March 15, 2018
It’s a runway kind of weekend with all sorts of things to do to celebrate the arrival of spring, like the first-ever Denver Fashion Week with both a children’s fashion and bridal show! And on a different kind of runway, kids can fly free in their first airplane experience. Plus kids have a chance for their own night out, thanks to the Southshore YMCA! Get out there and find some fun!
TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, March 15
CONTEMPLATE THIS: THOM PAINE (BASED ON NOTHING)
“Life is awe-inspiringly wonderful. It’s entrancingly mysterious. It’s utterly disappointing. A big joke. An inscrutable journey. A bountiful gift. But one you want to exchange for something that fits a little better around the hips.” This is how The New York Times described the theme of what has been called an indescribable one-man show by the Brooklyn-based writer Will Eno, a beautiful and unsettling play that explores the nature of performance as “existential stand up.”
In turns funny, poignant, and startlingly frank, Thom Pain (based on nothing) is the voice of one lonely man who takes a good hard look at life—and lives to tell about it. An Off-Broadway smash-hit, named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama, this production stars local favorite Seth Maisel and is directed by Liz Nye.
Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
WOKE-UP STAND-UP IN DENVER!
If you’ve tuned in to any social media lately, you’ve seen the term “woke”—as in “getting it,” “having a clue,” or just being generally aware. Come see what happens when stand-up comedy gets “woke” at this comedy showcase featuring the best stand-up comedians in Denver and the U.S.! The Infinitesimal Wars spotlights diversity in comedy with Headliner Janae Burris (Comedy Works, The Bachelor), Nolawee Mengist (Token Comedy Show) Basil Faraj (NBC Breakout Comedy Festival, Laugh Factory), Christie Buchele (Comedy Works, The Bachelor) and more! All hosted by the Mademoiselle of Mirth, the Mistress of Merriment, Miriam Moren.
With amazing craft beer and food provided by Wood’s Boss Brewery, this comedy showcase will provide new avenues of laughter. “Being woke just means remembering that there are people who are different from you and remembering that it’s not about you,” Denver comedian Basil Faraj observed (Chicago Tribune). And that’s a good thing to remember!
Wood’s Boss Brewery, 2210 California St., Denver
Thursday-Saturday, March 15-17
KISS AND TELL WITH CORINNE FISHER AND KRYSTYNA HUTCHINSON
From their hugely successful podcast about relationships-gone-wrong, the comedy duo known as Sorry About Last Night brings their new show to Denver! Corrine Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson, two New York-based stand-up comedians, share their true confessions in The Bridget Bishop Tour—and dare you to try to shame them for it!
The podcast was born when Fisher went on a date with her then-boyfriend, who allowed her to buy him lunch before abruptly dumping her. Commiserating with fellow comedian Hutchinson, the two came up with a show that is part advice column, part cathartic storytelling, and wholly satisfying! With its positive feminist message, the show has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Elle, Bust, Glamour, and on Sirius Radio. They have had such amazing guests as Amber Rose, Dan Savage, Jim Norton, Horatio Sanz, Andy Dick and Lizz Winstead (Co-Creator of The Daily Show) over the years. Don’t miss them live and in-person in Denver!
Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, March 15–18
HAMILTON OFFERS A LOTTERY FOR $10 TICKETS!
Have you tried your luck at winning some $10 orchestra seats for the hottest show in town? The national touring production of Hamilton is worth the effort! The blockbuster show is the story of America then, as told by America now—the ultimate immigrant tale of West Indies-born Alexander Hamilton, who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. With a dazzling score that fuses hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, and R&B with Broadway music, this is one history lesson you will be delighted to attend! If you haven’t bought tickets already, you can try to win an orchestra seat through the lottery—40 tickets will be given out before every performance! Click here for more information about the lottery!
Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri.,7:30 p.m.; Sat. 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 16
KIDS NIGHT OUT – SCREENING OF TANGLED!
Loosely based on the classic fairy tale Rapunzel, Disney’s Tangled is a delightful animated story about a girl discovering the world and herself—all while keeping her hair out of her eyes! Your kids will enjoy a screening of the movie, snacks, and the company of friends at the Southshore YMCA’s Kids Night Out, while you can use the time for a parents’ night out! Children must be potty-trained, and all ages up to 10 years old are welcome. Registration is required.
The Lakehouse, YMCA Southshore, 27151 East Lakeview Dr., Aurora
Friday-Sunday, March 16-18
AN EXPLOSIVE EVENING AT THE SYMPHONY!
When Beethoven composed the majestic “Emperor” Piano Concerto No. 5, it was as if he had electrifying Chinese pianist Zhang “Zee Zee” Zuo in mind to perform the vigorous and demanding piece. The Colorado Symphony introduces this talented guest pianist for this performance, a firebrand of a musician dubbed “full of enthusiasm and glamour, radiating the vigor of youth” by Chinese Gramophone.
What can follow such an explosive act? Only a full-orchestra rendition of Shostakovich’s massive, volatile Symphony No. 11 — a powerful piece full of moody contrasts, led by Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton. Join the Colorado Symphony for this evening of energizing musicianship!
Boettcher Concert Hall/DPAC, 1000 14th St. #15, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 17
KIDS FLY FOR FREE!
In partnership with Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, EAA’s Young Eagles program offers kids ages 8 to 17 the opportunity to experience their first flight with a registered and certified Colorado pilot! Let your kids be inspired by the thrill of flying and develop a passion for the world of aviation! Offered on the third Saturday of every month, you can also plan in advance for this event.
While parents aren’t allowed on the flight, they are required to make arrangements for their kids, including an RSVP and accompanying the child to Centennial Airport to sign all waiver documentation. All Young Eagles flight experiences are subject to weather conditions, and if the event is canceled for any reason, all participants must re-register for next available Young Eagles flight experience.
Centennial Airport, E. County Line Rd. at Isbill Dr., Englewood
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 18
DENVER FASHION WEEK OPENING DAY!
Sunday kicks off Denver Fashion Week (DFW) with events continuing throughout the week for an out-of-this world glimpse into high couture! This is Denver’s largest fashion showcase featuring emerging designers, local boutiques, national brands, hairstylists, makeup artists and models.
Bring the entire family to the Children’s Spring 2018 Fashion Show to get the first look at all the latest trends in children’s fashion! Featuring local boutiques such as Dimple for Kids, Heloise Children’s Boutique, Peach and Penny, and The Secret Boutique, this event is open to all ages! Guests 17 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult, and children 10 and under are free with a paid adult guest.
Following the afternoon Children’s show, DFW presents a spectacular Bridal Show and Awards Ceremony, featuring brands and designers such as Femme Fatal, Nuorikko, Marie-Margot Bridal Couture, Gino Velardi, and Blue Bridal. This is a must-see event for any bride-to-be! If you wish to drink at the event, you must be 21 or older and present a valid I.D. at the door.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
3:00-6:30 p.m. Children’s Show; 7:00-11:30 p.m. Bridal Show and Awards
Monday, March 19
BE A MODEL (OR JUST LOOK LIKE ONE)!
If you have always been curious about how to get started in modeling, or if you are already a working model, this event is designed to give each model all of the skills and knowledge needed to understand and navigate the exciting world of modeling!
The DFW Models Workshop will help you learn how to prepare a portfolio geared for success, how to choose the right photographer, how to choose and agency, and the advantages of the freelance versus the agency approach. The workshop includes a standing room ticket for the Opening Day fashion show (a $30 value)!
McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 West Colfax Ave., Denver
Plenty to do in the Southshore Area!
There’s no shortage of entertainment and recreational activities in and near the master-planned community of Southshore! If you don’t live here yet, visit the welcoming models from Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Century Communities in The Hills, and Richmond American Homes at Lakeview. These new homes, in ranch and two-story designs, are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.