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Picture yourself in an oil painting

As someone who has visited countless art galleries over the years, a common question I have is what it takes to be a model for one of these artworks. Who has that special something that inspires an … more

Visual musician’s display sounds like good time

The first time artist Scramble Campbell visited Red Rocks was during a sold-out run of Widespread Panic performances in 2000. In that kind of atmosphere, he couldn’t help but do what comes … more

Check into Denver native’s ‘Apartment 212’

For a long time, I was one of those people who wrote off horror films as cheap scares or excuses to get as gory as possible. But once you study what a good horror film can be, it becomes obvious the … more

Fashion illustrations bring style to Denver Art Museum

“Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard” opened March 25 at the Denver Art Museum. Jim Howard, who now lives in Lakewood, had a four-decade career creating award-winning editorial … more

Live deliciously at Red Rocks’ Local Sets

During summer months, it’s not difficult at all to get people to spend an evening at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. During the much colder off-months, which are November through March, it gets a little … more

Butterfly Pavilion looks at survival tricks

When most people come across creatures like a spider or a centipede, they probably don’t pause to appreciate the tools that enabled these animals to survive for millions of years. But spend a … more

The future of outdoors funding is being decided by the legislature this session

It has been almost 10 years ago that Governor Hickenlooper (with the blessings of key state legislators) merged two separate state divisions into a single division. The division of parks and outdoor … more

Our Mother’s Things: A Mother’s Day Tribute

We were in no rush. Our mother had lived in her own apartment in my sister’s home, with her own kitchen, her own laundry room, her own glass doors that opened to her own patio where she tended her … more

To hug a hunter or angler is the very least we should do

Like them or dislike them, you still have to agree TV commercials have become very creative, humorous, maybe even distasteful and controversial. But they do get our attention. Many of us wait with … more

Past pays off in Arvada Center exhibit

So many artists first discovered their talent and passion for the arts in school. That might have been in the arts module during elementary school, or maybe a ceramics class in high school. That was … more

Learning skills with vehicles and figures

A great way to spend time with preschool children is playing with them on the floor. If it is difficult to get on the floor and get up again (common), sit at a table or snack bar that is set up for … more

Find teachable summer moments to help boost childrens’ curiosity

Adults don’t need to be trained teachers to help their children practice skills during the summer. That practice is very important so skills are expanded or not weakened. Families can use 10 or … more

Don’t let your sleep get shorter as summer days get longer

Summer is a time of abundance, everything from fresh vegetables in your garden to long hours of sunshine. The abundance of sunshine will provide our bodies with vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin”, … more

Autograph session is sign of affection

As someone who has spent several years working in a bookstore can attest to, readers of the romance genre are some of the most dedicated and voracious readers one will come across. Which means it’s … more

Dancing to a new sense of place

Dance might not be the first medium people think of when they think of politics on the stage, but that’s not how the minds behind 3rd Law Dance/Theater think about things. The issues of migration, … more

Heroine can only run so far from her past

You’ve always marched to the beat of a different drummer. When your friends wanted to do one thing, you were the lone voice of dissent. You rocked your own fashion, hair color, and make-up, never … more

Starting a creative fire at Benchmark

Some of the most atmospheric stories ever told fall into the Gothic genre. Tales overflowing with darkness and character explorations that thrive on the eerie and supernatural. These stories had … more

Too much of a good thing: We are obsessed with protein

I am amazed at how prevalent the word “Protein” is in everyday food advertising. As an elite athlete in the 1980s, I was focused on getting my carbohydrates for energy before competition, not my … more

Explore Lakewood’s changing outdoor gallery

In the years since its founding, the 40 West Arts District has become the beating heart of Lakewood’s arts community. And every year, its biggest party is the West Colfax MuralFest. The 2018 … more

There’s no place like home: Be wary of claiming office deduction

More and more people these days are working at home, often as an employee or as a small business owner with a home office. In 2003, 19 percent of employed people did some or all their work at home, … more
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