Theatre and Cosplay Online This Weekend!

November 12, 2020

It’s still too soon to attend the theatre, but DCPA is bringing the theatre to you! For one night only this weekend, you can be in the audience of an exciting livestream event, direct from New York City! Award-winning singer and actress, Laura Benanti, will be putting on a show filled with Broadway songs and stories from her life. Another virtual event that’s closer to home is Aurora’s Mini-Con—all the excitement of fandom and cosplay in an exciting virtual space!

 TODAY/TONIGHT, November 12

This important topic is the center of a discussion that revolves around the way the invention of the atomic bomb changed our world. It’s been 75 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and we have been living in the nuclear age ever since.

Learn about the origins and history of atomic weapons, including the Manhattan Project and the nuclear arms race during the Cold War. The discussion will conclude with a look at current nuclear proliferation concerns.

Active Minds Online
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

If you are wondering what wines to serve at Thanksgiving dinner, you won’t want to miss this virtual wine tasting! Get knowledgable about wines from around the world that pair well with turkey and all the trimmings.

You’ll have the option to purchase a 2-pack or 4-pack of wines from The Vineyard at Stapleton—you can either pick them up in advance or even have them delivered so you can swirl and sip along during the Zoom session! 

MCA Online
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wine Purchase: $32 – $80

Thursday-Sunday, November 12-15

It’s that time of the year to dig out your ice skates and don your favorite winter sweater! The Pond at Southlands is open for family ice skating all winter long! Nothing will put you in a happier mood than gliding around the ice in time to music! This year, you can purchase your tickets to The Pond in advance!

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
Thurs., 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Fri., 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Phone: 303-627-5000

Make a difference in your community by donating to We Don’t Waste, a local nonprofit that recovers and distributes food that would otherwise go to waste. The need for food pantries is especially high this holiday season due to COVID-19 and the number of people who have lost their jobs. Stanley Marketplace is hosting this food drive, where you can drop off non-perishable food to one of several businesses. Your donation of shelf-stable foods will help We Don’t Waste continue to meet the need in the community for nutritious foods.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
Nov. 12 – 30

While you’re in the Stanley Marketplace, check out an Oscar® award-winning virtual reality art installation you can walk through and interact with! Carne y Arena is an important work that explores the journey of immigrants and refugees from their perspective. The art installation is part film, part narrative space with human characters that are based on true accounts.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
10:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$55

Friday, November 13

In preparation for Aurora’s Virtual Mini-Con this weekend, you are invited to submit an entry in one of three categories: cosplay, fan art, or fan fiction. All fandoms are welcome! Just send a photo of yourself in cosplay, a piece of original fan art, or an original flash fan fiction before TODAY’s deadline. Winners will be announced on Facebook at the end of Virtual Aurora Mini-Con on Sunday, at 4:00 p.m.

Aurora Public Libraries Online
Deadline: Fri., Nov. 13
Enter: FREE

It’s not too early to start holiday shopping! Everyone’s favorite place to get in the holiday spirit is the 16th Street Mall Festival in beautiful Downtown Denver. It will be festive indeed with horse-drawn carriages, holiday lights and music, and a fantastic array of one of-a-kind seasonal items. Vendors and artists will be displaying high quality handcrafted goods, fabulous holiday gift ideas, delicious specialty foods, home décor, and unique holiday gifts. 

16th Street Mall between Tremont & California Streets, Denver
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

Saturday, November 14

Would you believe that you can learn all about basic flight aerodynamics by designing paper airplanes? This fascinating and fun class will be a hit with all ages in the family! Since it’s a virtual event, you’ll get to participate along with the class from the safety of your home. Once you register, you’ll receive instructions and the meeting link for the class.

Wings Museum Online
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Register: $5 – $20

There’s still a way to get fresh produce as well as artisan decor for the upcoming holidays! This is a pop-up outdoor market with plenty of space and fresh air to social distance. Find some unique, handcrafted goods to help decorate your Thanksgiving table!                                                                                                         

Cherry Creek Shopping Center Parking Lot, 1st Ave. & University Blvd., Denver  
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.      
Information: FREE

Don’t miss out on these fun Zumba-esque outdoor dance classes while the weather still allows! You’ll be in the fresh air and socially-distanced while learning some impressive Latin dance moves and getting a workout, too!

Cheluna Brewing Company, 2501 Dallas St., Suite 148, Aurora
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register: $6

Medical experts agree, it’s one of the most important things you can do to protect your health this fall and winter. While supplies last, you can get a FREE flue shot at this neighborhood clinic run by the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Southeast Plaza at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

As part of Aurora’s Celebration of Culture series, this FREE family-friendly festival is designed to celebrate and learn about some of the cultures that make up our community. There will be food, performances, kids’ activities, educational resources, and more—highlighting the diverse continent of South America and the various cultures that reside there. From Columbia to Brazil to Peru to Argentina, come get better acquainted with our southern neighbor!

Town Center at Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

This exciting livestream direct from New York’s Shubert Virtual Studios is an evening with Tony Award-winning actress and singer Laura Benanti. The show will be filled with Broadway show tunes, pop songs, and personal stories from Benanti’s life, including her recent publication of her book, M is for Mama (and also Merlot): A Modern Mom’s ABCs.  Benanti made headlines recently when she created an empowering campaign, #SunshineSongs, which invited students whose school musical productions were canceled this year due to the pandemic to share videos of the performances they were not able to give on social platforms.

Benanti won accolades for her roles in the My Fair Lady revival as well as Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower and She Loves Me. She won a Tony for her featured role in Gypsy and most recently a Drama Desk Award for her performance in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. She’s appeared in numerous shows on the small screen, including Younger, Supergirl, Nashville, The Good Wife, and Nurse Jackie. Film roles include Worth and the upcoming Here Today.

DCPA Online
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 303-893-4100

Saturday – Sunday, November 14-15

Aurora Mini-Con is online this year! It will be the same exciting event from Aurora Public Libraries that you look forward to every year, but you’ll join in from the safety of your home this year. It’s a fun-filled weekend of family-friendly crafts, discussions, contests, and more! Discover local artists, authors and pop culture shops at our virtual vendors room.

Check out the schedule and don’t miss sessions like Stace Johnson’s Mini-Con Concert, Superhero Fish Bowl, Modern Magic Writing with Local Author Nicole Hall, and Cosplay 101!  At 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, the winners of the Mini-Con contests will be announced!

Aurora Public Libraries Online
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

The Arts, Music and More Near Southshore!

Enjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore—and find culture and entertainment within easy reach! Looking for a new home you can add your signature style to? Tour the beautiful model homes from Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s and the $700s.