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Event round-up: Denver Arts Week, Life in Motion & More!

Through Saturday. Youngsters follow Alice down the rabbit hole in “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” at the Parker Mainstreet Center. Presented by Inspire Creative Kids, the show is based on Disney’s 1951 animated feature, but with a 2011 twist: The production uses “4-D” sensory techniques, like engaging the audience’s sense of smell, to tell Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. The show also includes familiar and updated tunes from the movie, including a rap by none other than the Caterpillar. 7 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Parker Mainstreet Center, 19650 E. Main Street, Parker. Tickets are $15 each. Call 303-790-0875 to buy tickets, or visit

Sunday. Hang out with the Cashore Marionettes in “Life in Motion” at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Puppeteer Joseph Cashore designs and performs with his own marionettes—in “Life in Motion,” he and his menagerie explore the richness of everyday life through a series of vignettes. The scenes are set to classical works by composers like Beethoven, Vivaldi, Copland and Strauss. Keep this in mind: Though the show is open to the whole family, it’s not geared toward young children. 2 p.m. Sunday. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy.; 303-987-7845. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students, seniors and children.

Through Nov. 12. The Children’s Museum of Denver celebrates Denver Arts Week with special programming all week long. Kids can visit the “Room of Clay” every day to create their own works of art, or stop in for guest events: On Saturday, Cherry Creek Dance presents a performance of “Alice in Wonderland,” starring the studio’s young dancers. Colorado Ballet takes the stage on Sunday with “From the Page to the Stage,” a collection of excerpts from classic ballets. Join in Swallow Hill Music’s ukulele party at Wednesday’s Strum-A-Long, and harmonize with the Colorado Children’s Chorale in “Coo Coo Cachoo” on Nov. 12. The Children’s Museum will also be open for free during Saturday’s “Night at the Museums” event. Cherry Creek Dance: 2 p.m. Saturday. Colorado Ballet: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Swallow Hill Strum-A-Long: 6 p.m. Wednesday. Colorado Children’s Chorale: 11 a.m. Nov. 12. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive; 303-433-7444. Admission: $8 for guests ages 2 to 59; $6 for 1-year-olds and seniors age 60 and older.

Saturday. The Highlands Ranch Concert Band leads an early-Veterans Day salute in “A Nation’s Strength: A Salute to America’s Veterans, Past and Present.” The free concert features rousing, patriotic tunes like “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Armed Forces Salute.” In a yearly tradition, the band will be joined by the Highlands Ranch Community Chorus and an elementary school choir—this year’s kids are from Prairie Crossing Elementary. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. Admission is free.

Through Sunday. It’s the last weekend to catch the annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center. Guests are invited to join in the holiday’s remembrance of ancestors by bringing along photos of loved ones—they’ll be added to a community altar. Explore artworks by guest artist Zarco Guerrero and Laurie Zuckerman and participate in hands-on activities, too. The museum’s also promoting a free display of altars at the Consulate General of Mexico, at 5350 Leetsdale Drive. It’s open to the public through today. Museum events: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Road, Longmont; 303-651-8374. Admission is free.

Kathleen St. John

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