Sonya's Sampler

The `Wild West' through a Polish lens

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 2/11/14

“Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western” will be on view in the Denver Art Museum's Gates Family Gallery of Western Art from Feb. 16 through June 1, included in general admission.

The collection, on loan from the Autry …

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Sonya's Sampler

The `Wild West' through a Polish lens


“Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western” will be on view in the Denver Art Museum's Gates Family Gallery of Western Art from Feb. 16 through June 1, included in general admission.

The collection, on loan from the Autry National Center of the American West, features 28 posters reflecting views of the American Western film, created over 30 years while the country was under Communism.

These artworks were free from censors and offered an opportunity for self-expression. Well-known Polish graphic artists featured include Jerzy Filsak, Wiktor Gorka and Waldemar Swierzy. Visit or call 720-865-5000 for more information. The museum is located at 100 W. 14 Ave. in Denver.

Wind Ensemble concert

The Colorado Wind Ensemble's Feb. 15/16 concert, “Music on the Edge,” will feature saxophonist/Metro State University professor Mark Harris performing at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S Datura St., Littleton at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 (tickets: $15/$12/$5) and the King Center for the Performing Arts at Metropolitan State University, Auraria Campus, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver at 4 p.m. Feb. 16 (tickets: $10/$8/ $5). Visit or 

First Ladies

The Highlands Ranch Historical Society program for Feb. 21 will be “White House Ladies' Secrets,” presented by Dorothy Adams, a retired history teacher. The program will be at 7 p.m. at Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd., Highlands Ranch. Members free, $1 donation suggested for non-members (everyone welcome). Register at

ACC authors

ACC professors Dr. Jeff Broome and Dr. Kathryn Winograd will host book signings for their new titles at the Arapahoe Community College Library and Learning Commons at 2 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19.

Broome's book, “Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Roads to Denver, 1864-69” is about the Santa Fe Trail, Smoky Hill Trail and Platte River Trail and pioneer hardships. Broome is a fifth-generation Coloradan, a philosophy professor at ACC since 1985. Winograd's book of western landscapes and inscapes, “Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation” is a collection of essays — her own and others' — that follow one woman's quest for solace, spirituality and reconciliation resulting from childhood trauma. She teaches English and heads the Writers Studio at ACC. Information: or 303-797-5787.


Feb. 24 is the deadline for entries to the 2014 Lone Tree photo show, “Exploring the Light.” Details: Juror is Glen Randall.

Parker Symphony

“Music of Love and Life” is the Parker Symphony's title for its Feb. 21 concert. The orchestra, conducted by Rene Knetsch, will play Beethoven's “Eighth Symphony,” Tchaikovsky's “Romeo and Juliet” and the “Mardi Gras Suite” by Katchiturian. The performance will be at 7:30 Feb. 21 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak, Downtown Parker. Tickets: $20/$15,, 303-805-6800.

WW II veterans sought

The Littleton Museum will open a World War II exhibit in June and is seeking personal stories from veterans and others willing to talk about experiences overseas or on the home front — especially people who lived or worked in Littleton or the greater metro area at that time. Participants need to currently live along the Front Range. Call Suellen at 303-795-3711.

Smell the flowers

The annual Colorado Home and Garden Show runs from Feb. 15 to 23 at the Colorado Convention Center with exhibit gardens, flower shows, seminars on many topics and exhibits by related vendors. The show awards grants to further horticulture in Colorado. Admission: $12/$10, 12 and under free. Discount tickets at Tickets West and King Soopers. For a schedule of programs, visit

Birding 101

The Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, next to Ketring Lake, is an ideal habitat for birds. The museum will pair with the Audubon Society of Greater Denver from 8 to 10 a.m. March 8 for a walk around the museum's grounds (limited to first 50 pre-registered guests). At 10 a.m. the group will return to the museum to learn how to attract birds to one's backyard, and that will be followed by a talk at 11 a.m. on photographing birds. The program is free, although a $5 donation is suggested. Call the museum to register at 303-795-3950.

The museum is also holding a mini-conference on gardening Feb. 22 and 23 with talks by experts and landscaping advice from CSU Extension Master Gardeners. Call 303-795-3950 for information.


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