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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 runs through 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.

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

www.coloradohistory.org . 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

www.botanicgardens.org 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.

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 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. 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. Jack Welch signs Winning on Thurs., April 28, 12:30 p.m.

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

Opera Colorado, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Boettcher Hall, Speer Boulevard & Arapahoe Streets. $25-$130. Featuring The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. April 30, May 3, 6, 7:30 p.m.; May 8, 2 p.m. Call 303/893-4100 or visit

www.operacolorado.org for tickets.

Central City Opera, 400 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 350, Central City. 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.mFor registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

special events 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.

Mineral and Fossil Show, Holiday Inn-Denver Central, 4849 Bannock St., Denver. Free. Show and sale of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry and decorator items with international vendors. April 22-24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 303/874-2713 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 www.pinballshowdown.com 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

www.denverantiquesshow.com 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 through 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

www.fillmoreauditorium.com 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

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

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