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Colorado Ballet dancer talks about love of classical movement

Magic happens every December at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House as toys come to life and glittering snow falls on stage during Colorado Ballet’s performances of the “The Nutcracker.” But for … more

‘Twist Your Dickens,’ ‘Elf’ at opposite ends of holiday fare

The past week led us to two of many local theatrical holiday celebrations — one for families and the other clearly for grownups—and the metro area theaters offer a range of holiday entertainments … more

Gingerbread houses make memories

Probably every little kid dreams of living in a house made of candy, said Coletta Smith of Castle Rock, one of the coordinators for the Colorado Christmas Adventure event. “Gingerbread houses … more

House of Dior gets display in Denver

Fashion fans need wait no longer for the Denver Art Museum’s latest showcase of high fashion and its place in the art world. “Dior: From Paris to the World” opened Nov. 19 and runs through … more

It’s the most ‘Nutcracker’ time of the year

“The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” was written in 1816 by E.T.A. Hoffmann as a holiday tale for children, and in 1892, Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the familiar music we hear each holiday … more

‘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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

Navigating dating in dense Denver metro area

Along with traffic and housing costs, the population boom in the Denver metro area can affect a less obvious part of residents’ lives: navigating the dating world. “While that doesn’t make us … more

Worlds collide in endearing production

Surrounded by a large, polished wooden desk, cases filled with books, comfortable chairs and a window looking out on a campus lawn, all enhanced by subdued lighting, Frank (John Hutton), a professor … more

Primate habitat is where it’s at

Michelle Valois says a typical day at the Denver Zoo is a lot of fun and a lot of work. Valois, a primate zookeeper, has been at the Denver Zoo for 17 years. Her job is to take care of the orangutans … more

Sanctuary housing exotic animals is something wild

It was a sunny, pleasant fall day for a drive through the plains in southern Weld County and many of the inhabitants of the Wild Animal Sanctuary were basking — on the grass, on platforms, in the … more

‘Everyone’s a kid on Halloween’

Few holidays afford the creativity of Halloween — Christmas has its trees and presents, Independence Day has its explosives, but Halloween is celebrated many ways. Far transmuted from its murky … more

Longmire story takes series hero across border

Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire has been fighting Mexican drug cartel boss Tomas Bidarte for some time, but things truly took a bad turn at the end of Craig Johnson’s last Longmire book, “Western … more

Lakewood celebrates Cider Days for 43rd consecutive year

Cider Days aims to please every type of guest that attends the event each year. The two-day festivity was created as a way to celebrate Lakewood's agricultural heritage. Residents were treated to … more

Jeffco library foundation celebrates beer and books

For the second year in a row, the Jefferson County Library Foundation is celebrating beer and books. “We’re thrilled to be able to do this and raise money for the Jefferson County Library … more

Going hunting for haunting in the Denver area

On a late September day, Andrew Smith walked through a downtown Littleton shop unlike most on the block. Inside the Reinke Brothers costume, prop and Halloween store on Prince Street, bundles of … more

Honeyed words of wisdom at Wheat Ridge’s bee festival

Bees saved Ray Story’s life. Story had a major stroke, rendering him unable to walk or talk and was told he would never recover. So he took up beekeeping. “It would teach me to put the suit on, … more

Finding fellowship in cosplay

It took Chris Clarke about five minutes to completely transform from plainclothes civilian to cosplay hero. First, he pulled his armor, made of ethylene-vinyl acetate foam, over his legs. Then came … more

Strong music marks shows in Aurora, Arvada

We spent a couple of happy evenings on a recent weekend surrounded by music, enhanced by live bands and fine voices …  “Mamma Mia,” by ABBA band members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, … more
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