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art Arvada Center for the Arts and Humantities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7272. The Arvada Center is now registering for Winter/Spring Courses. Call for more information.

Center for the Art and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/431-3939. Featuring Frank Sampson: Retrospective and Debbie Masuoka, Big Hare Ceramic Sculpture through Dec. 31.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. The Harmsen Collection: A Colorado Legacy through Dec. 31, 2005. Tickets on sale at the Museum and on-line at .

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 new work of local Guffey artists, fine art and crafts, antique furniture, paintings and aspen wood turning.

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 Holiday Art Market through Dec. 24, Paintings of the Sangre de Cristos through Jan. 11.

Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus, in La Veta, 719/742-3074. Open Tue., Thurs., Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Gift of Art, original art and reproductions of 20 area artists. Nothing priced over $200.

Gallery Sink, 2301 W. 30th, Denver. 303/455-0185. . Thurs. through Sun., 1-5 p.m., or by appt. Staged Fantasy photographs by various artists of science fiction, intuition, and dreams frozen in time and space through Feb. 1.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 1275 19th Street, Denver, 303/298-7554, Hours Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5:30 p.m. Featuring Blood: Lines & Connections, an international body of video, photography and installation-based work created from diverse cultural backgrounds. Through Jan. 4.

Sandy Carson Gallery, 760 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/573-8585. Featuring Floyd Tunson, New Works. Through Jan. 2. Gallery Walk on Jan. 2, 6-9 p.m.

holiday events Holiday Celebration and reading, Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver, 303/436-1070. Actor, director, and writer, Jamie Horton, reads from classics. Guests encouraged to bring a new or gently used children's book as a donation. Mon., Dec. 22, 7 p.m.

ElectriCritters at the Pueblo Zoo, 3455 Nuckolls Ave., Pueblo. $2.50-$3. Holiday light extravaganza and live animal displays. Show Dec. 19-23 and 26-30. Gates close at 8 p.m. For more, call 719/561-1452.

Winter Solstice Hike, Mountain Park Environmental Center, Beulah. $3. Acknowledge the year's shortest day and longest night, and the return of the sun, while hiking with a bunch of friendly folks along the trails of Mountain Park. Sat., Dec. 20, 1 p.m. Fore more call 719/485-4444.

Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa Street, Denver. $26-$47. Through Sun., Dec. 28, various times. For tickets and information, call 800/641-1222 or visit

Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. $35. Dec. 2-28, various times. For more, call 720/898-7200.

literary events Author Extravaganza of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, Colorado Business Bank, 17th and Champa streets, Denver. $25-$75. Authors signing books and visit with attendees. Thurs., Jan. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call Pat Wakham at 303/423-2315 for info.

Presentation and book signing by Martin Amis, Cherry Creek Tattered Cover, 2955 E. 1st Ave., Denver. Amis will read from and sign his Yellow Dog. Wed., Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.

music Arvada Center Chorale Auditions, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200. The chorale presents three concerts per year. They rehearse every Mon., Sept.-June. No prepared material is required. Sun., Jan. 4, 4-6 p.m. Call 720/898-7200 for more information.

Jeffrey Siegel, pianist, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200. $23-$26. Suites for the Suite: Bach, Bartok and Debussy. Wed., Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.

recreation and learning High Tea, Peaceful Henry's, Guffy. Every Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. For reservations or information, call 689-6475.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. First Hike of 2004, Sun., Jan. 4, 1 p.m., Yoga in Nature Hike, Sat. Jan. 31, 12:30 p.m. $3. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

special events Art Imitating Art, Tao Mundo, 137 W. 2nd Street, Salida. Area weavers have created woven pieces from photos or paintings; pieces will be sold in tandem and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chaffee County Mentor Program. Show runs through December 31. For more, call 719/539-5400.

theater The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Country 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. Runs through Jan. 18. For more, call 303/799-1410.

Chicago, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder $19 - $50. Tue. Sun., Through Feb. 29. Show times vary. Call 800/448-5501 for more.

Idiot Box, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street, Denver. $10-$15. An evening of sketch comedy. Dec. 11-21 Thurs. and Sun., 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. For reservations or more information, please call 720/946-1388

Mcguinn and Murry, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street, Denver. $5-15. A period comedy. Thurs. through Sat., Jan. 2-Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Jan. 29-31, 9 p.m. Pay-what-you-can on Sun., Jan. 4.

Gratuity Not Included, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street, Denver. $5. High school students performing. Jan. 29-31, 6 p.m. For reservations or more information, please call 720/946-1388

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