The Who is in Town This Weekend!

September 26, 2019

Fresh from recording their first album in over a decade, legendary rock band The Who performs what is sure to be a singular concert in the Mile-High city! Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the original creative geniuses of the band known for their epic concerts, are still the driving force behind the band. Also in town this weekend: a variety of theatre and music events, as well as talented comedians and some great flea market opportunities!

TODAY/TONIGHT, September 26

This fascinating lecture focuses on the legacy of Mt. Everest in the history of adventure climbing. The massive earthquake in Nepal in 2015 triggered the deadliest avalanche in the history of the mountain and raised new awareness about the dangers and triumphs of extreme mountaineering.

As the tallest mountain in the world, Everest is viewed by many climbers as the ultimate achievement in their sport, while locals view the mountain as a sacred site and a meaningful economic resource. The stories of Everest—both triumphant and tragic—illuminate the desire by so many mountaineers to summit and stand “on top of the world.” 

Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St,, Denver
6:30 p.m.
Registration: FREE

Thursday – Saturday, September 26-27

Before he was a stand-up comedian, Brendan Schaub had a successful career in professional sports with both the UFC and NFL. So it’s no wonder that his comedy is popular among sports fans—much of his material draws from the culture of athletes. Schaub’s childhood dream of becoming a stand-up comic came true with the success of his hit podcast, The Fighter and the Kid alongside MadTV’s Bryan Callen. With over 10 million downloads a month, the podcast quickly acquired a cult following and has consistently been in the Top 5 rankings on iTunes under the sports/comedy category for the last five years.

Other popular podcasts from Schaub include his newest hit, King and the Sting, in collaboration with his good friend and stand-up comic Theo Von, and Schaub’s third show, Below the Belt, which he hosts by himself. For this in-person stand-up show, upgraded VIP tickets are available, with priority seating and a post-show Meet & Greet with Brendan Schaub!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$50
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday – Sunday, September 26-29

The classic tale of domestic angst, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is the story of Nora, an unhappy housewife who walks out on her family. Decades later, another playwright attempted to portray what might have become of Nora in his follow-up play, A Doll’s House, Part Two. This theatrical run features both of them in repertory, so you can get the full effect of the arc of the two-part story!

All performances this weekend are the original A Doll’s House, except for the evening show on Sunday, which will be A Doll’s House, Part Two. Sunday offers a double-feature opportunity, where you can choose to see the two parts back-to-back. Check out the website for various ways that you can arrange your own repertory viewing!

Ricketson Theatre/DCPA, 1400 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Fri. 7:00 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.; Sun. 2:00 and 7:00
Tickets: $30-$40
Phone: 303-571-4401

Indecent tells the story of a controversial play from the early 1900s that couldn’t be silenced. A Jewish playwright scandalized the world with the production of a play that mixed Orthodox religion with same-sex romance. The play was deemed “indecent” and subsequently banned.

But the question of what constitutes an “indecent” work of art was raised, and many advocates for freedom of expression began to speak up. Contemporary playwright Paula Vogel picks up their story in her play, Indecent, which asks who gets to decide what is considered art and what deserves to be censored.

Space Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs., 6:30; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $37-$75
Phone: 303-893-4100

This funny, poignant play is the story of a reunion of a mother with her teenage daughter—on a road trip across America. Beatriz is an undocumented immigrant who has been estranged from her 16-year-old daughter, Olivia. On the verge of being deported, she invites Olivia to travel with her west across the country, and together they encounter a complex and surprising cross-section of American culture.

With sharp comedy and a winning acoustic score by folk-rock star Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell is an American story for our time.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, Black Box Studio, 9900 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$37
Phone: 802-255-1826

Friday – Saturday, September 27-28

It’s time to head downtown for the 16th Street Fair! Every year, the sidewalks of the busiest pedestrian street in Colorado are filled with fine art, handcrafted goods, and entertainment when the 16th Street Fair rolls into town. Stroll along the mall and enjoy this celebration of emerging artists and designers as they display their unique handmade goods in a wide array of media.  

16th Street Mall, Denver
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Friday – Sunday, September 27-29

First there was the T.V. show, then myriad big-screen adaptations (including a new movie out this fall), but the best way to see the kooky, spooky Addams Family is live on stage! In this all-new story, Wednesday is just as Goth as she’s ever been, but she’s grown up now and has a boyfriend—who’s normal!

Watch the hilarity ensue when she brings him home to meet the rest of her family! 

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, September 28

For a smaller, closer-to-home Denver shopping experience, you’ll love the Sweet William Market! Just minutes from Crystal Valley, this vintage, antique, retro, and nostalgic flea market is located in the Stapleton neighborhood. You’ll find an ample spread of handmade goods and vintage merchandise along with live music and the best food trucks! Bring the family for a day of fun and finds!

Founder’s Green, 29th Ave. and Syracuse St., Denver
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Join us for the first annual Food Truck Fight™! Located at the Town Center at Aurora outside of JC Penny, come for a day of fun for the whole family. Enjoy a wide variety of food trucks, ice cold beer and beverage tent, live music, bounce houses, and more! Each food truck will feature a $2 sample item in addition to their full menu, and you’ll decide the winner by dropping your voting token off at your favorite truck. All proceeds from the event benefit the Juvenile Assessment Center. 

Town Center at Aurora, 14200 East Alameda Ave., Aurora
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $10-$25

The Big Wonderful returns to Stapleton with more than 80 creative craft vendors, local live music, a beer festival, Kids’ Zone and more! It’s dog-friendly and family-friendly and with free admission, open to all ages. The Beerfest will host two tasting sessions of unlimited craft beer, cider and wine at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Live music will entertain the crowds with 80s music, an Allman Brothers Tribute band, My Blue Sky and the Tejon Street Corner Thieves. The Big Wonderful is a big wonderful urban market that brings together the best of Colorado’s vibrant vendors featuring artists, food, beer, and live music in an eclectic, fun, festival experience!

The Shops At Northfield Stapleton, 8340 Northfield Blvd., Denver
12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free Admission

An extra-special treat from the Colorado Symphony, Rhapsody & Rhythm is the definitive Gershwin concert experience, offering an entertaining multimedia musical celebration the entire family will enjoy. 

You’ll hear exclusive Gershwin family stories accompanied by rare home videos and photos, giving you a glimpse into the beloved composer’s life. The concert features all of the Gershwin masterpieces you love, like Rhapsody in Blue and Concert in F, as well as songs from beloved musicals, including Summertime, Strike Up the Band, Embraceable You, and S’Wonderful. 

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$99

Comedian Tom Segura has adopted an interesting way of dealing with people who are offended by his jokes. He offers: “You should never hear things you don’t like. You stay home now.”

While many comedians struggle to maintain a politically-correct stand-up routine, Segura makes no such pretense. Instead, he promotes the brand he’s been building for years, a brand that comes through clearly in his three skillful Netflix specials (Completely Normal, Mostly Stories, and Disgraceful) but that really shines in the material in his new Take It Down show: Tom Segura is the comic who’s tired of everyone being so sensitive all the time.

Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50-$89.50
Phone: 888-929-7849 

Saturday-Sunday, September 28-29

What better way to understand artists’ works than by seeing them displayed in their home studios? This FREE self-guided tour of 24 visual artists studios in the Stapleton area gives you a chance to explore a wide range of artwork, including painting, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass and fiber art. Artists will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions for the public.

The Cube, 8371 Northfield Blvd., Suite C, Denver
Sat./Sun. – Tours, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Sunday, September 29

This delightful concert, which celebrates Poets and Legends, marks the beginning of the 2019/20 Denver Young Artists Orchestra Season. The program includes Gabriela Lena Frank’s Three Latin American Dances, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Borodin’s Symphony No. 2. Pianist Wei Luo is featured in Curtis to Colorado. Don’t miss this  unforgettable concert!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$20

Two of the greatest legends in rock history—Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey—are appearing in Denver for what could be one of the most significant concerts in a lifetime  of unforgettable concerts, as they perform the first new material from the band in over a decade!

While the band isn’t calling it a “farewell tour,” both artists are 75 this year and their voices could start to go, according to the artists themselves in a Rolling Stone interview. This show will combine their best-known hits with symphonic arrangements, which Townshend says is the “dignified way” to do their music now. Daltrey adds, “The most important thing that people [should] realize about this tour is that the energy and the venom The Who play with will not be compromised at all.”

The Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $43-$304

Plenty of Things to Do near Southshore!

There’s always something to do near the family-friendly community of Southshore! Enjoy Life at the Lake with plenty of cultural and entertainment activities in the surrounding area! Check out the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Century Communities, and picture yourself in your very own dream house! With ranch and two-story models available, new homes are priced from the upper $400s to the $700s.