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Western swing and Gypsy Jazz on order

Austin-based trio makes way to Lone Tree


The Austin-based trio, Hot Club of Cowtown, will warm up a cool Jan. 31 evening at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, with a concert at 8 p.m. The trio will play its unique mix of traditional western music and mid-century gypsy jazz.

Guitarist Whit Smith, fiddler Elana James and bassist Jake Erwin perform internationally and have opened for the likes of Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan. Tickets start at $26 and can be purchased at or by calling 720-509-1000.

Also coming to LTAC: A Passport to Culture event. Celebrate the Chinese New Year on Jan. 19 with the Colorado Asian Heritage Cultural Center. See a Lion Dance and more cultural traditions. Tickets: $5. Event Hall.

Dames of Downton

“Dames of Downton” will be hosted by Douglas County Libraries from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9900 Ranch Rd. in Highlands Ranch. Explore the mansion, while listening to Jessica Fellowes, niece of series creator Julian Fellowes speak on “Women of Downton, Women of Today.” Book sale, tea, light hors d' ouevres and cocktails. Tickets: $25,

LPS art at ACC

Arapahoe Community College's Colorado Gallery of the Arts, 5900 Santa Fe Dr. in Littleton, will host its first Littleton Public Schools District Arts Show from Jan. 22 to Feb 12. There will be a closing reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 12, which will include a tour of ACC art and Design Department facilities at 6 p.m. (meet in the gallery). Options High School art teacher Anna Spillen is coordinator. Gallery hours: noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

Denver Mountain Parks

Photographer John Fielder will give an illustrated talk about the Denver Mountain Parks at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. His lecture will cover the 100-year history of this unique collection of mountain parks. He will have copies of his book about the parks available for sale and signing.  Free. 303-795-3961.

Masters as Mentors

The Depot Art Center's members have created a new show running through Feb. 16 based on influences of earlier artists called “Masters as Mentors.”

Denver artist Patricia Rucker was juror and awarded Best of Show to Fred Bickle's “Winter Morning Bike Ride,” influenced by George Wesley Bellows. “Evening Walkers in Laramie” by photographer Peggy Dietz won first place, inspired by Louis Arqentine's “Avenue de Clichey. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, 303-795-0781.

Ducks and more…

“Birding in the Gardens: Winter Duck Walk” with Master Birder Tom Bush at Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton. Time: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Meet the varieties of ducks that winter on the South Platte River and nearby, plus other winter visitors. Bring binoculars and snacks. No prior birding experience needed. Register in advance: $8 member/$10 non-member. Space is limited. 303-797-8565 ext. 306,

Books, books, books

The Sizzlin' Smoky Book Sale runs Jan. 23-25 at Smoky Hill Library, a branch of the Arapahoe Library District, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial. The Friends of the Arapahoe Library District raises funds to support special programs and projects via this sale. In 2013, $150,000 was raised.

What bird is that?

Re-enactor Brian “Fox” Ellis will give two programs at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Jan. 23: During the 7:30 a.m. “Birding With John James Audubon” he will lead a tour through the museum, 2001 Colorado Blvd., spotting birds, including several that are now extinct. Tickets: members $27/non-members $33.  At 8 p.m. he will be in Ricketson Auditorium for “An Evening With John James Audubon.” Tickets: members $12/non-members $15. Visit


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