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art Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 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. Andy Baird's Paintings through May 1. Jeffco Juried Teachers Exhibition through May 22. Jeffco High Schools Exhibition April 15-May 15.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. 303/443-2122. Wed.-Fri. 12-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m. $3-$4. Featuring Mirage and Unfolding, John Buck: Prings and Sculpture and Kristen Imig Photographs.

Chicano Center for the Arts and Humanities Gallery, 772 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/571-0440. Open Wed.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Transformers through April 9.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or . Featuring Ancient Voices: Stories of Colorado's Distant Past, Colorado Timescape and Soldiers on Skis.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720/865-5000. $4.50-$6. Cheyenne Visions through Dec. New Classics through Dec. No Boundaries through May 15. Heaven and Home: Chinese Art of the Han Dynasty from the Sze Hong Collection through Dec. Amish Quilts: Kaleidoscope of Color through June 19.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500. $4-$8. Featuring Invasive Species: Botanical Illustrations through April 25. Visit for more.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$20. Gates Planetarium: Passport to the Universe and A Cosmic Journey. Many IMAX movies also. Call 800/925-2250 for more.

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden, 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Free. Featuring Santeros y Santeras: Expanding Traditions through May 8.

Lakewood Cultural Center: North Gallery, 470 S. Allison Parkway; South Gallery, 480 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. 303/987-7876. Free. Images of Isolation runs through April 29.

Space Gallery, 765 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 720/904-1088. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 6 p.m. Featuring New Work by Mary Cay, Ryan Anderson and Hanne Linde. Runs through April 9.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. 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 Living Sea. American Birds: A Flight Through Time runs through April 10. The Lion's Mane through May 15.

literature Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Workshop, Columbine Library, 7706 Bowles Ave., Littleton. Free. Topic: Assume Nothing by Randy Neri, Senior Crime Scene Investigator with the Aurora Police Dept. Sat., April 16, 1-3 p.m. Call Janet at 303/525-6483 for more.

Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksigning, 2955 E. 1st Ave., Denver, 303/332-7727 Free. Sandra Dallas signs New Mercies on Mon., April 11, 7:30 p.m. John Gierach signs Still Life with Brook Trout on Tues., April 12, 7:30 p.m. Jacquelyn Mitchard signs The Breakdown Lane on Wed., April 13, 7:30 p.m. Thomas L. Friedman signs The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century on Tues., April 19, 12:30 p.m. Anne Perry signs Long Spoon Lane on Tues., April 19, 7:30 p.m. Sue Monk Kidd signs The Mermaid Chair on Fri., April 22, 7:30 p.m. Elizabeth Berg signs The Year of Pleasures on Tues., April 26, 7:30 p.m. Dan Millman signs Way of the Peaceful Warrior on Wed., April 27, 7:30 p.m.

LoDo Tattered Cover Booksigning, 1628 16th St., Denver, 303.436-1070. Free. Gino Strada signs Green Parrots: A War Surgeon's Story on Thurs., April 7, 7:30 p.m. Jack Welch signs Winning on Thurs., April 28, 12:30 p.m.

music Scirocco Woodwind Quintet, Jones Theater, 115 Main St., Westcliffe. $4-$25. Quintet of clarinet, flute, French horn, oboe and bassoon play classical to contemporary selections. Sun., April 10, 2 p.m. Call 719/783-0422 for more.

Opera 101 Programs, Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway., Denver, 720/865-2004. Previews of Rigoletto, April 12, 7 p.m.; Paul Bunyan, May 10, 7 p.m. Call Rex at 303/778-1500 for more.

Central City Opera, 400 S. Colorado Blvd., suite 350, 800/851-8175. $34-$89. Featuring Madama Butterfly from June 25-July 30; Vanessa from July 2-Aug. 7; Paul Bunyan from July 16-Aug.6.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. $3. Early Wildflower Hike, Sat., April 16, 10 a.m. Cold Process Soap-Making, Sat., April 9, 2 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

special events Raytheon Polar Services Job Fair, Raytheon Polar Services, 7400 S. Tuscon Way, Centennial. Free. Learn about positions working with the National Science Foundation. Fri., April 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat., April 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Julie at 800/688-8606 ext. 32113 or visit for more.

Playwriting and Screenwriting for Stage and Film, Historic Tramway Building, 1101 13th St., third floor, Denver. Free. High school students can learn about careers in stage and film from some of Denver's top actors, directors and designers. Tues., April 19, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 303/893-6073 for more.

Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, auditoriums 2 and 3, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden. Featuring over 100 modern and electromechanical pinball machines set to free-play. April 22-24. Visit or call 303/883-2603 for more.

Denver Antiques Show & Sale to benefit Central City Opera, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum at Lowry, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver. $10 for three days. Includes lectures and more. April 22-24. Call Judy at 303/806-5109 or visit for more.

Unique Lives and Experiences Lectures, Temple Buell Theatre, Denver. Joy Behar speaks on April 18. Honorable Ann Richards speaks on May 16. Call 877/872-8124 for tickets and info.

theater Steve Martin's The Underpants, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. $16-$18. Runs through April 24, Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 6 p.m. Call 303/935-3044 for info.

Narnia, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Runs through May 12. Call 720/898-7200 for performance dates and tickets.

The Blue Vagabond, Crossroads Theatre, 2180 Stout St., Denver. $12-$15. Runs through May 17. Call 303/320-4011 for tickets and info.

Poignant Irritations, by Gertrude Stein, Mizel Center for Arts and Culture's Pluss Theatre, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. Runs April 7-May 22. Call 303/316-6360 for more.

My Way, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa St., Denver, 303/446-4800. $20-$60. Opens May 26, tickets go on sale May 1. Call 303/893-4100 for tickets.

Dave Attell: The Insomniac Tour, The Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver. $29.50. Thurs., June 23, 8 p.m. Call 520-9090 or visit for tickets.

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

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