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Mariachis, Mother’s Day, and Henry Cho!

POSTED May 4, 2023
From tequila tasting and mariachi bands, to Mother’s Day Brunch, Caroline Rhea and Henry Cho – you’ll find plenty to do this weekend and next in Castle Rock and nearby locales!  Just minutes from the new home community of Crystal Valley there is music, comedy, theatrical performances, celebrity appearances and more!

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, May 4

Godsmack continues to receive critical acclaim for their powerhouse performances. put it best claiming, “In light of his recent statements declaring rock music dead, it’s clear that Gene Simmons hasn’t seen GODSMACK live. The Boston quartet’s headlining set packed in enough hits, distortion, fire, and bravado to singlehandedly shoot down any and all feelings that said genre’s funeral has come and gone.”

To date, GODSMACK have notched a staggering now seven number one singles on both the Billboard Mainstream and Active Rock Chart, including “Awake”, “Straight Out of Line”, and “I Stand Alone”. Moreover, they’ve enjoyed 21 Top 10 hits at the format—the most of any act since February 1999 as well as four Grammy nominations.  Selling over 20 million records worldwide, the band has also unleashed three consecutive albums at number one on the Billboard Top 200—namely Faceless [2003], IV [2006], and The Oracle[2010], placing them in league with Van Halen, U2, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, and Linkin Park who have also enjoyed the same streak. 

Fiddler’s Green, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village
5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$125

Thursday-Saturday, May 4-6

Caroline Rhea is a stand-up comedian and actress, best known for her role as Hilda Spellman on the ABC hit series Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and numerous comedy specials on Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime.

Caroline is currently starring in Disney Channel’s Sydney to the Max, and hosts Caroline and Friends, her hit game show for Game Show Network, now in its second season. She is a regular panelist on ABC’s Match Game with Alec Baldwin, and is often on other game shows such as Hollywood Squares and Funny You Should Ask.

Caroline was the host of the Caroline Rhea Show, has appeared as Linda Flynn Fletcher on Phineas and Ferb for over 10 seasons, and has guest starred on many hit series, including Two Broke GirlsThe Marc Maron Show, and The Grinder

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: $17-$25
Phone: 720-274-6800

Explore American pop culture through this brand-new exhibit! The Parker Artists Guild would like to invite you to Americana: Pop Culture at The Schoolhouse Gallery on Mainstreet. 

Parker Arts Schoolhouse Gallery, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
Schoolhouse Hours
Phone: 303-805-6800

Friday-Saturday, May 5-6

The life of butterflies is a magical journey from tiny egg to wriggling larva to silvery chrysalis to fluttering, flitting maturity. The theatrical sorcerers of this whimsical Italian troupe invite exploration into a virtual, multi-sensory world where the whirring sound of wings beating is mixed with glints of sunshine and pops of digital imagery. Visitors will discover a vibrant atmosphere of ever-changing landscapes populated by farfalle friends, two dancers, and the audience itself in an enchanting trip through this astonishing realm.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Fri./Sat., 12:30 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $7
Phone: 720-509-1000

Saturday, May 6

At princess Aurora’s christening, the malevolent Fairy Carabosse curses her to prick her finger on her sixteenth birthday and die, but the Lilac Fairy steps in and tempers the curse so she will sleep instead. Princess Aurora receives flowers from an old woman at her sixteenth birthday celebration. Inside is a spindle, and she pricks her finger. Aurora sleeps for 100 years until the Lilac Fairy finds her prince who awakens her with a kiss. A wedding celebration is held where all the fairytales are invited.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
1:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$40
Phone: 303-805-6800

As teenagers in Cuba, Tiempo Libre’s members studied classical music by day at Havana’s rigorous Russian-style conservatory La ENA.  At night they met up to play the traditional music of their island. After emigrating to the United States, the men formed Tiempo Libre, a band that has become known around the world for its sophisticated, dance-inducing concerts of a Cuban style of music called timba – a joyful combination of Latin jazz, traditional Cuban “son,” and other musical elements. Since their inception, they have garnered three Grammy nominations, the most recent for their album Bach in Havana, which melds classical tunes by Johann Sebastian Bach with the soul-stirring rhythms of salsa, merengue, and cha-cha.

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

Sunday, May 7

Mudra Dance Studio’s 15th annual recital and 30th original production is a beautiful blend of Mudra’s students rejoicing and celebrating their dance skills gleaned over the past year and sharing that happiness through movement, live Taiko drumming, music and audiovisual magic on stage! Celebrating the beauty of Life through Dance!

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 303-805-6800

Carmina Burana is a cantata composed in 1935 and 1936 by Carl Orff, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana. Its full Latin title is Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanae cantoribus et choris cantandae comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis (“Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magical images”). With 300 multi-generational performers from all around our community, this production of Carmina Burana will be an unforgettable experience that you do not want to miss! Directed by Music Director Josep Caballé-Domenech and featuring the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, the cantata is a side-by-side double orchestral performance. Also providing vocals will be the Festival Choir, organized by the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale. 

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $28-$36
Phone: 719-575-9632

NEXT WEEK: Tuesday, May 9

This performance is interactive theater at its best! Children will bring nursery rhymes and fairytales to life as they act out the adventures of this mischievous little cookie. Seedlings is a family program designed to engage parents and young children in arts, culture, and science at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Everyone in attendance must have a ticket – children that are 12 months and younger require a free ticket. Please call the Box Office to make arrangements.

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

Wednesday, May 10

The United States Air Force Academy Band presents Armed Forces Day In Concert with The Fourth Infantry Division Band at Pikes Peak Center on Wednesday, May 10 at 7pm! Don’t miss this exciting show in Colorado Springs!

Celebrate our nation’s Armed Forces!  This concert is FREE and open to the public, but tickets are suggested. Tickets are available for pick up at the box office and patrons without tickets will be seated 15 minutes before showtime.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 719-575-9632

Experience the timeless story of Romeo & Juliet in an engaging and modernized production. Sung primarily in English, Gounod’s opera and the original Shakespearean play are woven together for an adaptation sure to tug at the heartstrings. Join us for this abridged version of a timeless tale with live piano accompaniment.

Arts in the Afternoon is a monthly hour-long program that usually takes place once a month on a Wednesday afternoon at 1:30pm. The series features some of the finest classical, jazz, opera, and other musicians from the metro Denver area. Each show includes a significant educational component, with the professional musicians or their narrators sharing historical and artistic insights about the music they play. You can enjoy complimentary refreshments and conversation with artists after each performance.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22
Phone: 720-509-1000

In 2013, China announced a massive $1 trillion international transportation and trade infrastructure construction program known as the Belt & Road Initiative. This program, which is well underway, aims to finance, build, and supply material for roads, bridges, tunnels, railway lines, seaports, and airports for over 100 countries in the world. China is billing this as a modern version of the ancient Silk Road. Join Active Minds as we explore the history of the Silk Road as it informs an understanding of this contemporary effort.

Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-791-7323 or

Thursday-Sunday, May 11-14

Henry Cho’s adult but clean comedy is something everyone can enjoy. Cho has various TV and film credits to his name. He has made appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show, CBS’s The Late Late Show, and NBC’s Young Comedians Special. He served two years as host of NBC’sFriday Night Videos and has had many guest roles on various network sitcoms. Henry was co-creator, co-producer, and co-writer of The Henry Cho Show.

Henry’s one-hour Comedy Central Special, What’s That Clickin’ Noise? is currently running and he can also be heard daily on Sirius/XM and Blue-Collar Radio. He is also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Some of Henry’s film credits include Universal’s McHale’s NavySay It Isn’t So, and Material Girls.

Henry filmed the faith-based Indy film Saving Faith, in which he co-starred and was co-producer and has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film by the International Christian Film Festival. Henry recently completed production on a Hallmark movie The Farmer and the Belle- Saving Santaland. He’ll start shooting a TV pilot, Double Occupancy and also the film, Cheyenne soon and is working on his own project with Triple Horse Studios — the team behind Case for Christ.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 & 9:45 p.m., Sun. (family-friendly), 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9-$28
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, May 12

The LTSO welcomes Denver native, world-renowned concert pianist, Katie Mahan for our season finale. You will marvel at incredible artistry and talent as Katie dazzles us with a stunning performance of Mozart Piano Concerto #25 in an evening you are sure to never forget. Additional pieces performed by the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra will include Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Carl Maria von Weber’s awe-inspiring Der Freischutz – Overture, and selections from Stephen Sondheim’s enchanted fairy tale musical, Into the Woods. This is truly a concert you don’t want to miss!

The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra (LTSO) was founded by a small group of community members in September 2000. Over the years, the LTSO, under the direction of Music Director, Jacinda Bouton, has established a reputation for distinction and patron-pleasing performances, and is Lone Tree’s premier symphony orchestra. Our members are committed to enriching the community with music, providing audiences with memorable musical experiences.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $17-$27
Phone: 720-509-1000

Explore the world of tequila at Cherokee Ranch and Castle with information about Reposada, Anejo and Extra Anejo Tequilas, along with sampling these fine aged liquors. The focus will be specifically on the Mexican state of Jalisco, which is the equivalent in the tequila world as the state of Kentucky is to Bourbon. You will learn how tequila is produced, sample flavor profiles from each classification of Tequila and become experts on this wonderful spirit. Bring a date, a family member, friend or workmates and come enjoy a wonderful evening of discovery to learn all about Mexico’s quality spirit!

The five tastings will be accompanied by heavy appetizers, and a cash bar is available with wine, prosecco, beer, and drink specials.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:30 p.m. Cash Bar Opens
7:00 p.m. Appetizers; 7:30 p.m. Presentation
Cost: $83.35 – Reservations Are Required
CALL: 303-688-5555

Friday-Saturday, May 12-13

The three-time Grammy Award winning Mariachi Los Camperos bring the flavor of Mexico to Colorado Springs, including their skillfully arranged versions of classical melodies and traditional favorites, making up an unforgettably festive night.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$84
Phone: 719-575-9632

Saturday, May 13

The Falcon, Music of Flight is a short, humorous two-person play for ages 8+ by Josh Hartwell, combined with live music about birds performed by the Colorado Chamber Players, by Rameau, Haydn and Maria Newman. The play is directed by Betty Hart (DCPA, Aurora Fox, Local Theatre, Town Hall credits).

Darlene, a child with a vivid imagination, conjures up a friendship with her favorite winged comic book superhero, the Falcon. Darlene takes on several make-believe characters, and helps her superhero connect with a strong identity and sense of belonging.

Parker Arts Schoolhouse Gallery, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
11:00 a.m.
Tickets: $0 – $10
Phone: 303-805-6800

The line up includes Zapp, Midnight Star, Evelyn Champagne King, GQ, All-4-One, Color Me Badd, MC Magic Amanda Perez and A Lighter Shade of Brown. Headliner Zapp unleashes funky, high-energy music with a contagious groove built for dancing, loving and good times. Made up of masterful musicians who have been getting down together since the late 1970s, the group’s sizzling chemistry can be attributed to the fact that it has always been a joyful family affair. 

For over 30 years, Zapp has played in small clubs, venues and huge stadiums alongside massive legends such as Rick James, Cameo, The Time, Prince and mentor George Clinton. Though Roger sadly passed away in 1999, the thrilling Zapp legacy lives on, fueled by his original creative spirit, with the hard-working, fearless current lineup still cooking up crafty new material and playing to throngs of jumping fans.

Fiddler’s Green, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$184
General Info: 303-220-7000


Sunday, May 14

Your mother will feel like a queen when treated to brunch at the Castle. She will receive a rose and one free mimosa, while everyone accompanying her will enjoy a truly unique outing and relish the elegant atmosphere of Cherokee Ranch & Castle. The brunch buffet offers a seasonal menu of savory items and sweet breakfast pastries fit for royalty. The cash bar will feature bloody Mary’s, mimosas and signature coffee drinks 

for purchase and while the event is sold out, there may be a waiting list.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
Tour/Bar Open: 9:00 a.m.; Brunch 10:00 a.m.
INFO: 303-688-5555

Afrique en Cirque is a highly colorful creation featuring a handful of amazing acrobats, and musicians, performing their authentic choreography to the frantic rhythms of djembes and other native instruments of Guinea.

To the melodious sound of the Kora, artistic director and company founder, Yamoussa Bangoura takes us into an elsewhere that radiates the diversity of traditional African arts combined with the virtuosity of the North American modern circus performance. It’s breathtaking and highly unique and exciting to see!

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
1:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$40
Phone: 303-805-6800

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