Xanadu, Silent Films and Cats!
April 25, 2019
Denver’s annual Silent Film Festival is the opportunity to catch flicks from the very beginnings of Hollywood—and in this year’s festival, international silent film as well! Classic movies from Germany, Japan, and the U.K. will be screened in addition to early films from the U.S., including a silent Hitchcock movie! There are also lots of live theatrical and music events going on in Aurora and Denver, as well as activities for the whole family.
TODAY/TONIGHT, April 25
WINE, EMPANADAS & TANGO DANCING
Who could ask for more? Make it a festive night out with friends and/or your sweetheart as everyone boldly takes on…the tango! Liquid courage is included, with two wine pairings and delicious empanadas as part of the deal. You don’t need to go far for a night of flavor and fun!
Infinite Monkey Theorem, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
FASHION FOR A CAUSE
Everyone has ups and downs in life, but not everyone has support to help see them through. The Miracles Fashion Show is an opportunity to show you care by supporting other women who may need a helping hand. It’s also a fun night out with your gal pals and a chance to get inspiration for your spring wardrobe!
The Miracles Program at Mile High Behavioral Healthcare is a program for women struggling with addiction, and all proceeds from this event go to the needs of women in recovery.
The Hangar at Stanley, 2501 N. Dallas St. #135, Aurora
Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28
Lest We Forget: The Mission is a remarkable bronze exhibit memorializing the aviators of World War II. The statues were sculpted by Major Arnold and fellow artist, Sutton Betti, using 3,000 pounds of clay, then cast in bronze, a process that took more than four years to complete.
Don’t miss the final weeks that this powerful art exhibit is on display in Denver! Stop by before it leaves for permanent display at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CATS COMES TO DENVER
Once the longest-running musical on Broadway, it seems like Cats has been around forever. In case you missed it in one of its previous nine lives, this is your chance to see and hear for yourself the iconic legend.
Including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater, Memory, the breathtaking music is reason enough to experience this legendary theatrical tradition. Add an imaginative story that revolves around a mythical meeting of cats in all their glory, as well as stunning costumes and makeup, and you’ll see why this musical was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs., 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
XANADU’S FINAL WEEKEND!
Your last chance to see this feel-good musical experience, straight from the 1980s by way of a Greek muse and the roller disco movement of Venice Beach, California! Get out from under the weight of the world and let Xanadu transport you to a sunnier place!
Garner Galleria Theatre/DCPA, 1101 13th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, April 26-28
DENVER SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
For vintage movie buffs, Denver’s Silent Film Festival celebrates the best of the silent film era. This year’s lineup includes Blackmail, a 1929 Hitchcock film highlighting the role of guilt in human affairs. A woman picked up by an artist kills him in self-defense, and the detective assigned to the case is her boyfriend.
Also featured is the big star of silent animation—Felix the Cat. For diversity, Shiraz is a 1928 melodrama about the Taj Mahal, a joint production of India, Germany, and the U.K. Within Our Gates is the earliest surviving feature film directed by an African-American, a drama about race, bigotry, uncovering the truth, and love. Japanese master filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu is represented with his 1933 silent crime movie, Dragnet Girl, and no silent film festival would be complete without a set of Buster Keaton shorts. See these and much more at the film festival that’s sure to capture your imagination.
Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake, 4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
Tickets: $8 – $13 (per film)
You won’t want to miss the Pulitzer Prize-winning Drama of 2017 and the play that Time Magazine called the “#1 Play of the Year.” Sweat is an “extraordinarily moving drama” (The New York Times) about survival—as well as life’s greatest joys.
The story takes place in the working-class town of Reading, Pennsylvania, where nearly everyone works at the local factory. This is the place where lifelong friendships are made, where romances bloom, where family members work side by side. So when layoffs begin to happen, it starts a ripple effect that moves far deeper than mere economic reality.
Space Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
RUSSIAN COMPOSERS AT THE SYMPHONY
Bonus points if you can pronounce all of the composers’ names correctly! This marvelous performance will transport you to Russia, with Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture! Music from other prominent Russian composers include Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky. The Colorado Symphony Chorus will also make a guest appearance!
Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27
DENVER DIGS TREES
Be a tree-hugger this weekend—it’s Arbor Day! In honor of trees everywhere, and especially the way they beautify Colorado, The Park People are holding their annual Denver Digs Trees Arbor Day tree sale. Come and buy a tree at less than half the price of trees purchased elsewhere!
Invest in the beauty and health of Denver’s future, as well as your own joy and pleasure, by purchasing and planting a tree today. In addition to helping to improve air quality, conserve water, shade neighborhoods, and support wildlife, your new tree will also be a focal point of beauty for your yard and create a wonderful space for your kids and pets to play! Trees will be available on a first come, first-served basis, with popular species selling out quickly, so arrive early for best selection!
City Park Greenhouse, 2500 E. 23rd Ave., Denver
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free admission – Trees cost $45-$65
AURORA FOX GALA CONCERT
Fans of musical theatre won’t want to miss this special evening with diva Betsy Wolfe! Fresh from playing the leading role in Waitress on Broadway, Wolfe brings her entertaining one-person show to the Aurora Fox Arts Center. With a voice that will knock your socks off, Wolfe will be singing the night away, as well as telling her tale of how she moved from “cow pasture” California to “bright-lights-big-city” New York to conquer Broadway.
Wolfe’s Broadway credits include Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Bullets Over Broadway, 110 In The Shade, Everyday Rapture, The Last Five Years, and she has also performed to sold out crowds at the prestigious Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Opera.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax, Aurora
Sunday, April 28
BACK ON MY FEET 5K
You can be a part of the launch of Back on My Feet in Denver! Back on My Feet is a national organization operating in 12 major cities to combat homelessness through the power of running.
At this special 5K run/walk in Denver, participants will join other community-minded runners who want to help raise awareness and funds to empower individuals in their quest for self-sufficiency. This untimed run is family-friendly and welcomes strollers, trikes, and scooters! It’s not about speed, it’s about moving forward!
Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 N Sheridan Blvd., Denver
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
DÍA DEL NIÑO AT THE DENVER ART MUSEUM
It’s International Children’s Day and the Denver Art Museum is celebrating the youngest members of the community with FREE admission and a day full of arts experiences! There will be plenty of hands-on activities for children of all ages, as well as spectacular performances by groups from all around the world.
The Denver Art Museum is also the drop-off location for the exciting international drawing contest for children ages 6 to 14 years old. The theme of the contest is “This Is My Mexico” and encourages children to capture Mexico’s extraordinary history and traditions.
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Ave., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
YOUNG MUSICIANS IN CONCERT
These talented young musicians play with such passion and proficiency, you won’t believe they aren’t pros already! The Denver Young Artists Orchestra presents their season finale, featuring Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony and the Concerto Competition winner. Bring the entire family for an inspiring evening of music—children and students are FREE!
Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Tickets: $15-$20, Children and Students FREE
Family-friendly activities in the Southshore area!
There’s always something to do near the family-friendly community of Southshore! Enjoy Life at the Lake with plenty of cultural and entertainment activities in the surrounding area! Check out the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Century Communities, and picture yourself in your very own dream house! With ranch and two-story models available, new homes are priced from the $400s.