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art Blue Spruce Gallery, 205 W. Main St., Florence, 719/372-3166. Featuring Watercolors by Renee Young from Nov. 11 through Dec. 31. Opens Fri., Nov. 11, 5-7 p.m. Featuring their second annual holiday show, this year's theme is Trees. Runs Nov. 26 through Dec. 27. Opens Sat., Nov. 26.

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 through 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 International Photography Exhibition.

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.

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 80s through December. Building Outside the Box: Creating the New Denver Art Museum runs through summer 2006. Babar's World Tour on Sat., Nov. 19.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Audubon of Wildflowers botanical illustrations on exhibit through Nov. 15. Annual Holiday Sale on Nov. 18-20.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$20. Featuring IMAX films: Mystic India: An Incredible Journey of Inspiration and Human Body through the spring. Now featuring art exhibit Discover India, Land of Mysticism, Beauty and Culture. Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body runs through Jan. 1.

Flash; A Working with Artists Space, 445 S. Saulsbury, Lakewood, 303/837-1341. Featuring pureAbstraction, an exhibition of photographic images whose content depends soley on intrinsic form. Runs from Nov. 11 through Dec. 4. Opens Fri., Nov. 11, 5-9 p.m.

Fremont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon St., Canon City, 719/275-2790. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Home is Where the Art Is, collection pieces from the museum's members and local public officals' homes. Runs through Nov. 27.

Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-4401. $3-$4. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Planet Colombia: Deconstructing Stereotypes through Jan. 22.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1111 Washington Ave., Golden, 303/277-0377, rmqm.org. Featuring Men of the Cloth: Quilts by Men and Chintz Reproduction Quilts: By the Hand of Lorie Stubbs through Jan. 7.

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 through Dec. 4. Also featuring The Glory of Nature's Form, photographs by Willis Peterson through Jan. 8. Showing film Lost Worlds through Oct. 2006.

literature Suzan Lori-Parks Speaks, University of Denver's Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff. $33-$48. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan Lori-Parks speaks as part of the Pen & Podium speakers series. Mon., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. Call 303/357-2787 for tickets.

Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksignings, 1st Avenue at Milwaukee St., Denver, 303/322-7727. Richard Clarke signs The Scorpion's Gate on Mon., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. Andrew Weil signs Healthy Aging: A Lifeong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being on Wed., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Laurent de Brunhoff signs Babar's World Tour on Fri., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. Ann Rice signs Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt on Mon., Nov. 21, 6 p.m.

LoDo Tattered Cover Booksignings, 16th Street at Wynkoop Avenue, Denver, 303/436-1070. Al Franken signs The Truth (with Jokes) on Wed., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. George R. Martin signs A Feast for Crows on Tues., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. Mason Gulch Fire Site Hike, Sat., Nov. 12, 9 a.m. Nature Reading Club, Sun., Nov. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Post-Thanksgiving Hike, Sun., Nov. 27, 1 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

special events Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price Movie Premiere, Mayan Theatre, Denver. $10 donation suggested. A film that takes the viewer on a personal journey into the everyday lives of families struggling to fight the Wal-Mart goliath. Mon., Nov. 14, 7 p.m. Call Colorado Jobs with Justice at 303/806-0818 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. Begins at 4:30 p.m., one ticket per over the age of 6. Free shows on Jan. 11, 18, 25, March 15, 22, April 5, May 10.

Appliance, Denver Victorian Theatre, 4201 Hooker St., Denver. $20. A three character play about one woman's journey through breast cancer. Runs through Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., shows Thurs.-Sun. Visit andtototoo.org or call 720/280-7058 for ticket information.

Beauty and the Beast, Country Dinner Playhouse, 6875 S. Clinton St., Greenwood Village, 303/799-1410. Featuring this Disney musical spectacular with buffet dinner. Runs through Jan. 22. Visit countrydinnerplayhouse.com for more.

Party of 1, Playwright Theatre, 2219 E. 17th Ave., Denver. $15-$25. A comic musical revue about the joyful neurosis of single life. Runs through Dec. 31. Call 303/499-0383 or visit playwrighttheatre.com for more.

Requiem, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 14th and Curtis St., Denver. $20-$30. Featuring Verdi's Requiem performed by local talent. Thurs., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. Call 866/464-2626 or visit denveroperacompany.com for tickets.

Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845. Featuring 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. Shows run Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.

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