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Bryan Austin, 60, primps his mustache before a Nov. 9 Christmas party hosted by a local Mothers of Preschoolers group. It takes about 30 minutes for Austin to sculpt his beard and mustache to look like Santa’s.

Becoming Santa: a special gift

Bryan Austin didn’t have to wait for his beard to turn white to become Santa. The 60-year-old Austin has been performing as Santa for 11 seasons and wore the red suit while his hair was still, …
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Film fest an eclectic, inspiring showcase

When most people see red carpets, they’re on television and full of recognizable faces from the worlds of entertainment or sports. Most of us will never get to walk one, have our photos taken and …
A family toast at Thanksgiving unites the Blake family who gather together in “The Humans” at Curious Theatre.

‘The Humans’ mines rich ore of family life

“This is the second holiday show in 21 years,” said Chip Walton, Curious Theatre’s artistic director, as he welcomed the Nov. 3 opening-night audience to a performance of “The Humans” by …
“Shared Visions” tactile exhibit at ACC. This installation by Jenny Callahan greets the visitor as they enter the “Shared Visions” exhibit of tactile art at Colorado Gallery of the Arts.

Art show isn’t just meant to be seen

Look left as you enter the “Shared Visions” exhibit at Colorado Gallery of the Arts, in the Annex at the east end of Arapahoe Community College in Littleton — and you’ll see a sign inviting …

Thousands of colored lights will invite a visitor to “A Hudson Christmas” at Hudson Gardens in Littleton.
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Outdoor lights, music bring cheer to chill

The holiday calendar will probably include more than one sparkly encounter — especially if we luck out with some less frigid evenings … The elves have been at work! “A Hudson Christmas” at …
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Town Hall’s busy Box Office is central to the local theater’s success.

Littleton arts center looks to the future

In summer 2017, Town Hall Arts Center’s board of directors consulted with Paul Bryant and Callan Meek of local architecture firm Bryant Flink and developed a design Charrette, Vision 2025, as a …
“Curse of Interesting Times” book cover by Patricia Paul of Castle Rock.

Timely tome tells travel tales

Patricia Ann Paul’s recently published memoir title: “Curse of Interesting Times: A Vietnam Era Memoir,” is based on a reputed Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” which has …
Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney “at work.” She will speak for National Geographic Live at Lone Tree Arts Center.
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Egyptologist to share expertise in Lone Tree

Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology at UCLA, will be the featured National Geographic Live speaker at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 9 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. …
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Telling stories on a digital stage

It will surprise no one to hear that there are many, many differences between life in New York City and Denver. But comedian and podcaster Crystal Beth has come across one that may not be immediately …

Pianist Andrew Todd will perform solo and with an ensemble in a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2 at Littleton United Methodist Church.
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Church concert features piano masterpieces

Pianist Andrew Todd will perform a concert of piano masterpieces at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Following two solo works for piano — …
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Mauricio and Damian Aguilar will perform on the high wire when Cirque Italia performs at Southwest Plaza.
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Cirque Italia coming to area with ‘Aquatic Spectacular’

A blue and white big-top circus tent will appear at Southwest Plaza, located west of Littleton at 8501 W. Bowles Ave., from Oct. 25-28, for the Silver Tour of Cirque Italia. “Aquatic Spectacular” …
“Stickwork,” a site specific art installation by Patrick Dougherty, is placed at Chatfield Farms, a division of Denver Botanic Gardens in Littleton. Created from freshly-cut saplings, including some from Chatfield Farms, it will remain in place until it naturally disintegrates, which is Dougherty’s process with all of his works, made from natural materials. He is internationally-known for his unique art.
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Site-specific art is woven from flexible saplings

Stickwork, a site-specific art installation by nationally recognized artist Patrick Dougherty, is a large-scale sculpture constructed from natural materials Denver Botanic Gardens’ Chatfield Farms, …
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‘Uncanny Valley’ poses questions for audience

The best science fiction isn’t just concerned with cool technology and chilling or thrilling plot twists. It makes the audience consider the effects that science, technology and other futuristic …
Big Mama, Felicia P. Fields, with Shake Anderson and Chick Street Man will perform with a band to deliver favorite blues songs at Lone Tree Arts Center.
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Top-notch blues coming to stage

Veteran blues musicians Felicia P. Fields (Big Mama), Shake Anderson and Chic Street Man perform an after-hours jam session at the Chicago nightclub where they're working in “Low Down Dirty …

Cindy Welch painted a scene of the waterfall at Sanctuary Golf Course for an auction by Castle Rock Adventist Hospital at its benefit golf tournament.
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New painting shares beauty of waterfall

On Sept. 6, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital held it’s a golf tournament at the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia. Dinner and an auction were included and Castle Rock watercolorist Cindy Welch donated …
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