Sonya's Sampler

Photo contest winners crowned

By Sonya Ellingboe

Winners are announced in the Downtown Littleton Photo Contest, sponsored by the Andy Marquez Gallery. Photos will be exhibited and awards presented from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. Winners: Best of Show: Peggy Dietz for her striking photo of the entrance at the “Old Littleton Library, now the Melting Pot.” The award for Color Pro goes to Molly McMillan for her “Wine Glasses in Window” and Owen Beya won for Color Amateur with “Wild Colors at the Melting Pot.” Larry Stevens’ “Courthouse” won Black and White Pro and Erik Olson won Black and White Amateur. The judges were Kip Keehner, Ruth Graham, Kelli Narde, Cindy Hathaway and Lou Malandra.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Lone Tree Arts Center opened ticket sales on Dec. 19 for a one night only concert by singer-songwriter Randy Newman, a 2013 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Newman won Academy Awards for “If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters Inc.” and “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story.” (He’s had 20 Oscar nominations, 14 Grammy nominations, six Grammy awards.) Tickets will be priced at $60 to $90, at or 720-509-1000.

Stars for Douglas County

Tara Dexter is the new director for Stars for Douglas County, stepping in for Julie Holliday, who has moved to Texas with her family. Dexter invites potential board members and volunteers to contact her at: The first 2014 board meeting will be on Jan. 14 at her home. The organization raises extra support for Douglas County school art programs.

Tours in early 2014

The Highlands Ranch Historical Society has announced three tours:

• Jan. 21, 10 a.m. Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E Gateway Dr. Led by HRHS board members. Free. Reservation and membership not required. Information: Sara Lebofsky, tours@HighlandsRanchHistoricalSociety, 303-470-3428.

• Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m. “Pipes and Stripes VII: The Mighty Wurlitzer and the 101st Army Band at the Paramount Theatre.” Transportation by RTD, time TBD. Reservations by Jan. 16. Program free. RTD fare: $4.50/$2.25. Information: Toni Martin, 303-955-5476.

• Time TBD (daytime tour) March 25 to see “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Admission: $13, RTD fare: $4.50/$2.25. Time for departure: TBD. Information: Toni Martin (above.) Checks within two days of reservation to: Highlands Ranch Historical Society, P.O. Box 631334, Littleton, CO 80163.


The Denver Art Museum says “welcome” to families on Winter Break, with daily fun for kids, for whom general admission is free through Jan. 5. Three free special events:

• On Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet local artists and watch them work in the Studio on Level 1 in the Hamilton Building.

• Dec. 26, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Interactive Gallery Theater Tour with Colette, a French character who needs help finding something missing in the gallery. Level 6 North Building.

• Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Denver Art Museum Family Dance and Art Ball. Make your own French powdered wig, collars, cuffs, fans. Then learn a simple minuet and perform with live music. In Ponti Hall, North Building., 720-913-0048.


Alamo Draft House, at Aspen Grove in Littleton will offer two new Japanese animated films in January: “Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo” at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 7 p.m. Jan. 12; First four episodes of the television series “Jormungand” at 7 p.m. Jan. 27. Admission free, but a $5 food and drink voucher will reserve a seat.

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