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art Arvada Center for the Art and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/431-3939. Featuring Lewis deSoto: Paranirvana (self portrait), Linda Foster Leonhard: Suspended Reality, Dismas Rotto: Dizplayed, Dizcover, Dizclosure, prints and assemblages, Facing Off: alternative Portraits

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., 303/443-2122. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sun.-Mon. Free admission, Thursdays 4-6 p.m. Dark Resonance--surrealistic paintings and prints by Mark Spencer, Icons of My Tribe: A Year at the Mall--photographs by Richard Varnes, Arte E Ecologia: On the Social Ecology of Place. Call 303/443-2122.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Featuring Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Photography, Sargent and Italy, through Sept. 21 (special exhibition ticket required); Secrets from a Chinese Garden; Lighter Than Air: Gauze Robes from China; New Classics from the American Indian collection; Chinese Art of the Tang Dynasty from the Sze Hong collection.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, Denver. 720/865-3500. Summer Hours Wed. Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sat. Tues., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Summer admission $4 - $6.50. Featuring Botanical Illustration School Student Show.

Edge Gallery, 3658 Navajo St., Denver, 303/477-7173.Open Fri. 7-10 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Featuring The Future is Still Behind Me, new work by Sara-Lou Klein McKlayer through Sept. 7.

Flying Turtle Gallery West, 611 Cañon Street, Guffey, 719/689-6100. Hours are Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment. Featuring the work of local Guffey artists, fine art and crafts, antique furniture, paintings, Raku horses.

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden. 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Sat., 10-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Free. Foothills Art Center. Featuring the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Public reception Sun., Aug. 31, 2-4 p.m.; gallery talk with artists, Mon., Sept 8, noon; Watercolor Demo Day with 10 artists, 1-4 p.m.; gallery talk with artists, Mon., Oct. 13, noon.

The Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, in La Veta, 719/742-3074. Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues. and Thurs. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. La Veta Photography Show, The juried and judged show includes more than 90 quality photos by 35 photographers from throughout the United States are represented in show. Free. Gallery in the Park features Majestic Colorado, over 70 works of art, Tues. Sat., 10 a.m. 3 p.m.

William Havu Gallery, 1040 Cherokee St., Denver. Featuring Between a Rock and a Hard Place, VSAC arts of Colorado fundraiser and exhibit of works by people with disabilities. Auction to benefit VSAC, Fri., Sept. 5. $50-$75 includes dinner. Previews available at

magic Magic*adabra, Theatre of Dreams Arts & Event Center, 735 Park Street, Castle Rock. $10. Sat., Sept. 6, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Performance by Hapners; all ages show. For more, call 303/660-6799.

music Check out our new Big Gigs section on page 45!

recreation and learning Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument outreach and education programs, Teller County #1, 2.5 miles south of Florissant. Free with $3 park entry fee. Busy as a Beaver, a 2-hour evening walk and lecture with park ranger. Sun., Aug. 31, 5:30 p.m. For more, call 719/748-3253.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Films showing are Africa: The Serengeti and Ocean Oasis. Family Fun Day, activities for kids on Sat., Sept 6.

special events Wet Mountain Western Days, Westcliffe. $4-$8. Sat., Aug. 30 Sun., 31. Saturday starts with pancake breakfast and parade. Entertainment at 10:30 a.m., includes food court, fine arts and crafts, music, cowboy poetry, historical demonstrations, chuck wagon dinner, and folk/square dancing preceded by an evening concert. Sunday also includes a cowboy church and fiddle contest. For more call 719/783-9163, or 719/783-2099.

Chile Harvest Festival, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver $6-$9. Entertainment includes art show and sale, Hispanic storytellers, dancers and bands. Flavorful cuisine includes chile roasters and food by area restaurants. September 6 - 7, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more, call 303/412-1849.

theater Spoon River Anthology, Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $17. Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sept. 5 27. For more, call 303/987-7845 or visit

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