Denver Audubon celebrates — and reflects on — its first 50 years at an event on Jan. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Barn at Raccooon Creek, 7301 W. Bowles Ave., just west of Littleton. In conjunction with the organization’s year-long “Big Year” competition, there will be a showing of the “Big Year” film, based on the book by author Mark Obmasicik, who will speak about the true story. Tickets include appetizers and drinks: $25, $40 with commemorative T-shirt. Denveraudubon.org.
Bunches of books
Arapahoe Libraries hosts a used-book sale Jan. 24-27 at Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle in Centennial during library hours, with a large assortment gathered by the Friends of Arapahoe Library: fiction, non-fiction, how-to, children’s books …
“Personal Visions: Discussions with Veteran Writers and Artists” continues at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16, 23 and 30 at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock St., Denver, sponsored by Colorado Center for the Book/Colorado Humanities. The ongoing discussions have resulted in a recently published anthology, “Still Coming Home: Denver Veterans Writing.” Both organizations were awarded grants in 2018 for programs that support veterans in the arts. A writers workshop and five-month program of advanced photography courses were offered. All events are free. Register at cpacphoto.org/personal-visions-projects-veterans. (Different panelists each time.)
Highlands Ranch Historical Society
“Fun, Fearless and Female” by Frances Pordes tells of a world tour on a budget. She is the Jan. 21 speaker for the Highlands Ranch Historical Society at 7 p.m. at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available. Hrhs.org.
New theater openings
“Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies” opens Jan. 18 at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. It’s a growing-up tale of two black 14 year old boys. Tickets: aurorafox.org.
“Gloria” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins plays through Feb. 16 at Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma St., Denver. (Pulitzer 2016 finalist.) Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Curioustheatre.org, 303-623-0524.
“Davey, Do You See the Light?” by Denver singer-songwriter Jim Broyles is a folk musical to be presented at Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver on Jan. 25, 27. (Jan. 25 sold out as of press time.) Tickets, Eventbrite.com/e/davey-do-you-see-the-light-tickets-52886162937.
“Casa Valentina” by Harvey Fierstein runs through Feb. 3 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. For adults. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Directed by Nick Sugar. Tickets:$24-$44, 303-794-2787, ext. 5, townhallartscenter.org.
“A Little Night Music” by Stephen Sondheim is presented Jan. 24-Feb. 17 at Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. Directed by Kelly Van Oosbree. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets start at $33, 303-800-6578, cherrycreektheatre.org.
“Disney’s Newsies” plays Jan. 18 to Feb. 10 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Tickets: Parkerarts.org, 303-805-3289.
Colorado Feminist Luncheon
Author Deborah Rohan Schleuter (“One Person Acted and Everything Changed: 10 Inspiring Accounts of World Changers”) will speak at the 43rd Colorado Feminist Luncheon, a 12-year-old series founded by Ellie Greenberg of Centennial. Held at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 5 at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver. Reservations by Jan. 31: Heather Neyer — firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-667-8836.
Denver Botanic Gardens
“A New Gardener Boot Camp” is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver — $80, $60 members, includes lunch. Denverbotanicgardens.org. While you’re there — or another day — visit the beautiful “Orchid Showcase” in Marnie’s Pavilion through Feb. 19, for a winter flower-fix!
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