Things to Do Near Colliers Hill, October 19 and Beyond!
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Fall Festivals, Paula Poundstone, and Pink!

This weekend you can enjoy outdoor festivals, indoor hauntings plus theater, comedy by Paula Poundstone and concerts like Pink, with various locations not far from Colliers Hill in Erie and nearby Boulder, Denver, Lafayette and Longmont.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, October 19 

Grab a drink and come get creative with these Thursday Night classes for adults at the Longmont Museum. 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 art and sip classes will be highlighting natural materials inspired by our “agriCULTURE” exhibit. Instructor Julie Benoit will lead the students blending art and nature in this tie-dye class as she uses naturally-occurring dyes to tie-dye a cotton tote bag.

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

This charming, song-infused retelling of Little Red Riding Hood finds Little Red at the center of new adventures and new ways of seeing familiar characters. With a wandering wolf, a gardening grandma, singing forest creatures, and characters from other tales joining in, Little Red discovers her own power as a vital doer in her community. Joyous, inspiring, and filled with laughs, the musical captures the warmth of Little Red and her family of smart, engaged females while also welcoming a new friendship between Red and Wolf.

Head back to the forest for this limited return engagement or bring your children to their very first theatre experience and spark a lifetime of wonder! Tailored for Pre-K through 3rd Grade audiences but welcomes all ages.

Randy Weeks Conservatory Theater, 1101 13th St., Denver
Thurs., 12:00 p.m.; Fri., 10:00 a.m.; Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$30

Thursday-Sunday, October 19-22

Her voice was undeniable. Her determination was unstoppable. Her triumph was unlike any other. An uplifting comeback story like no other, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll. Set to the pulse-pounding soundtrack of her most beloved hits, this electrifying sensation will send you soaring to the rafters.

One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 12 Grammy Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history.

Featuring her much loved songs, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd.

Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver 
Thurs./Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.; Thurs.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$120
INFO: 720-865-4220

Cut off from the outside world by its remote location and shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent except for the daily visits of its grumbling caretaker, Mrs. Dudley. Its isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomena who has been granted a short lease by the present owner. His mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and to come to grips with the occult forces that have made it uninhabitable for many years. He is joined by three others, all unacquainted, but all having their particular reasons for accepting Dr. Montague’s invitation to share his Hill House sojourn. This student production is faithful to the original and entertaining as always – especially this time of year!

Jester’s Dinner Theater, 224 Main St., Longmont
Thurs., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $15

“You’ve been given a great gift, George, a chance to see what the world would be like without you.”

The timeless Christmas movie classic, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is ready for the stage and just in time for… Halloween?! That’s right! See the first 2023 Colorado production of this beautiful, classic holiday story set in a New York 1940s radio station decked out with Christmas trees and – jack o’ lanterns! Five talented actors portraying over 45 characters you know and love in just 99 minutes. You will be in the radio station interacting with our actors as they tell the story. George and Mary, Uncle Billy, Bert & Ernie, Clarence the Angel, Sam Wainwright, Violet, Mr. Potter (boo!), Harry Bailey and, of course, little Zuzu will all be there to bring back memories – or let you experience the magic of this enduring enchanting tale for your very first time!

Thursdays 10/26 and 11/2 are Name-Your-Price-Nights. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. *NO reservations and NO ticket needed* – just show up at the Carsen Theater for the show. Donations of any amount are accepted in lieu of purchasing a ticket. 

Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $24-$28 
Info: 303-440-7826

Friday, October 20

Phoebe Robinson is a standup comedian, best-selling author, producer, actress, and publisher. She is the author of the essay collections “You Can’t Touch My Hair,” “Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay,” and “Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes,” and, in 2020, she launched her own imprint, Tiny Reparations Books. Robinson is also the co-creator and co-star of the podcast “2 Dope Queens” and HBO series of the same name. Other onscreen work includes the TV adaptation of “Everything’s Trash” and the standup special “Sorry, Harriet Tubman,” both of which are produced by her company, Tiny Reparations. She most recently received the Variety’s Comedy Innovator Award for her work and continued contribution in comedy.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$55
Phone: 303-786-7030

Multi-platinum band Shinedown Brent Smith [vocals], Zach Myers [guitar], Eric Bass [bass, production], and Barry Kerch [drums] – have cemented their status as one of the most vital and forward-thinking powerhouses in modern rock. Their most ambitious and masterfully realized work to date, their seventh studio album Planet Zero firmly places the group in the pantheon of artists capable of moving the culture forward on the strength of their singular vision, uncompromising honesty, and fierce commitment to constant evolution. The record-breaking band have achieved astronomical success while embodying the kind of creative dynamism that defies expectation and transcends boundaries. They were named #1 on Billboard’s Greatest Of All Time Mainstream Rock Artists Chart, after notching the most ever #1s in the 40-year history of the Mainstream Rock Songs Chart with a string of consecutive #1 hit singles.

Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
6:40 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $25

Friday-Sunday, October 20-22

This is the last weekend you’ll be able to see 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 may be purchase with dinner or for the show only.

Jester’s Dinner Theater, 224 Main St., Longmont
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $19

So, you think you know the story of Peter Pan? Think again! Join us for this thrilling origin story, in which you learn how Peter and his Lost Boys came to Neverland. It’s Victorian England, and a ship full of orphan boys is being sent away to a mysterious island. No one knows where they are going… or what’s in the trunk the captain keeps stashed in his cabin. And meanwhile, who is the young girl on board who calls herself a Starcatcher? When the ship is infiltrated by pirates, led by the fearsome Captain Stash and his henchman Smee, the boys and Molly the Starcatcher have to save the treasure from their dastardly clutches! Based on the popular novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this adventurous romp of a play will delight all those who refuse to grow up! This production is rated PG.

The Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette
Fri. /Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $17-$30
Info: 303-229-1127

Saturday, October 21

Just 10 miles north and east of Colliers Hill in Erie is annual Halloween event for the Town of Frederick. Discover the tiniest frights you’ll find on the Front Range at this family-friendly event which will be a safe place for kids and families. Trick-or-treat at tiny abodes in Crist Park, and explore the haunted inflatable corn maze,  plus, participate in our Big Beast Bazaar pet costume contest for great prizes. Take a tour of the world’s tiniest haunted house in the town’s Miners Museum, nosh at the Edge Gourmet Street Kitchen, and shop local vendors. And if everybody in the family is costumed, get your photo taken by Little White Photo Studio which is offering free pics!  Head over to their downtown Frederick studio at 234 Fifth Street from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday, October 21. Please contact Little White Photo Studio with any questions about this great

Crist Park, 105 Fifth St., Frederick
3:00-7:00 p.m.

Iconic comedian Paula Poundstone is known for her smart, observational humor and legendary spontaneous wit. Paula is the star of several HBO specials, including Cats, Cops and Stuff, and Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard. Paula is a regular panelist on NPR’s comedy news quiz, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! She is heard weekly on her successful comedy podcast. Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone.

Also, an author, Paula’s second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness (Algonquin), was one of eight semi-finalists for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. The audiobook was one of five finalists in all genres for the Audio Book of the Year AUDIE award.

Paula was the first female comic in its then 73rd year to perform standup at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Her HBO special, Cats, Cops and Stuff, marked the first time a female comedian won Best Comedy Special in the then 5th year of the Cable Ace Awards. Paula’s awards and accolades make a long list, and she is included in innumerable documentaries and literary compendiums noting influential comedians of our time.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$50
Phone: 303-786-7030

Hailing from the vibrant music scene of Denver, Colorado, Steely Dead is a national touring band that has satisfied the curiosity of music lovers with their unique blend of Grateful Dead and Steely Dan. Comprised of four exceptionally talented musicians – Dave Abear on guitar, Matt Abear on bass, Chris Sheldon on drums, and Dylan Teifer on keys – Steely Dead has gained a dedicated following with their electrifying performances and soulful interpretations of classic tunes.

Steely Dead’s repertoire is a carefully crafted fusion of Grateful Dead and Steely Dan songs, between the arrangement and precision studio recordings of rock legends Steely Dan, cross-pollinated with the Grateful Dead’s free-flowing, melodic improvisation and masterful song segues. Steely Dead merges these major concepts together infusing the influence into each band, all the while creating an original jam element with the song segues. Steely Dead’s performances are a musical journey that takes audiences on a nostalgic trip through the golden era of rock and roll.

Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Admission: $10

Sunday, October 22

Recorded over the course of a 4,000-mile cross-country roadtrip, Taylor Ashton’s gorgeous new album, Stranger to The Feeling, is a sonic odyssey through the heart of America, one that works its way chronologically and geographically from coast to coast as it meditates on the meaning of closeness and connection. 

Ashton’s deft guitar and banjo work and rich, easygoing melodicism, always invite a broad range of collaborators with arrangements often serving as aural reflections of their physical environments. From a blanket in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to a spiritual vortex in Sedona, AZ, the settings are inextricable from the songs, and the result is a moving collection that manages to evoke both the gentle virtuosity of Nick Drake and the buoyant wit of Paul Simon.

Born and raised in Canada, Ashton got his start fronting the beloved Vancouver five-piece Fish & Bird. After moving to NYC, he teamed up with Courtney Hartman for 2018’s Been On Your Side, which Rolling Stone proclaimed “packs a punch,” and two years later released his solo debut, The Romantic, earning widespread praise alongside dates with the likes of Sarah Jarosz, Madison Cunningham, The Wood Brothers, and more.

Chatauqua Auditorium, 198 Morning Glory Dr., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Info: 303-440-7666

It had been said that the Dairy Arts Center was haunted, but most brushed it off as superstition. To help investigate and perhaps eliminate ghostly disturbances, paranormal investigators Anthem and Aria have been called in. Working as a team they’ve earned nationwide acclaim for their effectiveness. Hopefully, they can supply answers and solutions to what seems a paranormal infestation. However, when things go wrong, the investigation turns dangerous. Everyone must work together to put the dark spirit to rest with a seance.

PLAYING ONE NIGHT ONLY! Inspired by Paranormal Investigators and Fraudulent Victorian Mediumship, The All-American Haunting is a blend of Illusion, Psychic Mystery, Horror, and Theatre. You’ve seen them in Las Vegas showrooms and on Hulu and America’s Got Talent. Awarded Mentalist of The Year, Best Variety Show, and the Lance Burton Award of Excellence, you can expect a chilling and stunning night of ghostly illusions.

The All-American Haunting may involve pitch darkness, loud noises and bangs, blood, flashing lights, sensitive topics surrounding death, and unexpected spirit phenomena. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

“A Ghoulish Good Time” – SummitDaily
“Relentlessly Entertaining.” -Westword

Carsen Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $20-$25

Next Week: Wednesday, October 25

Born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, P!nk received her nickname as a child, years before she dyed her hair accordingly. She grew up in a musical family and was a regular on the Philadelphia club scene by the age of 13, first as a dancer and then as a backing vocalist for the local hip-hop group Schoolz of Thought. At 14, she began writing her own songs; the same year, a local DJ at Club Fever began inviting her onstage to sing a song every Friday.

Debuting in the late ’90s with a radio-friendly R&B sound similar to a crop of other young performers, singer/songwriter P!nk quickly developed her own identity, transforming pop songcraft and powerhouse, rock-influenced vocals into a winning combination that kept her in the Top Ten for decades. From 2001’s quintuple-platinum M!ssundaztood to 2003’s Grammy-winning Try This, P!nk steadily made moves away from her early R&B style, to rousing pop anthems with a distinct rock edge. 

Nominated for over a dozen Grammy Awards, she was the focus of a 2021 documentary and concert compilation All I Know So Far and released her ninth album, 2023’s Trustfall. With a string of number one singles and millions of albums sold globally, P!nk is one of the most commercially successful pop acts in the world.

Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $290

Thursday, October 26

Grab a drink and come get creative with these Thursday Night classes for adults at the Longmont Museum. 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 art and sip classes will be highlighting natural materials inspired by our “agriCULTURE” exhibit. Instructor Brandy Coons will help students feel the nostalgia of classic cut and paste collage-making, as she leads students in decorating small canvases or metal tins with collaged materials and mod podge.

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

The  CU Boulder Chamber Orchestra and the El Pueblo Ensemble collaborate to present a multimedia performance of “Song of Pueblo,” a sweeping oratorio that portrays the history of southern Colorado. Daniel Valdez, renowned for his work on acclaimed films like “La Bamba” and “Zoot Suit,” as well as his memorable duets with Linda Ronstadt, is the composer and creative force behind this compelling composition. “Song of Pueblo” explores significant moments such as the defeat of Comanche chief Cuerno Verde, the arrival of immigrants to work in the steel mill, the Pueblo Flood and the tragic events of the Sand Creek and Ludlow massacres. Orchestrated by alumni Max Wolpert and Ilan Blanck, this program suits audiences of all ages.

Gruisin Music Hall, 1020 18th St, Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Free (Give what you can)

Friday, October 27

Guns N’ Roses are the bridge separating 1980s and 1990s hard rock, the band responsible for ushering in an era of grim, gritty rock & roll. Where such peers as Motley Cruereveled in the decadence of Sunset Strip sleaze, Guns N’ Roses focused on the grimy underbelly of the urban jungle, with guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin cranking out mean riffs that matched the dark fantasies of Axl Rose, the vocalist who led GNR with a serpentine charm. Rose countered his nasty tendencies with a romantic side, one that flourished on “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” the soaring ballad that went to number one in 1988, turning the band into superstars in the process. They are the band that invigorated 1980s heavy metal music with its raw energy and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Guns N’ Roses continues to be a popular live in concert.

Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $80

Jake Leg is a 4-piece, new acoustic group from the Front Range of Colorado. Forged in their favorite elements of the bluegrass genre, Jake Leg focuses on delivering compelling, original music. Expressive musicianship and soulful vocals create the framework for the vivid storytelling in each song to come to life. A Jake Leg live show centers on exciting improvisation, and features a spectrum of textures and grooves that engages the audience from the first note to the last.

Since forming in 2021, Jake Leg has been quickly recognized as one of the leading contemporary bluegrass bands out of the Colorado area. And 2022 saw them moving into bigger regional festivals and going to the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual conference as an official showcase artist. With steadily growing momentum and plans to release their debut full-length album in early 2024, Jake Leg is poised to make their mark on the bluegrass genre with their unique voice.

Founded in Denver CO, the progressive bluegrass 6-piece band Pick & Howl has gained notoriety as both practitioners of traditional Bluegrass by way of winning the 2022 Rockygrass Band competition, and as prolific creators of authentic original material. Lead vocalist Jeremy Richard serves as the conduit to create a unique category of soaring, frenetic, authentic Americana. Backed by a string band featuring Paul Larson on the Scruggs-style banjo, Melissa Stube on Fiddle, Andrew Gordon on Dobro, Pickin’ Pete Barbaro on Mandolin, and Eric Gordon on The Bass Fiddle, Pick & Howl delivers a groundbreaking Bluegrass performance that is not to be missed.

Chatauqua Auditorium, 198 Morning Glory Dr., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $18-$75
INFO: 303-440-7666

Friday-Saturday, October 27-28

At Clyde’s, formerly incarcerated individuals cook up meals that range from sublime to soul-crushing. Even as the surly shop owner tries to keep them under her thumb, their kitchen mentor, Montrellous, guides them on a quest to create the perfect sandwich – and reclaim their lives. Through this shared pursuit, each cook must face their demons on their personal journeys towards purpose, self-worth, and even salvation.

Clyde’s is an extraordinary work that dances effortlessly between moments of searing pain and outrageous humor. It’s a work Variety calls “a flavor-bomb of a new comedy.” It’s the sustenance you didn’t know you needed — until now.

Kilstrom Theatre, DCPA COMPLEX, 1101 13th St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$77

Friday-Sunday, October 27-29

Verdi’s joyous opera celebrates life, love and laughter. Based on Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Falstaff tells the story of a witty and charming rogue who tries to woo two married women. But his plans backfire as the clever ladies plot to teach him a lesson. With sparkling music, witty dialogue and hilarious situations, “Falstaff” will make you laugh out loud.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder
Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$48

Saturday, October 28

Formed over two decades ago, the funk six-piece The Motet have learned to work as an interlocking unit, with each member bolstering one another towards the best creative output. This symbiosis has led to a unique style and cohesive musical chemistry, as seen in the band’s immaculate live performances and seamless blend of funk, soul, jazz, and rock. With a fervent fanbase in tow, The Motet have sold out shows across the nation, performed six headlining slots at Red Rocks and sets at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Bottlerock, Electric Forest, Bumbershoot, Summer Camp, and High Sierra.

The band released their 10th studio album this year – an eclectic instrumental voyage threaded by the infectious grooves and immaculate, layered arrangements that The Motet have become known for. Now with vocal powerhouse Sarah Clarke in tow, the band continues their journey with new songs and fresh arrangements of Motet classics.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$40
Phone: 303-786-7030

Sunday, October 29

The Lafayette Fall Harvest Festival is a fun-filled fall event featuring a marketplace with vendors selling seasonal, farm fresh produce, as well as other farmers market type offerings such as handcrafted, artisan foods. Pick up honey, salsas, chocolate, breads, pies, pastries and more!

Stop by the food court for breakfast or lunch. Stroll the event and visit the petting zoo. Pick up a pumpkin or two and feel free to dress up in costume. There will be a parade with pets in costume to benefit RezDawg. Register your pet for $5. Enjoy live music and fun!

N. Harrison St. (between Simpson & Geneseo), Lafayette
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

During the show YOU will be expected to dance, yell, throw stuff, and so forth. This is an audience participation movie!

Formed in 2000, Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient is a nationally recognized cast with many accomplishments such as holding the world record for the largest Rocky showing with 8,081 tickets sold! Rocky Horror is the longest-running release in film history and has a large cult following drawing in crowds weekly throughout the world.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$40
Phone: 303-786-7030

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.