Smile and Laugh All Weekend Long!

March 7, 2019

Whether you feel like smiling or laughing out loud, there’s an activity to raise your spirits this weekend! Comedian Lil Rel from the award-winning movie Get Out will be performing his stand-up routine, and the gut-busting comedy The Play That Goes Wrong opens this weekend! A couple of collaborative contemporary dance performances are sure to make you smile, and the Colorado Symphony is teaming up with the popular a cappella vocal group, Face, for a joyful evening of music.

Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9

A collaborative work that brings together musicians, choreographers, dancers, and writers in the creation of a stunning production! Evolving Doors Dance performs a story comprised of remnants of dance, original music, poetry, and theatre to bring the audience into a woven world of images and interactions.

A Rip in the Sky and Mending the Moon explores the experiences of tearing, fraying, and unraveling only to question how we approach the perplexing task of mending. Thursday and Friday night performances will be followed by a short Talk Back for audience, performers, and collaborators. 

The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Phone: 303-885-8513

Lil Rel Howery catapulted to superstar status as the TSA agent, Rod Williams, in the Oscar-winning film Get Out, where he became a cultural champion as well. As an already established and hilarious comedian and actor, Howery played the lead role in the film Uncle Drew, starred in the critically-acclaimed NBC comedy series The Carmichael Show, and guest-starred in the HBO smash comedy series Insecure.

He was awarded Best Comedic Performance in a Movie at the MTV Awards, nominated for an IMAGE Award for Best Supporting Actor, and crowned Bernie Mac Comedy King of the Year. Currently, Lil Rel servers as executive producer and star on Fox’s sitcom Rel, which premiered in 2018.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.; Sat., 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$30
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10

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
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$32
Phone: 303-856-7830

In true Monty Python spirit, The Play That Goes Wrong is a madcap take on the classic whodunit murder mystery. Acclaimed from the stages of London to Broadway, this hilarious play is sure to make you laugh until you cry, with one manic mishap after another. 

It’s the opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, and things are going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “tons of fun for all ages” (Huffington Post).

Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$105
Phone: 303-571-4401

This is the final weekend for The Whistleblower, a world-premiere performance by Tony Award-winning playwright, Itamar Moses, about the lies we tell ourselves and others—and what happens if we decide to come clean.

When Eli’s dream of creating his own TV show finally comes true, he is puzzled when he finds himself less than ecstatic. Instead of celebrating his long-awaited success, he begins questioning why he had that dream in the first place. So he sets out to uncover some hard truths in his own life, creating chaos among his coworkers, family, exes, and friends in the process.

Space Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe, Denver
Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.; Sun., 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$78
Phone: 303-893-4100

Friday, March 8

So much more fun than talking about the real weather! Your kids will be saying it’s raining risotto or storming spaghetti after watching the Sony Pictures hit: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs! The movie screening is the highlight of Kids Night Out at the Lakehouse, sponsored by the YMCA Southshore.

This safe and fun event provides dinner, arts and crafts, and games in addition to the movie screening. It will be a fun-filled evening for potty-trained children through the age of 12! 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 

Your kids might be fans of the new Mary Poppins, but this very special concert is referring to the original 1964 Disney movie with Julie Andrews! The Colorado Symphony performs the classic score LIVE, while the full film screens behind it! This is the concert (and movie) that will have you saying it’s “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$89
Phone: 303-623-7876

Friday-Sunday, March 8-10

More than a tribute to Mickey and Minnie, this powerful play is a testament to the healing power of family and faith. In a poignant performance, one actress plays all the roles in a drama that deals with the heartbreaking loss of the father and husband of a family. 

By going back to happier times—to a vintage family vacation in Disneyland—the play allows all the women in the family to grow up and move on in ways that honor the man and family they cherish!

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $26-$33
Phone: 303-885-8513

Bringing together the best of the Denver dance scene, this stunning performance features the Colorado Ballet performing a revival of Amy Seiwert’s Traveling Alone. Also on the program is the premiere of a new work by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, The MOVE/ment, to jazz and soul music. The versatile evening of dance closes with a new work by Wonderbound to Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus. Don’t miss this evening of contemporary dance celebrating the spirit of unity, inclusion, and diversity.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House/DCPA, 1385 Curtis St., Denver 
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$90
Phone: 303-837-8888

If watching a Chekov play makes you want to stand up and scream at the characters, “If you don’t like your life, DO something about it!”, then you are going to love this play! Life Sucks is an updated and reworked Uncle Vanya about a modern group of friends, ex-lovers, acquaintances and family members who all seem to be in love with the wrong person—and spend most of their time hilariously lamenting about it. 

While capturing the “love, longing, and loss” themes of Chekov, this play makes one important departure—characters advise each other to “do something to make your life better!” Don’t miss this hilarious community theatre production!

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$37
Phone: 303-739-1970

Saturday, March 9

Kids aren’t the only ones who dream of what it would be like to be a pilot, so treat yourself to this awesome opportunity to sit behind the instruments and controls of a plane! 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-$15
Phone: 303-360-5360

This is the a cappella band that knows how to rock! Covering pop and rock hits with amazing all-vocal renditions, this Boulder-based group performs hit songs with inspiring enthusiasm. For their symphony debut, Face will be pulling out all of the stops to bring you a brand-new experience with their infectious energy—punctuated by an endearing love of performance. Don’t miss this acclaimed vocal group as they pair up with the Colorado Symphony for an evening of musical fun!

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

Sunday, March 10

The original orchestral masterpiece that has introduced countless children to classical music, Peter and the Wolf is the magical tale by Prokofiev that assigns each instrument to correspond to a particular character within the story. Magic Circle Mime Co. makes a special appearance with the Colorado Symphony to bring the story of Peter and a gang of unruly animals to life!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$27
Phone: 303-623-7876

So Long Winter!

As we start to say goodbye to winter, here’s no shortage of things to do near the master-planned community of Southshore! You get the tranquility of lakeside living with easy access to your favorite urban activities. Stop by and see for yourself how great Life at the Lake can be! With beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Century Communities, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the $400s and the $700s.