Silent Film Festival Comes to Denver!

April 26, 2018

You won’t want to miss this rare chance to spend an entire weekend at the cinema—the way it used to be! From Harold Lloyd and Hitchcock to the original Chicago, the Denver Silent Film Society has an exciting lineup of films that are surprisingly contemporary in their themes and stories! Also in town this weekend are final performances of many exceptional plays and musicals, as well as concerts, comedy shows, and a celebration for the Day of the Child!

Thursday-Friday, April 26-27

Whether you are interested in becoming a part of the important and dynamic conversation about water in the West or you just want to learn more from the experts, policymakers and researchers who shape the discussion around water challenges, you will want to attend this event! Hosted by Colorado State University, the Symposium is designed to provide a platform for water experts to collaborate and lead discussions regarding the latest water technologies, trends, and plans.

The Symposium will help create a roadmap for water research, innovation, education, and policy that will take place at the Water Resources Center. Join professionals from agricultural, municipal, private, environmental, and recreation sectors in their conversations bridging urban and rural interests, with topics ranging from food production and beer to skiing and the environment. 

McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $175-$325
Phone: 203-615-1239

Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28

Like a genie just released from his bottle, Aladdin is here today, gone tomorrow! Don’t miss your chance to see this dazzling and memorable theatrical experience, the live version of your favorite Disney movie with all the songs and magic you know and love.

The Broadway musical Aladdin takes the story of Aladdin, Genie and Jasmine to a whole new level with its fabulous energy, music and comedy! This blockbuster spectacle is from the producers of The Lion King, so you know it will deliver a production of magic and romance that you won’t want to miss! 

Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$175
Phone: 800-641-1222

Never Grow Up is the title of Bryan Callen’s upcoming one-hour special, and this MadTV alum takes that philosophy to all areas of his life! 

You may know him from one of his many TV and movie roles, including Old School, Bad Santa, Sex and the City, Entourage, Californication, 7th Heaven, King of Queens, Significant Others, CSI and Frasier. He played Bilson on several episodes of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother and was a recurring character on USA’s In Plain Sight. Callen also played the Middle-Eastern owner of a wedding chapel in The Hangover and the role of Samir in The Hangover Part II. Between acting gigs, Callen spends his time power lifting, taming lions, vanquishing evil, and making people laugh as a stand-up comic. 

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.; 
Tickets: $22-$27
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, April 26-29

Despite its historical significance, the Middle East is not the easiest destination to travel to, now more than ever. So when artifacts from this region come to you, you won’t want to miss them! The Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known Biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years! 

The largest collection of artifacts from Israel ever assembled for display will allow guests to explore the traditions, beliefs and iconic objects of ancient Israel that continue to impact world cultures today. There are over 500 authentic objects including inscriptions, weapons, terra cotta figures and remains of religious symbols. 

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6-$9 (in addition to regular museum admission or membership)
Phone: 303-370-6000

A long, long time ago, back in 1969, a groundbreaking musical emerged about a teenage boy named Tommy, who is struggling to recover from his traumatic past. His salvation comes from the realization that he is a pinball wizard, but this thrusts him into the equally great challenges of fame and fortune. 

When the legendary rock band, The Who, changed Broadway forever with their rock opera Tommy, audiences were mesmerized. Don’t miss your chance to be swept up in the electrifying music and lyrics of The Who’s stadium rock as it underpins Tommy’s tumultuous journey with a raw energy that broke the mold of musical theatre scores.

Stage Theatre/DCPA, 1101 13th St., Denver
Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$87
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday-Saturday, April 27-28

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” These inspiring words become heart-wrenching if you consider they were written in the diary of a Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War II. The dramatization of Anne Frank’s diary has been performed countless times over the past half-century, yet her story remains as important and relevant as ever. 

This classic play is a must-see for adults and older children to bear witness to the astonishing bravery, honesty and compassion of the young heroine. Don’t miss your chance to see The Diary of Anne Frank where you will view history in the most humanistic terms in this Pulitzer-Prize and Tony-Award winning play.

Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre Company/John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Pl., Denver
Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22-$25
Phone: 720-530-4596

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29

You will be astounded at how familiar these groundbreaking early films are! For example, did you know that the hugely suspenseful silent film The Lodger was made by a young Alfred Hitchcock? And the many wildly popular stage and screen revivals of Chicago wouldn’t have been possible without the original 1927 silent film that brought Roxy Hart’s lurid story to the screen straight off the pages of the newspapers of the day! 

The 7th Denver Silent Film Festival opens on Friday evening and continues throughout the weekend, screening some of the most revered and respected films in the history of cinema! In addition to the opening night screening of Chicago and Hitchcock’s silent film, also included on the schedule are: Dreyer’s classic The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Fitz Lang’s 1921 Destiny, a collection of silent Disney films, and the always-funny Harold Lloyd in Speedy, a hectic love-letter to New York. All films are accompanied by live musicians including accomplished silent film pianists, student musicians from CU Denver, and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Individual tickets are available or buy a festival pass and see them all!

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake, 4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
Fri., 7:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m., 1:00, 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m., 12:15, 2:45, 4:30, and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8-$13 (Individual Tickets); $110 (Festival Pass)
Phone: 720-588-4107

The 1920s come roaring to life with showgirls, gangsters and more in this musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s madcap film. Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the ’20s roar, Bullets over Broadway The Musical is bringing musical comedy back with a bang. Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features existing hits from the 1920s, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “‘Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do” and “There’s a New Day Comin’!”

David Shayne is a straight-arrow playwright who plans to stand firm against compromising his work but quickly abandons that stance when his producer finds a backer to mount his show on Broadway. There’s just one catch, however: the backer is a mobster who sees Shayne’s play as a vehicle for his ditzy, talent-free girlfriend. Throw in an aging diva, a savant hit-man and a bevy of beautiful chorus girls, and this is one Broadway show that is sure to knock ’em dead.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $19-$38
Phone: 303-856-7830

Madness, Rack and Honey fuses dance and poetry in a remarkable way. Using an “insanely long poem” as the foundation for movement and inspiration for the overall structure of the piece, choreographer Garett Ammon takes Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra and spins it into a grand gesture of desire, sensuality and rapture.

This irreverent work received glowing acclaim from San Francisco critics and audiences when it was first performed by Smuin Contemporary American Ballet. Now you can embark on this zany and quixotic escapade with local dance troupe Wonderbound and the Colorado Symphony! The production will also boast a world premiere creation by Sarah Tallman.

Performing Arts Complex at PCS, 1001 W. 84th Ave., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $22-$50
Phone: 303-623-7876

Saturday, April 28

Whimsical, sweet and touching theatre for the entire family! When a mischievous balloon finds its way into the home of a lonely man, suddenly his curmudgeonly life is interrupted. This simple but powerful play explores the meaning of friendship and is packed with inventive physical comedy that depicts the relationship between a man and his balloon. With a little imagination and acceptance, a good friend can be found even in the most unlikely places!

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Phone: 303-856-7830

When you gather so much talent on one stage, you know it’s going to be an unforgettable night! They are the legendary stand-up comedians and epic sitcom stars who comprise the cast of the BET scripted reality show about stand-up comics— Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and George Lopez. And they appear together on stage in this outrageously funny show!

All of these talented entertainers have been breaking ground in the comedy business and bringing the laughs for decades. Maybe you always loved George Lopez in his heartwarming sitcom or have been a fan of Cedric the Entertainer since his days of hosting Showtime at the Apollo. Maybe D.L. Hughley’s sharp-witted political satire is more your style or the award-winning comedic acting of Eddie Griffin. When you bring such diverse members of comedy royalty together in the comedy event of the year, you just can’t lose!

Bellco Theater, 700 14th St., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $49-$113
Phone: 303-228-8260

Sunday, April 29

A day celebrated all over the world, the Día del Niño Festival is celebrated in Denver at the Denver Art Museum! Bring your favorite children to enjoy free admission, family-friendly programming, and live music and dancing that celebrates children from around the world! This event at the DAM is part of a weekend-long celebration hosted by multiple organizations in Denver and Boulder.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 720-913-0072

You won’t want to miss the final concert of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary season! Transformations features a piece composed by student musician, Leslie Wilburn and a performance of the Barber Violin Concerto by concerto competition winner, Christina Johnson. The top-level Young Artists Orchestra also performs the challenging and moving, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, highlighting DYAO’s youth orchestra programs that represent the future of classical music! Come to support the youth of Denver and you will leave knowing you have heard one of the best concerts of the year!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DPAC, 1000 14th St. #15, Denver
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6-$19.50
Phone: 303-433-2420

Southshore: A Great First Impression
The master-planned community of Southshore is beautiful to look at, and convenient to shopping, entertainment and great amenities. You can tour the beautiful models and check out additional designs from Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Century Communities in The Hills, and Richmond American Homes at Lakeview. Live lakeside in a ranch or two-story model, priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.