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Bryan Austin, 60, primps his mustache before a Nov. 9 Christmas party hosted by a local Mothers of Preschoolers group. It takes about 30 minutes for Austin to sculpt his beard and mustache to look like Santa’s.

Becoming Santa: a special gift

Bryan Austin didn’t have to wait for his beard to turn white to become Santa. The 60-year-old Austin has been performing as Santa for 11 seasons and wore the red suit while his hair was still, …
Webster

The true turkey of the Tryptophan tale

Are you a tryptophan fan? Apparently, you’re not alone. Americans consume much more turkey today than they did 50 years ago. In 1970, 50 percent of turkey consumption occurred between the …
Coming Attractions

Film fest an eclectic, inspiring showcase

When most people see red carpets, they’re on television and full of recognizable faces from the worlds of entertainment or sports. Most of us will never get to walk one, have our photos taken and …
A family toast at Thanksgiving unites the Blake family who gather together in “The Humans” at Curious Theatre.

‘The Humans’ mines rich ore of family life

“This is the second holiday show in 21 years,” said Chip Walton, Curious Theatre’s artistic director, as he welcomed the Nov. 3 opening-night audience to a performance of “The Humans” by …

Coming Attractions

Visit the isolated jewel of the Caribbean

For the entire second half of the 20th century and beyond, most Americans were presented with one perspective on the island nation of Cuba. Thanks to governmental changes in both nations, many are …
Arts & Entertainment
“Curse of Interesting Times” book cover by Patricia Paul of Castle Rock.

Timely tome tells travel tales

Patricia Ann Paul’s recently published memoir title: “Curse of Interesting Times: A Vietnam Era Memoir,” is based on a reputed Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” which has …
Coming Attractions

Telling stories on a digital stage

It will surprise no one to hear that there are many, many differences between life in New York City and Denver. But comedian and podcaster Crystal Beth has come across one that may not be immediately …
Second from right, Craig Barber, a Littleton-area resident who runs meetups — group activities organized online — stands with people at a country dance-themed event he hosted at Stampede bar and dance club in Aurora Oct. 26. Celeste Tarantola, an Arvada resident, stood in the cowboy hat.
Local life

Navigating dating in dense Denver metro area

Along with traffic and housing costs, the population boom in the Denver metro area can affect a less obvious part of residents’ lives: navigating the dating world. “While that doesn’t make us …
Bubble Joy -- One-year-old Lyla Espinoza reaches for bubbles flying around Westminster Downtown Oct. 20 with the help of dad, Jesse of Westminster. They were one of the many families that came to the Westminster Harvest Festival for a sunny day of trick-or-treating, music, food and activities.

Tricks, treats and food

Families from across the Denver area got a few treats Oct. 20 at events around the MetroNorth Region. In Thornton, nearly 5,000 came to Carpenter Park for the annual Trunk or Treat celebration, with …

A painting titled “Tu y Yo” inside Cerveceria Colorado.

Día de los Muertos events coming up

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, isn’t anything like Halloween, despite skulls being involved with the holiday. It’s a three-day celebration that originated in central and southern Mexico …
Columnists

Using nutrition in the war on cancer

President Richard Nixon declared a “war on cancer” by signing into law the National Cancer Act of 1971, resulting in the formation of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Cancer was the …
Coming Attractions

‘Uncanny Valley’ poses questions for audience

The best science fiction isn’t just concerned with cool technology and chilling or thrilling plot twists. It makes the audience consider the effects that science, technology and other futuristic …

Pull up a chair: November’s busy ballots will soon start arriving

It’s October and everyone’s ballot for the Nov. 6 election will soon be delivered by your friendly U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, beginning around Oct. 15. This particular ballot will be …
Coming Attractions

‘Educating Rita’ gets smart treatment

Emily Van Fleet and John Hutton are very familiar with the words in the Arvada Center’s Black Box season-opener, “Educating Rita.” After all, they’re the only two people on the stage for the …

Chrysanthemums can be propagated by cuttings. Cut a few inches from the tip and then put in soil. Keep the soil moist until roots are established.

The gem of fall

The chrysanthemum is one of the most popular fall flowering ornamental plants and is known for its many varieties of color, shapes, sizes and growth habit. Under the crisp fall weather, the big and …
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