- 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.
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. Art exhibits include: America's Wildest Places through Aug. 28. Wild Sights: Our National Refuges through June 18. Colorado Junior Duck Stamp Winners, May 10-June 5. LEGO: Ocean Adventure, May 21-Aug. 21. Ancient Wings: Sandhill Cranes of North America, June 25 through Aug. 21.
film American Film Noir Series, Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Featuring a film by Orson Welles on April 25 and a film by Roman Polanski on May 2, 6:30-9 p.m. Visit www.philipsmillerlibrary.org or call 303/688-7700 ext. 793 to register.
literature Friendship Bridge Annual Book Sale, Bongo Billy's Salida Caf, 338 Sackett, Salida. All proceeds benefit Guatemalan women through micro loans that assist in starting or expanding small businesses. Sat., April 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.friendshipbridge.org or call Connie at 719/539-4060 for more.
Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksigning, 2955 E. 1st Ave., Denver, 303/332-7727 Free. 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 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.
recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. $3. Spring Morning Hike, Sun., May 1, 9 a.m. Wildflower Hike, Sat., May 7, 9:30 a.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.
special events 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.
theater Comedy Gay-La, Stage Theatre, 14th and Curtis Streets. $24. Featuring Shann Carr, Mimi Gonzalez and Bob Smith. Sat., May 14, 8 p.m. Call 520-9090 for tickets.
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.