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Dads and Daughters Winter Ball!

POSTED January 26, 2023

This weekend sing along to your favorites from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music, travel with Dorothy to Oz. But if you’re a Dad with a Daughter, put on your dancin’ shoes and head to the Castle Rock Winter Ball!

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, January 26

In the autumn of 1929, a crash of prices on Wall Street triggered a global economic contraction that would last for over a decade.  Join Active Minds for a look back at the Great Depression. We will examine the origins of the depression and its legacy as well as take a look at it through the lens of our current economic environment. 

Castle Rock Senior Center, 2323 Woodlands Blvd, Castle Rock
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-688-9498

 It might be worth a PACE membership to be part of all the great family-friendly events and goings on at the Parker Arts Center. Here’s one example: Create a simple handmade journal that you can use to capture your dreams, ideas and intentions for the coming yearIn this class learn a simple, no-stitch handmade journal technique that you can use over and over to create your own beautiful journals or make as gifts for others. This is an ideal class for beginners or more advanced lovers of bookmaking. You can never have too many journals for expressing your own brand of creativity! Once you’ve made the book, instructor Minette Riordan will share innovative ideas for personalizing the pages and filling them. Light snacks will be served.

PACE Center Event Room, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone: 303-805-6800

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.

Parker Arts Center, (PACE), 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $34-$39
Phone: 303-805-6800

Thursday-Saturday, January 26-28

Christopher Titus say, “These are stories I couldn’t tell, then a bunch of relatives finally died, now they are stories I shouldn’t tell.” And, “So many parents act like their kids cured polio, but won’t get their kids vaccinated for polio, which is why, once again, we have polio.” – Titus (Carrying Monsters) Known as one of the most prolific comedians touring the country, Titus debuts his 11th special on the back of six Comedy Central specials, Billboard topping comedy albums, and his own hit FOX sitcom. In this frank and thoughtful new show, Titus explores the issues of family, mental illness and even suicide…you know, the funny stuff?! It’s part confessional, part therapy, and all laugh out loud funny. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the Emmy & Writers Guild Award nominated star, live! “TV’s most original comedy voice since Seinfeld” – Newsday 

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 7:15 p.m.; Fri./Sat. 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$34
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, January 27

 The freshly minted Gibney Company is making a big splash right out of the gate.” —Interludes
Exciting, diverse choreography and stellar dancers, Gibney Company is not to be missed! Gina Gibney is a powerhouse in the New York dance scene and has a fabulous dance center critical to the dance world. Gibney Company is a commission-based, repertory company that has emerged in the touring world with an extraordinary company of dancers and a stunning roster of world-famous choreographers making new works for the them. In such a time of re-emergence and reinvention, Gibney Company has burst onto the scene as an artistic force to be reckoned with.

The evening’s performance includes the world premiere of “A Measureable Existence” by choreographer Yue Yin, as well as the company premiere of Ohad Naharin’s “Yag 2022.” 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $44-$64
Phone: 720-509-1000

Friday-Saturday, January 27-28

You’ll be treated like royalty when you attend Tea at the Castle. The Tea includes a light meal with a seasonal menu, complete with scones with clotted cream and jam, finger sandwiches and pastries. It’s the perfect event for clubs, organizations, and bridal showers or for a special outing with family and friends and includes a one-hour tour of the famous castle. Reservations are required and are non-refundable.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
1:30 p.m.
Cost: $59.75 + $2.75 Convenience Fee
CALL: 303-688-5555

Saturday, January 28

A collection of music that makes its case for life, love, and liberation through its sheer beauty.” —The Arts Fuse
Join Mexican-born songstress Magos Herrera, cutting-edge string quartet Brooklyn Rider, and Mathias Kunzli on percussion for “Dreamers,” an unforgettable musical journey that celebrates and explores music from Mexico, Cuba, Peru, and more. With bold and evocative arrangements, this concert will amplify the artistry of luminaries who dared to dream under oppressive regimes of the 20th century. The words of artists like Violeta Parra, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Gilberto Gil come to brilliant musical life and represent love for humanity, love for democracy and provide us all with an inspiration to dream.

Magos Herrera is regarded as one of the most expressive, beautiful voices and most active vocalists in the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. She is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and her bold style that elegantly blends and surpasses language boundaries.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$60
Phone: 720-509-1000

Saturday-Sunday, January 28-29

Local favorite cellist Jan Vogler rejoins Josep Caballé-Domenech and the Philharmonic to “play” the knight himself, Don Quixote de la Mancha, with a theme as noble and graceful as Cervantes dreamed him to be. His loyal servant Sancho Panza is played by violist Matthew Lipman.

Join the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Pre-Concert talks where ticket holders go behind the curtain and inside the score with these 30-minute pre-concert conversations featuring conductors and guest artists giving their take on the program. Talks begin one hour before performance time.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $28-$84
Phone: 719-575-9632

Sunday-Tuesday, January 29-31

A classic tale that has been entertaining audiences for ages. Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and even munchkin puppetry, as they travel through a re-imagined world of Oz. Passport to Culture is a program specifically designed for children and families to experience arts and culture outside the classroom and inside a world of imagination through performances, workshops and pure entertainment to foster the growth of visual and performing arts, science and cultural understanding in our community. Sensory Friendly performance on January 29 at 4:00 p.m. and student matinees on Monday and Tuesday, January 30-31. If you’re interested in bringing a school group to this show, please fill out our STUDENT MATINEE RESERVATION FORM.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Sun., 1:30; 4:00 p.m.; Mon./Tues. – Afternoon
Tickets: $40-$60
Phone: 720-509-1000

Monday-Wednesday, January 30-February 1

Call it “musical comedy heaven” (Rolling Stone). Call it “the most uproarious new musical in years!” (The Hollywood Reporter). Call it TOOTSIE! This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. Featuring a hilarious Tony®-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony-winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), this New York Times Critic’s Pick is “a joyful delight” (The Washington Post) that’s “so packed with punchlines, it should be called a jokebox musical!” (Bloomberg). “In these turbulent times, when the world seems out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll, TOOTSIE is it!”  –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $43-$98
Phone: 719-575-9632

NEXT WEEK: Wednesday, February 1



While this Parker Arts Lecture sold out quickly, PACE makes a recording of the event available online a day or two after the lecture concludes. Featuring Tammy Lee, Agent in Charge, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, this lecture recounts the August 2018 missing person investigation that turned out to be a family tragedy. Chris Watts became one of the most infamous family annihilators in American history after he confessed last year to killing his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and his two young daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. Prosecutors said he killed his family to start a new life with a co-worker with whom he was having an affair.  A resident of Frederick, Colorado, Chris appeared to be the “ultimate family man,” but that was quickly disproved after a failed polygraph test.  Chris ultimately confessed to the crimes and three months after committing them, Chris plead guilty to all charges and was sentenced to five life sentences plus 84 years in prison.  This lecture will discuss the role of the CBI in Colorado as well as highlight clues revealed and the techniques used during the investigation.

Link to Recordings

Thursday-Saturday, February 2-4

Rocky LaPorte’s appeal comes from his every-man, streetwise style of comedy. Delivering laughs in his trademark Brooklyn accent, he has become one of the most sought-after comedians in the country. Rocky most recently appeared on Season 8 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. His resume includes a slew of performances, including being a featured comic on Showtime’s The Godfathers of Comedy, a special starring five of America’s most hilarious Italian-American comics.

Rocky traveled with Drew Carey to Iraq to entertain the troops and was seen on the Showtime special Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie. Rocky has filmed his own Comedy Central Presents special and was voted the network’s second most popular comedian in a nationwide poll. Rocky has his own NBC pilot called the Rocky LaPorte Show. Rocky’s clean blue-collar style of comedy continues to increase in popularity as he travels the country.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$34
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday, February 2

At the turn of the 20th century, inventions by Thomas Edison and others introduced a new art form to the world: motion pictures.  From the early era of Nickelodeons and silent films to the era of “talkies” and the growth of Hollywood, movies went from a mere fad to an industry.

Now, with the introduction of streaming services like Netflix, films are evolving once again.  Join Active Minds as they roll out the red carpet and tell the story of movies.

Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-791-7323

Saturday, February 4

Snowflakes and magic are in the air for the annual Winter Ball. The Douglas County Events Center will be transformed into a wintery enchanted forest for the night. Dads and daughters, mothers and sons and families of all shapes, ages and sizes, are invited to a night of dancing and fun. Enjoy light refreshments, dancing, opportunity drawings and more. Professional photos and flowers will be available to purchase.

Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
6:00-9:00 p.m.
$15 per person
Tickets: Also Available at the Door
Info: 720-724-2083

“An entertainment that, in under two hours, brought everybody to a new plane of joy and love.” –Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tap Theatre is a vibrant dance company with a unique mission to preserve the quintessentially America dance form of tap and to take tap to the next level of creativity and innovation. The company stands apart from other dance companies by bridging the gap between tap and other forms of concert dance such as jazz, ballet and modern by adopting a conceptual and narrative approach to its work. Chicago Tap Theatre performs exclusively with live music provided by some of Chicago’s finest musicians playing everything from Duke Ellington to David Bowie. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$55
Phone: 720-509-1000

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