Mitchell’s ‘Actors’ point the way

Posted 1/21/10

“Actors,” a brightly-colored 144-inch tall aluminum sculpture by Don Mitchell of Littleton, was installed in November at the intersection of …

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Mitchell’s ‘Actors’ point the way


“Actors,” a brightly-colored 144-inch tall aluminum sculpture by Don Mitchell of Littleton, was installed in November at the intersection of Alameda Parkway and Allison Parkway in Lakewood west of Wadsworth Boulevard, to direct folks to performances at the Lakewood Cultural Center, just to the south. The figures, with drama masks in hands, finished with baked on powder coat and acrylic paint, is owned by the Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District. (Mitchell’s “Skip to My Lou” is a Littleton favorite at Gallup Park).

Steve Wooten, president of the family-run Beatty Canyon Ranch Company and a fourth-generation rancher, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Arapahoe Community College, 5901 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton (exact venue TBA). Wooten is vice-president of the Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition, which is fighting U.S. Army plans to expand its training grounds in southeast Colorado, an issue not yet resolved. The lecture is co-sponsored by the ACC Foundation and Town and Gown Society. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with Wooten after he speaks. Information: 303-797-5881.

The Student Activities Office at Arapahoe Community College will create a display Jan. 25-29, a memorial to the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Germany. Located in the Second Floor Student Lounge, it will include images and stories from the National Holocaust Museum and the Public Broadcasting System video, “Memory of the Camps.” In addition, passports similar to those at the museum contain related stories and photographs. Information: Matt Bowman, 303-797-5667,

ACC Writers Studio presents a Showcase from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Second Floor Student Lounge on the Main Campus at 5901 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Featured faculty authors: Leah Rogin-Roper, ACC’s newest full-time English faculty member and adjunct faculty members Joseph Hutchison and Juliet Hubble will read from their works. The community is invited. Free.

Interior Design Students at Arapahoe Community College will open an exhibit with a reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 in the Colorado Gallery of the Arts, located in the Annex at the east end of the Main Campus. The show, presented by the ACC Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, ASID, will run through March 3. Gallery hours: noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays;

Littleton’s Main Street Chocolate Therapist Julie Pech will appear Feb. 6 at Olde Town Arvada’s 9th Annual Chocolate Affair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. West 57th Avenue and Olde Wadsworth. (It’s reported by these folks that 35 chocolate chips provide energy to walk a mile). Also : A Taste of Chocolate, a Chocolate Treasure Hunt, a Creative Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest, Face Painting by, balloons by Doofus the Clown. Pech will be at the D Note, 7519 Grandview Ave. from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. to discuss the health benefits of chocolate, as described in her book, “The Chocolate Therapist.”

Truffles and wine pairings will be Chef Greg Strickland’s topic in two classes offered by South Suburban Park and Recreation: Feb. 3, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle; Wednesday Feb. 10, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Adults only. Fee: $4/$3 resident. 303-730-4609.

Littleton artist Joyce Shelton will open an exhibit of her color-filled paintings with a First Friday reception, 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Sellars Project Space, 4383 Tennyson St., Denver in Berkeley Highlands. She will also be at the gallery from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Feb. 6 demonstrating her technique and visitors will be provided material to work with her. Call to reserve space. 720-475-1182. Gallery hours: 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 720-475-1182.

The Windjammers 14-piece orchestra will perform for ballroom dancing 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. Singles always welcome. Adults only. $10/$8 resident. 303-730-4612.

Local artist Joellyn Duesberry, known for her dramatic images of Colorado and southwestern landscapes, has two exhibits opening this week: “Landscape Survey” opens with a reception Jan. 22, 5 to 9 p.m. (First Friday) at gallery 1261, 1261 Delaware St., in Denver’s Golden Triangle. (303-571-1261). Through Feb. 27. At Denver Botanic Gardens Gates Garden Court, 909 York St., Denver, is “Joellyn Duesberry’s Southwest,” through April 4, with a reception 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. 720-865-3636.

Theatre of Dreams in Castle Rock presents mentalist/mind reader Nate Kranzo at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30, 735 Park St. Tickets: $20. 303-660-6799.

Cajun and Latin, Blues and Dixieland: “Bourbon Street Brass: Carnival” will be Denver Brass’ Mardi Gras celebration, with the Lamont Steel Pan Ensemble and special soloists, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Newman Center, Iliff and University, University of Denver. Tickets: $43 to $22. 303-832-HORN (4676),

The Boulder Brass will perform a free concert, “Spanish Brass,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5984 S. Datura St., Littleton, as part of the LUMC Fine Arts Series. Spanish music will be featured: by Turina, Albeniz, deFalla, Granados, Bizet and Debussy. 303-794-6379.

An ideal antidote to the Winter blahs might be Pam O’Mara’s four week workshop, “”Improv Theatre: The Method in the Madness,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 to March 18 on the ACC campus at 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton. Course #ARHU2006W01-78328, $79. Find your inner funny persona.

Solid Grounds Coffee House at 6504 S. Broadway, Littleton, will present acoustic folk music by James Schuler at 7 p.m. Jan. 29, and plans to offer music on most Friday nights. There is no charge to listen, but presumably one will want a specialty coffee, sandwich, pastry, etc. Information: 303-209-7494, Joel Habicht or: Interested bands can contact:

Littleton History/Preservation buffs will be heading to Denver Feb. 3-5 for Colorado Preservation Inc. “Saving Places 2010, three days and evenings of seminars, workshops and celebrations on all aspects of historic preservation. The theme is “Preservation— the Foundation of Sustainability,” which launches from the premise: “the greenest building is the one that’s already built,” with ideas for green restoration and preservation practices. The ever-larger conference will be at a new location this year: Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center, a block from the Light Rail stop. For information:, 303-893-4260. Visit for one day or more.

Jazz piano with Neil Bridge will return to the Toad Tavern, 5302 S. Federal Circle, Littleton on Jan. 31, @ 6 to 9 p.m. 303-795-6877. Tickets: TicketsWest, at King Soopers or online.

“Signs: Echoes of Lakewood’s Past,” Lakewood history buff Al Orahood’s paintings of old neon signs on Colfax Avenue: White Swan, Big Bunny, Davy’s Diner and more, will be exhibited Jan. 29 through March 27 in the Radius Gallery at Lakewood’s Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood., 303-987-7844.

Students from some south area schools have art work includes in the 2010 National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards show through Jan. 30 at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, 1600 Pierce St., Lakewood. (Gallery hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays). An awards reception will be held Jan. 23.


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