Weekend of Music: TobyMac, The Shining and Queen!

March 3, 2022

Enjoy comedy, theater performances, film festivals, art classes and concerts, from The Shining (an opera!) to Crowder and Toby Mac. There are calligraphy classes, a mountain film festival, and the music of Queen, all happening this weekend in and near Aurora and Denver!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, March 3

Does your child love everything about airplanes and space exploration? Taught by professionals in the field of aerospace and aviation, Wings Aerospace Pathways is wonderful enrichment program designed to enhance students’ skills such as problem-solving and teamwork. During this information night, hear from current students and parents as well as educators of the Wings Aerospace Pathways Program.

Come out and learn about our hands on, experiential learning program for 6-12 grade students that focuses on aerospace learning, skills and experiences.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Registration: $14.95 to $18.95

The TobyMac Hits Deep Tour is back for another year! The 2022 lineup features Christian contemporary artists TOBYMAC & the DiverseCity Band (whose latest album with Sheryl Crow just released) along with Crowder (David), CAIN, Cochren & Co., and Terrian. You do not want to miss this night of hit music and fun!

Make plans now for a night you won’t forget.

Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19-$89
Phone: 303-405-1100

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour was born from Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival which began in Banff, Alberta. In 1976 a tight-knit group of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts conceived The Banff Festival of Mountaineering Films. This was one-day gathering that became the renowned international Festival it is today. Over 30 years ago, Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival began an outreach program to bring the Festival to other communities. This has become known as Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour featuring the world’s best adventure documentary films on mountain subjects including hiking and trail running, climbing and mountaineering, skiing, kayaking and rafting, mountain biking and more.

Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $24.50

Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5

“To Gerardo Chávez, a man who defied the limitations of borders, surpassing all expectations of what a brown body crossing a border could be, and setting an example for all of us seeking refuge in our own American Dreams. Thank you for all of the support you provided behind the scenes as a translator, poet, and endless inspiration to drive this work forward.”

The theatrical event of the season, Refuge, co-created by Satya Jnani Chavez and Andrew Rosendorf, weaves passionate and driving original music with the charm of artistic puppetry to share a bilingual tale of determination, grit, and hope. Magical realism allows this multi-disciplinary play to tackle the immigration crisis through a beautiful, unique lens. Chronicling the harrowing journey of one young Honduran girl as she crosses the US border into the inhospitable, barren land of Texas, Refuge is an exploration of empathy and of America – who we are and who we say we are.

Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$50
Phone: 303-623-2349

Dan Soder is a New York City-based comedian and actor, originally from Aurora, CO. He is best known for his role as Mafee’ on the hit series Billions on Showtime. Dan’s first HBO comedy special, Son of a Gary, premiered in December 2019 and is streaming now. His previous special, The Standups premiered on Netflix in 2017 and his first hour-long stand-up special, Not Special, premiered on Comedy Central in 2016. His other credits include appearances on Comedy Central’s Half HourConanInside Amy Schumer, and @midnight. Dan also hosts Sirius XM’s The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson, every Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central Radio.

Denver Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m., Fri./Sat., 9:45 p.m. (7:30 show sold out)
Tickets: $35

Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6

Colorado’s only Asian and Asian American Film Festival returns in person at the Sie FilmCenter. Presented in partnership with Colorado Dragon Boat, the 2022 festival will feature screenings of more than 20 shorts, four documentaries and five narrative films, plus, two community conversations, and three special events.

Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax
Various Times
Tickets: $65

Everyone knows “The Shining” as a Stephen King novel brought to life on the big screen via the Stanley Kubrick/Jack Nicholson collaboration. But according to librettist Mark Campbell the classic tale is perfect for the opera – and it’s being staged by Opera Colorado. He joins the cast along with 7th grader Micah Vonfeldt who plays Danny Torrance.

The Shining brings the hopeful Torrance family to Colorado’s isolated Overlook Hotel. Little do they know that the Overlook’s spectral guests are determined to repeat the hotel’s grim history. The Shining has “a whole slew of edge-of-your-seat moments” according to Opera News. Experience them for yourself in this iconic Colorado story from now until March 6.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$209
Phone: 303-778-1500

Friday, March 4

Attempts to categorize the band MAE’s sound were made regularly and typically culminated in a hyphenated variation of the nebulous “emo” catch-all. But, the defining thread of MAE’s creation was their uncanny ability to find the heartstrings of the listener and make them resonate with a sympathetic hum. Their sound defies categories but it is clearly expansive, explorative, and addictively melodic.  It’s no accident that MAE’s fourth studio LP bears the self-fulfilling prophecy of their namesake. Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience. It is the band’s first full-length release in nearly a decade, is the arguable realization of their aspirations since conception. Check them out for a reeling, multi-sensory experience!

Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

David Booker and Al Chesis are two legends of the Colorado music scene and beyond. Come celebrate their lifetime achievement awards granted by the Colorado Blues Society. Hear their stories firsthand and congratulate them on a lifetime of blues well-played! The night will feature Al and David’s full bands, a legendary jam session, and a special guest. This is the blues night to remember on the Front Range.

Roots Music Project, 4747 Pearl St., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$20

Friday-Saturday, March 4-5

In the decade of super groups — and four decades beyond — Queen reigns supreme. Celebrate the immortal music of Queen as Brody Dolyniuk and his rock band join the amazing Colorado Symphony for an unforgettable evening. The Music of Queen soars with songs from the albums A Night at the Opera, Sheer Heart Attack, Classic Queen, Jazz, News of the World, A Kind of Magic, The Works, and many more — this concert will rock you!

Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$89
Phone: 303-623-7876

Friday-Sunday, March 4-6

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.

Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Wed. & Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs./Sat./Sun., 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$75
Phone: 720-865-4220

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 new musical, 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.
Tickets: $30-74

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.
Tickets: $40-$175

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.
Tickets: $30-$69

Saturday, March 5

Have you always wanted to play around with resin paint pouring but didn’t have the space and time to do so? Take a journey through the rainbow with artist Grace Noel in her studio for a special Rainbow Resin Paint Pouring class! You’ll learn how to prepare space and a canvas for a resin pour, and all about mixing and coloring resin, applying glitter, and the techniques that result in a beautiful rainbow on canvas. Materials are included with ticket price, although curing the pour takes a little time so you’ll have to pick up your creation the next day.

Denver Art Society Underground Studios, Grace Noel, 734 Santa Fe Dr., Denver
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $60
Phone: 303-534-1132

Sunday, March 6

You’re invited to Magic Circle Mime’s very own “The Mozart Experience” this March! A mischievous street musician finds herself thrust into the role of Mozart in this concert program for chamber orchestra. Presented by the conductor with opportunities and dilemmas like those faced by Mozart, the street musician slowly evolves into a modern-day Mozart. From extravagant youth to the appearance of the apocalyptic “mysterious stranger,” you and your little ones will experience Mozart’s life as a musical adventure exploring his genius and humanity. Come early, before the concert to enjoy a family friendly activity – like the instrument petting zoo or a themed craft!

Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$27
Phone: 303-623-7876

Wednesday, March 8

You’re in for a fun evening of selfies and calligraphy at this event in the Stanley Marketplace! Enjoy learning the fundamentals of modern calligraphy with a brush pen and take some fun selfies with the 25-plus backdrops! The calligraphy workshop will be taught by Kelly Chang, owner and calligrapher at Jupiter Stone Creative.

All materials you need will be provided and are yours to keep after the class including:

– Selfie@Stanley admission (unlimited selfies with 25+ selfie backdrops)!
– 2 hours of in-person instruction
– 2 Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens
– 1 Tombow Dual Brush Marker
– Introductory Workbook (written by Kelly Chang from Jupiter Stone Creative)
– Rhodia Dot Notepad
– Tracing Paper, and more goodies!

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $85
Phone: (970) 331-6905

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.