Things to Do Near Colliers Hill, January 11 and Beyond!
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Rodeos, Ropers, Light Shows and Music!

This weekend you can put on your boots and bolos and take in a rodeo, or enjoy concerts, light shows and  comedy — with various locations in Erie and nearby Boulder, Longmont, Denver, and Lafayette.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, January 11

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) is creating the most detailed map of our nearby universe. Installed on the Mayall telescope on Kitt Peak in Southern Arizona, DESI’s 5000 independently operated robots can measure the light from thousands of galaxies at once. Join us as we explore the science, instrument, and people behind this global endeavor.

Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr., Boulder
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $9.50
Info: 303-492-1411

Eric Hutchinson is an international platinum-selling singer, songwriter and seasoned touring artist. He has performed in all 50 states and has shared the stage with acts such as Kelly Clarkson, OneRepublic, Jason Mraz, Amos Lee, O.A.R., and Lawrence. His single “Rock & Roll” earned him his first platinum record in the United States and the song became a #1 hit in several countries.

The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $27.50-$30

Elton John has sold 300+ million records over six decades — making him one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. Celebrate his larger than life persona and the Rocket Man’s powerful music in gorgeous laser light at Fiske! This is not your parent’s laser show!

The cutting-edge projection system from Laser Fantasy mesmerizes your eyes with vibrant colors cutting their way through the fog to the 360-degree wrap around screen. And…all while the planetarium laser engineers fly you through the universe in beat to your favorite jams!

Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr., Boulder
8:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $9.50
Info: 303-492-1411

Let us take you around the world with the electrifying sounds of Daft Punk. This laser show is harder, better, faster, and stronger than anything you’ve seen before! If you’ve never been, it’s one eye-popping laser show! The cutting-edge projection system from Laser Fantasy mesmerizes your eyes with vibrant colors cutting their way through the fog to the 360-degree wrap around screen.

And…all while the planetarium laser engineers fly you through the universe in beat to your favorite jams!

Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr., Boulder
10:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $9.50
Info: 303-492-1411

Thursday-Sunday, January 11-14

Grab Your Cowboy Hat and Boots – it’s Stock Show Time in Denver! The iconic tradition of longhorn cattle marching through the streets of downtown Denver can only mean one thing… it’s Stock Show time. The National Western Stock Show, presented by CommonSpirit Health, opened its doors last week with events you love like the ropers and rodeos, the sheep shearing, pony rides, kids activities and Farmyard Follies, to Mutton Busting and Dog pulls and performances. It’s over-the-top fun and excitement. The annual kick-off parade began with a pilgrimage of longhorn cattle, western wagons, horses, and pooper scoopers making their way through Denver.

You have another two weeks to participate in celebrating Colorado’s iconic western heritage, action-packed events, horse shows, family events, acres of shopping, and the “Super Bowl” of livestock shows. With over 300 events and activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

“We are so excited to open our doors for the 118th edition of Stock Show,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “Based on our livestock entries, rodeo, and event ticket sales, and the sheer excitement around our state, Stock Show is the place to be this month.”

Here is some important information for attendees to know before you go. Parking near the NW complex fills quickly, and several lots are permit-only. [Stock Show Parking Map] For a hassle-free experience, head straight to the free parking and complimentary shuttles at Coors Field. These dedicated lots for Stock Show guests have easy access off Park Avenue and Wazee. The Coors Field lot opens at 8 a.m. daily, with complimentary shuttles running every 15 minutes. Arrive at the Coors Field parking lot one hour before the ticketed show time for a seamless experience.

Alternative Transportation: Consider ride-sharing with Lyft or Uber, with designated spots in front of Denver Coliseum for drop-off and pick-up. The RTD N-Line stops at the National Western Center station, providing an easy walk or short shuttle ride to the Stock Show.

National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
Various Event Times 
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“A two-woman, interactive masterpiece.” – Broadway World
“Truly brilliant.”  – The Denver Post
“I was grinning until my cheeks hurt.” – Denver’s Westword

Back by popular demand! You are invited to laugh with the women in your life until you cry…or pee. Experience this truly brilliant and uplifting female comedy that explores the woman’s world with joy, heart and intelligent wit. This fast paced journey from girlhood to womanhood will reawaken the connections between you and your fellow gal pals. It’s no secret that every woman deserves a laugh like this.

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, January 12

Unforgettable Night Alert! Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood Sing-a-Long Experience is happening this Friday! This has to be a one-of-a-kind hootenanny  and general admission tix are flying off the shelves so secure your couples and four-person reserved tables NOW!

Get ready for the ultimate tribute night, presented by Nightstalgia. Country music fans come and belt out all the Garth and Trisha hits! All ages are welcome—make it a family affair! And if you’re craving good food a dinner menu available. Tickets start at $10 but you might need to HURRY—prices rise as tiers sell out!

Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St, Longmont
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$125
INFO: (303) 834-9384

Led by award-winning composer and trumpeter Micah Miller and featuring some of Northern Colorado’s most dynamic and creative young musicians, the quintet draws inspiration from a wide range of figures in modern music, including Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kenny Wheeler, Walter Smith III, Shai Maestro, Brian Blade, and Ron Miles.

Muse Performance Space, 200 E. S. Boulder Rd., Lafayette
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Joyce Yang, classical pianist, was awarded the silver medal at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at the age of 19. During the same competition, Joyce was also awarded both the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music, as well as the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a New Work. Since then she has received a Grammy nomination and performed with top orchestras. Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (The Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism and interpretive sensitivity. The first half of the concert features Yang in a solo recital. Local favorites, the Takács Quartet, join her on the second half to perform Dvorákʼs lyrical “Piano Quintet in A Major.”

MACKY AUDITORIUM, 1595 Pleasant St., #104/285 UCB, Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$90

Nothing runs deeper than family ties. Brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters understand one another at the purest level. When families rally around music, they speak this oft-unspoken bond aloud and into existence. After 25 years, twelve albums, four GRAMMY® Award nominations, and sold out shows everywhere, North Mississippi Allstars open up their world once again on their thirteenth album, Set Sail [New West Records], welcoming other family (by blood and by the road) into the fold. As legend has it, Luther and Cody Dickinson started the band in 1996 as a loose collective of like-minded second-generation musicians who shared a local repertoire and regional style. Over the years, the lineup shifted by design, and each subsequent record offered up a different combination of collaborators. 

The Dickinson brothers have recorded and toured with Mavis Staples, Charlie Musslewhite, John Hiatt, Robert Plant and Patty Griffin, G Love, Jon Spencer, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, and the Black Crowes. Meanwhile, their seminal debut, Shake hands with Shorty (2000), earned the band the first of four GRAMMY® nominations, and changed the Dickinson brothers’ lives forever.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $23.75-$28.75
Phone: 303-786-7030

American Singer Songwriter from Monticello, Arkansas by way of Nashville, Tennessee, Ward Davis has had songs recorded by Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Wade Hayes, Sammy Kershaw, Bucky Covington, Jimmie Van Zant, Buddy Jewel, Carolina Rain, The Roys, and more. Most recently, Ward Davis co-wrote “I’m Not The Devil” with Cody Jinks, with whom he subsequently toured with nationwide.

The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $25

Friday-Sunday, January 12-14

It’s 1899 New York City, where newspapers are delivered daily by troupes of plucky young boys, including the charismatic Jack Kelly, who dreams of one day escaping poverty and making it big in Santa Fe. But when the newspaper bosses decide to raise their prices, at the expense of their delivery boys, Jack’s dreams – and the dreams of every newsie – are suddenly out of reach. Determined to fight for a better life, the newsies band together and go on strike, bringing the newspaper industry to its knees. Based on a true story, this uplifting Disney musical inspires us all to fight for what’s right and to stand up for what we believe in.

This production is rated PG and is performed by our adult community theatre troupe, The Arts HUB Players. Run time is expected to be 2.5 hours including intermission.

ARTS HUB, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$28
Info: 303-229-1127

Saturday, January 13

Welcome to Life: A Delightful Show About Fear & Grief, a cross-genre performance unlike anything you have experienced before. Join the cast as they use comedy, storytelling and poetry to take you on an open-hearted and emotional journey.

Katie Mason was the 2023 Poet Laureate for the 40W Arts District in Denver. She is also a stand-up comic, licensed psychotherapist and performs regularly for the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
Andrea Vahl is an international speaker and comedian and produces her own stand-up show called Moms Unhinged. She regularly performs sold-out shows all over the country.
Elaina McMillan is a hypnotist and coach who uses comedy to process her own challenges. Featured on PBS and Playboy Radio, she is most notedfor her critically acclaimed Canadian Ritz Cracker commercial circa 1993.

Dairy Arts Center, Grace Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
7:00 p.m.
Admission: $28
Info: 303-440-7826

When The Record Company pick up their instruments, the members—Chris Vos [guitar, lead vocals, harmonica], Alex Stiff [bass, backing vocals], and Marc Cazorla [drums, backing vocals]—participate in a musical back-and-forth akin to a formative and supportive conversation among siblings. The nuances of their personalities seep through loose, bluesy guitar leads, airtight drum grooves, thick bass, and vividly evocative lyrics. With such fluidity, the musicians respond to one another so instinctually you’d swear they were telepathically linked. However, there’s no such superpower necessary when you’ve got the closest thing to a brotherhood that three musicians unrelated by blood can share. The trio amplified the power of this bond with their 2016 debut, Give It Back To You. The release earned a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Contemporary Blues Album” and spawned “Off The Ground,” which reached #1 at AAA Radio and tallied nearly 40 million total streams and counting. Beyond a string of stunning late-night television appearances, they performed on CBS This Morning, at Bonnaroo, and on an extensive tour with John Mayer in addition to headlining coast-to-coast.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$30
Phone: 303-786-7030

Saturday-Sunday, January 13-14

A celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there. Church Basement Ladies is a musical comedy featuring five distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota Lutheran church about to undergo changes in 1965.

Jesters Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont
Fri.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $22-$50

Sunday, January 14

2B2 is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians who deliver bluegrass in a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship. The band’s incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals (a fresh twist combining bluegrass with elements of West Coast folk rock), and seasoned showmanship produces the “high lonesome sound” of American roots music at its finest. The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band made its Grand Ole Opry debut in October 2013 and has returned several times to the Opry since. The Weekly in Greensboro, NC reported of J2B2: “Expect fireworks and amazing playing from some of the best string players in the world.”

Dairy Arts Center, Gordon Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $34
Info: 303-440-7826

Next Week: Monday January 15

Supermassive black holes, millions to billions of times the mass of our sun, are lurking nearby. Theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Ann-Marie Madigan shares how we’ve found them using stars in orbit around them. Dr. Ann-Marie Madigan is an associate professor in the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences department at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Her research explores the motions of stars and gas around supermassive black holes, dark matter in galaxies, the icy worlds of the outer solar system, and planets around dead stars.

Chatauqua Community House, 301 Morning Glory Dr., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45-$58
Info: (303) 440-7666

Thursday, January 18

There is free music in the Dairy Arts Center lobby every third Thursday of the month! Music is provided by Parlando School of Musical Arts. Come enjoy some live music and refreshments from the cafe! All are welcome!

MacMillan Family Lobby, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
6:30 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, January 18-19

These days, Drake is almost more myth than man.

The 36-year-old is rap music’s unlikely sovereign; he lays claim to 10 No. 1 projects and has outsold all the classic “greats,” including Tupac, Jay-Z, and Eminem.
Most recently, he released his eighth studio album “For All the Dogs” to massive commercial success.
So how did a former child actor from Canada manage to surpass his own mentors, date Rihanna, win five Grammys, and break several records previously held by The Beatles? 

He comes from a music-loving family — including his grandmother, who passed away in Memphis, and used to babysit Louie Armstrong and his dad who was a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis. He has 13 number one singles – tied with Michael Jackson for 4th — and behind Rihanna, Mariah Carey and The Beatles.

Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $250

Friday, January 19

The greatest concert film of all time, Stop Making Sense brings to the screen Talking Heads at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison, alongside an ecstatic ensemble of supporting musicians. Renowned filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captures the band at their exhilarating best, in this new and complete restoration for the film’s 40th anniversary.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$12
Phone: 303-786-7030

Friday-Sunday, January 19-21

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

The Unitiive Theatre, 800 S. Hover Rd., Longmont
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$28

Everything on the island of Jessa seems perfect. Everyone has exactly what they need, living in harmony with the earth and each other…or so it seems. Under the surface of perfection, Jessa is beginning to decay. The sea is growing cloudy, and the stars are starting to dim. The only hope for help lies through a mysterious Door that few know of and no one is able to open. No one, that is, except the two beings on Jessa who have magical powers. Synda, a young dreamer who longs for adventure; and Frell, the island’s aged outcast, banished to the edge of the world for a crime few remember. The two form an unlikely pairing as they seek to save-or destroy-Jessa forever. Don’t miss the world premiere of Elle Tyler’s new musical The Door!

Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13-$23 
Info: 303-440-7826

Saturday, January 20

Join us for this fun family concert with music accompanying the narration of “Wild Symphony”! Top-selling writer, Dan Brown (author of The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, and more) combines his musical talents and his writing talents for his first children’s story—The story of a big blue whale, fast cheetahs, beetles and graceful swans—with each of them having their own special secret to share. Along the way, Maestro Mouse has some surprises left… a hiding buzzy bee, some jumbled letters spelling out clues, and a coded message to solve. Dan Brown creates “a wide-ranging, peppy blend of rhyming poems, puzzles, motivational messages, and music.”

Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 .E Mountain View Ave., Longmont
4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$21

Rumours is a tribute to the 70’s powerhouse pop group Fleetwood Mac. It is composed of very talented Fort Collins and Greeley musicians and delivers an entrancing and exhilarating show. Something magical happens when this five-piece band takes the stage and brings to life the seraphim spectacle of this hugely popular act. Laniece Schleicher, Thalia Stevenson, Dee Tyler, Woody Myers, and Damon Smith.
These musicians came together out of a deep love for the music and an opportunity to perform at the My Favorite Bands Festival in 2018. Since then, they have performed many more times and enjoy it so much that they decided to make it a regular affair. With years of experience in many bands, this group brings a level of care to the material that makes it infectious and lots of fun.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25
Phone: 303-786-7030

Life in Erie, Colorado

Isn’t it time you discovered one of the fastest growing master-planned communities 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.