Spring Break, Spring Fashion and Star Wars!

March 22, 2018

Celebrate the first week of spring as Denver Fashion Week continues with a number of exciting runway events! And you won’t want to miss the chance to see and vote for the best new plays by women in the Plays in Progress series. Spring also brings concerts, from a John Denver tribute and Star Wars to Mediterranean-inspired melodies. Theatre performances, fund-raising galas, and comedy round out the weekend of events near Southshore!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, March 22

Next week is Spring Break for many Denver school children—so this is the time to find something fun for them to do! The Craftsman and Apprentice offers a day camp workshop for kids ages 5-11 to make all things tiny! From miniature homes and castles constructed from cardboard to tiny people and animals made from clay to an assortment of small planes, trains and automobiles, your kids will delight in making them all! Sign up for one day or all week! Registration is required.

The Craftsman and Apprentice, 1325 E. 22nd Ave. Denver
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, March 26-30
Cost: $80/day; $375/week
Phone: 720-515-8611 

Iconic and eye-popping fashion the likes of which Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Rhianna and Elton John might sport are at the heart of designer Stevie Boi’s exclusive collection! Don’t miss the best of what the fashion world has to offer in this runway show featuring not only Boi’s designs but also non-traditional models and local designers such as Topping Designs, Kotomi Yoshida, Tyne Hall, Rachel Marie Hurst, Steve Sells, and Night by Charlie Price.

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. If you wish to drink at the event, you must be 21+ and present a valid I.D. at the door.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $80-$350 
Phone: 804-896-5129

Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24

Who would have imagined forty years ago, when those epic brass chords trumpeted the onset of a new era in cinema and music, that Star Wars would still be igniting imaginations decades later? Star Wars: A New Hope has proven itself a classic in every sense of the word, from Luke Skywalker’s meteoric journey to change the fate of the galaxy to the musical scores that have become a part of the American cultural landscape.

This special event features a live performance by the Colorado Symphony of Oscar-winning composer John Williams’s musical scores against a screening of the complete film Star Wars: A New Hope. You may have seen this film a hundred times, but you have never seen (or heard!) it like this!

1st Bank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield
Thurs., 7:00 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$89
Phone: 303-623-7876

He’s as well-known as he is offensive, so choose carefully when considering this comedy show! Bobby Slayton’s loyal fan base would point out that he’s been voted the “Funniest Male Stand-up Comic of the Year” by the American Comedy Awards, but he’s also known as “The Pitbull of Comedy,” performing his own intense style of stand-up comedy for over 30 years.

If he looks familiar, it’s probably from one of his scene-stealing roles in a plethora of movies including Get Shorty, Ed Wood, Bandits and Dreamgirls. He’s also been seen on dozens of television shows including The Tonight Show, Politically Incorrect and in Woody Allen’s new Amazon TV project, Crisis in Six Scenes. He was a series regular on the HBO series Mind of a Married Man, and played the part of Joey Bishop opposite Ray Liotta and Joe Mantegna in the critically acclaimed film The Rat Pack. When his signature gravelly voice combines with his panache for going after anything and anyone, the result is a rough-edged show not for the easily offended!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $19-$27
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, March 22-25

James Baldwin once said the purpose of art is to force us to look for the questions in the answers, and the graffiti stars of the new play This is Modern Art would tend to agree. In the stealth of night’s cover, a different kind of artist sets out to make bold and controversial statements on unexpected canvases. These graffiti crews are known to some as bold visionaries and to others as vandals and criminals. When one Chicago graffiti crew goes too far, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong? This Is Modern Art gives a glimpse into the lives of anonymous graffiti artists and asks us to question the true purpose of art. Staged in the innovative no-frills Jones Theatre, you never know what will happen next. With a thrust stage and tiered seating, the theatre allows for surprising new performances and one-of-a-kind interactive experiences!

Jones Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday, March 23

Terrell Davis is not only an NFL Hall of Famer and former Broncos running back but also an engaged community member, passionate about the importance of education! Come hear him deliver the keynote speech at The Journey, an inspirational annual celebration and fundraiser for the Junior League of Denver. The evening’s festivities include a cocktail hour, a live and silent auction, dinner, and culminate with Davis’ speech about his own education and the importance of education in our community.

Proceeds from the event help the League to carry out its mission: developing civic women leaders committed to improving the community, something the League has been doing for nearly 100 years in Denver. The Journey is a chance to dress up and have a fun evening out while also supporting a worthy and impactful program!

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th St., Denver
6:00-9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $225
Phone: 303-692-0270

This whimsical evening is exactly what it sounds like it is—a fashion show of clothing made from paper! Can fashion get any more inventive than this? Imagine the possibilities of origami-inspired dresses, jackets and even pants—how on earth would you wear them? To find out, you must come and see!

The ONE Paper Fashion Show has been shining light on Denver talent since 2004. In that time, over 500 paper fashions have been created and consequently viewed by thousands of curious, enthusiastic observers—there to celebrate this beloved art medium. Paper Fashion Show is an all-volunteer organized and run event, supporting The One Club for Creativity, a non-profit organization providing free after-school arts programs for at-risk youth.

Seawell Ballroom at the DCPA, 1101 13th St., Denver
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30

It’s an age-old question: can one attain enlightenment standing at the kitchen sink? In this bold new play by Mary Poindexter McLaughlin, Diane is a stay-at-home mother who is also a PhD candidate and rising star in feminist studies. She finds herself questioning the meaning of her life in front of a stack of dishes at the kitchen sink. Meanwhile, another woman from 2500 years ago leads a parallel existence. Yasodhara is a 16-year-old princess in India of enormous talent and education, who is married to Prince Siddhartha. When he leaves her and their newborn child to seek enlightenment, Yasodhara struggles with the same questions. The Buddha’s Wife juxtaposes these two women, moving fluidly through time and place to show how their mutual choices drove them to this point of despair.

The Buddha’s Wife is part of the Plays in Progress Series, an exciting and innovative program where women playwrights collaborate with directors, dramaturgs and actors to bring brand new work to the public. From over 150 submitted scripts, this is one of three scripts selected for Workshop Productions – in which professional directors, actors and crew work with minimal sets, lights, sound and props. After each performance, the audience and theatre professionals give feedback and vote on which play should go forward as a fully staged Premiere Production.

The Black Box Theatre at DU’s Johnson-McFarlane Hall, 1903 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13
Phone:  303-589-9423

The sweet and soulful voice of John Denver comes alive again during this special tribute concert! Back by popular demand, this concert honors John Denver’s legacy in a concert that features the full Colorado Symphony orchestra and his former bandmates in a live performance against archival video footage of Denver singing his beloved songs. This concert is an innovative multi-media treat and unforgettable tribute. Hear John Denver sing hit songs spanning his career, see vintage John Denver video performances, and hear stories of John Denver told by old friends.

Boettcher Concert Hall/DPAC, 1000 14th St. #15, Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$104
Phone: 303-623-7876

Friday-Sunday, March 23-25

Spring is the time to fall in love…with your home! Come to the Denver Home Show to find the latest trends and fresh inspiration for your DIY and remodeling projects. Nearly 400 exhibitors and experts offer helpful tips, innovative products, and fantastic ideas on decor and home improvement projects both indoors and outdoors!

The Fresh Ideas Design Stage features presentations from your favorite design experts including celebrities from hit design shows, the hottest DIY blogs, and local home and garden pros. Check out top speakers and click here for the most up to date stage schedule. Don’t miss all the action at Backyard Wars! Some incredible local landscapers will use their design prowess and battle it out for the best backyard space. Bragging rights and prizes are at stake for the backyard warriors, so stop by and cast your vote for your favorite design and enter to win a $500 gift card. And you can learn from the professionals of Sky Vista Designs who will be on hand to answer questions and help you pick out bulbs, flowers, and greenery to make your very own garden to go. Take home with purchase.

Bring the whole family—kids 12 and under are FREE! Seniors enjoy a Buy One Get One Free discount, and Friday is Hero Day, when Military and First Responders in uniform or with ID are free!

National Western Stockshow Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $11
Phone: 407-363-7653

Saturday, March 24


A dark comedy about family, tradition and grief, Mama’s Eggnog is the story of estranged siblings who must gather to make arrangements for the sudden passing of their mother. The youngest sibling, Belinda, convinces the other surviving children to witness the cremation of their deceased mother. As the family gathers over the holiday season, Belinda finds her perfect solution for their mother’s ashes. But when she reveals what she has done with the ashes, all hell breaks loose and the enormity of their loss leads to utter chaos in the home.

As the second play selected in the Plays in Progress Series, playwright Angela Sternhas collaborated with a director, dramaturg and actors to bring Mama’s Eggnog to the public in workshop form. After each performance, the audience will choose which play should go forward as a fully staged Premiere Production.

The Black Box Theatre at DU’s Johnson-McFarlane Hall, 1903 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13
Phone:  303-589-9423

The final selection of the Plays in Progress Series, The Golden Hour by Elizabeth Nelson, is a play fully integrated with music. Michael and Elena are reunited after a ten-year absence. The play follows the course of the evening, as they relive their past and imagine a future: what might have been and what will inevitably will be. Touching on themes of love, sex, and grief, The Golden Hour explores the intersections of time, sound, words, and movement. At the end of the play, a four-hands piano duet, which has been played in parts throughout, is performed, linking together the stories and theatrical elements experienced over the course of the play. This workshop production will be voted on by the audience at the end of the performance to determine which of the three plays will move on to a full Premiere Production!

The Black Box Theatre at DU’s Johnson-McFarlane Hall, 1903 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13
Phone:  303-589-9423

Featuring shimmery renditions of the Little Black Dress by NYC’s Hogan McLaughlin, strappy gowns from voluminous fabrics by Manfedonia of New York, and the spirited avant-garde line of NYC’s impetuous Xuly.Bet, you will think you’ve been transported to a SOHO runway show! Local boutique Velvet Wolf and high-fashion consignment shop Kouture also present their latest arrivals—just in time to update your spring wardrobe!

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $80-$350 
Phone: 804-896-5129

Sunday, March 25

​​Let spring fever take over your senses as you bask in delightful Mediterranean infused music and tradition! This performance will transport you to sunny Spain and France, with their distinctive melodies, rhythms, and colors of their musical heritage. Conducted by Norman Gamboa, with guest conductor Gloria Olsen, the evening features Wesley Leffingwell on piano as he brings to life the vibrant musical depictions of Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Also on the program are Turina’s Danzas Fantásticas (Fantastic Dances) and Ravel’s seductive Boléro. Top-rate entertainment right in the neighborhood!

Aurora Fox Art Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$20
Phone:  303-873-6622

Living Lakeside in Southshore!
Where can you have access to 820 acres of water recreation and entertainment always nearby? At the master-planned community of Southshore! If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and see what lakeside living is all about. Tour the stunning models from Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Century Communities in The Hills, and Richmond American Homes at Lakeview. Ranch and two-story models in the amenity-rich community are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.