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Glow-in-the-dark critters are focus of museum exhibit

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 2/27/18

Creatures of Light” is a new exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, a collaboration between American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Field …

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Sonya's Sampler

Glow-in-the-dark critters are focus of museum exhibit

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Creatures of Light” is a new exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, a collaboration between American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Field Museum in Chicago and the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. It explores creatures, fungi and minerals that glow in the dark—and insights as to why. Larger-than-life models, exhibits of land and sea, especially deep oceanic life, explore the phenomena of bioluminescence and biofluorescence — rather common in the depths of the ocean and less so on land — although we have seen summer fireflies. Free with general admission. Through June 10. Dmns.org/creaturesoflight.

Silver sounds

The Ainomae Ensemble plays at 2 p.m. on March 10 at Hampden Hall in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Cellist Silver Ainomae will lead CSO musicians in a program including: Kodaly: “Duo for Violin and Cello” and Messiaen: “Quartet for the End of Time.” Tickets: $20/$15. Englewoodarts.org.

George Bent

In March, the Tesoro Historic Lecture Series will focus on George Bent, son of William Bent, who established Bent’s Fort, with lecture in the south area, at Denver Central Library (free) and at The Fort (dinner series, $68) at 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison. March 10 at 4 p.m. the Lone Tree Hub at 8827 Lone Tree Parkway will host “George Bent: Man of Many Worlds” by John Steinle; repeated March 11 at 2 p.m. at the Denver Central Library at Broadway and West 14th Avenue Parkway and at 6 p.m. at The Fort. March 17 at 4 p.m. the Buck Recreation Center in Littleton will host “George Bent and his Five Wives: Uncovering a Half-Breed History of North America,” by Dr. Anna Hyde; it will be repeated March 18 at 2 p.m. at Denver Central Library and at 6 p.m. at The Fort. For reservations: 303-839-1671 or TesoroCulturalCenter.org.

Arts guild

Heritage Fine Arts Guild presents a pastel workshop with artist Chuck Ceraso from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 3 at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. Ceraso teaches at Art Students League of Denver, his studio and elsewhere in the area. Registration required: Cost: $50, non-members; $35, members, heritage-guild.com/current-workshops. (Membership costs $40 a year.)

Soundtracks — times two!

“A Night at the Movies” will be the Arapahoe Philharmonic’s next concert at 7:30 p.m. March 10 at Fisher Auditorium, Englewood Campus, 3800 S. Logan St., Englewood and again at 2:30 p.m. and March 11 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch. The winner of the 2017-2018 Vincent C. LaGuardia Jr. Conducting Competition will be featured. Tickets: Arapahoe-phil.org, 303-781-1892.

MOA exhibit

The Museum Outdoor Arts has recently updated its “Cabinet of Curiosities and Impossibilities” and added more magic to a fairy tale/nursery rhyme experience. Admission is free. Look in the hall when you visit “Intersecting Formations.” On the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, moaonline.org.

`Lamb of God’

The Littleton Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites the community to performances of “Lamb of God,” performed by the Mormon Chorale and Orchestra: March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway, Denver, and March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Newman Center for Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver. The choral work was written and composed by Rob Gardner. To buy tickets, go to www.lambofgodco.org/.

Jazz orchestra

“The Duke, the Count and Stevie too!” is the name for a 2 p.m. March 10 Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra concert at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Art Bouton of Lone Tree, band director, says vocalist Robert Johnson will be featured in music by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Stevie Wonder. Orchestra members have toured/are touring with nationally-recognized big bands across the country-including lead trumpet Greg Gisbert, a Heritage High graduate. Tickets start at $20, 303-987-7845, Lakewood.org/tickets.

Harlem Quartet and more

As part of the Next Stage Now series, the Harlem Quartet will join the Denver Philharmonic and Cuban pianist Aldo Lopez-Gavilan in a concert at 7:30 p.m. March 9 and 10 in the Studio Loft at the Denver Performing Arts Center, 14 th and Champa streets in downtown Denver. Tickets $25-$35, AXS.com.

Buntport

“The Book Handlers” is the new original production by the Buntport Theater company through March 17. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays March 4 and 11, Monday, March 12. Tickets: buntport.com, 720-946-1388.

Civil War medicine

Dr. Robert E. Mallin will speak tonight, March 1, at 7 p.m. at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, about Civil War medicine and surgery. Admission is free, but tickets are required, 303-795-3950.

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