March 10, 2022
Enjoy cerebral conversation, comedy, theater performances, art and music, in and around Aurora and in nearby Denver metro – from the Harlem Globetrotters at Ball Arena, to Dancing with the Stars. Just take your pick from a variety of programs and performances all happening this weekend and spilling into next week!
TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, March 10
CROSS-POLLINATION: THE MOTH MIGRATION PROJECT
Cross-Pollination: The Moth Migration Project features more than 16,000 printed paper moths alighted on surfaces throughout the gallery. Each unique artwork was created by the artist or crowd-sourced via social media from individuals across 27 different countries. Discover this collaborative project celebrating moths as pollinators, but also as metaphors for the exchange of art and ideas, connecting friends and strangers across the globe united through their love of nature.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE
Under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Putin’s leadership of Russia for the past 20 years demonstrates a return to an authoritarianism that, for some, feels similar to the days of Soviet control and the Cold War. Join Active Minds as we go beyond the headlines to provide the context to understand the story of Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin and how it has led to the warfare currently playing out in the sovereign nation of Ukraine.
Host: Arapahoe Library District
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DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE
America’s favorite dance show is coming to your town with “Dancing with the Stars – Live Tour 2022!” Your favorite dancers from this iconic television series hit the stage this winter with an ALL NEW SHOW. Starring Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Britt Stewart and more to come! Fans will see time honored dancers like the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa, Tango- and everything in between. Join us for a theatrical dance show, you can’t miss!
Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver
STEVE POLTZ PERFORMS!
Originally from Nova Scotia Canada, Steve Poltz is singer-songwriter and guitarist and a founding member of the indie-rock band The Rugburns. He collaborated on several songs with singer Jewel, including the 1996 single “You Were Meant for Me”, which reached number 2 in the US. As a solo artist, he often performs acoustic-only “good old-fashioned sing-along” shows.
Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver
PHIL WICKHAM AND JOSH BALDWIN
Born into a musical family, Phil’s earliest years were spent surrounded by Christian music. With his parents encouraging him, he learned all of the popular worship songs and then started writing his own. That led to him leading worship for his youth group when he was 13.
At 18, Phil recorded an independent project and it started attracting the attention of the record labels. Since his self-titled debut in 2006, Phil Wickham has emerged as a leader in the modern worship movement, penning countless songs sung in churches around the world. His RIAA Gold®-certified single, “This Is Amazing Grace,” was his first career No. 1, holding the top spot for 13 consecutive weeks and named Billboard’s No. 1 “Chrtian Airplay Song of the Year” in 2014. His anthemic “Living Hope,” earned Phil a GMA Dove Award for “Worship Recorded Song of the Year” in 2019.
His latest project, Hymn of Heaven was written during a year when the family of God couldn’t physically gather in houses of worship around the world. It is full of praise and thankfulness so “people can encounter the presence of God.” In May 2017 opening act Josh Baldwin released his debut solo album with Bethel Music titled The War is Over, and his song “Praises” is featured on Bethel Music’s album Have it All (2016). Both “Praises” and “You Deserve It All” (from his solo project Rivers), have become popular worship anthems among churches around the world.
Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch
The Harlem Globetrotters is an American exhibition basketball team combining athleticism, theater, and comedy in their style of play. Created by Abe Saperstein in 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, the team adopted the name Harlem because of its connotations as a major African-American community. Over the years they have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in 124 countries and territories, mostly against deliberately ineffective opponents, such as the Washington Generals (1953–1995) and the New York Nationals (1995–present).
The team’s signature song is Brother Bones’ whistled version of “Sweet Georgia Brown”, and their mascot is an anthropomorphized globe named “Globie”. The 2022 #SpreadGame Tour will honor the late, great Curly Neal. Grab your tickets and create memories with the entire family.
Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12
RON FUNCHES: LIVE!
Ron Funches is a triple threat. He is an excellent stand-up comedian, actor and writer. Ron has built an impressive acting resume. Whether it’s lending his voice to projects like Trolls, Bob’s Burgers, and Adventure Time. Or his memorable acting roles on The Goldbergs, Black•ish, New Girl, Transparent, Powerless, and Undateable.
His personal appearances include Conan, The Tonight Show, @ midnight, Chopped, Cupcake Wars and many more. Ron is a great writer, too. His writing credits include The Eric Andre Show, Kroll Show and several television pilots. He also has a one-hour comedy special on Comedy Central.
Denver Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m., Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
UNIQUE AMERICAN TALE
Refuge, co-created by Satya Jnani Chavez and Andrew Rosendorf, weaves passionate and driving original music with the charm of artistic puppetry to share a bilingual tale of determination, grit, and hope. Magical realism allows this multi-disciplinary play to tackle the immigration crisis through a beautiful, unique lens. Chronicling the harrowing journey of one young Honduran girl as she crosses the US border into the inhospitable, barren land of Texas, Refuge is an exploration of empathy and of America – who we are and who we say we are.
Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, March 11-12
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF!
From the author of A Streetcar Named Desire, comes another scorching drama: the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Tennessee Williams! When the family gathers in the oppressive Mississippi heat to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday, old secrets, sexual tensions, and hidden agendas swell just beneath the sweaty surface.
After Brick Pollitt injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie, visit his family’s Mississippi plantation for the 65th birthday of his hot-tempered father, Big Daddy. Cantankerous even with declining health, Big Daddy and his wife Big Momma demand to know why Brick and Maggie haven’t yet given him a grandchild, unlike Brick’s brother Gooper and his wife, Mae. Family secrets reveal themselves and unravel on one hot Mississippi night. This searing, poetic portrait of a family’s fight for survival is a 20th century masterpiece.
Vintage Theater, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
COLORADO BALLET INSPIRES!
Septime Webre’s dazzling production returns for the first time since its world premiere in 2019. The Wizard of Oz, brings Dorothy and a whirlwind of your favorite characters back down the Yellow Brick Road. Webre’s whimsical and timeless choreography showcases the strength, athleticism and artistry of Colorado Ballet’s talented dancers as they journey to the Emerald City.
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.; Sun., 6:30 p.m.
RESPIGHI PINES OF ROME
You’re in for a treat if you’re fortunate enough to get tickets to hear and see this astonishing virtuoso. Pianist Joyce Yang, dubbed “vivid and beautiful” by The New York Times, returns as featured soloist on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, a noticeably moodier and more volatile concerto than previous works from the composer’s lionized career. Traverse the Italian countryside with Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome painting a dazzling symphonic portrait of light and lands of Rome’s iconic scenery.
Led by electrifying Venezuelan-born conductor José Luis Gomez, your Colorado Symphony begins the program with Gabriela Lena Frank‘s “Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra”, depicting the mischievous Apu — a mountain spirit from Andean Peruvian lore — leaping amongst the region’s rocks, rivers, and mountain peaks in an energetic frolic that bounces around the entire orchestra. This is a transportive performance sure to carry away your winter doldrums. (Talkback: Immediately following the performance on SAT, MAR 12 with Conductor José Luis Gomez and Pianist Joyce Yang.)
“Joyce Yang is more than a young pianist who can dazzle with sheer technique. What makes her special is what she does with the music.” —ASPEN TIMES
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
HAMILTON: JAZZ, R&B, BROADWAY
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.
With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.
Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Wed. & Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs./Sat./Sun., 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.
TRUE STORY: COLORADO PIONEER WOMAN
A modern musical celebrating the true story of a pioneering Colorado woman. Around 100 years ago near Greeley, Colorado, frontierswoman Kate Slaughterback fought tooth and nail, armed with a single rifle and a “No Hunting” sign, to save her son from 140 rattlesnakes in one quick-thinking and courageous battle.
After the infamous showdown, “Rattlesnake Kate” became a global sensation. But her battles were far from over: To find a love that would last. To be treated as an equal. To forge a future for herself and for other rugged, rule-breaking women.
In this badass new musical by Neyla Pekarek (former member of the Grammy-nominated folk-rock band The Lumineers) and playwright Karen Hartman, the legend of Rattlesnake Kate soars in heart-stopping harmonies anchored by Pekarek as Kate’s trusty steed Brownie. Larger than life and stranger than fiction, Kate herself appears as three women of different ages and races, singing their forgotten histories and weaving them into a Colorado tale for today.
DCPA, Wolf Theater, 1101 13th St, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:00 p.m.
BERRY FAMILY FUN: FINAL WEEKEND
This new play about family, secrets and the power of the stories we grow up hearing features the Berrys, a multi-generational Black family living under one roof in the 1970s. Their lives orbit around Rose, a strong-willed matriarch whose superstitions and secrets drive her relatives nuts. Through pointed wit and playful sarcasm, the family elders share fantastical stories about their collective past that call into question the family hierarchy and inspire the youngest generation to take pride in their heritage (and physical appearance).
Tender, comedic conversations between tight-knit relatives are interspersed with moments of intense drama that mirror the internal conflicts every family must face at some point. Loyalty, spirituality and colorism are all at play in this dramatic dark comedy, based on the real family history of playwright and novelist Beaufield Berry.
DCPA, Kilstrom Theatre, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 12
DISNEY PRINCESSES, LIVE!
For generations, Disney’s Princesses have enchanted us with their courage and kindness. Their music has been the soundtrack to our lives. Now, for the first time in forever, that beloved music will be celebrated in Disney Princess – The Concert. Recommended for ages 6 and older, guests will enjoy this quartet of Broadway, Disney Channel, and animated film icons in an unforgettable evening of songs, animation, and stories. Tony®-nominee Susan Egan, Broadway favorite Arielle Jacobs, Disney Channel star Anneliese van der Pol, and Broadway World Award-winner Syndee Winters join forces in this concert of a lifetime.
Dreams might just come true as these acclaimed stars sing beloved Disney Princess songs, and share their exclusive, hilarious and heartfelt behind-the-scenes stories from their time portraying princesses on the stage and screen. Fans are encouraged to dress up in their best royal attire for an unforgettable evening of pure Disney magic.
Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13
TRI-STATE AUTO SHOW IS BACK
The Sabers of Denver members have been participating and promoting motorsports since 1956. Then in 1958 they started the Tri-State Auto Exhibition where cars, trucks, bikes and hot rods enter to compete for top prizes. This custom auto show has been postponed for two years for COVID and is back in-person so local auto afficionados can survey, gander and gawk at all the entries.
National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13
CLINT COLEY: LIVE!
Philly’s own Clint Coley is this era’s new breed of do-it-all comedy star. He’s a multi-talent who is the creator and host of the popular podcast where he offers dating and relationship advice.His latest comedy album Tuesday Morning will be released August 27th. His past album projects – I’m An Adult, Sturgis and Sensitive all charted on Billboard with Sensitive reaching number five. Outside of stand-up, Coley has written, produced, and starred in various short films under his Everybody Eats Productions banner. The First Date, The First Time, and Scratch were each accepted into the International Black Film Festival.Clint is the creator and producer of The World Series of Spades – where Season 1 is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and Season 2 went into production last Fall 2021.
Denver Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street Denver
Wednesday, March 16
DR. JORDAN PETERSON: BEYOND ORDER
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant and then associate professor of psychology at Harvard. He spent fifteen years writing Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, a scholarly investigation into the nature of narrative and religious thought, the structure of perception, the regulation of emotion, and the motivation for atrocity in the service of ideology. Dr. Peterson also penned the popular global bestsellers Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life & 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, #1 for nonfiction in 2018 in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil and Norway, both translated into some 50 languages. The latter book has sold more than five million copies; the former, released in mid 2021, 750,000.
Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
The Arts, Music and More Near Southshore!
Enjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore—and find all sorts of entertainment within easy reach! You can personalize your living space – just check out the beautiful model homes from Toll Brothers, Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes, and Century Communities. It’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home here, priced from the $500s to the $800s.