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art Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 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. Edward S. Curtis Photogravures, runs through Jan. 6. Dignity and Equality Jan. 20-March 31. Sheltered Jan. 13-March 20. Recovery of the Citys Cinematographic Spaces Jan. 20-March 31. Arvada Artist Guild Annual Jan. 13-March 20.

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.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or . 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. Cheyenne Visions through Dec. 2005. New Classics through Dec. 2005.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500. $4-$8. Featuring Blossoms of Light, Dec. 3-Jan. 23, 6-9 p.m. Visit for more.

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

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden, 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring Heritage of Power: Ancient Sculpture from West Mexico running through April 3. Painted Toe Society Exhibition and Sale runs through Jan. 11.

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. The Spirit of Lakewood runs Dec. 10-Jan. 10.

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 Architects 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. Owl Moon: A Classic Revisited runs through Feb. 6. American Birds: A Flight Through Time runs Jan. 15-April 10.

literature 16th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. $12-$24. Four days of cowboy poetry, music and performances from 54 performers from around the globe. Jan. 13-16. Call 720/898-7200 for tickets.

music Michael Tomlinson Concert, Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne. $30. Fri., Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. Call 970/453-0199 for tickets.

Opera 101 Programs, Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-2004. Previews of Julius Caesar, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. Call Rex at 303/778-1500 for more.

recreation and learning Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. $3. First Hike of 2005, Jan. 2, 1 p.m. Nature Literature Hike, Jan. 22, 1 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

Grand Lake Snowshoe Festival, snowshoe excitement for all abilities. The race pledges and entertainment cover charges (Wendy Woo performs) benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Jan. 21-23. Call 970/627-1881 or visit for more.

theater 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.

Peter Pan, Ricketson Theatre, Speer & Arapahoe Streets, Denver, 303/893-4100. $20-$55. Cathy Rigby stars as Peter. Sat., Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.

Murder Most Fowl, The Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver. $25. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 15-March 26. Call 303/321-5925 for tickets.

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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