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Colorado Ballet’s iconic ‘Nutcracker’ set for TV


We just learned that Colorado Ballet will partner with Rocky Mountain PBS (Channel 6 in the Denver area) to broadcast “The Nutcracker,” beginning at 7 p.m. on the evening of Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, and on five other dates through the holiday season. In addition to Thanksgiving, it will air at 3 p.m. on Nov. 27; 9 p.m. on Dec. 18; 1 a.m. on Dec. 19; 7 p.m. on Dec. 24; and 12 a.m. on Dec. 25 (the time that many people would call midnight on Dec. 24). The performance also may be streamed at no cost during the holiday season on the Rocky Mountain PBS app, downloadable at For more information, go to or

New book

“Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat” by Denver author Mimi Pockross is the story of Mary Coyle Chase, who created the favorite play, “Harvey,” about the 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit and his buddy, Elwood P. Dowd. Just published and available.

Happy birthday, Beethoven

Dec. 16 is the birthdate of Ludwig Van Beethoven, 250 years ago. Lone Tree Arts Center and the Ivy Street Ensemble will celebrate an online Arts in the Afternoon with Betsy Schwarm at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. Pay what you choose — see for details on ticketing.


Rox Arts Gallery at Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, hosts the Colorado Watercolor Society members show through Nov. 22. Always a treat and usually requires a trip to downtown Denver or beyond!

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

“Space Odyssey,” an all-time popular exhibit is renovated and has re-launched at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Drive a rover on the surface of Mars, they say. Ticketed. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Tickets available, 303-370-6000,

CORE New Art Space

“Small Works,” a juried open call show, runs through Nov. 29 at Core New Art Space’s new location: 6851 W. Colfax, Lakewood. 303-297-8428, Check on hours.

Ortega art

“Raices y Ramas: Roots and Branches,” art by Tony Ortega is listed for the new Freyer-Newman Center at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. Organized by the William Havu Gallery. Nov. 21 through Feb. 28. 720-865-3500,

‘The Seasons’

Parasol Arts director Lorita Travaglia has regrouped on a performance, “The Seasons,” that was scheduled onstage this fall. A one-week viewing ticket is available at Argentine Tango and visual arts will be filmed and offered via streaming format for a week starting Nov. 28 ($15).

Kirkland Museum

Kirkland Museum, at 12th Avenue and Bannock Street in Denver, announces a showing of new additions to its collection of Colorado and regional artworks, opening Jan. 22 to March 14, 2021. Fun to plan ahead into a new year! Pre-reserved timed tickets will be needed. A lecture series will be offered later in 2021. Go to

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