*Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122. Featuring Sueno con Despertarme by Ana Maria Hernando, Louche by Carson Fox and Fields by Tsehai Johnson, from Sept. 16 to Dec. 31.
The Center for Fine Art Photography, MOCA, 201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, 970/224-1010, c4fap.org. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Abstractions, the abstracted work of 30 international photographic artists through Oct. 22. Orchid Requiem, a collection of abstracted orchid photography through Oct. 22.
Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or coloradohistory.org. Featuring Ancient Voices: Stories of Colorado's Distant Past, Colorado Timescape and Colorado 1870-2000: Then and Now II through April 5.
Crossroads Theatre, 2180 Stout St., Denver, 303/296-0212. Featuring an outdoor Graffiti Art display. Visit denvercrossroads.com for more.
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720/865-5000. $4.50-$6. Cheyenne Visions II through December. New Classics through December. Heaven and Home: Chinese Art of the Han Dynasty from the Sze Hong Collection through December. Floating Time: An Environment by Tatsuo Miyajima through December. Blanket Statements: Navajo Weavers of the 80's through December. Building Outside the Box: Creating the New Denver Art Museum opens Oct. 15.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Featuring a five-acre Corn Maze, with 9-foot tall stalks of corn, two illuminated bridges that overlook the maze and a mini-maze for younger children. Open through Oct. 31, Fridays, 4-10 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 8 p.m. Open from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 5. Open from 4-10 p.m. on Oct. 31. Tickets are $5-$8. Featuring a Chile Harvest Festival, Sept. 10-11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. El Paseante Art Exhibit, through Oct. 31. Gloxinia Gesneriad Growers Fall Plant Show and Sale, Sept. 17-18.
Gallery 1261, 1261 Delaware St., Denver, 303/571-1261, gallery1261.com. Featuring Artistic Thoughts: Sketches & Studies through Oct. 20.
Gallery Sink, 2301 W. 30th St., Denver, 303/455-5601, gallerysink.com. Open Thurs.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Featuring Colorado Photography: Pushing the Medium, the photograph as contemporary art. Runs through Oct. 30. Opens Fri., Sept. 16, 6-10 p.m.
Orange Cat Studios, 2625 Larimer St., Denver. Featuring Daily: a self-portrait a day for a year, an experiment by Anna Newell. Fri., Sept. 16, 6-10 p.m. Call 720/936-1472 for more info.
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1111 Washington Ave., Golden, 303/277-0377, rmqm.org. Featuring Historic Beauties in Red and Green and Hopi Quilting Traditions through Oct. 29.
Royce Galleries, 249 Clayton St., Denver, 303/333-1722, roycegalleries.com. Featuring Will Bullas Sept. 1-30.
TIE: The International Experimental Cinema Exposition, 849 Humboldt St., Suite 2, Denver, 303/832-2387. Featuring still artwork by the cinematographers from TIE. Runs Sept. 2-30, call for times.
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 October. Art exhibits include: Mothing runs through Jan. 1. Featuring Wild and Free: New Works of Art by Larry Fanning and Timberline run from Sept. 10 to Dec. 4.
literature Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303/447-2074. Featuring signings with Greg Pahl on Sept. 15; Carolyn Hobbs on Sept. 19; Joyce Lebra on Sept. 20; Bruce Babbit on Sept. 23, Craig Lisley on Sept. 26; Patricia Raybon on Sept. 27; Jenny Kurzwell on Sept. 28.
Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksignings, 1st Avenue at Milwaukee Street, Denver, 303/322-7727. Adam Nicholson signs Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty and the Battle of Trafalgar on Fri., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. Andrea Mitchell signs Talking Back ... To Presidents, Dictators and Assorted Scoundrels on Mon., Sept. 19, noon. Joel Rosenberg signs The Ezekiel Option on Tues., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. Ridley Pearson signs The Kingdom Keepers on Wed., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. Philipp Gregory signs The Virgin's Lover on Thurs., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. Barbara Ehrenreich signs Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream on Mon., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. Bobbie Ann Mason signs An Atomic Romance on Wed., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover Booksignings, Highlands Ranch Pkwy. at Lucent Blvd., Highlands Ranch, 303/470-7050. Chris Bohjalian signs Before You Knew Kindness on Mon., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.
LoDo Tattered Cover Booksignings, 16th Street at Wynkoop Avenue, Denver, 303/436-1070. Terry Pratchett signs Thud! On Sat., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. Jonathan Kozol signs The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America on Tues., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. John Fielder signs Colorado 1870-2000 II: William Henry Jackson & John Fielder on Mon., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. Neil Gaiman signs Anansi Boys on Tues., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Carl Hiaasen signs Flush on Wed., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. Full Moon Hike, Fri., Sept. 16, 6 p.m. Bars: Myths and Truths, Thurs., Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Nature Retreat Day, Sat., Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Drum Circle, Thurs., Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. Horseback Ride, Sat., Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.
special events Denver Gem and Mineral Show, Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave. $3-$5. Featuring minerals, fossils, meteorites, gems, beads, unusual jewelry and gift items, books and lapidary equipment. Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit denvermineralshow.com or call 303/233-2516 for more.
*TIE: The International Experimental Cinema Exposition, 849 Humboldt St., Suite 2, Denver. $55. Featuring films by Peter Tscherkassky, Frank Biesendorfer, Boyd Rice, David Gatten, Andy Warhol, Tony Hill and more. Sept. 21-25, 5:30-11:30 p.m. Call 303/832-2387 or visit experimentalcinema.org for more.
theater Denver Center Theater Company Free Performances, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa St., Denver, denvercenter.org. Featuring "Free for All" performances with tickets available the day of the performance at the box office, beginning at 4:30 p.m., one ticket per over the age of six. Free shows on Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 19, Jan. 11, 18, 25, March 15, 22, April 5, May 10.
Assassins, Phoenix Theatre, 1124 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 720/209-4105. $17-$20. Written by Stephen Sondheim. Runs Thurs.-Sat. through Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Intimate Apparel, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200. This drama that has won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play is running at the Arvada Center through Oct. 2.
Ain't Misbehavin', Country Dinner Playhouse, 6875 S. Clinton St., Greenwood Village, 303/799-1410. $34.95-$39.95 including a meal. Celebrating the music of Thomas "Fats" Waller, jazzman. Runs through Nov. 6, shows Wed.-Sun. Visit countrydinnerplayhouse.com for more.
Children's Letters To God, The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Old Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $10-$12.50. Runs through Oct. 9, Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Call 303/422-4090 or visit festivalplayhouse.com for more.
Promiscuity, Playwright Theatre, 2119 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/841-7550. $15-$20. A racy, laugh-out-loud bedroom farce. Runs Sept. 16-Oct. 22, Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Call 303/499-0383 or visit playwrighttheatre.com for more.
Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845. Featuring Takacs Quartet on Sept. 15; Fiesta Folklorico on Oct. 28; Lois LaFond and the Rockadiles on Nov. 13; Elmar Oliveira on Nov. 17; Lannie Garrett Sings Songs from the Movies on Nov. 18-19; Bluegrass Christmas on Dec. 10; The Nutcracker by David Taylor Dance Theatre on Dec. 17-22; The Frog Prince on Feb. 19; Echoes of Emerald Isles on March 3; Ailey II on March 5; Joyce Yang on March 23; Annie Get Your Gun on March 31-April 9; Matilda and the Dreamtime on April 15.
Menopause The Musical, New Denver Civic Theater, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/309-3773. Discounted tickets of $32.50 until Oct. 1. Shows run Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.