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art 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.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. 303/571-0440. Open Fri. 6-9 p.m. and Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring Four Visions, One Show, unique art by Steve Alarid, Ralph Landau, Stevon Lucero and Celestino Ruibal through Sept. 9. Artist Receptions on Fri., Sept. 5, 6-9 p.m. and Fri., Aug 22, 6 10 p.m.

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, through Oct. 5; 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.

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 http://co.vsarts.org.

literary events Book signing by Sandra Dallas, Cherry Creek Tattered Cover, 2955 E. 1st Ave., Denver. The author of The Chili Queen will sign her latest book. Mon., Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Book signing by Jim Hightower. Lodo Tattered Cover, 1628 16th St., at Wyncoop, Denver. The author of Theives in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country and It's Time to Take It Back, Wed., Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Slideshow Presentation and Book signing by John Fielder and Steve Smith, part of the Rocky Mountain Land Series. The authors will present and sign Seeing Colorado's Forest for the Trees, LoDo Tattered Cover, 1628 16th St., at Wyncoop, Denver. Thurs., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.

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 See our new Playing Around section for big concerts!

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

special events Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival, Stanley Park Fairgrounds Arena, Estes Park. Thurs., Sept. 4, 11 a.m.to 9 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 5, noon- 9 p.m. at fairgrounds, 7:30 p.m. midnight concerts and Ceilidh; Sat., Sept 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.fairgrounds, 9:30 a.m. parade, Elkhorn Avenue, downtown Estes, 7:30 p.m. to midnight, concerts and Ceilidh; Sun., Sept 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. fairgrounds. For more, visit www.scotfest.com.

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 Northanger Abbey, Jones Theater, 119 Main St., Westcliffe, $5-$10. Creede Reperatory Theatre brings Jane Austen's 18th century comedy to life. For more, call Pam at 719/783-3004.

Stories on Stage, Stage Theatre at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa Street, Denver. $85 season/$20 individual. Readings of great short stories. Sundays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Acts of Passion.For more, call 303/494-0523.

Fiddler on the Roof, County Dinner Playhouse, 6875 Clinton St., Greenwood Village. $29.95 35.95. Wed. through Sun. evenings, weekend matinees. Buffet at 6 p.m., performance at 7:45 p.m. For more, call 303/799-1410.

Barefoot in the Park, Federal Theatre, address, Denver, $13-$15. Thurs., 7 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m., select Sun. matinees in Sept. Tickets at 303/399-4662.

Charlotte's Web, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Most Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. and noon; Sat. Oct. 11, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sun., Oct. 12, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more, call 303/898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org.

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 www.Lakewood.org.

Chicago, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder $19 - $50. Tue. Sun., June 20 Nov. 2, showtimes vary. Call 800/448-5501 for more.

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