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Abstract artist to share techniques, approaches

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Denver-based abstract artist Homare Ikeda will teach “A New Look at Tools and Skills” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7 for guild members and guests of the Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County, at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. Cost is $35 for members, $50 non-members. (Membership costs $40) See heritage-guild.com. Ikeda uses unusual tools, such as a twig or piece of cardboard to create paintings, and will encourage exploration.

Works by derjue

Littleton artist rita derjue is exhibiting her work at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton, through January 30. The exhibit is called “now and then.” Open during library hours. Free.

Women composers

“Works by Women Composers” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker starts off the Parker Symphony’s year in advance of Women’s History Month in March. February is Black History Month and the orchestra includes “Mississipi River Suite” by Florence Price, a gifted black woman. Other female composers include Fanny Mendelssohn-from Mozart’s time and Hildegarde Von Bingham.

Extended museum hours

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers extended hours through Oct. 30 and offers a special exhibit: “The Science Behind Pixar.” Tickets: dmns.org/PIXAR.

Highlands Ranch Historical Society

“UFO/Alien Abductions” — a firsthand account by Sean Bartok, is the program for the Highlands Ranch Historical Society on Jan. 20 at the monthly meeting at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. Members will have the new Historic Douglas County Calendar for sale ($5).

Depot Art Gallery

“First Impressions” is an exhibit of works by the Littleton Fine Arts Guild’s nine new members — through Feb. 2 at Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave. Littleton. Open 10-5 Tuesday-Saturday/11-4 on Sunday. 303-795-0781, depotartgallery.org.

Guandong Modern Dance

Guandong Modern Dance performs “Beyond Calligraphy” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Newman Center, University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver. Newmantix.com.

Satirical comedy

“Squirrels” by Robert Askins will play Jan, 17 to Feb. 9 at the Aurora Fox theater. 9900 E. Colfax Ave. Missy Moore is director. Tickets: $33/$26. 303-739-1970, aurorafoxartscenter.org.

Christie masterpiece

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” as adapted by Ken Ludwig will be presented at the Arvada Center’s Black Box Theatre Jan. 31 to May 17 on select dates. This will be part of the repertory company’s calendar, alongside “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Small Mouth Sounds.” 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org.

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