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“Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard” opened March 25 at the Denver Art Museum. Jim Howard, who now lives in Lakewood, had a four-decade career creating award-winning editorial work through the 1970s and 1980s. More than 100 works on paper trace fashion’s stories. It gives a nostalgic look at trends set by top ready-to-wear designers, high-end retailers and cosmetic companies. His illustrations were first recognized by Nieman Marcus in Dallas and he later moved to New York City, where he worked for major department stores, creating work for major fashion houses, which often ran in The New York Times. The exhibit is on the second floor of the Hamilton Building and is free with general admission. The museum is at 13th Avenue and Bannock Street in downtown Denver. Denverartmuseum.org.
Hudson Gardens concerts
April 9 is the date when Hudson Gardens announces its summer concert season — can those wonderful outdoor events throughout the area be far behind? Tickets go on sale April 16. Sheryl Crow performs July 15. Visit the website, or stop by the Gardens for information and a stroll (6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Things should be sprouting). Concert prices vary, but admission to the gardens is free, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Hudsongardens.org.
Museo de las Americas
“Pachucos y Sirenas” is the current exhibit at the Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, running through May 26. Not only the Zoot Suit, but the Calavera skull represented and a full-sized low-rider piñata are featured among paintings, photographs and graffiti. Open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission: $5/$3. 303-571-4401, museo.org.
Holley Brown, a Littleton High School art student, has, for a second year, won a national Gold Medal Award in the 2018 National Scholastic Art Show, which has been at History Colorado in Denver. Students from throughout Colorado and others from across the nation enter this show. We are told she has won a scholarship to Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.
Finalists have been selected for the 27th Annual Colorado Book Awards, announced by Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book. Winners will be announced on June 2 at the Sie Film Center. Finalists will read at the Book Bar, 4280 Tennyson St., on selected dates in April and May. Categories: Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction; Anthology and Creative Fiction; Juvenile and Young Adult Literature; Fiction and Poetry; General Fiction; History; Pictorial. See winning titles at coloradohumanities.org.
Writers Studio at Arapahoe Community College will hold its annual Literary Festival in the Half Moon, Littleton Campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 14. Workshops with authors, lunch, readings, open mic. For information and to register: Arapahoe.edu/lit-fest. Authors included: Aaron Abeyta, Mark Mayer, Wayne Miller, Natanya Pulley, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, Jenny Shank.
“A Night in Black and White” on Friday, April 13 will be the Arapahoe Community College scholarship fundraiser this spring at the Fall Event Center, 8199 Southpark Court, Littleton. Dinner, dancing, speakeasy. RSVP by April 6 — arapahoe.edu/foundationevents, 303-797-5881.
Colorado Chamber Players
Cellist Lynn Harrell will perform with the Colorado Chamber Players at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave. The program includes: Johann Sebastian Bach: “Suite No.1 in G Major for Solo Cello”; Johannes Brahms: “String Sextet No. 1 in Bb Major, op. 18;” Franz Schubert: “Quintet in C Major D. 956, for two violins, viola and two cellos.” Reception follows. Tickets advance: $20, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3231924. $25 at the door, cash or check.
Stories on Stage
“Course Correction” is the title for April 14 Stories on Stage at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Cajardo Lindsey, Emma Messenger, Sam Gregory will read, with a humorous glance at self-help books. Tickets: $15-$28, storiesonstage.org, 303-494-0523.
Arapahoe Community College English faculty member Jamie Trotter has been selected as journalism educator of the year by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He supervises ACC’s Journalism and Contemporary Media Program and is also faculty adviser for the Arapahoe Pinnacle, ACC’s online student news publication. Trotter studied at the College of Charleston and completed his graduate degree in English Studies at CU-Denver.
Branford Marsalis, award-winning saxophonist, will appear with his Quartet on April 28, 29 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Tickets: $64/$69. parkerarts.org.
Sasha Hutchings is announced as new managing director of Phamaly Theatre Company after a five-month national search. She will share duties with artistic director Regan Linton.
She brings experience in nonprofit management and victims service/advocacy. Phamaly will present “Romeo and Juliet” April 14-22 at Dairy Center in Boulder and “Into the Woods” as the annual summer musical in the Space Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts downtown. Phamaly.org.
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