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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 …
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Visit the isolated jewel of the Caribbean

For the entire second half of the 20th century and beyond, most Americans were presented with one perspective on the island nation of Cuba. Thanks to governmental changes in both nations, many are …
“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 …
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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 …

Second from right, Craig Barber, a Littleton-area resident who runs meetups — group activities organized online — stands with people at a country dance-themed event he hosted at Stampede bar and dance club in Aurora Oct. 26. Celeste Tarantola, an Arvada resident, stood in the cowboy hat.
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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 …
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Zookeeper Michelle Valois said she loves the interactiion she can have with the apes at the Denver Zoo.

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 …
A view from the high walkway at the Wild Animal Sanctuary: in the distance: a pair of large male lions basking in the sunshine, forgetting stressful circus days. Midway, a lion peeks from a wooden shelter-people-watching, perhaps?

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 …
Dale Smith prepares for Halloween by shopping for costumes inside Disguises, a costume shop in Lakewood.

‘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 …
Craig Johnson’s latest Longmire book, “Depth of Winter” carries the Wyoming Sheriff, Walt Longmire, to Mexico.

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 …

Katie Hui and Henry Craven enjoy a crisp, fall day at Cider Days.

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 …
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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 …
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‘Educating Rita’ gets smart treatment

Emily Van Fleet and John Hutton are very familiar with the words in the Arvada Center’s Black Box season-opener, “Educating Rita.” After all, they’re the only two people on the stage for the …

Arvada Center kicks off 2018-2019 season with “Mamma Mia!”

The Arvada Center couldn’t have chosen a better musical to begin the new theater season. I love the music of ABBA. Rod A. Lansberry directs this quintessential “feel good,” show. Music and …
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LSO gets ready for a season ‘By the Book’

As a musical organization that has been in existence since 1977, it can be a challenge to put together a season that feels fresh every year. But that is a challenge Lakewood Symphony Orchestra Music …

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A weekend of discovery at Grandoozy

For as long as I can remember, Denver and the surrounding suburbs have been an occasional festival home. Which meant if a young music fan on a budget like myself wanted the festival experience, they …
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