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Champion magicians Joe Givan and Carol Massie, who run Theatre of Dreams in Castle Rock, will be featured performers in the 12th Annual “Magic Beyond Belief!! XII,” an event hosted by the Mile High Magicians Society. It will begin in the Lakewood Cultural Center’s lobby and continue with a two-hour show in the theater at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4. The Lakewood Cultural Center is at 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Tickets cost $25, Lakewood.org/tickets or 303-987-7845. Appropriate for all ages.
Tesoro Historic Lecture series
Dr. Paul Hutton, Western history scholar from the University of New Mexico, will talk about his book, “The Apache Wars,” at 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave., fifth Floor. Both are free. He will also speak at a dinner lecture on Oct. 29 at The Fort Restaurant at 6 p.m., 19192 Highway 8, Morrison ($68). For information/reservations: 303-839-1671, TesoroCulturalCenter.org.
Linda Suttle directs
Littleton’s Linda Suttle directs Spotlight Theater’s production of the comedy “Buyer and Cellar” by Jonathan Tolins, which opened Oct. 14 and plays through Nov. 11 at the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place, Lowry, Denver. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $23-$25, thisisspotlight.com, 720-530-4596.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s monumental “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,” 12 large animal heads that are bronze symbols of the Chinese Zodiac, have been placed near the Sea Lion Fountain at the north end of Denver Civic Center. The internationally known collection will stay in Denver for a year, as part of its world tour, which began in 2010. Famous sculptor Ai Weiwei remains an activist, although he is not permitted to leave China. The sculptures were inspired by the fountain clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an 18th-century imperial retreat outside of Beijing, according to The New York Times. Each head is about four by three feet and stands 10 feet tall on its pillar, weighing nearly 1,000 pounds. Visit them at Broadway and Colfax Avenue.
Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets: 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.
First Thursday lecture
Gwen Chanzit, Curator Emerita of Modern Art at the Denver Art Museum, will talk about the “Women of Abstract Expressionism” exhibit she organized last year at the DAM, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. This was the first-ever exhibition to recognize these women individually. Dr. Chanzit will discuss Abstract Expressionism as a movement and show slides of paintings in the show she curated. Free, but tickets, available at the museum desk, are needed. 303-795-3950.
“Sounds of the Deep” will bring music of a darker bent to the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. The Parker Symphony’s concert will include: “Orpheus in the Underworld,” selections from “Phantom of the Opera,” overture to “Die Fledermaus” and more. Tickets: 303-805-6800.
Pumpkin Poles, etc.
Littleton’s Main Street is decorated with Pumpkin Poles, created through teamwork among local businesses. A stroll to see them will reward one with a look at clever, well-designed projects. Choose a favorite. Also, Oct. 28 is the date for the annual Goblin Give Out, from noon to 5 p.m. Wear your Halloween costumes and visit participating businesses for a treat. It’s fun to watch some entire families in costume strolling Main Street on that Saturday.
Speaking of dinosaurs …
“Earth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live,” a collection of lifelike dinosaur puppets, will appear at 2 and 7 p.m. at the University of Denver’s Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., on Nov. 11. Tickets start at $25, newmantix.com, 303-871-7720. Icing on the cake as we learn more and more about the dinosaur bones found in Thornton last summer (named “Tiny” by Thornton school kids). Families can watch as the pieces are being carefully cleaned up and prepared for exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. And — with fortuitous timing — DMNS features the traveling exhibit, “Ultimate Dinosaurs,” with discoveries from around the world. Dmns.org.
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