Entertainment Springs Into Aurora This Weekend!

April 12, 2018

No matter what kind of entertainment you’re looking for, you will have plenty to choose from in the Denver and Aurora area this weekend! From a blockbuster Broadway musical for the entire family to an exciting premiere at the Colorado Symphony, music lovers will find plenty to choose from! It’s also your last chance to catch the interactive space exhibit Be the Astronaut, and if you are in the mood for an extravagant night out, don’t miss Denver’s best masquerade ball! Spring is in full swing—jump right in!

Thursday, April 12

Do you know how to listen to classical music? Have you ever wondered what you might be missing in a symphonic performance? In Listen/Hear, a new series by the Colorado Symphony, you’ll learn by example and informal talks how to become more aware of the nuances of great works of music!

In this installment, the Colorado Symphony Chorus joins the musicians to pay homage to distinctively American composition and song, including selections by Copland, Bernstein, and Gershwin. Take a journey through the evolution of symphonic music from its modest beginnings to the powerhouse ensemble you see it as today!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DPAC, 1000 14th St. #15, Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $17-$66
Phone: 303-623-7876

Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14

Fans of the long-running Fox series MadTV will recognize the outrageous Bobby Lee immediately. In a series of memorable comedy sketches, Lee put a spin on real-world celebrities such as Connie Chung and North Korean President Kim Jong Il—and who can forget his take on presidential hopeful John McCain? He is best known for his unique brand of pain-inducing, physical humor.

Lee’s film credits include The Dictator, Pineapple Express, and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and he has made guest appearances on television shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, The League, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Mind of Mencia. On stage, Lee is equally as hilarious. He has been touring the country year-round with his wildly unpredictable stand-up routine. Don’t miss your chance to see him live on-stage!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.; Sat., 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $24-$27
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, April 12-15

You’ve heard about it—the unforgettable exhibit that puts you in the seat of the astronaut! This is your last chance to experience it for yourself! Be the Astronaut is an immersive pod-based exhibit that engages you fully in its STEM-based content through technology and more traditional displays. A powerful and exciting exhibit for children and adults alike!

Be the Astronaut takes you on a journey through a narrative set in the near-future, where space missions take citizens on board. Using a series of interactive games and simulations, you take on the elements that real astronauts must master before blasting off. You will learn about the challenges and excitement of spaceflight, and then apply that knowledge as you fly spaceships, pilot landers, and drive rovers across locations such as Earth’s orbit, the Moon, Mars, Ceres and Jupiter. All spacecraft in Be the Astronaut were authentically designed with assistance and oversight from NASA’s Langley Research Facility.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
Thurs.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun. 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8.50-$10
Phone: 303-360-5360

Inspired artists? Or vandalous criminals? Do graffiti artists have a place in contemporary art and society? This Is Modern Art is a thought-provoking play that offers a glimpse into the lives of anonymous graffiti crews and why they do what they do. You may be surprised at their motives—and get in on the debate about where art belongs in society.

This Is Modern Art is staged in the innovative no-frills Jones Theatre, where you never know what will happen next. With a thrust stage and tiered seating, the theatre allows for surprising new performances and one-of-a-kind interactive experiences, the one thing you would expect from a play about graffiti artists!

Jones Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35
Phone: 800-641-1222

A whole new world, a hilarious genie, and an unlikely love story. Come see the story that you know and love in a whole new way! With the same beloved songs as the classic Disney movie (and even more!), you’ll be singing along with this blockbuster Broadway production of Aladdin!

Entertainment for the entire family, this will be your family’s favorite show of the year! From the producer of The Lion King, this production is a breathtaking spectacle, called “fabulous” and “extravagant” by The New York Times. You won’t want to miss the show NBC-TV said is “exactly what you wished for!”

Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Sat./Sun., 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45-$175
Phone: 800-641-1222

When World War II broke out in Europe, renowned artist Pablo Picasso chose to remain in Paris. The Third Reich declared his works “degenerate” and ordered cultural attaché, Miss Fischer, to find and interrogate the cubist master. A Picasso is a dramatization of that encounter, with a potent mix of quotable lines. The play is a psychological drama with dramatic twists proving that “all’s fair in art and war.”

MACC – Pluss Theatre, 350 South Dahlia Street, Denver
Thurs.,7:00 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$35
Phone: 303-800-6578

Friday, April 13

Spend a lovely spring day dazzled by a gorgeous runway fashion show and gourmet luncheon—all to benefit the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. Runway show features garments and accessories from the upscale Mariel Boutique, including evening wear, ready-to-wear, jewelry and bridal! The Brass Ring Luncheon & Fashion Show includes a chance to bid on exciting travel packages, sports memorabilia and more at the live and silent auctions. Then enjoy a premiere luncheon in the festive company of fellow fashionistas!

The Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation raises funds for research, to promote diabetes awareness and education, to assist families in need, and to sponsor activities for children and their families. Join the Guild, and its more than 300 dedicated members and volunteers in the tireless fight against diabetes!

Hilton Denver City Center, 1701 California St., Denver
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $100 and up
Phone: 303-628-5109

Catch an exciting line-up of the freshest, most epic action and adventure films to see what it really means to get outdoors and make a difference in the world! If you are into outside adventure, you won’t want to miss this stellar action film fest! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Colorado 14er Initiative, and someone from the organization will be on hand to talk about the importance of conservation! You’ll even receive a custom pint glass and free pint of 14er Brew!

14er Brewing Company, 2801 Walnut St., Denver
5:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35
Phone: 612-708-1549

Friday-Sunday, April 13-15

It’s prime time for spring spruce-ups! This is your chance to check out all the latest in home design trends, finishes, interior decor and outdoor living. Held at the cavernous Denver Mart, you will have the opportunity to browse booth after booth to find inspiration and great ideas for your home!

Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Suite 2490, Unit 470, Denver
Fri., 12:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $3-$5
Phone: 800-201-4663

Fortunately for Colorado, Béla Fleck is no stranger. This will be the third time the world-renowned musician, composer and banjo virtuoso with perform with the Colorado Symphony! Last year the genre-defying banjo king recorded Juno Concerto with the Colorado Symphony, in celebration of becoming a new father.

This concert features the regional premiere of Fleck’s Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra No. 3 with the musician who has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy® history, and has taken home fourteen of the awards to date. The evening will also include selections played by the Symphony from Bartok, Webern and Janacek. Don’t miss this spectacular concert weekend!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DPAC, 1000 14th St. #15, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$94
Phone: 303-623-7876

Saturday, April 14

Why wait for Halloween or Mardi Gras? This is your chance to go incognito at an extravagant night of live music, dancing, cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres, magic, photos, live and silent auctions—all for a great cause! The Jayden Deluca Foundation is hosting its third annual Rocky Mountain Masquerade Ball to benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado and their research in children’s heart defects. Spend a memorable night in the company of masked friends and acquaintances—and help raise funds to support Children’s Hospital!

Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence St., Denver
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $100 and up
Phone:  855-553-3448

Plenty to do in the Southshore Area!

There’s no end to your entertainment choices near the master-planned community of Southshore! If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and see why this is a great place to be! You can tour the inspiring models and check out additional designs from Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Century Communities in The Hills, and Richmond American Homes at Lakeview. Ranch and two-story models in Southshore are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.