In 2017, Smithsonian Ecology Fellow Erin Spear, Ph.D., was part of a Denver Museum of Nature & Science team exploring rocks dating 73.5 to 77 million years old in northwestern New Mexico. She spotted a fragment of skull of tube-crested dinosaur Parasaurolophus cyrtocristatus, previously known only from a specimen collected in 1923 in the same area. Research was funded through the DMNS’ Laramidia Project. The skull discovery was reported in last week’s edition of the journal PeerJ — watch for more news about this fascinating find! In other DMNS news, the Gates Planetarium is now open, as is the rest of the DMNS. It is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd. 303-370-6000, dmns.org.
Swedish Horses Corral Project
The Englewood Cultural Arts Commission is accepting artis applications for the Swedish Horses Corral Project 2021, with a Feb. 25 deadline. Fiberglass horses will be about 4 feet tall, 3 feet 7 inches long and shaped like the famous wooden Dala Horses. Englewood-based artists will be given preference. Winners will receive $1,000. Horses will be installed in early summer for five years and may be moved around. Interested artists who did not receive a notice should contact Toni Arnoldy, 303-762-2490. Request the notice, which has a horse form to use in indicating your proposal.
Stories on Stage
“A Kiss is Still a Kiss” will be a Valentine’s Day treat livestreamed from Boulder’s Nomad Playhouse at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. Actors Kate Gleason, Ilasiea Gray and Ryan Warner will read a selection of funny and romantic stories as the organization celebrates its 20th anniversary. Tickets: $15. storiesonstage.org or 303-494-0523. Ticket holders will receive a link to the performance.
Denver Jewish Film Festival
The Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, will host 30 films from Feb. 8-17 in the Annual Jewish Film Festival. It includes 20 feature films and 10 shorts showcasing Jewish films from 14 countries. Nearly half of the filmmakers represented are women. For more information and tickets, available Feb. 8, see: jccdenver.org/film. Films can be viewed by Chromecasting to your TV, or via the Eventive Smart TV apps for Roku or Apple TV.
“Now You Know,” a two-play education series, is written by young playwrights in the Curious New Voices program: it’s virtually available until June 15. Tickets cost $10 per family and both productions will be available until June 15. 303-623-0524, firstname.lastname@example.org. Check online at www.curioustheatre.org/nowyouknow_teachers. The plays are: “Black” by Lamaria Aminaha and “In Transit” by Holden Thomas.
Wonderbound dance company
“The Troublemakers” will be the next production by Wonderbound dance company, which just held a size-limited live performance at its new home, 3824 Dahlia St., Denver. Performances will be at 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. on Feb. 25, 26; March 4, 5, March 11, 12; at 2:15 and 6:15 on Feb. 27, 28, March 6, 7, March 13, 14. Only 25 people at each performance, masks required, social distance for anyone but members of your party. (Feb. 28 and March 7 at 2:15 sold out.) Wonderbound.com.
Littleton Town Hall
Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton has sent an audition notice to actors and will present an in-person performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” later in the spring, with actors enclosed in a plastic bubble on the stage floor — if COVID regulations remain as they are — we wish them luck and hope to attend, assuming audience seating will be very limited … townhallartscenter.org.