LEVINSON: “We weren’t just dealing with headlines. You have to get into the flesh-and-blood characters, not just the financial aspects. You got to get as human as you can: What is the dynamic between Bernie and Ruth, and between the two sons,” both of whom worked for Madoff and were suspected of having known what he was up to, and one of whom, Mark, would commit suicide on the two-year anniversary of his father’s stunning downfall. “It is a true tragedy that in the end destroyed the entire family.”

When the Colorado Ballet’s “The Little Mermaid” came to the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall last week, I figured “Why not?” I dressed Cici in a fancy green dress, ill-fitting white shoes with tiny heels and headed to the concert hall, which is at University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts. To say I didn’t know what to expect is an understatement.

The folks at OPENair are inviting families to stop by their tricked-out creative space this Friday to, well, make stuff with knickknacks and paddy whacks — either those you bring from home or used from the school’s supplies. It’s a solid excuse, ahem, opportunity, to take the family out and learn something … and sample some of the delicious food, drink and wares at any of the nearly two dozen other establishments currently open at Stanley