After a number of months installed in a busy downtown Denver location, sculptor Erick Johnson’s “The Nest” has been moved next to a peaceful pond at Westlands Park, 5701 S. Quebec St. in Greenwood Village. The installation is a collaboration of the Museum Outdoor Arts, Greenwood Village Arts and Humanities Council and Demiurge Design. Johnson said: “Throughout our natural world and among many different species of birds, fish, insects and mammals, a nest is an amazing, instinctively created environment for raising a family. It not only serves as a shield from the elements, but as a fortress against other threatening natural predators.”
Wildlife Experience is topic
“The Wildlife Experience: More than a Museum” is director Gary Debus’ topic on July 15 when he speaks to the Highlands Ranch Historical Society at 7 p.m. at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. In addition, club members can tour the museum on July 19 at 11 a.m. at a group rate of $9. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hundreds of bands scheduled
The annual Underground Music Showcase is scheduled in the South Broadway Arts District July 19-22. We are told that more than 400 bands are scheduled to perform in a number of venues, starting at 8 pm. each night. A bracelet, good for all four days at $35, is available at the box office, near the Goodwill Mainstage at First Avenue and Broadway. Information and schedule: theums.com/lineup. NPR radio Open Air, 1340 AM, will broadcast from the UMS.
The buzz about bees
“Meet the Beekeeper” at Hudson Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 20. Watch the beekeepers working at the apiary and learn about management techniques and the process of starting a hive if interested. Free and open to the public.
Dr. Colorado’s in town
“Coloroddities” is the title of Dr. Tom Noel’s program at 7 p.m. July 16 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. He will give a slide presentation on strange things about our state. Free. 303-795-3961.
Sazon gets jazzy
Local jazz ensemble Sazon will perform at its first Sunday Jazz Concert from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 14 at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, 5050 S. Syracuse St. in DTC. Ensemble members are Bobby Trujillo, Joe Lopez, Norma Tell and guest Ron Jolly. Tickets: $15 advance; $18 door, BrownPaperTickets.com, 1-800-838-3006.
Littleton Jazz Festival
Sazon will also play at the Littleton Jazz Festival on Aug. 16 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main Street in Downtown Littleton. Also on the program: Highlands Ranch-based After Midnight with Benny Goodman arrangements and pianist Neil Bridge. Tickets: $25, on sale July 15 at townhallartscenter.com, 303-794-2787 ext 5.
Palmer Lake Historical Society
“The Western Museum of Mining and Industry: Past, Present and Future” will be presented at 7 p.m. July 18 at the Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent, Palmer Lake. Richard Sauers will talk about programs and plans at the 27-acre Colorado Springs museum. Free. Palmerdividehistory.org.