Weekend Arts Roundup: Dulcimer music, a flashback to the 1960s and more

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<p>(Photo: Courtesy of Janis Carper)</p>
<p>Mountain dulcimer musician Heidi Muller performs with multi-instrumentalist Bob Webb at this year&#039;s Colorado Dulcimer Festival.</p>
Photo: Dulcimer player Heidi Muller
Mountain dulcimer musician Heidi Muller performs with multi-instrumentalist Bob Webb at this year's Colorado Dulcimer Festival.

12th Annual Colorado Dulcimer Festival
Feb. 6 and 7
Saint James Presbyterian Church, Littleton

This two-day gathering of dulcimer players and enthusiasts includes evening concerts, jam sessions and instructional workshops for beginners through advanced players. This year’s guest artists are mountain dulcimer musician Heidi Muller and Guy George, a hammered dulcimer virtuoso.

Photo: 1968 Exhibit Hippie Pants
Part of History Colorado's 1968 exhibition, these pants were homemade by a Minneapolis woman, who added a new patch to them each time she attended a concert or event.

The 1968 Exhibit
Feb. 7 - May 10
History Colorado Center, Denver

This traveling exhibition brings to life a pivotal year in American history through photographs, artifacts, vintage pop culture items and interactive lounges. Items on display include a purple jacket worn by rock legend Jimi Hendrix, Mr. Rogers’ sweater and sneakers, a full-size Vietnam-era Huey helicopter and a camera used to photograph Robert Kennedy the night he was shot.

19th Annual Denver Jewish Film Festival
Feb. 4 - 15
Mizel Arts and Culture Center, Denver

The theme of this year’s festival is “Coexistence,” featuring films about living in peace together despite our differences. One of the featured films is “Of Many,” which tells the story of the relationship between an Orthodox Rabbi and an imam at New York University, set against the backdrop of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

BRIAH Danse presents “VOX15”
Feb. 6 and 7
The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder

Guest artists from the renowned Martha Graham Dance Company and the New York-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet join this new Boulder dance ensemble for its premiere performance.

The 5th Annual Reach Studio Exhibition: Unscripted
Feb. 6 - March 1
RedLine, Denver

In this exhibition, RedLine invites its “Reach Studio” artists – many of whom have been homeless at some point in their lives – to explore the theme of “Play it Forward.” Participating artists include Richard (Gonzo) Beck, Roseanna Henderson and Charles Tunstall.

Colorado Railroad Museum presents “Black on Track”
Feb. 7 – 28 (Saturdays only)
Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden

Produced by the Colorado Railroad Museum, this documentary film tells the story of how the railroad helped form the community of Five Points in Denver. It also includes a look at the men who lived there and worked as pullman porters and dining car waiters.

Opera Fort Collins presents “The Elixir of Love”
Feb. 4 and 5
The Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater, Fort Collins

In this comic opera by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, a man tries everything – including love potions purchased from a traveling salesman – to win the heart of a local beauty.

Phamaly Theatre Company's production of "The Fantasticks"
Jan. 29 - Feb. 15
Aurora Fox Theatre, Aurora
Feb. 27 - March 1
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada

Presented by a cast entirely of performers with disabilities, this romantic musical comedy tells the tale of two young lovers, their meddling fathers and the wall that divides them.

Colorado Symphony presents Danny Elfman’s music from the films of Tim Burton
Feb. 6 and 7
Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver

Colorado’s flagship orchestra brings composer Danny Elfman’s film scores to life on stage, enhanced by video projections of original film sketches, drawings and storyboards by Elfman collaborator, director Tim Burton.

“Spatial Stories: Topographies of Change in Africa”
Feb. 6 - April 4
Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Center for Visual Art, Denver

Through photo-based work by contemporary African artists, this exhibition provides glimpses into the evolution of the figurative and literal landscape of Africa, triggered by various factors such as technology, globalization and changing perspective.