March 8, 2018
This weekend, there are lots of opportunities to “do good” while having fun at the same time! With galas, concerts and events to support a variety of worthy causes — like the freezin’-for-a-reason polar plunge – you will find a wide range of unique activities this weekend nearby in Denver and Aurora. There are also plenty of musical, comedy and theatrical performance to choose from, and plenty of family-friendly options!
TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, March 8
CYCLES OF SUCCESS GALA
The Florence Crittenton Services’ 125th Anniversary Cycles of Success Gala is an opportunity to honor and thank those involved in providing services to women and children in Denver while celebrating with a festive dinner and drinks. Keynote speaker Amy “Ask Amy” Dickinson has been a popular advice columnist for more than a decade, offering straightforward yet traditional answers to modern-day dilemmas. The prestigious Dr. Kate Waller Barrett Advocate Award for outstanding humanitarian service will be awarded to Helen Drexler, a strong advocate for young women and children in our community. The evening will also include a silent auction, with proceeds benefitting the many projects of Florence Crittenton Services.
Hilton Denver City Center, 1701 California St., Denver
Cost: $150 and up
LEARN HOW TO WATERCOLOR!
If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at watercolor painting, but don’t have time for a series of classes, this two-hour workshop to introduce you to foundational techniques is perfect! Artist and teacher Kelley Schie will guide you in practicing watercolor painting techniques, along with an exploratory approach to color theory and design. The class is designed to be relaxed and fun—no pressure! Bring a friend or meet new ones at the workshop. In addition to learning new skills, you will create a unique finished work. Feel free to bring an image to work from or collage materials to add on and layer in.
The Craftsman & Apprentice, 1335 E 22nd Ave., Denver
Cost: $40/person or $75/couple
Thursday-Sunday, March 8-11
SEE THE BROADWAY HIT HAMILTON – WITH A LOTTERY FOR $10 TICKETS!
Hamilton takes place in Revolutionary War-era America, but the blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway music transports it to present-day America! It’s also the ultimate immigrant story—a young immigrant from the West Indies, Alexander Hamilton, is George Washington’s right-hand man during the war and becomes America’s first Treasury Secretary. While tickets are in high demand, you can always try your luck at a lottery for $10 orchestra seats—40 tickets will be given out before every performance! Click here for more information about the lottery!
Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri.,7:30 p.m.; Sat. 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
FINAL WEEKEND – THE GREAT LEAP
Don’t miss this fascinating combination of basketball rivalries and international intrigue! Lauren Yee’s play is set in 1989 San Francisco, where a street basketball player from Chinatown talks his way onto a college team and finds himself on his way to Beijing for an international “friendship” game. See for yourself why Yee is considered one of the most promising rising dramatists and her new play “scores with a tale of hoop dreams and hardwood diplomacy,” (The Denver Post).
Ricketson Theatre/DCPA,1400 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs., 6:30; Fri./Sat.,7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Friday, March 9
CIRCLE OF LIGHT PHOTO PROJECT
Celebrate a unique art exhibit in appreciation of the gift of sight! This special gala will feature a display of pictures taken by once-blind cornea transplant recipients, who show the world what they are most grateful to see with their restored vision. The photos depict many aspects of life such as beautiful landscapes or nature scenes, activities that they can now participate in, and even details in everyday objects.
The photographers received corneas from eye donors in Colorado or Wyoming. Each photo is only possible because someone made the decision to be an eye-tissue donor. Known as the Circle of Light Photo Project, the exhibit demonstrates the impact just one person can have on the life of another. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the sight-saving mission of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank. Many families of eye donors as well as some of the cornea transplant recipient photographers will be in attendance.
Artwork Network Gallery, 878 Santa Fe Dr., Denver
COMEDIAN JIM JEFFERIES – LIVE!
The controversial Australian stand-up comedian who has earned a late-night TV show by pontificating on a range of topics—from being booked at a Hollywood A-list party to sloppy single parenting—appears live on stage in Denver! Whether or not you agree with his particular views, you will appreciate the humor in his re-telling of tales. Popular all over the world, Jefferies tells it like it is, and his fans keep coming back for more! The show has adult content and is intended for ages 21 and over.
Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver
Friday-Saturday, March 9-10
VIDEO GAME MUSIC CONCERT
This is one event where parents and kids will see eye-to-eye on the subject of video games. The Colorado Symphony and Colorado Symphony Chorus join forces to perform an immersive concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time! After a wildly successful Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance, the worldwide phenomenon, Video Games Live™ is back! The Colorado Symphony performs the program along with synchronized video footage and music arrangements to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Special events surround the show, including pre-concert interactive experiences for guests.
Boettcher Concert Hall/DPAC, 1000 14th St. #15, Denver
Friday-Sunday, March 9-11
FINAL WEEKEND FOR RING OF FIRE!
Don’t miss your chance to be immersed in the world of Johnny Cash—the man, the legend, the story of his life—as told through the iconic music that defines him! This spellbinding stage production features an outstanding cast who breathes life into his music. Ring of Fire features all of the songs made famous by “The Man in Black,” including Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line, A Boy Named Sue, and Ring of Fire. His memorable songs string together a unique musical journey of darkness and faith, struggle and success, love and redemption, and home and family. A must-see for all Johnny Cash fans!
Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:30 p.m.
WORLD WIDE ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE SHOW
As spring approaches, so do ambitious dreams of upcycled DIY projects! Get inspired and find unique pieces at the World Wide Antique and Vintage Show! In its 43rd year in Denver, the show features between 85 and 100 antique and vintage dealers from around the United States. Browse through one-of-a-kind items from a variety of locales and time periods—it’s the ultimate flea market! Dealers travel the globe to find new and interesting items to bring to the show, and you will be the lucky benefactor of their efforts! A cafe and coffee cart are on hand in case you need refreshments as you stroll back through time.
Denver Mart EXPO Building, 451 East 58th Ave., Denver
Fri./Sat., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5, Children 12 and under are FREE
Phone: 303 292 6278
Saturday, March 10
BEER CAN DERBY AT RE-CREATIVE DENVER
What could be more fun than the pinewood derbies from years-gone-by? A re-styled derby using BEER CANS instead of pinewood to construct your race car! Come out to this novel event ready to make a car with supplied beer cans and other materials, and then compete in the race! Tickets include beer and snacks, with several price packages available. Each beer-can car must pass inspection by the official inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete. Once inspection has been passed, you’ll be given a race time. This event is open to adults 21 and over.
ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Dr., Denver
SING ALONG WITH DANIEL TIGER—LIVE!
Your kids will be thrilled to attend this tiger-rific musical! Based on the hugely popular PBS TV series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! features all the characters your kids love to watch at home. Daniel and all of his friends invite you to come along on a brand-new adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. There will be new songs to sing, magical moments, and surprise guests along the way! It’s an event that teaches the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend.
Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver
2:00 and 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25.75 and up
Sunday, March 11
SPLASH AND DASH AT ELITCH’S!
Take the plunge, run the 5K—or both! If you decide to do the polar plunge, remember: “you’re “freezin’ for a reason!” Proceeds will benefit over 22,000 Colorado athletes in the Special Olympics, and you’ll have a blast at Elitch’s now…and later! Runners and plungers will receive a free beer, an admission ticket to use this summer at Elitch Gardens, and other additional swag. The polar plunge will be held at Elitch Gardens, and the 5K will start and finish at Elitch Gardens and take runners through the scenic Metropolitan State University Auraria Campus. Plungers will receive a long-sleeved shirt, runners will receive a knit beanie, and those who “plunge and run” will receive both!
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park, 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
SYMPHONY FOR CHILDREN!
Introduce your little ones to the delights of classical music with the joyful Carnival of the Animals, one of the best-known pieces by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, with each movement depicting a different animal from the royal lion to the graceful swan. Also on the program are animal-themed and child-friendly pieces by Mancini–The Pink Panther and Baby Elephant Walk–as well as Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Truly a fantastic family experience for all ages!
Boettcher Concert Hall/DPAC, 1000 14th St. #15, Denver
Tickets: Child $10, Adult $25
SILENT FILM PRESENTATION – SPIES
The intriguing plot of Fritz Lang’s Spies sounds like it could be a contemporary conspiracy movie, yet it’s a silent film over 85 years old! You will be astounded at how much is revealed without dialogue and appreciate the intricacies of visual characterizations—for example, check out the arch-villain’s hairdo! As one of the greatest filmmakers of all times, Fritz Lang is a director of intense focus, yet he’s slowly being forgotten. See why this classic film is still relevant and remarkably contemporary, with elaborate criminal empires, undercover agents, and plots to topple diabolical kings from their thrones. And don’t miss the chance to see a legendary classic film from yesteryear! DJ Ultra Violet plays an all-vinyl live score.
Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake, 4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
Plenty To Do in Near Southshore!
Entertainment is always nearby when you live in the master-planned community of Southshore! Don’t live here yet? Then stop by and check out this amazing neighborhood, convenient to shopping, amenities and family-friendly things to do. Stroll through the models from Toll Brothers, Century Communities and Richmond American Homes. It’s lakeside living in ranch and two-story designs, priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.