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Jazz group to play in free concert


Purnell Steen and the Five Points Ambassadors will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. 303-794-6379. The well-known jazz group was a favorite of the late Charlie Carroll, who brought the Littleton Jazz Festival to town for fans, and was an active LUMC member.

Artworks to be displayed

The 56th Annual Own an Original exhibit will open at the Littleton Museum, themed “Together Again.” The final date to submit work has passed and juror Catherine Chauvin is working with them to choose which pieces will be displayed from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31. This exhibit was originated with the hope that local art lovers would find works by area artists to display in their homes, or to give as gifts. The museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free. 303-795-3950.

ACC Foundation

Grapes and Hops to Grads, Arapahoe Community College Foundation’s annual fundraiser, is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Mike Ward Maserati showroom, 1850 Lucent Court, Highlands Ranch. Tickets: $50 for individuals; $40 for ACC staff and students. Pre-registration required: Questions? Contact Robin Loughran, events manager, 720-985-8580 or email

Spooky stuff

“Victorian Horrors” will be featured Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-30 at the Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver. At the museum: tickets, $20 non-members/$18 members. In-person tickets include a video link to relive the horrors at home! New this year: accessibility-friendly, in-person performances on Oct. 21, 22 at 6 p.m. At-home experience, $20 per link. Receive a video transmission of six spine-tingling tales to be viewed safely at home, if you dare!

Plan ahead

“The Nutcracker,” staged by Colorado Ballet, will run Nov. 27 to Dec. 24 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. (Colorado Ballet will implement COVID-19 policies that are stated for the Denver Performing Arts Complex.)

Steve Martin, playwright

Benchmark Theatre, 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood (at Colfax), will present “Meteor Shower” by Steve Martin from Nov. 27 to Dec. 18. A regional premiere, directed by Warren Sherrill. 303-519-9059. Arapahoe High graduate Hayley Johnson helms Benchmark.

The Slowest

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science,2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, opens a new exhibit, “Survival of the Slowest,” on Oct. 22, with live animals such as a two-toed sloth, a green iguana, a spur-thighed tortoise, a hedgehog and several other species that thrive in a world where large, strong and fast animals are often at the top of the food chain. Explore dozens of habitats, teeming with live animals. 303-370-6000,

Cherry Creek Theatre

Performances at the Mizel Community Center’s Pluss Theatre, 350 S. Dahlia St. Denver. Through Oct. 24, “Steel Magnolias;” “Jest a Second!” by James Sherman, runs Oct. 29 to Nov. 21., tickets: $42/$37/$26.

Butterfly Pavilion

The Spider Pavilion is open through Oct. 31 at the Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave., in Westminster, including a Spooky Evening Flashlight Tour Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30 (last entry at 8:45 p.m.). Also on those dates: Bug-a-Boo Indoor Trick or Treating 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Walk among spiders, observing their webs. Included with general admission.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, public events frequently are canceled or rescheduled. Check with organizers before you go.


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