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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. Dignity and Equality Jan. 20-March 31. Sheltered Jan. 13-March 20. Recovery of the City's Cinematographic Spaces Jan. 20-March 31. Arvada Artist Guild Annual Jan. 13-March 20.

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. Members Show runs Jan. 7-22.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or

www.coloradohistory.org . 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

www.botanicgardens.org 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. Painted Toe Society Exhibition and Sale runs through Jan. 11.

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. The Spirit of Lakewood runs Dec. 10-Jan. 10.

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. 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. American Birds: A Flight Through Time runs Jan. 15-April 10.

literature 16th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. $12-$24. Four days of cowboy poetry, music and performances from 54 performers from around the globe. Jan. 13-16. Call 720/898-7200 for tickets.

music Michael Tomlinson Concert, Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne. $30. Fri., Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. Call 970/453-0199 for tickets.

Opera 101 Programs, Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-2004. Previews of Julius Caesar, Jan. 11, 7 p.m.; The Marriage of Figaro, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Call Rex at 303/778-1500 for more.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. $3. Nature Literature Hike, Jan. 22, 1 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

Grand Lake Snowshoe Festival, snowshoe excitement for all abilities. The race pledges and entertainment cover charges (Wendy Woo performs) benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Jan. 21-23. Call 970/627-1881 or visit

www.grandlakesnowshoefestival.com for more.

special events Real Estate Historic Preservation Conference, 1770 Sherman Street Events Complex, Denver. Earn up to 24 continuing education credits learning about marketing historic homes and buildings. Feb. 2-4. Call 303/893-4260 for more.

theater The Ice Cream Social Disease, 2180 Stout Street, Denver. $10-$15. An exploration of human interaction in dire situations and self-interest in human survival. Jan. 6-22, Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Call 303/282-0466 for more.

Chapter Two, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. $15-$17. Runs Jan. 7-Feb. 6, Fri-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. Visit www.minersalley.com for more and call 303/935-3044 for tickets.

Titus Andronicus The Musical, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. $10-$15. Runs. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 14 to Feb. 12. Call 720/946-1388 for more or visit www.buntport.com.

Peter Pan, Ricketson Theatre, Speer & Arapahoe Streets, Denver, 303/893-4100. $20-$55. Cathy Rigby stars as Peter. Sat., Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.

Murder Most Fowl, The Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver. $25. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 15-March 26. Call 303/321-5925 for tickets.

Tribute, Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $10-$12.50. Runs Jan. 28-Feb. 12, Fri.-Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 30, 2 p.m. Call 303/422-4090 for tickets.

3 Guys in Drag Selling Their Stuff, Theatre du Quirque, 2119 E. 17th Ave., Denver. $25. Runs Feb. 11 through March, Fri-Sun, 7 p.m. and some extra selected shows. Show times at www.cjdproductions.com. Call 303/499-0383 for info.

Menopause the Musical, Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. $32.50-$39.50. Tuesdays through Sundays. For tickets visit

www.ticketswest.com or call 303/309-3773.

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