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Storied scrolls from ancient times come to Denver

Specially-designed display cases protect the ancient examples of the Dead Sea Scrolls in an exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Specially-designed display cases protect the ancient examples of the Dead Sea Scrolls in an exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Matthew Peyton

The oldest known Biblical documents, dating back more than 2,000 years, were discovered in 1947 by young Bedouin goat herders in a cave near the Dead Sea. Eventually, archaeologists discovered more than 900 remarkably preserved scrolls. Ten of these are now displayed at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, in special cases. After the first half of the exhibit, they will be replaced by a different 10, due to fragility (which also limits the length of time they can be exposed to light on a given day, opening an hour later than the museum). English translations will be available. Timed tickets are available and can be reserved in advance: $25.95/adults; $21.95/seniors; $17.95 students 3-18. Discount for members. dmns.org/deadseascrolls, 303-370-6000. A related IMAX film, “Jerusalem,” is shown. See dmns.org/imax.

August Wilson play

“Fences,” by August Wilson, is scheduled April 5 to 21 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10025 Commons St., Lone Tree. Wren T. Brown, co-founder with Israel Hicks of the Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, will direct, with Esau Pritchett starring as Troy Maxon. The Pulitzer Prize winner is part of Wilson’s American Century Cycle, tracing African-American experience through 10 plays. Denver Center Theatre Company produced all 10 — one a year, with some directed by Hicks. Performances: April 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21. Tickets: $35-60. 720-509-1000 or lonetreeartscenter.org.

Theater for young audiences

Denver Children’s Theatre presents its annual classic tale, performed by adult professional actors: “Sleeping Beauty” opened March 8 and runs through May 4 on select days at the Elaine Wolf Theatre in the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. Public performances at 1 p.m. on Sundays cost $10/children. $12/adults. School group performances many weekdays at 10 a.m. may have open seats. Suggested for kindergarten age and up. 303-316-6360; jccdenver.org/event/denver-childrens-theatre.

Library events for children

Englewood Public Library Children’s Department is ready for spring break. March 20 — Messy Process Art; March 27 — Fort Building (bring a flashlight); March 28 — movie “Madagascar”; March 29 — Crafts; March 26 and 30 — Legos; March 3, 17, 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Open Play (also weekdays 3 to 5 p.m.); March 24 — Lego Maniacs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (under 5 welcome with an adult).

Fine art students

Arapahoe Community College’s fine art students will exhibit their juried works from March 22 to April 12, with a closing reception on April 12 from 5-7 p.m. in the Colorado Gallery of the Arts on the Littleton Campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

CORE Gallery

The “Wide Open Whatever Exhibit” is open at CORE Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Littleton artists Michele Lamb and Susan Blosten have works in the show. 303-297-8428. Hours: Thursdays noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays noon to 9 p.m.; Saturdays noon to 5 p.m.; Sundays noon to 4 p.m.

Colorado’s natural resources

Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton will host a series by Red Rocks College students in park ranger interpretation on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.: March 20 — Mega Minds of the Whales; Where Does the Gallon Jug Go? (recycling). April 10 — Redwoods: Nature’s Tupperware for Carbon Storage; Legends of the Aurora Borealis: Shedding Light on Mysteries of the Aurora Borealis; Spirit Trees: Windows Into the Past. 303-795-3961.

Andy Grammer

Pop singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will feature songs from his new album, “The Good Parts,” when he appears on March 24 at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood. For tickets: 303-789-9206, gothictheatre.com.

Legendary Ladies

The Highlands Ranch Historical Society will present “Legendary Ladies — Unconventional Women of the West” at its 7 p.m. March 19 meeting, held at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road (upstairs auditorium). Members of this group research and write scripts about particular individuals who lived from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. This show will feature: Annie Oakley — sharpshooter; Lillie Hitchcock Coit — eccentric patroness of firefighters; Klondike Kate — flamboyant dancer and vaudeville star; Katherine Lee Bates — Wellesley professor and poet, who wrote “America the Beautiful” while visiting Pikes Peak in 1893. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Members free, $2 donation suggested for non-members. Guest speaker Terry Nolan will provide information about the fire station situation in Highlands Ranch.

Jazz orchestra

The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, directed by Art Bouton of Lone Tree, performs a “Tribute to Buddy Rich” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Robert Johnson will sing songs performed by Mel Torme. Tickets: 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org.

Kushner play

Curious Theatre will present Tony Kushner’s latest play: “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism, with a Key to the Scriptures” from March 17 to April 15 at 1080 Acoma St., Denver. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Chris Walton directs. Curioustheatre.org, 303-623-0524 (2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays).

Western art

The American Museum of Western Art at 1727 Tremont Place, Denver, offers “Western Women Guided Tours” in March, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. Also guided tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. Self-guided tours available; Writing the West from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 21, led by Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Information: AnschutzCollection.org.

SCFD, Arapahoe County

Jake Zambrano was appointed by the Arapahoe County commissioners to represent Arapahoe County on the board of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, SCFD. The Aurora resident previously served on SCFD, appointed by the governor, and is experienced in government affairs and campaign management.


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