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Monarch Magic comes to Butterfly Pavilion


The Butterfly Pavilion at 6542 W. 104th Ave. in Westminster, a unique Colorado facility that claims to be the first accredited, stand-alone nonprofit invertebrate zoo in the world, is celebrating Monarch Magic, an event that started with the release on Nov. 1 of more than 300 monarch butterflies in the Wings of the Tropics butterfly conservatory.

Monarchs are a popular symbol in the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos and are recognized for their 3,000-mile migrations from Canada and the northern United States to the oyamel fir forests in the mountains of Mexico, where they are expected about now.

What a treat to be in the midst of these lovely creatures, who actually don’t travel here much on their own when migrating. Appreciation of all pollinators is in order. Tickets: $13, $11, $9, with some discounts available for multiple tickets. See, 303-469-5441.

Curtis Center

The Of Order and Chaos Art Collective was launched in 2019 by Richard Rodriguez, Elizabeth Rouland, Dan Oakleaf, Sascha Ripps and Kevin Weckbaugh, and the group holds its debut exhibition at Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, opening Nov. 6 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Our note says the group originally planned to explore the visual idea of “Equalization,” working with repeated patterns and textures to find order, but has expanded to mark a journey through the chaos wrought by COVID and a year in lockdown ... The first two years of working in community weren’t as expected.

Curtis hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be in the gallery to talk to visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 13, 20, and Dec. 4, 11, 18. Admission is free. 303-797-1779.

Arts guild workshop

Well-known area artist Victoria Kwasinski will return to lead a workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 20 for Heritage Fine Arts Guild members and guests at Littleton First Presbyterian Church, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. in Littleton. The focus will be on good composition, using abstract designs and patterns, using oil pastels. Cost is $35 for guild members and $50 for non-members, with a limit of 12 students. (HFAG membership costs $40.) Visit for sign-up forms. For more information, contact Mary kay Jacobus at

Boulder Dinner Theater

Boulder Dinner Theater, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, is offering performances of Irving Berlin’s classic “White Christmas,” playing Nov. 13 to Jan. 8, 2022. Older readers will happily recall the early movie with Big Crosby and Danny Kaye and younger ones will know the music to this award-winning show. See for reservations or call 303-449-6000. Into 2022, watch for The Glenn Miller Orchestra to appear Feb. 22-23. Formed in 1956 and touring worldwide since.

Plan ahead

The always-popular Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering will happen Jan 15-16 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. More about cowboy poets when we hear ...

‘Firekeeper’s Daughter’ author

Young adult thriller author Angeline Boulley, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa Indians and author of “Firekeeper’s Daughter,” will talk via Zoom at 6 p.m. Nov. 12. Books are available at Book Bar, 4280 Tennyson St., Denver, and will include a signed bookplate while copies last. Her talk, sponsored by Arapahoe Libraries, requires registration at or call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279.) The book is about a Native teen who must root out corruption in her community.

Boulley, a former director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The library can assist with information on how to access Zoom, if needed.

Pop-up shows

Groups of Littleton Fine Arts Guild artists will host pop-up shows at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, through Nov. 7: Linda Birch, Ivy Delon, Karen Shaw, Kathy Triplett, Loren Gilbert. Nov. 9-14: Teri Hendrix, Pam O’Mara, Chris Johnson, Sally Vander Kamp, Rebekah Griffith. Open 11 a.m. to 4 .m. Tuesday through Sunday. 303-795-0781, Admission free.

Denver Art Museum

Opening Nov. 14 at the Denver Art Museum: “Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France” with more than 100 artworks from 1855 to 1913. This exhibit is curated by Timothy Standring, curator emeritus at the Denver Art Museum and presented on Level Two of the Hamilton Building. Through March 13, 2022. 720-865-5000,

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, public events frequently are canceled or rescheduled. Check with organizers before you go.


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