Classic Entertainment Weekend in Denver and Aurora!

November 16, 2017

It’s a weekend of timeless entertainment as comedy legend John Cleese silly-walks onto the stage and the award-winning musical RENT celebrates its 20th anniversary in a touring production. Plus, a cabaret of 30s and 40s music treats fans to a little boogie-woogie and jazz, and Hillary’s back for one night only, to talk about life lessons. It’s all happening near the master-planned community of Southshore in Aurora!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, November 16

The Aurora YMCA Teen Center is calling all young artists to submit a design idea for its wall mural by tomorrow, November 17. For more information or to submit your idea, contact Mandy Martinez, The selected artist will receive all the necessary supplies to paint his/her mural in the Teen Center.

YMCA Teen Center, 6205 S. Main Street/Southlands Mall, Aurora
Phone: 720-870-2221

For kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, this homework club is a gathering of students and the staff who will tutor them! Bring your homework and they’ll do the rest!

Youth Center Southlands Mall, 6205 S. Main St., #D1, Aurora
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Fee: $5
Phone: 720-274-5759

If your table is currently minus a holiday centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner, send a teen to the library to create one the whole family will enjoy! It’s a craft afternoon complete with prototypes, supplies and inspiration.

Martin Luther King Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1940

Dinos rule! Meet some of T-rex’s newest family members in the temporary exhibition: Ultimate Dinosaurs. Explore how the changing continents influenced dino evolution, check out the dinosaur on your dinner table, and craft your own cast of dino teeth and claws. Sip a cretaceous cocktail from the cash bar while you embrace your inner paleontologist.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $13-$15

Things to do this weekend in AuroraShe’s baaaack! Join Hillary Rodham Clinton as she connects with audiences in a conversation that’s personal, raw, detailed and surprisingly funny. She’ll take you on her journey and talk about What Happened, what’s next, and what’s on your mind. It’s a story of resilience, how to get back up after a loss and how to look ahead. It’s Hillary’s experience as a woman in politics – and she lets loose on the topic. in a way she never has before!

Bellco Theatre, ,700 14th St., Denver
7:30 & 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $60-$150

Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18

Don’t miss the book deals of the season! The Winter Used Book Sale features something for everyone of every age with over 60,000 books, CDs and DVDs at bargain prices.

Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Things to do this weekend in AuroraNamed one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch in 2016,” comedian Cameron Esposito has been called the future of comedy by Jay Leno and has appeared on CONANLast Call with Carson Dalyand Chelsea Lately. Cameron recently appeared in Garry Marshall’s feature film Mother’s Day and has roles in upcoming features including OperatorFirst Girl I Loved and Sleight.

Most recently, Cameron’s comedy series, Take My Wife, premiered on NBC’s new subscription-based platform, Seeso, following her one-hour comedy special Marriage Material, which premiered in March 2016. She also has a digital series, She Said, on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website. Cameron’s stand-up album, Same Sex Symbol, debuted at number on the iTunes comedy charts in 2014.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$28
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, November 16-19

Things to do this weekend in AuroraComedic actor Brian Hooks’ first acting role was as the central character in the film Phat Beach which was written and directed by Doug Ellin, creator of HBO’s Entourage. The success of Phat Beach led to roles for Hooks in other films, including High School High, BulworthBeloved and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. At the same time, Hooks had guest-starring roles in a variety of television series including CrackerNYPD BlueMoeshaER and The Parkers.

The Improv, 8246 Northfield Blvd., Denver
Tickets: $25
Thurs.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 9:45 p.m.
Phone: 303-307-1777

Thursday-Tuesday, November 16-21

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless entertainment event of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Buell Theatre, DCPA, 14th and Arapahoe, Denver
Thurs.-Tues., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$115

Friday-Saturday, November 17-18

Forget Pinterest, the L’Espirit De Noel, the Holiday Home Tour will give you plenty of inspiration adding fresh innovation to traditional holiday décor! The tour features five architecturally diverse homes in the Cranmer Park/Hilltop neighborhoods, beautifully decorated for the holidays by the metro area’s most accomplished and renowned florists and table designers. In addition, there will be a holiday boutique filled with creative and delicious holiday items offered for sale and local restaurants will be serving delicious lunch both afternoons. Proceeds will benefit the Central City Opera.

Holiday Home Tour, 60 South Elm St., Denver
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $23-$25
Phone: 720-693-8064

Things to do this weekend in AuroraAt the double-billed Cabaret Series: two groups will perform each night in a classic nod to boogie-woogie and jazz. The Denver Dolls, Colorado’s most beloved Andrews Sisters/USO Tribute Group, and the Vintage Vocal Trio, a Manhattan Transfer-styled group with a retro twist will both perform. The musical entertainment includes the tradition of female groups of the 30s, 40s and 50s, plus a trio influenced by Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Doris Day, Otis Redding, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and more!

Aurora Fox Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22

Friday, November 17

Grab your ice skates (or you can rent them!) for a spin around The Pond! Southlands ice skating rink will now be open EVERY DAY!

The Pond at Southlands Mall, Main St., Aurora
Fri., 4:00-9:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Admission: $8/Skate Rental: $2.50
Phone: 303-928-7536

Don’t miss the annual tree lighting and hayrides at The Lakehouse in Southshore this weekend! The tree lighting will take place at 6:00 p.m. sharp followed by hayrides with hot chocolate and treats served in the Café.

The Lakehouse at Southshore, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-870-2221

Things to do this weekend in AuroraA stand-up comedian for more than 20 years, Joe Rogan sells out theaters internationally with his intense comedic style of entertainment. You might remember him as Joe Garrelli, the resident electrician on the hit NBC comedy series NewsRadio or from his film appearances in Zookeeper and Here Comes the Boom.

Joe premiered his fourth hour-long comedy special on Comedy Central: Joe Rogan, Rocky Mountain High (filmed at Comedy Works Downtown!) in November 2014. Rogan has released three other comedy videos and two CDs and is the host of The Joe Rogan Experience, a long form comedy podcast with guests, one of the most popular on iTunes.

Bellco Theatre, ,700 14th St., Denver
7:30 & 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$65

Saturday, November 18

Take a free SAT practice exam, courtesy of Revolution Prep, at the library. Space is limited and registration is required. The practice exam can help identify areas that need extra attention before you take the real test! Register by calling 720-561-8270 or emailing

Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
9:00 a.m.
Phone: 720-561-8270

Bring kids of all ages to Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum to climb aboard select Wings aircraft and get a pilot’s perspective of the instruments and the controls. They can let their imaginations soar through billowing clouds as they “navigate the sky” in these historic aircraft.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-360-5360 x105

Things to do this weekend in AuroraComedy Works Entertainment presents John Cleese and the Holy Grail with living comedy legend, John Cleese. The legend is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A. Absurd and/or ridiculous questions only, please. John will tell stories of his life and career after a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen. Don’t miss your chance to see the man who has achieved nothing short of comedy royalty in this thrill-of-a-lifetime evening.

Bellco Theatre, ,700 14th St., Denver
Tickets: $69-$250

Monday, November 20

November is National Novel Writing Month and the NaNoWriMo event challenges you to write a 50,000-word book in thirty days. Are you up to it? You can do it! Join other local writers for a series of write-ins and writing workshops and turn that novel idea into a full-length book!

Martin Luther King Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1940

Monday & Wednesday, November 20 & 22

Come drop your kids off and let us do the kid-sitting while you shop at Southlands. The staff at the YMCA Youth Center will keep them entertained — just provide a small snack and drink for your child, ages potty-trained to 10 years old.

Southlands Mall, YMCA Youth Center, 6205 S Main St # D-112, Aurora
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Cost: $7 per child

Conveniently Southshore

Just minutes from the master-planned community of Southshore are a bevy of entertainment, education and recreation activities to celebrate the weekend. If you haven’t seen the spectacular new Delaney model from Richmond American Homes, stop by for a look. And check out the beautiful home designs from Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. It’s life at the lake priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.