Snowga, Buff Talks and Vacation Expo!

January 31, 2019

Perhaps it’s the magical dancing of snowflakes or the crimson sunsets over the distant mountains, but there is something exciting in the Colorado air! Whether you want to check out the upcoming trends in Denver at CU Buff Talks or take part in a Snowga practice (outdoor yoga in the snow!), you’ll find lots of new experiences waiting for you in Denver and Aurora this weekend. Or you may want to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz by treating the family to a special dance performance by the Colorado Ballet, honoring the legendary movie!  

TODAY/TONIGHT, January 31

WHAT’S NEXT, DENVER?
If you love TED Talks, you’ll love this local version of the popular format! CU Boulder Next is a cross-cultural mecca for upcoming trends in food, brews, music, pop culture and more! Even better, the series of “BuffTalks” focuses on Denver-area innovations across a wide range of topics. Share this intoxicating evening with your significant other or bestie for an unforgettable night out!

Among the captivating talks you might catch are a discussion about beer archaeology and a talk about Pixar’s influence on pop culture. You can also sample products from local food, beer and wine vendors, and experience a taste of the future through interactive exhibits. CU’s new football coach, Mel Tucker, will even be on hand for a unique Q&A opportunity!

Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel, 1550 Court Pl., Denver
5:30-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25; Kids and Students, FREE
Email: [email protected]

Thursday-Saturday, January 31 – February 2

STAGE PRODUCTION OF ANNA KARENINA
The romance and drama of 19th-century Russia come alive on stage in this gorgeous production of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel. Anna Kareninia is a wealthy countess who falls madly in love with a dashing army officer, Count Vronsky. She risks everything, including an unhappy marriage and her own reputation, in favor of her passions. More than a moralistic cautionary tale, the story includes parallel plots—including the beautiful love story of Kitty and Levin—elevating it to a moving testament to the power of love. 

Stage Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$77
Phone: 303-571-4401

CHRISTINA P IS IN DENVER!
One of the best-known and most prolific comedians working today, Christina P is everywhere! You may have seen her on one of VH1’s countdown shows, SyFy Channel’s Insane or Inspired, TruTV’s World’s Dumbest, and E! Television’s Wildest TV Moments, making hilarious commentaries on pop culture. She also has two Netflix specials, The Degenerates and Christina P: Mother Inferior, where she discusses the upside of getting older and the “Me Too” movement, as well as the realities of motherhood, marriage and her own childhood. 

She hosts the hugely successful podcast Your Mom’s House with her husband, comedian Tom Segura, and her standup comedy can be seen on the Showtime special Red Light Comedy, TV Guide Channel’s Stand Up in Stilettos, and Nuvo TV’s Stand Up and Deliver. She’s also performed at comedy festivals and comedy clubs across the world and has performed for the troops. 

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: $22-$50
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday-Sunday, January 31 – February 3

NEW PLAY ABOUT FAMILY DRAMA
As a 2017 Colorado New Play Summit featured play, Last Night and the Night Before captivated audiences with its exploration of the struggle between the responsibilities that are expected of us and the choices we actually end up making. Monique and Rachel are sisters whose lives have gone in opposite directions: Monique has remained in the southern town where they grew up while Rachel leads an upscale life in her Brooklyn brownstone. 

When Monique and her 10-year-old daughter show up on Rachel’s doorstep unexpectedly, chaos ensues. Monique is running from trouble and memories that Rachel would just as soon forget.

Ricketson Theatre/DCPA, 1400 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$50
Phone: 303-571-4401

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC REVIVED!
Life in a Sondheim musical is just a little sweeter! This beautiful production of A Little Night Music by the Cherry Creek Theatre will have you wistfully humming Send in the Clowns for weeks to come!

The story takes place in a romantic countryside retreat where conflicted characters must work out their passions and longings. This Tony Award-winning musical has been called “sophisticated and enchanting” by The New York Times.

Pluss Theatre, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 South Dahlia St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $33-$38
Phone: 303-800-6578

A PLAY ABOUT BEING BLACK IN AMERICA
Irreverent and important, Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies is a new play that examines the contradictions within African-American culture and the unstoppable quest for personal identity. 

Marquis and Tru are two very different 14-year-old black boys who meet in a juvenile holding cell. Marquis is book-smart and influenced by his suburban upbringing to the extent that streetwise Tru declares he has lost his “blackness.” In an attempt to educate him, Tru puts together a manual he calls Being Black for Dummies. This play contains adult language and situations.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 – $37
Phone: 303-873-6622

Friday-Saturday, February 1-2

VISIT COLORADO’S LARGEST VACATION SHOWCASE 
If the cold, snowy weather has you yearning for a tropical beach getaway, you need to check out the biggest and best Vacation Expo in the state! Browse among dozens of exhibitors showing off their world-class vacation packages and interact with engaging travel presenters from top travel companies. You can even enter to win a dream vacation for two and many other prizes! 

Visit the Expanded Travel Store where you can shop for great products for the savvy traveler and learn how to best pack for your upcoming trip! There’s even an onsite passport services booth where you can conveniently apply for or renew your passport! Book your vacation with a knowledgeable travel agent and receive exclusive offers you can’t get anywhere else.

Mile High Stadium, Entrance Gate 7, 1701 Bryant St., Denver
Fri., 4:00-8:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6-$10

Friday-Sunday, February 1-3

DANCE DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
Join the Colorado Ballet in a celebration of the 80th anniversary of the legendary movie, The Wizard of Oz, with a special dance performance! Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion in this exciting ballet premiere of The Wizard of Oz, featuring new sets, costumes and special effects. This magical ballet revolves around the story lines and visual elements of the classic motion picture, and the score is performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. 

Ellie Caulkins Opera House/DCPA, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$120
Phone: 303-837-8888

MENDELSSOHN’S DOUBLE CONCERTO 
It’s dueling violin and piano in this bold and playful concerto by a very young Mendelssohn! Only fourteen years old when he composed it, Mendelssohn broke with tradition by aligning the unlikely forces of violin and piano in a brilliant and stunning combination. The parts mimic, dance, and converse with each other to great effect in this spellbinding performance by the Colorado Symphony! 

Also on the program is Schubert’s elegant Symphony No. 9, better known as The Great for its compelling melodic reference to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Don’t miss this evening of energetic, joyful symphony music!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$89
Phone: 303-623-7876

Saturday, February 2

DO SOME SNOWGA

One part snow, one part yoga, Snowga is the hottest trend in winter yoga! Come outside in the bracing winter air for a practice that allows you to breathe in all of Colorado’s freshness! The session takes place on the ice at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park, where you can stretch out your muscles while soaking up some Vitamin D!

Some things to keep in mind for the outdoor yoga session: dress warm, in layers, and don’t forget a hat, gloves, and warm footwear. Since it’s Denver, you’ll probably also need sunglasses! Otherwise, it’s just like indoor yoga, so bring your yoga mat, towel, and a bottle of water, and get ready for a professionally-led 45-minute flow yoga session—perfect for all levels!

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park, 1601 Arapahoe St., Denver
9:00-9:45 a.m.
Tickets: Donation suggested
Phone: 303-534-6161

“EVRE” WOMAN’S HEALTH FAIR
You’ll be singing “I’m Every Woman” as you take part in this unique and all-encompassing health event for women! UC Health presents evrē (pronounced “every”)—a health and wellness workshop celebrating all women. If you are ready to turn over a new leaf and keep those resolutions for a positive new year, you’ll want to attend this energizing and informative health fair.

The morning is packed with activities, including a goal-setting workshop, fitness classes, and a keynote panel that discusses keeping your focus, invigorated intention, and a few new ways to move YOU forward. There will also be complimentary health screenings, a light breakfast, healthy refreshments, and vendor booths. Women of all ages are welcome.

UC Health Training Center, 13655 E. Broncos Pkwy., Englewood
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register: $25
Phone: 303-527-4622

BEST OF DENVER FASHION WEEK IN PHOTOS!
Get jazzed for the upcoming Denver Fashion Week in March with this thrilling photo exhibition highlighting the best of Denver Fashion Week’s 10-year history! Stunning photos will take you behind the scenes of the most memorable runway shows to make you feel like you’re a part of this iconic world. The color, the finesse, the attitude—it’s all here in this exciting photography tribute to the evolving Denver fashion scene.

McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 West Colfax Ave., Denver
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 720-856-5550

Every Weekend in Southshore!

There’s always something to do near the family-friendly community of Southshore! Enjoy a multitude of cultural and entertainment activities in nearby Aurora and Denver. If  you’re in the neighborhood, check out the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Century Communities, and see how great Life at the Lake can be! With ranch and two-story options, homes are priced from the upper $300s and the $700s.