It may be chilly outside, but the entertainment options are really heating up for the weekend. Aspen is having a big birthday, local runways will be full of fashion, the curtain is going up on new theater offerings – and it’s your last chance to catch Kate Rattlesnake.
Check out our list of free events here, check out the art exhibits and openings here, and keep reading for events around town (and in the mountains) that are definitely worth the price of admission.
Aspen75 Live Show
Saturday March 12
Wheeler Opera, Aspen
In honor of Aspen Snowmass’ 75th anniversary, the resort has partnered with Pop-Up Magazine for a multimedia storytelling event that focuses on the people, places and passion of area ski resorts . And that means stories about the Aspen 24 Hour Ski Race, unsung heroes of the Highland Bowl, bootpacking, drunken dials, yodeling and more. Tickets are $46 plus fees — and that’s just the beginning of the costs of a weekend in Aspen. But this birthday celebration could be priceless. “This is a milestone celebration for Aspen Snowmass’ diamond anniversary, signifying our sense of community that has been filled with historic moments, carving lines and creating possibility over the past 75 years,” said said Kate Wertheimer, director of content at Aspen Skiing Company. Learn more here.
Piazza Italian Restaurant and Sports Bar Pool Tournament
Saturday, March 11, from noon until closing
1770 South Buckley Road, Aurora
Come meet five of the world’s top pros — and you can play with them for $100 an hour at this excellent sports bar and pool hall. VIP seating is available and the pool tournament is a perk; 75% of profits go to the MSAA Foundation. Learn more here.
Until March 13, every day
Wolf Theater, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Cellist Neyla Pekarek was studying at the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 when she came across the story of Rattlesnake Kate, a farmer who killed over 100 rattlesnakes one day in 1925. She became determined to tell the story of Kate Slaughterback – first in song, and now in a new musical that chronicles sixty years in the life of this Colorado legend. Learn more about the show here; tickets cost between $30 and $74 on denvercenter.org.
Phamally, The Spitfire Grill
Until April 3: Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; Monday, March 21 and Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
Parsons Theatre, Northglenn Arts, 1 East Memorial Parkway, Northglenn
Phamaly, Denver’s professional theater company for actors with disabilities, kicks off 2022 onstage with a series of performances by The Spitfire Grill, a musical set in a run-down diner in a small boonie town in Wisconsin. The central character is Percy, a worn woman with a past, who comes to town to work at the Spitfire, where she reinvents herself and the restaurant, bringing smiles and a happy ending. This is the perfect Phamaly fare. Tickets range from $18 to $25; find out more and book seats here.
Colorado Ballet, The Wizard of Oz
Until March 20
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The Colorado Ballet went to see the wizard, bringing back an athletic production from The Wizard of Oz, choreographed by Septime Webre, the artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet, who previously held the same role for the Washington Ballet. The upbeat dance is enhanced with special effects, puppets and an unhooked fly system that will amaze audiences of all ages. Primarily drawn from the story of L. Frank Baum, the show also borrows some iconic bits from the Judy Garland film. Find tickets, from $40 to $160, and information here.
Cultural Fashion Show Series: Mottainai
Saturday March 12, 7 p.m.
McNichols Building, 144 Colfax Avenue
Denver Arts & Venues ventures into the fashion industry with the Cultural Fashion Runway series, designed to showcase local designers and fashion-related vendors. Mottainai, the theme of this event, is a Japanese term for sticking to sustainable practices and eliminating waste; it matches the practice of textile designer Rachael Levine, who uses shibori and special fabric-dyeing techniques to create the art-to-wear ARAE line. Also on the catwalk: vintage kimonos from the Nikkei Treasures collection. And on the sidelines, there is a wabi-sabi market. Tickets range from $6.35 to $44.80 here.
Spring Forward Fashion Show
Sunday March 13, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Skylight, 833 Santa Fe Drive
Spring Forward is a fashion show on a different scale, focusing on a vintage runway and handcrafted goods offered by vendor booths at Skylight in Santa Fe’s arts district. Customers can take selfies in the photo booth during of the evening shopping next to the Strawberry Mountain resale store, while food vendors offer meals in Skylight’s courtyard, and the Boozy Botanist shakes up creative cocktails alongside soft drinks. Live art and DJ spins will keep it all lively. Admission is $85; get tickets and information here.
and some current theatrical events:
Catamounts, Round trip day
Until March 19, Thursday to Sunday; industry evening: Monday, March 14, 8 p.m.
Dairy Arts Centre, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder
The Catamounts, Boulder’s adventurous, food-loving, community-minded theater troupe, are getting comfortable working under one roof these days — not that their work has suffered on outdoor adventures. Come welcome the group to the Laiterie for its last: Round trip day, a homegrown story drawn by director Tresha Farris from a stew of African, Black and South Carolinian Gullah and GeeChee American fairy tales and folklore. Kept in line by director Lisa Young and a well-chosen cast, this is one kind of unforgettable play that will take audiences away from the usual grind, guided by a 101-year-old matriarchal storyteller named Lettice Boyer. Get tickets, $20 to $50, and information from the Dairy’s website.
Curious Theater Company, Refuge
Until April 9, select dates
Curious Theater, 1080 Acoma Street
The Curious Theater Company approaches the border situation in a folkloric way with Refuge, a play by Satya Jnani Chávez and Andrew Rosendorf that tells the bilingual story of a young Honduran immigrant heading north to Texas. The production has a touch of magical realism, traditional music and puppets; Curious commissioned and developed the work, which won the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, with help from transcreator Mari Meza-Burgos, who helped shape the shifting languages of the script to make sense between two cultures. Book tickets, ranging from $20 for previews on March 3 and 4 to $35 to $50 during the regular run, here.
Until March 27, select dates
Savoy Denver, 2700 Arapahoe St.
Curtis Park’s Savoy, now owned by physical theater specialists Meghan Frank and Buba Basishvili of Theater Artibus, remained quiet during the pandemic and then closed for renovations. Now the Savoy’s new upgrades are unveiled with a side of INbox, a funny sci-fi comedy played in silent movie style, right down to the over-the-top movements and framed titles used in the big-screen age. The work is linked to a true story of an unlikely project in Tasmania; to find out more, go see it. Tickets cost between $19 and $48 at Eventbrite.
Do you know of a big event in Colorado? We’ll be updating this list throughout the weekend; send information to [email protected]