Shakespeare, John Denver and The Last Jedi!

July 5, 2018

Outdoor concerts this weekend include a classical extravaganza as the Colorado Symphony presents Mozart Under Moonlight, in addition to all the other great summer concert series! There are also a number of theatre productions, including a mash-up of every one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays! Take advantage of the vast array of entertainment for the entire family in the Aurora and Denver area this weekend!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, July 5

This is flea-market pickin’ at its finest! Denver’s premier open-air marketplace offers a vast array of local arts and crafts sold directly by the artists! You’ll find one-of-a-kind jewelry, antiques, furniture, holistic services, unique treasures, delicious food, and just about anything else you could want. At noon, there will be live concert, featuring an outstanding local band!

Skyline Park, 15th and Arapahoe, Denver
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

There is simply no better way to celebrate summer in Colorado than with the uplifting tunes of Colorado icon, John Denver, as performed by the John Adams Tribute Band! You will find yourself singing joyfully along to Country Roads, Rocky Mountain High, Sunshine On My Shoulders and all of John Denver’s beloved classics! 

Adams, who is from Holland, started playing John Denver’s songs in 1972 when Take Me Home, Country Roads became a hit in Europe. He moved to the United States 12 years ago after the artist’s death, committed to keeping the music alive. Now he appears with his band at Southlands for the free summer concert series to spread John Denver’s good cheer!

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5000

Thursday-Saturday, July 5-7

This is the final weekend of what has been called “the funniest musical of all time” by Entertainment Weekly! This provocative production is not for the easily offended! Book of Mormon makes fun of everything people value most, as South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone portray a couple of mismatched Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to convert the locals. 

The lyrics to all the songs are obscene and offensive, while the tunes are cheerfully classic Broadway in nature. If you’ve always wondered about all the hype around this nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical, now’s your chance to see it!

Ellie Caulkins Opera House/DCPA, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Sat., 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$145
Phone: 800-641-1222

Thursday-Sunday, July 5-8

The thought-provoking play and movie from the 1980s that examines all angles of faith is in its final weekend at the Vintage Theatre! Agnes of God is a critically-acclaimed drama that was nominated for two Tony awards during its successful Broadway run.

The story revolves around a disturbing discovery in a convent when a young nun, Sister Agnes, is found with a strangled infant she claims to know nothing about. The convent’s Mother Superior is fiercely determined to protect Agnes, who has displayed stigmata and other signs of faith, while a court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Martha Livingston, uncovers evidence less divine in nature.

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

He started out in a cubicle, working for Boeing, but Fahim Anwar’s humor couldn’t be contained! Anwar is now a stand-up comedian, actor and writer who was named a “Most Promising Future Star” by The New York Times!

He’s appeared on Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and performed at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Fahim’s recent film and TV credits include Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Neighbors, Drunk History, The Carmichael Show, and Superior Donuts. 

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; Sunday, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $14-$22
Phone: 303-595-3637

Friday, July 6

This very special Kids’ Night Out features a very special Disney animated movie—one of the most stunningly beautiful the studio has ever made! Featuring the first Disney princess without even a hint of a love interest, Moana is an epic Polynesian adventure with beautiful music!

While your kids are enjoying a safe night out at the YMCA Southshore Lakehouse, you can enjoy a Parents’ Night Out of your own! In addition to the movie screening, kids will get dinner, crafts, and plenty of company! Kids up to age 12 who are potty-trained are welcome to attend! Please note that registration is required.

The Lakehouse, YMCA Southshore, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $15-$17
Phone: 720-870-2221 

Enjoy the music of the most revered composer of all time under the stars, in this very special outdoor concert by the Colorado Symphony! Included in this one-night program are selections from Mozart’s most popular concerto, operatic, and symphonic repertoire.

Overture from Cosi fan tutti, Piano Concerto in A Major, Exsultate Jubilate, and Symphony No. 40 in G minor will fill the skies in this glorious celebration of the master of joyful music!

Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$50
Phone:  720-898-7200

Join Rey as she seeks out Luke Skywalker and takes on Kylo Ren and the First Order—all from the vantage point of the Island Kingdom Water Park at Elitch’s! The unique Dive-In Movies series presents recent blockbuster movies in an outdoor setting. Movies are free with any park admission or Season Pass. 

Island Kingdom Water Park, Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE with park admission (starting at $29.99)

Friday-Sunday, July 6-8

All 37 plays by Shakespeare make an appearance in this hilarious and whimsical take on the master of English drama! From Romeo and Juliet to Hamlet (and everything in between), a farcical trio of actors will astound you with their wit! Since the play contains mature situations and themes, the suggested rating of the performance is PG.

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

If you are a hopeless romantic, and you loved the book and movie about the lonely photographer who meets a lonelier housewife, you won’t want to miss this stage production of The Bridges of Madison County! 

The Bridges of Madison County is set in the tranquil beauty of America’s heartland and filled with the longing of a romance between two people who met each other too late.

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, July 7

Take advantage of the FREE first Saturday of every month to enjoy the innovative and thought-provoking art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum! Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. Some special exhibitions may require an additional ticket.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 720-865-5000

Young aspiring pilots—as well as those who are young at heart—will enjoy the chance to sit behind the instruments and controls of a plane as they see what it feels like to be in the cockpit! Kids and adults alike can climb aboard select aircraft and get a pilot’s perspective of what it feels like to control one of these amazing and complex machines. From a furious F-111 Aardvark to a late 20th century DC-10, you’re sure to walk away with an appreciation for those who fly!

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8.50-$10
Phone: 303-360-5360

You won’t want to miss this high-energy funk band, with explosive horn lines, old-school Hammond organ sounds, and intoxicating vocal harmonies! Funkiphino is one of the most popular dance bands in Denver, named Best Funk Band by Westword Magazine and Marquee Magazine! Catch them in a fun FREE summer concert on the Green!

Founders Green Park, 29th Ave & Roslyn St, Denver
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Sunday, July 8

With a love of all things jazz—including “Hot Club” style, Gypsy jazz, and blues—La Pompe Jazz puts on a summer show that will have you swooning! Join this group of Denver musicians as they fill the summer skies with their own interpretations of jazz standards and original material in the City Park Jazz FREE concert series!

City Park Denver, 1600 City Park, Denver
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Living Lakeside in Southshore!

This is the best season to live lakeside anywhere, but especially in Southshore. This amenity-rich, master-planned community is near plenty of recreational, entertainment , shopping and dining choices! If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and explore the amazing models and designs from Toll Brothers, Century Communities , and Richmond American Homes at Lakeview. Ranch and two-story models in Southshore are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.