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Mountain life is a highway up Mount Evans

Aurora's Robin Brilz has visited Mount Evans hundreds of times — at least once or twice a year annually for more than 50 years. Until the pandemic and all its complications prevented her and …

Horse culture still kicking in modern West

In 1950, metro Denver’s population hovered right around 500,000. Farms and horse properties could still be found throughout the close-in suburbs. By the mid-1970s, the population had more than …
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A sign outside the Denver Art Museum's Martin Building bears the names of the donors whose $25 million contribution initiated the building's renovation.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Denver Art Museum opens reimagined Martin Building

The Denver Art Museum has reopened the Martin Building, formerly called the Ponti or North Building, after renovation initiated by a $25 million lead gift by Lanny and Sharon Martin. A celebration on …
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The Arvada Center goes to the dogs

Most of us had more than a little help getting through the bleakest parts of the COVID-19 pandemic and for many that help came in the form of our canine friends. They’re not called man’s best …
The PACE Center in Parker was given a $21.7 million budget when it was approved by the town council in 2009.

Parker's PACE Center celebrates 10 years

The Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center, also known as PACE, is celebrating a decade in the community this month with a series of free and reduced-cost events. The PACE Center opened its doors …
This woodcarving is an example of works coming to the Colorado Carvers Club annual exhibition, competition and sale in Lakewood on Oct. 23-24.
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Woodcarvers invite public to annual show

The Colorado Carvers Club will hold its Annual Woodcarving Show, Competition and Sale on the weekend of Oct. 23-24 at the West Metro Fire Training and Event Center, 3535 S. Kipling St. in Lakewood, …

Jan Cleveland plays Clarrisa in Vintage Theatre's production of "Cross Words," running through Nov. 7.

‘Cross Words’ is new work by local playwright

The configuration of the smallish Bond Trimble Theatre at Vintage Theatre in Aurora dictates a set, designed by company director Bernie Cardell, that has the audience almost in the living room/dining …
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Films search for a way forward at Vail Film Festival

Movies have never been more accessible than they are right now. With the constant announcement of new streaming services and studio acquisitions, movies can feel like disposable “content,” …
Lawrence Golan conducts the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra during the orchestra’s November 2019 performance of The Mozart Requiem at Central Presbyterian Church. The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2021-2022 concert season begins in October and concludes in late May.

Re-imagining the classical music experience

When Kwami Barnett was 9 years old, a clarinet was donated to him. He grew up in a family that believed in the value of donated gifts, so he was expected to make use of it. “I ended up picking it …
Monster to Midnight is a special after-hours attraction at Distortions Monster World, an immersive artainment monster museum located in the Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall.

Get your spook on: Denver has many Halloween happenings for all ages

Whether you’re looking for tricks or treats, haunting entertainment, family fun time or simply somewhere to go decked out in your favorite Halloween costume that you didn’t get to wear last year, …
My two nieces, Cassie, left, and Morgan, let me take their picture inside a restaurant while out celebrating Día de los Muertos in Denver one year — circa 2013.

Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Denver

One of my favorite movies is Disney/Pixar’s “Coco.” I love that it’s all about music and family — and Día de los Muertos. I can’t pinpoint an exact timeframe in my past when I started …

The University of Denver’s Robert and Judi Newman Center went quiet for the bulk of the pandemic, but is now returning to its place in the community and will be hosting events again.
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Newman Center returns as community hub

For so many communities, arts centers are hubs of connection and creativity — places where people can go for entertainment and education. Which made the COVID-19 pandemic especially damaging, since …
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Archaeology students work on the dig site at the Astor House yard.
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Digging for history at Golden’s Astor House

Archaeology isn’t all holy grails and temples of doom — there’s also community archaeology, which focuses on members of the community exploring the stories of people who lived their lives in …
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Open your door to the built environment

Even a casual drive around the Denver metro area will unveil a bevy of architectural gems, with even more design secrets hiding behind doors you might not expect. But since getting an invite to house …
Cherry Creek Theatre Company will present “Steel Magnolias” Oct. 1-24 at the Elaine Wolf Theatre in Denver. From top left, Shannon Altner, Devon James, Erika Mori, Suzanne Nepi, Martha Harmon Pardee, and Tracy Shaffer.
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'Steel Magnolias’ coming to Elaine Wolf Theatre

“Steel Magnolias” will be presented Oct. 1 to 24 by Cherry Creek Theatre Company at the Elaine Wolf Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303-800-6578. (Suzanne Nepi of …
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Vail Film Festival ready for a bigger, bolder 2021

Doing something for the first time is always a fraught process, but you often come away with all kinds of beneficial lessons that can make it smoother next time. Such is the case for the Vail Film …

The history of the Highlands Ranch Mansion from 1981 to the present will be the subject of a history presentation on Sept. 20.
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Historical program looks at mansion

A 40th anniversary celebration of the latest segment of history for the historic Highlands Ranch Mansion will take place on Sept. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the upstairs auditorium at the Southridge …
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