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 March:
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. Tickets are going fast and many performances are already sold out. Call the box office for information on availability.
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)
“Windows: Unsinkable Women of the Titanic”
Ideal for grades 3-8
This 50-minute version of the evening performance of “Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic” (see description on page three) is an extraordinary and compelling play about seven distinct women who survived the Titanic. A question and answer session follows the noon performance.
Friday, March 7
10:00 a.m. & noon
Stars of the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats
With daring displays of strength and superhuman coordination, dazzling acts of airborne balancing and juggling, and high-flying acrobatics, the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats are performers of the “longest running” folk art form in history. The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats have become the world’s leading Chinese acrobatic troupe, with director Danny Chang taking his company to over 65 countries including performances at prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. This troupe represents the best of this honored tradition with dazzling displays of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.
Saturday, March 22
2:00 & 7:30 p.m.
Comedy and Pet Theatre
Russian-born and award-winning international circus star Gregory Popovich’s pet theatre is an unusual production where pets become the main players in the show while the humans merely help out. Trained domestic dogs and cats create an entertaining circus act for the whole family with European style comedy and juggling on a free-standing ladder. All of the animals he uses in the show have been rescued from animal shelters, and Popovich respects them as his fellow entertainers. Popovich has been featured on “The Tonight Show” and “David Letterman.” Jay Leno commented “…the funniest circus act I’ve ever seen” and David Letterman said, “It’s unbelievable!”
Sunday, March 23
1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
“Jammin’ with Pops”
A New Musical by Barry Harman
This toe-tappin’ musical with characters Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald is filled with great songs such as “Hello Dolly,” “When You’re Smilin’,” “Sunny Side of the Street,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and that’s only Act One. Barry Harman, Emmy Award-winning writer and Tony-nominated lyricist began his career writing for shows such as “All In the Family,” “The Jefferson’s” and “The Carol Burnett Show”; however, he is best known for his Broadway show “Romance/Romance.” “Jammin’ with Pops” is fictional, but the people, background and music are real. Through Harman’s delightful script, the lives of Armstrong and Fitzgerald unfold and entertain the audience with stories and song.
Saturday, March 1
2:00 & 7:30 p.m.
“Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic”
Created and performed by Deborah Jean Templin
This is an extraordinary play about seven distinct women who survived the Titanic. Templin’s show is based on independent research she conducted while playing several women’s roles in the Tony Award-winning musical “Titanic.” Filled with evocative period music, their stories of that night and the remarkable lives they lived afterwards are startling, funny, triumphant and compelling.
Friday, March 7
MOMIX “Opus Cactus”
The flora, fauna, and simple magic of the American Southwest inspired artistic director Moses Pendleton’s “Opus Cactus.” Using light, shadow, humor, and the human body; Pendleton’s desert inspirations come to life on the stage through six dancers and 21 scenes. Visions from sidewinder snakes to a giant saguaro cactus and the use of props like hammocks, stilts, fire, three-dimensional rocking structures and structures on wheels are all a part of the menagerie of images created on the dance stage. Momix, Pendleton’s troupe of dancer/athlete/
gymnast artists, performs “Opus Cactus” with its signature unusual juxtapositions set to music from various deserts.
Tuesday, March 11
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.
“The Romanticism of the Russian Soul: Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Medtner"
In this final concert for the season, Siegel performs stirring, rhapsodic Preludes of Rachmaninoff, the mystical Sonata No. 4 of Scriabin and the picturesque Fairy Tales of Nikolai Medtner.
Wednesday, March 26
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.
Pianist David Korevaar presents a concert featuring a discussion of Ravel’s “Miroirs.” Korevaar has been heard as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States. Currently, he serves as assistant professor of piano at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Thursday, March 13
Arvada Center Chorale
The Arvada Center Chorale is a volunteer, resident company of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. The Chorale has performed throughout Colorado, nationally and internationally, providing musical enrichment to the community. Keith Arnold directs the Arvada Center Chorale.
“Almost Like Being in Love”
The Arvada Center’s stage will shine with stars from American musical theater shows like “Brigadoon,” “The Music Man,” and “Sunday in the Park with George.” Joining the Chorale for this Broadway revue will be high school troupes with scenes from shows.
Saturday, March 15
Sunday, March 16
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 on loan 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
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
Arvada Fine Arts Guild Exhibition
Sixty-six members of the Arvada Fine Arts Guild will be submitting works of art for an exhibit that will include 45 pieces on display in the Arvada Center’s theater lobby. Artists’ work will be juried by Jane Matthews on March 10 and the gallery opening will be on March 13 with a reception from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and an awards ceremony following. All works of art on display will also be available for purchase.
March 13 - April 13
Gallery Reception: March 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: The exhibition and opening reception 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)