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Neighborhood Arts

Dark Florida Swamps, Family Fun, And Exquisite Glass

By Nancy Hahn

On June 22 a new play with music premiers at Benchmark Theater, 1560 Teller St. The play, “The Arsonists,” was written by Jaqueline Goldfinger and based on “Electra,” a Greek tragedy.  The arsonists, a father and daughter team, are played by Michael Morgan and Rebakah Goldberg.

This Southern Gothic takes place in the dim and dangerous Florida swamps. After escaping to the Everglades, the characters battle the elements, confront their relationship with each other and their sense of alienation from others. Despite the darkness and constant anxiety, the characters do come to recognize their unbreakable bond as they travel to reach redemption.

For additional information or tickets, visit http://www.benchmarktheatre.com/benchmarkhome/

The July Fourth Big Boom Bash is a new family event hosted by the City of Lakewood. This free and fantastic Fourth of July celebration for the whole family begins at 5:30 p.m. at Jeffco Stadium, 500 Kipling St.

This event is not just a fireworks show, not even close. There will be activities for children, including lawn games. A community art project adds creative fun for everyone. Local food trucks will have a variety of food and beverages to buy. A beer garden with local Lakewood beer and hard cider adds to the event. There will be music and prizes from MIX 100 and vendors of all sorts.

At 7 p.m., there will be a community reading of the Declaration of Independence. Then the fields will open, so everyone can find seating. The fireworks show accompanied by music will begin at dark.

Bags will be checked at entry. No weapons, alcohol, drugs, glass containers, drones, tents, grills, laser pointers, skateboards, roller blades, wheeled shoes, pets or fireworks are permitted. Empty water bottles are permitted and there is a refill station inside. Food, blankets, folding chairs, small bags, purses, factory-sealed non-alcoholic drinks, and small soft-sided coolers are permitted.

On July 6, the Glass Artists of Colorado’s exhibit opens at 40 West Arts, 1560 Teller St.

When the Glass Artists Fellowship began in 1979, most of the artists worked in stained glass. Now the group has grown to include artists who work with glass in an amazing array of ways. Etched glass, blown glass, stained glass, functional pieces, and decorative pieces are created by members of the group.

Thirty members of the group’s fellowship program will have their unique glass work in the exhibit.

The First Friday opening reception begins at 5 p.m. Stop by to enjoy the exhibit and live demonstrations, along with wine, beer and light bites.

Most galleries and locations are open 5:30 to 8 p.m. on First Friday. Take time to visit throughout the Art District. You are sure to discover something unique, surprising, and fabulous.