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‘Sleeping Beauty’ ballet comes to stage in downtown Denver

Dana Benton will dance the lead role in “Sleeping Beauty” presented by the Colorado Ballet.
Dana Benton will dance the lead role in “Sleeping Beauty” presented by the Colorado Ballet.
Photo by Allen Birnbach

Sleeping Beauty” begins the season for Colorado Ballet, Oct. 5 to 14 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver, with traditional choreography by Mario Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky. Princess Aurora, who falls under the spell of a wicked fairy on her 16th birthday, awaits the kiss of Prince Desiree to awaken her. And there’s a storybook wedding and they live happily ever after! Performances: 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, 6, 11, 12, 13; 2 p.m. on Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14., 303-339-1630.

Parker Arts

“A Chorus Line” opens Sept. 28 at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker Tickets:, 303-805-3366.

Lone Tree Symphony

The Lone Tree Symphony performs “Beethoven to Bernstein” at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10025 Commons St., Lone Tree. Natalie Hill has been named the new concertmaster of the orchestra. Hill is a freelance violinist who also plays regularly with the Colorado Symphony, Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, Parker Symphony, Mercury Ensemble, Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra and Colorado Ballet Orchestra. The LTSO will perform Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” and selections from “On the Town” and “West Side Story” by Bernstein, in celebration of his 100th birthday. Tickets:, 720-509-1000.

Free jazz concert

The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra opens the 26th season of Littleton United Methodist Church’s Fine Arts Series with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, co-sponsored by the Littleton Jazz Festival. The 18-piece band will perform hits from the 1940s, 1950s and later — to the present. Littleton United Methodist Church is at 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. 303-794-6379.

Call for entries

The Littleton Fine Arts Board invites entries to its 53rd Annual Art Competition. Artwork should explore the concept of “Ritual.” Rituals are a set of collectively or individually observed actions. Every society on earth features ceremonial activities and events performed in set sequences. Work can be representational or non-representational. Entry on Deadline: midnight Oct. 19. Juror will be Joshua Field, Exhibit: Nov. 16, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019.

Free dinner

The First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd., will hold a free community dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 25. Menu includes lasagna, salad, cinnamon apples, fruit, hand-held desserts. Reservation not needed. 303-798-1389, information.

Ageless Outings

Mary Archer will share ideas for senior day tips in the Denver metro area at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Her book, with ideas for more than 200 day trips, will be available for purchase. 303-795-3961.

Author at library

Writer Laurie Halse Anderson will talk about her popular Young Adult fiction, including her first novel, “Speak,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial. Her books are popular with adults as well and she has been recognized for championing intellectual freedom and diversity in publishing. Reserve a spot by calling 303-542-7279 or

Corn maze

The Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms will open Sept. 27-Oct. 28 at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road southwest of Littleton. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The Dead Zone Scream Park includes After Dark Corn Maze plus Fear Flicks, 7 to 10 p.m. Bring your own food or buy from vendors onsite. Ticket prices differ day and night., 720-865-3500.

Local author aims to help

Writer Sue Viders of Centennial has published “Home From the Hospital” in her Go-To Series. It is a journal to keep facts and instructions straight after an illness. Viders has now beaten cancer a third time, she writes, and suggests a way to keep track of meds, food, doctors, etc. in an easy way. Available at Amazon, and she hopes for local distribution.

Rox Arts

Classes at Rox Arts in Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. “Paint an Awesome Landscape” with instructor Brian Hubbell on Oct. 4 and 11 from 6 to 8 p.m., with extra class late October, time to be announced. All materials included. $75. Also: Paint a masterpiece: “Monet’s Wheat Stacks End of Summer” Sept. 30, 1-3 p.m. $37, all materials supplied. 720-724-5730. And: Mandala Stone Painting With Art Pocks! Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m. $55 all supplies included. Prepayment reserves a seat. or on the website under classes.


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