The Littleton Symphony Orchestra announces that after an 18-month search, it has chosen Catherine Sailer as its new music director/conductor. The search took 18 months and drew 55 applications. Sailer has directed the Department of Choral Studies at the University of Denver for 20 years and is associate conductor of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. At 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21, she will conduct an LSO program featuring Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., where all season concerts will be held. At 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, she will conduct a concert at Bega Park in downtown Littleton, followed by a concert at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Clement Park on West Bowles Avenue. See littletonsymphony.org.
Art in Parker
The gallery at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, hosts an exhibit called “Life Beginning, Life Renewed” through Sept. 27. Featured artists are Nea Brown, Robin Cole, Victoria Eubanks and Susan Rubin. Works are inspired by plants and the study of botany, an inspiration to explore abstraction, color theory and various mediums. See parkerarts.org.
South Suburban Parks and Recreation District hosts Art Parties for kids ages 4 and up at Goodson, Buck, Lone Tree and Sheridan. Could be a great birthday celebration. Clay, painting, dance, theatre, decorate cupcakes at Lone Tree, Creativity Lab at Sheridan. Two hours of party time with an hour led by a professional. $175 resident, $190 non-resident. Up to 15 participants.
Art Students League
The annual Art Students League of Denver Summer Art Market will be held Aug. 27-28 in the block around Sherman School, 200 Grant St. in Denver. Great spot to buy all sorts of artworks. Ticketed. See asld.org/summer-art-market-current.
Mark your calendar
The 33rd Annual Friendship Pow Wow takes place Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the space around Denver Art Museum’s Sie Welcome Center, between 13th and 14th avenues at 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Native American Dance competitions, costumes, music, food, artists and vendor booths. Grand Entry at 11 a.m. Free day at the Denver Art Museum. Fry bread and Indian tacos. See denverartmuseum.org.
Center for Visual Art
“Banana Craze” — a look at how one fruit has shaped the culture: Artists reflect on the dramatic footprint of the industry and environment of a continent, and “Cultivate,” seven Colorado artists explore food insecurity and access in Colorado. Aug. 26 to Oct. 22 at the Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. 303-294-5207, msudenver.edu/cva. Admission free.
“Into the Woods,” Sondheim’s look at fairy tales, plays at Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, Sept. 9 to Oct. 9. Tickets start at $53. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. arvadacenter.org.