A New Year’s Weekend in Aurora and Denver!

December 28, 2017

It’s New Year’s weekend and if you’re in the mood to revel, there are parties, performances and things to do all over town to send the old year off with a bang! The Southlands YMCA will be hosting Craft and a Movie days, or you can  laugh, sing and dance your way into 2018 with movies, dinosaurs and more. It’s a New Year’s weekend with all the bells and whistles happening throughout Aurora and Denver!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, December 28

Clever. Hilarious. Determined. These words are often used to describe Sam Adams as a comedian, public speaker and sports journalist. Sam had a 23-year career as a sportswriter with his work featured in The Denver Post, The Charlotte Observer, Rocky Mountain News and Colorado Avid Golfer magazine.

In 2003 was voted by his peers as Colorado’s “Print Journalist of the Year.” In 2001, he stepped on stage to perform stand-up comedy for the first time, at age 41. Eight years later Sam changed careers to pursue comedy full-time after winning at the Great American Comedy Festival. Don’t miss one of Denver’s own!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $14
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Friday, December 28-29

Join neighbors and friends at the Southlands YMCA Youth Center this week for a winter between-holidays craft and a movie. For parents and kids, potty-trained and older. Please pack a sack lunch for your kiddos!

YMCA Youth Center, 2605 S. Main St., Unit D-112, Aurora
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
RSVP for Thursday or Friday

Thursday-Sunday, December 28-31

The Pond is the place to go near Southshore for a little ice skating for the newbie and the pro! You can rent skates at The Pond, or bring your own, and there are so many last-minute Christmas shopping options before and after your ice adventure! Hurry on over to Southlands and enjoy yourselves…this year and next!

The Pond at Southlands Mall, Main St., Aurora
Thurs., 4:00-9:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Admission: $8/Skate Rental: $2.50
Phone: 303-928-7536

From an all-female creative team, Waitress the play is based on the popular film about a small-town pie-maker trapped in a loveless marriage. Considering her options, she enters a baking contest in a neighboring town, and discovers hope for a new life and a fresh start. This inspiring musical celebrates friendship, creative mothering and the charms of a delicious dessert. Waitress is hosting Cast Album Karaoke on Thursday, December 28 at 7:30 p.m., where fans will be invited to the stage to sing songs from the show accompanied by the Waitress band.

Buell Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs.-Sat.,7:30 p.m.; Thurs./Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$115
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday-Saturday, December 29-30

Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the Cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue exploded onto the national comedy scene capturing the laughter and admiration of millions as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Most recently, Josh debuted a new one-hour Showtime special: Sticky Change, and Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike! With quite the extensive resume, Josh has appeared as a regular guest star on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia, and he was the first comedian to perform stand-up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m. 
Tickets: $25
Phone: 303-595-3637

Audiences tend to gasp almost as much as they laugh when Cocoa Brown hits the mic, as the veteran stand-up dispenses comedy that’s equal parts hilarious and outrageous. A ball of energy, the actress and comedian punctuates her own punchlines with roars of infectious laughter. Appearing on BET’s Comic View Brown is known for her roles in Ted 2, Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms’ Club and the critically acclaimed The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Late show tickets include party favors, a souvenir and a champagne toast, plus Brown’s fierce, fiery and wildly funny stand-up for a rip-roaring New Year’s Eve.

Denver Improv, 8246 Northfield Ave., Unit 1400, Denver
7:30 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone: 303-307-1777

Saturday, December 30

Kids age 11 and younger can experience a fun-filled hour of activities including an aviation or space themed story and a hands-on craft for parent and child to create together. This program is designed to build quality parent-child time while inspiring kids through aerospace stories and activities. Parental supervision is required.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
11:00-11:45 a.m.
Admission: $8.50-$15.00
Phone: 303-360-5360

Come and master the art of crepe-making with a New Year’s twist. Spend the morning making sweet and savory crepes filled with various homemade toppings to include hazelnut spread, mint marshmallow cream, spiced apples, confetti crepes with veggies and cheese and crepes with chicken in cream.

Expo Rec Center, 10955 E. Exposition Ave., Aurora
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $14.50-$17.50
Phone: 303-326-8630

Starring the incomparable Emma Messenger and originally produced by The Edge Theatre Company, this one-woman, one-of-a-kind show — I’ll Eat You Last! — invites audiences into the glamorous Beverly Hills home of one of Hollywood’s original super-agents. Brace yourself for a night filled with the kind of insider info only a woman like Sue could divulge!

Written by Tony Award winner John Logan (Red) and directed by Josh Hartwell, I’LL EAT YOU LAST is an evening of chat that is hilarious, profane, and ultimately heartbreaking.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$25

End 2017 with style! At the Great Gatsby Gala, you’ll be stepping back in time to the Roaring Twenties, where fashion and status were everything. Celebrate another year and look forward to a bigger and better 2018. Your hosts will include actor-comedian King Keraun, Ya Girl Cedes from KS107.5, presenting performances by Ramond and Kent Washington and Rotimi – recording artist and star of the hit TV show Power. Be prepared to get your flapper on – dress codes will be strictly enforced!

Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver
9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Tickets: $25-$125
Phone: 720-365-6497

Sunday, December 31

Start your New Year’s celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony’s annual presentation of A Night in Vienna, a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes and marches conducted by Music Director Brett Mitchell. The festive 97-minute performance is a time-honored tradition and fantastic sendoff to 2017 — and the early start time ensures that you won’t miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks!

Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$99
Phone: 303-MAESTRO

Want to stay closer to home on New Year’s Eve? Bar Louie at the Southlands Mall is the place to be for locals who just want to order up a good time in their own neighborhood. The music will be pumping and the champagne bottles will be popping, so get your tickets now for the biggest party of the year to Kiss Off 2017!

Bar Louie, Southlands Mall, 6100 S. Main St., Aurora
8:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Tickets: $50
Phone: 720-463-0460

Ring in 2018 with class and style at the most upscale New Year’s Eve experience in downtown Denver. Bookend your evening with luxury rides to and from the event in Aurora’s own Pyramids Limo Service. Colorado’s socialites will show up in formal attire to welcome the New Year at Black Tie Party inside the magnificent Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel. The hotel is in the heart of the city on the 16th St. Mall, just steps away from the fantastic New Year’s Eve fireworks display planned for midnight!

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Pl., Denver
8:00-11:30 p.m.
Tickets: $89-$109
Phone: 720-319-8441

Ring in the New Year with laughter! Start the night off with an ALL AGES show (*Rated PG-13) at 6:00 p.m. or arrive for the 8 p.m. show for laughs and drinks. The 10:00 p.m. show will be the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with a champagne toast and party favors! Comedy Works proudly features Steve “Mudflap” McGrew AKA the hellbent southern gent. McGrew can be heard on 24/7 Comedy and Sirius XM radio, as well on his wildly popular podcasts Remasculate and Wrinkled Sheets. *Ages 18 and younger must be with a parent or legal guardian.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $27-$57
Phone: 303-595-3637

City NYE is a Denver New Year’s Eve celebration unveiling a modern take on cultural classic. The flawlessly orchestrated evening brings together the sights, sounds and sensations of your wildest night. Open bar libations, fresh beats, art installations, and an unforgettable midnight blowout await. An unforgettable, state-of-the-art party experience featuring incredible sound, light shows, decor and art installations with a direct view of the Denver New Year’s Eve fireworks show. Party for a cause! A portion of ticket proceeds will be contributed to our nonprofit partner Denver Active 20-30 benefiting at risk local youth.

McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Tickets: $129-$159

Located at Downtown Denver’s chic, one-of-a-kind Curtis Hotel, Resolution NYE 2017 is a revelry of elegance and indulgence dedicated to the seasoned party-goers of Colorado. Experience a truly interactive open-bar celebration and hotel takeover, featuring two levels of holiday adorned hallways, three spectacular ballrooms, and multiple breakout party rooms, all providing a unique taste of world class music, entertainment, and a venue-wide countdown to 2018!

The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis St., Denver
9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Tickets: $99-$149

Monday, January 1

Two exhibits you’ll want to take the kids to see are Ultimate Dinosaurs and Nature’s Amazing Machines (last day, January 1!). Ultimate Dinosaurs showcases some of the most spectacular dinosaur discoveries and cutting-edge scientific research from the southern hemisphere in recent years. Some of the exhibit features include 17 fully-articulated skeletons and dozens of fossils and casts; video projection of sauropods that gives you an opportunity to walk (and run!) alongside life-size dinosaurs.

Don’t miss the augmented reality (AR) viewers that guests look through to examine the skeleton of Carnotaurus, laying skin over the bones and showing what it looked like in real life,

And that’s not all! The museum’s exhibit stations will also feature interactive projection microscopes, micro-sifters used by working paleontologists and touchable specimens!

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $11.95-$16.95 
Phone: 303-370-6000

Monday-Friday, January 1-5

Colorado S.T.E.A.M Academy will be organizing a Winter Break Camp for kids ages 6 through 12! The Camp will be held from January 1-5, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and extended hours are available from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. It will be six students for every one coach and each day kids will be working on something new and exciting: Science/Discovery Stations; Technology/Coding; Engineering/Robotics; Art/3D Design and Printing; Math/Delicious Recipes. Register now!

Colorado STEAM Academy, 6820 S. Liverpool St., Unit E, Aurora
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cost: $250-$300
Phone: 303-699-6381

Happy New Year from Southshore!  
We’re ringing in the New Year at Southshore, where everyone in the master-planned community is excited to see what 2018 will bring! Drive over and tour the amazing models and survey more designs from Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Richmond American Homes and Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. Ranch and two-story models in the amenity-rich community are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.