Carol Burnett, BBQ and Horse Racing!

June 7, 2018

This weekend you can laugh with the one and only award-winning actress and comedian, Carol Burnett, or the comedy duo of Heffernan and Lemme. If you’re in a more dramatic mood, two new plays should fit the bill, or there’s always the Vintage and Antique Show for those of you needing a nostalgia fix! It’s all happening this weekend near Southshore in Aurora!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, June 7

Carol Burnett, award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work on stage and screen, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week, and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history. But it is Ms. Burnett’s artistic brilliance, her respect and appreciation of her fans, and her graciousness, integrity, warmth, and humor on and off screen that have made her one of the most beloved performers in entertainment and one of the most admired women in America.

During An Evening of Laughter and Reflection, Burnett will take questions from the audience ,show video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of The Carol Burnett Show where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers.  “I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” said Carol. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!”

Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
7:30 p.m., Doors Open at 6:30
Tickets: $59-$175
Phone: 303-228-8260

Thursday-Saturday, June 7-9

Kevin Heffernan (“Farva” in Super Troopers and “Landfill” in Beerfest) & Steve Lemme (“Mac” in Super Troopers and “Fink” in Beerfest) are 2 members of the Broken Lizard Comedy Groupand creators of films such as Super Troopers, Beerfest, Club Dread & The Slammin’ Salmon. In their two man live show, Heffernan & Lemme perform stand up, tell funny stories about the making of their movies and sometimes even drink a beer with the audience –Beerfest style! The show has it all from 2 of your favorite Broken Lizard members. In the end, you’re guaranteed to see everything that’s funny about a fat man sharing a stage with a little bitty fella.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 303-595-3637

Offering both a basics workshop, essential for any artist or even the professional who wants to develop better communication skills, creative problem-solving techniques and teamwork capabilities and confidence. The beyond basics sessions will beuild on the basics and introduce new structures and forms. Edith Weiss will be teaching the workships. She is highly regarded as an actor, writer, director and former stand-up comedian. As a comedian, she toured the country and worked tours for the military, and has directed and acted for the Denver Center, Arvada Center, the Avenue Theater, Nomads, Littleton Town Hall and the Aurora Fox Theatre.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.
Various Times: $25
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10

School of Rock is a The New York Times Critics’ Pick and “An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “Fists of all ages shall be pumping!”

Buell Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs. & Sat., 2:00 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$105
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday, June 8 

Spiderman and Ironman have nothing on these amazing ZOOper heroes. Learn about Denver Zoo animals with fantastic adaptations that help them survive the perils of the natural world.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy.
10:30 a.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

Friday-Sunday, June 8-10

If you’re headed to Elitch’s for the day, don’t miss the magic show playing every hour and a half in the afternoons, or the Kidz DJ Dance Party! Smoke and Mirrors charms audiences of all ages with an artful blend of magic, comedy, and beautiful visuals. Tied together through fun choreography and intriguing audience participation, Smoke and Mirrors features some of the world’s most unique and spellbinding illusions, leaving audiences open to a world of impossibilities. 

Trocadero Theatre, Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
Time: 1:00, 2:30, 4:30 or 6:00 p.m.
Cost: General Admission
303-595-4386 or

Live horse-racing events return to Colorado with lots of excitement and energy from the horses and the bettors! The two breeds that race at Arapahoe Park are thoroughbreds and quarter horses. Thoroughbreds can begin their racing careers at age 2. Futurity races are for two-year-olds much like derby races are for three-year-olds. Owners and trainers enter futurity races with hopes that their horses will become racing’s next stars. Arapahoe Park opened in 1984 and has held races every summer for the last 15 years. The minimum age to place a wager is 18.

Arapahoe Park, 26000 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora
1:00 p.m. Gates Open
Tickets: $5 Admission; Racing Forms $7.50 
Phone: 303-690-2400

Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her new-born. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. Recommended for audiences ages 10 and older.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat./Mon, 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$32
Phone: 303-856-7830

If you’re interested in getting started in the specialty coffee business, this event is for you. The fest is attended by coffee shop owners, managers, baristas, marketing gurus – and anyone passionate about coffee and tea. Festival goers will learn new skills, receive new information and experience new products!

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun., 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $60
Phone: 253-582-2020

This high-end antique show features amazing antique dealers from across the country and is considred one of the best shows in the country. The variety and quality of items, from furniture and jewelry to keepsakes and collectibles encompasses nostaligic and rare pieces from throughout the decades. The vendors are histoirians with stories about their products you can expect to see thousands of items on display and for sale. 

The Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
Fri., 10:00 am.-6:00 p.m.; Sat./ Sun., 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5
Phone: 720-870-2221

Saturday, June 9

The 10-33 State Trooper Memorial Roping was founded in 2016 by Captain Weil and Corporal Honn of the Colorado State Patrol. Both are avid team ropers and share a passion for both for serving and protecting the residents of Colorado and living a Western way of life. Together they created this roping event to give back to the families of the loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice and were killed in the line of duty. 

This event allows community members, families and team ropers to come together and remember our fallen heroes, this year to include Zackari Parrish, Heath Gumm and Micah Flick. The 10-33 STMR will present all proceeds and cash donations the families of the fallen officers. 

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora
7:30 a.m.
Phone: 303-795-4955

Expect your favorite local brews, a nationally sanctioned BBQ competition, and live entertainment from a variety of musicians and buskers (quirky street performers). Admission and parking are free at this annual event with world-class BBQ by purchasing BBQ Bucks ($2 each) for a two-ounce sample. Teams in the competition area will accept your BBQ Bucks and hand you a delicious cut of meat. 

Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Cost: $2 per 2-oz. BBQ sample

This free, family-friendly event, will allow you to view hundreds upon hundreds of the region’s best classic cars parked at festival sites along Havana Street in Aurora. There will also be a special poker run, which means at every site you draw a card (plus one extra card at one of the sites) to make a five-card poker hand at the end of the festival. The best poker hands will walk away with prizes, including an ocean cruise and trendy tools. The festival sites will also include food for purchase, free music and lots of classic cars on display!

Havana Machine, 840 S. Havana, Aurora
12:00-6:00 p.m.

This presentation examines how the world of internet-based entertainment can replace your costly cable and phone service for a fraction of the price, and give you more choices.  Learn about antennas, streaming services and devices from guest speaker, James Gifford, a writer whose current focus is on practical consumer economics.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Cir., Aurora 
1:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

June in Southshore!  

June makes the lakeside master-planned community of Southshore the best place to be in Aurora! Minutes from Southlands shopping, Aurora entertainment, and close enough to Denver for a night out, the new homes from Toll Brothers, Richmond American Homes and Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore are worth a look! Ranch and two-story models in this recreational wonderland are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.