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June 20, 2014

By Amy Matthew, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.



June 20--Downtown Pueblo will be overrun with dinosaurs this weekend, but no need to fear.

The Damon Runyon Repertory children's theater will present "Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark" at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. More than 70 kids between the ages of 4 and 18 are part of the musical, which is based on the book series by Mary Pope Osborne.

Shows will take place at the Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 11 and younger.

Reservations are strongly recommended; call 564-0579.

EYE ON EILERS

Two events next week will highlight Pueblo's historic Eilers neighborhood.

The first is a presentation of the "Song of Pueblo" oratorio with a new song, "Bojon Town," written by composer Daniel Valdez. The show will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., with pre-show entertainment by the Okolitza Tamburitzans. Tickets are $15.

Next up is the premiere of "Potica, Pints and Prayers in Old Bojon Town" at the InfoZone News Museum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. See a slide show of historic photos, the unveiling of the City of Pueblo'sHistoric Survey and a screening of the movie.

The InfoZone event is free. It will take place in the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave.

For information, call 583-0453.

OPERA SILENCED

The Metropolitan Opera announced this week that it's canceling its "Live in HD" simulcast of "The Death of Klinghoffer." It was scheduled to air at theaters worldwide, including Pueblo's Tinseltown, on Nov. 15.

The opera is about the 1985 highjacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro by members of the Palestinian Liberation Front and the murder of a Jewish passenger, Leon Klinghoffer. The Met's general manager said the decision was made because of concerns that the broadcast "would be inappropriate at this time of rising anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe." Klinghoffer's daughters were among those requesting the cancellation.

The opera premiered in 23 years ago and the Met's production premiered in London in 2012. The Met said the stage presentation in New York will go on as scheduled.

NO NEMO,

PLEASE

Pop culture rules all. Apparently character names from "Frozen" -- Elsa, in particular -- are surging in popularity on baby name lists. It's hard to argue with choices such as Anna and Kristoff. (Naming a kid after snowman Olaf? That might be a different tale.) We don't see a lot of controversy there; celebrities have done much worse naming their own kids. If there are a bunch of toddlers named Hiccup and Toothless running around the playground in a few years, though, we may need to stage a nationwide intervention.

-- Amy Matthew

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