Sonya's Sampler

Expanded hours slated for exhibit

“An Interior with a Lady, her Maid and a Gentleman,” 1776 Oil on canvas, From the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is included in the “Court to Café portion of “Passport to Paris” at the Denver Art Museum. Courtesy photo
By Sonya Ellingboe

The Denver Art Museum offers expanded hours through the holiday season for “Passport to Paris,” a suite of three French-themed exhibitions, focusing on French art from the late 1600s to the early 1900s. Timed and dated tickets are available online at or by calling 720-913-0130. (There is a fee for booking over the phone.) A ticket includes admission to the entire museum and the Drawing Studio. During extended hours, the entire Hamilton Building will remain open, but the North Building will close at regularly scheduled times. The exhibits are “Court to Café,” “Nature as Muse” and “The Drawing Room.” The exhibits runs through Feb. 9, 2014.
Hours through 2013: Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 26-29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Jan. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Local pianist to perform
Lisa Downing of Littleton, just back from European and South American tours, will perform with fellow pianists Bob Baker and Lee Bartley at 7 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 21 at Dazzle Jazz Restaurant and Lounge, 930 Lincoln St., Denver. She describes her style as “Piano Impressionism,” although it has been compared to Windham Hill artists such as George Winston. Tickets:, 303-839-5100.
Not traditional, but fun
“The Mark Putt Holiday Explosion” with live music, video, comedy, costumes and more offers non-traditional holiday fun at the Toad Tavern, 5302 S. Federal, Littleton at 6 p.m. Dec. 21. (No cover.) The show will also be at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany, Denver, at noon Dec. 28. (Museum admission $8, kids free.)
Call for writers
Colorado Humanities and Center for the book is accepting entries for the 2014 Colorado Book Awards, recognizing the best books by Colorado authors, editors, publishers in a number of categories. Eligible books include any work published by a Colorado author, illustrator, editor, publisher or photographer in 2013: hardback, paperback or e-book format. For information on entries, visit, click on programs. Or contact Reem Abu-Baker, coordinator, 303-894-7951 ext 21,
Symphony offers programs
The Colorado Symphony offers two favorite holiday programs:
• “Colorado Christmas” with the Colorado Symphony Chorus and the Colorado Children’s Chorale on Dec. 20-22 at Boettcher Concert Hall.
• Too Hot To Handel,” a jazz version of the “messiah,” conducted this year by Leslie Stifelman on Dec. 28-29. Tickets for both:, 303-623-7876.
Daily performances at MCAD
“Twelve and A Half Days of Christmas Live!” offers daily performances in the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s atrium, with musicians, actors, singers and others at 5 p.m. weeknights and noon on Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 20 through Jan. 5. Free with museum admission $8/$5, kids free., 303-298-7554.

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