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art Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Accomplices, Risky Spaces, Maps and hold through April 15.

The Center for Visual Art, 1734 Wazee St., Denver, 303/294-5207. Open Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring METALisms: Signature Works in Jewelry & Metalsmithing. Runs through March 16.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or coloradohistory.org. Featuring Ancient Voices: Stories of Colorado's Distant Past, Colorado Timescape and Colorado 1870-2000: Then and Now II through April 5. Featuring special events for Black History Month in February and Women's History Month in March.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000. $4.50-$6. Building Outside the Box: Creating the New Denver Art Museum runs through summer 2006. Also featuring Blanket Statements, Cheyenne Visions II, Floating Time, Heaven and Home and New Classics.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Featuring "Creating and Shaping an American Style" lecture series on Feb. 23, March 16, May 24, June 24. Water-Smart Gardening Expo on Sat., March 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $5.50-$20. Featuring IMAX films: Mystic India: An Incredible Journey of Inspiration, Human Body, and Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour De France through the spring. Now featuring art exhibit Discover India, Land of Mysticism, Beauty and Culture.

Foothills Art Center, 809 Fifteenth St., Golden, 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring Retrospective by Kent Ullberg and Perspective by Ron Kingswood. Runs through March 12.

Habitat Gallery, 828 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/534-9740. Featuring Bahia, Brazil: Visual Rhythms of Four Artists on Tour with Martha Mans, with works by Colorado Springs artists. Runs through Feb. 28.

Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver, 303/394-9993. Featuring Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust through April 30.

Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-4401. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. $4. Featuring NEVER Leaving Aztlan through May 21.

Remmi Fine Art, 776 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 720/318-6668. Open Wed.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Featuring Victoria Kwasinski's Translucent Dualities and Carlene Frances' Elements of Simplicity. Runs through Feb. 25.

SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus Ave., La Veta, 719/742-3074. Open Tues., Thurs., Sat., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featuring Circles, Spheres and Such through March 2.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Showing the film Lost Worlds through October 2006. Art exhibit The Horse in Fine Art runs through March 19.

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recreation & learning Rocky Mountain National Park Field Seminars, featuring outdoor learning experiences in the park. A full listing of classes is available at rmna.org or by calling 970/586-0108.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Road, Beulah. "Searching for Spring Hike" on Sat., Feb. 18, 11 a.m. "Nature Photography Workshop" on Sat., Feb. 25, 1-4 p.m. For registration and more information, call 719/485-4444.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-4686 or coloradohistory.org. Authors' Lecture Series: Flint Whitlock, Distant Bugles, Distant Drums: The Union Response to the Confederate Invasion of New Mexico, March 29; Duane Smith and Christine Bradley, The Rise of the Silver Queen, May 24. "Sandwiching in History" Series: "The Life and Times of Glenn Miller," March 9; "Understanding Amache, Victorian-Era Cheyenne," April 11; "Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in Colorado," May 11; "The Heart of Colorado: the Capitol in Granite and Gold," June 1. Call 303/866-3682 for more.

special events Outrageous Mardi Gras to benefit Holy Cross Abbey, 505 Macon Ave., Cañon City, 719/275-2790. $30-$35. Featuring a live and silent auction, food, merriment, costumes and more. Sat., Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival, Nederland. An annual festival celebrating Nederland's only frozen resident. Running March 10-12. Visit nederlandchamber.org or call 720/374-6742 for complete schedule of events.

Governor's Holocaust Remembrance Program, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver. Free. A child-holocaust and Rwandan genocide survivor will speak as part of a larger program. April 30, 5:30-7 p.m. Call 303/830-7177 for more.

13th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Telluride. $25-$295. Enjoy live music from over 20 popular bands and sample beers from 50 different microbreweries. Fri., Sept. 15 through Sun., Sept. 17. Call 866/515-6166 for more information.

theater Ballads, Bugs and Ballet, Westin Westminster, 10600 Westminster Blvd.,Westminster. Free. A collaboration between Central City Opera Guild, The Butterfly Pavilion and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Sun., Feb. 26, 1-4 p.m. Call 303/410-5033 for more.

Women on Fire, Damon Runyon Repertory Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, $4-$16. A series of vignettes on the cutting edge of women's issues. March 3, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show. Call 719/564-0579.

Riders in the Sky, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $6. Catch this Grammy Award winning Western music and comedy group. Sat., March 11, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 719/295-7222 for tickets.

The Smell of the Kill, Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver. $14-$25. A wickedly funny and dark comedy. Runs through March 18. Call 303/321-5925 or visit avenuetheater.com for more.

Sinbad, Paramount Theatre, 1631 Glenarm Place, Denver. $40-$50. Sinbad performs his stand-up comedy in a benefit for PBS station KBDI. Fri., Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Visit ticketmaster.com or call 520-9090 for more.

Late Nite [sic] Catechism 2, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., $28-$34. A comedic one woman where a nun teaches the audiences about catechism. Runs March 14-26, Tues.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Matinees at 1 p.m. on Wed, 4:30 p.m. on Sat., 2 p.m. on Sun. Call 720/898-7200 for more.

11th Annual Colorado Quickies, John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place, Denver. $15-$17. Ten mini-plays written by Denver award-winning writers. Running through March 18, Thur.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. Call 303/562-3232 for tickets or information.

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