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Fine Food, Fleetwood Mac and Photography!

POSTED May 3, 2018

Fleetwood Mac fans, this is your weekend! With not one, but two tribute concerts to the legendary band, you can choose between a classical interpretation of the great band’s songs or the sound-alike version! Also in the area are a bevy of classical music concerts, the Taste of Highlands Ranch event, and the 100th birthday celebration of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo! You will find plenty of entertainment to choose from this weekend near Castle Rock!

Thursday-Saturday, May 3-5

Christopher Titus is hoping to unite the country, one laugh at a time (Chicago Tribune). In his first purely political show, Amerigeddon, Titus attempts to move beyond all the divisiveness in the country. “I’m trying to bridge the divide in America through humor. Absurd ranting will bring the country back together.”

Anyone familiar with Titus knows that seeing him live is a journey that will leave you exhausted from laughter. To see one of Christopher Titus’ shows is to love him! Titus labels his new show “hard funny”—hard because of the content matter, and seriously funny because it’s Titus at his best! 

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

Friday, May 4

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start gearing up for fresh-air entertainment! What better way to get in the mood than joining your friends and neighbors at the Taste of Highlands, a fun-filled night of imbibing with the adult community! 

Featuring wine, beer, and spirits, as well as sumptuous cuisine from over 30 area restaurants, the event will also provide an outdoor beer garden with additional seating and music. A commemorative wine glass is included with admission while supplies last. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Eastridge Rec Center, 9568 University Blvd., Highlands Ranch
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$40
Phone: 303-888-0423

One of the greatest of all English orchestral works was born when a composer sat down at the piano after a stressful day. When Edgar Elgar began absently picking out notes on the piano trying to relax, his wife remarked on the pretty tune. Surprised, he paid more attention and continued to work with it—and ended up with fourteen variations of the now-famous Elgar’s Enigma!

Treat yourself to a lyrical clarinet concerto of this work, as well as other beautiful pieces, when internationally renowned clarinetist and Lamont School of Music Clarinet Chair, Jeremy Reynolds, takes the stage in Lone Tree.

Lone Tree Arts Center, Main Stage, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$25
Phone: 720-509-1000

Friday-Saturday, May 4-5

Any Fleetwood Mac fan will tell you that their songs are bigger than life, so putting the Colorado Springs Philharmonic behind a full rock band with vocals is a fitting way to honor their music!

One of the best-selling bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s timeless chart-toppers have spoken to generations of music lovers. From Second Hand News to Go Your Own Way, you will be rocking and singing along at this epic concert dedicated to this legendary supergroup.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24-$73
Phone: 719-520-SHOW

Friday-Saturday, May 4-5

Everyone knows the story of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men who rob from the rich to feed the poor—but a comedy? In this delightful kids’ version of the story— accentuated with music and zaniness—the entire family will have lots of fun and laughs!

Your kids will be rooting for the underdogs and having a great time in the process!

Schoolhouse Theater, 19650 E. Main St., Parker
Fri., 6:00 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8
Phone: 303-805-6800

Fine dining and big egos are what trendy New York restaurants are made of, and this zany one-man, one-act play manages it all! Sam Peliczowski is the out-of-work actor tasked with manning the reservation line at the hottest restaurant in Manhattan. He must deal with a cast of desperate callers (all played by the same actor) who will stop at nothing in their zeal to land a prime reservation at the right table. Don’t miss this regional premiere of Fully Committed, “a richly comic affirmation about the bad behavior that good food can inspire” (New York Times).

Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $18-$20
Phone: 719-634-5581

Saturday, May 5


It’s the 100th Anniversary of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo! Come join your friends and neighbors at a fabulous kick-off party to celebrate, and if you dress up in your best Old-West outfit you could win a prize for best costume! 

Featuring a farm-to-table home-style dinner, live comedy and music with Jolly Demis, and a chance to bid in a silent auction, it’s sure to be an entertaining evening! Mingle with professional rodeo athletes and watch the unveiling of the 2018 Commemorative Poster by artist Cindy Welch as the community celebrates this momentous occasion!

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75-$600
Phone: 303-919-3934

If you want to experience Fleetwood Mac the way they sound on their classic album, Rumours, this is the concert you can’t miss! This performance is a stunning recreation of Fleetwood Mac’s sound, note for note and cut for cut. Classic Albums Live is a group of skilled vocalists and musicians who honor the work with no gimmicks, no make-up or other illusions often employed by other tribute bands.

Rumours was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed albums released in the 1970s. Many of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits, including Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way, The Chain, and Dreams will be masterfully duplicated on stage in this performance. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, Main Stage, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $33-$40
Phone: 720-509-1000

Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6

Take your photography to the next level! In this intensive two-day hands-on workshop, professional outdoor photographer and experienced workshop facilitator John Fielder will help you develop your talent. The class is open to photographers of all levels but will especially be helpful for practiced beginners and intermediates. The program consists of a slide-based lecture, field shoots on the majestic pristine property of Cherokee Ranch & Castle, and interactive critique session on participants’ laptop computers. 

With both a sunset and sunrise field session scheduled, you will learn how to make the most of natural lighting, including the incomparable “golden hour” light. Field instruction addresses both the understanding of camera functions and techniques of composition. Also included in the instruction is the post-processing of your images with computer programs such as Adobe Lightroom. Participants must bring their own camera—from DSLRs to iPhones. Everyone is qualified to attend (class size limited to 16).

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. AND Sun., 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration: $850
Phone: 303-688-5555

Wonderbound is an American dance company that lives at the convergence of tradition and innovation, vulnerability and courage, intimacy and openness. Always committed to bringing groundbreaking performances to the stage, this show features talented musicians from the Colorado Symphony and breathtaking choreography from the renowned San Francisco dance troupe, Smuin Contemporary American Ballet.

Madness, Rack and Honey fuses dance, music, and poetry in a remarkable way. Using an “insanely long poem” as the foundation for movement and inspiration for the overall structure of the piece, choreographer Garett Ammon takes Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra and spins it into a grand gesture of desire, sensuality and rapture. This irreverent work received glowing acclaim from San Francisco critics and audiences, and now you can embark on this zany and quixotic escapade near Crystal Valley.

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$40
Phone: 303-805-6800

Sunday, May 6

Choose between two exciting spring-themed programs presented by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association (CSYSA)—or attend both! Made up of more than 350 musically talented youth from more than 60 schools in the Pikes Peak Region, the CSYSA will present Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony at its first performance.

Later in the evening, CSYSA’s Allegro Strings, Vivace String Orchestra, Bravo! Winds and Ovation Youth Orchestra will perform Spring Extravaganza, a dazzling array of fresh-as-springtime classical tunes. You won’t want to miss your chance to hear the powerful music of the most comprehensive instrumental music program for youth in this part of the country!

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
3:00 p.m. (Program I); 6:30 p.m. (Program II)
Tickets: $22
Phone: 719-520-SHOW

As the subject of the stirring documentary, Surviving Skokie, Jack Adler is a passionate advocate for the Golden Rule. Adler was one of the youngest Holocaust survivors, and he has made it his life’s work to share his story in the hope that nothing like the horrors of the Holocaust ever happens again. 

After the screening of this powerful documentary, Adler will be on hand to share inspirational words with the audience. He often speaks to audiences comprised of students, military and communities saying, “Some of you are our future leaders, so it’s important that you never tolerate any racism or bigotry.” His testimony is a guiding light in the promotion of justice and respect among all people.

Lone Tree Arts Center, Main Stage, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Phone: 720-509-1000

You don’t need to venture far from Crystal Valley to find fun diversions for the entire family! With the wide variety events nearby, you can choose pure entertainment, educational or interactive things to do. If Crystal Valley isn’t home, stop in and tour the stunning new models offered by D.R. Horton, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes. The latest designs are available in ranch and two-story models and priced from the high $300s.


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