RFK drama returns to area

Sonya Ellingboe

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“RFK — A Portrait of Robert F. Kennedy,” a tour-de-force one-man show featuring James O’Hagan Murphy, was a sell-out and was extended early in the year at Vintage Theatre. Vintage will host a return run at the neighboring Aurora Fox Studio Theater, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., from May 31 to June 23 for those theater lovers, history buffs and political junkies who may have missed this remarkable performance. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25, $20 in advance. 303-856-7830, vintagetheatre.com.

Focus on nurses

“Nurses: Past, Present and Future” will be the Highlands Ranch Historical Society program for May 20 at the Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road. Speakers from the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, Karren Kowalski and Lola Fehr, will talk about today’s nursing profession and role in the health care delivery system in Colorado. Members attend free, $1 suggested for visitors.

Flash mob invited

Members of the Littleton Fine Arts Guild hope for flash mob-style attendance at its Bin Bonanza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave. in Littleton. Bin work is unframed original art, sold at modest prices. It is available in all sorts of styles and technique, created by guild members. In previous years, the guild has held a Bin Bonanza on Western Welcome Week’s Parade Day and in 2013, it is expanding to three dates: May 18, August 17 and a to-be announced date in September. The Depot Art Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays every week.

Music Arts Festival

Highlands Ranch Concert Band presents its 8th Annual Music Arts Festival on May 18 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and May 19 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Ongoing concerts by numerous bands, arts, crafts, food and more. Admission free. Hrmafestival.org.

Chamber brass

The Bartels Brass Ensemble will perform works by Bach (The Art of the Fugue); Stravinsky (Firebird Suite); and Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition) at 2 p.m. May 18. The concert will be in Hampden Hall, second floor in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Justin Bartels will host, with conversation about the music. Tickets: $15/$12/$5. Englewoodarts.org. Note: Good news! The “Mozart With Silver Ainomae,” annual Olga Wolosyn Memorial Concert, which was canceled due to a snowstorm, is rescheduled for 2 p.m. June 8 at Hampden Hall.

American music

The Littleton Chorale and Colorado Wind Ensemble are combining talents to present a concert of American music at 7:30 p.m. May 18 at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, and at 3 p.m. May 19 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. At 2 p.m. before the LUMC concert, a silent auction that will benefit both organizations will be held. The program includes works by Persichetti, Holsinger, Dragon, Copland, Maslanka, Ewazen, Greig, Lauridsen, Dello Joio, Sousa. Tickets/Saturday: $19/$15/$5, 303- 987-7845 (service charge) or at the door (no service charge); Sunday-$15/$12/children free, coloradowindensemble.org or at the door.

Civic Health Club news

Warm Cookies of the Revolution invites everyone to its 6 p.m. May 23 session: “Sunday School for Atheists” which will discuss what is happening now that makes us question obedience. When is it right to not obey? Moderated by philosophy professor Chad Kautzer from University of Colorado-Denver. Location: the McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., at Bannock Street. RSVPs appreciated: warmcookiesoftherevolution.org. Milk and cookies served.

Dance at Civic Green

The International Youth Ballet will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” ballet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 24 at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. Admission is free. Information: HRCAonline.org, 303-791-2500.

Speaking of gorillas

“A Visit With Africa’s Mountain Gorillas” will feature local travel agent Valerie Sewell and South Suburban Parks and Recreation manager Dave Lorenz, who recently went on a trip to visit these rare animals in Rwanda. In their program at 7 p.m. May 21 at Bemis Library, they will share photos and experiences and talk about how tourism is helping to save these creatures, which now number only about 880. Bemis is at 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton, 303-795-3961.

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