October 7, 2021
October marks the beginning of Theatre Season—including local neighborhood theaters and dance companies! This weekend, you’ll find a variety of performances onstage and in-person, from Shakespeare to a new mystery suspense thriller to classics like Steel Magnolias and Young Frankenstein! And both Colorado Ballet and Ballet Ariel begin their 2021-2022 seasons this weekend!
TODAY/TONIGHT, October 7
SCIENCE FICTION FANFARE
How much science goes into a science fiction movie? This compelling question will be discussed in a book-signing event, followed by a screening of The Martian!
The Science of Sci-Fi Cinema, co-written by a film professor and a scientist, investigates how plausible are the hypothetical futures and scientific inventions featured in blockbuster movies like Jurassic Park and The Martian. All proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Food Bank of the Rockies.
The Cube, 8371 Northfield Blvd., Denver
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, October 7-9
Enjoy a festive production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It in a fully-outdoor and socially-distanced adaptation. You’ll be delighted at this contemporary take on the classic tale, complete with twinkling lights, s’mores, tasty brews, and live music!
The Denver Performing Arts Center Galleria, 1400 Curtis S., Denver
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
MAZ JOBRANI IN PERSON
You can find the versatile actor and comedian Maz Jobrani on network TV, online streaming, and delivering his own podcast—and now he’s live and in-person at his stand-up show in Denver!
Most recently known for his podcast, Back To School with Maz Jobrani and his new stand-up comedy special Pandemic Warrior on PeacockTV, Jabroni has also starred in the CBS sitcom Superior Donuts. He’s made appearances on TV’s most popular shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Better Off Ted, and Shameless. NPR fans will recognize him as a regular panelist on the comedy quiz show, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. His LA Times best-selling book, I’m Not A Terrorist But I’ve Played One On TV was also adapted into a Showtime solo special.
Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $30 – $35
Thursday-Sunday, October 7-10
MAIZE IN THE CITY
It’s October—that means it’s time for Corn Mazes! Take a quick drive up to Thornton for the famous 20-acre Crazed Corn maze, plus a mini-maze for the little ones, pumpkin patch, sand art, barrel train, escape rooms and more! You’ll love the smartphone trivia game that’s connected to the corn maze.
Maize in the City, 10451 McKay Rd., Thornton
Thurs., 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat./Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Here’s a fun way to experience the Bard—help write his next masterpiece! With this exciting and hilarious improvised play, audience members make suggestions and the Improvised Shakespeare Company will create a brand-new play right before your eyes!
You never know what might be coming—a tragedy, comedy, or historical drama.The company is well-versed in the language and themes of William Shakespeare, and while nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written, it’s sure to sound like an authentic Shakespeare play.
Garner Galleria Theatre, 14th and Curtis, Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $42 – $45
FINAL DAYS FOR HUNDRED DAYS
This bittersweet punk-folk musical asks the question: what would you do if only had a hundred days left?
Follow one couple through the course of their relationship from the day they fell in love to their uncertain future.
Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, October 8-10
RETURN OF THE COLORADO BALLET
The Colorado Ballet returns live on stage with the opening performances of their 2021-2022 season: Giselle. This romantic tragedy features live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and showcases the artistic athleticism of the Colorado Ballet dancers. Don’t miss the beauty and heartbreak of Giselle, live and in-person!
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40 – $160
The sweet, funny, and heartbreaking classic, Steel Magnolias, opens Cherry Creek Theatre’s 2021-2022 season! Truvy’s Beauty Salon, located in a small Louisiana town, is the setting of the play.
Every day, six women gather to talk about their lives and loves, children and careers, hopes and hair, in Robert Harling’s hilarious and heartfelt play.
Elaine Wolf Theatre, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
WORLD PREMIERE THEATRE!
Cross Words is a delightfully enigmatic play on words—the winner of the 2019 Mystery Suspense Thriller New Play Showcase. Vintage Theatre presents the premiere of a suspenseful drama that will have you on the edge of your seat!
Married couple Tim and Flora stand to inherit Aunt Rosamunde’s vast fortunate when she dies. But since the old girl doesn’t seen to be going anywhere soon, can these two former actors hasten her demise?
Vintage Theatre—Bond-Trimble Theater, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN LIVE
Mel Brooks’ classic movie, Young Frankenstein, is the inspiration for this fanciful stage version! See the story come to life onstage and get swept up in the hilarious inventiveness of it all!
The respectable grandson of the infamous scientist Victor Frankenstein wants nothing to do with his family’s notorious legend. But when he returns to his grandfather’s castle, he’s all too tempted to create a monster of his own.
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 9
OPEN SPACES 5K WALK/RUN
Be at the starting line for the inaugural 5K Trail Walk/Run Series that promotes Open Spaces in Arapahoe County! To celebrate fitness, good health, and Aurora’s thriving local trail system, this family-friendly event features the new trailhead and access point for the High Line Canal Trail!
All ages are welcome to sign up for this traffic-free 3.1-mile course along the hard-surfaced trail on the High Line Canal. Long’s Pine Grove is a 2.8-acre park and open space property located in the Four Square Mile neighborhood. There will be prizes, swag, breakfast, and booths at the finish line!
Longs Pine Grove (along High Line Canal), 1523 S. Uinta Way, Denver
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Register: $20 -$30
FIELDHOUSE-USA GRAND OPENING
Aurora’s latest attraction, FieldhouseUSA is a multi-purpose indoor facility that offers a variety of sporting activities where everyone has a place to play! Head over for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony where you can get an exclusive tour of FieldhouseUSA and Airhouse Adventure Park.
Enjoy games, prizes, food trucks, music, and more!
FieldhouseUSA, 14200 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
BEETHOVEN VS. COLDPLAY
Imagine the musical collaboration that might exist if Beethoven and Coldplay were in a room together. Then experience that new frontier in music as Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony combines with the melodies and lyrics of Coldplay to produce a perfect modern pairing.
The Colorado Symphony is the bearer of this genre-bending performance, featuring three vocalists and some of Coldplay’s best-known songs, including Fix You, Paradise, and The Scientist. Please note: While they would love to attend, regretfully, neither Beethoven nor Coldplay will perform in this concert.
Boettcher Concert Hall, DPAC, 1000 14th St., #15, Denver
Tickets: $15 – $89
Saturday-Sunday, October 9-10
FALL FESTIVAL AND MAZE
A bit of a drive out into the countryside, but not too far to go for a special event! Mile High Farms’ Fall Festival includes two corn mazes, a petting zoo, antique tractor hayride, pumpkin patch, barrel cart rides, corn pits, playground, entertainment and concessions.
Entrance fee is FREE for kids 4 and younger.
Mile High Farms, 11 Cavanaugh Rd, Bennett
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
BALLET COMEDY CLASSIC
Don’t miss the opening of Ballet Ariel’s 23rd season with one of the most delightful comic ballets of all time, The Toymaker’s Doll, Coppelia. Children will love the antics of the mischievous dancing doll while adults will be drawn in by the sophisticated undertones of the Pygmalion-esque story of a toymaker falling in love with his creation.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Ave. W., Denver
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Southshore: Convenient, Exclusive and Active!
There’s no shortage of things to do near the master-planned community of Southshore! You get the tranquility of lakeside living with easy access to your favorite urban activities. Stop by and see for yourself how great Life at the Lake can be! Tour the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Taylor Morrison. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s and the $700s.