Things to Do Near Erie, CO, April 20, 2023 and Beyond!
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Ballet, Comedy and The Sound of Music!

This weekend you can enjoy musicals and plays, classes and performances by comedians, musicians, and more — with various locations in Erie and nearby Boulder, Denver and Longmont. Sing along to The Sound of Music (Doe a Deer!), learn how to tie-dye napkins, or laugh uproariously to the trifecta of comedy at 85 South.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, April 20

Boulder Ballet presents EviDance, a fundraising event that marks the celebration of its 40th season and supports the organization’s ongoing growth. Enjoy wine, cocktails, deliciously curated small plates, suspenseful clues, live and silent auctions, and of course DANCE! You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event.

Festive cocktail attire is encouraged!

Dairy Arts Center, Gordon Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $150
Info: 303-440-7826

Learn a variety of folding, twisting, and binding techniques to tie-dye environmentally friendly cloth napkins. Choose your favorite patterns and make a set of cloth napkins to take home. Grab a drink and get creative with these Thursday Night classes for adults. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase in the Atrium Bar. These classes are designed to guide beginners as well as bring new skills to experienced artists and crafters.  Register online or by calling 303-651-8374.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
7:00 p.m.
General Admission: $40
Info: 303-651-8374

Thursday-Friday, April 20-21

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz. Hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.”

Boulder Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $70
Info: 303-449-6000, ext. 4

Thursday-Saturday, April 20-22

Another fun Vintage Market at The Vintage Haus! The entire house is full of one-of-a-kind Vintage, Retro, Antique and MCM treasures. Bring your friends and spend the afternoon immersed in history.

The Vintage Haus, 719 3rd Ave., Longmont
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

In December 1969, legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk ended his European concert tour with a performance at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Before the show, he was invited to appear on a French television program to perform and answer questions in an intimate setting. Using newly discovered footage from this recording, director Alain Gomis (FÉLICITÉ) reveals the disconnect between Monk and his interviewer, Henri Renaud, whose unwittingly trivializing approach conveys the casual racism and exploitation prevalent in the music industry at large. A fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary with extraordinary rarely-seen performances, REWIND & PLAY offers a unique opportunity to see Monk in a way that very few people did.

Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Thurs., 4:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:00 p.m.; Sat., 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Info: 303-440-7826

Akaash Singh is a nationally touring stand-up comedian, podcaster, and actor. His career took off with many television shows including MTV’s Guy Code and Wild’n Out, Netflix’s Brown Nation, and HBO’s The Leftovers.

After finding success in TV, he pivoted his focus toward growing the now hugely successful podcast Flagrant, co-created with fellow comedian and good friend, Andrew Schulz, along with touring and his stand up career.

Akaash self-produced and directed his first stand up special, Bring Back Apu in February, amassing over a million views in its first week alone. Just one month later, he released The Crowdwork Special, putting him in rarified air of comedians who produced two specials in back to back months. Aside from stand up, look for Akaash as the lead in the Netflix Animated Series Conquest as well as a Hulu series created by Ramy Youssef.

Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat. 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday-Sunday, April 20-23

A Pulitzer Prize. A National Book Award. Eleven Academy Award nominations. Four Golden Globe Nominations. And…Three Tony Awards. Few stories have had the cultural significance and lasting power of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.

Beloved by audiences worldwide, The Color Purple traces one woman’s fraught journey towards freedom and self-love. It begins with 14-year-old Celie Harris, pregnant with her second child and the victim of unspeakable cruelty at the hands of her male family members. As she comes of age, her babies are taken from her, she is married off to an abusive husband, and her sister runs away, leaving Celie gut-wrenchingly alone, spirit broken.

Step by tiny step — and with the help of two courageous Black women — our hero rises up, gains her independence, and rebuilds her life from scratch. The musical adaptation of The Color Purple features awe-inspiring soul, gospel, jazz, and blues vocals underpinned by raw dialogue and a masterful plot. It is a triumphant, uplifting piece of art that reaffirms some fundamental truths. This weekend’s preview performances will be slightly discounted!

Wolf Theater, DCPA Complex, 13th and Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$76

On the night Apollo 15 lands on the moon, a draft dodger steals home from Canada to Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He risks arrest to deliver a message to a young woman from his high school class. This beautifully etched play challenges notions of our own bravery and the true cost of freedom. Join BETC for this bittersweet romance in the heart of America.

Eden Prairie, 1971 is produced at Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other Partner Theaters are Riverside Theatre (IA) and New Jersey Repertory Company (NJ).

Dairy Arts Center, Grace Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25
Info: 303-440-7826

Friday, April 21

For over 30 years, Shakedown Street has been performing the immense catalog of the Grateful Dead. The ever-shifting repertoire draws from homegrown idioms steeped in traditional Americana, folk, blues, jazz, and rock and roll, with a healthy dose of the avant-garde. Dig deeper into the songs, their storylines, and the characters inhabiting them, and you’ll find enduring tales of murder and intrigue, gamblers and thieves, sinners and saints, tales of everyman, mythic and surreal, blue-collar rhapsodies in a kaleidoscopic tapestry awash in color, sound, and light.

Shakedown Street’s own story finds them continuing to play to enthusiastic sold-out audiences, while marching up and down, going around and around their beloved home in the mountains of Colorado. The band happily finds itself in the trusted role of connecting past, present and future Grateful Dead fans with the vital and vibrant energies of improvisational live music. Endlessly fun, exciting, dramatic, uplifting, inspirational. The band and audience in concert. A reset for the soul!

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Starting from $10
Phone: 303-786-7030

Longmont Symphony Orchestra is proud to present a house concert featuring composers who have influenced symphonic music for hundreds of years as well as representing the music of our time and our future.  The concert includes performers and composers that reflect the beauty and diversity of Longmont today – rooted in tradition with an undeniable spirit of adventure and optimism. This event is a fundraiser for fans and patrons of the LSO.

Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 .E Mountain View Ave., Longmont
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $75

Friday-Sunday, April 21-23

 “This is no ordinary stage adaptation! A silly yet delightfully faithful spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 spy thriller.”  – The Denver Post 
Combine a film masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock with a juicy spy novel and add a large splash of Monty Python humor. The result? A fast-paced whodunit with four versatile actors portraying more than 50 roles!

London, 1935. The rather dull Richard Hannay encounters a woman who claims to be a spy. When she is suddenly murdered, Richard finds himself the focus of a nationwide manhunt led by a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps.” This film noir gem is a hilarious comedy full of dazzling, inventive stagecraft and virtuoso performances that will have you rolling in the aisles until the death-defying, climatic finale.

A fresh take on the classic adventure-comedy, The 39 Steps is theatre at its best… an absurd, delightful journey that can only be brought to life on stage.

The Singleton Theatre, DCPA Complex, 
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m., Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$46

Something strange is happening at the Riddle Key Luxury Retirement Living Center and Golf Course. It’s the kind of place where everyone dines before 5 o’clock and goes to bed before sundown. Though death is a regular visitor to the Center, few people are dying of natural causes.

In this hilarious comedy about greed, sex, revenge, and retribution, three denizens of Riddle Key confess their crimes directly to the audience in three interconnected monologues. Not a Whodunit (this we already know), the riddle to be solved is why 

Superbly written by acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, “Murderers” celebrates the spell-binding art of storytelling, where a single actor on the stage can hold an audience completely in their thrall. For three performances only.

Dairy Arts Center, Grace Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Fri., 7:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25
Info: 303-440-7826

To close the season, a grand finale that lives up to its name. Accompanied by a live performance from the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this monumental compilation showcases our art form in top form. Featured works include Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Jirí Kylián’s Sinfonietta choreographed to the stunning score of Leoš Janácek, and Bruch Vioiln Concerto No. 1 choreographed by Clark Tippet to music by Max Bruch. This dynamic, one-of-a-kind presentation is our love letter to ballet that will leave you longing for next fall.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$125

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

Anastasia features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) based on original direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak with choreography by Peggy Hickey and tour direction by Sarah Hartmann.

Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver 
Fri.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$110
INFO: 720-865-4220

Next Week: Thursday, April 27

Take inspiration from spring flowers in bloom to make whimsical crepe-paper flowers to decorate your home this season and year round. Grab a drink and get creative with these Thursday Night classes for adults. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase in the Atrium Bar. These classes are designed to guide beginners as well as bring new skills to experienced artists and crafters. Register online or by calling 303-651-8374.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
7:00 p.m.
General Admission: $40
Info: 303-651-8374

Thursday-Saturday, April 27-29

During his day job as a Spanish criminal interpreter in a small town in California, filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes (499) met a young man named Sansón, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was sentenced to life in prison without parole. With no permission to interview him, Sansón and Reyes worked together over a decade, using hundreds of letters as inspiration for recreations of Sansón’s childhood—featuring members of Sansón’s own family. The result is a vibrant portrait of a friendship navigating immigration and the depths of the criminal justice system and pushing the boundaries of cinematic imagination to rescue a young migrant’s story from oblivion.

Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Thurs., 7:00 p.m.; Fri., 6:30 p.m.; Sat., 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Info: 303-440-7826

Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30

Based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers, this Broadway classic is a tale of courage and love. The winner of several Tony awards, including Best Musical, The Sound of Music, was the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Having proven too high-spirited for the religious life, Maria is sent to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Though she has an awkward start, she gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry.  Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.

The pivotal role of Franz in “The Sound Of Music” is going to be played by seven BDT alums, as they each say goodbye to BDT.  Here are the actors playing Franz, and the dates they will be performing on the BDT Stage.

Boulder Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO
Sat., 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75
Info: 303-449-6000, ext. 4

Sunday, April 30

A family-run funeral home in Queens comes under threat from an incoming snowstorm, forcing twin sisters Cris and Dani, their father and a guest to come face to face with what’s been haunting them, along with several other quirky undead. This reading is followed by a post-show discussion.

Dairy Arts Center, Grace Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Info: 303-440-7826

The comedy Trifecta – Chico Bean is a master of improv who can turn any situation into comedy gold. Whether he’s riffing on his own life experiences or engaging in a rap battle with fellow comedians, Chico Bean always delivers the laughs. With his infectious personality and razor-sharp wit, he’s one of the most dynamic performers in the game.

With his smooth southern drawl and laid-back charm, Karlous Miller is a true storyteller who effortlessly weaves humor into his tales of growing up in the South. He’s a seasoned comedian who’s honed his craft on shows like “Wild ‘N Out,” where he’s become known for his hilarious roasting skills and impeccable timing. He’s also a gifted actor who brings authenticity and depth to his roles, whether on stage or on screen.

DC Young Fly is a multi-talented artist who seamlessly blends comedy, music, and acting into his performances. With his infectious energy and undeniable charisma, he’s become a viral sensation and a favorite on MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out.” He’s also known for his uncanny ability to impersonate celebrities, and his clever and quick-witted humor always keeps audiences on their toes.

Bellco Theatre, 1100 Stout St., Denver
Doors Open 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $65

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