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Passport to Paris nears end of trip

“House in the Country” Paul Cezanne, 1877-1879, oil on canvas. Loaned by the Wadsworth Atheneum. Courtesy photo
By Sonya Ellingboe
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“Passport to Paris,” three shows that feature French art from 1600 to 1900, will end their collective run Feb. 9 at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14 Ave. in Denver.

Included: “Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum;” “Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederick C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum” (Hamilton just recently donated his collection to the museum); and “Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Collection.”

Extended hours are announced to make the shows accessible to more visitors: on Thursday evenings, the shows will be open until 7 p.m. and on Feb. 7, 8, 9, until 10 p.m. Timed tickets are required: Go to www.ParisinDenver.com.

*Opening Jan. 26: “Fracture: Cubism and After” featuring 13 paintings in a rotation from the Museum’s collection showing skewed perspectives by creative types, including Picasso and Lichtenstein. Included in museum admission.

Wind Band music from three centuries

The Highlands Ranch Concert Band presents a broad collection of music in its first free concert of 2014, at 2 p.m. Jan 26 at St. Andrews Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch.

The program will include John Philip Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea,” an 1899 march dedicated to America’s allies abroad and to the Highty-Tightys, the regimental band of Virginia Tech. Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown” from “Rodeo and a “Broadway Spectacular!” medley featuring “Hello Dolly!” “What I Did For Love,” “Mame,” “Tomorrow,” and Sunrise, Sunset” are also on the program.

For Information on how to join or on future programs, see www.hrconcertband.org or call president Kelley Messall, 303-683-4102.

Front Range Theatre Company

A Triple Threat Summer Camp is announced for 11- to 18-year olds from June 9 to 21 at Mountain Vista High School, 10585 Mountain Vista Ridge, Highlands Ranch. Sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with instruction in voice, acting, dancing and technical theater. Laurilea Williams, theater director for Mountain Ridge Middle School in Highlands Ranch is the point of contact and may be reached via email at frontrangetheatrecompanyed@gmail.com. Also planned: a Professional New York City Tour from June 3-6 for students.

Film discussion series

Offered by Colorado Humanities, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” will be a four-month series of film clips and conversation with Littleton and Denver community members who were involved. On Feb. 5 is “The Abolitionists” with Charles Everett Pace; Mar. 5 “Slavery By Another Name” with Helen Kearney; April 2 “The Loving Story” with Dr. Charles Fraser; and May 7 “Freedom Riders” with Carlotta Walls LaNier. Register for one or more online through the Library Main Calendar, www.littletongov.org or call 303-795-3961.

Call for female musicians

The Athena Project, which focuses on celebrating and expanding women’s contributions in the arts, wants to showcase Colorado female musicians during the 2014 Athena Arts Festival, March 14-30. The festival, which also includes new plays, will feature visual art and dance at various Aurora locations. Lead singer or instrumentalist must be female or most songs performed must be by a female composer. Send submission to dbeck@athenaprojectfestival.org. How might your music fit the theme: Utopia/Dystopia? Possible selections included in a 45-minute set. Please submit a brief bio of you and group. Deadline is Feb. 14.

Douglas County Art Encounters

Douglas County’s Art Encounters public art program has a call for artists with a deadline of Feb. 14. Visit www.douglas.co.us/artencounters to access the CaFE, www.callforentry.org. Selected pieces are exhibited at public locations in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Lone Tree and Parker for a year, with artists receiving a $500 honorarium. Winner of the People’s Choice award receives $1,000. The contest is open to professional and amateur sculptors.

Paint Box Guild

Works by members of Littleton’s Paint Box Guild are exhibited through Feb. 28 at the James H. LaRue Public Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch during library hours. Media included are oil, watercolor, pastel and mixed.

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