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Family Fun in Crystal Valley

POSTED January 18, 2018

Activities for the entire family abound this weekend just outside of Crystal Valley! With a variety of kid-themed musicals and magic shows, you’ll find an event everyone can warm up to. For adults, choose from stand-up comedy and a Poe-inspired evening of imbibing to an afternoon of classical music. There’s something for everyone to do this weekend in and around Castle Rock!

Thursday-Saturday, January 18-20

With an inclination for the stranger things in life, Jake Johannsen is a self-confessed weaver of weird tales. Bringing his quirky intelligence to the world of comedy, he has amassed an impressive collection of fans, including David Letterman. With more Letterman appearances than any other comic (44 to be precise), he also earned gigs on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Politically Incorrect.

Late-night exposure led to his very own HBO comedy special, “This’ll Take About An Hour,” which was rated one of the “10 best television shows of the year” by People Magazine and received a Cable Ace Award nomination for Best Writing in an Entertainment Special. TV Guide named it one of the “50 Funniest Moments of TV.” Don’t miss Johannsen’s bizarre take on life and his uniquely intelligent style, which have made him a regular at comedy clubs all over the country. 

Comedy Works-South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $19-$27
Phone: 720-274-6800

An unusual group of sweet characters work together to deliver special wishes to the top of Chocolate Mountain in this fanciful musical for all ages. Fudgie the Bear and his friends find they have more in common than they think in this new theater work, based on the children’s storybooks by Beta Smisek. With original music score by Linda Weise, the Colorado Springs Conservatory premieres this delightful show at Studio Bee this weekend.

Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Thurs./Fri., 7:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone: 719-577-4556

Thursday-Sunday, January 18-21

These days, it’s common to wonder what in the world is going on with the weather, and after watching this fascinating exploration of the dynamic forces that shape our planet, you’ll have a better idea!

Extreme Weather goes places where few have gone. In this stunning 3D movie, you will travel to the edge of 300-foot tall glaciers collapsing, to the front lines of massive wildfires, and directly in the path of deadly, yet mesmerizing tornadoes. Follow researchers and everyday heroes as they uncover surprising connections to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.

CU South Denver, 10035 S. Peoria St., Lone Tree
1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8-$10
Phone: 303-315-9444

Keep those New Year’s exercise resolutions by spending some time on the ice! Skating is a great workout, with the added benefit of spending quality time with family and friends. With public skate time available every day, skates to rent, and a reasonable entry fee, you won’t have an excuse not to partake in some old-fashioned fun.

Rink at the Rock, 414 Perry St., Castle Rock
Thurs., 4:00-8:00 p.m.; Fri., 4:00-9:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Cost: $6-$11
Phone: 303-688-7488

Friday-Sunday, January 19-21

One of the most popular animated films in history is now live on stage! Join the precocious Princess Ariel as she follows her heart and dreams ashore, far from her ocean home. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. 

With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, you will be swept away by this heartwarming classic with its irresistible songs, including Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, and Part of Your World. Presented by Parker Arts and Inspire Creative, this sensational musical fantasy will charm the entire family!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $24-29
Phone: 303-805-6800

Friday, January 19

A self-proclaimed “nerd in a suit” who happens to love magic, Matthew Brandt has been entertaining audiences in the Denver area with his unique brand of magic for over 10 years. This weekend he brings his delightful show to Highlands Ranch!

Funny, charming and “a little neurotic,” Brandt says he loves to entertain and if he can make one person’s day better, he says he’s had a good day. He specializes in stirring the imagination and believes that in magic, there are no limits.

Recreation Center at Southridge, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd., Highlands Ranch
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8-$11
Phone: 303-791-2500

Be the first to catch the rising stars of tomorrow in visual art, music, and theatre from the University of Northern Colorado’s College of Performing and Visual Arts. UNC alumni, friends, and prospective students are invited to a special performance and a dessert reception.

The 2017 Southard Award Winners from the School of Art and the School of Music will present an exhibition and a musical performance. Outstanding students from the School of Theatre Arts and Dance will perform a New York Showcase, and the evening will feature a presentation from the 2017 Arts Innovation Award winner.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $28

Saturday, January 20

Steam up a chilly January day with an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) as access points for discovery! In this fun workshop for the entire family, CU Boulder students and community partners will demonstrate how plants and animals solve survival challenges. 

Experiment with your own “STEAM” ideas by observing, predicting, building, testing and creating. Through hands-on exploration, families will make observations and discoveries about how structures and processes in nature solve problems in our changing environments.

CU South Denver, 10035 S. Peoria St., Lone Tree
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8-$12
Phone: 303-315-9444


A mid-winter tasting that will warm you from head to toe! Bring your friends or make new ones as you sample an assortment of warming libations and delightful treats that are sure to please your palate! 

A selection of hot cocktail recipes, liqueurs, and spirits from Davidson’s Beer, Wine & Spirits will raise your spirits and inspire your social calendar. Leave with a collection of recipes to showcase at your next winter gathering!

Recreation Center at Southridge, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd., Highlands Ranch
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$35
Phone: 303-791-2500

This is a celebration you simply can’t miss: Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th birthday party! The original Master of the Macabre, poet Edgar Allan Poe, is portrayed by Chautauqua scholar and actor David Skipper, who brings Poe to life in a mesmerizing one-man show. The performance will include a reading of his horrific tale of revenge, A Cask of Amontillado, the haunting poem, Annabelle Lee, and of course, The Raven, as you gather in his parlor by candlelight, savoring desserts and perhaps a glass of Amontillado inside the magnificent castle. 

Don’t miss the second of the Candlelight Classics series before it sells out! Reservations include a castle tour, dessert, a meet-and-greet photo op, and a cash bar.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35
Phone: 303-688-5555

Join two-time Grammy-award winners Riders in The Sky as they salute iconic western movie, music, and TV star Roy Rogers, the undisputed “King of the Cowboys.” The musical evening features audience-friendly favorites from Roy’s long career that include Don’t Fence Me In, Pecos Bill, Happy Trails, and more, in the Riders’ high yodeling style. Film clips of Roy’s greatest moments on screen with Trigger, Dale Evans, and the Sons of the Pioneers are included, as well as a film montage tribute to “The Greatest Sidekick of ‘Em All: Gabby Hayes!”

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $28-$45

Sunday, January 21

What to do with fidgety kids on a Sunday afternoon? If they have a serious case of the sillies, you may want to bring them to the wackiest musical in town!

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe—a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$10

“One of the five best quartets in the state” (Denver Post), the Veronika String Quartet hails from Moscow but has become a beloved part of the chamber music scene in Colorado. By recording and broadcasting for Colorado Public Radio, these veteran performers have single-handedly revitalized the chamber music scene in the region. 

Recognized throughout the state of Colorado, the quartet has appeared frequently on NPR’s Colorado Spotlight Series. It regularly receives grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts for launching its own popular and critically-acclaimed concert series in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Known for its innovative programming, the Quartet is committed to performing a wide range of repertoire, from beloved classics to neglected masterpieces.

Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Phone: 719-634-5581

Classically Crystal Valley!

The homes in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley are simultaneously classic and trend-setting. Homeowners here love the natural surroundings and the variety of things to do nearby. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and visit the beautiful 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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