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special events Great American Beer Fest, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver. $15-$145. Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 28-30. Call 888/822-6273 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 W. 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, through Nov. 24. Visit denverlibrary.org or call 720/865-2044 for more.

Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring the La Veta Spanish Peaks Arts Council 2006 Fall Show showcasing the work of Kathy Steventon along with works in pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography and other media from 17 area artists through Oct. 14. Call 719/742-3074 or visit spanishpeaksarts.org 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.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design Philip J. Steele Gallery, 1600 Pierce Street, Lakewood, 303/753-6046. Open Mon.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Boys' Club, the work of 12 professional women illustrators from Canada and the U.S. Sept. 29 through Oct. 28. Gallery talk, Fri., Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to noon. Visit rmcad.edu for more.

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music Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, various venues in La Veta, Walsenburg, Gardiner and Huerfano County off I-25. $10-$20. Featuring three days of Scottish and Irish music, including international artists, concerts, workshops, dancing, open stages and jam sessions. Programs available at Tejon Street Music store. Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. Call 719/742-5410 for tickets and more.

recreation & learning The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats interactive exhibit, Sept. 23- Jan. 7. Showing the film Lost Worlds through October 2006, and Art of the Rainforest through Nov. 19. John Fielder's Intimate Colorado Landscapes through Dec. 10. John Fielder lectures each Wednesday in November, 7-9 p.m. Visit thewildlifeexperience.org for more.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, 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, through Oct. 31. For more call 720/865-3500 or visit botanicgardens.org.

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. Fall Free Admission Day. Family science programs offered throughout the day. Sun., Sept. 24. Visit dmns.org or call 800/925-2250 for more.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver. Fall Free Admission Days, Sat., Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 8, noon to 5 p.m. Discover how artifacts give clues about how early families lived in Uncovering History exhibit. Call 303/866-3628 or visit coloradohistory.org for more.

theater Family Matinee Magic Show, Theatre of Dreams, 735 Park St., Castle Rock. $10. Featuring magic from "The Dream Masterz." Sat, Sept. 23, 4-5 p.m. Call 303/660-6799 or visit amazingshows.com for more.

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, 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.

Bat Boy: The Musical, Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $18. Presenting an irreverent musical ripped from the tabloid headlines. Sept. 22-23, 7:30 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, 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.

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