Live Local, Enjoy National!

August 24, 2017

Living “local” in Southshore means you can enjoy local and national talent in nearby venues all weekend long. Laughter is the order of the day with the High Plains Comedy Festival scheduled throughout the city, plus comedians Greg Proops and Bert Kreischer take the stage in separate shows. Or skip the laughs and check out the latest Amy Herzog play, watch Rogue One under the stars, or explore a mid-century modern extravaganza!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, August 24

Join the library’s sewing specialists for the first kids’ sewing lab where everyone will make drawstring tote bags to hold all the other cool stuff they will be making throughout the year! Please pre-register as space will be limited.

Hoffman Library and PC Center, 1298 Peoria St., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Register Now
Phone: 303-739-1572

Thursday-Saturday, August 24-26

High Plains Comedy Festival is held each August in Denver and this year, truTV has joined as the Festival’s presenting sponsor and Sexpot Comedy returns as a supporting sponsor. Founded in 2013 by Denver comedian/writer Adam Cayton-Holland, the Festival features a mix of local and national comics in venues throughout the city—with a special emphasis on the historic Baker neighborhood surrounding South Broadway. High Plains has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most talent-packed and fun-filled festivals in the country.

Different Venues throughout Denver
Tickets: $16.74

localGreg Proops first gained national attention as a wry yet theatrical improviser on the late-1990s smash Whose Line Is It Anyway? Series, but he’s avoided the family-friendly pitfalls of his former co-stars. A raconteur and standup with almost vaudevillian lounge-lizard sensibilities, Proops also fancies himself as something of a public wit, as evidenced by his podcast, the humbly titled Smartest Man in the World. Greg has lent his voice to Hell and Back, Star Wars the Phantom Menace, The Nightmare Before Christmas and he really was Bob the Builder. 

Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $17-$25

Thursday-Sunday, August 24-27

If you saw the movie, you’ll love Disney’s new Broadway-bound musical Frozen! Enjoy the timeless tale of two sisters, pulled apart by a mysterious secret — before it hits the New York stage in 2018. Inspired by the hit award-winning film, Frozen, this stunning new production comes alive through exquisite stagecraft and deepens the beloved story with twice as many songs as the original film, including the ones you already know all the words to!

Buell Theatre, DCPA, Champa and 13th Streets, Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$100

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!, is a one-man, light-hearted comedic/theatrical performance based on the New York Times best-selling book by John Gray. The show moves through a series of vignettes about the differences between men and women and covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

Garner Galleria Theatre, DCPA, Arapahoe and 14th Streets, Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $39+

Friday, August 25

This talent show is back again for its third season — Aurora’s Got Talent: Student Edition. For every young person out there who wants the opportunity to show off his or her talent, submit your act today to compete for $450 in prize money.

Redeemer Baptist Church, 18800 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Register Here
Phone: 303-369-0763

Bring your blankets, coolers and friends to watch the 2016 epic space movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the blockbuster saga to follow. The movie night features a concession stand to benefit a local nonprofit with popped popcorn, candy, sodas and bottled water.


Founders Green at Stapleton, 29th Ave. and Roslyn St., Denver
Movie begins at dusk
Phone: 303-388-0724

Friday-Saturday, August 25-26

From the award-winning playwright Amy Herzog, Belleville tells the story of Zack and Abby, two young Americans living in an apartment in Paris above their landlords, a French-Senegalese couple. Zack works for Doctors Without Borders and Abby shops in the French market and teaches yoga. They seem to live in a picturesque, bohemian, ex-pat paradise, until Abby comes home early one afternoon, tipping off an unraveling of secrets. Racial and class tensions bubble up and Abby and Zack struggle to address what lies beneath the surface of their idealistic marriage.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$25
Phone: 303-856-7830

Friday-Sunday, August 25-27

Explore a collection of vintage and new modern design at the Denver Modernism Show this weekend. Mid-century styled furnishings, artwork, fashion and home accessories exhibited and sold by over 50 exhibitors from across the country is an experience not to be missed! Friday night’s Opening Party includes the annual Miss Modernism Pageant and DJ Fred Schneider of the B-52s. General admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday $10. Kids 12 and under get in free. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50, and include photos and autographs with Schneider, reserved seating, early entrance and free drinks on Friday. For a schedule of exhibitors, ticket information and events throughout the weekend, click here.

National Western Complex, 4655 S. Humboldt St., Denver
Fri., 6:00-10:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10; Weekend Pass $20
Phone: 720-229-2815

localNorman and Ethel Thayer face strained family relationships, the pros and cons of growing older, and the gift of second chances with humor and heart. The pair find there is much to learn in this heartwarming drama as they spend another summer on Golden Pond. The 1981 film starring Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn (whose performances earned them each an Academy Award for best actor and actress), was based on this very play by Ernest Thompson. Check out this outstanding local production!

The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$23
Phone: 720-530-4596

Saturday, August 26

You know how to spell it, you know how to play it, but are you in it to win it? Yes? Then bring the whole family to the library for a game of chance in an afternoon of irresistible entertainment!

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Cir., Aurora
10:00 a.m.

Meet up at a local brewery for lively discussions on popular and contemporary literature. Register online and you will be contacted via e-mail with the title of the next book and the location of that month’s brewery. This book club is for adults 21 and over.

Location Sent by Email
1:00 p.m.

Roll into the first annual Brews and Bruises event to benefit the Denver Roller Derby’s all-star team, The Mile High Club, on their way to WFTDA Playoffs and World Championships! This beer fest will feature beers from dozens of Colorado breweries and some Colorado ciders. With local food trucks, yard games, a photo booth, awesome music, and a silent auction, you will also get a chance to meet and mingle with the local skaters, and take a few post-worthy selfies. Come taste a few fantastic brews for a great cause!

EXDO Event Center, 3500 Walnut St., Denver
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $27-$35
Phone: 303-468-5443

These versatile Colorado Wind Ensemble musicians present a variety of sounds and styles in a unique trio of flutes, clarinets, and double reeds.

Founders Green/The Cube, 8371 N. Northfield Blvd., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-388-0724

Sunday August 27

localLucero is an American country-punk rock band that formed in 1998 and is based in Memphis, Tennessee. Lucero’s sound has been described as a synthesis of soul, rock, and country and the band’s unusually long union is forged out of a love for music, whiskey and their city. Lucero tours constantly, playing nearly 200 shows a year. Their “barroom bombast, shot-glass swagger and abject rowdiness drive the Southern alt-rock band’s” sound, sometimes pulling soul and gospel elements to the forefront.


Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $57-$62
Phone: 720-865-3500

Sunday-Tuesday, August 27-29

Bert Kreischer is a stand-up comic who performs to sellout crowds across the country. Bert’s latest stand-up special,Bert Kreischer: The Machine, premiered on Showtime. He is the host of the Travel Channel’sTrip Flip,Bert the Conqueror, and previously hosted Hurt Bert. He is a regular guest on The Joe Rogan Experience and The Rachael Ray Show and has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His book Life of the Party, Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child reveals the hilarious and outrageous stories that define his comedy and exemplify what has made him one of the best storytellers of his generation.

Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $30

Tuesday, August 29

Join neighbors and friends at the Southlands YMCA Youth Center for a grand re-opening and tour of its spanking new space. They’ll be cutting an official ribbon, giving away door prizes, serving refreshments and previewing new programs for the fall. Don’t miss the celebration and a peak at the new youth digs!

YMCA Youth Center/Southlands Shopping Center, 6205 S. Main St., Aurora
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 30

What makes the Wings Aerospace Academy a unique and innovative charter program for students in grades six through 10? The purpose of Wings Aerospace Academy is to help train Colorado’s future aerospace leaders through hands-on aerospace focused STEM curricula. The team at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum will walk parents and students through the curriculum, scheduling, enrollment process, online school requirements and more during this two-hour information session.

Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Harrison Ford Theater,
7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-360-5360

The Local Lure of Southshore

Aurora’s alluring master-planned community is just minutes from the Aurora Reservoir, near Southlands Shopping Center plus heaps of entertainment opportunities. Tour the beautiful models from Richmond American Homes, and the latest designs from Century Communities at Southshore. It’s life at the lake priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.