This Weekend: The Denver Home Show!

March 21, 2019

With many family-friendly performances in the Denver and Aurora area this weekend, you’ll have plenty to choose from for your family’s entertainment! Also in town is the Denver Home Show, so you can get a head start on all those spring DIY projects. And dinosaur fanatics will want to check out the epic Jurassic Quest event with something for all ages!

Thursday-Sunday, March 21-24

A childhood memory of a family trip to Disneyland is the setting of this poignant and powerful play about coming to terms with the heartaches of life. One talented actress plays all of the roles in a family that is dealing with the sudden loss of the father and husband. The play allows all the women in the family to grow up and move on in ways that honor the man and family they cherish.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax, Aurora
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $18-$33
Phone: 303-739-1970


The regional premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, is sure to have you laughing out loud! When Monty Navarro finds out he’s the heir to a family fortune, he’s sure his luck is changing. He’s been juggling two girlfriends and on the verge of landing up in the slammer. But then he realizes he newfound source of riches does not come easy—he first has to eliminate the eight pesky relatives who are in line before him. 

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38
Phone: 303-856-7830

Where does roller-skating meet up with Ancient Greece? In Xanadu, the hilarious, adventurous musical based on the movie from the 1980s. Kira is a Greek muse who shows up in Venice Beach just in time to inspire an artist to invent the phenomenon of roller-disco! You’ll be singing along to this sunny, feel-good musical!

Garner Galleria Theatre/DCPA, 1101 13th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $46-$49
Phone: 303-571-4401

Friday, March 22

This one-woman production is an historical reenactment of the life of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female to become a licensed pilot in the 1920s. The role is played by her great-niece, Gigi Coleman. Wings Over the Rockies is the museum for all things aeronautical, and you can explore all of the exciting exhibits after watching the presentation!

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8.50 – $15 
Phone: 303-360-5360

Dye it! Sew it! Fold it! Fabric lovers and textile artists will delight in this evening of fabric exploration, an immersive workshop with local artists, makers and community members. You can participate in a variety of hands-on activities including, collaborative weaving, fabric craft, dressing paper dolls, T-shirt tote bags, wrapped branches, yarn dying, and yarn spinning.

ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Dr., Denver
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$8
Phone: 720-638-3128

Friday-Sunday, March 22-24

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 — including Jason Cameron of DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves offer helpful tips, innovative products, and fantastic ideas on decor and home improvement projects both indoors and outdoors! 

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, and Sunday is Teacher Day—get free entrance with your valid teacher ID!

National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9-$11
Phone: 801-456-7485

If your family is into dinosaurs, this is the event for you! Jurassic Quest is the largest and most realistic dinosaur event in North America, an adventure for the entire family! The main dinosaur exhibit features over 80 ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Best of all, you can interact with these huge creatures and even ride a few! 

Kids of all ages will love the hands-on activities, including T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long-hidden dinosaur bones. For younger kids, there are cute baby dinosaurs and the “Dino Bounce” area, as well as face painting, Dino crafts and much more!

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
Fri., 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$36
Phone: 936-588-3332

As a bigger-than-life comedian with his “own kind of panache” (New York Times), Sebastian Maniscalco goes places most people fear to tread. In his work as a stand-up comedian, actor, and best-selling writer, the Chicago native with strong Italian-immigrant roots is not afraid to speak what’s on his mind. 

His outsize, highly physical brand of comedy has earned him an enthusiastic following from his appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, or making return visits to late-night shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Conan. Most recently, Maniscalco appeared in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Green Book, and will join a star-studded cast that includes Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and more in Martin Scorcese’s upcoming film The Irishman. 

Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver
Fri., 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.; Sun., 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $54 – $62
Phone: 303-623-7876

Every Brilliant Thing is equal parts heart-wrenching and hilarious, a play about a man intent on pointing out enough positive things in life to pull his mother back from the brink of despair. This regional premiere is a moving tribute to the lengths we will go to for those we love.

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$32
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, March 23

This family-friendly celebration of stories and reading is a FREE community event where you can meet the creators of board books, picture books, chapter books and middle-grade novels. Authors include Donna Gephart, Salina Yoon, and Kate Milford. Young readers will have the opportunity to engage with writers and artists through story times, readings, illustration demonstrations, book signings, and more!

Highlands Masonic Temple, 3550 Federal Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

This exciting community concert will have everyone grooving! Check out the newest spot in Aurora for live music—the People’s Building, a new arts, culture, and event space located directly across from The Aurora Fox. Tonight’s concert features live performances by Lady Gang, Sweetness Itself, Rachael Pollard, and Death in Space.  Shows are open to all ages!

The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone:  729-819-6680

Saturday-Sunday, March 23-24

As part of a series of screenings of the Star Wars films, the Colorado Symphony will accompany the complete film, The Empire Strikes Back, with a live performance of Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical score.

In case you’ve not yet had a chance to see this movie in the past forty years, the battle for the galaxy intensifies in this thrilling fifth episode of the unfolding saga. Iconic characters Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) continue to fight for the Rebel Alliance against the dark forces of Darth Vader. This is the episode where Jedi Master Yoda teaches the Luke about the ways of the Force.

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $46-$85
Phone: 303-623-7876

Your talented neighbors make up the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, an accomplished group of musicians who are committed to bringing the joy of classical music to the the community! In this spring concert, passion and drama reign supreme! The program focuses on neo-romantic American style works filled with heroic swashbuckling melodies and boundless love, including Corigliano’s Elegy, Liebermann’s Flute Concerto, and Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 (Romantic).

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax, Aurora
Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$20
Phone: 303-739-1970

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 Richmond American Homes Toll Brothers, and Century Communities. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s and the $700s.