Actor and scholar Becky Stone will portray American poet and author Maya Angelou (1929-2014) at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Presented by Colorado Humanities as part of Black History Month, Stone will talk about Angelou’s autobiographical “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and more about her multi-faceted life in theater and literature. Angelou was one of the first African-American women to discuss her personal life publicly and wrote seven autobiographical volumes, as well as poetry, plays, movies and television shows. Stone’s performance is presented by Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book, located in Greenwood Village. Coloradohumanities.org. Stone will also appear at: Denver Public Library, Corky Gonzales Branch, 1498 N. Irving St., 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 23; Metropolitan State University, 890 Aurora Parkway, Tivoli Room 329, at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 26; and Community College of Aurora, 16000 E. Centre Tech Parkway, Fine Arts Building F100, at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 28. Free.
The Englewood Camera Club will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd. Centennial. The speaker will be Bill Knoll, about whom the group said: “If you plan to travel to warm waters yet this winter, you may want to attend the Englewood Camera Club’s February meeting, which will feature a presentation on underwater photography by Bill Knoll. Knoll is an engineer, scuba instructor and amateur photographer. He will present the basics of underwater photography for snorkeling and scuba diving, explain the needed equipment and show examples.” Guests and new members welcome.
Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, presents “One Hand, One Heart: 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein” at 7 p.m. Feb. 10, with a cast of Broadway singers. Tickets: lonetreeartscenter.org, 720-509-1000. Also coming up at LTAC: “The Choir of Man,” nine guys who perform in a working pub with a wide range of music, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 8 p.m. Feb. 22.
“Cupid’s Playground with the Colorado Symphony” plays at 7:30 p.m. Feb 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Wonderbound Dance Company will again perform with members of the Colorado Symphony. ParkerArts.org, 303-805-3377.
The Littleton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jurgen de Lemos, will perform the “New World Symphony”; Haydn’s “Sinfonia Concertante,” featuring four of the orchestra’s principal players; and “Capricio Espagnol” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Tickets: $22/$19/$5. Littletonsymphony.org, 303-933-6824.
Jewish Film Festival
The annual Jewish Film Festival runs Feb. 6 to 18 at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. Films will show at JCC, Alamo Drafthouse/Sloan’s Lake and the Sie FilmCenter. Forty-four films will be shown — 30 of them Colorado Premieres. Opening-night VIP reception at 6 p.m. Feb. 6, with a screening of “The Last Suit” about an elderly Jewish tailor who runs away from Buenos Aires to his native Poland. Website: jccdenver.org/arts-culture/Denver-jewish-film-festival.
Benefit for elementaries
Voices West Chorale has for many years offered support and musical training to choral students at East and Field elementary schools in Littleton. A concert for the community will present young singers with the chorale at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Tickets are free/pay what you are able at the door. These kids develop a lifetime love of music trough this generous program, which has raised thousands over the years.
Art of the State 2019
The third iteration of Arvada Center’s juried “Art of the State” exhibit fills three galleries at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. The call for entry brought in 1,555 entries from 566 artists. Jurors Colin Parson, Joy Armstrong and Daisy McGowan selected 154 pieces by 135 Colorado artists, which will be displayed through March 31. Admission is free. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
New from Buntport
Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, has developed new editions of its live sitcom “Magnets on the Fridge,” which will run on the first Thursday of the month from Feb. 6 to June 5. Tickets cost $10. Buntport.com. Also to be repeated is “Rembrandt Room” from Feb. 15 to March 2, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. (pay-what-you-can performance, aimed at the theater community). (It will also play March 8-9 at the Longmont Museum and Culture Center.) Tickets: buntport.com, 720-946-1388.
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