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Motown, Cinderella and the Shamrock Stampede!

POSTED March 17, 2022

From Ray Charles and Fleetwood Mac tributes, a Cinderella ballet, St. Patrick’s Day/Weekend fun, runs, and spring break happenings, this weekend is FULL of things to do near Castle Rock. Take your pick of art classes, movies, music and enjoy. 

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, March 10

For artists aged 6 to 12, let your imagination run wild as you learn how to create a pair of mythical wings. These can be for a dragon, fairy or even butterfly wings. Using alcohol inks to create an underpainting for the wings, students will have fun exploring how to move and manipulate the inks to create a colorful and “mythical” painting. Students will then design a stencil of their wings that they will use to draw and then paint upon as part of the alcohol ink underpainting. Your finished project will be a stunning pair of storybook wings! 

Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Rd., Greenwood Village
10:00 a.m.
Registration: $25

Friday, March 18

This exciting trio performed last summer in a courageous “parking lot concert” at the PACE Center. Jeff Jenkins drives the Hammond B3 organ at the center of this group which has been instrumental (pun intended) in hundreds of classic jazz albums. Guitarist Mike Abbott and drummer Mike Marlier round out this group. 2B3 will not only perform selections from their acclaimed recording presenting the music of Jimi Hendrix, but will play tunes from their latest R&B release. Think the music of Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke, but for a rockin’ organ trio!

Parker Arts Center, The Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $24
Phone: 303-805-6800

Paraclimber Maureen Beck learned how to rock climb one-handed through trial and error— one of her early adaptive climbing innovations involved taping a metal ladle to her arm. It wasn’t long before she was tackling some of the hardest climbs by a one-handed athlete, securing two world championships in the process. In her constant pursuit of new challenges, she journeyed to Canada’s Cirque of the Unclimbables to attempt the first unassisted adaptive climb of the Lotus Flower Tower. With her trademark humor and wit, this 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year will chronicle her journey as one of the foremost leaders in the sport of paraclimbing. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$45
Phone: 720-509-1000

Cherokee Ranch & Castle is a great place to relax and enjoy tasting wine, as Melissa and Natalie will lead you through a tasting of six delicious winter wines. Join them in a beautiful castle setting for what promises to be an entertaining and educational event. Charcuterie appetizers will accompany your tasting. When the tasting is completed, enjoy a complimentary glass of your favorite wine and admire our centuries old art and antiques. A cash bar will be available to purchase additional glasses of wine. You may also purchase your favorite bottles to take home.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
6:45 p.m. (Doors Open); 7:15-8:15 (Tasting)
Phone: 303-688-5555

Friday-Saturday, March 18-19

Joe “Mr. D” Dombrowski is a comedian and kindergarten teacher best known for his viral social content where he humorously captures the chaos of elementary school. You’ll probably recognize Joe for his Spelling Bee prank video which captured the hearts of 20 million people overnight. Since then Joe’s comedy has been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, Pickler & Ben, and BuzzFeed, just to name a few.

This summer, Joe will be performing at comedy clubs and theaters across the country on his School’s Out for Summer Tour. You can find him online at @mrdtimes3 or download his podcast Social Studies, where Joe laughs you through the wild world of his kindergarten classroom.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Fri./Sat, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$60
Phone: 720-274-6800

Ellis Hall, blind since the age of 18 has been described as the Ambassador of Soul. Citing Ray Charles as his inspiration, Hall has written over 4000 soul, gospel, blues and pop songs, and has performed with Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, Toby Keith, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Bobby Womack, Sheila E, Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and Ray Charles. Charles signed Hall to his record label Crossover Records Due to his extensive musical education while in school, Hall eventually mastered the drums, piano, keyboards, guitar, upright and electric bass. He was able to develop and define himself as a vocalist as well, possessing a 5-octave range. and mentored him until his death in 2004.

His performance with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic is a soulful celebration of the R&B roots and deep passion for the heart and soul of music that Ellis Hall and Ray Charles shared. Hits include “Georgia on My Mind,” “Ain’t No Mountain,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “Let the Good Times Roll” and more.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$83
Phone: 719-575-9632

Saturday, March 19

The RUN to Change Lives™ community is a passionate group of people of all athletic abilities here to encourage each other to reach our full potential and Change Lives Together along the journey. As part of that effort, the 4th Annual Shamrock Stampede will see runners from all over the state run in the Lucky 7K, a 3.3K, and a FREE 1K Kid’s Sham-Scram Family Fun Run/Walk.

With music from Irish bands all morning to get your pre-race pump on, and to help you celebrate post-race with the 105 West Brewing Company, onsite to pour one free beer per participant over 21. And each registered runner will enjoy a FREE plate of piping hot Flippin’ Flapjacks for fuel and filling up! A Back to Health Expo with plenty of vendors to help you take back your health will be set up at the event site, and there will be plenty to see and do. It’ll be a fun-packed St. Patty’s Weekend all morning long!

Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
8:30 a.m.
Entries: $25 (early bird pricing) to $45

Littleton Youth Ballet presents the full-length ballet Cinderella. Enjoy the beauty of Cinderella, her crazy Stepsisters, and the wicked Stepmother in a performance that is the perfect way to introduce your child to the arts. All performances are professionally presented with beautiful backdrops, costumes, and scenery performed by talented young dancers from the Denver Metro Area. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Sat., 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $26-$38
Phone: 720-509-1000

Laugh out loud in this hilarious, fun-packed series at the PACE Center, featuring two hilarious comedians – an opening act and a headliner, for one low ticket price! Portland comedian Alex Elkin started his stand-up comedy career in 2016 after winning the prestigious 41st Annual International San Francisco Comedy Competition. In July 2018 he was honored in being chosen to go to Kuwait, Baghdad, Iraq and Syria to entertain the troops. 

Elkin is the 2018 champion of the Hard Rock Casino’s Annual Comedy Cage Match. When he’s not home with his wife of 19 years and his three children, you can find Alex Elkin appearing in a variety of TV series and headlining comedy clubs across the country. And he’s the voice of DEREK the RACCOON in the upcoming animated TV series The Tuttle Twins released through VidAngel Studios! 

Also appearing, Dē Kelley, who has been a comedian for more than 14 years. He brings a unique style of comedy which mixes a variety of material pulled from everyday life, storytelling and often even impromptu audience interactions. Dē first caught the comedy bug while doing skits for his track team in college and now performs all over the U.S. 

The Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
7:30 p.m. (Parental Advisory: Adult language and humor)
Tickets: starting at $24
Phone: 303-805-6800

Fleetwood Mask is the ultimate tribute band recreating the magic of Fleetwood Mac’s best live shows. In 2012, Fleetwood Mask was formed to honor the legacy of Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood Mask brings audiences the very best of Fleetwood Mac’s 50-year history with a focus on the 1975 forward five-piece version of their lineup that catapulted them to super stardom. Fleetwood Mask has played nationally for nearly a decade to music lovers from all corners of the U.S. and each group member provides their character’s select equipment, persona, and performance bringing audiences a truly authentic Fleetwood Mac experience. Endorsed and authorized by Mick Fleetwood himself who says, “Fleetwood Mask is the best. They ARE the closest to the real thing! A true talent, a true class act.”

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $34
Phone: 303-805-6800

Tuesday, March 22

On Sunday, February 9, 1964, close to 50 percent of U.S. television viewers tuned in to the number one variety show of the era, The Ed Sullivan Show, to see the American debut of a British group called The Beatles. This was the beginning of a cultural phenomenon known as the British invasion. On March 22, 2022 at Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, audiences will experience The British Invasion – Live on Stage (, an all-new live concert event that showcases the most popular music from that era. Featuring songs from The Rolling Stones, Dave Clark 5, The Animals, The Kinks and Dusty Springfield, this immersive multimedia show will place the audience front and center of pop culture history.

From the producers of The Simon & Garfunkel Story, The British Invasion – Live on Stage will showcase the music and how it impacted art, fashion, literature, changing the very essence of pop culture and redirecting history. Featuring an all-live band with huge projection period photos along with original film footage, the show will focus on British music that dominated the charts and the airwaves with bands such as Manfred Mann, The Searchers, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Zombies, Freddie & The Dreamers, and Herman’s Hermits along with dozens more.

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

Wednesday, March 23

Everyone’s favorite Denver Pro, John Novosad, also known as Hippieman, is a seasoned veteran of stand-up comedy. He has toured extensively over the years and continues to do so from the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to the Aspen Laff Festival, High Plains Comedy Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival, and the prestigious Bridgetown Comedy Festival. 

John also hosts a comedy/variety show called, Hippieman’s Plan for America. On this show he presents comedic solutions to problems facing today’s America. A favorite at Denver’s Comedy Works, John’s disarming presence and sharp wit create a versatile and engaging performance every time! 

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14
Phone: 720-274-6800

Blippi The Musical brings the energetic and loveable character Blippi off the screen and onto the stage with world-class production, audience engagement and amazing music. Children across the world have quickly taken to Blippi’s charismatic personality and innovative teaching lessons. In the live show they will continue to learn about the world around them while singing and dancing along with this one-of-a-kind show. In just a few years since his inception, Blippi has become a global sensation with over 34 million YouTube subscribers and one billion views per month. Blippi is also available on some of the largest premium streaming services such as Hulu, Amazon Prime, Roku, Virgin Media and Kidoodle.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$65
Phone: 719-575-9632

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