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Riverdance and Egg Hunts Near Crystal Valley!

POSTED March 29, 2018

Dance performances—including the blockbuster Irish dance sensation Riverdance—headline the list of activities for the weekend, followed closely by Easter egg hunts, jazz concerts, hilarious adult comedy shows, and children’s theatre! You don’t need to go far to find great entertainment for the entire family in near Crystal Valley!

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, March 29

You know you are at that transitional time in life if you find outrageous truths flying freely from your mouth—unless, of course, you’re suffering a temporary memory lapse. Hot flashes, night sweats, snappy comebacks? You aren’t over the hill, you’re over putting up with all the crap! Don’t just tolerate getting older, CELEBRATE IT with this hilarious all-woman comedy show featuring your favorite female Denver comedians! 

You know Stephanie McHugh from the KOOL 105 morning show, Nickelodeon’s Funniest Mom in America, and Speed Dating. Stephanie delivers hilarious, quirky surprises around every corner. Joining her is Nora Lynch, a stand-up comic on MTV and A&E, as well as a writer for Comedy Central. Nora pulls no punches and is known for her sharp stinging wit. Nancy Norton has over 20 years of comedy headlining experience and has appeared on A&E, Nick at Nite, and PBS in her one-woman show. Nancy is high-energy authentic and in the moment.

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

Audiences all over the world have been captivated by the exuberance of the original Riverdance Irish dancing experience. Don’t miss your chance to be swept away by the energy, beauty and sheer joy of this contemporary take on a traditional art form! Riverdance’s 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song, drawing on Irish traditions but propelling them into the present day!

If you have been lucky enough to catch a Riverdance performance sometime over its 20-year run, you’ll be thrilled to see new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand-new number, Anna Livia, featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella, hard-shoe number.  A spokesperson for Riverdance describes this tour as “a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”

The Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs          
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $48-$68
Phone: 719-520-SHOW

Thursday-Sunday, March 29-April 1

Don’t miss the “best Broadway Musical in years, with the finest score in a decade” (Huffington Post)—a refreshingly honest story through the curious eyes of a child. Fun Home is the winner of multiple 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical. The innovative score punctuates the heartrending and fiercely funny journey of Alison through memories of her life at three different ages. 

Alison’s father was many things: a historical preservationist, a funeral home director, a distant parent, and a closeted gay man. Based on the best-selling graphic memoir, Fun House is the story of Alison’s struggle to understand her father while also dealing with her own budding sexuality, resulting in a production that is “a rare beauty, extraordinary and heart-gripping” (New York Times). This show is recommended for ages 14 and older.

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

Friday, March 30

 How to pick a side when the Douglas County Police Officers are up against the SkyView Academy students and teachers? Come for this friendly but spirited volleyball tournament between the pros and the rookies, all for a great cause! All of the proceeds will go to the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Foundation, which provides training for Law Enforcement organizations across Colorado. Make an evening of it with concessions like hot dogs, nachos, soda, popcorn, and candy! Tickets will be sold at the door, with a donation box nearby if you’d like to donate above and beyond for our police officers. Sheriff Tony Spurlock is planning to attend and would love to chat about the importance of law enforcement training!

SkyView Academy Gym, 6161 Business Center Dr., Highlands Ranch
5:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $5-$10

Here’s a secret that jazz aficionados share: there isn’t a more relaxing and engaging way to spend a Friday evening than kicking back and grooving with a really great jazz band! And with the always-excellent Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra on stage, you know it will be a night to remember! As Colorado’s best ensemble performing classic big band and modern jazz, the CJRO regularly sells out its concerts all over the Denver Metro area. 

This performance is all about Charlie Parker, one of the most virtuosic and innovative saxophonists of the bebop era. Musicians of the CJRO, combined with string players from the Parker Symphony Orchestra, pay tribute to the jazz genius and some of his most influential recordings. To top it off, jazz vocalist Heidi Schmidt will also be joining CJRO to perform such bebop-era tunes as How High the Moon, I’m Old Fashioned, and Tea for Two.

Schoolhouse Theater, 19650 E. Main St., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22-27
Phone: 303-805-6800

The only thing as good as a jazz concert is hanging out with fellow concert-goers afterwards for drinks and dessert! Luckily, Vines is offering the space (and sweets!)—you take care of the drinks and your friends!

Vines Wine Bar and Bistro, 19501 Main St., Parker
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Friday-Saturday, March 30-31

You have been warned! That wholesome guy, Bob Saget—once the chuckling host of America’s Funniest Home Videos and cast member of the family-friendliest Full House—has a dark side. And, for adults only, is it ever funny! Who would have guessed that Saget has been an out-of-his-mind, Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian for over thirty years? From his HBO special That Ain’t Right to his scene-stealing cameos in Entourage and The Aristocrats, it’s always effective when Saget embraces his dark side.

Saget most recently directed and starred in the independent film, Benjamin, with an amazing ensemble cast. He also co-starred in the film, A Stand-Up Guy, and completed a nine-week run on Broadway in the Tony-nominated play, Hand to God. Full of surprises, Saget is sure to deliver a show that won’t disappoint!

Comedy Works-South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
7:15 and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $40
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday-Sunday, March 30-April 1

If Spring Fever has struck, and you’re ready to start planning your garden and home innovations, the Castle Rock Home and Garden Show is here to assist! With three days of exhibitors and displays—and an endless supply of inspiration—you are sure to find creative approaches to all of your home and garden challenges. 

Douglas County Fairgrounds & Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
Fri., 12:00-6:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

When brave Androcles pulls the thorn from the Lion’s paw, he can’t imagine how this single act of kindness will be repaid in the future. A timeless story about the power of compassion and friendship, this play is based on one of Aesop’s favorite fables. This version for the stage playfully casts the characters in the style of Italian commedia dell’arte, using stock comedic characters to portray the fable in a funny theatrical experience. Androcles and the Lion is a prize-winning play that has been enjoyed by countless audiences all over the world.  Warm and funny, this is a play the entire family will love! The performance is recommended for children ages 5 and older.

Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Fri., 6:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$20
Phone: 719-634-5581

Saturday, March 31

Grab your Easter basket because the Easter Bunny is coming to Crystal Valley! The kids will need a big basket to collect all of the goodies they find to take home. With brunch for everyone and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself, your children won’t want to miss this unique event and photo op! 

Pinnacle Recreation Center, 2160 Fox Haven Dr., Castle Rock
9:00-11:10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Phone: 303-663-1294

Fun for the entire family, the annual egg hunt at O’Brien Park is sponsored by churches in the Parker area. The kids will enjoy an exciting morning of hunting for candy-filled eggs and prizes. Join in the fun and spend a lovely spring morning in the park with your friends and family!

O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Phone: 704.292.5200

Every year, the Colorado School of Dance pairs up with the Children’s Hospital Colorado to present a very special show, Dance for a Difference. This year’s theme is Shine Bright, featuring Becca, the Make-A-Wish spokesperson and dancer from Parker. The show is all about making a difference in the lives of children who are afflicted by health struggles. Dance for a Difference is a platform for local children, ages 5 to 18, to make a real difference in their communities and gather support for the Children’s Hospital.  

This year the matinee show will feature future dance stars who take just one class a week from the dance school, with the evening show featuring the more seasoned dancers of Colorado School of Dance’s Artistic Performance Company. All ticket proceeds go to the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation.

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
2:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$25
Phone: 303-805-6800

Sunday, April 1

Florence had sparked the great Russian composer’s imagination many times, but none more than Tchaikovsky’s last holiday to the golden city. Suffering from a bad case of writer’s block, Tchaikovsky had a breakthrough as he composed what would be his final piece of chamber music, Souvenir de Florence, and the trip also provided a draft of the entirety of his opera, The Queen of Spades

The Chamber Music Series presented by the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music proves you don’t need a full orchestra to enjoy the masterpieces of classical music. Featuring small ensembles performing majestic pieces, each concert showcases DU music students, whose talent rivals that of any career classical musician.

Schoolhouse Theater, 19650 E. Main St., Parker
2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $22
Phone: 303-805-6800

Nature is the Soundtrack in Crystal Valley! 

The master-planned community of Crystal Valley is nestled in nature and located five minutes from downtown Castle Rock and the Outlets, with shopping, dining and plenty of entertainment options. Check out the beautiful models from Kauffman Homes, D.R. Horton, and Richmond American Homes. New ranch and two-story designs in Crystal Valley are priced from the $300s.


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