‘The General’ rides out of the silent film era

Posted 2/19/09

Buster Keaton’s best-known silent film, “The General,” will be accompanied by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in a matinee performance …

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‘The General’ rides out of the silent film era


Buster Keaton’s best-known silent film, “The General,” will be accompanied by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in a matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 1 at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. The film is a transfer from the original 16mm archival print, and spins a story about a railroad engineer (Keaton), who is rejected by the Confederate Army and his sweetheart, Annabelle. Northern spies kidnap both Annabelle and his favorite train, The General, setting a classic comic epic in motion. The five-piece orchestra plays historic photoplay music from the 1920s. Tickets: $14. 303-987-7845, www.lakewood.org.

“Gypsy” by Jules Stine, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, plays Feb. 20 through March 29 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. Bob Wells directs. Talented Megan Vande Hay will play Mama Rose. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. 303-794-2787, www.townhallartscenter.com.

Casual Sax, a saxophone quartet, will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Littleton Historical Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. The group plays jazz, show tunes, classical and contemporary concert music. Members are Ellen Christianson, Glenn Nitta, Jeff Ingram and Mark Harris. Free tickets are available at the museum. 303-795-3950.

“The Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 25-27 and 1 and 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Littleton High School, 199 E. Littleton Blvd. Tickets: $8 adults; $5 students and children. 303-347-7700, web.mac.com/lhsperformingarts.

TLC Meals On Wheels will host a benefit fundraiser at Town Hall Arts Center, March 11. A $50 ticket includes a 6 p.m. cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and a performance of “Gypsy.” The organization benefits 260 area seniors with a hot noon-day meal delivered to the door each weekday. 303-798-7642.

Moving uptown. Celebrationworks Theatre Ensemble, organized by Carol Roper of Littleton, will lease the space at 1420 Ogden, Denver, previously used by Shadow Theatre Company. Roper says a number of shows are in the pipeline, and talented people are sought to expand the company. Celebrationworks offers original plays with a professional cast. See www.celebrationworks.org or contact at celebrationworks@gmail.com.

The Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at Central Denver Public Library’s Gates Conference Room, 10 West 14th Ave. Parkway. Patrice Fulton Stark will speak on “Synods, Sessions and Supplications,” Presbyterian Church history and its significance to genealogical research. The public is welcome. Members are invited to bring snacks.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented by Colorado Ballet Feb. 28 to March 14 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex. A full orchestra will accompany, as will the Colorado Children’s Chorale. For information, ColoradoBallet.org, 303-837-8888. Tickets: Ticketmaster.com.

The Denver Gem and Mineral Guild presents the annual Jewelry, Gem and Mineral Show Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Golden. (West Sixth Avenue and Indiana Street). Lapidary supplies, crystals, fossils, jewelry. Gem cutting demonstrations. Fossil exhibits. Grab bag sales to benefit Colorado School of Mines. Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Food available onsite. This show is a trip for rock hounds of all ages.

Littleton artist Al Clerihue and son Keith “Chet” Clerihue have art exhibited at One2One Studio Salon, 1400 E. Hampden Ave., Ste. 120, Cherry Hills. 303-781-2602, wwwone2onestudiosalon. com.

Blues, Jazz and Mardi Gras! “Bourbon Street Brass” will feature the Denver Brass and the Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, with featured soloist Andrea Giuffredi at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Newman Center, Iliff and University, Denver. Tickets: $43-$22. 303-832-HORN, www.denverbrass.org, Ticketmaster.com. (Tickets purchased at the door are subject to a $2 service charge).

We are advised that you can see all five Oscar nominated films in one day, Feb. 21, at AMC 24 in Highlands Ranch for $30. Starting at 10:30 a.m. with “Milk;” 1:05 p.m., “The Reader;” 3:45 p.m., “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:” 7:15 p.m., “Slumdog Millionaire;” and 9:45 p.m., “Frost and Nixon.” A souvenir lanyard will permit you to come and go during the day.

Reminder: Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 20 or 21, at a group of local restaurants and bars, which will feature bands, special meals. Participating: Jose’s Restaurant, Old Towne Tavern, McKinner’s, Romano’s, Platte River Bar and Grill, Merles, Old Mill, Ja Ja’s, Gorilla Room, and Reinke Bros. and Colorado Business Bank.

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will appear at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 3350 White Bay Drive, Highlands Ranch. She will be promoting her new album, “The Geography of Light,” described as a collection of folk-roots tracks with Appalachian and classical influences. Tickets: $10. 303-794-0510.

“Object Project” opens Feb. 20 at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, on the second level of Englewood CivicCenter, 1000 Englewood Parkway. The concept is to have 15 contemporary realist artists each create one multi-paneled painting or two similarly sized paintings, each including five common objects: a clear glass of water, a moth, a ball of string, a bone, and a mirror. The artists initiated the idea and M. Stephen Doherty curated it. The Evansville, Ind., museum agreed to host it even before paintings were painted and is circulating it. It will remain at the MOA through May 23 and a panel discussion is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21, followed by a reception at 6 p.m.

Reminder: Art by LPS students is displayed at downtown Littleton businesses through Feb. 23. Reception 5-8 p.m. Feb. 19 at Garage Gallery, 5784 S. Rapp St. and participating businesses will be open for visits by artists and families: Edward Jones, investments; Willow-An Artisans Market; Colorado Frame/Savory Stuff; Details Boutique; Merle’s, J.F. Sholl — Fine Jewelry; Hot Pots; Pottery Studio and Gallery; Daniael Fine Art, Couture Kids Consignment Boutique and Sous le Lit Shoes and Accessories. Pick up a map at Garage Gallery. 303-703-4080.

Gardening Projects Grants are again available from the Littleton Garden Club, which serves Littleton, Jefferson and Douglas counties. Several $50-$500 grants will be available to service organizations in the Littleton area that want funding to promote gardening, beautification of public gardens or educational horticultural programs. All types and ages encouraged. Deadline is March 25. For an application and more information, call Tranga, 303-979-8669 or Jan at 303-978-9000 or e-mail: tj@pbmexcavating.com or janr@msn.com. Grants will be awarded at the Littleton Garden Club meeting, April 1 at Prince of Peace Church in Littleton.



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