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Exhibits coming at new facility in Denver Botanic Gardens


The new Freyer-Newman Center at the Denver Botanic Gardens, York Street, has several exhibits starting Sept. 26. Timed tickets must be reserved online. Masks will be required. “From the Vault: Wonders and Oddities from the Gardens’ Collections” and “Garden and Haven: Botanical Art and Illustration” will run through Nov. 8. “Pink Lemonade Hope: Works by Koko Bayer” and “Ghost Forest: Works by Melanie Walker will run through Dec. 6. The Freyer-Newman Center is the final step in the Garden’s four-phase development plan. Reservations or more information:

Weekends on Main

Littleton’s Main Street restaurants will host outdoor dining on Friday evenings and all day Saturday through October, with the street closed for diners, strollers, shoppers ...

Group show

“Synchronicity: An Acausal Connection of Meaning” will be exhibited in the Elevation Room of Pasternack’s Art Hub, 6851 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Open Fridays 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Opening reception Oct. 2, 5-9. It features area artists, including Craig Robb, whose work is in the City of Littleton collection.

Aurora Fox

“Real, live human beings” will enjoy a show at the Aurora Fox called “Tomfoolery: The Words and Music of Tom Lehrer,” adapted by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray. New ticketing software automates the socially distanced seating. Masks will be required. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 11. 303-739-1970,

Benchmark Theatre

Benchmark Theatre announced its inaugural WorkBench Project: “National Bohemians” by Luke Sorge. Director is Warren Sherrill Performances: Nov. 13-15 and 20-22. A first look at a play in development ... and “Fever Dream Festival”: a 48-hour playwriting adventure Dec. 11-12. Call Hayley Johnson at 303-519-9059 for tickets. Benchmark is at 1560 S. Teller St., Lakewood. See

Colorado Theatre Guild

Colorado Theatre Guild has elected actor and director Betty Hart as president. Other board members are: T. David Rutherford, Lia Kozatch, Iliana Lucero Barron.

Castle Rock Writers

The Castle Rock Writers host an upcoming conference, “Zoom to Success,” on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. They say they will have space for last-minute participants. Four tracks will include: fiction/non-fiction/middle grade/children’s and poetry. Registration: $20. Scholarship available — call 303-521-8615. A manuscript critique is available for $25. Prose writers submit 10 pages; poets submit five poems, totaling less than 10 pages. Information: 303-521-8615. (Leave message.)

Lone Tree

Lone Tree Arts Center opens up Oct. 16-18 with a performance by the Motones and Jerseys in a 1960s musical battle, emceed by Mary Louise Lee; Adam Pascal: So Far on Oct. 24; and Rene Heredia’s Flamenco Fantasy Theatre on Oct. 25. Call for tickets: 720-509-1000 or


“Brought to Light” a group exhibit by area artists at Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Open Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

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