January 11, 2018
This is the final weekend to see the breathtaking Lincoln Center Theater production of Oscar and Hammerstein’s The King and I, or you may want to catch comedian Tim Allen’s one-night hilarious stand-up show. Then again, the National Western Stock Show is in town, the Superbowl of livestock shows and rodeos, giving you plenty of choices for things to do in Denver and Aurora this weekend!
Thursday-Saturday, January 11-13
STAND-UP COMEDIAN NICK THUNE
Don’t miss the “Good Guy” (SeeSo) and “Folk Hero” (Netflix) Nick Thune, comedian and actor, when he brings his absurdist view and deadpan wit to Denver this weekend. Nick has cultivated a unique style of storytelling mixed with one-liners that audiences love.
He has appeared on The Tonight Show 10 times, Conan twice, and Late Night once. He performs to sold-out crowds across the country and around the world and has appeared in a slew of TV movies and programs.
Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
COLONY 933: AN IMMERSIVE MYSTERY DANCE-THEATRE
“You have been assimilated into Colony 933, in a post-apocalyptic world where the sun has stopped shining and you’re faced with this choice: Embrace a new life, or stage the revolt. Only you can decide!”
This is your invitation to take part in an immersive theatrical work that engages the audience to unearth clues and decide the outcome of the show! Novo Coffee is staying open late, serving coffee, wine, and beer before the show, which is part experimental musical dance theatre and part interactive mystery playhouse. Run time is approximately two hours with no intermission and no late admittance. One thing is certain: Colony 933 will keep you guessing!
Thursday-Sunday, January 11-14
FIRST DATE: THE MUSICAL
See what happens when blind-date newbie, Aaron, is set up with serial dater, Casey, in a busy New York restaurant, where their subsequent date unfolds in real time. This musical comedy follows the couple as they quickly discover they are not alone in this adventure —the other restaurant patrons alternately support and manipulate them and sing-and-dance through the difficulties of the evening. This musical contains adult content and humor and uses e-cigarettes.
Garner Galleria Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs.-Sun.,7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
THE KING AND I
Final performances of Rogers and Hammerstein’s beloved classic and Tony-award winning Best Musical Revival is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine). Set in 1860s Bangkok, the story revolves around a breathtaking collision of two cultures. When the King of Siam invites British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, to teach the ways of the West to his children and wives, the two embark on an unconventional and tumultuous journey.
Touted “a landmark production and a shot of purest rapture” (The Hollywood Reporter), this musical features a score with such classic favorites as Getting To Know You and I Whistle a Happy Tune. With an exceptional cast that delivers a dream performance, this show is a must-see event.
Buell Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
ROCKIN’ RODEOS AT THE DENVER COLISEUM!
The National Western Stock Show is in town, featuring world-class livestock shows and 20 – count ‘em – professional rodeos! Come out to cheer on the bronco riding, barrel racing or mutton busting, and feel like a true cow poke at heart. Rodeo’s biggest superstars will show up to perform amazing feats of athleticism during each professional rodeo. Whether you prefer thrills and spills or speed and agility, the National Western’s Pro Rodeo event is for you!
Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., Denver
Thurs., 7:00 p.m., Fri., 1:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sat., 11:00 a.m., 3:30 & 8:00 p.m., Sun., 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.
BACKSTORY: WESTERN AMERICAN ART IN CONTEXT
You’ve seen the artwork: Albert Bierstadt’s magnificent landscapes, Frederic Remington’s exuberant bronzes, the Taos painters’ colorful renderings of the Southwest—but what are the stories behind these legendary works?
During America’s Westward expansion from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, artists captured a land and its people in artwork that was vibrant and varied. The Backstory exhibit at the downtown History Colorado Center pairs nearly 50 masterpieces from the Denver Art Museum’s renowned collection with History Colorado’s wealth of artifacts to tell the stories beyond the art.
History Colorado Center, 1200 N. Broadway, Denver
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Phone: (303) 447-8679
Friday-Sunday, January 12-14
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL
On a chilly night in the spring of 1959, legendary songstress Billie “Lady Day” Holiday took the stage at a seedy nightclub in downtown Philadelphia. Her repertoire of semi-autobiographic songs was peppered that night with impromptu reminiscing about her life. A poignant portrait of the artist emerged, just four months before her death.
This show transports you back to that time and place, with a standout performance by Mary Louise Lee as Holiday. “Lee’s singing is absolutely radiant. Her voice is smooth as glass. At times she sounds uncannily like Holiday, at others entirely like her full-throated self,” (Westword). Opening night show (Friday, January 12) includes a post-show reception.
Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
NEIL SIMON’S RUMORS
Rumors may be one of the funniest Neil Simon plays you’ve never heard of! A madcap farce set in the upscale home of the deputy mayor of New York City and his wife, the play opens with guests arriving at their 10th anniversary dinner party to find the mayor wounded in bed with his wife missing.
The Spotlight Theatre Company kicks off its 20th anniversary season with this witty production. You won’t want to miss what happens when the country-club set is thrown into an absurd situation outside of their comfort zone, marked by an ever-increasing spiral of anxiety and a torrent of clever repartee.
Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre Company/John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Pl., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 13
TIM ALLEN LIVE!
You’ve laughed countless times with him over the years, through seasons of Home Improvement, on the big screen in Wild Hogs and in multiple Santa Clause movies, bringing home the spirit of Christmas…but you’ve never seen him like this!
Tim Allen’s live show puts Allen back in the place he loves the most: on stage as a standup comedian. While this family-friendly actor may be better known for his roles in kids’ movies, his live show contains material and language for mature audiences only (18 and older). Still, his humor will be familiar: after all, Home Improvement was based on his early stand-up material, “reflecting on his own lack of ability to repair things around the house, especially when it comes to plumbing and cleaning the toilet” (Chicago Tribune).
Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
A TRIBUTE TO ARTHUR FIEDLER AND THE BOSTON POPS
The Colorado Symphony presents a festive celebration of the tradition of the Boston Pops, a popular alias for the Boston Symphony Orchestra which was founded in 1885. In the style of the exciting and accessible mix of light classics and popular hits made famous by the incomparable Arthur Fiedler, the selections include well-known works from Mozart and Smetana to Gershwin, as well as themes from Jurassic Park and Star Wars! This tribute features Colorado Symphony Principal Trombone John Sipher and Piccolo Julie Duncan Thornton performing works that will showcase the virtuosity of the talented Colorado Symphony musicians.
Boettcher Concert Hall/DPAC, 1000 14th St., #15, Denver
Sunday, January 14
DENVER SILENT FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS GRASS
Before fictional accounts of adventure appeared in movie theaters, novice filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack captured a real-life adventure on film in 1924. Grass is one of the greatest documentaries of all times, whether silent or with sound.
Cooper and Schoedsack teamed up with journalist and sometime spy Marguerite Harrison to journey by horse-drawn wagon from Turkey to Persia. The trio followed a tribe of nomads as they moved their herds across present-day Iran. They found excitement, danger and unparalleled drama in this migration, where more than 50,000 people and half a million animals surmounted seemingly impossible obstacles to take their herds to pasture. Eight years after making this film, Cooper and Schoedsack would team up again to create the first King Kong movie ever made, in 1933.
Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake Theater, 4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
Sunday-Monday, January 14-15
LAUGHS WITH JESSIMAE PELUSO
Sharp-tongued MTV Girl Code cast member, Jessimae Peluso has been called “one of the funniest comics to follow on Twitter” (Huffington Post), and she delivers an outrageously funny stand-up show as well.
In her weekly podcast on iTunes, she talks road stories, horror movies, relationship horrors, and about her eternal search for John Stamos. She was featured in the New York Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy & Arts Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, and JFL 2016 Festival and featured on Kevin Hart’s LOL Live network. She has also contributed to Cosmopolitan, Self, GQ.com, and Playboy.com.
Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Sun., 7:00 p.m.; Mon., 8:00 p.m.
Monday, January 15
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE RODEO
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the heritage of America’s black cowboys, this rodeo celebrates their history and contributions. As part of the National Western Stock Show, top cowboys and cowgirls compete in the Pony Express relay, ladies’ steer un-decorating and more traditional rodeo events. This evening’s rodeo will include a tribute to the late Lu Vason to celebrate his life and dedication to African-American cowboys and cowgirls across the nation.
Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., Denver
Southshore Is the Place to Be!
If you want to be in the thick of the most exciting happenings, the master-planned community of Southshore is the perfect place to call home. Stop by and tour the stunning models and check out additional designs from Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Richmond American Homes and Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. Ranch and two-story models in this desirable lakeside community are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.