Catch Some Culture This Weekend!

January 30, 2020

With a wide range of theatre and musical offerings this weekend in Denver and Aurora, you’ve got your choice of many new productions. You can catch a show right in the neighborhood—from Othello at the People’s Building to Squirrels, a wickedly funny satire at the Aurora Fox Theatre. The new Donna Summer musical is at DCPA, and Peter Pan is at the Colorado Ballet! 

Thursday – Saturday, January 30 – February 1

This exciting new production of Shakespeare’s classic tale of a pure love that is corrupted by hatred is being staged right here in the neighborhood! The founder of the Source Theatre Company has teamed up with Denver’s newest theater company, the Invictus, to put on a show that’s accessible to all audiences!

The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 303-308-9300

Thursday – Sunday, January 30 – February 2

This disco diva was an icon of an unforgettable era, the sensational 1970s! See how Donna Summer rose from the ranks of a singer in a gospel choir in Boston to become one of the best-known voices in pop music for decades. This is the story of her grit and courage in the face of all kinds of barriers.

With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including Love to Love You Baby, Bad Girls, Hot Stuff, Last Dance and MacArthur Park, this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis, Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45-$135
Phone: 303-571-4401

You’ve never seen a play like this before because it hasn’t been created yet! This ingenious company of Shakespearean actors know the Bard so well, they can create a brand-new Shakespeare play every night on stage! 

Shakespeare has never been funnier than when elements of his works are improvised by this band of brilliant and clever wordsmiths! The Improvised Shakespeare Company is a talented troupe of comedians and Shakespeare actors who take a mere suggestion from an audience member to create an improvised Shakespearean masterpiece on the spot!

Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $42
Phone: 303-893-4100

Friday, January 31

Turn your dinner date into something unique—an opportunity to create beautiful food together! The Chefs at Cook Street will guide you through the preparation of a delicious Southwest-style dinner, with regional ingredients and gourmet recipes. This fun casual evening is hands-on—from making the meal to eating it! 

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, 43 W. 9th Ave., Denver
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $119 per person
Phone: 303-308-9300

Friday – Saturday, January 31 – February 1

It’s an exhilarating evening of musical theatre with the Colorado Symphony in this delightful collaboration between the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and the symphony! You’ll love the contemporary take on this buoyant nautical tale, as a band of swashbuckling buccaneers takes over the rocky coast of Cornwall. 

The fully-staged musical features bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully dotty “model of a modern Major-General.” It’s a full night of rich sound with the orchestra, Colorado Symphony Chorus, and vocal soloists, while the company’s take on the production makes the show relevant and exciting to a modern audience.

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$89
Phone: 303-623-7876

Friday – Sunday, January 31 – February 2

Middle-Eastern rugs and culture are an intriguing way to break the routine of mid-winter! Check out this exotic display and sale of rugs, textiles, jewelry, and art, with complimentary themed refreshments! Friday evening features wine and cheese, while Saturday and Sunday shows will be serving Turkish delight and tea. 

The Cube, 8371 Northfield Blvd., Denver
Fri., 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-307-9332

A world-premiere political drama takes us a few years into the future, to a year when the demographics of America have shifted—now Latinos are part of the racial majority. Andres Salazar has decided to run for office but it’s unclear whether identifying himself as a Mexican American will help or hinder him on Election Day. Perhaps even more importantly, would denying part of his identity be worth the potential political benefits?

Space Theatre, 14th and Curtis, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.

Tickets: Starting at $30
Phone: 303-571-4401

Your favorite tunes from the classic crooner are brought to life with this phenomenal tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. You’ll be transported back in time to a swanky nightclub on the Vegas strip, where all your favorite jazz standards take you on a trip down memory lane. More than 50 quintessential hits from the Sinatra collection are on this ambitious program! From Strangers in the Night to New York, New York, you won’t be able to keep from singing along!

Make an evening of it with a pre-show dinner! Nonna’s Chicago Bistro is offering a special dinner-and-a-show package! You can enjoy classic Italian food with 15 different house specialties plus your choice of soup or salad! Seats for this special dinner-and-a-show package are limited!

Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $33-$38; dinner-and-show package starts at $49.50
Phone: 303-800-6578

When Colorado Ballet performs Peter Pan, everyone really does fly across the stage! The beloved tale of Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael and their adventures in Neverland is simply magical with the set, costumes, and artistry of ballet! Everyone will be there—the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and all the pirates, an infamous crocodile, and of course, a little bit of pixie dust!

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30- $90
Phone: 303-837-8888

The Squirrels only seems to be about a bunch of snobby Gray Squirrels who are pushing out the deviant Fox Squirrels in their rush to get ready for winter. This play is really a wickedly funny satire about class, prejudice, and politics that you won’t want to miss!

Broadway World called this dark comedy “a very entertaining and timely play that will make you laugh and think at the same time.”

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$33
Phone: 303-873-6622

Saturday, February 1

If you have been dying to get your hands on a drone, check out this workshop that introduces you to the world of drone flying and safety. You’ll gain the tools and confidence you need to have some fun with your very own drone! 

All registrants will receive their own drone (a reprogrammed Quanum Chaotic), transmitter (controller) and battery. The class is limited to 12 students, and participants must be at least 10 years old. Students ages 16 and under can have one parent attend for free. 

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Register: $299
Phone: 303-360-5360

Generations of children have been read to sleep with the sweet story of Goodnight, Moon—and now the classic book comes to life on stage! This adaptation incorporates whimsical music and dance and picks up right as the clock is striking seven, just in time for Bunny to get ready for bed.

Pre-K through 2nd graders will be mesmerized as all of the characters they know so well make an appearance on stage—kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady saying “hush,” and of course, the beautiful moon!

Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver
1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16
Phone: 303-893-4100

Saturday – Sunday, February 1-2

Be there on opening day of the new Drone Exhibit! You’ll get to explore the history of drone technology, from the earliest unmanned flying machines to advanced systems of the 21st century. 

Drones: Is The Sky The Limit? will examine safety concerns and privacy issues of this next-generation form of pilotless transportation. With applications for home use, entertainment, homeland defense, and more, how will critical decisions be made? Exhibit runs from February 1st through May 8th and is included in the price of admission.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9.95 – $16.95
Phone: 303-360-5360

Sunday, February 2

When does ice skating become an expression of art? When you get to paint the ice! Come out to The Pond at Southlands for the season’s final day of skating and leave your own artistic signature before it melts away for the spring.

There will be a DJ spinning tunes, a selfie wall, and of course, ice skating and painting!

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Suite 260, Aurora
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5000

The Arts, Music and More Near Southshore!

Enjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore—and find culture and entertainment within easy reach! Looking for a new home you can add your signature style to? Tour the beautiful model homes from Century Communities, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s and the $700s.