Sonya's Sampler

‘Smooth’ start will launch arts series

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 9/20/15

The title “Smooth Operator” tells something about Central City Opera’s selections for the free program scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Littleton United Methodist Church. Think of “Sweeney Todd,” “La Traviata,” “The Music Man,” …

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Sonya's Sampler

‘Smooth’ start will launch arts series

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The title “Smooth Operator” tells something about Central City Opera’s selections for the free program scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Littleton United Methodist Church. Think of “Sweeney Todd,” “La Traviata,” “The Music Man,” “Carmen” … The 90-minute program highlights infamous schemers in a program that begins the LUMC Fine Arts series. The church is at 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Information: 303-794-6379.

1970s music

Boogie Machine plays hits from the 1970s outdoors at Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial, from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 2. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Food trucks will be available. Tie-dye shirts, platform shoes and bell bottoms encouraged. Free. Arapahoelibraries.org.

Mustangs on screen

“Unbranded,” an award-winning documentary about four men riding wild mustangs on a 3,000-mile journey from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, will show at AMC Highlands Ranch 24, 103 Centennial Blvd., on Sept. 25. Information: 303-471-6911.

Opera films coming

“Il Trovatore” by Guiseppi Verdi opens the season of Metropolitan Opera film presentations in local theaters on Oct. 3 at 11:55 a.m., followed by “Otello.” Look up schedules at www.fandango.com/denver_+co_movietimes.

Takacs Quartet

The world-famous, Colorado-based Takacs Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. They will play Haydn Quartet op. 74 no. 3, Shastakovich Quartet No. 3 and Dvorak Quartet op. 105 in the Main Stage Theater. Tickets: $41/$37/$33, 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.

Gallery 1261

Small-scale works in multiple genres will fill Gallery 1261, 1261 Delaware St., Denver from Oct. 2 to 31. The limit is 12 inches by 16 inches in dimension, with pieces ranging from bronze to porcelain to watercolor and oil. An opening reception will be 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2. Gallery1261.com, 303-571-1261.

Opera on Tuesday

Members and guests of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild, which includes many south area residents, will meet for the monthly Opera on Tuesday luncheon and program (CSU Department of Music) at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6 at Denver Country Club, 1700 E. First Ave., Denver. Cost: $35, checks by Oct. 1 to Mary Sharon Wells, 3081 Kendrick St., Golden, CO 80401-1335, or pay through PayPal: denverlyricoperaguild.org. New members welcome.

Nostalgia Music Group

The Nostalgia Music Group, with guests Chuck Pyle, Harry Tufts and Zelda Blu, will perform “Autumn Acoustics 2015” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Tickets: $15 to $22, 303-987-7845, www.nostalgiatimemachine.com/autumn-acoustics-12.html.

‘White Mirror’

Denver’s Public Art Program has commissioned “White Mirror,” a site-specific dance performance for Babi Yar Park, at South Savannah Street and East Yale Avenue. Choreographed by Robert Sher-Machherndl of Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, it will be performed by Lemon Sponge Cake dancers and Sharon Wehner, principal dancer with Colorado Ballet. Performance will be at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 4. Bring a blanket and picnic.

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