May 19, 2022
New plays and musicals start this weekend, comedy performances are selling out quickly and you can enjoy some of the best music in and around Aurora and in nearby Denver. Don’t miss some of the most talented performers in every genre – this weekend!
TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, May 19
CHRISTONE KINGFISH INGRAM IN DENVER!
Since the release of Kingfish, his Grammy-nominated 2019 Alligator Records debut, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has quickly become the defining blues voice of his generation. From his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi to stages around the world, the now 22-year-old has already headlined two national tours and performed with friends including Vampire Weekend, Jason Isbell and Buddy Guy (with whom he appeared on Austin City Limits). He was interviewed by Sir Elton John on his Apple Music podcast, Rocket Hour, and recently released a duet with Bootsy Collins. In January 2021, Ingram was simultaneously on the covers of both Guitar World and DownBeat magazines, and graced the cover of Living Blues in late 2020.
In the two years since Kingfish was released, Christone lost his mother and biggest champion, the late Princess Pride Ingram. He toured for 13 months non-stop, until the pandemic halted live performances and forced him to take stock. He began writing songs for his next album, 662 — the telephone area code for Ingram’s northern Mississippi hometown, which was introduced the year he was born—1999.
Ingram’s dynamic personality, as well as his one-of-a-kind guitar and vocal skills is displayed in that 662 album — written during the pandemic. “It was an incredible time of change and growth, moments both good and bad, and I am a better and stronger person for it.” Don’t miss this amazingly talented young man that Rolling Stone calls, “one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.”
Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver
SUMMER OF MORE
During the Pirates & Princesses event, guests celebrate the fantasy worlds of brave buccaneers and regal royalty with family-friendly activities throughout the resort. Guests can learn to be a pirate or princess in an interactive show, solve puzzles and riddles inside an enchanted escape room, raise a hearty mug of grog at a pirate-themed pop-up bar, stroll through remnants of a pirate galleon ship, search for treasure in a new scavenger hunt, and more. Relâche Spa at Gaylord Rockies also joins the celebration, with treatments designed to soothe the meanest marauders and pamper the prettiest princesses. Check out the tickets page for all the options for your littles.
Gaylord Rockies Resort, 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., Aurora
Thursday-Sunday, May 19-22
BREAKTHROUGHS IN FLIGHT
Humankind went from no significant controlled flight at all to landing on the moon in 66 years. Progress has continued, and future achievements beckon. Each great moment in flight has helped to shape the course of human history and enabled the next generation of aviators to fly higher, faster and farther.
This exhibit features amazing stories and spectacular artifacts that will make your eyes pop and your jaws drop!
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FREAKY FRIDAY MUSICAL
The Aurora Fox Theater was about to start rehearsals for this hilarious, musical update of an American contemporary classic when a certain VIRUS put the brakes on… well… everything. Now, two years later, they’re so excited to present Disney’s Freaky Friday the Musical!
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. With a score by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If / Then and a book by Parenthood’s Bridget Carpenter, Disney’s Freaky Friday is a delightful, little musical adventure for anyone with a perfectly imperfect family.
Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Thur.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Pharus doesn’t fit in at The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, a prestigious academy dedicated to the education of young black men. Despite embodying the strong, ethical morals the school promotes, being gay has made him an outsider within its hallowed halls. But this year, his talent and perseverance have paid off with a chance to lead the school’s choir, a position where he may finally have the opportunity to redefine himself as a leader and a confident young man. With its uplifting music and electrifying dance routines, Choir Boy might inspire you to raise your voice and cheer as one student boldly stands up to the tradition.
This soaring coming-of-age musical drama was the Broadway debut of Oscar-winning screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), whose deeply human storytelling illuminates the chaotic collision of masculinity, tradition and self-discovery on the path to adulthood. Advisory: Contains discriminatory language and behavior, sexualized language, and nudity in two scenes. Recommended for ages 18+.
DCPA, Kilstrom Theatre, Speer Blvd. @ Arapahoe Street, Denver
Fri.-Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Set in the fictional modern-day Texas border town of La Plancha, Quixote and his luckless but trusty sidekick, Sancho, embark on a fantastical quest in search of long-lost love. Infused with imagination, comedy, and Tejano music, Quixote Nuevo reveals the joys and perils of facing down Death and becoming the hero of your own story.
In service and celebration of Tejano culture and Cervantes’ classic tale of Don Quixote, audiences can expect to hear lots of music and Spanish language throughout this wildly theatrical reimaging of a classic.
DCPA, Wolf Theater, 1101 13th St, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 20
17th AVENUE ALLSTARS
The 17th Avenue Allstars Alumni group featuring Aubrey Jacobs is excited to take the stage once again to give fans a chance to enjoy one of the great vocal bands from years’ past.
“Everything old is new again” as The Soiled Dove presents The Guardians Band. Based on the nostalgic music from the soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy Movies, the award-winning rhythm section backing up some of your favorite vocalists from the 17th Avenue Allstars.
Some of the tunes you’ll enjoy include: Redbone’s Come And Get Your Love; Michael Jackson’s I Want You Back; Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit In The Sky; Blue Suede Escape’s Hooked On A Feeling; The Five Stairsteps’ O-o-h Child; Marvin Gaye & Tammy Turrell’s Ain’t No Mountain High Enough; and Elvin Bishop’s Fooled Around And Fell In Love.
Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver
Thursday-Sunday, May 19-22
Ashley Gavin is a comedian, actor, and writer best known for her top charting podcast We’re Having Gay Sex. Her viral comedy and sketch videos on TikTok have earned her 500k followers, over 30 million views, and the occasional free smoothie. Ashley and her podcast have been mentioned in People, Forbes, Us Weekly, Out, and was named a 2020 best comedy podcast by Paste Magazine. Ashley’s stand up has been featured on AXS TV Live at Gotham, Laughs on Hulu, and SiriusXM channels including Comedy Central, Netflix is a Joke, and Raw Dog.
Ashley is known for her confidence, social commentary and unrelenting energy on stage. She is the only angry lesbian beloved by all, including old, straight, white guys. If you don’t believe it, she was Carnival Cruise Line’s first openly gay comedian. She exploded on the internet this year by showcasing her rare ability to authentically engage and improvise with guests on her podcast and audience members while on stage.
Denver Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, May 20-22
THE ONE-ACT PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
“A sharp piece of comedy with a skilled, game and athletic cast willing to go the extra mile to deliver the laughs!” Alex Miller, OnStage Colorado
You all know the classic murder mystery story. There has been an untimely death at a country manor, everyone is a suspect, and an inspector is set on the case to find who the culprit is. However, when this play is performed by the accident-prone thespians of The Cornley Drama Society, everything that can go wrong…does! The actors and crew battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! From Mischief, the creators of the West End smash Peter Pan Goes Wrong, critically acclaimed TV series The Goes Wrong Show, and the Tony-winning Broadway hit The Play That Goes Wrong, this is the original one-act play which started everything going wrong. Over the course of an hour, expect a plethora of disasters from missed lines to falling props. Do you ever find out who murdered Charles Haversham? You’ll have to see for yourself!
Vintage Theater, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 21
COLORADY SYMPHONY GALA
The Colorado Symphony’s biggest night has a new name and a new location in the heart of Denver’ RiNo District. Tune into your Imagination! The Imagination Gala will feature a small silent auction, a Booze Wall (wine and liquor pull), and a spectacular live auction! Check back soon for a sneak peek of the items and packages.
The event is a formal affair and Black Tie-inspired attire, fueled by your imagination, is recommended. The cocktail hour begins at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner and performances featuring special guest artists: Jessica Vosk, Yumi Hwang-Williams and conductor Christopher Dragon. At 9:30, the After Party begins with RZA and DJ Skane, time to head to the dance floor!
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
SOUTHLANDS FARMERS MARKET
The Southlands Farmers Market is an annual tradition that we look forward to every May. The Market features the freshest local and seasonal fruits and vegetables, unique food items, fresh baked breads, jams and jellies and handmade crafts from local artisans and much more!
SOUTHLANDS TOWN SQUARE, Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
OPEN TO EVERYONE
NEXT WEEK: Tuesday, May 24
THE LAND OF DOWN UNDER
Australia, or The Land Down Under as it is affectionately known, is a country, an island and a continent. It is a land of diverse physical beauty, unique wildlife and some historical similarities to the United States. Join us as we explore the history and landscape of this key U.S. ally. We will review Australia’s beginnings as a prisoner settlement, its role in numerous global conflicts and its modern challenges, including the impact of climate change and its relationship with China.
Garden Plaza of Aurora, 14221 E. Evans Ave., Aurora
RSVP: 303-873-2038 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A failed coup attempt and a flood of refugees have challenged the leadership of Turkey’s President Erdogan. A strong U.S. ally during the Cold War, Turkey is now one of the world’s largest Muslim democracies. Join Active Minds as we explore Turkey’s past and current challenges, including its struggles with its Kurdish minority, its role in the rise of ISIS, and what appears to be its relations with Russia.
Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax., Denver
Thursday-Saturday, May 27-29
ADAM RAY LIVE!
Adam Ray just wrapped Young Rock for NBC, the story of Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson’s life and most recently starred in the indie comedy The Bellman and was on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development for Netflix, as well as season 2 of American Vandal. He was a regular on Lights Out with David Spade and currently appears on The Adam Carolla Show. Ray is known from his work opposite Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s buddy cop comedy The Heat, as well as the reboot of Ghostbusters.
Adam has guest-starred on 2 Broke Girls, Workaholics, Silicon Valley and HBO’s Ballers. He has written for MTV’s PUNK’D, Adam Devine’s House Party, and the reboot of Mystery Science Theater. Adam headlines the top comedy clubs in the country, and has been featured onThe Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, as well as Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central. Adam also hosts the popular About Last Night podcast. His hilarious sketches and standup comedy clips have garnered over 50 million views on YouTube.
Denver Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m., Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, May 27-29
COLORADO SYMPHONY & CHORUS
Principal Conductor Peter Oundjian, your Colorado Symphony and Chorus, plus a star-studded cast of vocal soloists, cap a joyous return season with a pair of colossal choral masterpieces sure to delight. Oundjian lends his experienced hand to Bruckner’s Te Deum, a majestic hymn of thanksgiving and one of the most remarkable declarations of faith ever composed. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony — so often enlisted for its brilliance, magnitude, and thematic potency — has endured for almost two centuries as the greatest artwork about peace, freedom for all, and brotherhood ever created. This grand hymn to humanity offers a hopeful and inspiring sendoff to a remarkable season.
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$76 plus fees & taxes
Saturday, May 28
WATER PARK OPENING DAY
Don’t miss the unofficial start to summer at Elitch Gardens! Island Kingdom Water Park Opens for the season on May 28 and is open through Labor Day weekend.
Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Arts, Music and More Near Southshore!
Enjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore—and find all sorts of entertainment within easy reach! You can personalize your living space – just check out the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes and Century Communities. It’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home here, priced from the $600s to the $800s.