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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. Dignity and Equality Jan. 20-March 31. Sheltered Jan. 13-March 20. Recovery of the City's Cinematographic Spaces Jan. 20-March 31. Arvada Artist Guild Annual Jan. 13-March 20.

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. Members Show runs Jan. 7-22.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720/913-0010. $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

www.botanicgardens.org 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. Call 800/925-2250 for more.

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. 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.

Cherry Creek Tattered Cover Booksigning, 2955 E. 1st Ave., Denver. Free. Yann Martel presents The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccomatios, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m. Nelson DeMille presents Night Fall, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. Temple Grandin presents Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. Marianne Williamson presents The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.

recreation and learning

Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. $3. Nature Literature Hike, Jan. 22, 1 p.m. Nature Writing Workshop, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. Valentine's Day Hike, Feb. 13, 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

www.grandlakesnowshoefestival.com for more.

special events

Real Estate Historic Preservation Conference, 1770 Sherman Street Events Complex, Denver. Earn up to 24 continuing education credits learning about marketing historic homes and buildings. Feb. 2-4. Call 303/893-4260 for more.

Naropa University Lectures, events in Boulder. Events on a wide variety of spirituality, social and medical topics. Visit

www.naropa.edu/extend for a schedule. Events run through April. Call 303/546-5288 for more.

theater

The Ice Cream Social Disease, 2180 Stout Street, Denver. $10-$15. An exploration of human interaction in dire situations and self-interest in human survival. Jan. 6-22, Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Call 303/282-0466 for more.

Chapter Two, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. $15-$17. Runs Jan. 7-Feb. 6, Fri-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. Visit www.minersalley.com for more and call 303/935-3044 for tickets.

Titus Andronicus The Musical, Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. $10-$15. Runs. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 14 to Feb. 12. Call 720/946-1388 for more or visit www.buntport.com.

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

www.ticketswest.com or call 303/309-3773.

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