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Landscape photographer Glenn Randall has written extensively about mountain climbing and photography and after 20 years, has focused on the photography part — developing a special skill for portraying the night sky, especially the Milky Way. He says new DSLR cameras are so sensitive that they have made it possible to record the night sky as we see it. He will speak about that special focus to the Englewood Camera Club at 7 p.m. on March 13 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. (Use the south entrance.) New members and guests are welcome to the monthly second Tuesday meetings.
Opera singers to compete
Free operatic performances are available for the public. The Denver Lyric Opera Guild will be holding its annual competition for singers on a professional track and visitors are invited to attend for an hour — or all day. It will be at a new location, Denver’s Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 E. Girard Ave., at South Monaco Street. Preliminaries will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 10 and Finals will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on March 24. A panel of three professional judges will hear 42 competitors in preliminaries and a different panel of three will hear 15 finalists. Several judges have been affiliated with Central City Opera and Edward Parks sang the lead in “The ®evolution of Steve Jobs” in Santa Fe last summer.
Brass and bagpipes celebrate
Denver Brass, Celtic Colorado Pipes and Drums, Wick School of Irish Dance, Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers, Joanna and Ian Hyde — fiddle and guitar — and tenor Todd Teske will perform in a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at 7:30 p.m. March 16-17 and 2 p.m. March 18 at the Newman Center’s Gates concert Hall, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver (DU). Tickets start at $26, newmancenterpresents.com.
Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society meet at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. From 1-3 p.m. March 13 will be “Rocky Mountain Honor Flight” by Mary Denise Haddon. From 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 20 will be “Ancestry DNA Matches: Who are All of Those People and Why Do I Care?” By by Wendy Dillenschneider, genetic genealogist. From 1-3 p.m. March 20 will be “Getting to Know Uncle Moses: Building a Portrait of an Interesting Ancestor” by Greg Liverman, professional genealogist. Columbinegenealogy.com.
Focus on microbes
“The Unseen World” will be a talk with author Eugenia Borg (“Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You”) and Colorado Public Radio host Ryan Warner at 7 p.m. March 16 in Hamilton Hall at the Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver (DU). Tickets: CPR.org.
Douglas County Libraries
Writer Chris Bohjalian will appear at 7 p.m. March 12 at Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., to talk about his new novel, “Flight Attendant.” Sale and signing follows. Register at 303-791-7323. Also at Highlands Ranch: Brad Meltzer will talk about a new thriller: “The Escape Artist” at 6:30 p.m. March 16. See above to register. Book lovers will meet to hear about staff recommendations at 6:30 p.m. March 7 at Roxborough Library, 8357 N. Rampart Range Road.
Arts in Parker
Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” plays March 16 to 25 in the newly renovated Schoolhouse Theater, followed by the Parker Symphony’s “Friday Night Jazz: Charlie Parker with Strings”; March 31: Comedy and Cocktails with Jeff Wozer; April 1: Chamber music from the DU Lamont School of Music: “Tchaikovsky in Florence.” Tickets: parkerarts.org.
Theatre of Dreams, 735 Park St., Castle Rock features magician Michael Ammar in an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. on March 16, 17 — Sunday matinee possible. Reservations: Tickets.AmazingShows.com, 303-660-6799.
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