The 10th annual Bag of Books Sale runs Aug. 10 to 19, as part of Littleton’s Western Welcome Week celebrations, hosted by the Friends of the Littleton Library/Museum. Last year, a volunteer who was sorting donations found a special 25th anniversary edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five,” signed by the author, which earned more than $100 from an area dealer for the Friends of the Library/Museum. Such items turn up in the Bag of Books Sale and a visitor might score a treasure — or in any case reading to last several months! Chairman Sue McNamee says you too could find a treasure! A bag of books costs $4 during this sale at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. During library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The sale also includes audiobooks, VHS tapes/films, DVDs.
Auditions for musicians
Colorado Wind Ensemble will hold auditions on Aug. 29 at the King Center on the Auraria Campus, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver, for: regular musicians — baritone saxophone, trumpet, horn; alternate musicians — flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, string bass, harp. Notify CWE by Aug. 15 if you want to audition: coloradowindensemble.org.: P.O. Box 101374, Denver CO 80250-1374.
Bemis Library events in Littleton
Three events are coming up at Littleton’s Bemis Library at 6014 S. Datura St. At 7 p.m. on Aug. 14, “Sculptor in Buckskin: Alexander Phimister Proctor” will be Dave Lively’s subject. Proctor’s sculptures of animals and Western themes are well-recognized nationally. At 6 p.m. on Aug. 16, Spinphony, a high-energy all-female string quartet, will play a mix of rock, classical, pop and original tunes on the Bemis Library lawn as part of Littleton’s Western Welcome Week celebration. Hot dogs, brats, burgers, beverages and ice cream will be available for purchase. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 will be Legal Night with members of the Arapahoe County Bar Association. Free 30-minute consultations. Register at the library, 303-795-3961, littletongov.org/library calendar.
John Waters musical
“Cry Baby,” based on the movie by John Waters, is produced by Equinox Theatre Company in a regional premiere at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver Highlands. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., $20 advance/$25 at the door, EquinoxTheatreDenver.com.
‘Reunion ‘69’ and `Reunion ‘85’
Both programs wowed Lone Tree Arts Center’s audiences in 2016 and will return to the Byron Theatre at the University of Denver, University Boulevard and Iliff Avenue, Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 26. Audience members take part in an immersive experience of improv comedy and period music. Tickets $19.69 and $19.85 at Reunionexperience.com.
Butterflies at Chatfield
Butterflies at Chatfield will be open through Sept. 3 at Chatfield Farms, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last entry 3:15 p.m.) in an enclosure filled with more than 50 native plants. $4 adult/child, $2 member adult/child. Chatfield Farms is located at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton (off South Wadsworth Boulevard). Visit this native plant site and working farm, including lavender beds. 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org/chatfield-farms.
Contributors to the anthology, “Still Coming Home; Denver Veterans Writing,” sponsored by Colorado Humanities and the Center for the Book, located in Greenwood Village, will read at a book launch at Red Line Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe St., Denver at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 10.
The event is part of a two-day Socially Engaged Art and Conversation Summit, part of a national initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts to address a common problem for many veterans: Can they really ever come home?
Denver Union Station is the scene for “Buskerfest on the 105th Meridian” Aug. 10-12. Multiple shows starting at 5 p.m. Aug. 10; 10 a.m. Aug. 11; 11 a.m. Aug. 12 on the plaza at Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. Face painters, kids’ crafts, circus workshops. Also the Union Station Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 11. Full schedule: unionstationbuskerfest.com.
Curtis Center for the Arts
The 35th Annual All Colorado Art Show is open at Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, through Aug. 25. Local artist Pat Aaron was juror. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Greenwoodvillage.com. Pat Aaron’s work will be featured in “Connected by Color” at the Arvada Center Sept. 13-Nov. 11.
The Arvada Center will hold replacement auditions for Mayzie and Mr. Mayor/Wickersham in “Seussical” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 20 at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. See arvadacenter.org/on-stage/auditions to schedule an audition or call 720-898-7200 if unable to access website. Must be 18 and older.
Colorado Gallery of the Arts, in the Annex at Arapahoe Community College, Littleton campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, will host CAEA through August 29, the Colorado Art Education Association State Teachers’ Exhibition. Closing reception 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 29. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, until 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Painter Cindy Welch of Castle Rock will begin teaching watercolor classes on Sept. 4. Beginning Watercolor, 9 a.m. to noon; Watercolor Workshop, 1 to 4 p.m., at the new Hobby Lobby, 1361 New Beale St., Castle Rock. Ongoing four-week sessions. Information: CindyWelchDesign.com.
Littleton assemblage artist Michelle Lamb has five pieces exhibited at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St., Belmar/Lakewood, through Sept. 30, where she is a featured guest artist. (She has been a member of Core Gallery on Santa Fe Drive, which will be leaving the arts district due to rent increase—new location unknown as we write.) valkariefineart.com.
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