New Year’s Things to Do in Aurora and Denver!

January 4, 2018

Begin 2018 with a bang! If your New Year’s resolutions include having plenty of laughs, enriching your life with cultural events, learning a new skill, or immersing yourself in a favorite pastime, you will find plenty to do in Aurora and Denver this first weekend of the New Year!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, January 4


Yoga, “yogalates” and strength conditioning classes start up this month to help you embrace all your fitness resolutions for the new year. Check the schedule for a time and class that appeals to you. And for the wee-ones, dance classes like ballet, creative movement, and jazz will also begin this month at the Southshore Lakehouse. Call 720-870-2221 for more information!

The Southshore Lakehouse, 27151 Lakeshore Dr., Aurora
Various Times
Phone: 720-870-2221

Thursday-Saturday, January 4-6

Catch up-and-coming comedian Beth Stelling, who was named a “Comic to Watch” by Time Out Magazine. With recent appearances on late night TV (Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live) and in the new Netflix series, The Standups, Beth Stelling is on her way to becoming a household name.

A product of the Chicago stand-up scene, Beth wins over her audiences with conversational girl-next-door charm that initially conceals her deadpan razor-sharp wit, but the combination of the two makes for powerful comedy. See why Huffington Post calls her stand-up act “accessible and smart.”

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
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, January 4-7

Highly relevant in today’s multi-cultural world, this Tony-award winning Best Musical Revival is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine) and boasts a score that features such beloved classics as Getting to Know You and I Whistle a Happy Tune.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. They are both challenged to understand one another and find common ground amidst many cultural differences. Two worlds collide in this breathtaking musical.

Buell Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$125
Phone: 800-641-1222

Catch up on all the latest fly-fishing news at the annual Fly-Fishing Show at the Denver Mart. Three days of seminars, demonstrations, and classes with experts, including beginning fly-fishing instruction at the Fly Fishers International Learning Center.  With hundreds of booths and exhibits, even the most avid fly-fishing enthusiast is sure to find something new! And don’t miss the International Fly Fishing Film Festival, one night only, Friday, January 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Denver Mart, 451 East 58th Ave., Denver
Fri., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sat., 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$35 (three-day pass)

A zany descent into the world of dating, that is not for the faint of heart! This musical comedy is set in a busy New York restaurant, where blind-date rookie Aaron meets serial-dater Casey, where their subsequent date unfolds in real time. The couple quickly discovers they are not alone when the other restaurant patrons take on the roles of supportive best friends, manipulative exes, and protective parents, who sing-and-dance them through the evening. Will this couple ever see a second date?

Written by Austin Winsberg, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, and features Adriane Leigh Robinson and Seth Dhonau. Note: this musical contains adult content and humor and uses e-cigarettes.

Garner Galleria Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs.-Sun.,7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $46
Phone: 303-893-4100

Friday, January 5

Every snowflake is completely unique, just like every person on the planet. Let the library ladies show you how to make easy snowflakes for the library cloud and windows, with enough left over to take home with you!

Hoffman PC Library, 1298 Peoria St., Aurora
4:00 p.m.

Phone: 303-739-1572

Kids will have games, crafts and dinner provided after which they can watch a movie in the Lakehouse movie theater. Parents can take a night off to stay in or go out! Frozen is the animated musical fantasy that features catchy sing-along tunes. When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. The event cost is $15 for the first child and $10 for subsequent kids in the same family. Register here.

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $10-$15
Phone: 720-870-2221

Friday-Sunday, January 5-7

Final week! This one-act play is a compelling foray into the world of renowned artist Mark Rothko. Based on real events in the 1950s, the play follows Rothko at the pinnacle of his career, as he struggles to create a series of large paintings. When he gets a brand-new assistant, the thin line between teacher and student begins to blur.

Written by John Logan this performance stars Phil Luna and J.W. Spina. The play is recommended for ages 13 and up and uses real paints during the production, which may be irritating to those with chemical sensitivities.

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton Street, Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 303-856-7830

The Spotlight Theatre Company launches its 20th anniversary season with Neil Simon’s madcap farce, Rumors. Set in the upscale home of the deputy mayor of New York City and his wife, the play opens with guests arriving at their anniversary dinner party to find the mayor wounded in bed with his wife missing.

Rumors may be one of the funniest Neil Simon plays you’ve never heard of: it’s the country-club set thrown into an absurd situation outside of their comfort zone, marked by an ever-increasing spiral of anxiety and a torrent of witty repartee.

Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre Company/John Hand Theater, 7653 E 1st Pl., Denver
Fri. (Preview) 7:30, Sat. 7:30, Sun. 2:00
Tickets: $12-$25
Phone: 720-530-4596

Saturday, January 6

Do you like to try new recipes and share your goodies with other foodies? Stop by Tallyn’s Reach to decide what delicious dish you will create from this month’s selected cookbook at the library. With lots of recipes from which to choose, club members will prepare the dish and bring in a sample to share while discussing cookery with other chefs. Register here.

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
11:00 a.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

Come to the library and enjoy several Wii games like Mario Cart, Just Dance, and Rock Band. There will be lots of food, lots of fun and lots of laughter for kids in the fourth through eighth grades. Register here.

Hoffman PC Library, 1298 Peoria St., Aurora
4:00 p.m.

Phone: 303-739-1572

Tuesday, January 9

One of the most inspiring figures in American history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. transformed the face of our country through his pursuit of equal rights and his nonviolent approach to the Civil Rights Movement.

The Colorado Symphony celebrates his life with this performance during the 50th anniversary year of Dr. King’s assassination.
The evening will feature guest performances by Michael Chipman, Stephanie Hancock, and Rajdulari. In addition, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission will honor six recipients of the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award.

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Admission is free, but tickets are required for admission. 
Phone: 303-623-7876

Whether you are looking for applicable job skills for tomorrow’s industries or are a passionate DIY hobbyist, this five-week course gives you the knowledge, skills and materials needed to build and operate your own drone. The class is conducted by master hobbyist Tom Neff, with over 40 years of remote-controlled aircraft flight experience.

In addition to building and taking home your own drone, controller, transmitter and other flight essentials, you will practice flying inside the World War II-era hangar at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and& Space Museum, engage in non-GPS drone safety training, and obtain FAA and AMA drone registration.

This is the first session of a five-week course, continuing each Tuesday for five weeks.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver 
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Cost: $450-$499
Phone: 303-360-5360

Wednesday, January 10

Bored with the board games at your house? Bring your family to the library and meet others who love to bond over new board games. Join the fun and games with snacks on the side!

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
6:00 pm.
Phone: 303-739-6600

Welcoming 2018 in Southshore!  
Our resolutions for the master-planned community of Southshore include bringing our residents the best of lakeside living all year round! Minutes from historic downtown Castle Rock a drive through the neighborhoods reveals designs from Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Richmond American Homes and Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. Ranch and two-story models in recreational wonderland are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.