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Letter to: The editor Dear Bravo, I just wanted to say a big thank you for introducing me to swing dancing at Washington Heights Arts Center! I was intimidated at first and worried because I didn’t have a partner, but that wasn’t a problem at all as many students signed up by themselves. Diane was so welcoming and professional, and made it really, really fun. I just signed up for salsa and am also about to try my hand at a pottery class. I never knew I was so ‘arty’! Thanks again! Wendy S. Lakewood

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We Asked – You Answered! What is your favorite Lakewood activity? “Love, love, love the Block Party! We had a great time at Grease last year and really were excited to attend E.T. this year. It was a lovely evening, the band was great, and the movie was fun. I hope this event continues to repeat itself... even more than just once a summer!” – Tamara J. “Going to Cider Days at the Heritage Center with my family!” – Timothy S.

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2013 Cider Days Lakewood Cultural Center Performances Virginia: A Life Holiday Happenings Gallery Exhibitions Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra

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Lakewood’s signature event, CIDER DAYS, returns October 5 & 6! Celebrating Lakewood’s agricultural heritage with an entertaining mix of live performances, activities and tasty harvest treats, Cider Days offers fun and excitement for the entire family! This 38th annual event includes tractor pulls and vintage power displays, wagon and barrel train rides along with other children’s activities, historic demonstrations, the 20th Century Emporium for that nostalgic gift, as well as a unique variety of exhibitors and

vendors. Don’t miss the exhibit From the Land, which visits Lakewood’s early days of farming. A Cider Days festival wouldn’t be complete without everything apple – including apple pressing, apple cider by the glass or gallon, an apple bake-off and more. Cider Days hosts the same great experience either Saturday or Sunday, and your admission covers all activities and entertainment, so make time to make some memories!

2013 CIDER DAYS ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP: 3:30 p.m. – Top Hogs It’s often said that pigs are smarter than dogs, and Top Hogs proves it! This show, featuring the “The Einsteins of Porcine,” begins with simple tricks like sit-up, lie-down, play-dead and fetch and then finishes with tricks such as a slam dunk contest and piggy golf. This show is too much fun to miss!

11:30 a.m. – Concert featuring Buckstein Come dance and sing along with Matt Buckstein, a bass-baritone powerhouse who previously hit the Top 40 and 200 million television sets on American Idol. The band covers the gamut from an old Merle tune to whatever’s poppin’ on the Top 40 charts.

October 5 & 6 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lakewood Heritage Center 801 S. Yarrow St. Admission $7 (adults) $4 (children 3-12)

2 p.m. – Cowboy Craig and Family This interactive roping demonstration and trick show is a crowd favorite! Tricks include flat and vertical loops, butterflies and thrown loops. Free ropes available for the kiddos to try their hand at lassoing!


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Lakewood Cultural Center Performances 2013 Fall Season ROCKY MOUNTAIN UKULELE ORCHESTRA Join Lakewood’s own ukulele pranksters for a raucous night of music and mayhem. Bring your ukulele (if you have one) and your skeptical significant other, and prepare to have your socks rocked off. Be ready for a night of beauty and frivolity you won’t soon forget — even with therapy. $12 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 11

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AUTUMN ACOUSTICS: TUNES FROM THE ‘50s-’70s Nostalgia Music Group Stroll down memory lane with songs you know and love. Sing along to this exuberant blend of acoustic instruments and delicious harmonies, performing songs by Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, Patsy Cline and more, with special guests Pete Wernick and Jon Chandler. $26 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 21

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN High Country Chorus Join High Country Chorus for a walk down memory lane as we bring to life Sweet Adeline favorites. This 58-year-old Region 8 Division AA 1st Place Champion chorus invites you to share our love for barbershop harmony! $20 2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m., Saturday, September 28

BRASIL GUITAR DUO Hailing from São Paolo, João Luiz and Douglas Lora return to Lakewood to seamlessly blend a beautiful array of classical and Brazilian works into another unforgettable performance. $25 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 26

Lakewood Presents! A HIGHLAND FLING: SCOTTISH DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers Escape to Scotland through this spectacular dance performance full of kilts swinging, dancers leaping and pipers piping. From the traditional Sword dance to modern Scottish choreography, it’s guaranteed to be a great cultural event for the whole family! $15 3 p.m., Sunday, September 22

STREET BEAT: A THEATRICAL DRUM & DANCE SPECTACULAR A highly energetic theatrical performance combining sound and movement that draws inspiration from African, Cuban, Latin, West African and jazz concepts. Utilizing found and household items for percussion and dance styles from all over the world, Street Beat is as exciting to watch as it is to hear! $25 1 p.m. & 5 p.m., Sunday, September 29


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CZECHMATE Lakewood Symphony The symphony begins the season with a perfect pairing of Dvoˇrák’s Symphony #6 and the incomparable Dvoˇrák’s Cello Concerto. Soloist Gal Faganel is a native of Slovenia and assistant professor of cello at Colorado State University. $15 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 3 COLOR OF THE WINDS Golden Eagle Concert Band This concert will feature Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Grafulla’s Thin Red Line and many more colorful works. $10 2 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, October 5-6 JANE EYRE - A MUSICAL DRAMA Performance Now Theatre Company Charlotte Bronte’s classic tale of gothic romance gains a hauntingly beautiful score and tragically moving songs in its musical adaptation. Nominated for five Tony Awards, Jane Eyre explores religion, sexuality and protofeminism, all while enchanting audiences with a timeless love story. $28 7:30 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays, October 11-12, 18-19 2 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays, October 12-13, 19-20 TEDX TALKS EDUCATION Colorado Public Television-CPT12 and Tedx Crestmoor Park Enjoy speakers and entertainers as they focus on vigorous physical exercise in schools as a key to solving the dropout crisis. $25 2 p.m., Thursday, October 24

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Lakewood Presents! ALL THE GREAT BOOKS (ABRIDGED) Reduced Shakespeare Company You’ve seen them on PBS and heard them on NPR, now join the madcap men of the Reduced Shakespeare Company in Lakewood as they take you on a hilarious 90-minute tour of the world’s greatest books, from 1984 and The Aeneid to The Wizard of Oz and Wuthering Heights! $28 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 25 HARP FANTASIA American Harp Society, Mile High Chapter This harp ensemble concert features over 50 student, amateur and professional lever or pedal harpists performing classical and popular music. Order tickets early – this concert sells out every year! $12 Advance / $15 at the Door 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 26

Lakewood Presents! BEATRICE RANA 2013 Van Cliburn Silver Medal Winner In its 50-year history, the Cliburn has identified and ushered a host of exceptional artists to international prominence. An esteemed five-member jury travels worldwide to screen 130 pianists and invites 30 to compete for one of the coveted Cliburn medals. We are thrilled to host Ms. Rana, the Silver Medal and Audience Award winner for an enthralling and intimate performance following her success at the June 2013 international competition. $25 2 p.m., Sunday, October 27

BARE FEET AND SPANISH SOLES Kim Robards Dance & Fiesta Colorado Bare Feet and Spanish Soles brings together the powerful modern dance of Kim Robards Dance and the dynamic traditions of Hispanic dance through Fiesta Colorado, directed by Jeanette Trujillo, into one shared dance encounter that is reflective, celebratory and uplifting! $22.50 7:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday, November 1-2

MAGIC BEYOND BELIEF VIII Mile High Magicians Society Magic Beyond Belief returns for its eighth performance and features a world-class lineup of magicians who blend magic, comedy and mystery into an exciting family-friendly show. This year’s super event features award-winning local and national talent. $25 7 p.m., Saturday, November 9

AVOCA – A TALE OF MOLLY BROWN Ballet Ariel Denver’s professional ballet company brings to life the amazing adventures of Colorado heroine Molly Brown from Leadville to the Titanic, danced to wonderful live music from ragtime to gospel performed by the Gossamer Winds Quintet. $22 3 p.m., Sunday, November 3

THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD EARNS HER WHISTLE ArtsPower National Touring Theatre The nationally touring ArtsPower Theatre presents a musical version of the classic children’s novel sure to delight the whole family. In this hour-long performance filled with song and adventure, kids and adults alike will enjoy a timeless tale about determination and the meaning of true friendship. $12 2 p.m., Sunday, November 10

Lakewood Presents! VOICE: BRITISH A CAPPELLA TRIO This a cappella trio from Oxford, England, stops in Lakewood as part of its U.S. debut tour, armed with a repertoire spanning the early masters to world folk arrangements and contemporary works. Voice is a talented testament to versatility and originality. $25 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 7 POSTING THE COLORS Rocky Mountain Brassworks Denver’s only authentic brass band presents its annual salute to veterans and current members of the Armed Forces. This energetic concert will include patriotic classics, rousing marches and brass interpretations of Americana music. $15 Adult; $8 Military 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 8

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Lakewood Cultural Center Performances 2013 Fall Season Lakewood Presents! FROGZ Imago Theatre Imaginative. Innovative. Fun. Celebrated as “a mastery of mime, dance and acrobatics” by The New York Times. FROGZ brings its unique brand of physical and creative expression to the stage in this family-friendly show that will leave you laughing, cheering and utterly astounded. Not just for kids, but for all kids-at-heart. $25 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 15 CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA & STRING ENSEMBLE MINI-TOUR Denver Young Artists Orchestra Join the amazing young musicians of the South Conservatory Orchestra and String Ensemble as they perform at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Javan Carson leads this kid-friendly concert performed by accomplished young musicians. $15 2:30 p.m., Sunday November 17 POPS CONCERT & SILENT AUCTION Lakewood Symphony The Pops Concert and Silent Auction features something for everyone: Broadway tunes, music from movies and pops standards – fun music we all love. Bid on the hundreds of items during the silent auction supporting your Lakewood Symphony. $15 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 21

WELCOME JOYOUS SEASON The Lutheran Chorale Join us for this festive concert celebrating the opening of this joyous season! Sing along with holiday carols and songs. Come early to bid on wonderful silent auction items to support a special 2014 project. $20 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 5

Lakewood Presents! TIMOTHY P. & THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN STOCKING STUFFERS The Lakewood tradition continues! Timothy P. Irvin returns with his Stuffers, Colorado’s finest western, bluegrass and folk musicians, playing entertaining arrangements of original music and holiday favorites. This lighthearted musical take on the holidays is tremendous fun for every generation! $25 7:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday, December 6-7 2 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, December 7-8

Lakewood Presents! THE NUTCRACKER Dawson|Wallace Dance Project Holiday scenes, toy soldiers and a big Mouse King! Bring the whole family to this holiday classic, performed by the gifted Dawson | Wallace Dance Project. This delightful production is celebrating its 14th season in Lakewood, and tickets go quickly. Don’t miss it! $38 (peak) or $30 (off-peak)* 2 p.m., Saturdays & Monday, December 14, 21 & 23 *7 p.m., Saturdays, December 14 & 21 1 p.m. & 5 p.m., Sundays, December 15 & 22


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UPLIFTED AscenDance Project The grace of rock climbing inspired Isabel von Rittberg to combine her passions: climbing, dance and music. AscenDance Project performs choreographed movement on a climbing wall. Since its appearance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, the troupe has received international recognition and a strong following. $25 7:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday, December 27-28 JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF DANCE Adeleen’s World of Dance Enjoy a vivid show of cultural dances from around the world based on the Russian school of choreography. See the culture and attires of different nations while savoring the originality, agility and technical skills of adult and student dancers. $15 3 p.m., Sunday, December 29 A FESTIVE NEW YEAR WITH A SCANDINAVIAN TOUCH Boulder Chamber Orchestra Join BCO for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve with festive music from Finland and Denmark – the land of fairy tales. Included are exciting pieces by Sibelius and Hans Christian Lumbye, the “Scandinavian Strauss.” $35 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 31

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Thirty years ago, artist Sharon Bond Brown’s life was forever changed. She found trash bags discarded in the alley behind her Denver home, filled with photographs, letters and keepsakes belonging to her neighbor Virginia, who had passed away some years back. Sharon, who is endlessly intrigued with the most basic of human interactions, collected the stuffed bags, took them home and began piecing together her neighbor’s life as it was lived from 1936 to 1944.


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The discovery of those trash bags opened a world of artistic possibility to Sharon and launched a labor of love, titled Virginia: A Life, that has spanned three decades. Within that time, Sharon has produced, from small black and white photographs, almost 90 paintings of Virginia and her family, including her husband Ed, and her sister Mercedes. In the works, which vary from small watercolors to 24”x36” oil paintings, Sharon injects color, warmth and humanity into the everyday. The collected works offer a glimpse into an iconic time in our collective history when big American cars, fantastic hats and fur coats were all the rage. During a tour of her shared studio/home space in the River North District of Denver, Sharon exclaimed, “I love painting people when they were really great looking, when all the important things like getting

engaged and married were happening.” She also has a particular fondness for the fashion of the 1930s and ’40s noting, “Everyone dressed so well. You had maybe two dresses but, boy, you looked great in them!” Capturing the big moments in Virginia’s life has put a spotlight on what Sharon likes to call an “uncommonly common life,” full of excitement, love, worry and disappointment. What is remarkable about the series is Sharon’s ability to take the most average of candid family photographs and produce a piece that conveys such warmth and feeling. The resulting works leave the viewer with the sense that they know the subject, or perhaps are viewing paintings of their own family members. Sharon has likened this lifelong project to detective work, saying she was hooked after reading the first sentence of the first letter and will never be done painting Virginia. The daughter of psychiatrists and a sociology major in college herself, Sharon makes a habit of digging at the psychology and emotion contained in

her subjects. This passion for the story behind what otherwise might seem mundane is what makes Virginia: A Life such a remarkable series. Despite her intimate familiarity with the 70-year-old photographs, letters and keepsakes, Sharon remains endlessly inspired. Each time she opens a letter or pulls out the boxes heavy with photographs, she discovers something new. See Sharon’s painted works alongside historical artifacts from the 1930s and ’40s, including a vintage automobile, textiles, accessories and household items.

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Lakewood Loves Its Volunteers The City of Lakewood Heritage, Culture & the Arts volunteers serve in key capacities at the Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood Heritage Center and Washington Heights Arts Center. During 2012, 172 volunteers served a total of 14,223 hours for a dollar value of $310,772. On April 16, 2013, more than 50 dedicated volunteers were recognized for their time, service and expertise during the past year at a special appreciation dinner. In addition to celebrating the many accomplishments of the volunteers, site awards were presented to honor a volunteer from each location.

Pictured top is Washington Heights Arts Center honoree Judie Dickinson with presenter Jim Olson. Pictured lower left is Lakewood Cultural Center honoree Loretta Hopkins with presenters Miriam Tobin and Pamela Moris Dorrance. Margene Hamilton, Maxine Barnes volunteer of the year award winner, is pictured with members of the HCA Alliance and division manager Michelle Nierling. The Lakewood Heritage Center volunteer honoree, Twyla Hassel, was honored but is not pictured here.

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE Friday, November 15-Monday, December 23 The Annual Holiday Show & Sale is a tradition of exceptional art works by Colorado artists and designers. Open to the public! Lakewood Cultural Center

Lakewood Lights featuring the MAYOR’S TREE LIGHTING Friday & Saturday, December 6 & 7 5:30-8:30 p.m. Official lighting ceremony with Mayor Bob Murphy at 6 p.m. (Friday night only) • FREE museum tours • FREE tractor pulled hay-wagon rides • FREE photos with Santa • FREE vintage holiday ornament making in the Country School • Hot cocoa and holiday cookies in the White Way Grill - $1 each • Unique gift shopping in the 20th Century Emporium Lakewood Heritage Center

ANNUAL POTTERY SALE & OPEN HOUSE Saturday, December 7 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit our weaving, pottery and papermaking studios while shopping student and instructor-created art and stoneware. In addition to rounding up the last of your holiday gifts, you can see live demonstrations and meet the artists! Washington Heights Arts Center

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HISTORICAL LUNCHEON LECTURE: HOLIDAY MUSIC FROM THE BIG BAND ERA Tuesday, December 17 Luncheon: Noon Lecture: 1-2 p.m. Join us for a historical luncheon lecture presented by singer Michael Angiolillo. Lakewood Heritage Center

TIMOTHY P. & THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN STOCKING STUFFERS 7:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday, December 6 & 7 2 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8 See page 8 for event details. Lakewood Cultural Center


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Community Art Workshops Take part in any one of the exciting additions to the class schedule! Register for these workshops online at, by phone 303-987-5436 or in person at any HCA facility: Washington Heights Arts Center (WH), Lakewood Cultural Center (LCC) or Lakewood Heritage Center (LHC). Early registration closes seven days prior to the start date.

Ukulele Workshop Saturday, September 14 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., WH Ages: 12 and up Instructor: Gary Jugert $18 Activity # 375003-01

Guitar Workshop Saturday, October 19 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., WH Ages: 16 and up Instructor: Gary Jugert $18 Activity # 375011-01

Painted Silk Scarf Workshop Tuesday, September 24 6-9 p.m., LCC Ages: 14 and up Instructor: Jan Janas $34 Early registration, $39 Regular price Activity # 370260-01

Matting & Framing Workshop Saturday, October 26 9 a.m.-4 p.m., WH Ages: 18 and up Instructor: Scott Ronizo $38 Early registration, $43 Regular price Activity # 370270-01

Watercolor for Everyone Saturday, October 19 10 a.m.-1 p.m., LCC Ages: 12 and up Instructor: Scott Ronzio $20 Activity # 370217-01

Hooked On Earrings Saturday, November 23 10 a.m.-1 p.m., WH Ages: 18 and up Instructor: Christine Grininger $43 Early registration, $48 Regular price Activity # 370705-01 Reductive Woodcut Workshop Saturday, December 14 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LCC Ages: 18 and up Instructor: Jennifer Ghormley $44 Early registration, $49 Regular price Activity # 370606-01

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Lakewood residents remember Villa Italia: “I remember around 1967, Joe Finney, from the Lawrence Welk Show, performed out in front of Penneys.” “I used to go to Villa to see Blinky the Clown.” “My husband proposed to me at the El Chicos in 1978.”


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Fall 2013 Exhibits Highlighting Talented Artists Lakewood Cultural Center North Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery

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The Cutting Edge

Victoria Eubanks brings 20 years of design sensibilities into her encaustic work. In this body of work, Victoria showcases organic shapes, with visual references to growth or expansion. Some pieces subtly “Blue Seeds,” Victoria Eubanks intimate there may be something more beneath the surface. The pieces in this exhibit are lush, chock-full of texture and color. September 6-December 20 Free Artist Reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, September 6

The Lakewood Cultural Center is pleased to present the first regional mosaic fine art exhibit in collaboration with Colorado Mosaic Artists. Our honored juror is international award-winning mosaic artist Julie Richey. September 6-November 3 Free Artist Reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, September 6

Victoria Eubanks Encaustic Works

“Arroyo,” Floor Mosaic, Julie Richey

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2013 Annual Holiday Show & Sale

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The 2013 Annual Holiday Show & Sale, exclusively featuring Colorado artists and designers, provides a singular experience during the holiday season. The items in the show range from pottery, photography and jewelry to textile and unique art. November 15-December 23 Free Artist Reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, December 6

40 West Arts Exhibit

Admission to all galleries is free. For more information including gallery hours and locations, see page 22.


The 40 West Award Winners exhibit, sponsored by the 40 West Arts District, which runs along Lakewood’s historic West Colfax corridor, features works by over 20 local artists who received awards of excellence during the past year’s five juried shows at the 40 West Arts Gallery. The works cover a wide range of artistic styles and media, including painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture. These artists were among the more than 100 creative individuals who helped put 40 West Arts on the metro area cultural map, which included a designation by the State of Colorado as an official creative district. November 15-December 23 Free Artist Reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, December 6 blogs and in exhibitions get juried into national and international shows? How do they get those big commissions? International awardwinning mosaicist and public art artist Julie Richey will share her experiences and provide a firsthand account of the essential steps, along with tips, suggestions, pitfalls to avoid and a few horror stories to shock, amuse and avoid! A Q&A session will follow the presentation, so you can ask those burning questions.

So you’ve discovered mosaics and the art form has become your driving passion. Congratulations! You’ve invested in workshops, memberships, tools, substrates, adhesives and luscious materials – everything from stained glass to smalti, marble to “LaCorrente,” Julie Richey ceramic shapes. You’ve had some success with your creations, exhibiting and perhaps 1-3 p.m., Saturday, September 7 even selling your work. Now what? How do you take Lakewood Cultural Center the next step toward a more professional practice? Cost $30 How do “those artists” whose names you see on mosaic Activity # 379409-01


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Corner Gallery

Rotating Exhibits The Corner Gallery continues the mission of the Artisan Showcase to serve the needs of the local arts community. This space will showcase three types of artists: emerging, student and local. Stop by to see this new and exciting space! October - Boys and Girls Club of Lakewood November - Developmental Disabilities Resource Center December - Lakewood Cultural Center Watercolor Students

has an eye for images that she can use to convey subtle psychological and social tensions. Visit Virginia: A Life to see Sharon's painted works alongside historical artifacts from the 1930s and '40s, including a vintage automobile, textiles, accessories and household items. In honor of Virginia, wear your favorite hat (or borrow one from the Lakewood Heritage Center trunk) to the free Artist Reception on September 20. You will get to meet the artist, have a first look at the exhibit and have your photo taken in your fabulous '40s wear! September 20-January 18 Free Artist Reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, September 20

Lakewood Heritage Center Radius Gallery

Washington Heights Arts Center

Virginia: A Life

Stop in at the Washington Heights Arts Center for a peachy exhibit based on the images found on fruit and vegetable crates. Students in instructor Scott Ronzio’s Exploring Water Media classes will interpret the colorful visual imagery used on fresh food packing crates. The use of color, distinctive compositions, content and lettering make this artwork enjoyable and identifiable. No genetically modified paints used in these handpicked paintings. November 1-December 14 Free Artist Reception: 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, November 1

Since the late 1980s, Sharon Bond Brown has painted 85 “Virginia” paintings based on old photographs she found in the trash. Virginia: A Life is an exhibit celebrating an ordinary life. What drew Sharon to these materials was her interest in authentic voice (the letters), the period (1936-1944), and her fascination with old family snapshots. A sociology major in college, and the daughter, granddaughter and sister of psychiatrists, she

Fresh Watercolor Exhibit

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Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra By Christine O’Dea


ot every city in the country can claim to be on the cutting edge of ukulele awesomeness, but Lakewood has carved out a unique niche. The Washington Heights Arts Center is home to the Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra and continues to push the boundaries of community music education. “This is an instrument that is right for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time but would still like to play music,” said ukulele instructor Gary Jugert. “It doesn’t matter your age, or what music you like, the ukulele is ready so you can unplug from your iPod.” Jugert began teaching introductory ukulele classes in January 2012 through the City’s Heritage, Culture & the Arts programs. To the surprise of many, the classes filled quickly with young and old alike wanting to give the diminutive instrument a strum. Since that time, the program has expanded to include one-day workshops and six-week classes for beginners, as well as four-week intermediate classes on special



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topics like Broadway show tunes and holiday favorites. From this great variety of classes, the legendary Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra was born. The orchestra meets at Washington Heights every Sunday to practice, has given a number of concerts around the Denvermetro area and has done outreach education as far away as Steamboat Springs. RMUO has attracted players of all skill levels throughout the city, some with strong musical backgrounds. Whether you’re an interested beginner without a ukulele or a more advanced player ready to join the orchestra, we’ve got something for you! Don’t hesitate to join one of our ukulele classes this fall. For more information, contact Washington Heights at 303-987-5436, or visit ROCKY MOUNTIAN UKULELE ORCHESTRA 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 11 Lakewood Cultural Center See page 6 for tickets & information.

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Lakewood Heritage Center (LHC), Spirit of Lakewood & Radius Galleries 801 S. Yarrow St. (Ohio & Wadsworth) 303-987-7850 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday Guided tours: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. No reservation needed for groups of 10 or fewer. 20th Century Emporium Inside Lakewood Heritage Center Visitor Center 303-987-7848 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday + Winter hours begin November 15 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Washington Heights Arts Center (WH) 6375 W. 1st Ave. (Between Sheridan & Wadsworth) 303-987-5436 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday Like us on Facebook.


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Lakewood Cultural Center (LCC), North, Mezzanine & Corner Galleries 470 S. Allison Parkway (Alameda & Wadsworth) 303-987-7845 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday Open hour prior to performances


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