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Pop goes the culture in event at Koelbel Library


Celebrate pop culture from 1 to 6 p.m. on July 30 at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial. And meet actor Dante Basco, (3-4 p.m.; autographs 4-6 p.m.). He was introduced in Stephen Spielberg’s fairy-tale movie “Hook.” He has also voiced and acted in Disney’s animation series “American Dragon: Jake Long” and Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and more. Enjoy gaming, comic books, technology and more — and a panel of Fantasy and Fairy Tale authors, 2-3 p.m.: Colleen Oakes (“Queen of Hearts Saga”); Brianna Shrum (“Never, Never”); Amalie Howard (“Alpha Goddess Series”); and Jason Henderson (“Alex Van Helsing Series”). Also: Hero-Villain Creation Workshop, 1-2 p.m.; Trivia 2-4. Free. Information: 303-LIBRARY or arapahoelibraries.org/locations/KO/.

All Colorado Show

The annual All Colorado Show at the Depot Art Gallery opens Aug. 1, with a First Friday reception Aug. 4, where winners will be announced. The gallery is located at 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. See depotartgallery.org.

Along the garden path

Reminder: Tour horticulturist Rob Proctor’s gorgeous garden, 3030 W. 46th Ave., Denver, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 29 and 30. Tickets: $10 at Tagawa Gardens, 7711 S. Parker Road, Centennial, in advance or at the door. The tour is a benefit for The Dumb Friends League.

Call for artists

Reminder to artists: Aug. 15 is the deadline for entries to Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County’s “This is Colorado” show. Lance Green is juror. Show dates: Oct. 10-Nov. 2 at Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. See heritage-guild.com.

Registration open

Registration is open for History Camp, which will be held Oct. 7 at Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood. Tickets cost $39 with T-shirt; $29 without T-shirt. Breakfast, lunch, programs. See historycamp.org.

Coming up at MOA

“Inspire, Ignite, Innovate” is the name for the 2017 Design and Build Exhibition, which opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. July 29 at Museum of Outdoor Arts at the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Two other exhibits also open: a Design and Build Alumni exhibit and a show about Charles Deaton’s architecture (including Englewood’s notable “Flying Saucer Bank” building at Broadway and Hampden Avenue).

Fairy tale

Littleton’s Seth Maisel, Town Hall Arts Center’s education director, has adapted and will perform in a free theater event of “Rumpelstiltskin” at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 at Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton. Free. This is an extension of Theatre in the Park, started by Betty Emmanuel at Denver’s Civic Theatre, running under auspice of ArtReach and Vintage Theatre this season. Cast includes Maisel, Joey Wishnia, Maria Scheffel and Jake Mendes.

Auditions set

Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, holds on-stage/theater auditions on Aug. 7 for its holiday musical (title to be announced). Chorus/dance call is Aug. 11.( New York auditions will be on Sept. 21.) Chorus and dance auditions are by appointment only and dancers may be asked to sing. 720-898-7200. Information, see: arvadacenter.org/on-stage/theater/auditions.

Heartland Emmy Award

Pianist Composer Lisa Downing, of Littleton, won a Heartland Emmy Award at the Denver gala on July 15. She was honored for her solo composition, “The Torii Gates,” motivated by gates that washed away from Japan in a 2011 tsunami and eventually washed up on the coast of Oregon, where they were taken to the Portland Japanese Garden, where they were identified, repaired and eventually returned to a Japanese village. It can be seen on Downing’s Youtube channel.

Sonya Ellingboe


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