Things to Do Near Colliers Hill, April 18 and Beyond!
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Adam Ray, Hunter Hayes and OPERA!

Low Ticket Alert! Adam Ray’s four other performances this weekend have already sold out so act now to see him tonight if you’re a fan! This weekend you can also enjoy the a variety of classes, indie artists and events — with various locations in Erie and nearby Boulder and Longmont.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, April 18

Horse Painting on GlassLearn the classic technique “reverse glass painting,” updated and streamlined for aspiring artists! In this multi-media class, student artists will use a pre-printed image to trace a horse outline on to glass and then “layer paint” to create a rich image. Instructor Ann Macca will conduct two classes – by popular demand – back to back. Grab a drink and get creative with these classes designed to guide beginners as well as bring new skills to experienced artists. Beer, wine, fizzy water and snacks are available to purchase at the Atrium Bar.

Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
4:00 & 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $40
Info: 303-651-8374

colorful musical notes Every third Thursday in the Dairy Arts Center lobby, you can drop by and hear live music and enjoy refreshments. The music is provided by the Parlando School of Musical Arts and you’re always guaranteed a treat! 

Dairy Arts Center Lobby, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
6:30 p.m.
Info: 303-440-7826

Adam Ray Headshot Adam Ray just wrapped Young Rock for NBC, the story of Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson’s life. Ray most recently starred in the indie comedy The Bellman and seen on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development for Netflix, as well as season 2 of American Vandal. Ray was a regular on Lights Outwith David Spade & currently on The Adam Carolla Show, Adam is known from his work opposite Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s buddy cop comedy The Heat, as well as Feig’s Spy and the reboot of Ghostbusters. Adam co-hosted the comedy game show Separation Anxiety on TBS with comedian Iliza Schlesinger, and has guest-starred on 2 Broke Girls, Workaholics, Silicon Valley and HBO’s Ballers. Adam was also a cast member in the reboot of the sketch comedy franchise MADtv for the CW, and played Joey McIntyre’s manager on the Pop Network show Return of the Mac. He has written for MTV’s PUNK’D, Adam Devine’s House Party, and the reboot of Mystery Science Theater.

Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 7:30 p.m. $ 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $18-$25
Phone: 720-274-6800

Hurry and grab the last of the tickets to see Grammy-winning guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram who has quickly become the defining blues voice of his generation. From his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi to stages around the globe, the young blues star has already headlined multiple U.S. and European tours, and amazed fans in Australia, New Zealand, and India. Selected in summer 2022 to open for The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park, Kingfish has also performed and toured with friends including Vampire Weekend, Jason Isbell, Steve Miller and Buddy Guy, a mentor of his, with whom he appeared on Austin City Limits.

Since he burst onto the scene in 2019, Ingram has been nominated for 10 Blues Music Awards and won them all. Rolling Stone declared, “Kingfish is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.” 

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

Thursday-Saturday, April 18-20

This is an intimate exploration of the life and career of William Shatner. From his unforgettable portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek to his diverse accomplishments of a 70+ year career across film, television, and the arts, the documentary captures the essence of Shatner’s journey and his extraordinary contributions to the entertainment industry, as well as his recent epiphany while becoming the world’s oldest astronaut.

Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Thurs., 4:30 p.m.; Fri., 3:30 p.m.; Sat., 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12 
Info: 303-440-7826

Thursday-Sunday, April 18-21

shakespeareThe Improvised Shakespeare Company® proudly presents an evening of spontaneous comedy featuring the language and themes of William Shakespeare! Based on one audience suggestion (the title of a show that has never been written), the dazzling players create a brand new, fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if ever you’re wondering where the story is going…so are they! See the show TimeOut Chicago calls “Staggeringly brilliant!,” and “Downright hilarious!” You’ve never seen the Bard like this before!

Garner Galleria Theater, DCPA Complex, 14th and Curtis St., Denver
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $45

OperatizersExperience the rich tapestry of North American operatic storytelling with the Boulder Opera Company’s program of short operas. Delve into the uncertainty of dating, the complexities of unhappily married couples, the turmoil of a conflicted bride, and the intricate dynamics of romantic relationships. These captivating tales to life through music, drama, and emotion. The company will present Avow by Mark Adamo, At the Statue of Venus by Jake Heggie, Hand of Bridge by Samuel Barber, Gallantry by Douglas Moore and Spare Room with a Shag Rug CU composer Ilan Blank.

For a 25-minute immersive experience behind the scenes, book tickets Saturday or Sunday. During the Intermission there will be a Maestro’s Reception and the unique opportunity to meet and ask questions with the talented cast and visionary directors behind the captivating production of Operatizers. Discover insights into the creative process and engage in lively conversations with the artists who bring this spectacular opera to life. A drink ticket and snacks will be provided.

Dairy Arts Center, Grace Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Thurs. & Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $25 
Info: 303-440-7826

Friday, April 19

Musical Group PapadosioDeftly navigating the confluence of prog rock, livetronica, jazz, and jam, Papadosio’s appeal as a crossover act has amassed a rabid fan base across North America. Thanks to a steady stream of innovative albums, they’ve seen a decade and a half of consistent touring with hundreds of live recordings at the fingertips of every follower. Their allure has led to co-presenting massive events such as Resonance, Secret Dreams, Summer SEEquence, and Subterranea Festival, plus headline plays at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater.

From their humble Midwest origins, Papadosio’s grassroots operation has grown to overflowing clubs and theaters nationwide, cementing their reputation as a must-see act. Now based in Asheville, NC, the dynamic five-piece group remains doggedly devoted to writing new music and pushing technological boundaries. When not touring, they continue expanding the size and scope of their existing catalog with complex harmonies and challenging rhythms — the lifeblood of each composition. The band’s stunning visual show is synchronized with the music to enhance the immersive live experience.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $29.50
Phone: 303-786-7030

ShadowGrass BandWith their fast picking and fresh arrangements, ShadowGrass is moving forward in the bluegrass genre by incorporating each member’s varied influences into a fresh project that branches outside the bounds of traditional music while maintaining traditional instrumentation. Each of the band members grew up in a culturally rich area of traditional music, which heavily influences their approach to music. Feeding off of each other’s musical ideas and energy, their music proves to be a constantly evolving world that draws the audience in at every show.

The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $20
Info: 303-447-0095

Friday-Sunday, April 19-21

Tea Cups and Tiny Dictators DanceTeacups and Tiny Dictators: A Cabaret at the End of the World is a new collaboration with The Catamounts and 3rd Law Dance/Theater melding music, theater, dance and film to meditate on the rise of dictatorships throughout our world. The companies approach this dark topic with an absurd sensibility using pop music mashups, theatrical dance, tea, and toast.

This all original piece was conceived by Amanda Berg Wilson, Katie Elliott and Paul Fowler in collaboration with filmmaker L. Ashwyn Collins, and writer Mickle Maher. Audiences will be seated cabaret-style and immersed in a look at the perennial battle between the density of darkness and the lightness of new life.

Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Thurs./Fri., 7:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $25 
Info: 303-440-7826

Emma DCPA playA delightfully unconventional and fun adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic comedy. Ever the romantic, Emma Woodhouse prides herself on being the best matchmaker in town. Goaded by her friend George Knightley, she sets out on a quest to set up the adorable ingénue Harriet with a fitting suitor. But love has its own agenda with plenty of twists and turns in store – including a few for Emma herself.

This rendition of Emma is a joyous, irreverent take in conversation with the Regency novel. In a new adaptation that’s a bit zany and refreshingly contemporary, playwright Kate Hamill infuses the language and perspectives of today into Austen’s beloved characters. You may be surprised by who says what — and how. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never see Emma the same way again.

With screwball comedy and surprises aplenty, this fresh, fast-paced [production] interprets the Jane Austen classic with delightfully unconventional flair.” –BroadwayWorld

Wolf Theatre, DCPA Complex, 14th and Curtis St., Denver
Fri., 7:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$77

My Fair Lady HeroWhen Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady opened on Broadway, it collected six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, while the film version took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture. 

Eliza Doolittle is a young flower seller with an unmistakable Cockney accent which keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society. When Professor Henry Higgins tries to teach her how to speak like a proper lady, an unlikely friendship begins to flourish.

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured. The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores, including: “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

Jesters Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19-$50

Web Where Did We SitNine-year-old Bee Quijada sits in a suburban classroom. During a history lesson on Rosa Parks, she asks, “Where did Latinos sit on the bus?” What follows is a theatrical mixtape of Bee’s life. It’s a one-person show that immerses the audience in elaborate, layered soundscapes by fusing Latin rhythms, hip-hop, and spoken word poetry. And it’s all made, in-person, in real time, through the magic of live music and storytelling.

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? captures both the innocence of youth and the pressures that come with being the child of immigrants. It asks, “What is my place? Where do I fit in?” It builds from the ground up, one step at a time, taking audiences on a soulful musical journey as its hero finds hope and meaning through art.

Singleton Theatre, DCPA Complex, 14th and Curtis St., Denver
Fri.-Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $35

Saturday, April 20

Longmont Symphony OrchestraThe Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, is a choral symphony, the final complete symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, composed between 1822 and 1824. It was first performed in Vienna on 7 May 1824. The symphony is regarded by many critics and musicologists as a masterpiece of Western classical music and one of the supreme achievements in the history of music.

Dedicated to All Mankind—Beethoven’s monumental 9th Symphony– is an iconic masterpiece! See it in collaboration with Longmont Chorale!

Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 .E Mountain View Ave., Longmont
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $12

Monday, April 22

Jessie MurphUnderneath a unique blend of modern production with echoes of distant guitar and evocative vocals, Jessie Murph tells the kinds of stories we all relate to but might be too shy to reveal. The stress of a fractured family, bullying in school, and latent backwoods misogyny pushed Jessie to seek solace in music. She listened to everyone from Adele and Lady A to 6lack and Lil Baby, learning piano, ukulele, and guitar and writing songs of her own.”

The 18-year-old Alabama singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist sings with an open-hearted honesty that has endeared her to a following of nearly 10 million across a variety of platforms and earned her critical acclaim.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30

Next Week: Thursday, April 25

Rocky Peaks Painting Inspired by photographs of rock formations in the current exhibit “Picturing the West,” artist attendees will paint some grand and dramatic rocky peaks in acrylic on canvas. Artist/Instructor Julie Benoit will take you through the techniques which are geared for both beginners, as well as artists looking to develop new skills. Grab a drink and get creative – beer, wine, fizzy water and snacks are available to purchase at the Atrium Bar.

Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
4:00 & 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $40
Info: 303-651-8374

Hunter HayesMulti-instrumentalist and platinum-selling artist Hunter Hayes is an embodiment of the type of musician that embraces change and strives to rewrite the rules. After debuting on the scene with a platinum-certified album, Hayes has charted his own path, moving from his country roots into the genre-bending world that he was destined for. On his album, Red Sky, the singer-songwriter is executing at the highest level of his musical career: crafting memorable melodies and instantly catchy hooks albeit with a top-notch musician’s discerning ear.His music is both a reflection of his influences, and a product of his prodigious multi-instrumental talents, reflected by the fact that he plays every instrument on his records.

The Louisiana native has garnered over two billion on-demand global streams since the release of his debut album, along with six gold and platinum-certified singles. In addition to his legendary headlining shows, Hayes has also toured with superstars like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and has headlined sold-out shows across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. With over 50 award nominations and wins, including five GRAMMY  nominations, Hayes is just getting started.

The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $35
Box Office: 303-786-7030

Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28

“Proving Up” is “harrowing … powerful … a true opera of our time.” —The Washington Post

American Stories By American Women Experience two unique chamber operas created by powerful American female composers. Amy Beach’s “Cabildo” tells the supernatural story of notorious pirate Pierre Laffite’s escape from a New Orleans prison during the War of 1812. Missy Mazzoli’s “Proving Up,” based on a short story by Karen Russell, is a surreal and haunting commentary on the American dream as experienced by a fictional family of 1860s homesteaders.

Great repertoire, lavish scenery, amazing voices and outstanding value—these are the hallmarks of the CU Boulder College of Music Eklund Opera Program. Director Leigh Holman and Music Director Nicholas Carthy bring you the best of classical and contemporary opera in these fascinating productions.

Music Theater, IMIG Music Building, #N1B95, 1020 18th St., Boulder
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $23

Friday, April 26

The Grateful Dead performed on the CU campus in Boulder four times—at the University Memorial Center (1969), Folsom Field (1972 and 1980) and the CU Events Center (1981). Grateful Dead scholars David Gans and Micheal Sebulsky and musician Kenny Passarelli (whose band Conal Implosion opened for the Dead at the 1969 performance) will artfully deconstruct the Dead’s musical improvisations from those shows, and representatives from Spontanuity will recreate their light show from 1969 on the Fiske Planetarium dome—using archival assets from the original event!

Taking it Old School: Fiske Planetarium’s Grateful Dead Show Pays Homage to the Dead’s History in Boulder from CU Community Outreach and Engagement Programs.

Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr., Boulder
6:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35
Info: 303-492-5002

Britney SpearsExperience a nostalgic blast from the past at “It’s A 2000’s Party”. This electrifying event celebrates the iconic 2000s era, featuring the decade’s biggest hits across pop, hip-hop, and rock genres. Embrace the Y2K fashion and culture as you dance the night away to tunes from Britney Spears, Eminem, and more. Don’t miss this chance to relive the unforgettable 2000s vibes in a night filled with music, style, and nostalgia. Get your tickets now for an unforgettable journey back to the early 2000s!

The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
9:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $15
Box Office: 303-786-7030

Parlando Commissioned Project Parlando’s Commissioned Composer New Works Concert is an evening of premieres of new pieces written for Parlando students by professional composers.  This project connects students to the full artistic process-from the idea for a piece from its composition to its debut performance. Students have the opportunity to be the first person ever to perform their particular work, which is an incredibly empowering experience. The aim of the project is for participants come away feeling joy, wonder, excitement, and inspiration and for audiences to feel inspired to go home and create something themselves!

Dairy Arts Center, Grace Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $5 
Info: 303-440-7826

Saturday, April 27

Sapling tree being plantedHead to downtown Erie’s Community Park and Post Shelter to celebrate Earth Day where the town will commemorate it’s 150th anniversary by giving away 150 trees! If you’re interested in receiving one, complete this brief tree raffle questionnaire before Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. In addition to the tree giveaway, there will be local nursery and solar vendors on hand, kids activities, raffles, prizes, food trucks and more. 

Erie Community Park, 450 Powers St., Erie
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Life in Erie, Colorado

Patio View of Front Range

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.