Things to Do Near Colliers Hill, September 7 and Beyond!
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Eric Clapton, The Jonas Brothers and Caitlyn Smith!

Art and Sip is back! And so are Eric Clapton, Caithlyn Smith and the Jonas Brothers! This weekend and next you can enjoy concerts, musicals and plays, classes and performances — with various locations in Erie and nearby Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette and Longmont.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, September 7 

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. This season the classes are highlighting natural materials inspired by our “agriCULTURE” exhibit. Natural fibers like cotton are primarily used in the vintage-revival crafting style of macramé. Learn a few basic knots to create a macramé wristlet keychain and give you the foundation for larger macramé projects. Register online or by calling 303-651-8374.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
6:30 p.m.
Cost: $40
Info: 303-651-8374

Based upon John Steinbeck’s epic novel, “The Grapes of Wrath” is the story of an Oklahoma family who, driven off their farm by the poverty and hopelessness of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, join the westward migration to California. Directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda.

Longmont Museum, Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
7:00 p.m.
Cost: $5-$10
Info: 303-651-8374

Last year, Monument Records’ powerhouse vocalist Caitlyn Smith released High, which Forbes called “captivating” and the Tennessean stated, “showcases an artist finally in control of her life and career.” It was the first half of a record that the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter self-produced. Now Smith is poised to release the complete project, adding six new songs to make her full record, High & Low. For Smith, the making of High & Low represented a metamorphosis. Looking back, the award-winning songwriter, who has graced the pages of both TIME Magazine and The New York Times and been named to Rolling Stone’s 10 country artists to know and Paste ’s 10 country artists to watch, learned to peel back the curtain, embracing all aspects of her life, including the “lows” she once held so close to vest.

While writing, producing, and recording her latest album, the Pollstar “Hotstar” has also spent the last few years on the road opening for George Strait, Reba, Little Big Town and Old Dominion which led to her debut on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” after Clarkson saw Smith’s opening “Strait to Vegas” set, taking to Twitter to share praise for the performance. She has also performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The TODAY Show, and CBS This Morning. Last year, Smith headlined her High & Low Tour, as well as headed overseas to perform as part of C2C in London. Stay tuned here and on social media for the latest news and tour dates for Smith.

Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$18

In the middle of a whirlwind of loss, heartbreak, and chaos, Noah Cyrus grabbed the reins, took control of her life, and told her story like never before. The GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Nashville-born and Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter uncovered the kind of strength you only find within. She lived every song, and the embers of her experiences burn bright over a soundtrack steeped in pop spirit, folk eloquence, and country soul. Noah has stepped into herself on her 2022 full-length debut album, The Hardest Part [RECORDS / Columbia Records].

Emerging in 2016 at the age of 16, she immediately captivated audiences with platinum singles “Make Me (Cry)” [feat. Labrinth] and “Again” [feat. XXXTENTACION].  2020’s The End of Everything EP yielded the triple-platinum “July” and gold “Lonely.” In between earning a GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of “Best New Artist,” she teamed up with PJ Harding for the People Don’t Change EP in 2021.  NME rated the project “4-out-of-5 stars” and predicted, “it’s not hard to imagine her becoming a household name in her own right.” Along the way, she performed at Coachella twice, while Billboard named her among its “21 Under 21” for three straight years. She also shined on The Late Late Show with James CordenThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, and The Today Show.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6-$10
Phone: 303-786-7030

Thursday-Sunday, September 7-10

He earned his stripes on Broadway… now the ghost-with-the-most is coming to Denver. It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set, and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, BEETLEJUICE is “SCREAMINGLY GOOD FUN!” (Variety). And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love, and making the most of every Day-O!

Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver 
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $60-$135
INFO: 720-865-4220

A Little Night Music HeroWinner of seven Tony Awards, A Little Night Music has inspired decades of theatre-lovers with its masterful music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (CompanyWest Side Story), an unforgettable book by Hugh Wheeler (CandideSweeney Todd), and its iconic number, “Send in the Clowns.”

Love makes fools of us all. Lean into the comedy of it with A Little Night Music, which traces the plotting, flirting, and foibles of three affluent couples in circa-1900 Sweden. In the perpetual twilight of the Nordic summer, lovers waltz in and out of each other’s lives and arms during a weekend romp in the country.

Join the DCPA Theatre Company for a lighthearted, airy production of one of Sondheim’s most beloved musicals!

Marvin & Judi Wolf Theatre, DCPA Complex, 14th and Curtis St., Denver
Thurs.-Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$42

Ruth Brown SSBefore 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

Friday, September 8

Enjoy an afternoon of live music in our Stewart Auditorium this fall featuring an eclectic array of musical acts from up and down the Front Range with this monthly series. Come early to explore the “agriCULTURE: Art Inspired by the Land” exhibit, which is free for members.

Barbelfish specializes in the traditional music of Bulgaria and Macedonia, featuring vocal harmonies alongside a host of instruments including cello, gadulka, bouzouki, tambura, mandolin, guitar, clarinet and kaval. Barbelfish performs lively Balkan dance music along with the hauntingly beautiful songs from this ancient musical tradition.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
6:30 p.m.
Cost: $8-$12
Info: 303-651-8374

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Planet Bloop is taking the Boulder rave scene by storm this year. After her debut in March, Planet Bloop’s deep sound and contagious energy has led to shows across the metro area, her most recent at Meow Wolf’s Convergence Station in Denver for Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage Takeover. Inspired by LSDREAM, DAGGZ, and Zingara, Planet Bloop’s passion for music goes beyond the auditory senses. In her sets, you’ll find sprinkled elements of spirituality woven into heavy bass. Having played her first show earlier this year, Planet Bloop is a natural on the decks, ready to take on the world.

The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15- $18

Friday-Saturday, September 8-9

The madcap comedy, Moon Over Buffalo, centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in an old run-down theatre in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. They get word a famous director is coming to see the show and this could be their last chance for stardom. A hilarious comedy of what could go wrong, goes wrong.

Down on their luck doesn’t begin to describe it. This fast-paced, hilarious screwball comedy in the old tradition is a throwback farce, a valentine to the stage, filled with the larger-than-life personalities that inhabit the world of the theatre.

Longmont Theatre, 513 Main St., Longmont
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $32-$33

Friday-Sunday, September 8-10

Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, continues to thrill audiences worldwide.

Join us at The Unitiive Theatre for our all ages production of The Wizard of Oz! The Unitiive Theatre is a unique, intimate, community theatre in Longmont.

Unitiive Theatre, 800 S. Hover Rd., Ste. 30, Longmont
Fri., 7:00 p.m., Sat., 2:00 & 6:00 p.m., Sun., 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$28

The story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. Tickets are priced according to patrons choosing performance-only patrons or those choosing to arrive for dinner.

JESTERS Dinner Theater, 224 Main St., Longmont
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19-$50

Saturday, September 9

Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave” is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa).

Since their discovery HCTM has been direct support for P-Funk, Al Green, Mavis Staples, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Cheap Trick; rocked Super Bowl Village; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; played massive festivals like Summer Camp, Common Ground, Voodoo Fest, Musikfest, Suwannee Hulaween, and Riverbend; and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America. Maybe that’s why the ladies (and some dudes) can’t stop losing their minds over these mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$30
Phone: 303-786-7030

Here to put the “Try” in Country Wielding an ethereal croon and masterful whistle crafted from a lifetime chasing lizards through the Ozark hills, Nick Shoulders is a living link to roots of country music with a penchant for the absurd Combining his family’s deep ties to regional traditional singing with his years of playing to crowded street corners, Nick has sought to forge a hybridized form of raucously clever country music; born of forgotten rocky hollers and bred to confront the tensions of the 21st century South. As evidenced by his surreal album art and anachronistic songwriting, Nick’s creative output is steeped in the complicated history of his beloved home of rural Arkansas, but crafted as a conscious rebuke of country music’s blind allegiance to historical seats of power and repression. With a kind word and a mean yodel, Nick hopes to put the ‘Try’ in country.

Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25

Saturday-Sunday, September 9-10

This heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family is set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman (played by BDT legend Wayne Kennedy), and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. The original production won 10 Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. To love! To life! 

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

Colorado Chautauqua and KGNU are proud to present the third annual free and bilingual Festival Del Sol on Sunday, September 17th! Enjoy guided hikes, salsa dance classes, live music, traditional dance and children’s entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden, family activities and games at the Chautauqua Auditorium and surrounding gardens. Kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the vibrancy of Latino culture in the stunning surroundings of Chautauqua!

Chautauqua Auditorium, 198 Morning Glory Dr., Boulder
12:00-5:00 p.m.
Info: 303-440-7666

Next Week: Wednesday, September 13

Mama’s Broke is a powerful duo that deliver a compelling performance with heart and raw energy. Although highly influenced by their Canadian roots, Lisa and Amy are based out of nowhere and everywhere.
Their two strong voices blend to create haunting harmonies, while they artfully juggle fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin, and incorporate traditional dance and foot percussion into their performance. Their original -and often dark- compositions push the boundaries of tradition and the constraints of genre. Drawing from old-time, Quebecois, blues, punk, celtic, balkan and doom metal, they create a soundscape that is both familiar and new.

Opening the show will be Danny Shafer, a mainstay of the Colorado Music Scene and itinerant singer/songwriter.

Dairy Arts Center, Grace Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Fri., 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $12-$19
Info: 303-440-7826

Thursday, September 14

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. This season the classes are highlighting natural materials inspired by our “agriCULTURE” exhibit. Bring the beauty of our local landscape to life in this watercolor class. We will explore introductory perspective techniques as we take inspiration from the local farms, foothills and nature around us.

Register online or by calling 303-651-8374.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
6:30 p.m.
Cost: $40
Info: 303-651-8374

Join the Longmont Museum for a special evening dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the 2013 flood. Motus Playback Improv Theater will be our guides as we navigate the tragedy, resilience and occasionally even humor that accompanied the flood through movement, music and storytelling. Come and share a short reflection about your experience of the flood, and then watch professional playback actors enact your story on the spot.

Longmont Museum, Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
7:00 p.m.
Cost: $8-$12
Info: 303-651-8374

A bright, buoyant band who savvily blend classic pop with fashionable dance flair, the Jonas Brothers are the rare teen idols who not only sustained their popularity as they matured, they built upon it: Happiness Begins, their R&B-influenced 2019 comeback record, matched the peaks they had a decade prior. During those early years, the Jonas Brothers played neo-bubblegum with a fizzy Y2K verve that made them Radio Disney staples during its heyday. Following their impressive run on the Billboard charts in the late 2000s, one where they scored the Top Ten hits “Burnin’ Up” and “Tonight,” the trio went on hiatus to pursue their various interests. After nearly a decade apart, the Jonas Brothers reunited in 2019 with the documentary Chasing Happiness and their fifth studio effort, Happiness Begins, a number one album that kickstarted a comeback continued with the 2023 release of The Album.

Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $49

Thursday-Sunday, September 14-17

shakespeareAlienated. Exiled. Betrayed. Left to float in the vast ocean with only his daughter, a single father crafts his vengeance. Enthralling. Awakening. Empowered. A girl living between cruel nature and an enchanted realm discovers what lies beyond her borders.

Usurped. Orphaned. Subjugated. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, a son conspires to destroy his personal tyrant.Compassionate. Terrifying. Humane. A force of nature longs for independence and is determined to do whatever it takes to be free.

The Tempest transports outsiders to a trap on a mystical island where nothing is absolutely as it seems, but the real tempest brews inside each character’s heart during The Upstart Crow’s rendition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Admission: $12-$19
Info: 303-440-7826

Friday, September 15

Enjoy an afternoon of live music in the Stewart Auditorium this fall featuring an eclectic array of musical acts from up and down the Front Range with this monthly series. Come early to explore the “agriCULTURE: Art Inspired by the Land” exhibit, which is free for members.

Baritone Stephen Lancaster engages audiences through a diverse repertoire of vocal music. Winner of the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition and The American Prize in art song and oratorio, he has been featured as a soloist in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall, and Centro Cultural de Belém. “A fine storyteller” (American Record Guide),

Longmont Museum, Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $8-$12
Info: 303-651-8374

Saturday, September 16

By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world’s major rock stars due to his group affiliations — the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith — all of which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. The fact that it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for someone of his stature. And his debut album, though it spawned the Top 40 hit “After Midnight,” was typical of his self-effacing approach: it was, in effect, an album by the group he had lately been featured in, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.

Clapton was largely inactive in 1971 and 1972, due to heroin addiction, but he performed a comeback concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London on January 13, 1973, resulting in the album Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert (September 1973). He did not launch a sustained solo career until July 1974, though, when he released 461 Ocean Boulevard, which topped the charts and spawned the number one single “I Shot the Sheriff.”

On March 20, 1991, Clapton’s four-year-old son was killed in a fall. While he mourned, he released a live album, 24 Nights (October 1991), culled from his annual concert series at Royal Albert Hall in London, and prepared a movie soundtrack, Rush (January 1992). The soundtrack featured a song written for his son, “Tears in Heaven,” that became a massive hit single.

The persona Clapton established over the next decade was less that of guitar hero than arena rock star with a weakness for ballads. In March 1992, Clapton recorded a concert for MTV Unplugged that, when released as an album in August, became his biggest-selling record ever. Two years later, he returned with a blues album, From the Cradle, which became one of his most successful releases, both commercially and critically.

Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $70

Life in Erie, Colorado

Isn’t it time you discovered one of the fastest growing master-planned communities of in Northern Colorado? Colliers Hill has so many exciting amenities to offer new home buyers! And for things to do — whether five minutes away in Erie, or 20 minutes away in Boulder, there are happenings each and every weekend. If you don’t live here yet, check out the stunning model homes from Richmond American Homes and Boulder Creek. Priced from the $600s.