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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. Edward S. Curtis Photogravures, runs through Jan. 6. 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.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122, . Open Wed. noon to 8 p.m.; Thurs., Fri., noon to 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun noon to 4 p.m.. $3-$4. Featuring a.r.t. Strings and Pale Hands I Loved Beside the Shalimar through Jan. 3.

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. Cheyenne Visions through Dec. 2005. New Classics through Dec. 2005.

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. Many IMAX movies also. Exhibit The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt runs through Jan. 23, 2005. Call 800/925-2250 for more.

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden, 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico running through April 3.

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. Owl Moon: A Classic Revisited runs through Feb. 6.

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. Open House, Dec. 12, noon to 4 p.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.

Charlie Rafferty Celtic Christmas Concert, Milagros Coffeehouse, Corner of State and Main, Alamosa. $8-$10. Featuring acoustic guitar, Uillean pipes, flues and Irish whistle. Sat., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/589-9281 for more.

theater Beirut, 1896 Theatre, 3822 Tennyson St., Denver. $12-$15. A play about a man who has a deadly disease and the woman who cross 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 Spectacular, 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 Nutctacker... 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.

Menopause the Musical, Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. $32.50-$39.50. Tuesdays through Sundays. For tickets visit or call 303/309-3773.

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