“Up the Down Staircase,” Christopher Sergel’s funny play adapted from Bel Kaufman’s book, is the choice for the fall play, Sept. 27-29, in the auditorium at ThunderRidge High School, 1991 Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Highlands Ranch. Kylene Hurley directs this play about newly hired teacher Sylvia Barrett (played by Elizabeth Sinclair), who is frustrated by the inattentive students at Calvin Coolidge High School — until she wins them over ... Other cast members include: Alexis Roth, Brett Masten, Aiden Borchert, Lindsay Wall. Student director is Nathan Stromberg. Tickets: $6 students and seniors; $8, adults. Tickets are at the box office starting 30 minutes before curtain; for more information, see sites.google.com/site/thunderridgetheatre.
The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra begins the 26th season of the Fine Arts Series at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton, on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The free concert is jointly sponsored by the series and the Littleton Jazz Festival, directed by Charlie Carroll. The 18-piece big band will be joined by vocalists to present hits from the 1940s and 1950s up to the present.
“Wicked Bayou” is the title for Wonderbound Dance Company’s upcoming program Oct. 20 (2 p.m.) and 21 (7:30 p.m.) at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Accompanied by the Boulder band Clay Rose and the Widow’s Bane, the dancers will explore the convergence of Creole and Cajun folklore, as childhood friends from different traditions navigate the aftermath on a severe storm and loss of their families. Tickets: parkerarts.ticketforce.com. 303-805-6800.
The Lone Tree Art Expo is open through Nov. 26 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. The juror for the annual exhibit was Doug Kacena, Denver artist and gallery owner. Free admission. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and two hours prior to performances.
“Take the Mystery Out of Digital Entries for Art Exhibits!” Trish Sangelo, director of the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at ACC and accomplished photographer, will lead a workshop sponsored by Heritage Fine Arts Guild at 9 a.m. Oct. 6 at Littleton First Presbyterian Church, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. See the guild’s website to register: heritage-guild.com/current workshops. ($20 members, $30 non-members.)
History Camp at ACC
Reminder: History Camp will be held at Arapahoe Community College, Littleton Campus, on Oct. 13, with sessions hourly on a variety of topics: “Skiing off to War,” “Colorado’s Mining Booms and Busts,” “Give Women a Chance: The 125th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Colorado,” “Germans, Socialists, Pacifists, Immigrants and Other Enemies of the State” and many more. Historic Littleton Inc. will wrap the program with a tour of Littleton’s Main Street. (Perhaps one might stay on for a snack or a cold one???) To register, see HistoryCamp.org/Colorado.
Artist Suchitra Mattai’s exhibit, “sugar bound” is open through Oct. 20 at the Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State University’s handsome gallery at 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Much of Mattai’s work, curated by gallery director Cecily Cullen, is informed by her ancestors’ legacy of indentured servitude in the sugar fields of colonial Guyana and her own experience living in multiple countries and continents. Her artwork includes installation, painting, fiber, drawing, collage, video and sculpture. Gallery is open five days a week Admission free. 303-294-5207.
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” with its spooky tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, plays on Saturday afternoons through Oct. 27 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Also at Miners Alley: “Lungs,” through Oct. 14. 303-935-3044, minersalley.com
The Central City Plein Air Festival will run Sept. 29-30 with painting events, a tour, a party and sale and exhibition. Included: an artist demonstration by Lorenzo Chavez of Parker on Sept. 30 Free except for the Sept. 30 Preview Party and Sale ($50). For information, see: centralcityopera.org.
Cleo Parker Robinson
“Rhapsody in Black” tells stories of African-American artistic visionaries in Paris — Baker-Simone, Baldwin, Dunham, Hughes — in dance, presented by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble on Sept. 28-30 at the Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver. Tickets Newman Box Office: 303-871-7720. Sept. 28-29, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 30; 2 p.m.
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