September 5, 2019
Henrick Ibsen’s renowned theatre classic, A Doll’s House is in Denver for the first time ever, Larry the Cable Guy is here for another visit, Bobby McFerrin plays music with the symphony and it’s Dog Days for all Aurora canines! Plenty of things to do, see and enjoy, this weekend!
TODAY/TONIGHT, September 5
SLOW BURN AT STANLEY
Get ready for the upcoming Stanley Arts Festival this weekend with a free pop-up concert in the community area at Stanley Marketplace! Local band Slow Burn performs covers of classics and contemporary music in a way that’s geared toward coffee houses and lounges. If you like Lake Street Dive, Amy Winehouse, and ZZ Ward, you’ve got something in common with Slow Burn!
Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, September 5-8
AT WIT’S END WITH ERMA BOMBECK
In photos and movies, the 1950s seemed like such a perfect time period. But one of the most popular humorists of the era, Erma Bombeck, captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?”
This cabaret-style one-woman comedy features Pam Sherman as Erma Bombeck, showing the story behind America’s favorite average housewife who championed the lives of women with an incomparable wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all—the truth.
Garner Galleria Theatre/DCPA, 1101 13th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
A POWERFUL PLAY ABOUT CENSORSHIP
Indecent is the story of a play that couldn’t be silenced. Back in the early 1900s, Jewish playwright Sholem Asch brought his play, The God of Vengeance, to the stage where its provocative theme mixed religion with same-sex romance. The play was deemed “indecent” and subsequently banned.
But a large number of artists and believers in the right of a story to be heard wouldn’t let it die. Contemporary playwright Paula Vogel picks up their story in her play, Indecent, which asks who gets to decide what is considered art and what deserves to be censored.
Space Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Friday, September 6
KIDS NIGHT OUT WITH MARY POPPINS
Emily Blunt is “practically perfect in every way” as Mary Poppins, when she returns to delight a whole new generation of young people! Let your kids in on the fun at the screening of Mary Poppins Returns at the YMCA’s Kids Night Out at the Lakehouse.
In addition to the movie, kids will enjoy a yummy dinner, crafts, and games. You can take advantage of the time alone to have a parents’ night out, too! Children must be potty-trained, and all ages up to 10 years old are welcome.
The Lakehouse, YMCA Southshore, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Fall is in the air—which means it’s a perfect time to take an Art Walk! Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe offers late-night viewing of artwork at 100+ art galleries, artists’ studios, and creative businesses. The heart of the Art Walk is between 7th and 10th Avenues on Santa Fe Drive, with more galleries and cafes scattered nearby. Save the hassles of parking and take the Light Rail to 10th and Osage!
Art District on Santa Fe, 861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver
Friday-Sunday, September 6-8
A DOLL’S HOUSE
Ibsen’s original searing portrait of a woman with a picture-perfect life, complete with a doting husband, gleeful children, and the small pleasures of her 1870s Norwegian home. Nora appears to be a contented wife and mother, but underneath is a deception that could tear her family apart. As she unravels further and further, she moves beyond the point of no return to assert her independence in this heart-wrenching and gripping production.
This is the first part of two plays about Nora that are playing in repertory, so that you may see the same cast and crew in both productions. Stay tuned for “Part Two” of Nora’s story!
Ricketson Theatre/DCPA, 1400 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE
You may have caught the preview of this comedy-drama at last year’s New Plays Festival at the Vintage. Now the World Premiere of the full production is here! This non-romantic comedy follows two unlikely lovers through the decades as their paths cross over and over again.
In college Ron is smitten with Wanda, but as their excruciating first date shows, it doesn’t work out. The next time they meet, seven years later, time and circumstances have changed. Wanda sees Ron in a different light, but this time Ron isn’t ready. The play follows them through the years, through sickness and health, wealth and business and ultimately marriage. Love takes time… and timing.
Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 7
CANCER PREVENTION EXPO
One of the most important things you can do for your health is to keep tabs on it. This FREE cancer prevention expo gives you tips and tools on how you can better protect yourself against the risks of cancer. Learn about screenings, services, and support for cancer patients. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Medical Center of Aurora, 1501 S. Potomac St., Aurora
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
DOG DAYS AT THE POOL
Treat your four-legged best friend to a swim at the F-15 Pool in Stapleton! Two swimming sessions exclusively for canines will be held—small dogs from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m and large dogs from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. You will be required to keep an eye on your pooch from pool side—but who wouldn’t want to watch their dog having fun in the sun! All proceeds from this event will be donated to Max Fund to help out less fortunate pets.
F-15 Pool in Stapleton, 2831 Hanover St., Denver
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Reservations: $5 – $10
DINING AL FRESCO
There’s nothing like dining out under the starry skies of Colorado! Award-winning chefs and restaurants in downtown Denver give you a great excuse to do just that with the popular Dining al Fresco event! This is one of the city’s best summer experiences and was named by USA Today as one of the Top 10 Dining al Fresco Neighborhoods in the country. Come for happy hour festivities, dinner, and a magical evening under the stars!
Larimer Square, 1430 Larimer St., Denver
5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
BOBBY MCFERRIN AT THE SYMPHONY
Anyone familiar with 10-time Grammy-winner Bobby McFerrin won’t be surprised to hear that he’s performing in Boettcher Concert hall WITHOUT accompaniment of the symphony—McFerrin is known for his pop-art approach to a cappella singing.
But one element of the Colorado Symphony will be joining him on stage for what is sure to be a colorful, delightful evening of music—the Colorado Symphony Chorus! Don’t miss your chance to see the master of playful a cappella singing and the beatbox movement as he explores uncharted vocal territory!
Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
LARRY THE CABLE GUY
The comedian who’s straight-up politically incorrect may remind you of a slightly embarrassing uncle whose inappropriate remarks nonetheless make you chuckle—but Larry the Cable Guy isn’t for everyone. If you are easily offended or a fan of Al Gore, you may want to skip this show.
But if you love good ol’ blue-collar humor, full of Wal-Mart and McDonalds references, this comedy show delivers rapid-fire zingers (as Larry says, he goes for quantity, not quality). Proceeds will benefit The Zarlengo Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports schools and programs for learning disabled children in and around the Denver community.
Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $39.95 – $59.95
Saturday-Sunday, September 7-8
STANLEY ARTS FESTIVAL
The Stanley Arts Festival is creative fun for the entire family! This FREE celebration of the arts includes a fantastic lineup of live music with an international flair and runs all day on Saturday and Sunday. Fun events for the kids include hands-on activities at the Creation Station, where they can participate in creating a collaborative mural, paper bag owls, beaded snakes, and giraffe crowns.
Proceeds from art sold at this event will support CherryArts, a local nonprofit committed to arts education.
Stanley Marketplace, E. 25th Ave. and Dallas St., Aurora
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Family-friendly activities in the Southshore area!
There’s always something to do near the family-friendly community of Southshore! Enjoy Life at the Lake with plenty of cultural and entertainment activities in the surrounding area! Check out the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Century Communities, and picture yourself in your very own dream house! With ranch and two-story models available, new homes are priced from the upper $400s to the $700s.