January 18, 2018
It’s a musical weekend with your choice of melodious things to do: from an orchestral dancing horse show to a variety of musical theatre and even your favorite Sesame Street tunes! Looking for a night out on the town? Get your Roaring Twenties on or get into a funky groove and you will definitely not want to miss your chance to buy “Hamilton” tickets! Whatever you are in the mood to do, you’ll find plenty of opportunities in Denver and Aurora this weekend!
TONIGHT! – Thursday, January 18
DANCING HORSES AT THE NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW
It’s hard to imagine a more exquisite collaboration: the elegant athleticism of the world’s best equestrian talent performing in front of live music from the Denver School of the Arts Orchestra.
The wine and roses event of the National Western Stock Show, An Evening of Dancing Horses® is an evening full of formal dressage, reining, liberty and other talent from around the world. Event tickets include grounds admissions for the day of the event.
Cinch Arena/National Western Events Center, 1515 E. 47th Ave., Denver
Thursday-Saturday, January 18-20
STORIES ABOUT LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
Love. Friendship. The stuff stories are made of. Six entertaining storytellers will share comedic stories encapsulating these themes, all in one night on one stage. On Thursday and Saturday, it will be stories about love. On Friday, it will be stories about friendship. You may find yourself going twice, just to catch both themes!
Ari Shaffir, host of This Is Not Happening on Comedy Central, starts the evening with his story, followed by comedians Sean Patton, Joe List, Steve Simeone, and Mark Normand. This unique night of comedy features the power of a story and will have you hanging on every word.
Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
EXPERIMENTAL MYSTERY THEATRE – COLONY 933
Final Weekend! This is your last chance to take part in an immersive theatrical work that engages the audience to unearth clues and decide the outcome of the show. You have been invited into Colony 933. In this post-apocalyptic world where the sun hasn’t risen for years, there’s a choice: will you embrace this new life or stage the revolt? Only you can decide!
Run time is approximately two hours with no intermission and no late admittance. Novo Coffee is staying open late, serving coffee, wine, and beer before the show. Part experimental musical dance theatre, part interactive mystery playhouse, Colony 933 will keep you guessing!
Thursday-Sunday, January 18-21
FIRST DATE LAUGHS
A zany descent into the world of dating, not for the faint of heart! First Date is set in a busy New York restaurant, where a blind-date newbie meets a serial-dater, and their subsequent evening unfolds in real time. The couple quickly discovers they are not alone in their endeavor when the other restaurant patrons take on the roles of supportive best friends, manipulative exes, and protective parents, who sing-and-dance them through the intricacies of the evening. Will this couple survive to see a second date?
Written by Austin Winsberg, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, this performance is directed by Ray Rodrick and features Adriane Leigh Robinson and Seth Dhonau. This musical contains adult content and humor and uses e-cigarettes.
Garner Galleria Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs.-Sun.,7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Friday, January 19
KIDS’ NIGHT OUT AT THE LAKEHOUSE!
A safe and fun night out for the kids means that parents can treat themselves to their own night out! Sponsored by the Southshore YMCA, kids will have a night of fun and food, including a screening of the Disney classic, 101 Dalmatians. When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the lackeys of Cruella de Vil, their Dalmatian parents must find them before she turns them into a diabolical fashion statement!
Children must be potty-trained, and all ages up to 10 years old are welcome.
The Lakehouse, YMCA Southshore, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
Friday-Sunday, January 19-21
ZOOEY’S PERFECT WEDDING
What’s not to love about the story of a catastrophic wedding? She imagined the most wonderful scenario for her big day: the blushing bride, the touching toast, the celebration of true love. Unfortunately, that’s not how it’s turning out for Zooey.
Disaster after disaster follows Zooey down the aisle, from brutally honest boozy speeches to a totally incompetent wedding planner. Even worse, her friends are too preoccupied with their own relationship woes to help with the wreckage around them. Watch in awe as this wildly funny fiasco destroys Zooey’s expectations about commitment, fidelity and growing up.
Space Theatre/DCPA, 13th and Arapahoe, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
MUSICAL TOUR OF THE ITALIAN COUNTRYSIDE
Journey with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra on a breathtaking tour of Italian classics. As fresh today as it was when it was published 292 years ago, Vivaldi’s perennial The Four Seasons still resonates with our perception of the distinct seasons of the year. Rejoice in the beauty of winter and look forward to the warmth of spring to come!
Also on the program, Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, a surround-sound frolic that takes the audience to breathtaking heights; and Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz. All three of these narrative pieces paint a fanciful portrait of Italy, with one-to-watch violinist Angelo Xiang Yu debuting in Denver as featured soloist.
Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, 1000 14th St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
A TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY
Legendary songstress Billie “Lady Day” Holiday led a life as dramatic as the lyrics of her unforgettable songs. This musical tribute to Holiday’s life and music transports you back to a chilly night in the spring of 1959, when Holiday took the stage at a seedy nightclub in downtown Philadelphia. Her repertoire of semi-autobiographic songs was peppered that night with impromptu stories about her life, resulting in a poignant portrait of the artist.
Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill features a standout performance by Mary Louise Lee as Holiday. “Lee’s singing is absolutely radiant. Her voice is smooth as glass. At times she sounds uncannily like Holiday, at others entirely like her full-throated self,” (Westword).
Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
RUMORS SERVES UP A HELPING OF ABSURDITY!
Neil Simon’s madcap farce kicks off the Spotlight Theatre Company’s 20th anniversary season with an exhilarating wallop. Set at a dinner party in the upscale home of the deputy mayor of New York City and his wife, the play opens with guests arriving to find the mayor wounded in the couple’s bed and his wife nowhere to be found.
Rumors may be one of the funniest Neil Simon plays you’ve never heard of: it’s the country-club set thrown into an absurd situation outside of their comfort zone, marked by an ever-increasing spiral of anxiety and a torrent of witty repartee.
Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre Company/John Hand Theater, 7653 E 1st Pl., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 20
THE AMAZING X-15 ROCKET PLANE
Long before Neil Armstrong ever set foot on the moon, America was enmeshed in an escalating race to space with the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union launched the first Sputnik satellite in 1957, America responded to the Soviet challenge with the hypersonic X-15, the winged rocket ship that opened the way into human-controlled spaceflight.
This presentation by Michelle Evans, author of the bestselling book, The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space, tells the enthralling yet little-known story of this remarkable research aircraft that held the world’s altitude record for 41 years. This is the story that has never been told of the vehicle that was the true precursor to the space shuttle.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
SWINGIN’ AT THE SPEAKEASY SOIREE
Put on your flapper dress and dapper duds and get ready for a roaring night out on the town! Scott and Zelda wouldn’t miss it — so why would you? The third annual Speakeasy Soiree features live music by La Pompe Jazz, Denver’s finest gypsy jazz band. Musical guests include Jeremy Mohney, Sweet B and Her Moonshine Gang, and Jill Frederickson. The evening includes a swing dance lesson with Swingin’ Denver, a variety of craft cocktails and brews, vintage vendors to browse, and plenty of Roaring Twenties company!
The Hangar at Stanley, 2501 Dallas St. #135, Aurora
GET YOUR GROOVE ON
Spend an evening with the house grooves of Chrome Drones, Funk Club, and Jaraff at Nocturne Entertainment’s Third Annual Winter Residency. Chrome Drones are a live disco-house project featuring a variety of musicians from Signal Path, Particle and Tiger Party. Combining tight, funky beats around both improvisation and produced studio work, the band creates an incredibly warm, rich, and deeply energetic sound. The Funk Club is an old-school funk dance party, and Jeraff creates a mesmerizing get-up-and-dance experience.
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St., Denver
Saturday-Sunday, January 20-21
PARTY WITH SESAME STREET LIVE!
Everyone loves Big Bird, Elmo, and the Cookie Monster, so don’t miss your chance to party with them! Introducing an all-new show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood. This high-energy, interactive family experience will have you singing along to familiar favorites and learning new songs by the evening’s end.
Join in the fun as the Sesame Street community discovers that choosing a party theme is more challenging than they could have ever imagined. But anything’s possible when everyone who shares something in common gets together.
Bellco Theatre, 700 14th Street, Denver
Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.; Sat., 6:00 p.m.
Monday, January 22
BUY YOUR HAMILTON TICKETS!
Don’t miss this must-see musical theatre event when the national tour of the Broadway musical Hamilton plays at The Buell Theatre from February 27 to April 1.
Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday with a caveat: buy only from the Denver Center or risk overpaying. Producer Jeffrey Seller warns, “There are many web sites and people who are selling overpriced, and in some cases, fraudulent tickets. For the best seats, the best prices and to eliminate the risk of counterfeit tickets, all purchases for the Denver engagement should be made through hamilton.denvercenter.org.”
Buell Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Wednesday, January 24
ALL ABOUT BELGIAN BEERS!
Please join friends and neighbors at the Lakehouse The World of Belgian Beers Course and guided tasting of the 15 major categories of Belgian beers. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to taste more than a dozen Belgian beer styles as you learn the history and characteristics of each. The class usually runs about two hours to two hours, 30 minutes.
The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
Cost: $5 (cash or check)
Access to More at Southshore!
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