Paper Fashion Show and Fun Fundraisers!

April 11, 2019

This weekend, there are lots of opportunities to “do good” while having fun at the same time! The Paper Fashion Show is a glamorous nod to both the fashion and the art worlds—while at the same time raising money for after-school arts programs! Choose from it and other galas, parties, and events happening this weekend to support Can-Do MS, Big Brothers and Sisters, and Children’s Hospital!

Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13

The funniest host around, Chris Hardwick walks people and families through competitions on The Wall, talks zombies on Talking Dead, and displays his considerable pop culture knowledge as host of Comedy Central’s popular @midnight. 

But as a stand-up comedian, Hardwick really gets your attention! He has produced two stand-up specials, Mandroid and Funcomfortable, and now he’s back to bring his insightful humor to the stage. Don’t miss your chance to see this pop culture legend in person!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $38
Phone: 303-595-3637

Friday, April 12

The fashion world collides with the art world in this breathtaking show that breaks creative boundaries! For 15 years, Denver has looked forward to the Paper Fashion Show as the epitome of ingenious creativity. These beautiful, jaw-dropping haute couture fashions are made entirely from paper and judged on a grand runway by an esteemed panel of top Denver-area designers and celebrities. Can fashion get any more inventive than this?

As if the amazing outfits weren’t reason enough to attend, this entirely volunteer-organized event is also a fundraiser to benefit the non-profit Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, a local community organization that provides after-school arts programs for urban youth. As the largest event of its kind in the country, the Paper Fashion Show brings together 800 attendees and 100 volunteers to view and celebrate wearable art in motion.

The Hangar at Stanley, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora 
5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$135
Phone: 720-838-3797

Enjoy an evening of 1920s speakeasy shenanigans! Dress like a flapper or a gangster—or come as you are—for a full evening of fun! With free-flowing gin, live jazz, Charleston dancing, and abundant hors d’oeuvres, this is one evening you’ll be talking about for months to come! 

And while you are having a blast, you’ll also be helping a great cause. The entire event benefits Can-Do MS, with a goal of raising $20,000 for multiple sclerosis research! So grab your significant other or a bunch of friends, and get ready to party like there’s no tomorrow!

Polka Lola Social Club, 1850 Wazee St., Denver
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50 per person
Phone: 970-926-1294

Friday-Sunday, April 12-14

Don’t just watch the drama—become a part of it! Jennifer Faletto’s new play, Conspiracy Theory G, is part theatre, part social experiment. When you enter the theatre, you come as a resident of Sweet Harmony, where the Neighborhood Association has just called an emergency meeting. The drama unfolds when it’s revealed that overnight a mysterious “crop circle” has appeared in the local park. 

As theories on how or why the crop circle came to Sweet Harmony Park emerge, factions within the community will form. Before the end of the night, someone will instigate a coup. Will you be a part of saving the neighborhood association or overthrowing it? With just 30 tickets per showing, this immersive workshop experience is extremely limited, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to see a work of art in progress!

Denver Center Theatre Academy/DCPA, 1101 13th St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone: 303-893-4100

If the only way you know Brahms is for his soothing lullabies, this passionate performance by the Colorado Symphony will wake you up! Symphony No. 4 is Brahms final symphony, a musician favorite with heroic character and mature intensity. 

Also on the program is the premiere of Kevin Puts’ Oboe Concerto, soloed by Colorado Symphony Principal Oboist Peter Cooper. The evening begins with a lush, expansive work for strings, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$94
Phone: 303-623-7876

The most popular and sophisticated magic show on earth is coming to Denver—direct from Broadway! You will be blown away by the spectacular talents of the most incredible illusionists ever to share a stage. 

You’ve heard all about the outrageous and astonishing tricks these magicians are capable of, and now is your chance to see for yourself! The Illusionists—Live from Broadway has shattered box office records all around the world, as well as shattering audiences’ perception of reality! Don’t miss out!

Buell Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Fri./Sat.,7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$105
Phone: 800-641-1222

Ballet fans always look forward to the spring MasterWorks program, which highlights the masterpieces of some of ballet’s most beloved creators. This year features the first Denver performance of Carmina Burana in nearly 20 years, with an adaptation by the acclaimed Fernand Nault, along with Carl Orff’s evocative and powerful music performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and chorus. Also on the program is Balanchine’s Serenade, beautifully brought to life by the talented Colorado Ballet dancers.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House/DCPA, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$155
Phone: 303-837-8888

It’s a rare gift to discover what means the most while there is still time to build your life around it. In this poignant and humorous play, the protagonist’s mother is seriously ill in the hospital, feeling despondent and without hope. So there is nothing left for him to do but make a list of every brilliant thing, every reason to smile, until she slowly learns how to find joy again by looking at a single brilliant thing—one after the other.

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $32
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, April 13

Save time and money by coming to this one-stop health fair in Aurora! It’s important to make sure you are doing everything possible to keep yourself and your family healthy!

The 9Health Family Fair offers free and low-cost screenings provided by certified health professionals who volunteer their skills and their time. While these screeners do not diagnose, they will let the participant know at the time of the screening if they need to see their doctor for further evaluation. Family Fair screenings for children include blood pressure, height/weight, and vision.

Christian Center, 1391 Oswego St., Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Golf lovers and food and drink devotees come together for this fun and festive afternoon, celebrating the Masters and Moscow Mules! Spend the day playing mini-golf while watching the pros at the Masters live-streaming on the big screen! Enjoy specialty mules, craft beer, wine, and spirits, and vote for your favorite Moscow Mule from Denver’s top bartenders. 

There will be a golf simulator, archery dodgeball and many more fun activities. Best of all, you’ll be benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Sports Buddies Program, so this event is guilt-free! Don’t forget your hat and golf attire—there will be a prize for the best-dressed!

Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway, Denver
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $39.99 – $79.99
Phone: 908-346-0417

Start planning your costume for the most enchanted evening in town! This year’s Masquerade Ball will be an elegant affair, filled with music, cocktails, delicious food, dancing, a photo booth, live and silent auctions, raffles, and more! Most importantly, all proceeds will go to a remarkable cause—Children’s Hospital Colorado Heart Research! Plan on a memorable evening, starting with cocktail hour and leading up to dancing the night away—incognito!

Westin Downtown, 1672 Lawrence St., Denver
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $100 
Phone: 855-553-3448

One of the most memorable comedians of the mid-2000s, Dane Cook is back with a brand-new comeback tour, Under Oath. Fans may remember that back in the day, Cook was everywhere—on TV, in the movies, on standup stages—and now he’s returning with a routine that combines energetic physical comedy, clever wordplay and trenchant observations about human behavior. His relatable “guy next door” persona endears him to wide-ranging audiences across the globe. Don’t miss this “comedian phenom and icon” (Entertainment Weekly) when he headlines in Denver!

Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $39.50 – $59.50
Phone: 888-929-7849

By now everyone’s heard of the popular local-music series, Get Your Ears Swoll—so what’s keeping you from joining in on the fun? It will be a great evening of neighborhood camaraderie, community spirit, and the best live music around! Make your way to the new arts and culture event space in Aurora, and find out what all the hype is about!

The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 Cover
Phone: 729-819-6680

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