Celebrating Easter This Weekend

April 18, 2019

The convergence of Easter and Earth Day makes for an abundant offering of spring and nature-related events in Aurora and Denver this weekend! You can choose to make your own designer bouquet in honor of the planet or maybe mingle with some fish at the Denver Aquarium’s Earth Day celebration! Easter events range from a fun 5K run that involves the other kind of hops (beer!) to an Easter brunch with the Easter Bunny!

Thursday-Saturday, April 18-20

This charming comedy duo has been making fans laugh on TV comedy series, late-night talk shows, and from the stand-up stage for most of the last decade. Brothers Keith and Kenny Lucas possess “a disarming sweetness and a clever, stylized casualness” (The New York Times) in their animated series, Lucas Bros. Moving Co.,

and they also starred in two seasons of the weekly sketch comedy series Friends of the People on TruTV. The Lucas Brothers were featured in the FOX primetime series The Grinder starring Rob Lowe, and can be seen on Netflix in their first stand-up special, On Drugs.

The duo has been a favorite on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, with multiple appearances. You may have also seen them on Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, The High Court, and Adam Devine’s House Party. Don’t miss this comedy team who was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch of 2014.”

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $17-$25
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, April 18-21

This Tony Award-nominated musical features a virtuosic score that blends blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies into a magical, show-stopping musical masterpiece. The story revolves around race relations and family ties, and is set in the Deep South during the Civil Rights Movement.

Caroline is a black maid who works for a middle-class Jewish family. Tensions rise when a small amount of household money goes missing, threatening to rip two families—and the struggling Caroline—apart. 

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax, Aurora
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$37
Phone: 303-739-1970

Everyone’s heard what a great time Xanadu the Musical is, and tickets for final performances are going fast! Don’t miss this hilarious, adventurous musical based on the movie from the 1980s where roller-skating meets up with Ancient Greece. 

Kira is a Greek muse who shows up in Venice Beach, CA just in time to inspire an artist to invent the phenomenon of roller-disco! You’ll be singing along to this sunny, feel-good musical!

Garner Galleria Theatre/DCPA, 1101 13th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $49
Phone: 303-571-4401

Friday, April 19

YMCA Southshore screens the popular movie Bolt at this week’s Kids’ Night Out, the special evening just for kids! Bolt is the heroic dog who believes he really is endowed with the superpowers of the character he plays in an action series on TV. But when he’s let out of his imaginary TV world and has to face real-life challenges, he proves he really is a hero after all.

Drop the kids off to a safe and fun Kids Night Out and you know your kids will be well-cared for! In addition to the movie screening, kids through the age of 12 who are potty-trained will enjoy dinner, arts and crafts, and games. 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 

The neighborhood comedy club returns to the People’s Building for a hilarious night of stand-up. The Black Actors Guild will be exercising their improv muscles and you can watch for a cover of only $5. Due to mature content, this show is recommended for ages 18+. 

The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5
Phone: 729-819-6680

This is the revolutionary play that first put gay men’s lives onstage in a realistic way that is both funny and heartfelt. The dramedy takes place in a NYC apartment at a birthday party for one of the men.

As the play unfolds, many underlying jealousies and yearnings are exposed, as the group of men work through the fault lines that threaten to pull them apart.

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

Saturday, April 20

Did you know the oceans make up 71 percent of the earth’s surface? So you won’t find a better place to celebrate Earth Day than the Denver Aquarium! The party is free with regular admission, so it’s a great chance to check out all the fascinating creatures of the sea while enjoying the special activities happening for Earth Day. 

There will be photo opps with animals, a tiger training demo, crafts and activities, and a scavenger hunt! Plus you’ll have the opportunity to learn lots of fun facts from staff biologists.

Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free with Aquarium admission $16.99 – $22.99
Phone: 303-561-4450

What a clever idea to combine beer and the bunny hop for a fun Easter 5K run! As part of the Colorado Brewery Running Series, the course starts and ends at a brewery, so you know it will be a good time. This is a non-competitive, do-at-your-own pace kind of 5K that weaves through the surrounding area and ends with a beer waiting for you at the finish line! 

Peak to Peak Tap & Brew, 16701 E. Illiff Ave., Aurora 
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$45

In honor of Earth Day, make your own exquisite spring bouquet, using farm-fresh flowers and flowering branches! This hands-on class is taught by experts from Mossflower and is geared toward flower enthusiasts and anyone who wants to learn how to design with flowers from their yards or the farmer’s market. You’ll learn about the key elements of design: color, form, space and texture. 

This all-inclusive workshop provides seasonal, fresh American-grown flowers and flowering branches, as well as a stylish vase ($65 value) and design instruction—everything you need to make a stunning bouquet! You’ll also get one complimentary glass of wine and feast on small bites from Mondo Market.

Infinite Monkey Theorem, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $100
Phone: 720-443-2364

Celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of Rolling Smoke BBQ’s Stanley Marketplace location with a fun springtime party, complete with crawfish, BBQ, and a bouncy house for the kids! This family-friendly festival includes music provided by Thin Air: A Tribute to Widespread Panic, with special guests Brianna Straut and Adam Keane Stern.

The Hangar at Stanley, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora 
1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

This unique event brings together the worlds of high fashion and traditional classical music. One part old-world Europe and one part high-end SoHo, Artaria is a cross between a classical voice concert and a fashion runway show! 

Kaitlyn Thomas of Nuorikko brings her incredible hand-painted gowns to mingle with the music performed by soprano Stephanie Ann Ball, while Dr. Cody Guy Garrison accompanies her on the piano. Featuring songs by some of classical music’s most brilliant composers such as Strauss, Duparc, Barber, and Bellini, this evening is a concert you will not want to miss!

The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Phone: 729-819-6680

Sunday, April 21

If you’re looking for an Easter brunch where the Easter Bunny himself will be in attendance, look no further! Bring the whole family to the Denver Aquarium for a delicious brunch buffet with over 40 items to choose from, an egg hunt, and photos with the Easter Bunny! You also get 50% off the admission price to Aquarium exhibits. Reservations are required for this popular event.

Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19.99 – $42.99
Phone: 303-561-4450

Easter Weekend in Southshore!

 This year’s Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success and Mr. Bunny made lots of friends before and after! Our community is away from it all, but close to everything, and Southshore offers access to plenty of things to do on holidays and every weekend! If you’re new to Life at the Lake, drive around and check out 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 $400s and the $700s.