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art Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122, Open Wed. noon to 8 p.m.; Thurs., Fri., noon to 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun noon to 4 p.m.. $3-$4. Featuring a.r.t. Strings and Pale Hands I Loved Beside the Shalimar through Jan. 3.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/412-1849. Fri., 7-10 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. Free. Luminarias de la Guadalupe & Christmas Mercado runs Dec. 3-18.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or Pulitzer Prize Photographs runs through Dec. 12. Soldiers on Skis runs through 2007.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Japanese Prints: 150th Anniversary of United States-Japan Relations through Jan. 16; Tiwanaku: Ancestors of the Inca, through Jan. 23.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$15. Gates Planetarium: Passport to the Universe and A Cosmic Journey. Exhibit The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt runs through Jan. 23, 2005. PaleoArt runs through Nov. 28. Call 800/925-2250 for more.

Gallery Sink, 2301 W. 30th St., Denver, 303/455-0185. Open Thurs. to Sun. 1-5 p.m. or by appt. Featuring Life forms that use light as energy, artists Elaine Bean, Carol Dass, Bill Starr, Kevin Thayer, Atomic Elroy and Andrea Modica. Runs through Dec. 5.

Lakewood Cultural Center: North Gallery, 470 S. Allison Pkwy; South Gallery, 480 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood. 303/987-7876. Free. Ancient Inspirations: The Pottery of Mata Ortiz through May 20, 2005. Day of the Dead runs through Dec. 17. The holiday gift show and sale runs through Dec. 23.

Museum of Contemporary Art/ Denver, 1275 19th St., Denver, 303/298-7554. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sun., Noon to 5:30 p.m. Featuring Architect's View, PILLish: Harsh Realities and Gorgeous Destinations, Shadows and Fog: Margaret Neumann Recent Works, New Pic #1: Paola Ochoa True Love through Jan. 2.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South 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. 2005. The Lion King. Kent Ullberg: A Retrospective sculptures, through Jan. 2. Fowl Play runs through Jan. 9.

literature Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksignings, 1st Ave. at Milwaukee, Denver, 303/322-7727. John James Audubon signs The Making of an American on Wed., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. $3. Yule Log Hike, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. Winter Solstice Hike, Dec. 19, 1 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

Opera 101 Programs, Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. Met Opera Preview, an exciting insider's look into the upcoming Met Opera broadcasts. Mon., Dec. 6, 7 p.m. For more call Rex at 303/778-1500.

special events Arvada Center Holiday Craft Fair, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/8989-7200. $5. Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tours of the Governor's Executive Residence, 400 E. 8th Ave., Denver. Free. Holiday tours run Dec. 1-4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 303/866-3682 for more.

Handcrafted Holiday Fine Art Sale, Fremont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon Ave., Canon City. Featuring pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber, quilting, wood, paintings and more. Dec. 3-4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 275-2790 for more.

theater Macblank, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. 720/946-1388. A comedy about a theater company trying to stage Macbeth. Runs Oct. 8 to Dec. 3, Fridays.

Kafka on Ice, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. 720/946-1388. A biographical look of the author using his most famous work Metamorphosis, all performed on ice. Saturdays Oct. 9- Dec. 4. Thursday, Dec. 2.

Another Random Act of Theater, Denver Book Mall, 32 Broadway, Denver. $10 includes cocktail party and hors d'oeuvres. Diving line presents a new and funny evening of theater. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Nov. 9-Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. Call 303/592-9045 for reservations.

Beirut, 1896 Theatre, 3822 Tennyson St., Denver. $12-$15. A play about a man who has a deadly disease and the woman who cross quarantine lines to be with him. Nov. 10- Dec. 11, Thurs.-Sat. Call 720/217-2206 for more.

Man of La Mancha, D.L. Parsons theater, 11801 Community Center Dr., Northglenn. $10-$15. Runs Nov. 11-21. Call 303/425-5109 for more.

The 1940's Radio Hour, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 303/898-7200. Runs Nov. 16- Dec. 26. Call 720/989-7200 for tickets.

A Christmas Carol, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa St., Denver, 303/893-4100 or $29+. Runs Nov. 26-Dec. 31.

The Nutcracker, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm St., Denver. $15-$85. Colorado Ballet performs their 44th year of this classic. Nov. 27-Dec. 29. Call 303.837-8888 for more.

Radio City Christmas Spect0000acular, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1245 Champa St., Denver, 303/893-4100 or $20+. Featuring the Radio City Rockettes. Runs Nov. 26-Dec. 31.

Metamorphoses, Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th St., Denver. $20-$25. Mesmerizing play about the power of love. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Runs through Jan. 2. For more call 303/321-5925.

Menopause the Musical, Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. $32.50-$39.50. Tuesdays through Sundays. For tickets visit or call 303/309-3773.

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