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Christopher Titus, The Princess Bride and Brunch!

POSTED February 8, 2024

It’s comedy on tap for everyone this week from Unhinged Moms to Christopher Titus, and next weekend, you can see Broadway-caliber performances in Hairspray and Lord of the Dance and, wait for it, the inimitable comedy of Jerry Seinfeld! Plus, if you’re in a magical, fairytale mood, there’s an Aladdin-themed ball for the littles at the Library! That means between 15 and 40 minutes from the new home community of Crystal Valley you’ll find all sorts of things to do every weekend!

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, February 8

Join us for a night of laughter as we explore everything from motherhood, midlife crisis, marriage, divorce, online dating, and other things that irritate us.  Men are welcome to the show, too. Moms Unhinged is a standup show with an all-mom, and a token dad, lineup of hilarious comedians who have performed all over the world.

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Info: 303-805-6800

Thursday-Saturday, February 8-10

Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme… You better get me to school on time!

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical is a two-hour, two-act show (plus intermission), based on the hit movie. The tuner follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?

Lloyd Webber produced the stage musical on Broadway and in the West End, penning 14 new numbers for the show, which additionally features all of the original songs from the movie. The composer’s tracks “You’re in the Band” and “Stick it to the Man” are well on their way to becoming rock solid standards, while the finale with “Teacher’s Pet” brings audiences to their feet.

School of Rock – The Musical, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. May the spirit of rock be with all who pledge allegiance to Lloyd Webber’s newest hit!”

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $39
Info: 303-805-6800

Christopher Titus is a prolific stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and producer. As a creator, he has sold shows to NBC, ABC, FOX and Comedy Central. His wildly innovative multi-cam half hour Titus premiered to critical and audience acclaim on Fox, earning the show an Emmy nomination, while Titus himself received a WGA Award nomination for his writing. Following Titus, Christopher starred in ABC’s Big Shots, acting opposite Dylan McDermott, Michael Vartan and Josh Malina.

And he recently wrote, directed, and starred in a feature version of Special Unit which won the L.A. Film Award for Best Comedy Feature and the Hope Film Awards jury prize for Best Director.

Christopher has written and starred in nine 90-minute comedy specials, with several spending months on the Billboard Top 10 comedy chart. Christopher continues to tour to sold-out audiences at clubs and theaters across the country. With a take-no-prisoners wit and years of experience writing hilariously edgy and poignant comedy, Christopher Titus is a voice unlike any other.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 p.m.; Fri./Sat. 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$32
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday-Saturday, February 9-10

Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles, The Princess Bride is a 1987 American fantasy adventure. Join Westley (Carey Elwes) on his epic adventure to rescue the fair Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the clutches of the evil Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) in director Rob Reiner’s delightful classic! Also starring Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, and Christopher Guest.

One of the most beloved films of all time… with the force of the full Colorado Springs Philharmonic symphony orchestra performing the entire musical score live-to-picture!

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $31-$91
Phone: 719-575-9632

Saturday, February 10

“Despite over 20 years of touring, IGN has remained fresh with new guitar luminaries from around the world added each year.” —Anchorage Press

For the 24th annual tour, Brian Gore has assembled an exciting lineup of new faces, as well as familiar IGN favorites. The lineup features LTAC favorite Luca Stricagnoli (Italy), the amazing acoustic rock interpreter; Thu Le (Vietnam), whose nylon string artistry stretches from classical to contemporary); Marco Pereira (Brazil), the master composer and classical performer; and Minnie Marks (Australia), the irrepressible blues slide guitarist and singer, who not only is new to IGN but will be making her North American debut.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $37-$57
Phone: 720-509-1000

Sunday, February 11

Wake up all the senses at Cherokee Castle, and enjoy the trifecta of music, history and culinary delights. Your Reservation includes a performance by Lone Tree Symphony’s Gossamer Winds Quartet, tour of the magnificent castle, and a savory & sweet Sunday brunch. All ages welcome. Organizers at the castle request that you please arrive on time and review timeline before making reservations. Cash bar will feature bloody Mary’s, mimosas and signature coffee drinks for purchase. 

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
9:00 a.m. Doors/Tours/Cash Bar
10:00 a.m. Brunch Buffet
10:30 a.m. Performance
Cost: $69.95 + $3.50 fee (Reservations Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

Sunday-Wednesday, February 11-14

Here at the castle, they believe that everyone should be treated like royalty, and so they are putting a regal spin on the Valentine’s Day Tea and there is no better place to celebrate than in the great hall of our beautiful mountain top castle. Along with the magnificent view of the front range, enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne, warm scones, finger sandwiches and delicious pastries with clotted cream and jam. After tea, embark on a journey through the past as the castle’s wonderful docents guide you on an hour-long tour through the castle. Reservations are required (for either Feb. 11 or Feb. 14) and non- refundable and  dietary needs can be noted upon making reservation. Dressy attire encouraged and most of the tour will take place on the main level of the Castle which is ramp accessible. 

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
Sun., 2:00 p.m.; Wed., 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $66.85 + $3.15 fee (Reservations Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

NEXT WEEK: Tuesday, February 13

In this fun-filled show, pigs will perform exciting tricks to music and the cues of renowned animal trainer and performer John Vincent. John tells a story that educates and weaves the animals through a series of tricks. See simple dog-like tricks like sit-up, lay-down, play-dead, and fetch to unbelievably difficult ones. This crowd pleaser has been thrilling audiences at fairs and other events, entertaining thousands all over America since 1991.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Tickets: $5
Phone: 720-509-1000

Tuesday-Thursday, February 13-15

“If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It’s irresistible!” – The New York Times
You Can’t Stop the Beat! HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the ‘60s,” “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” HAIRSPRAY is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times).

Don’t miss this “exhilaratingly funny and warm-hearted musical comedy” (The New Yorker).

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $54-$114
Phone: 719-575-9632

Wednesday, February 14

Join soprano Margaret Ozaki Graves for an afternoon of Shakespearean drama and romance. Meet Juliet, Desdemona, and Ophelia as shaped through the well-known settings by Bellini, Verdi, and Gounod, as well as unfamiliar gems by Berlioz, Amy Beach, and operetta composer Arthur Sullivan.

Arts in the Afternoon is a monthly hour-long program that features some of the finest classical, jazz, opera, and other artists from the Denver metro area. Many shows include an educational component, with the artists sharing historical and artistic insights about their program. Following most performances, patrons enjoy complimentary refreshments and conversation with artists. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24
Phone: 720-509-1000

Wednesday-Sunday, February 14-18

Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot, a Puerto Rican veteran of the Iraq war, has returned home and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in an online chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond of support and love. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights) is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption, and challenges our notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage.

“Water by the Spoonful gives off a shimmering, sustaining warmth. Ms. Hudes writes with empathy and vibrant humor.” The New York Times

Hudes corrals harsh voices and brutal stories into a magnificent whole that is beautiful not because it is lovely but because it is brokenheartedly tender and true.”
Los Angeles Times

Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Wed., 7:00 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 5:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $26-$54
Info: 719-634-5581

Friday, February 16

The Contenders are a two-man band whose music is an amalgam of classic country, folk, and rootsy rock & roll in the manner of The Band and Grateful Dead. The strong harmonies of this stripped-down guitar-and-drums combo are made up of singer/songwriter, Jay Nash and drummer, Josh Day who’ve been recording and touring together since 2013.

Parker Arts Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $29
Phone: 303-805-6800

Michael Flatley’s ground-breaking choreography for Riverdance was followed by massive global success with the hit show Lord of the Dance, a Irish dance show and dance production that was created, choreographed, and produced by the talented Irish-American dancer.

For a quarter of a century, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance has been dazzling audiences across the globe with its unique combination of high-energy Irish dancing, original music, storytelling, and sensuality. Since its premiere 25 years ago, it has become one the most successful touring productions in entertainment history, having been seen by over 60 million people.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$40
Phone: 719-575-9632

Saturday, February 17

This free workshop is perfect for the artist looking to learn how to prepare for contemporary musical theatre auditions and interact in mock auditions. Workshop facilitated by actor/director Kenny Moten, choreographer Jessica Hindsley, and accompanist Trent Hines. This workshop is limited to 20 participants, so reserve your space quickly! Here’s how to prepare:

  • Bring 16-32 bars of song
  • One-minute monologue
  • Be prepared to dance

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Choreography combo
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – Song and monologues

Complimentary snacks will be provided. At the Table is an opportunity for arts leaders-of-color to discuss a broad array of subjects related to artistic representation, and the importance of the arts in making meaningful progress. These moments offer the opportunity to bring the community together and foster social understanding.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Registration: FREE
Phone: 720-509-1000

Join all the other fairy tale characters for an enchanting evening in the magical world of Aladdin! You’ll craft, dance, and take part in fun activities, all while interacting with some fantastical fairy tale characters and enjoying light snacks and treats. This fun and more await you at DCL’s FairyTale Ball: Aladdin. This event is ideal for ages 4-10, but all ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged! REGISTER NOW.

Castle Rock Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock
5:30-8:00 p.m.

Foghat celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2021, and their live performances show why the band is still around and will continue to keep on rockin’ as long as they want to! Join us for the timeless music, incredible energy and expert musicianship of a seasoned band with a remarkable history. These guys just love to play!

Are you ready to take a ‘SLOW RIDE’? With the band as high energy and intense as ever, Foghat’s audience now consists of fans of all ages… kids who learned about Foghat from Guitar Hero III, the ‘Dazed & Confused’ generation, and the boomers who bought their vinyl or 8 tracks! The playlist will include hits like:

 “Slow Ride”
“Fool for The City”
“I Just Want To Make Love To You”
“Third Time Lucky”
“Stone Blue”
“Born For The Road”
“Drivin’ Wheel”
“Night Shift”

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $69
Phone: 303-805-6800

Wine and chocolate go so well together. So, grab that special someone to bring with you to the beautiful historical Cherokee Castle for promises to be an entering and educational event.  Indulge in six of the finest wines from our local distributors and expand your palate. Charcuterie appetizers and chocolate will accompany your tasting.

When the tasting is completed, please enjoy a complimentary glass of your favorite wine  and admire our centuries old art and antiques. A cash bar will be available to purchase additional glasses of wine. You may also purchase your favorite bottles to take home.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:30 p.m. Doors/Tours/Cash Bar
7:00 p.m. Charcuterie Appetizers
7:15-8:15 p.m. Tasting
8:15-9:00 p.m. Complimentary glass and wine purchase
9:15 p.m. Tables Cleared 
Cost: $59.75 + $3.50 fee (Reservations Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Best known for co-creating (with fellow comedian Larry David) the most successful comedy series in the history of television: “Seinfeld,” with fellow comedian Larry David, the show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and People’s Choice awards. The series was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide, and in 2012 was identified as the best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll.

His latest Emmy-nominated Netflix projects include “Jerry Before Seinfeld” and “23 Hours to Kill” along with the highly acclaimed web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $299
Phone: 719-575-9632

Sunday, February 18

Even in our futuristic age of AI chatbots and virtual realities, there is still nothing in the world that compares with the thrill of hearing classic genres of music, performed live by a group of exceptional singers and musicians that have truly mastered the ability to move an audience.

That’s the philosophy behind Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, whose Life In The Past Lane World Tour returns to 40 U.S. cities this fall. The revamped show will blend modern-day earworms and iconic pop hits with the original styles that put American popular music on the map: Ragtime, Swing, Big Band, Country / Western, Doo Wop and Soul. Equal parts time-traveling musical variety show and career-launching talent platform, Postmodern Jukebox (or “PMJ”) will feature a cast of performers from their wildly popular YouTube channel, to bring the musical universe to life.
Everything New is Old Again – leave the AI at home and take a road trip to experience Life In The Past Lane! Dressing in vintage attire is encouraged.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $25
Phone: 719-575-9632

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