February 17, 2022
Enjoy comedy, music, a variety of plays that have taken Denver by storm with thought-provoking performances all over town, from Hamilton and Rattlesnake Kate, to Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea.
TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, February 17
Genetic engineering is the modification of the basic code that defines each living thing. It holds tremendous potential to improve the lives of humans and comes with significant potential risks to the natural world. Join Active Minds as we trace the history and current uses of genetic engineering including the basics of how it works. We will also take a look at how this technology may continue to evolve and the potential risks and benefits that may come with that.
Windsor Gardens, 597 S. Clinton St., Denver
FREE: No RSVP Required.
Thursday-Saturday, February 17-19
DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA
Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones III believes that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon their beloved son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay, and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to, in order to right history’s wrongs.
The Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, CO
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, February 17-20
OFFENSIVELY YOURS, ALWAYS ARI
Ari Shaffir is best known for the storytelling show he created and hosted on Comedy Central called This Is Not Happening. His last Netflix special, Double Negative won a Grammy for best comedy special before the award committee realized it was too filthy and didn’t represent the high standards that the Grammy’s has long since stood for so the honor was stripped from him.
Ari has had numerous appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, as well as WTF with Marc Maron, The Adam Carolla show, Your Mom’s House. His own podcast, Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank is a chart topper that comes out every week wherever you watch or listen to podcasts. He is the reigning president of the LOS podcast to which he has no affiliation. And he placed first in the non-steroid category of the legendary Sober October challenge, which he also destroyed shortly thereafter.
Full disclosure: this show is slightly offensive. It’s not all offensive but definitely some parts are offensive. Something to know before you go!
Denver Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.; Sun., 7:00 & 9:15 p.m.
THE OTHER JOSH COHEN
Nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, this hilarious, endearing and hummable musical was hailed by Jesse Green of the New York Times as “a spontaneously charming musical that is just right for right now.”
Enter the quirky world of Josh Cohen’s New York City apartment… as it is getting robbed. Thus, begins the hilarious rock-and-roll romantic comedy about good guy Josh, caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. Broke and alone, all hope seems lost – until a mysterious letter arrives that changes his life forever. Two actors play the hapless-yet-warmhearted title character – one eventful year apart – in a 90-minute life-changing laugh-fest that will leave you feeling better about the world.
DCPA, Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St, Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun. 2:00 p.m.
Friday, February 18
THE WORDS & MUSIC OF BOB DYLAN!
Behold a brand-new, imaginative tribute to Bob Dylan’s music from composer and conductor Steve Hackman. Hear the voices of the Colorado Symphony Chorus alongside your Colorado Symphony as they celebrate one of the greatest songwriters of all time. This Colorado premiere brings new life to songs from the legend whose career has spanned 60+ years — such as “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, #15, Denver
Friday-Sunday, February 18-20
HAMILTON – TAKES DENVER BY STORM!
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.
With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.
Here’s a bit of local insider info: actor Gregory Treco, originally from the Bahamas, spent some time in Colorado when he attended Eaglecrest High School in Aurora, Colorado. Before Treco appeared on Broadway in Hamilton, he appeared in the DCPA Theatre Company’s 2015 world premiere of The 12.
Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Wed. & Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs./Sat./Sun., 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.
RATTLESNAKE KATE SIZZLES!
A modern musical celebrating the true story of a pioneering Colorado woman. Around 100 years ago near Greeley, Colorado, frontierswoman Kate Slaughterback fought tooth and nail, armed with a single rifle and a “No Hunting” sign, to save her son from 140 rattlesnakes in one quick-thinking and courageous battle.
After the infamous showdown, “Rattlesnake Kate” became a global sensation. But her battles were far from over: To find a love that would last. To be treated as an equal. To forge a future for herself and for other rugged, rule-breaking women.
In this badass new musical by Neyla Pekarek (former member of the Grammy-nominated folk-rock band The Lumineers) and playwright Karen Hartman, the legend of Rattlesnake Kate soars in heart-stopping harmonies anchored by Pekarek as Kate’s trusty steed Brownie. Larger than life and stranger than fiction, Kate herself appears as three women of different ages and races, singing their forgotten histories and weaving them into a Colorado tale for today.
DCPA, Wolf Theater, 1101 13th St, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:00 p.m.
WHO *IS* AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
There is no dysfunctional stage couple quite like George and Martha, and there is no better way to experience this powder keg drama than up close in the intimate Singleton Theatre.The funny and darkly unsettling duo welcomes you into their living room, along with young couple Honey and Nick. But with every drink poured, George and Martha’s takedowns get more and more heated until the conversation descends into all-out marital warfare. How far can they go before this raucous night spills over?
Lean in (but not too close!) to the titillating shock and awe of Edward Albee’s 1963 Tony Award-winning masterpiece, whose characters were just as radical, hilarious and unforgettable then as they are today.
DCPA, Singleton Theatre, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Backstage antics collide with real world drama as a young Will Shakespeare is desperate to cure his writer’s block. When he meets a new muse, the beautiful Viola, he thinks he has solved his problem. But Viola would rather be on stage, where no woman is permitted! Adapted from the Academy Award winning film, the creation of the greatest tragedy ever written has never been more entertaining!
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
IN THE UPPER ROOM DRAWS A CROWD!
This new play about family, secrets and the power of the stories we grow up hearing features the Berrys, a multi-generational Black family living under one roof in the 1970s. Their lives orbit around Rose, a strong-willed matriarch whose superstitions and secrets drive her relatives nuts. Through pointed wit and playful sarcasm, the family elders share fantastical stories about their collective past that call into question the family hierarchy and inspire the youngest generation to take pride in their heritage (and physical appearance).
Tender, comedic conversations between tight-knit relatives are interspersed with moments of intense drama that mirror the internal conflicts every family must face at some point. Loyalty, spirituality and colorism are all at play in this dramatic dark comedy, based on the real family history of playwright and novelist Beaufield Berry.
DCPA, Kilstrom Theatre, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 19
THE INCOMPARABLE DIANNE REEVES!
Denver’s own five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves returns to Boettcher Concert Hall for an intimate evening with your Colorado Symphony! Dianne was recognized by The Juilliard School with an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts for her “breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B style.”
And her lush vocals, unparalleled improvisation, and skilled lyric interpretations make her a powerhouse of jazz. Niece of former Colorado Symphony bassist Charlie Burrell, this Denver George Washington High School graduate will illuminate the stage for another unforgettable performance.
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1:00 p.m.
ILIZA: BACK IN ACTION
Iliza Shlesinger is an award-winning comedian and multi-hyphenate actor-writer-producer-author, selling out theatres around the globe with a devoted fan base. She was the 2008 winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and went on to host the syndicated dating show EXCUSED and the TBS game show SEPARATION ANXIETY. In 2017, Iliza hosted her own late-night talk show called Truth and Iliza and she currently has five stand up specials streaming on Netflix, including Unveiled, Elder Millennial, War Paint, Freezing Hot, and Confirmed Kills.
Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
7:00 & 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 20
YOUNG ARTISTS’ SPECTACULAR
The Denver Young Artists Orchestra is proud to present DYAO Spectacular, an afternoon of music with classics such as Tchaikovsky’s famed 1812 Overture and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony as well as a special collaboration bringing jazz, orchestral, and taiko traditions together. All of DYAO’s orchestras return to the stage of the Boettcher Concert Hall with featured guest artists from the Japanese Arts Network. DYAO Spectacular takes place on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2:30 PM. For more information, please visit dyao.org. Come, hear the future!
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
NEXT WEEK: Wednesday-Saturday, February 23-26
AIR FORCE “RISE ABOVE” EXHIBIT!
In celebration of Black History Month, join Wings Over the Rockies and the Commemorative Air Force to experience the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in this limited-time traveling exhibition! What the Tuskegee Airmen and WASP had in common – and what made them ultimately succeed – was the ability to recognize that all of the obstacles they faced could be overcome with hard work and dedication. The timeless lessons they teach us about perseverance and courage are just as applicable today as they were in the 1940s.The RISE ABOVE traveling exhibit is an immersive experience housed in a 53-foot semi-trailer. Because of its dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen, the film creates the feeling of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds.
The compelling original short RISE ABOVE film that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the obstacles they overcame to be able to serve their country during World War II. Click here to learn more about CAF RISE ABOVE.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $14.95 to $18.95
Thursday-Sunday, February 24-27
HOT COMIC: STEVE RANNAZZISI
From the stage to the silver screen, Steve Rannazzisi has made audiences laugh. Rannazzisi is best known for his seven seasons staring as “Kevin McArthur” and writing on the critically acclaimed FX Network comedy series, The League. Rannazzisi’s second one-hour Comedy Central special, Breaking Dad, was released following his 2013 critically acclaimed special, Steve Rannazzisi: Manchild.
Rannazzisi got his first taste of TV success as a cast member on MTV’s Punk’d. Since then, he has appeared as a series regular on ABC’s Big Day and starred as a lead opposite Heather Locklear in See Jayne Run. Rannazzisi has also appeared on Kitchen Confidential, Samantha Who, State of Romance, Love Bites, Trust Me, Outsourced, and his own web series titled Daddy Knows Best.
Along with his flourishing career in television, Rannazzisi is also a prolific stand-up comedian. On the silver screen, Rannazzisi appeared in the 2009 blockbuster comedy smash hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He also appeared in For Your Consideration, a comedy set in the mid-1940s, as well as in the family comedy Imagine That.
Denver Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m., Fri./Sat., 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.; Sun., 7:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, February 25-27
BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 5 AND 6
One of the most sought-after conductors of his generation, Markus Stenz leads your Colorado Symphony in a Beethoven double feature, showcasing two cornerstones of the orchestral canon together, just as when they premiered in Vienna in 1808. Beethoven’s “Pastorale” Symphony — originally dubbed “recollections of life in the country” — is a brilliant programmatic projection of nature and the composer’s ultimate homage to the great outdoors, brimming with color and texture that seem accessible to all the senses as it instantly transports you to the Viennese countryside. The Fifth Symphony — which famously begins with the ominous four-note motif signifying “fate knocking at the door” — is one of the most recognizable and well-known compositions in the classical repertoire, capping an exhilarating tour through Beethoven’s heroic middle period.
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
The Arts, Music and More Near Southshore!
Enjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore—and find all sorts of entertainment within easy reach! You can personalize your living space – just check out the beautiful model homes from Toll Brothers, Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes, and Century Communities. It’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home here, priced from the $500s to the $800s.