‘Life is a Beach’ brings warm glow

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“Life is A Beach” is the title chosen for a new Littleton Fine Arts Guild exhibit at Town Hall Arts Center’s Stanton Gallery, scheduled March 8 to May 15. Watercolor artist Randy Hale was juror. Think spring and summer with these artists! Richard Simpson’s acrylic painting of the Great Sand Dunes makes one feel warmer by just looking at it! The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during productions. (“Once on This Island” will run April 8 to May 8.) Town Hall is at 2450 W. Main St., Littleton.

Jazz

It was a nice surprise to see and hear Greg Gisbert as a guest artist with the Wynton Marsalis Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Newman Center recently. The Heritage High graduate has been performing, recording and teaching, most recently at University of Northern Colorado. He has performed with many of the jazz greats through his career and has been a faculty member at the University of Denver, Manhattan School of Music, University of Miami and Juilliard.

Opera

Denver Lyric Opera Guild will hold finals for its 39th Annual Competition for Colorado Singers from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver. Admission is free for visitors, who can sit in and hear an afternoon of arias by young singers who are beginning their careers. The DLOG members will award $36,000 to winners of this competition, which may allow them to travel for auditions or enroll in special training with a master. Preliminary competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 5 for the 15 spots in the finals. Visitors may also sit in on preliminaries. (Also at Calvary Baptist.) Finals will be livestreamed via the YouTube link on the DLOG website (denverlyricoperaguild.org/2022-competition.) Masks are required to attend the competition in person as well as proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours. Accompanist for all events will be Jeremy Reger of University of Colorado and judges are Colorado professional musicians.

Arvada Center

George Orwell’s fable, “Animal Farm,” adapted for theater by Nelson Bond, is next for Arvada Center’s Repertory Theater actors and runs through May 21 in repertory. Jessica Robblee will direct. It will run in repertory with “The Liar” and “Stick Fly.” arvadacenter.org, 720-898-7200. The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. When you visit, allow time for the fine “Art of the State” exhibit in the galleries.

Athena Project

An exhibit at the Dairy Block in Denver called “Women in their Infinite Forms” will be held March 5 to 31, with a special free “Art Strut” from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Comedy Fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m., (tickets: $75 advance/$80 at the door) on March 5 at the Maven Hotel, 1800 Wazee St., Denver. Commissioned artists: Michelle Lamb (Littleton), Teresa and Caasel Castanada, Ellum, Adelina Gonzales, Chelsea Minter-Brindley, Faatma Be One, Pam Schmidt, Sarah Wallace Scott, Louis Trujillo, S.L. Yang.

Tesoro lecture

The Next Tesoro Historic Lecture will be March 5-6 with Dr. Charlie Carillo speaking about “The History of La Confradia de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno” at 4 p.m. March 5 at the Lone Tree Hub, 8827 Lone Tree Parkway and at 2 p.m. March 6 at Tattered Cover Bookstore, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Reservations needed. (There is also a dinner lecture at the Fort Restaurant, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison on March 6. Reservations: 303-839-1671.

Antarctica

Lone Tree Arts Center presents Aidan Dooley in a one-man performance: “Discovering Antarctica: Heroic Tales of Shackleton, Crean and Scott” at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 1:30 p.m. March 9. At 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Call for tickets, 720-509-1000 or see lonetreeartscenter.org.

Englewood Arts Presents

Afternoon concert on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m.: Jason Shafer, clarinet, Yi Zhao, violin and Margaret McDonald, piano: Khaturian: Suite; Bruch: Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano; Brahms: Sonata in E-flat. Tickets: $30, $25, $10. Hampden Hall in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. 303-806-8196.

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

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