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A look at inventor, artist, scientist and philosopher Leonardo da Vinci is coming to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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Early in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s astonishing Shoplifters, a man and a boy walk along a Tokyo street. It’s nighttime and it’s cold. They come upon a little girl, maybe 5 years old, who sits alone, shivering and hungry. They want to take her to her home, which is just behind her, but from that place they hear a man and woman arguing, along with the sounds of the man beating the woman and both yelling about how neither of them wants this child. So, the man and boy take the girl to their home. Grandma feeds her and attends to the bruises on her arms and legs. She becomes part of their large and unruly household.

By Joshua Ware / Courtesy of Denver Theatre District

Can public art make people feel happier and more connected? Research from an experimental collaboration last summer in Denver says it can.

British artist Stuart Semple’s six-week, art intervention called “Happy City: Art for the People” focused on using public art to break down social barriers and nurture well-being with exhibits such as happy-face bubble clouds and an inflatable dance floor in the middle of downtown.

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On the first Sunday of each month, a little placeholder is put on several tables in the coffee shop at Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House in Fort Collins.

It reads: "Table reserved for Letter Writing Club."


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs opens on a hyper-realistic image of Monument Valley. It's the landscape of mesmerizing rock formations where John Ford shot his great mythic westerns. Buster Scruggs himself (Tim Blake Nelson) rides decked out in a spanking clean white hat and white cowboy shirt as he strums his guitar and sings a rowdy absurd ballad about the Old West. This isn't the actual Old West -- that never existed.

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A popular Colorado Springs tourist attraction that takes riders up to the summit of Pikes Peak will reopen again after its fate was in question.

The Gazette reports the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is slated to reopen in May 2021 following a nearly $100 million reconstruction next year.


Can You Ever Forgive Me? drops you off at its end with a massive sense of ambivalence. Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) really is asking for forgiveness, and in the literary world, as well as the rest of society, she’s done something rotten. She’s forged and sold letters which she’s attributed to famous literary figures – Dorothy Parker, Noel Coward, William Faulkner, the actress Louise Brooks, and others. Before she’s caught, Israel makes a pretty good living on her scheme. But the issue goes deeper than forged literary curiosities; forgery undercuts the trust that societies need to function.

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The fate of the former home of the Museum of Boulder won’t be decided until 2019.

Officials are exploring several options for the Harbeck-Bergheim House. Options for the landmark home including leasing it out, selling it or retaining it for city use.

Photo by Jenise Jensen / Courtesy of Breckenridge Creative Arts

A Colorado ski resort town has set up a task force to find a new home for a huge wooden troll sculpture.

The 15-foot (4.5 meter) work known as Isak Heartstone was dismantled last week after it attracted crowds of people to a hiking trail in a residential area in Breckenridge.

The town said Tuesday that the task force will work hard to find the best place to put the work in collaboration with its creator, Danish artist Thomas Dambo. It promised to keep the community updated on the process.

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The Boulder International Film Festival is expanding to Fort Collins.

The four-day event will add screenings to Lincoln Center’s 1180-seat performance hall. It’s not the first time the festival has crossed into other cities. Three years ago organizers began hosting events in Longmont.