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Dance Into the First of June!

POSTED May 31, 2018

Dance, dance—and more dance! This is the weekend to catch a dance performance by students from the Colorado School of Dance and the Denver Ballet Academy! From Tiny Tots in Tutus to advanced students who could pass for professional, these hard-working and graceful young people will delight and amaze you! It’s also the first Friday in June, which means First Friday Downtown in Colorado Springs—featuring First Friday arts events such as a Happy Hour Stand-Up and hilarious musical comedy. Get June off to a good start by getting out and enjoying all the area has to offer!

Thursday-Saturday, May 31 – June 2

In case you missed the viral video on social media, Moses Storm is the guy who set up his own birthday party at an LA airport restaurant—and turned the hilarious escapade into a half-hour documentary! If you like comedy based on phenomenal storytelling and real-life events, you won’t want to miss Moses Storm on stage—he was recently The Moth’s Grand-SLAM winner!

Wherever he goes and whatever he does, Storm likes to stir things up and create unconventional interactive entertainment. On his late-night debut last fall, Storm received a standing ovation on Conan! He was also a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and holds the prestigious honor of being chosen as a “New Face” at the 2015 Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Storm is currently developing his solo show called An Evening with Moses Storm.

Comedy Works-South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30; Fri./Sat., 7:15 and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$24
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday-Sunday, May 31 – June 3

Set in a French Riviera resort town, this farcical musical comedy is based on the movie by the same name. When a big-time, smooth-talking British con man meets a small-time American crook on the way to the coastal villa, they quickly discover the town isn’t big enough for the both of them!

They make a wager that the first to con $50,000 from a beautiful young heiress will win the right to stay in the town solo, and the other will have to leave. A delightfully jazzy score accompanies the escalating antics of the two con men as they battle it out over the young woman and her riches! Winner of 11 Tony Awards, New York Theatre calls the play “funny, not infrequently clever, with a nice sprinkling of the outrageous!” Recommended for ages 16+ due to adult language and humor.

Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$45
Phone: 719-634-5581

A real-life work of art, butterflies remind us of the inspiring beauty and fragility of nature. Learn more about these flying masterpieces by visiting the spectacular exhibit Becoming Butterflies, a fascinating interactive wonderland produced by the CU Museum of Natural History. Follow some of the world’s most captivating insects throughout their entire life cycle, on their courageous journey to transform from a tiny egg to a creeping caterpillar to a delicate winged flyer. 

Learn how butterflies impact our lives and the role we play in their survival. See brilliant images of Colorado butterflies and specimens from the collection. Immerse yourself in the role of butterfly biologist studying four species through hands-on activities. Discover how some of our favorite foods are a result of the relationship between caterpillars and plants. By the time you leave, you will have a new appreciation of these magnificent, magical insects!

CU South Denver, 10035 S. Peoria St., Lone Tree
9:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8-$12 
Phone: 303-315-9444

Friday, June 1

As part of Colorado Springs’ vibrant First Friday Downtown events, Colorado College’s Fine Arts Center hosts their FREE First Friday Art Party in the fabulous Deco Lounge, with an art deco vibe accented by Dale Chihuly’s Blue Sapphire Chandelier! Enjoy refreshments and a chance to peruse the artwork, mingle with other art lovers, and maybe even stay for a theatre performance!

The featured artist for June is Lupita Carrasco, a Colorado Springs native who has used art as a coping mechanism for her tumultuous childhood. Her vibrant Mexican culture and traditional Roman Catholic upbringing are apparent influences in her individual artistic language. Carrasco’s paintings are as rich in emotion as they are in color and detail. Her creative process reflects a lifelong compulsion to investigate and merge the images and themes that surround her and live in her imagination.

Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 719-634-5581

What do you get when you cross happy hour with stand-up comedy? A great time! If you are attending the First Friday Art Party, why not stay and catch the hilarious, innovative comedy of Mitch Fatel, a seasoned entertainer who has been the number one requested comedian on Satellite Radio and has appeared numerous times on both the Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. 

Fatel excels at winning over audiences with his apparent innocence and friendly demeanor, only to catch them off guard by following with mischievous dialogue and off-color comments. You find yourself laughing at observations only Fatel can get away with, while wondering if he truly understands what he just said!

Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone: 719-634-5581

What could be better than a delightful evening sampling delicious wine and food in the company of fellow animal lovers? The annual Woof & Wine event takes place in a beautiful brand-new venue that includes a large outdoor patio and offers spectacular views of the surrounding city and mountains!

Enjoy live entertainment by Maestro Hughes, “The Hip-Hop Violinist,” as well as silent and live auctions. All proceeds directly benefit the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, so your enjoyment will also help countless furry friends! 

Schomp Mini, 1001 Plum Valley Ln., Highlands Ranch
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75
Phone: 303-703-9238

Saturday, June 2

As Parker’s very own dance school, Colorado School of Dance has been part of the PACE Center for 15 years! Their annual recital, Shine Bright, is a chance for students to show what they have learned. 

This recital is the thrilling first performance for some students while others are veterans on the stage, but all have worked diligently throughout the entire dance season for this fun-filled weekend! With a variety of ages and dance styles including jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and more, there’s something for everyone to love!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
9:00 and 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $16-$22
Phone: 720-292-5686

The Denver Academy of Ballet showcases the hard work of their students over the past year in their annual Spring performance. Featuring students from Tiny Tots in Tutus through advanced ballet levels, Seasons is a versatile performance with many dance forms, including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap and contemporary. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, Main Stage, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19-$36
Phone: 720-509-1000

The Company and Junior Company of the Denver Academy of Ballet are advanced students beyond Ballet Level IV who have built on their love of dance with an emphasis on performance and choreography. The result is a dazzling professional dance program!

You won’t believe these are still students! Dancers perform inventive choreography by talented choreographers as well as excerpts from full-length classical ballets in this inspiring program. Don’t miss the year-end company performance from one of the premier dance schools in Colorado!

Lone Tree Arts Center, Main Stage, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $19-$36
Phone: 720-509-1000

Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3

The familiar story from the Disney movie is made even more magical when performed as a ballet with children dancers! Journey to this exciting land full of dancing carpets, magical sceneries, and tap-dancing genies! This full-length dance production by the students of the Colorado School of Dance brings the classical story of Aladdin to life in a new way—with outstanding dance performances that the entire family will enjoy!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
2:30 and 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$22
Phone: 720-292-5686

Sunday, June 3

With the arrival of June comes bushels of goodies from the farm! Bring the whole family down to Highlands Ranch Town Center to pick their favorites from the wide variety of local produce, breads, pastas, sauces, flowers and more! Don’t forget to bring plenty of shopping bags—the market will be overflowing with Colorado’s bountiful offerings!

Town Center South, 9288 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch 
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
Cost: FREE

Break out your daughter’s best princess dress and head over to a real castle for a fairytale party she won’t forget! Fancy snacks and beverages, mingling with other princesses, and the opportunity to make her very own crown are just some of the highlights of this special party! Guest princesses will be on hand for photo opportunities! 

Reservations are required, and since this is a child-oriented event, castle tours will not be conducted as part of this event. 

Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35
Phone: 303-688-5555

Who better than children to explore the idea of family in its many forms? The world-renowned Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale will perform Broadway hits that revolve around the idea of family, including selections from Fiddler on the Roof, Secret Garden, and the Addams Family, as well as songs from more current Broadway shows. These are songs you know and love, performed by a group that has been wowing audiences each spring with their annual Broadway performance!

Because this show is all about families, the group is partnering with REACH Pikes Peak, an agency that advocates for low income families to help them through the rough spots and to work towards self-sufficiency. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items and essentials to donate, including canned baby food and powdered formula, hygiene items and diapers, and gently-used clothing for all seasons—but especially winter coats.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$30

Music, Theatre and More near Crystal Valley!

You don’t need to venture far from the Crystal Valley area to find events for the entire family! There are a wide variety of things to do nearby, including recreational, free educational events and entertainment. Stop by if you are in the neighborhood and visit the striking new models offered by D.R. Horton, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes. Crystal Valley homes are available in ranch and two-story models and priced from the high $300s.


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