a.m. Self-guided tour with map, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Picnic lunch with homemade pies, silent auction, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat., July 31. Call 970/879-9008 for more.

Beaux Arts Festival, Steamboat Springs. Opera, bluegrass, art exhibits, workshops, wine festival and more. July 30 through Aug. 8. For information, tickets and registration call 970/879-9008.

music Otis Taylor Concert, Cole Park, Alamosa. Donations Accepted. Sun., Aug. 1, 6 p.m. Call 719/587-3210 for more.

Gold Rush Palladium Summer Concerts, 209 E. Bennett, Cripple Creek. Sundays, 5 p.m. Blake Shelton, $26-$35. Aug. 8. For more call 866-468-7621.

Crested Butte Mountain Summer Events: Music Festival, Festival of the Arts. Crested Butte Open. Crested Butte Ball Bash. For more call 970/349-1184.

Vail Valley Music Festival, Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek. Outstanding classical music all summer. For more call 877-812-5700 or visit

www.vailmusicfestival.org .

Bouzouki Concert, Cole Park, Alamosa. Roger Landes, Chipper Thompson and Mason Brown perform exploring many different musical styles on this unique instrument, akin to the mandonlin. Sun., July 25, 6 p.m. Call 719/587-3210 for more.

Les Merveilles de Guinea, the 2nd Annual West African Dance & Drum Festival, Cal-Wood Outdoor Education Center, 2282 County Rd. 87, Jamestown. Offering 32 classes from Aug. 6-10. Call Shara at 303/402-1066 for more.

Nederland Music & Arts Festival, Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Park, Nederland. Featuring Garaj Mahal, The Motet, Tony Trischka Band and more. Aug. 7-8. Call 303/415-5665 for more.

Arvada Center Summer Concerts, Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Eileen Ivers Immigrant Soul, Sat., July 31, 7:30 p.m. $15-$28; Michael Hearne and South by Southwest and Liz Masterson and the Olde Town Swing Band, Fri., Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. $15-$28; Marcia Ball, Sat., Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m. $15-$32.

Salida-Aspen Concerts. $8. The Fantastic Winds, Aug. 7 (at 608 S. San Juan, Buena Vista); The Degas and Jupiter String Quartets, Aug. 14, (John Held Auditorium, Salida High School, 10th & D Sts., Salida). All at 7:30 p.m. For more call 719/530-0764.

Tesoro Summer Concert Series, The Fort, 19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison. $6. Spurs of the Moment, Sun., Aug. 1, 3-4:30 p.m. For more call 303/839-1671.

Crestone Music Festival, Challenger Golf Club, Crestone. $20-$25, $5 for 13-18 yr. olds. Aug. 7-8. Call 719/256-4533 for more.

Da Vinci Quartet, The Argyle, 4115 W. 38th Ave., Denver. $10. A benefit concert for the Argyle Foundation. Call 303/455-9513, ext. 251 for more.

recreation and learning Santa Fe Trail Walking Tours and Activities, Trinidad. Includes trains at La Junta Depot and Trinidad, Arkansas River crossing hike, Purgatoire River Walk, Picketwire Canyonland tour, Trinidad Lake hike, Santa Fe Trail Auto Tour Route and scenic hikes and overlooks. For more call 719/846-5645.

Florissant Fossil Beds Seminars, Teller County Rd. #1, Florissant. Messages in Stone, July 31. Discovering Prehistoric Climate Change, Aug. 1. Parks as Classrooms, Aug. 7. Nature Artist, Aug. 7. Water from the Earth, Aug. 14. Fire Ecology of the Front Range, Aug. 21. For cost and reservations, call 719/748-3253.

Mueller State Park, Divide. A variety of lectures and interactive classes for all ages through Aug. 31. Call 719/687-2366 for more.

special events Ghost Walk Tours, Museum of Colorado Prisons, 201 N. First St., Canon City. $5-$8. Last Fridays and Saturdays of month. For more call 719/269-3015.

Seeking Vendors and Exhibitors for Sustainable Living Fair, Ft. Collins in September. For more visit

www.sustainablelivngfair.org .

Grand Prix of Denver, Pepsi Center, Denver. August 7, 12, 13, 14, and 15. Call 303/405-1111 for tickets.

Renaissance Festival, Larkspur, on I-25 at Exit 172. $8-$15.95. Featuring sword swallowing, magic, jousting and more. Saturdays and Sundays, June 12-August 1, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. For more call 303/688-6010 or visit

www.coloradorenaissance.com .

Storytelling Festival and Workshops: Storytelling and concert, Miller Public Library, Castle Rock, free, July 30; Workshops and concerts, Palmer Lake Elementary School, Palmer Lake, $3-$50, July 31. For more call 866-462-1727.

Eden Train Wreck Memorial Dedication, at the site of the Aug. 7, 1904 wreck just north of Pueblo where 97 people died and 14 people disappeared. Sat., Aug. 7, 10 a.m. Call Bob at 719/542-5150 for more.

theater Westminster Spotlight Theater, College Hill Library, 3705 W. 112th Ave., Denver. $10-$12. The Boys Next Door. Through July 24. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Call 303/668-7578.

Massari Performing Arts Center Performances, Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad. $10/$28 for three plays. Presenting: Sylvia, June 25-August 21; Run for your Wife, July 1-Aug. 22; The Last Five Years, July 22-Aug. 19. For specific dates and tickets call 719-846-5532 or see

www.trinidadstate.edu .

The Thief of Frisco, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. $6.50-$13. Performances run June 19 through Sept. 5. Wed. and Thurs., 2 and 8 p.m., Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 2 and 8 p.m. and Sun., 2 p.m. For more call 719/689-6402.

Come Blow Your Horn, Jones Theater, Westcliffe. $10 adults, $5 students. Guest directed by Michael Hogwood. July 23, 24, 7:30 p.m., July 25, 2 p.m., July 30, 31, August 1, 2 p.m. Call 719/783-3004 for tickets or more info.

Aladdin and His Wonderful Magic Lamp, Douglas County High School Auditorium, 2842 Front St., Castle Rock. $8-$10. Aug. 5-7, 7 p.m.; Aug. 8, 3 p.m. Call 303/814-7740 to reserve tickets.

Vail International Dance Festival, Gerald R. For Amphitheater Vilar Pavillion, Vail. Premiers, classic pieces and contemporary masterpieces performed by the world's best artists. Aug. 6-15. Call 970/845-8497 for tickets.

more acts of Unusual Love, The Dairy Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. $12-$16. Presented by the Subversive Intelligence Theatre Company. Aug. 19-21, 8 p.m. Call 720/318-5951 for more.

42nd Street, Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. $15-$17. Aug. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 8 p.m. Aug. 22, 2 p.m. Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. Call 888/464-2626 for more.

Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200. $15-$90. Featuring 28 plays by authors from the 18 western states. Aug. 13-15. Call the box office for tickets or more info.

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