Weekend Arts Roundup: Rural folk piano, surgical illustrations and more

“Required Reading”
Dec. 11 - Jan. 17, 2015
RULE Gallery, Denver

RULE gallery is transformed into a living room space filled with small works inspired by “Moby Dick,” “The Quantum Divide,” “Aesop’s Fables” and other pieces of literature.

Photo: George Winston
Pianist George Winston performs Saturday in Ouray

George Winston
Dec. 27
Ouray Opera House, Ouray

Bringing his self-described “rural folk piano” style to Colorado, the Montana-raised musician is touring in support of his most recent album, “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2: A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit.”

“Traveling the Silk Road”
Nov. 21 - May 3, 2015
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver

This exhibition focuses on five major cities – Xi’an, Turfan, Samarkand, Baghdad and Constantinople – that flourished during the golden age of this historic 5,700 mile trade route that stretched from the Far East to Eastern Europe.

“The Cutting Edge: Contemporary Surgical Illustrations”
Dec. 17 - Feb. 19, 2015
Fulginiti Pavilion Gallery at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora

This celebration of surgical illustrations features works in such mediums as colored pencils and 3D modeling by Colorado-based medical illustrators as well as guest artist Corinne Sandone, the current director of the John Hopkins Graduate Program in Art as Applied to Medicine.

“Mary Poppins”
Dec. 11 - Jan. 11, 2015
Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs

This Broadway-style musical based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film includes a live orchestra and original, hand-made costumes, and stars Colorado opera mainstay Jennifer DeDominici in the title role.

“Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon”
Nov. 1 - Dec. 27
Fort Collins Museum of Art, Fort Collins

Featuring more than 100 paintings, photographs and videos of Marilyn Monroe by such artists as Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Antonio de Felipe, Milton H. Greene and Andy Warhol, this exhibition celebrates the starlet’s image half a century after her death.

Photo: Glitterverse by Tania Dibbs
Tania Dibbs's "Glitterverse" is on display at the artist's downtown Aspen popup gallery.

Tania Dibbs Popup Gallery
308 East Hopkins Ave., Aspen
Through March 31, 2015

This Aspen painter brings 17 new works focused on the complex relationship between man and nature to a new, temporary art space in downtown Aspen.

Handsome Little Devils present “Conjure”
Dec. 27 and Dec. 28
Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree

Featuring David Copperfield-inspired illusions mixed with a touch of romance and comedy, “Conjure” is the tale of a quirky magician who must, with the help of the audience, bring back his bumbling, dead assistant to perform the magic show of a lifetime.

EPIC Arts Fall 2014 Youth Exhibition
Dec. 13 - 28
RedLine, Denver

Comprised of artwork created through a lens of contemporary social justice issues, this exhibition is created by students participating in RedLine’s Educational Partnership Initiative for the Creative Arts program, a collaboration between RedLine Residents Artists and educators from Denver area K-12 schools.

Milonga with Orquesta Tipica Natural Tango
Dec. 26
Mercury Cafe, Denver

Orquesta Tipica, ensemble comprising of professional musicians from along the Front Range, presents an evening of music and dancing in the traditional South American style. The evening kicks off with tango lessons at 7:00 p.m.