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art Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or 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. Also featuring Blanket Statements, Cheyenne Visions II, Floating Time, Heaven and Home and New Classics. [Re]Inventing the Wheel -- Advancing the Dialogue, symposium on Native American art, on Sat., Jan. 28.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720/865-3500, Blossoms of Light runs through Jan. 22. Featuring "Creating and Shaping an American Style" lecture series on Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 16, May 24, June 24.

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.

Foothills Art Center, 809 Fifteenth St., Golden, 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Retrospective by Kent Ullberg and Perspective by Ron Kingswood. Runs Jan. 14-March 12.

Fremont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon Ave., Canon City, 719/275-2790. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Needlework Artistry gallery exhibit and sale through Jan. 27.

Gallery Sink, 2301 W. 30th St., Denver, 303/455-5601, 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.

Remmi Fine Art, 776 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 720/318-6668. Open Wed.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Featuring Victoria Kwasinski's Translucent Dualities and Carlene Frances' Elements of Simplicity. Runs Feb. 3-25, opens Fri., Feb. 3, 5-9 p.m.

Sliding Door Gallery, 3563 Walnut St., Denver, 720/979-4448. Open Fri., 6-10 p.m., Sat., noon to 5 p.m., or by appointment. Featuring Ones, Twos and Threes, recent Polaroids by Eric Havelock-Bailie. Runs through Jan. 28.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Showing the film Lost Worlds through October 2006. Art exhibit The Horse in Fine Art runs through March 19.

literary events Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksignings, 1st Avenue at Milwaukee Street, Denver, 303/322-7727. Susan Vereeland signs Life Studies: Stories on Tues., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. Joseph Ellis signs His Excellency: George Washington on Mon., Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. Dave Barry signs Dave Barry's Money Secrets -- Like: Why is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar on Thurs., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. Frank McCourt signs Teacher Man on Mon., Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.

LoDo Tattered Cover Booksignings, 16th Street at Wynkoop Avenue, Denver, 303/436-1070. Josh Peter signs Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies, and Bull Riders: A Year Inside the Professional Bull Riders Tour on Thurs., Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. David Wann signs Reinventing Community: Stories from the Walkways of Cohousing on Sat., Jan. 21, 2 p.m. Pam Houston signs Sight Hound on Mon., Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. "Nature Reading Club" on Sun., Jan. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. "Magical Animals Winter Day Camp" on Mon., Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Nature Literature Hike" on Sun., Jan. 29, 1 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or 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, Join The Skylarks for an evening of dancing and big band music on Jan. 21 at the Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. It runs from 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 for more.

World Wellness Weekend with Deepak Chopra, Colorado Convention Center, Denver. Wellness expo, classes and workshops are $15 per day. Reserved seats for Deepak Chopra's speaking engagement are $35-$50. Jan. 28-29. Visit or call 800/595-4849 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 for more.

theater The Dead, Byers-Evans House, 1310 Bannock St., Denver. $10-$15. The Hunger Artists Ensemble Theatre performs James Joyce's short story. Runs through Jan. 22. Call 303/893-5438 for tickets or visit for more.

Steel Magnolias, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden, 303/935-3044. Running 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 through Jan. 22. Call 303/987-7845 for more.

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