Beatles Tribute, Travel Adventures and Restaurant Week!

February 21, 2019

Be the first to see productions and readings of brand-new plays as they unfold at the Colorado New Play Summit! This weekend’s festival is the culmination of workshops resulting in refined plays that will be showcased all weekend long! Also in town are a variety of musical offerings, including the psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips in concert with the Colorado Symphony! And if you’re hungry, you’re in luck—it’s Denver Restaurant Week, your chance to sample the menus of top restaurants at one low price!

TODAY/TONIGHT, February 21

Take a trip back in time to the pioneer days of Colorado’s colorful past! See what life was like on the plains in a true-to-life replica of an 1800s homestead, meticulously managed by Denver Botanic Gardens and the City of Aurora!

The Plains Conservation Center is an educational center spread out over 1,100 acres of dedicated open space, designed to help students and adults grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem and the cultural history of Colorado. Admission is FREE on the third Thursday of most months!

Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE (Today)
Phone: 303-326-8380

Friday, February 22

At the Lakeside YMCA’s Kids Night Out, you know your kids will be well cared for and have a great time. They’ll enjoy a screening of the movie Peter Rabbit as well as dinner, crafts, and games. Meanwhile, you can enjoy your own parents’ night out! This event is for potty-trained children up to age 12. Registration is required.

The Lakehouse, YMCA Southshore, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $15-$17
Phone: 720-870-2221

Known for their elaborate live shows—featuring costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, large amounts of confetti, and a man-sized plastic bubble holding the frontman—the American rock band The Flaming Lips have been called one of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die” (Q Magazine). 

Appearing for one night only in Denver, their lush, multi-layered rock arrangements will be made even more special when they share the stage with the Colorado Symphony and Symphony Chorus! Don’t miss this magical musical escapade! 

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $50-$125
Phone: 303-623-7876

Friday-Sunday, February 22-24

It’s a yummy week to be in Denver! The 15th annual Denver Restaurant Week celebrates the tastes and trends of all things culinary in the Mile High City. Hundreds of the top restaurants will open their doors to let you sample their multi-course dinners at one of three reasonable price levels. Don’t miss out on this tasty treat! Reservations required.

Various Locations, Denver
Various Times
Tickets: $25/$35/$45 per person

New playwrights, actors, and directors have been working hard all week with suggestions from the previous weekend’s audiences to refine their exciting new works in progress! This weekend, the Festival commences! You won’t want to miss the opportunity to mix and mingle with industry professionals and fellow theatre lovers, and most importantly, catch the next drafts of the plays! You’ll hear readings of fully-workshopped plays and be the first to catch the productions of two new plays. Pass holders are also invited to Saturday night’s Summit Party in the Seawell Ballroom!

Plays in progress include In The Upper Room, a drama set in the 1970s about a multi-generational black family whose lives revolve around the domineering matriarch; You Lost Me, a work of historical fiction about the responsibility of survivors to preserve and pass on stories to future generations; Wally World, about a mega-superstore that needs its employees to remain loyal, even when it has never stood up for them; and the political satire twenty50, set in 2050, when being a Hispanic politician could be an advantage—or not.

Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex/DCPA, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St., Denver
Fri., 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (next day); Sun., 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $7-$36.80
Phone: 303-893-4100

You’ve never seen Chekov like this! Life Sucks is an updated and reworked Uncle Vanya that gathers a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. Unhappiness has never been so hilarious!

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $18-$37
Phone: 303-739-1970

What’s a guy to do when he’s trying to keep his two girlfriends from finding out about each other while dodging the cops at the same time? He can’t believe his luck when he finds out he’s the heir to a family fortune—but there’s one catch. He first has to eliminate the eight pesky relatives who are in line before him. Don’t miss this hilarious Tony Award-winning musical in its Denver premiere!

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, February 23

This heartfelt tribute concert captures the exquisite work of Nat King Cole by a two-time Grammy Award-winning artist who knows how to put on a soulful show. Rising jazz star Gregory Porter makes his Colorado Symphony debut as he performs songs from his new album, Nat King Cole & Me. Porter breathes soulful life into songs by the legendary singer, pianist, and Capitol recording artist, including Mona Lisa, But Beautiful, Nature Boy, LOVE, Quizas, Quizas, Quizas, For All We Know, Ballerina, The Lonely One, Hey Laura, Smile, and many more.

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$94
Phone: 303-623-7876

This excerpt from a forthcoming new play set to music is based on the life of one Wild West Woman! Almost a hundred years ago near Greeley, Colorado, Kate Slaughterback came across a slew of rattlesnakes while on her horse with her young son. With courage and gumption, she shot as many as she could and did away with the rest by decapitating them with a no-trespassing sign. Ever resourceful, Kate skinned the lot of them and made herself a fancy flapper dress from the skins.

This iconic figure went through six marriages and a decades-long love affair—and now her life is loosely documented through songs and playbook by a talented Colorado musician and playwright! Don’t miss this highlight of the Colorado New Play Summit Festival Weekend!

Seawell Ballroom at the DCPA, 1101 13th St., Denver
4:00 p.m
Tickets: $20
Phone: 303-893-4100

Saturday-Sunday, February 23-24

Are you longing for an exotic getaway? Then you won’t want to miss America’s favorite travel show, the one filled with adventure! This show goes beyond the typical travel packages to open doors to paths you didn’t even know existed! 

You will have the opportunity to discover more than 150 destinations all over the globe and talk face-to-face with thousands of travel experts. Travel celebrities Josh Gates, Andrew McCarthy, and Patricia Schultz will be on hand to give you their two cents! You can attend educational seminars and enjoy entertainment featuring faraway cultures. There will even be camel and segway rides, so bring the entire family!

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Hall C, Denver
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $11-$22
Phone: 303-932-8100

Sunday, February 23

Come out to a FREE community concert and be part of a flash mob at the same time! The Stanley Marketplace is celebrating their one-year anniversary, and they want you to join in! 

If you’ve never been a part of a flash mob, this is your chance! Bring the entire family to rock out to sounds of the Beatles as this neighborhood party goes into full swing. Flash mob is from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 3:00 p.m.

The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Cost: FREE

You will be blown away by the talent in this very young group of musicians! The Denver Young Artists Orchestra never disappoints, and this mid-winter concert is no exception. 

These inspiring young artists will perform a playful program of classical music including Prelude to Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance, Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis, Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole, and Thunder/Lightning by Strauss. Children and students receive FREE admission.

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$20, Children/Students FREE
Phone: 303-623-7876

Spectacular To Dos Near Southshore!

There’s no shortage of things to do near the master-planned community of Southshore! You get the tranquility of lakeside living with easy access to your favorite urban activities. Stop by and see for yourself how great Life at the Lake can be! With beautiful model homes from Toll Brothers, Century Communities, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the $400s and the $700s.