The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will be flying high into 1999 when it presents Symphony in Space, a family concert with visual effects developed with help from the Gates Planetarium. Part of the CSO Amazing Arts Discovery Series, the musical menu features intergalactic favorites, including Holst's The Planets, music from 2001--A Space Odyssey, Star Wars and E.T., and a new work, Universal Chorus, with storyteller Nitzan Sitzer narrating. It all takes place at 2:30 at Boettcher Concert Hall, 14th and Curtis streets; to reserve tickets, $7 to $13, call 303-830-TIXS.
If you're the sort who likes to start the year fresh with a nice bleak and creepy thriller, here's a beaut: Bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman delves into the psychological world of a twelve-year-old Los Angeles street boy who witnesses a murder in his latest, Billy Straight. Kellerman comes to town to read tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave.; tickets for a seat and place in the autograph line will be available beginning at 7. Admission is free; call 303-322-7727.
In our sped-up world, few people stop to ponder the art of broderie perse--an elegant and difficult style of applique painstakingly practiced by nineteenth-century quilters--let alone do it. But local quilt collector Jeananne Wright, who's been known to stitch up intricate reproductions, does both. The Tale of the Thread: Legacy Quilts, 1820-1890, a new exhibit opening today at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1111 Washington Ave. in Golden, includes a stunning selection of antiques from Wright's collection; the show continues through April 3. Museum admission is $1 to $3; for information call 303-277-0377.
Wish Christmas would never end? Here's one last stab: Dramatists David and Debo Dykes will present a fully costumed Feast of the Epiphany, replete with solemn music, wise men and a guiding star in the desert sky, tonight at 7 at St. John's Cathedral, 1313 Clarkson St. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited; for details call 303-831-7115, ext. 17.
The Celebrate Israel at 50 Committee culminates a year of festivities with the opening of Colorado and Israeli Children Create Hope, presenting the multicultural results of children's art competitions held simultaneously here and in Israel. Based on the theme of "Hatikvah" (or "hope")--which is the Israeli national anthem--the winning artworks go on display with an awards ceremony tonight at 7 at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.; the show then continues for six weeks at the DAM and neighboring Central Library before moving to Israeli sister city Karmiel later in 1999. Both local venues will offer related events and activities; for information call 303-355-0166.