When Arapahoe Community College Foundation hosts its annual Scholarship Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 1, the keynote speaker will be Jason Pollock, creator, director and producer of “Undroppable.” It is a feature-length documentary in the making and social media campaign focused on inspirational students who push through great odds to graduate. The annual luncheon, held in the ACC Dining Hall, raises money for ACC scholarships. For tickets and information: 303-797-5881, firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Songs of Childhood' set
Young Voices of Colorado children's choirs will hold a spring concert called “Songs of Childhood” at 4 p.m. May 5 at the Newman Center for Performing Arts, University of Denver, University Boulevard at Iliff Avenue, Denver. Tickets are available at the Newman box office, 303-871-7720, where hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday, newmantix.com, or at the door.
Travel journalist to speak
“Meet Andrew McCarthy,” actor, travel journalist and editor-at-large for “National Geographic Traveler” from 5-6 p.m. April 28 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver. Presented by the Arapahoe Library District, he will talk about his recent book, a New York Times best-seller, “The Longest Way Home.” The program is free, but reservations are necessary: arapahoelibraries.org/programs-and-classes, go to Classes link, or 303-LIBRARY. A VIP reception from 4-4:45 p.m. with the author costs $20 — see registration above. To reserve a copy of the book or audio book, visit the website and see: Andrew McCarthy.
Cline sings some more
“Always … Patsy Cline,” with award-winning Megan Van De Hay in the lead role, is so well received that it is extended for two more performances at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Directed by John Moore with Carla Kaiser Kotrc in the role of cline's friend Louise Seger. Additional performances: 7:30 p.m. April 26, 27. Tickets start at $18, 303-805-6800, PACEcenteronline.org.
Magic moments on tap
Dan Sperry, “the Anti-Conjuror,” performs his unique style of illusion at 7:30 p.m. April 26 and 27 at Theatre of Dreams Art and Event Center, 735 Park St., Castle Rock. Reservations: $22.50, 303-660-6799.
Young songwriters compete
Swallow Hill Music will present 12 middle- and high-school musicians, winners of the Fifth Annual Young Songwriters Competition, who will compete before judges at 7 p.m. April 26 at Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver. Prizes include a three-song set on KGNU 88.5 FM's Hwy 322 program, a recording studio scholarship and a spot in the line-up at the Old Gaylord Street Festival. Judges are Esme Patterson of Paper Bird, Chris “Citrus” Sauthoff and Jen Lapinski, musicians and faculty members at Swallow Hill. Tickets: $5.
'Bella Gaia' is combination
Director and classically-trained violinist Kenji Williams returns to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Planetarium for the world premiere of “Bella Gaia,” a new show combining music, art and science. A simulated space flight takes you around planet Earth. Williams will perform live at 8 p.m. May 3 and 6 and 8 p.m. May 4. Dmns.org. Also note that Sunday, May 12, is an SCFD Community Free Day at the DMNS.
Combined auditions for “Metamorphosis” by Mary Zimmerman (directed by Geoffrey Kent) and Washington Irving's “Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” adapted by Christopher Cook (directed by Charles Packard) at the Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. By appointment only from 6-9:30 p.m. May 6 and 7. 303-739-1970. Actors of all ethnicities invited. Equity members considered. Scripts available for one-day loan. Performance dates: “Metamorphosis,” Aug. 16 to Sept. 22; Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Oct. 4 to Nov. 3.