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art Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/898-7200. Gallery/exhibits free. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Andy Baird's Paintings through May 1. Jeffco Juried Teachers Exhibition through May 22. Jeffco High Schools Exhibition runs through May 15.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. 303/443-2122. Wed.-Fri. 12-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m. $3-$4. Featuring Mirage and Unfolding, John Buck: Prings and Sculpture and Kristen Imig Photographs.
Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or www.coloradohistory.org. Featuring Ancient Voices: Stories of Colorado's Distant Past, Colorado Timescape and Soldiers on Skis.
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720/865-5000. $4.50-$6. Cheyenne Visions through Dec. New Classics through Dec. No Boundaries through May 15. Heaven and Home: Chinese Art of the Han Dynasty from the Sze Hong Collection through Dec. Amish Quilts: Kaleidoscope of Color through June 19.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500. $4-$8. Featuring The Plants of the Lewis & Clark Expedition from May 1-July 31. Visit www.botanicgardens.org for more.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$20. Featuring Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition from May 6-Aug. 21. IMAX Theater showing Lewis & Clark: Great Journey from May 6-Aug. 21. Gates Planetarium: Passport to the Universe and A Cosmic Journey. Call 800/925-2250 for more.
Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden, 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Free. Featuring Santeros y Santeras: Expanding Traditions through May 8.
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 Oct. The Lion's Mane through May 15. Art exhibits include: America's Wildest Places through Aug. 28. Wild Sights: Our National Refuges through June 18. Colorado Junior Duck Stamp Winners, May 10-June 5. LEGO: Ocean Adventure, May 21-Aug. 21. Ancient Wings: Sandhill Cranes of North America, June 25-Aug. 21.
literature Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303/447-2074. Free. Oriah Mountain Dreamer signs What We Ache For on Tues., May 17, 7:30 p.m. Jim Fergus signs The Wild Girl on Tues., May 24, 7:30 p.m.
Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksignings, 2955 E. 1st Ave., Denver, 303/332-7727 Free. Sue Ellen Cooper signs The Red Hat Society's Laugh Lines: Stories of Inspiriation and Hattitude on Tues., May 3, noon. Roger Brown and Richard Lamm sign Requiem for the West on Fri., May 6, 7:30 p.m. Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark sign No Place Like Home and Burned, respectively, on Wed., May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover Booksignings, 9315 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch, 303/470-7050. Free. Jennifer Lauck signs Show me the Way: A Memoir in Stories on Mon., May 2, 10:30 a.m.
LoDo Tattered Cover Booksignings, 1628 16th St., Denver, 303.436-1070. Free. Jack Welch signs Winning on Thurs., April 28, 12:30 p.m. Dean King signs Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival on Mon., May 2, 7:30 p.m. Phil Lesh signs Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead on Tues., May 3, 7:30 p.m.
music Opera 101 Programs, Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway., Denver, 720/865-2004. Preview of Paul Bunyan, May 10, 7 p.m. Call Rex at 303/778-1500 for more.
Opera Colorado, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Boettcher Hall, Speer Boulevard & Arapahoe Streets. $25-$130. Featuring The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. April 30, May 3, 6, 7:30 p.m.; May 8, 2 p.m. Call 303/893-4100 or visit www.operacolorado.org for tickets.
recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. $3. Spring Morning Hike, Sun., May 1, 9 a.m. Wildflower Hike, Sat., May 7, 9:30 a.m. Yoga in Nature Hike, Sat., May 14, 10 a.m. Full Moon Hike, Sun., May 22, 6:30 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.
special events Fiesta for the Peaks, American Mountaineering Center, 710 Tenth St., Golden. $10-$15. The Colorado Fourteeners Iniative hosts this fundraiser featuring a Mountainfilm, a fiesta raffle of prize-filled Osprey backpacks, a silent auction of gear and fourteener photography and more. Thurs., May 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 303/996-2757 for more.
Wild West Liberty Fest, sponsored by members of the Colorado Libertarian Party, Montrose County Fairgrounds, 1001 N. 2nd St., Montrose. Featuring a presentation by Michael Badnarik, presentation on the Uncompahgre Valley water users, LPCO annual business meeting, cowboy poet Jim Peters, author Boston T. Party and more. May 6-8. Call 970/275-0181 or visit www.lpco2005.org for more.
Unique Lives and Experiences Lectures, Temple Buell Theatre, Denver.. Honorable Ann Richards speaks on May 16. Call 877/872-8124 for tickets and info.
theater Narnia, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Runs through May 12. Call 720/898-7200 for performance dates and tickets.
The Blue Vagabond, Crossroads Theatre, 2180 Stout St., Denver. $12-$15. Runs through May 17. Call 303/320-4011 for tickets and info.
Poignant Irritations, by Gertrude Stein, Mizel Center for Arts and Culture's Pluss Theatre, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. Runs through May 22. Call 303/316-6360 for more.
PICK Menopause the Musical, Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. $32.50-$39.50. Actress Joliet Harris recently joined the cast of this popular performance. Runs Tuesdays through Sundays. For tickets, visit www.ticketswest.com or call 303/309-3773.