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Wind players, percussionists plan free concert at church


Professional wind players and percussionists from the United States Air Force Academy Band, who represent the nation’s finest music schools, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. These virtuoso musicians will perform as soloists and in various chamber groups, presenting music by Mozart, Messiaen, Ponchelli and Gounod. The concert is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Air Force and patrons of LUMC Fine Arts Series in celebration of the 25th year of the series. 303-794-6379.

Literary journal

For more than 50 years, Arapahoe Community College students and instructors have produced the annual “Progenitor,” a literary/art magazine of works by students, former students and others each spring. Students who want to be involved enroll in English 231 and learn how to edit, format and design a quality piece, which goes out to students, faculty and community. The 2017 edition just received acclaim as “Most Outstanding Community College Literary-Art Magazine for 2017” from the American Scholastic Press Association, with Special Merit accolades. It also received a Magazine Pacemaker Finalist Award from the Associated Collegiate Press. It will be accepting entries for the 2018 edition until Feb. 15. Contact Andrea Mason, progenitor@arapahoe.edu or writersstudio@arapahoe.edu.

Art Encounters

Entries for the 2018-2019 Art Encounters outdoor sculpture program in Douglas County are accepted through Feb. 9 on the Call For Entry website, callforentry.org. Visit Art Encounters’ site online for details. Selected pieces will be displayed in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Parker, Lone Tree and Roxborough. There is a stipend and two awards.

South Suburban art exhibits

During January, artists will exhibit work in these South Suburban Parks and Recreation District rec centers:

● Roseanne Jurgens of Centennial exhibits photographs, “The Gritty and the Pretty,” juxtaposing landscapes and images of weight room equipment and vehicles, at Buck Recreation Center.

● The Paint Box Guild of Littleton will display paintings at Lone Tree Recreaton Center.

● Cecil Jacobson of Littleton exhibits wood carvings at Goodson Recreation Center.

● Dick Gallagher of Lakewood has paintings, “Inked Car Art,” at Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel through March 31.

Art festival

Lia Hanchett, ThunderRidge High School senior, is organizing an art festival, as her senior project, to raise money for expansion of the art program at Ranchview Middle School, where she says, due to limited choir and orchestra programs, students can’t compete in state contests. The festival will be at ThunderRidge High School, 1991 W. Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch, from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 31, and will feature musicians, artists, photographers and more from Ranchview and ThunderRidge at a kid-friendly festival. Admission: $5 individual; $10 family. All proceeds will go to Ranchview’s art program.

S.E. Ellis

Author S.E. Ellis, who has published a YA novel, “Hestia, the Dreamwalker,” spoke to fourth-grade students at Centennial School of the Arts on Jan. 12. She highlighted the perseverance necessary to become a writer. (Write, even if you don’t feel like it!) And she spoke about the logistics of publishing. Her book tells of a newly orphaned 14-year-old who used her dreamwalking skills to rescue a kidnapped younger brother from nefarious forces. Her book is available at Amazon and Spirit Wise, 6590 S. Broadway, Littleton.

Cowboy poets

The 29th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, 710 10th St. Jan. 18 through 21. Three evening performances, two full days of family activities and a lineup of performers. Tickets available, coloradocowboygathering.com.

Chamber music

“Winter Winds With CSO Winds” will feature Julie Thornton, flute; Michael Thornton, horn; Ian Wisekal, oboe; Tristan Rennie, bassoon; Jacob Shafer, clarinet; and Margaret McDonald, piano at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in Hampden Hall, Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood. Tickets: $20/$15, free under 18. Englewoodarts.org.

Parker author

Michelle Crystal of Parker has just published her first novel, “Lavender Blue,” which she says is set in Colorado, in times past and present. Copies are available: michelle@readmichellecrystal.com.

Curtis Center for the Arts

“Open Space-Finite Frontier” is exhibited through Feb. 28 at Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village. Curator Robin Whatley, Art Students League Program Coordinator, will speak from 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 27. The American West is interpreted many ways. Admission free. Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check here about art classes. 303-797-1779, greenwood


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