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The ninth annual Denver Modernism Show, running Aug. 22-24 at the National Western Complex, will include Charles Phoenix and his popular “Big Retro Slide Show” on Aug. 22 only — following the Miss Modernism Pageant at 7 p.m.

Organized by Dana Cain of Littleton, more than 100 vendors of furniture, home accessories and vintage clothing will show and sell their wares, and on Aug. 24, the Motorama Car Show is added.

The Tiki Lounge is hosted by The Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, and the Denver Modernism Art Show, juried by Bobbi Walker, runs all three days. Hours: 6-10 p.m. Aug. 22; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 23; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24. Tickets: $8 Aug. 23 or 24; $20 for the evening of Aug. 22 plus the weekend.

Information and schedule:

From sea level to mile high

Center for Visual Art has opened “In Lak'ech / San Diego to Denver: You Are My Other Self,” which runs through Oct. 4 at the CVA, the Metropolitan State University gallery at 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Co-curators are Cecily Cullen of the CVA and David Avalos, who holds the post of Richard T. Castro Visiting Professor.

Avalos said: “Exhibition artists from Denver and San Diego challenge our assumptions, invite us to reinvent ourselves and to create a revolutionary culture through empathy and collective effort.”

Special events: Sept. 15, reception at CVA; Sept. 16, opening ceremony at St. Cajetan's Church on the Metro State campus, keynote address, luncheon, panel at CVA. Hours: 1 a.m. to 6 .m. Tuesdays through Fridays; noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays; open until 8 p.m. on first and third Fridays. Admission is free.

Rec center shows

Local artists will exhibit work in September at three recreation centers operated by South Suburban Parks and Recreation. SSPR's Public Art Committee encourages artists to apply to exhibit work in the future: see or call Darcie LaScala at 303-483-7072. Richard Long's watercolors will be at Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Paint Box Guild artists will display work at Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 RidgeGate Circle, Lone Tree. Bill Utter will present photography at the Douglas H. Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton.

Get ready to laugh

Comedian Troy Walker will appear from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 12 at Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, with opening act John Crist. A $50 ticket includes performance, castle tour, cash bar. Reservations: 303-688-4600,

Walk With a Doc

Reader Steve Plotkin hopes others will join him a free ongoing program run by National Jewish Hospital and coordinated by Dr. Andrew Freeman, based on the premise that exercise is indeed the best medicine.

On a Saturday morning, meet at 8 a.m. at a park for a walk, educational focus, free breakfast and coffee, blood pressure checks and giveaways. Sept. 13: DeKoevend Park, topic “Atrial Fibrillation.” Oct. 11: Crestmoor Park, topic “That Darn Cough.” Nov. 8: Bible Park, topic: “Exercise and Your Sex Life.” Dec. 6, Crestmoor Park, topic: “Smart Holiday Eating.” Information:

Author coming to Ranch

“Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him,” a new book by Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan, will be introduced to readers by the author and his service dog at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the James H. Larue Branch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Books will be for sale at the event. Registration: or 303-791-7323.


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