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Violinist Rene Knetsch was honored by the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra recently upon his retirement as concertmaster. Elizabeth Loye, decorator of the special cake he enjoyed, is also a substitute with the orchestra. Knetsch will continue as conductor of the Parker Symphony and the orchestra at Arapahoe Community College. He also performs elsewhere in the area and teaches.
Museum Outdoor Arts
The Museum Outdoor Arts in Englewood has announced a scheduling change: a previously announced exhibit of works by Robert Rauschenberg has been postponed until 2020. Instead, “Paintings, Sculptures and Snapshots: 37 years of Acquisitions” opened May 8 and will run through Aug. 3. The gallery is making some changes, with fresh paint and polished flooring. The Atrium Gallery displays photos of various MOA events and projects through the years. MOA is seeking short animations and films by May 13. Ten will be chosen for a pop-up theatre, “Cricket Cinema,’ which will tour in Colorado. Admission is free. MOAonline.org.
Choral group Voices West will perform music from Ireland and Wales, with pipers and Irish dancers, at 7:30 May 17 at Parker Performing Arts School, 15035 Compark Blvd., Parker, and at 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. The chorale will repeat the program in Ireland and Wales this summer. Tickets: voiceswest.org or at the door.
“Ain’t Misbehavin’,” based on the music and personality of Fats Waller, will open May 18 and runs through June 17 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. Bob Wells directs and the cast includes Mary Louise Lee, Leonard Barrett, Randy Chalmers and Krisangela Washington in a production conceived by Richard Maltby Jr. and Murray Horwitz, with various lyricists. The revue won a 1970 Tony. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, plus2 p.m. on 6/2, 6:30 p.m. on 6/10. Tickets: $24-$44, 303-794-2787, ext. 213, townhallartscenter.org.
The Five Points Jazz Festival returns to Welton Street between 26th and 29th streets from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 19. Free, dozens of bands, food, jam sessions, family-friendly events. Main Stage: 29th and Welton streets; many more; check the program online: ArtsandVenues.com/FivePointsJazz.
Equinox Theatre Company presents “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver, running May 25 through June 16, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Pay-what-you-can Thursday, June 14. Directed and choreographed by Colin Roybal. Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door: EquinoxTheatreDenver.com.
The Littleton Symphony, directed by Jurgen de Lemos, will perform “Great Music From the Arts-From Opera at 7:30 p.m. May 18 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Guest soloists will perform with the orchestra: Christie Conover, Sarah Barber, James Baldwin and Steven Taylor. Tickets: littletonsymphony.org, 303-033-6824.
League of Women Voters
In this in-between election year, the League of Women Voters is active with programming and voter registration. “Fake News: The Media and an Informed Electorate” is a free public forum, scheduled at 7 to 8:45 p.m. May 22 at the Centennial Community Room, 7272 S. Eagle St., Centennial. Panelists: Larry Ryckman, senior editor of news at the Denver Post; Genine Plunkett, manager of reference services at Denver Public Library; Christopher Jennings, associate professor, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, Metro State.
Time to sign up for Douglas County Libraries’ Camp DCL, June 4-Aug. 3. Half-day weeklong summer camps (Be an artist, chef, scientist and more…) Visit www.dcl.org/camp-dcl and follow the links. All camps include supplies and a daily snack. Various libraries. $165-$200. 303-791-7323.
Plein air fest
The Littleton Fine Arts Guild will hold its Plein Air Arts Festival May 3o through June 1 and will have 50 artists participating. Information at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, depotartgallery.org. Business and individual support needed. 303-517-5355 (Patty Dwyer).
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