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Veterans’ voices gain opportunities for artistic airing

There is no manual for veterans when it comes to re-entering civilian society after spending time in the service. There are all manner of challenges to face and lessons to learn, and it is easy to … more

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 … more

‘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 … more

Word is, state is seeking premier poet

Poetry is one of mankind’s most important and diverse mediums. Poetry can be found in many of the most influential religious and historic works of civilizations the world over, and it has a power … more

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 … more

Outdoor art event is picture of perfection

Late summer moving into early fall is my favorite time of year in Colorado. Usually, the heat is dying down and nature is starting to show off its fall colors. In other words, it’s the perfect time … more

How to be a geezer: Part three

Because of the positive response to my former columns regarding geezers, (May 24 and July 5) I will write again on this topic. The truth is I have many qualities of a geezer. I struggle with … more

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 … more

Youth orchestra aims to develop next generation

At some point, all musicians are going to have to deal with the stresses of auditioning. And while this is an important skill to master, there’s also something to be said for letting young … more

Holiday season made special at Barr Lake

The changing seasons and coming holidays are setting the stage for some fun and educational experiences for kids and families at Barr Lake State Park. Here is an early look at the state park fall … more

Challenging times reflect in diverse albums

I think it’s fair to say most of us will remember 2018 as a pretty tumultuous year. It seems like every week there was some kind of unusual or momentous happening. Contentious elections, dire … more

Tackling the tough questions with ‘What You Will’

When we really love someone, it can be difficult to be completely honest with him or her. We’re concerned about their opinion of us and don’t want to change anything in the relationship. But … more
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