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'History of America in 101 Objects' focus of event

Smithsonian rep offers fresh perspective on collection

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Dr. Richard Kurin will speak about his new book, “The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects,” at 1 and 7 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the History Colorado Center. He is the institution's undersecretary for history, art and culture, and he offers a new perspective on American history, explaining how objects end up in the Smithsonian collection and encouraging us to reconsider objects we think we know and understand. Tickets: $8.50 members; $6.50 students; $16 nonmembers with museum admission; $10 nonmembers, lecture only. History Colorado Center is at 1200 Broadway, Denver. Historycolorado.org/event/Smithsonian, 303-866-2394.

Also at the History Colorado Center is the Tiny Library Concert Series: Thunder and Rain at 7 p.m. Jan. 19, part of a series of acoustic shows by local Colorado musicians in the Stephen H. Hart Library. Tickets: $10.

Sherlock

“The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes” at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, takes visitors to Victorian London to solve crime in Holmes' distinctive style. “Elementary, my dear Watson.” On exhibit in Denver through January. Dmns.org/Sherlock.

Feed winter birds

Audubon Society of Greater Denver is holding its annual Birdseed Sale now, with an order deadline of Feb. 5. Seed pickup will be at the Audubon Nature Center on Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at 9380 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton (the south end of Chatfield State Park). For information, call 303-973-9530 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Order online at denveraudubon.org. (While on the website, look at the many hikes and trips offered. Tropical birds and Monarch butterflies sound really appealing about now in the depths of winter.)

Nature photography

The top 250 in the annual “Share the View” international nature photography contest will be displayed at University of Colorado South (formerly Wildlife Experience) 10035 Peoria St., Parker, with a special recognition event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 13. RSVP by Jan. 11 at 303-973-9530 or info@denveraudubon.org.

Genealogists

The Columbine Genealogical and History Society announces two meetings in January at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Jan. 12, 1-3 p.m.: “Compiled Family Histories and Genealogies: How to Find them, Use them and Interpret Them” with James Jeffrey, genealogy specialist, Western History and Genealogy, Denver Public Library, Central Branch. Jan. 19, 1-3 p.m.: “Tracing your Norwegian Ancestors” with Marylee Hagen, cultural director and genealogy support director, Fjelldalen Lodge, Sons of Norway, Denver. Guests are welcome to these meetings. Information: Joyce Lohse, president, Joyce4Books@gmail.com.

Museo

“Jerry De La Cruz: A 45-Year Retrospective” is exhibited at the Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, until Jan. 16. The Denver native and noted artist reflects on his journey as he explored different styles and techniques.

`Super Indian'

“Super Indian: Fritz Scholder” showcases more than 40 paintings and lithographs by Scholder at the Denver Art Museum through Jan. 17. The exhibit explores how the artist blended figurative and pop art into remarkable, sometimes in-your-face images. The Denver Art Museum is on 13th Street between Broadway and Bannock Streets, with parking garage on 12 St., just west of Broadway. Denverartmuseum.org.

New members

“First Impressions,” art by new Littleton Fine Arts Guild members, opened Jan. 6 at the Depot Art Center, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission free. 303-795-0781.

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