- Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $12-$26. Events run from Jan. 12-15. Call 720/898 -7200 or visit arvadacenter.org/cowboy for more.
art 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. Building Outside the Box: Creating the New Denver Art Museum runs through summer 2006.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Blossoms of Light runs through Jan. 22.
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.
Gallery Sink, 2301 W. 30th St., Denver, 303/455-5601, gallerysink.com. Open Thurs.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Featuring Early Colorado Contemporary Photography: A Remembrance and Revival runs through Feb. 12.
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.
SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus Ave., La Veta, 719/742-3074. Open Tues., Thurs., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Gift of Art Show through Jan. 7.
The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Art exhibits include: The Glory of Nature's Form, photographs by Willis Peterson, through Jan. 8. Showing film Lost Worlds through October 2006.
recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. "First Hike of 2006" on Sat., Jan. 7, 1 p.m. "Nature Reading Club" on Sun., Jan. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.
Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or coloradohistory.org. Authors' Lecture Series: Tom Noel speaks about Riding High: Colorado Ranchers & 100 Years of the National Western Stock Show, Jan. 12; Charles Sanders, The Boys of Winter: Life and Death in the U.S. Ski Troops During the Second World War, Feb. 15; Flint Whitlock, Distant Bugles, Distant Drums: The Union Response to the Confederate Invasion of New Mexico, March 29; Duane Smith and Christine Bradley, The Rise of the Silver Queen, May 24. "Sandwiching in History" Series: "Touching Tomorrow: The Emily Griffith Story," Feb. 9; "The Life and Times of Glenn Miller," March 9; "Understanding Amache, Victorian-Era Cheyenne," April 11; "Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in Colorado," May 11; "The Heart of Colorado: the Capitol in Granite and Gold," June 1. Call 303/866-3682 for more.
Ballroom Dance to a Big Band, Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. Join The Skylarks for an evening of dancing and big-band music Jan. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m., with a free dance lesson at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7, or $6 for seniors. Call 303/797-8787 for more info.
special events Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $12-$26. Events run from Jan. 12-15. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org/cowboy for more.
Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival, Northglenn Ramada Plaza and Convention Center, 10 E. 120th Ave., Northglenn. $20-$50. Featuring more than 15 bluegrass acts, workshops, jams, vendors and more. Runs Feb. 17-19. Call 303/485-5222 or visit seamanevents.com 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.
The Dead, Byers-Evans House, 1310 Bannock St., Denver. $10-$15. The Hunger Artists Ensemble Theatre performs James Joyce's short story. Runs Jan. 6-22. Call 303/893-5438 for tickets or visit hungerartists.org for more.
Steel Magnolias, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden, 303/935-3044. Running Jan. 6, every Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m. through Feb. 5.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy. $15, senior, student, child, group rates available. Boulder Broadway Company presents Clark Gesner's classic musical. Runs Jan. 6-22. Call 303/987-7845 for more.