October 20, 2022
From Pink Floyd’s drummer, and the Allman Brothers’ Grammy-winning guitar man, to a journeyman soul shouter and award-winning comedian, this weekend has all the bells and whistles of world-class entertainment to sample. Oh and if you’re in a Halloween state of mind, there’s plenty of pumpkins to pick, costume contests to enter and treats to be had around town, too!
TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, October 20
YMCA BLOOD DRIVE AT SOUTHLANDS
Blood donation is so important – every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential to help patients survive surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries. The lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. Throughout the year, Southlands Shopping Center and Aurora Family YMCA have been providing a convenient donation location at Southlands in cooperation with Vitalant, the nation’s largest independent, non-profit blood supplier. Click here to pre-book your appointment and to determine if you are eligible to donate blood, visit here
Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
Two-time Grammy winning bassist Oteil Burbridge has been in the music business touring and recording for over three decades. His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991 when he became a founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, a cult classic that has stood the test of time. That led to his membership in the classic rock group The Allman Brothers Band. Since 1997, his work with the band has earned him two Grammy nominations for best rock instrumental, in 2003 and in 2004. Over the years, Oteil has shared the stage with rock and blues legends such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, and Sheryl Crow. In 2012, Oteil received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his 15-year contribution to the Allman Brothers Band as the longest running bassist in the band’s history.
Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
LEE FIELDS: THE SENTIMENTAL FOOL
A journeyman soul shouter who enjoyed his greatest success after more than three decades in show business, Lee Fields initially specialized in the taut, gritty funk that James Brown made famous. However, Fields’ breakthrough came when he developed a more distinctive and personal style and found a new following in the retro-soul movement. He first made his name among die-hard funk fans with a series of hard-hitting singles recorded for various small labels during the ’70s. After a hiatus in the 80s, Fields mounted a comeback in the 90s plying his trade on the Southern soul and blues circuit, wearing the glitzy costumes of old and crooning love songs that his audiences still loved. In recent years Fields has performed both throwback numbers and emotionally powerful songs rooted in deep soul and featuring spiritually oriented songs like God is Real and Love is the Answer.
Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
NICK MASON’S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS
Prior to former Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s latest band project Saucerful of Secrets, you would be hard-pressed to hear Pink Floyd’s pre-Dark Side of the Moon songs performed live today unless it was coming from a tribute group. Material recorded between 1967 and 1972 by the legendary British group’s discography had been hardly played in decades, including from former members Roger Waters and David Gilmour on their recent solo tours.
That’s what makes Saucerful of Secrets—which consists of Mason, guitarist/singer Gary Kemp, bassist/singer Guy Pratt, guitarist Lee Harris, and keyboardist Dom Beken—so interesting. Rather than playing more popular Floyd works from 1973’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Saucerful of Secrets revisit the psychedelic and experimental side of Floyd of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Says Mason, “I think we found a niche for ourselves, which is to do something that is not being done by everyone else, by the tribute bands or by Roger or David. It’s a real return to some of the improvised sections and the atmosphere of the songs.”
Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver
Thursday-Saturday, October 20-22
WORTH CHECKING OUT
The Stanley Marketplace is about 30 minutes west and north of Southshore, but there’s a reason to visit Annette’s, the “Scratch-to-Table” restaurant with a robust wine and cocktail bar – and it’s not just the amazing menu (more about that later).
Caroline Glover, chef and owner of Annette, was awarded the prestigious James Beard Foundation award as Best Chef: Mountain region. The James Beard awards are widely regarded as the Oscars in the restaurant and food industry world and Caroline and her exceptional team at Annette are worthy of the honors.
Caroline is the first ever James Beard award winner to represent Aurora, Colorado and one look at her menu will give you a ‘taste’ of the deliciousness that awaits every guest. From the Mignonette Oysters and Chicken Liver Pate to the Grilled Beef Tongue and Marrow Toast and Mashhoff Family Pork Tenderloin with Sunchoke Gratin, Annette’s is not your run-of-the-mill dine in/take-out fare. Treat yourself and the one(s) you love to a bit of culinary excellence the next time you’ve had your fill of fast food around the corner.
Annette, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
The world premiere of DALÍ ALIVE is coming to THE LUME Colorado in Aurora on October 21. Colorado’s latest digital gallery transforms the world’s finest art into fully immersive sensory encounters.
The walls come alive as light ripples across every surface and masterpieces come to life. Curated tastes, aromas and a choreographed soundtrack add thrilling new dimensions to this 360-degree experience. Wander, play, dance and marvel as every surface becomes an animated canvas: floors, walls and guests alike.
Salvador Dalí was a Spanish surrealist artist renowned for his technical skill, precise draftsmanship, and the striking and bizarre images in his work. Showcasing both Dalí’s challenges and triumphs, this breath-taking production dynamically animates the works of the incomparable artist. It provides visitors with the sensation of stepping into the life of Salvador Dalí himself and feeling the redemptive power of his imagination. Enter the life-sized egg, inspired by the ones at Dalí’s own home in Port Lligat Spain or hear the voice of Dalí himself on specially produced lobster phones.
The gallery also includes a dedicated mirror infinity room and a replica of Dalí’s famous Mae West Couch for selfie enthusiasts. Peer into the mind of surrealist master Salvador Dalí and experience his works of art in a whole new way!
Stanley Marketplace, THE LUME, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
DAN MINTZ LIVE!
Dan Mintz is a comedian, writer and actor best known as the voice of Tina Belcher on Bob’s Burgers. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Dan started his stand-up career in Boston and has gone on to appear on shows such as Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Comedy Central Presents: Dan Mintz. His stand-up album, The Stranger, was called one of the year’s best by New York magazine’s Vulture.com.
Dan started his TV writing career on Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers. He was both a performer and writer on Comedy Central’s Important Things With Demetri Martin and Fox’s Mulaney. Dan has written for shows such as Comedy Central’s Nathen For You, MTV’s Human Giant, the HBO series Lucky Louie, and Fox’s Son of Zorn, where he earned a 2017 WGA Award nomination for his script A Taste of Zephria. Most recently he wrote on the Emmy Award winning series VEEP for HBO.
Denver Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m., Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, October 20-23
FUTURITY BY CÉSAR ALVAREZ
Expressions of violence seem to be ever-present these days. But what if there were another way? A better way? What if we could generate world peace with the simple flip of a switch? Futurity, the new folk-rock musical by César Alvarez and The Lisps, imagines just such a world. At the height of the Civil War, a soldier named Julian Munro joins forces with inventor and mathematician, Ada Lovelace, to invent a machine that creates peace. It is a story about the power of imagination combined with ingenuity, and the importance of dreaming up the impossible. This hit show enjoyed an extended run by popular demand when it first premiered and proposes that music and storytelling, themselves, are the very machines that might create peace. Content Advisory: Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Does contain some artistic depictions of war and soldier dying.
Aurora Fox Theater, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
FINAL WEEKEND: THE CHINESE LADY
Intriguing, powerful, and based on a true story, The Chinese Lady is a play unlike anything you’ve seen before. The year is 1834 and 14-year-old Afong Moy is the first Chinese woman mainland America has ever seen. For a fee, spectators watch her eat shrimp and vegetables with chopsticks in an “exotic” habitat. They watch her walk. They gawk at her tiny bound feet. But she is honored to share her culture in a land bustling with opportunity.
Her translator, protector, and only interlocutor is Atung, a Chinese man who has been living in America for decades. Under the watchful eyes of Atung and the viewing public, Afong grows up and tours the U.S. as part of a traveling sideshow. Together, our two protagonists make poetic, pithy observations about culture, imperialism, and western philosophy as they watch a young nation struggle to define itself. Visually stunning and undeniably clever, The Chinese Lady shines a light on parts of our history that aren’t so black-and-white.
DCPA, Singleton Theatre, 1101 13th St, Denver
Thurs.-Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2:00 p.m.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
The Bard is back at the Denver Center for the first time since 2019! A playful comedy layered with all the rich complexity that comes with Shakespeare’s work, Much Ado About Nothing is a snappy, surprisingly timely meditation on gossip, gender roles, and the follies of romance. This refreshing spin on a 400-year-old classic is not to be missed.
Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick arrive in the Sicilian port town of Messina after a decisive victory on the battlefield. As they join in the post-war celebrations at the governor’s estate, Claudio takes a liking to their host’s daughter, Hero. Meanwhile, Benedick engages in a different sort of battle with Hero’s cousin, the quick-witted Beatrice. Cupid-like characters conspire to bring our quartet of lovers together, while darker forces seek to drive them apart. Can love truly conquer all when the combined powers of deception, betrayal, and envy stand in its way?
Much Ado About Nothing is comedic, yet cautionary. Elegant, yet down to earth. It’s mischievous and undeniably merry. It might just be the world’s most well-known (and beloved) Renaissance rom-com.
DCPA, Kilstrom Theatre, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Friday October 21
GRYFFIN LIVE AT RED ROCKS
Dan Griffith is known by his stage name, Gryffin and he’s a songwriter, singer and record producer who gained recognition for remixing some well-known songs such as Tove Lo’s Talking Body and Maroon 5’s Animals. Gryffin released his debut studio album Gravity in 2019 via Darkroom and Geffen Records. His new album soared to the top of Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart and features guest appearances by Slander, Droeloe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Stanaj and Aloe Blacc to name a few. Gryffin produces music in a melodic house style and classifies himself as a melodic house artist. He incorporates sounds of piano and guitar for a ‘hybrid of electric and organic’ musical style.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy, Morrison
TRASH TASTE – U.S. TOUR
Trash Taste is a weekly audio and video podcast hosted by Joey Bizinger, Garnt Maneetapho, and Connor Colquhoun – three Tokyo-based content creators primarily focusing on anime and Japanese pop culture. Last month the Trash Taste Boys infiltrated the US launching a 23-city tour. Come and watch them on stage as they talk, rant and discuss everything and anything! Laugh, cry and rage at this one-of-a-kind comedy talk show!
Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver
HALLOWEEN AT THE GAYLORD
Transport yourself to a world of Halloween fun and stroll through a display of dozens of creatively decorated and carved jack-o’-lanterns. Snap a few photos for inspiration to carve your own at home and check out these other fun-tivities for Halloween.
Goblins & Giggles. Let your Halloween art skills run wild in the Goblins & Giggles Art Studio. There’s no ordinary canvas here – instead, you’ll create your terror-iffic treasure on a sizable sugar cookie. It’s frightful fun for the whole family. Cost includes one giant cookie and decorating supplies. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $13.99
Ghoul School. Kids are invited to rhyme a tune, test a mad scientist’s latest experiment, play a game of Halloween charades, and more when they join loveable misfits Jake L. Hyde, Shelley Stein, Boris Beats, and Mandy Kin in this live, interactive show. These descendants of iconic Halloween monsters entertain with stories and activities to demonstrate the importance of individuality, diversity, and being yourself. Various Times Tickets: $12.99
Scavenger Hunt. Everyone’s favorite square pumpkin, Spookley, takes center stage in a game of Halloween hide and seek — inviting super sleuths to solve puzzles that reveal his eight secret hiding spots around the resort. Solve all the puzzles to find Spookley and collect a special prize.
Gaylord Rockies, 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., Aurora
Friday-Sunday, October 21-23
FRIGHT FEST ELITCH GARDENS
In October, Elitch Gardens transforms into Family by Day and Fright By Night, plus all your favorite Theme Park rides. Family by Day invites little ghosts and goblins to enjoy free candy on the Trick or Treat Trail and partake in Halloween-themed interactive challenges from 12:00-5:00 p.m. Take a look at the Scream it Out and Costume Contest at the Kiddieland Stage at 2:00 p.m. as well as Broomstick Bingo at 3:00 p.m. where little pumpkins can play the Halloween-themed BINGO game. At 4:00 p.m. get ready to move and groove to some monster music and a freeze-dance contest.
Fright by Night is takes over when the sun goes down and the lightweight fun is replaced with blood-curdling shrieks, shrills and chills! Enjoy all the theme park rides, just be alert to the creatures lurking around every corner. The three haunted attractions: Lock Up-No Escape, Big Top Freaks and Séance. These multi-sensory experiences plunge guests into dramatic action as you make your way through dark pathways, escape a corrupted prison controlled by deranged inmates, navigate a carnival graveyard overrun by zombie clowns and take part in a bone-chilling live performances that bring stories of the undead back to life.
Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver
Saturday, October 22
HAUNTINGS IN THE HANGAR
Get ready for a spook–tacular good time at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum! Come in costume and enjoy many frightfully festive activities:
- Magic Show at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
- Rat Scavenger Hunt with prizes
- Make and Take Bat Planes and Spider Chutes
- Phantom Photo Booth
- Geek Garage-themed cars
- Black Hole Listening Station – Hear the chilling sounds of NASA’s recently released sonification of a black hole
- Trick or Treat Candy Stations
- Scary Good Discovery Carts
- Flying Phantoms
- Gravity: There’s No Escaping It
- The Haunted Voyage(r)
- Mad Scientist
- Open Cockpits
- Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer (WC)
- Incom T-65 (Star Wars X-Wing)
- Steen Skybolt
- North American F-86 Sabre
Come dressed up as your favorite Star Wars™ character and see the Star Wars™ X-Wing Starfighter and Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer! So much to see and do!
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Five minutes from your front door – okay, maybe 10 minutes – the Southlands Shopping Center is the place to be for all your little ghouls and goblins, ghosts and witches to walk the Trick or Treat Trail on Main Street! From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the kids can collect candy and bring their dressed-up canines to compete in the Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Contest (register here!). And from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. tour the Town Square for the Fall Festival Craft Fair with over 30 booths featuring crafts, artisans and food items, and get your porch decor from the Southlands Pumpkin Patch where hundreds will be available to take home.
Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
GLORIA TREVI: ISLA DIVINA
Gloria Trevi, is the most impressive, daring and distinctive artist of contemporary popular music in recent decades. Her evolution and surprising resurgence in the world of entertainment has surprised both her followers, which numbers in the millions, as well as executives from the entertainment industry.
In recent years, Trevi has been the highest-grossing female Mexican performer which translates into sold-out concerts throughout North America. Recognized for her intense vocals Trevi is also one of the best Mexican composers with more than 500 songs written by her own handwriting. Her sensitivity to identify with the public and above all, her total delivery in each concert, creates a cathartic state among those present, which makes her a generational bridge.
Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
8:00 p.m. (Doors Open at 7:00)
TREAT STREET AT THE SCAREGROUNDS
Come on out to the Arapahoe County Scaregrounds for a safe day of trick-or-treating and spooktacular family fun. Wear your favorite costume and head down Treat Street. We’ll have games and activities, Hallo-Weenie Races for all Dachshund owners (at 2:30 p.m.), a petting farm, bounce houses, face painting, hayrides, Live bluegrass music by Strings and the Box, a Hoola-Hoop contest, Simon Says, Toss games, more live entertainment, a costume contest, pumpkin painting, adult beverages, food trucks, and more!
Arapahoe County Fair & Event Center, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
DISNEY’S HOCUS POCUS IN CONCERT!
A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before exploring an abandoned house with his sister, Dani and their new friend, Allison and awakening a trio of diabolical witches from the 17th century. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal! Your Colorado Symphony will be performing every note from the original full film score Hocus Pocus, while the movie is simultaneously projected on screens in Boettcher Concert Hall. Stay for the credits, you’ll be glad you did!
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
Tickets: $10-$108 plus fees & taxes
NEXT WEEK: Tuesday-Sunday, October 25-30
AINT TOO PROUD TO BEG
“Pretty close to perfection…”- The New York Times
Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one.
Nominated for 12 Tony® Awards and the winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, Ain’t Too Proud tells the thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal, as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during a decade of civil unrest in America.
Written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), and featuring the Tony-winning choreography of Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!), the unforgettable story of this legendary quintet is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and so many more.
Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Tues.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, October 28-29
DISNEY IN CONCERT THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
What’s this?! Back by popular demand, see one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films like never before! The full-feature film will be projected on the big screen with dialogue, singing, and effects accompanied by Danny Elfman’s darkly charming score played live by your Colorado Symphony.
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
Tickets: $15-$98+ plus fees & taxes
Sunday, October 30
It’s a spooktacular event for all boys and ghouls! This family-favorite concert features music from films, television, and more! Costumes are encouraged — the best of the bunch will be invited to show off their creations on stage for the whole crowd! It’s a ghostly-good time for every little monster and their mummy!
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, Denver
Tickets: $10-$27 plus fees & taxes
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 Richmond American Homes and Century Communities. It’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home here, priced from the $700s.