- Pankratz Gallery, 366 Second St., Monument. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featuring Barbara Roemings Swept Away by an Unusual Artist in the Blue Abstracts of August through Sept. 16. Call 481-3108 for more.
art Aspen Institute Art Gallery, Paepeke Memorial Building, 1000 N. Third St., Aspen, 970/544-7950. Free. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring The Rhythm of Color: Alejandro Otero and Willys de Castro Two Modern Masters in the Colecci'n Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through Nov. 1.
Blue Spruce Gallery, 205 West Main St., Florence, 719/784-1339. Featuring Jewelry Invitational, Pastel Landscapes and Dyed Gourds, works by fiber artist Marianne Cardinal, pastel artist Jill Starkey and jewelers Maria Battista, Matthew Crawford and Ron Burnham, through Sept. 27.
Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring The Jewelry of Ben Nighthorse through Dec. 31. Call 303/866-3682 or visit coloradohistory.org for more.
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000. $4.50-$6. Hot DAM: Art at All Hours 35-Hour Grand Opening Celebration, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. through Oct. 8, 9 p.m. Visit denverartmuseum.org for more.
Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave., Denver. All Together Now, 1940s-2000s. Showcasing 60 years of works by Mel Strawn. Sept. 18 through Nov. 24. Visit denverlibrary.org or call 720/865-2044 for more.
Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver, 303/394-9993. Featuring Building Cultural Bridges: Art from the Former Soviet Union to America through Sept. 29. Collectors Collect: Works from Denver's Private Collections, Oct. 9 through Jan. 5. Visit mizelmuseum.org for more.
Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-4401. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free to members, $4 for guests. Featuring Heaven and Earth, a collection of Spanish Colonial artworks through Oct. 8.
literary events Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver. $15. Enjoy brunch and a book review with local doctor and author Boris Draznin. Sun., Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For reservations or more information call 303/394-9993.
music 7th Annual Belvedere Blues Festival, Merlino's Belvedere Restaurant, 1330 Elm Ave., Canon City. $10-$50. Featuring 10 bands to benefit area non-profits. Sept. 8-10, noon to midnight. Call 719/275-5558 for more.
13th Annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, Telluride. $50-$140. Featuring Lou Reed, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more. Sept. 15-17. Visit tellurideblues.com or call 866/515-6166 for tickets.
recreation & learning The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Showing the film Lost Worlds through October 2006. Art of the Rainforest through Nov. 19. Visit thewildlifeexperience.org for more.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. $5-$8. Featuring It's a Bug's Life, an 8.5-acre corn maze in the shape of a spider spinning her web. Sept. 8 through Oct. 31. For more call 720/865-3500 or visit botanicgardens.org.
The Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center & The Wildlife Experience, Westminster and Parker. Featuring Project InSect (International Spectrum of Enormous Crawling Things) through Sept. 11. Butterfly pavilion, open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wildlife Experience, open Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit butterflies.org or thewildlifeexperience.com for more.
7th annual Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair, New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins. Featuring keynote speakers, national exhibitors, hands-on workshops and demonstrations, 125 vendors, planet youth, a Zen zone, the friendly food market, a beer garden, live music and entertainment. Sept. 16-17. Call 970/224-FAIR or visit sustainablelivingfair.org for more.
7th Annual Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium, Larimer County Fairgrounds, Loveland. $25-$200. Includes demonstrations by internationally known woodturners, a Hands On Learning Center and gallery. Sept. 16-17. Visit rmwoodturningsymposium.com or call 970/663-1868 for more.
Introduction to Straw Bale Construction, Solar Energy International, Carbondale. $225-$275. Provides hands-on instruction on straw bale construction. Sept. 22-24. Visit solarenergy.org for more information or call 970/963-8855.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $10-$15. Featuring Greece: Secrets of the Past in IMAX through the fall. Visit dmns.org or call 303/322-7009 for show times or more information.
theater Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Souvenir, the true story of the musical career of Florence Foster Jenkins through Oct. 1. James and the Giant Peach, Sept. 19 through Nov. 10. Over the Tavern, a family drama of forgiveness and renewal of faith. Oct. 17 through Nov. 12. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for more.
The Sensuous Senator, Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. $11-$13.50. Runs Sept. 8-17. For tickets call 303/422-4090 or visit festivalplayhouse.com.
Bat Boy: The Musical, Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $18. Presenting an irreverent musical ripped from the tabloid headlines. Sept. 15-23, Fri.-Sun., 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 17, 2 p.m. Call 303/987-7845 or visit lakewood.org for more.
1984, Miner's Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. $16-$18. A new adaptation of George Orwell's novel. Sept. 15 through Oct. 22, Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m. and Sun., 6 p.m. Call 303/935-3044 or visit minersalley.com for more.