Music Matters This Weekend!

June 1, 2017

Music is everywhere, no matter where you venture this weekend from the master-planned community of Southshore. There are festivals and fairs, craft beer tastings and imaginative food truck cuisine, plus local artisans marketing their creative crafts, artwork and wares. Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, June 1

Kick off the Summer Learning Program with music, dancing and games as we Build a Better World and learn how to twist and shout! All ages are invited for dance lessons in, “The Twist,” “The Chicken Dance” and other fun groovy moves. Dress up in costumes from different decades and plan on some of the most fun you’ve ever had. (Bring your video camera!) Repeats Saturday, June 3.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy.
11:00 a.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

Thursday-Sunday, June 1-4

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play, is coming to Denver. It’s based on the bitterly funny debut novel by British author Mark Haddon. The story involves 15-year-old Christopher who is exceptionally intelligent but has trouble interpreting everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $55-$105

Escape to an imaginary Mexico – a beautifully intricate world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality.  LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. A poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country of breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. Featuring a cast of 44 performers from diverse artistic backgrounds, LUZIA surprises with energetic performances and breathtaking feats of athleticism. (Performances are selling out.)

The Pepsi Center Prius West Parking Lot, 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver
Fri./Sat., 8:00 p.m.; Sat. 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 and 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $39 and up

Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3

A young drag queen must go through the tests and trials of cosplay drag queens (who find and wear costumes and fashion accessories to imitate a specific character) to discover her own swagger. Whether you’re a fantasy fan, a Marvel comics enthusiast, or a time-travel buff, may the fierce be with you!

Garner Galleria Theatre, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30
Tickets: $25-$30

Friday, June 2

The city of Aurora invites you to join us for a great way to get the kids outside this summer at the Summer in the City event. The newly expanded happening is just for kids and offers free, healthy snacks, inflatables, board and field games, an opportunity to try golf or watch a gymnastics team perform.  Come and discover all the programs that the city offers during this busy season in the sun.

Aurora Municipal Center/Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

It’s nearly summer and that means the monthly Food Truck Rodeo giddy-ups to the Great Lawn of the Aurora Municipal Center! Let the rolling gourmets take your taste buds for a ride as you sample new flavors at lunchtime. This month you can choose from J Street – seasonal street food; Simply Pizza – Neapolitan-inspired, wood-fired pizza; The Real Deal – natural smoothies and Latin food; Street Frites – globally inspired street food; Royal Hustle – inventive tacos; Maine Street BBQ – eclectic BBQ and New England cuisine; Gigi’s Cupcakes – gourmet cupcakes and cookies, and Repicci’s – Italian ice and gelato.

Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Start your summer reading plans right with games, crafts, contests and more! Reading has never been so much fun. Register now!

Iliff Square Library/PC Center, 2253 S. Peoria St., Aurora
3:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1567

It’s Kids’ Night Out again this weekend for your youngsters at the Wheatlands Clubhouse (the Lakehouse is under construction for another week or so!). They’ll enjoy dinner and a Disney movie: Finding Nemo. The 2003 animated film features Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, who is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef sea home to a dentist’s office aquarium! It’s up to his worrisome father Marlin and his forgetful friend Dory to bring Nemo home. For ages “potty-trained” to 10 years old. (The Lakehouse renovation is nearly completed, but this Kids’ Night Out will be at the Wheatlands Clubhouse.)

Wheatlands Clubhouse, 6601 S. Wheatlands Pkwy, Aurora, CO
6:00-10:00 p.m.
$15 for one child; $10 each additional child
Phone: 720-870-2221

Friday-Sunday, June 2-4

As history and human obsession collide, no one is who they seem to be in this atmospheric mystery. When a young woman is discovered floating in the North Atlantic Ocean, claiming to be a survivor of the Titanic, a mysterious stranger must determine whether she’s telling the truth or perpetrating an elaborate fraud. Scotland Road examines the power of secrets in the psychological cat-and-mouse thriller.

John Hand Theater, 7363 E. First Pl., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$23
Phone: 720-880-8727

Saturday, June 3

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum will host the Lowry’s Community Yard Sale. Don’t miss the opportunity to snap up deals and steals on office supplies, furniture and old museum artifacts!

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-360-5360

Step right up to play carnival games, win prizes, get your face painted and celebrate the start of summer and a fun reading program to keep your skills sharp – even in warm weather!

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
10:00 a.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

The pool at The Lakehouse is officially open for summer! Take a dip as the mercury climbs at your amazing neighborhood pool. And register here for swimming lessons!

The Lakehouse Swimming Pool,  27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Arabian Horse Day was designed to be a fun, educational event for the whole family to learn more about the Arabian horse and the horse industry. Meet real Arabian horses, sample cuisine from food trucks and enjoy kids’ activities throughout the day. Don’t miss the demonstrations, competitions, parade and giveaways!

Colorado Horse Park, 7522 S. Pinery Dr., Parker
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 per car

Kick off the summer season with the Sun Drenched Music Fest where a bunch of great jams and plenty of tasty fair and craft beers will abound! With a bounce house, sand volleyball and beach games, there will be cool cuisine and plenty of opportunities to fuel up and hydrate as the music plays, well into the evening.

Denver Beer Co Canworks, 1066 Pennsylvania St., Denver
2:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $25

Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4

The annual People’s Fair is the oldest art and summer music festival in Denver. The neighborhood fair is famous for bringing people together of diverse populations and is a great way to kick off the summer. The People’s Fair tradition welcomes community groups, artists and live entertainment for a weekend of family fun with artisans of every description and food and drinks, aplenty! Here are all the musicians and performers over the weekend, and all the vendors. For $20 you can score a VIP viewing pass, and $10 will get you tokens for adult beverages.

Civic Center Park, Colfax Ave. and Bannock, Denver
Sat., 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Free Admission

Sunday, June 4

The Easy Brews Beer Fest is gearing up to be a Sunday full of unlimited craft beer tastings, food trucks, live music by Wake Up and Live, a Bob Marley tribute band and all to benefit the National Hemophilia Foundation. Drop by to enjoy a festive day while supporting a great cause. Must be 21 years old and over to consume alcohol.

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora
1:00-6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45

Tuesday, June 6

The Young Voices of Colorado, a premier children’s choir, is holding auditions for children in the second through 12th grades for the 2017-2018 season. Young Voices of Colorado offers outstanding music education in vocal technique, music theory, music history, sight reading, choral artistry and performance style. Weekly rehearsals lead to community performances, festivals and international travel. Two main concerts are performed each year in Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. To sign up for a friendly audition

Young Voices of Colorado, 99 Inverness Dr. East, Englewood
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-797-7464

Looking for something outside the norm for entertainment this weekend? Vikings: Beyond the Legend examines the complex culture and achievements of a misunderstood and fabled people. The traveling exhibition has captivated millions and corrects the one-dimensional stereotype of bearded barbarians with horned helmets. Fresh insight from recent archeological discoveries and more than 500 artifacts – many never seen before outside of Scandinavia – will capture your imagination about vikings!

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6-$9 plus admission
Phone: 303-370-6000

The Music of Southshore

The sights, sounds and a feeling of neighbors who care and stay connected is the music that plays in Aurora’s lakeside master-planned community of Southshore! Tour the new models from Richmond American Homes, and Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. It’s life at the lake priced from the upper $300s to the $700s, in ranch and two-story home designs.