ARVADA, COLO. -- The Arvada Center offers a variety of experiences in performing arts, visual arts and education throughout the year. The following listings highlight events for February:
“The Man Who Came to Dinner”
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Bev Newcomb Madden
This head-spinning comedy written in 1939 tells the hilarious story of a tart-tongued radio celebrity (based on real-life critic and radio personality Alexander Woollcott) who disrupts the life of a prominent family in small-town Ohio when he slips and breaks his hip on their front porch, forcing him to spend Christmas in their home. His hosts are at first awed by the prospect of having a celebrity in their home, but the glow of fame quickly fades. During a tumultuous six weeks of confinement, the radio icon’s exotic and bizarre friends come to visit, and he terrorizes his hosts, re-arranges everyone’s lives, and shatters the household’s domestic tranquility. He does his Christmas broadcast surrounded by a small choir, a group of penguins, a cockroach colony and an Egyptian mummy case. With a mixture of wacky characters and zesty one-liners, this beloved comedy remains as fresh and funny as ever. The writers skillfully combine dramatic structuring with comic takes on very human characters. “The Man Who Came to Dinner” premiered on Broadway in 1939 and was revived in 2000 by the Roundabout Theatre Company, whose production starred Nathan Lane. The show was made into a film, featuring Bette Davis in 1942.
Jan. 28 – Feb. 23
Audio-Described Performance: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday (7:30 p.m.): center and side, $36; value, $30
Tuesday through Thursday (7:30 p.m.): center and side, $30; value, $24
Saturday and Sunday (2:00 p.m.) and Wednesday (1:00 p.m.): center and side, $30; value, $24
CHILDREN’S THEATER AND FAMILY EVENTS
Based on the book by E.B. White
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Music by Ronna Frank/Lyrics by Joseph Robinette and Ronna Frank
Directed by Christopher Willard
The giant adventures of a pint-sized, mild-mannered mouse born into a human family come to life on stage in this lively musical version of E.B. White’s well-loved literary classic. Though only two inches tall, Stuart proves he is a determined underdog ready to face whatever challenges await in a big people’s world. When he sets out to reunite with his best friend, Margalo the bird, Stuart learns about leaving home, growing up and discovering one’s purpose in life. “Stuart Little” is ideal for ages four and older.
Feb. 11 - May 9
(For a complete schedule of show dates and times, call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or go online to www.arvadacenter.org)
Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations®
Siegel’s concerts with commentary return for their 15th season at the Arvada Center. He captivates audiences with the sounds of the grand piano and delivers insightful commentary with wit and wisdom. Siegel discusses each of the pieces he plays, including enough musicology and anecdotes about the composers that both music novices and seasoned listeners will be entertained.
“Lions of Lyricism” Chopin, Liszt and Grieg
In this concert, Siegel performs virtuoso 19th century music at its best, featuring the heroic C minor Polonaise, the vibrant A-flat Waltz and the dreamy D-flat Nocturne of Chopin; the exhilarating Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 of Liszt; and the tender Lyric Pieces and zesty Slätter of Grieg.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 (7:30 p.m.)
Music with a View Series
The Music with a View series offers patrons an intimate concert experience amid some of the best contemporary artwork in the nation. Held in the Center’s lower gallery, audiences enjoy the wonderful sounds of performing artists and the creative works of visual arts, all in one sitting.
“Love Through the Ages”
Pianist Kevin Kennedy and soprano Jana Edwards, a featured soloist with Opera Colorado, present a program of enduring love songs from great composers such as Edward Grieg, Benjamin Britten, Norman Dello Joio and others.
Thursday, Feb. 13 (7:00 p.m.)
GALLERY EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
“Quiet Pride” Photographs by Robert Clay
These photographs embody the very spirit of the American Dream, capturing the imagination and transporting viewers to a place where they can see with stunning clarity what may be missing from their own modern lives. From the high plains of the Dakotas to the lush vineyards of northern California, Clayton’s photographs capture those with the courage to meet life on their own terms, people who have a definition of the “good life” that doesn’t include cable television, fast food or superhighways.
Jan. 9 – March 9
“The Sights of Music”
This exhibition demonstrates the visual beauty of music with final crafted instruments ranging from stings to percussion. Instruments from both private and museum collections will be shown along with traditional instruments and conceptual creations from local artists Von Bailey and Edward Dick. In addition visitors will see avant garde musical scores and instruments from the past and present, including a 17th century guitar from Italy, a Haas trumpet and a present day electric violin.
Jan. 23 – March 30
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.
This interactive exhibition fills the upper gallery with sculptures and installations made of found objects, porcelain, and hardware, featuring two artists – Joshua Bemelen and Dave Seiler – who incorporate sound into their creations. Bemelen combines basic mechanics with sound technology to create sculptures and installations that take the viewer beyond a purely visual experience. Seiler re-engineers found objects to construct installations that invite the viewer to listen to conversations and sounds. Seiler’s “Tell Me Your Secrets” entices the viewer to whisper a secret into the sculpture as it is retold in a different location within the exhibition.
Jan. 30 – March 23
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Monday, Feb. 10, 10:00 a.m.
Cost: The exhibition, opening reception and gallery talk are free and open to the public.
Arvada History Museum
The Arvada Center History Museum’s permanent collection shows Arvada’s history in its regional context. It tells the story of the people who created the community of Arvada: Native Americans, farmers, hard-working men and women, inquisitive children and business owners. The museum shows the diversity of Arvadans who represent all walks of life from all parts of the world. Permanent featured items include historic clothing, household items, musical instruments and toys. The museum also features the Haines’ Log Cabin, a part of the Haines’ homestead and one of the first homes built in Arvada. This home was built in 1864 and was moved to the Arvada Center by the Arvada Historical Society in 1977. Younger visitors will also enjoy a trunk filled with period clothing that can be tried on. Free tours can be scheduled by calling 720-898-7255.
Arvada Center Classes and Workshops
A variety of classes and workshops for both children and adults are available year-round at the Arvada Center. Participants learn about the performing arts, visual arts and humanities. Sessions run from one day to 10 weeks. Some courses are available for college credit through Red Rocks Community College. To receive a catalog of classes currently available call 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org
Cost: Prices range from $20 to $300
Arvada Center Playground
A 343-foot-long “sea-saurus” named Squiggles is the featured element of the Arvada Center’s playground. Squiggles – who was named Best Sea Monster in Westword – is a multi-colored, multi-textured concrete sculpture. Kids can explore Squiggles by climbing around, over and under him. The playground also includes a large sand box with three additional concrete sculptures and trashcans that talk back when garbage is placed in them. Squiggles is wheelchair accessible and features various textures that offer a tactile experience for blind children. The playground is open every day.
Tickets can be purchased and class registration can be taken by calling the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or by going online to www.arvadacenter.org
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Hours for the Box Office, Galleries and Museum and The Center Shop:
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s 12th largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720.898.7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 720.898.7272 or email@example.com.
(Photos for most of these events are available upon request)