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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, …
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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 …
Edith Garfio, left, a para teacher at West High School, and Paul Castorena, an 11th-grade student there, stand in the school’s food bank. They both have been volunteering with the food bank since it started earlier this year.

Holiday Giving in Denver

As the holiday season comes around this year, Denverites may be looking for a place to give back - whether it’s through volunteering their time or donating money. Organizations throughout the city …

Amber Marsh plays the ukulele after her character is committed to a mental institution during a dress rehearsal of Phamaly Theatre Company’s production of “Harvey.” Marsh is performing the role of Mrs. Tewskbury.

Phamaly Theatre ‘changes people’s lives’

Joy Carletti was in junior high school when she discovered her love for the stage. She had won the audition for the lead role in the play. But soon after rehearsals started, she found herself …
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Museums, theater companies and galleries participate in Denver Arts Week. The event helps to promote the arts and cultures venues available throughout the city.

Denver Arts Week celebrates 12 years

Arts organizations across the Front Range will be celebrating the 12th annual Denver Arts Week this month. From theater to museums and local galleries, Denverites can get their art fix with free days …
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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.
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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 …
Zookeeper Michelle Valois said she loves the interactiion she can have with the apes at the Denver Zoo.

Primate habitat is where it’s at

Michelle Valois says a typical day at the Denver Zoo is a lot of fun and a lot of work. Valois, a primate zookeeper, has been at the Denver Zoo for 17 years. Her job is to take care of the orangutans …

A view from the high walkway at the Wild Animal Sanctuary: in the distance: a pair of large male lions basking in the sunshine, forgetting stressful circus days. Midway, a lion peeks from a wooden shelter-people-watching, perhaps?

Sanctuary housing exotic animals is something wild

It was a sunny, pleasant fall day for a drive through the plains in southern Weld County and many of the inhabitants of the Wild Animal Sanctuary were basking — on the grass, on platforms, in the …
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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 …
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‘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 …
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‘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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LSO gets ready for a season ‘By the Book’

As a musical organization that has been in existence since 1977, it can be a challenge to put together a season that feels fresh every year. But that is a challenge Lakewood Symphony Orchestra Music …
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