Things to Do Near Erie, CO, This Weekend, May 4, 2023 and Beyond!
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Les Mis, Boxing, Black Holes and Magic!

This weekend you can enjoy live sports, magic shows, musicals, plays, concerts and comedy with various locations in Erie and nearby Boulder, Denver, Lafayette and Longmont.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, May 4

The American Music Research Center presents A Night of Silent Film! CU Boulder College of Music students accompany silent films using scores created with music from the AMRC Grauman’s Theatres Scores Collection. Featuring “Gertie the Dinosaur” (1914), “Get Out and Get Under” (1920) and “Filibus: The Mysterious Air Pirate” (1915).

From orchestras, bands and choirs to jazz, world music and opera to world-class faculty and guest performances, the CU Boulder College of Music brings hundreds of stunning performances to Boulder audiences throughout the academic year.

CHAMBER HALL, 1020 18th St., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Thursday-Saturday, May 4-6

Ali Siddiq is stand-up comedian, public speaker, and writer out of Houston. Ali’s unique style of stand-up began behind the walls of incarceration, an incubator for interesting experiences and good stories.

People received their first taste of Ali Siddiq when he appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Live from Gotham, and he was named Comedy Central’s “#1 Comic to Watch.” Ali impressed comedy enthusiasts by displaying his ability to captivate an audience with his Mexicans Got On Boots tale, a descriptive storytelling, with over 15 million views, of a prison riot on This is Not Happening, the first of three appearances. His stories continued with his half hour special, which premiered on Comedy Central. Immediately following the premier of that special, Comedy Central offered Ali an hour-special where he performed for inmates live in a Texas jail, sending Ali back to where it all started. The hour special, Ali Siddiq: It’s Bigger Than These Bars, premiered on Comedy Central. Ali could be seen as a Top 5 finalist on NBC’s Bringing the Funny.

Most recently, Ali could be seen as a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience.

Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat. 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $26-$31
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7

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 7 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
Thurs.-Sat., 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75
Info: 303-449-6000, ext. 4

“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, 
Thurs.-Sat., 7:00 p.m., Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$46

At the end of Shakespeare’s play Love’s Labour’s Lost, four pairs of lovers are separated by the news of the King of France’s death. The Princess of France and her ladies return home; the King of Navarre and his friends vow to be faithful for a year.
If Shakespeare ever wrote the sequel, it hasn’t survived the ravages of time. But The Upstart Crow is happy to announce the next best thing: the world premiere of Katherine Dubois’s play Love’s Labor’s Won, which takes up the action after that year has passed. There’s no attempt to copy Shakespeare’s style (except for the bad puns), but most of the characters are back.

The Princess and her ladies are returning to Navarre. Is everyone still in love? It couldn’t be that easy, could it? In the meantime, the curate and schoolmaster have discovered an old manuscript. They’re convinced it’s Sophocles’ lost tragedy Amphitryon. Complications include an escaped bear, a tumble into the moat, a mis-delivered letter, broken engagements, plenty of misunderstandings, and the least funny riddle in the universe.

Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $24-$29
Box Office: 303-444-7328

Friday, May 5

Narrated by Liam Neeson, black holes are among the most mysterious and exotic objects in the Universe. These dark beasts are one of a few phenomena out in the cosmos where the known laws of physics and general relativity break down. Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity explores the power and grace of these cosmic beasts. CU’s own Dr. Andrew Hamilton was the science advisor for the program. 

“Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity is for me the culmination of a dream many years in the making,” said Hamilton. “The show marries science and art in a new way that compromises neither. In particular, the show breaks new ground in visualizing accurately what Einstein’s equations predict about what really happens inside black holes. What actually happens looks nothing like, but is at least as fantastic as, any Hollywood rendering.”

Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr., Boulder
7:00; 8:30 & 10:00 p.m.
Admission: $8-$12

Chapel Hart has found a way to gift wrap their Mississippi roots and Louisiana spice and share it with listeners around the world. Sisters Danica and Devynn Hart along with cousin Trea Swindle went from singing together as children in Hart’s Chapel, to a world class group whose colorful and contagious energy has flourished into a full live band experience that fills venues at home and around the country. From tender yet powerful ballads, to pulsing hard-hitting music that will have you pumping your fist in unison, the cohesiveness of this group has not gone unnoticed as they have garnered thousands of fans from all over the world.

In 2021 Chapel Hart was inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country, the institution that has been known to help up and coming female country artists such as Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley McBride, and Gabby Barrett. This Mississippi trio won the “International Group of the Year” as well as “International Song of the Year” for the single “You Can Have Him Jolene” in Scotland. They were also nominated in multiple categories by the British CMAs including “Group of the Year” and “Album of the Year” for their sophomore release “The Girls Are Back In Town”.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$45
Phone: 303-786-7030

Friday-Saturday, May 5-6

Kyle Littleton is an Atlanta-based magician, who’s known for his absurd and comedic style and is regarded as one of the most creative magicians of his generation. Genii Magazine, the world’s largest magic periodical, has featured him on numerous occasions for tricks he has developed reflecting his unique approach to magic. Littleton also performs and lectures across the globe for his contemporaries.

Kyle has recently appeared on Penn and Teller’s hit TV show, “Fool Us,” and performed at the world-famous, Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. Come to the Dairy Arts Center for this very special FAMILY FRIENDLY event. Tickets are very limited and expected to sell out, so book now!

Dairy Arts Center, Grace Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Fri., 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $15-$20
Info: 303-440-7826

Friday-Sunday, May 5-7

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

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19 (show only) to $50 (with dinner)

Saturday, May 6

Get out your party dress and your big hat and join the denizens of Boulder for the annual Kentucky Derby Celebration at the St Julien. Live entertainment provided by The Maydays will start at 1:00 p.m. while you enjoy Mint Juleps, a special Derby menu, the much-anticipated Derby hat competition, and other happenings and prizes. 

Sponsors include Woodford Reserve, Sonoma Cutrer and John Allen Woodward Hats. Silent Auction to benefit Medicine Horse Program. Limited VIP tickets include Kentucky Derby themed buffet, open bar with special selections, reserved seating and private viewing area. There will be no ticket required or charge for general admission.

St. Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St., Boulder
1:00-5:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the chance to celebrate the final concert of the season of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra as they perform soul-thrilling scores from some of your favorite films. Whether you love action, thriller, mystery, romance or fantasy – be prepared to immerse yourself in blockbuster music as the LSO takes you to the movies!

Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 .E Mountain View Ave., Longmont
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $6-$29

With fire seasons growing more destructive and more deadly, we see that our approach to reducing wildfire risk is failing. The way we respond to this risk will have long-term effects on our communities and our forests.

Join the Chatauqua community for the Boulder Colorado premiere of ELEMENTAL, a film that invites you to reimagine your relationship with wildfire through the eyes of top scientists and indigenous fire managers who are leading the way toward living with this essential element. Stay after the movie for a discussion and Q&A session with the fire experts including University of Colorado’s own Dr. Tania Schoennagel, who appears in the film.

Chatauqua Community House, 301 Morning Glory Dr., Boulder
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13

Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7

Before Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, there was Ruth Brown—the legendary rhythm and blues singer best known for her hits “Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” “Teardrops from My Eyes” and “5-10-15 Hours.” Her powerhouse voice and sassy squeal brought such worldwide success to Atlantic Records in the 1950’s, it was deemed “the house that Ruth built!”

This intimate cabaret experience explores the life and times of R&B legend Ruth Brown through story and song, accompanied by a five-piece jazz band. Created by and featuring Sheryl McCallum (Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway; Xanadu, Oklahoma, and The Wild Party at the Denver Center) and featuring David Nehls (The Great American Trailer Park Musical, composer/lyricist; Xanadu and The Other Josh Cohen at the Denver Center). Ruth Brown is a pioneer in the development of rock, blues and jazz, a Tony and Grammy award-winner and an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A true original who showed grace and strength with a great sense of humor, Ruth Brown took the stage with as much talent as she did warmth. Here’s to Ruth!

Garner Galleria Theater, DCPA Complex, 14th and Curtis St., Denver

Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20-$42

Sunday, May 7

Unite to Fight: Watch community heroes step into the boxing ring, all to raise funds for their favorite charities. Get your tickets for Boulder’s one and only annual, amateur charity boxing event!

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$55
Phone: 303-786-7030

Babe Rainbow are a stoner pop band from Australia noted for their boogie psychedelia and throwback surf cult imagery. Initially rooted in 60’s psych and 70’s French surf pop the Babe’s musical style has evolved through their career exploring elements of woodland bop and disco, dub and more recently dance and international groove, yet has maintained an Aquarian quality built of Dowling’s spacemen singing style and Cool Breeze’s chiming effects-based guitar sounds. In 2017 they released their debut album produced by Stu Mackenzie and smacked out support tours with King Gizzard, Allah Las, Tomorrows Tulips, and French synth wave band La Femme internationally.

The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
9:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $22

Next Week: Wednesday-Sunday, May 10-14

Cameron Mackintosh presents the acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables.

This brilliant staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed as “Les Mis for the 21st Century” (Huffington Post), “a reborn dream of a production” (Daily Telegraph) and “one of the greatest musicals ever created” (Chicago Tribune).

Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. This epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

The magnificent score of Les Misérables includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Master of the House” and many more. Seen by over 130 million people worldwide in 53 countries and 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver 
Wed.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs./Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$150
INFO: 720-865-4220

Thursday, May 11

For nearly a decade, Oregon-bred indie-pop trio Joseph have performed a certain emotional alchemy with their music, channeling their deepest inner tensions into songs that spark a life-changing shift in perspective. In the making of their fourth studio album The Sun, Natalie Closner and her sisters, twins Meegan Closner and Allison Closner focused their soul-searching songwriting on the quietly damaging forces that keep us from living fully in our truth (e.g., gaslighting, cultural conditioning, unconscious yet painfully limiting self-beliefs). Rooted in a newly emboldened sound that lets their breathtaking three-part harmonies shine more brightly than ever, the result is a body of work that radically expands our sense of possibility, ultimately illuminating a path toward greater peace and self-reliance even in the most chaotic of times.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$45
Phone: 303-786-7030

Friday-Sunday, May 12-14

What happens when your wishes come true? Is “happily ever after” really so happy? In Into the Woods, fairy-tale characters Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame!) and others must wrestle with these questions as they journey through the forest of our imagination. In the Junior version, the script and score of this Broadway classic have been adapted to make the show more accessible to teen performers.

The Arts HUB Showstoppers creates theatre by children for children. This program is an intensive, semester-long, educational workshop for performers ages 11-16. Students have the rare opportunity to work with theater professionals, who direct, choreograph, and design the show. We hope The Arts HUB Showstoppers will inspire children in our community to engage with the arts.

The Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12

Something’s Afoot is a zany, musical spoof that takes a satirical jab at the Agatha Christie “whodunit?” murder mysteries and musical styles of the English music hall of the ‘30s. Ten people are stranded in an isolated English country estate during a raging thunderstorm. One by one they are killed in mysterious (and hilarious) ways as they try to discover the murderer’s identity. The situation is complicated by rising floodwaters, power failures and suspicious behaviors carefully noted by Miss Tweed, an elderly amateur detective.

Longmont Performing Arts Center, 513 Main St., Longmont
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $32-35

Life in Northern Colorado

Not far from the master-planned community of Colliers Hill, whether five minutes away in Erie, or 20 minutes away in Boulder, there’s lots to do every week and weekend. If you don’t live here yet, check out the stunning model homes from KB Home (quick move-ins!), Richmond American Homes – and Boulder Creek. Priced from the $600s, this fast-growing new home community in Northern Colorado has lots of exciting amenities to offer new home buyers, too!