Cirque de Soleil, John Denver and Puppy Yoga!

September 8, 2022

Rocky Mountain High with the Colorado Symphony and vintage John Denver performances, as well as LOTS of stand-up comedy, concerts and rescue puppy yoga –  this weekend in Aurora and nearby Denver.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, September 8

50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH
See and hear the two-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and poet laureate of Colorado, John Denver, on video performing in a concert spectacular featuring archival video footage of Denver performing songs from the Rocky Mountain High album and Denver’s biggest hits, backed by live performances from former members of his band alongside Resident Conductor Christopher Dragon and the Colorado Symphony. Hear John Denver’s voice, see his vintage video performances, and hear stories told by old friends.

Featuring some of Denver’s most beloved hits including Sunshine On My Shoulders, Annie’s Song, Thank God I’m A Country Boy, Take Me Home, Country Roads, Leaving On A Jet Plane, and The Rocky Mountain High album, this is an unforgettable concert experience that will have you singing the night away.

Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$98+ 
Phone: 303-623-7876

Thursday-Saturday, September 8-10

RACHEL FEINSTEIN LIVE!
Rachel Feinstein is a nationally touring comedian and actress whose “acute observations create silly, sympathetic characters keeping her subtly, exquisitely attuned to her audience.” She has had three Comedy Central specials, including her one-hour special Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple.

Most recently, Rachel was featured on Amy Schumer’s Parental Advisory which was filmed as part of Netflix Is a Joke and released on the platform in June 2022. Rachel appeared on the first season of Life & Beth for Hulu. She also recurred on the Steven Soderbergh Amazon series Red Oaks and on Judd Apatow’s HBO comedy Crashing.

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

HIGH PLAINS COMEDY FESTIVAL
Get your passes to the best fest in the West: High Plains Comedy Festival featuring more than 100 of the world’s funniest people. This is a Denver weekend of merriment, revelry, hullabaloo, witty wordplay, shenanigans, tomfoolery, and good old-fashioned laughter…all for you! Collectively, performers have appeared on dozens of television shows, performed in front of thousands of people, and garnered billions of views on social media…and now you get to see them live! Treat yourself to some fun. You need this. We all do.

Well-known favorites and undiscovered talent share the stages at punk bars, bookstores and theater spaces lining South Broadway in Denver’s popular Baker neighborhood.

Various Venues on South Broadway
Fri.-Sat., 6:00-11:30 p.m.; Sun., 4:00-11:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15+
303-931-1900

Thursday-Sunday, September 8-11

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: OVO
OVO is teeming with life. Ovo means “egg” in Portuguese and these hatched insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears, representing the enigma and cycles of their lives.

Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
Fri./Sat., 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 11:30 a.m.; Sun., 1:00 & 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $53-$345
Phone: 303-405-1100

HADESTOWN – FINAL WEEKEND
On tour again, HADESTOWN, the iconic and excellent, mythical tale and ancient Greek fable about the love story between Orpheus and Eurydice.

Watch Orpheus visit the underworld to rescue Eurydice in the unrivalled stage production – it’s the perfect treat, with outstanding actors and accompanying songs designed to enchant theater-goers in world-class surroundings!

Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs. & Sat., 2:00 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$165
Phone: 720-865-4220

OPENING: NEWSICAL THE MUSICAL!
Direct from New York – the fifth longest running musical in Off-Broadway history is coming to Denver! Winner of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, NEWSical is the hilarious, ever-evolving, always changing, up-to-the-minute musical comedy of all the news that’s fit to spoof. Through sketches, parodies, and original music, NEWSical tackles everything from the lowest depths of reality television to the highest office in the land. “Watching the news these days, it’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry…Newsical makes it easy to laugh!” – New York Post

DCPA, Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St, Denver
Thurs.-Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-74

Friday-Saturday, September 9-10

FRANKIE QUIÑONES LIVE
Frankie Quiñones is a stand-up comedian, actor, and creator best known for his character work. Frankie stars in the upcoming ABC Studios Hulu show entitled This Fool, which premiered in August.

His new podcast The Frankie Quiñones Show, presented by Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network and iHeart Radio, features sketches of colorful characters based on the friends and family that helped shape him into the powerhouse comedian he is today. Frankie tours as himself but also as “Creeper” (a reformed cholo turned fitness guru) and “Juanita Carmelita” (a spicy suburban drama queen).

Frankie’s characters have racked up millions of views, and Creeper’s Cholofit Exercise routines have become viral sensations. Frankie’s repertoire of characters also includes party bro “Afradooshie”, feel-good guardian angel “Pachanga”, and he’s got plenty more ready to debut. Frankie Quiñones brings a performance compared to a one-man variety show. He recently co-starred in a Lifetime movie alongside Mario Lopez, entitled Feliz Navidad, and was a series regular on TBS’ The Dress Up Gang. His half-hour HBO MAX special Superhomies is streaming now.

Denver Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street Denver
7:30 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $30
303-595-3637

Friday-Sunday, September 9-11

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Billed as a musical within a comedy, this co-production with Performance Now depicts what happens when a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album and the characters come to life!

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another in a hilarious musical farce.

Vintage Theater, Nickelson Auditorium, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-38
Phone: 303-856-7830

THE CHINESE LADY
Intriguing, powerful, and based on a true story, The Chinese Lady is a play unlike anything you’ve seen before. The year is 1834 and 14-year-old Afong Moy is the first Chinese woman mainland America has ever seen. For a fee, spectators watch her eat shrimp and vegetables with chopsticks in an “exotic” habitat. They watch her walk. They gawk at her tiny bound feet. But she is honored to share her culture in a land bustling with opportunity.

Her translator, protector, and only interlocutor is Atung, a Chinese man who has been living in America for decades. Under the watchful eyes of Atung and the viewing public, Afong grows up and tours the U.S. as part of a traveling sideshow. Together, our two protagonists make poetic, pithy observations about culture, imperialism, and western philosophy as they watch a young nation struggle to define itself. Visually stunning and undeniably clever, The Chinese Lady shines a light on parts of our history that aren’t so black-and-white.

DCPA, Singleton Theatre, 1101 13th St, Denver
Thurs.-Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-74

Friday, September 9

KEITH SWEAT AND GINUINE
Keith Sweat is a Harlem-born R&B singer/songwriter who released his debut album, Make It Last Forever, at the end of 1987. The album sold over three million copies, spawning the hits “I Want Her”, “Something Just Ain’t Right”, “Make It Last Forever”  and “Don’t Stop Your Love”. It was followed in June 1990 by I’ll Give All My Love to You, another million-seller, that featured the hits “Make You Sweat”, and “I’ll Give All My Love to You”.

Ginuwine is a Washington, DC-based contemporary soul artist who released his debut album, Ginuwine: The Bachelor in October 1996 to great acclaim with the hit song “Pony”. The artist 100% Ginuwine followed in 1999 generating the hits “So Anxious”, ” None of Ur Friends Business”, and “Same Ol G”. 

Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $34-$77
Phone: 303-778-1500

HANSON – RED GREEN BLUE TOUR
Emerging on the world stage in 1997 with the ubiquitous smash single “MmmBop”, HANSON, the pop-rock band of brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson, introduced themselves to the world. Blending their influence of soul and rock n roll with a love of song craftsmanship, the brothers quickly earned stardom and also respect from peers, earning them three Grammy Nominations and millions of albums sold.

HANSON’s focus on the long game was apparent from the start of their career, with their admiration for touring acts like the Grateful Dead who cultivated fanbases outside of the fickle radio world. Today the beloved band is heading into their 30th year performing together (25 since their major debut), and is in the coveted position of having an active global fanbase and independence as owners of their label where they have self-released music since 2003. Knowing their history informs the bold moves they continue to make, and frames the world tour and new album project which marks their return to the world stage in 2022.

The RED GREEN BLUE Tour and album utilize the inspiration of colors to reflect the unique creative voice of each brother, with a third of the album written and produced by each individual (Taylor’s Red, Isaac’s Green and Zac’s Blue). In addition to their musical endeavors, in 2007 HANSON launched their Take The Walk grassroots campaign to provide poverty and HIV/AIDS relief in Africa. In 2013, they launched HANSON Brothers Beer, premiering their new venture with a signature Pale Ale, Mmmhops, and in 2014, they launched the Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival in Tulsa OK, which is among the largest craft beer and music events in the country.

HANSON has never been driven by trends or fame, but instead is fueled by the personal drive to create great art, inspire connection and cultivate community. Those qualities are at the root of the band’s longevity and lasting connection with fans.

Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$180
303-623-0106

Saturday, September 10

RESCUE PUPPY YOGA
Join the “club” for this amazing summer series! Vibe Yoga + Wellness and Stanley Marketplace are co-hosting along with rescue puppies from Mile High Lab Mission an event that will stretch your muscles and warm your heart. Congregate this Saturday at the Stanley Marketplace on the back lawn for an ALL levels vinyasa yoga class while enjoying cuddles with rescue puppies! Advance Registration is required.

Vibe Wellness/Stanley Marketplace, 
9:30 p.m.
Admission: $20

PERLMAN PLAYS HOLLYWOOD
One of the most extraordinary masters of the violin, with a spectacular career spanning more than 50 years, violinist Itzhak Perlman brings his celebrated brilliance to a performance with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

The repertoire features many of the greatest film scores ever written for violin including excerpts from Casablanca, Cinema Paradiso, Out of Africa, Scent of a Woman, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sabrina, Schindler’s List, and more!

Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40-115+ 
Phone: 303-623-7876

KEN JEONG & JOEL MCHALE
The Zarlengo Foundation proudly presents Ken Jeong & Joel McHale – two popular comedian-actors at the top of their game! Ken Jeong is also a producer and writer and has established himself as one of today’s leading comedic celebrities, starring in several memorable roles such as the mobster “Mr. Chow” in The Hangover. Jeong can be seen as a judge on the FOX hit celebrity reality singing competition The Masked Singer.

Joel McHale is also a sought-after television host. McHale is probably best known for his starring role in the hit comedy series Community, which ended its sixth season on Yahoo! after five seasons on NBC. In 2015, he wrapped the final season of E! Network’s The Soup, in which he satirized pop culture and current events.

Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $59.95-$99.95
Phone: 303-778-1500

Sunday, September 11

AN AFTERNOON OF HORSE RACING
Straight out of the gate, your horse racing experience is unforgettable. Bally’s Arapahoe Park honors this ancient sport—one of the oldest in history, which has remained unchanged since classical antiquity—by adding modern conveniences. Before you take your seat, stop by one of our concession stands and bars. The full-service horse track near Southshore puts a fresh spin on an old classic and is an all-ages venue.

The minimum age to place a wager is 18, and children ages 17 and under may enter the park for free as long as they are under parental guidance at all times.

Bally’s Arapahoe Park, 
1:00 p.m. (Also Mon./Tues.)
Admission: $5
Info: 303-690-2400

NEXT WEEK: Thursday, September 15

SOUTHLANDS WINE WALK
Don’t miss the last wine walk of the warm weather season at Southlands. You’ll find lots of taste testing, entertainment from the band Dotsero, sidewalk sales and more. Enjoy a Flaco Tempranillo from Spain, a Zolo Torrontes from Argentina, California reds, Italian whites and a pinot noir from New Zealand. 

The early check-in/wrist band pickup runs from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. inside Guest Services at the Clock Tower, and glass pick up only after 4:30 p.m. The first pour does not begin until 5:00 p.m. Since Main Street and Main Street parking will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, access to Main Street will be available from E. Town Center Ave. and E. Plaza Ave. until 1:00 p.m. Thereafter, enter/exit Main Street at S. Southlands Pkwy, E. Town Center Ave. and E. Plaza Ave.⁠

Southlands 
5:00-8:00 p.m.
$25

KIP MOORE: FIRE ON WHEELS
Known as “one of country’s more thoughtful artists” (Billboard), Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore has toured the world earning acclaim and a rabid fanbase as an all-in performer in each setting, consistently selling out headlining shows internationally with huge followings. Praised by Noisey as “an uncompromising, genre-defying artist firing on all cylinders” Moore has blazed his own trail, with “a bit more Southern rock than traditional country… to be a Kip Moore fan suddenly became a marker of your having a certain refinement in your country-music taste” (Chicago Tribune). 

Moore first splashed into the mainstream with the double-PLATINUM “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” in 2012, then followed up with three more best selling number one hits (“Hey Pretty Girl,” “Beer Money” and “More Girls Like You”), a trio of ambitious, critically-praised albums and two gritty EPs that landed Moore on multiple “Best Of” lists. Moore recently garnered resounding acclaim for his fourth studio album, Wild World. The set, co-written and co-produced by Moore, was spotlighted by critics as “especially vital; occasionally, even rare,” (Esquire).

Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm, Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $46-$66
Phone: 303-623-0106

Friday-Sunday, September 16-18

GERSHWIN’S RHAPSODY IN BLUE
Join your Colorado Symphony and Principal Conductor Peter Oundjian as they usher in the start of a spectacular new season that will inspire, delight, and ignite your imagination from its first note to its last. 

Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances creates a wondrous kaleidoscope of instrumental colors in a work that is retrospective yet astonishingly youthful, showing the aging composer was still at the peak of his powers. International superstar Jon Kimura Parker — famed for his interpretations of Gershwin — joins the orchestra to deliver a peerless rendition of the composer’s intoxicating Rhapsody in Blue. 

This uniquely American classic continues to charm listeners by occupying the intersection between classical music, jazz, and Broadway. The legacy of William Grant Still is remarkable both for the barriers he broke and the inventive works he wrote, blending European art music with African-rooted folk tunes. His Poem for orchestra takes inspiration from the hope of a world spiritually reborn following the desolation of war. John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine offers the perfect energetic introduction to an opening weekend spectacle that shouldn’t be missed.

Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$98+ plus fees & taxes
Phone: 303-623-7876

THE PIANO TEACHER
Retired piano teacher Mrs. K lives a quiet life in her small suburban town. She whiles away her time reminiscing about her late husband and the children she taught long ago. Then one day, she finds herself compelled to call her old students, but is it out of loneliness or some other, darker need? This regional premiere, written by Julia Cho, is playing in the Bond-Trimble Theatre.

Vintage Theater, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-34
Phone: 303-856-7830

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 $700s.