Caffeine and culture at Littleton coffee shop

Sonya Ellingboe

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Carol Garrett and Jam Wong exhibit their artwork through Aug. 30 at Solid Grounds Coffee House, 6504 S. Broadway, Littleton. They will hold a public reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 19. Garrett was a musician before she became a visual artist. Her oil paintings have been shown widely in the metro area and she won a first place in the All Colorado Juried Show at Littleton’s Depot Art Center. Jam Wong was born in China and learned calligraphy as a child, which gave him experience with brushwork and artistic expression. He came to the U.S. at age 9. He was an architect in Denver for 40 years and now devotes his time to painting.

Author to speak

Author Jacqueline St. Joan will speak at 7 p.m. July 23 at Littleton’s Bemis Library on “Honor Crimes Against Women in Pakistan.” She traveled to Pakistan, met with activists, stayed with families and visited shelters. Her novel, “My Sisters Made of Light,” is about three women who suffered violence from their families who accused them of bringing shame to the family. The book will be for sale. Bemis is at 6014 S. Datura St., 303-795-3961.

Writer discusses Internet

Nicholas Carr has written “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” and will be at Highlands Ranch Library at 6:30 p.m. July 20 to discuss the book. Copies will be available for sale. The library is at 9292 Ridgeline Blvd.

‘Mulan Jr.’ on stage

The Front Range Theatre Company will present its summer production of “Mulan Jr.” at 7 p.m. July 26 and 27 at Castle View High School, 5254 N. Meadows Drive in Castle Rock. The cast has been learning stagecraft in the annual summer drama camp. Tickets: $15, $13, crplayers.org.

Powwow in Springs

Palmer Lake Historical Society and One Nation Walking Together will present a one-day Native Festival and Intertribal Powwow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 20 at the Freedom Financial Services Expo, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs. Admission: $2, adults. Free under 12. Grand entry is at noon. Bring your own chairs. Information: onenationwt.org.

Opera, garden party, art

Central City Opera will present an opera performance, followed by a garden party on the lawn, at 5 p.m. July 19 at the Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock St., Denver. Tickets: $25/$20 History Colorado members. Reservations required: 303-620-4933. Visitors may also see paintings by Frank “Pancho” Gates, who worked as a scene painter and prop master for the Central City Opera House in 1932. Paintings are of early Central City and designs for costumes and sets. (The art gallery exhibit is open through Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free.)

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