“Soft Monuments,” paintings and ceramic sculpture by artist Kevin Sloan, will open at K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee St., Denver, with a celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. on July 10. The exhibit runs until Aug. 14. The new works focus on a curiosity about and reverence for the natural world and is an extension of Sloan’s recent exhibit, “Radiant Season,” at Denver Botanic Gardens, which focuses on environments in the natural world, specifically plants. It grew out of Sloan’s experiences in the past year, when there was an opportunity for more quiet moments of slowing down ... See kcontemporaryart.com, 303-590-9800.
Denver Radio League
Members of the Denver Radio League will set up a ham radio station at Amateur Radio Field Day, from noon to 5 p.m. on June 26, on the lawn at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St. in Littleton. They will show off equipment and talk about its use for fun or emergency. This group of amateur radio operators will contact others without the aid of electrical generators, cellphones or the internet! The American Radio Relay League has hosted Field Day every June since 1933, with more than 40,000 hams throughout North America, who also serve their communities during emergencies at times.
Depot Art Gallery reminder
The Littleton Fine Art Guild’s 58th Anniversary Show is at the Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., Littleton (just north of the courthouse.) Juried by Stephanie Hartshorn, the Best of Show ribbon was awarded to Jay Wangsai’s painting, “Cactus in Bloom,” with Loren Gilbert’s photograph, “Gracies in the Mist” as Second Place and Deanne Sander’s happy painting, “Large Poppies,” in Third Place. This gallery, in a historic Santa Fe depot, is now open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is a local treasure, with new exhibits frequently. Next will be Western Welcome Week’s special show. Admission free. 303-795-0781, depotartgallery.org.
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, at 4747 Marketplace Drive in Johnstown, is a bit of a drive, but offers dinner and a musical, a most pleasant way to spend an evening — or Saturday afternoon! “Shrek The Musical” is directed by Piper Lindsay Arpan and is based on characters from William Steig’s book, “Shrek,” a tale of a swampland ogre who rescues a feisty princess ... Tickets start at $55.50 and include dinner and the show. 970-744-3747, ColoradoCandlelight.com. Runs through Aug. 22. Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings: dinner seating at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees: dinner seating at noon, show at 1:30 p.m.
High Line Canal
Volunteers are sought from throughout the area to help maintain the pathway, remove weeds, plant new trees, etc. along the High Line Canal. An online visit to highlinecanal.org will give information on where and when activities are planned for members of the Canal Conservation Corps along the 71 miles the canal spans ... Commit for one hour or more ... dates and activities are listed. Of course, just enjoy walking this trail too, wherever you want to approach it. Maps are available.
Birds in photography
“Birds in Art: Learning From Their Perspective” is open in the PACE Center Art Gallery, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Open noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 90 minutes before performances. Works primarily by local photographers. Parkeronline.org, 303-805-6800.
The musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, plays June 25-July 18 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Meek Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names Audrey II, after his co-worker crush. It requires blood as food, which presents problems ... Box office open Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes before performances until intermission. Parkeronline.org, 303-805-6800.
Western Welcome Week
Deadline is July 20 to register for the Western Welcome Week Arts and Craft Fair, which will be on Aug. 21 in downtown Littleton. There will be room for 65 vendors. Handcrafted items only. 303-794-4870. Current office hours: Tuesday, 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 1-4 p.m. 5890 S. Bemis St., Littleton. WWW will run August 13-22 — watch for more details.
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