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art Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 303/898-7200. Gallery/exhibits free. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Art Market Show and Sale. Free. Featuring a wide variety of art by regional artists. Dec. 10-19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/412-1849. Fri., 7-10 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. Free. Luminarias de la Guadalupe & Christmas Mercado runs Dec. 3-18.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or . Pulitzer Prize Photographs runs through Dec. 12. Soldiers on Skis runs through 2007.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Japanese Prints: 150th Anniversary of United States-Japan Relations through Jan. 16; Tiwanaku: Ancestors of the Inca, through Jan. 23.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500. $4-$8. Featuring Blossoms of Light, Dec. 3-Jan. 23, 6-9 p.m. Visit for more.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$15. Gates Planetarium: Passport to the Universe and A Cosmic Journey. Exhibit The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt runs through Jan. 23, 2005. Call 800/925-2250 for more.

Lakewood Cultural Center: North Gallery, 470 S. Allison Pkwy; South Gallery, 480 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood. 303/987-7876. Free. Ancient Inspirations: The Pottery of Mata Ortiz through May 20, 2005. Day of the Dead runs through Dec. 17. The Spirit of Lakewood runs Dec. 10-Jan. 10. The holiday gift show and sale runs through Dec. 23.

Museum of Contemporary Art/ Denver, 1275 19th St., Denver, 303/298-7554. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sun., Noon to 5:30 p.m. Featuring Architect's View, PILLish: Harsh Realities and Gorgeous Destinations, Shadows and Fog: Margaret Neumann Recent Works, New Pic #1: Paola Ochoa True Love through Jan. 2.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Featuring Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, a documentary about the struggle between a lion king and a young contender, runs through Oct. 2005. The Lion King. Kent Ullberg: A Retrospective sculptures, through Jan. 2. Fowl Play runs through Jan. 9. The Festival of Trees runs through Dec. 5.

music Opera 101 Programs, Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Met Opera Preview, an exciting insider's look into the upcoming Met Opera broadcasts. Mon., Dec. 6, 7 p.m. For more call Rex at 303/778-1500.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. $3. Yule Log Hike, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. Winter Solstice Hike, Dec. 19, 1 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

Theatre Daze, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Academy, 1101 13th St. $40/day. Design, movement, dance, voice and acting techniques for kids aged 3 to 12. Dec. 20-22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 303/446-4892 for more.

special events Handcrafted Holiday Fine Art Sale, Fremont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon Ave., Canon City. Featuring pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber, quilting, wood, paintings and more. Dec. 3-4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 275-2790 for more.

A Village Holiday in La Veta, town of La Veta. Art show and sale, open houses, melodrama, house decorating contest, community tree lighting at 5 p.m., Main and Garland. Sat. Dec. 4. For more, call 866/615-3676.

theater Beirut, 1896 Theatre, 3822 Tennyson St., Denver. $12-$15. A play about a man who has a deadly disease and the woman who crosses quarantine lines to be with him. Nov. 10- Dec. 11, Thurs.-Sat. Call 720/217-2206 for more.

The 1940's Radio Hour, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 303/898-7200. Runs Nov. 16- Dec. 26. Call 720/989-7200 for tickets.

A Christmas Carol, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa St., Denver, 303/893-4100 or . $29+. Runs Nov. 26-Dec. 31.

The Nutcracker, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm St., Denver. $15-$85. Colorado Ballet performs their 44th year of this classic. Nov. 27-Dec. 29. Call 303/837-8888 for more.

Radio City Christmas Spect0000acular, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa St., Denver, 303/893-4100 or . $20+. Featuring the Radio City Rockettes. Runs Nov. 26-Dec. 31.

The Water Engine, Francisco Center for the Performing Arts, La Veta. Runs Dec. 3-5, 10-12, Fri. and Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 3:30 p.m. Call 719/742-6110 for more info.

The Nutcracker... NOT Ballet as Usual!, Lakewood Cultural Center, 480 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $30-$33. Runs Dec. 18-23. Call 303/987-7845 for more.

Metamorphoses, Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th St., Denver. $20-$25. Mesmerizing play about the power of love. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Runs through Jan. 2. For more call 303/321-5925.

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