The Newman Center at the University of Denver offers a season of innovative arts performances including a visit by the Paul Taylor Dance Company on at 7:30 p.m. on March 27. The New York-based Taylor company is headed by Michael Novak, Taylor’s chosen successor, since Taylor’s death in 1984. The company was originally formed in 1954. Dancers associated: Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, George Balanchine. The audience will see Taylor’s signature work, “Esplanade,” as well as Larry Keigwin’s “Rush Hour.” Tickets at the Newnan Center Box Office: 303-871-7720 or newmancenterpresents.com.
“Starry, Starry Night” is the title for the upcoming Voices West concerts in Littleton at 7:30 p.m. on March 18 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton, and 2 p.m. on March 19 at St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 1401 E. Dry Creek Road, Centennial. Tickets at the door. This is the 45th season for the choral group that started as The Littleton Chorale, with a group from Littleton’s Friends of the Library/Museum.
“Friday Night Jazz with the CJRO: Ladies of Jazz” at 7:30 on March 24 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. on March 14 to hear Colorado author Randi Samuelson-Brown talk about “The Bad Old Days of Colorado.” The program will be at The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 8545 E. Dry Creek Road, Centennial. Guests and new members welcomed. Also available on Zoom. The talk will be on the establishment of Denver, discovery of gold, Colorado during the Civil War, the Confederate Goldfield Plot and other dubious happenings. Presenter is Dina Carson, author and lecturer. All are welcome. Free.
Jazz and art
“Blind Visionaries” showcases a musical performance with original jazz by the Daniel Kelly Trio and New York’s Seeing With Photography Collective, a group of visually impaired and sighted photographers, who create colorful, thought-provoking visual art through “Light Painting.” It will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 21 at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Tickets start at $25 and are available online: Lakewood.org/Exhibitions.
Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, has “Tunes on the Terrace” tickets available for four performances. Tickets cost $45 for reserved seating, $40 for lawn seating and $80 for Pink Martini Premium Seats; $70 for Standard seating Front Row seating is $50. See lonetreeartscenter.org.
Art in Littleton
“Romance is in the Air” is the current Littleton Fine Arts Guild exhibit at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. Winners are: Allen Voss, Judith Bennett, Peggy Dietz, Bob Ellert, Carl Paulson and Karen Shaw. See townhallartscenter.org.
Town Hall Arts Center: “La Cage Aux Folles” plays April 7-30 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. See townhallartscenter.org.
The next Littleton Garden Club meeting will be the first Wednesday in April, April 5, at 6 p.m. at the Littleton Public Schools Education Services Center, 5776 S. Crocker St., Littleton. New members and guests are welcome. There will probably be a speaker. Leo Ortiz is the new president. Members learned of the death of longtime member Barbara Boardman. Donations in her name can be made to the Barbara Hyde Boardman Endowment for the Master Gardener Program at Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service.
Ballet Ariel will perform “Firebird” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on April 8 at Elaine Wolf Theatre at the JCC, 350 S. Dahlia St.; and 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 2 p.m. April 3 at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Tickets: $20-$30. 303-282-9828, balletariel.org.