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Whiskey Tasting, Winter Ball and The Sklar Brothers!

POSTED January 25, 2024

This weekend you’ll find plenty of things to do in Castle Rock and nearby locales! From whiskey tasting and the Winter Ball, to comedy, theater and classes. Just minutes from the new home community of Crystal Valley you can experience it all!

Thursday-Saturday, January 25-27

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. Caroline starred as Noleta Nethercott in the cult classic series Sordid Lives, and reprised her role in the film A Very Sordid Wedding, which ranked #1 on Amazon Films for a full month following its release. Most recently, she can be seen on the dais of Comedy Central’s Roast of Alec Baldwin.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $18-$26
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, January 26

Come celebrate the new year with a night of fun at Cherokee Ranch and Castle with our Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Tasting. Highlighting the Scottish Island of Islay, we are all in for a treat, as Professional Bagpiper and Entertainer Scott Beach tours us through the best single malt region of Scotland. Live bagpiping, an amazing staff and a night of adventure awaits you at the Castle.

Photo opportunities with Scottish bagpiper, Scott Beach, and mingling while you take in the panoramic views. Gather in the magnificent Great Hall, surrounded by  centuries-old art and antiques for a fully immersive and entertaining presentation. The five tastings will be accompanied by heavy appetizers. A cash bar is available with wine, prosecco, beer, and whisky specials and the evening includes a tour of the majestic Cherokee Castle.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:00 p.m. Doors/Tours/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Appetizers
7:30 p.m. Presentation/Tastings
Cost: $79.75 + $3.50 fee (Reservations Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

Friday-Sunday, January 26-28

Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme… You better get me to school on time!

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical is a two-hour, two-act show (plus intermission), based on the hit movie. The tuner follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?

Lloyd Webber produced the stage musical on Broadway and in the West End, penning 14 new numbers for the show, which additionally features all of the original songs from the movie. The composer’s tracks “You’re in the Band” and “Stick it to the Man” are well on their way to becoming rock solid standards, while the finale with “Teacher’s Pet” brings audiences to their feet.

School of Rock – The Musical, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. May the spirit of rock be with all who pledge allegiance to Lloyd Webber’s newest hit!”

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $39
Info: 303-805-6800

Saturday, January 27

Vamonos Pest is a five-piece rock and roll band covering music from 1968 – 2021. Formed in 2019, Vamonos Pest plays live throughout the Denver metro area.  You’ll hear familiar music from the 60s (The Beatles, Joe Cocker), 70s (Bill Withers, Doobie Brothers) 80s (Billy Squire, The Police), 90s (Oasis, Train), 2000s (Dirty Heads, Jack Johnson) and the 2010s (Manchester Orchestra, Twenty-One Pilots). 

The band members span generations themselves including Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers. Members of the band have been a part of the Denver music scene for over three decades. The band also comes in a three-piece acoustic version by the name Vamonos Unplugged. Tickets include touring the castle, live music performance, light appetizers and cash bar.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:30 Doors/Tours/Cash Bar
7:00 p.m. Light Appetizers; 7:30 p.m. Performance
Cost: $57.75 (Reservations Are Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

Saturday-Sunday, January 27-28

Head south for 40 minutes to the Rachmaninoff concert featuring Francois Lopez-Ferrer as conductor with a program to include Shawn Okpebholo, Zoom; Korngold, Concerto for Violin, and Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2. Don’t miss the 30-minute pre-concert conversations with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic group. Go behind the curtain and inside the score.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $44-$91
Phone: 719-575-9632

Sunday, January 28

SNAP combines polished illusion, Chaplinesque comedy and old-fashioned circus arts into a 70-minute whirl.” -The New York Times

Poof! Presto! Snap! Playing with space, time and the otherworldly, this eclectic ensemble of South Korean illusionists will boggle your mind with their impressive powers of prestidigitation. The seven cast members bring to life characters such as The Alchemist, The Dreamer, The Florist, The Oddball and a host of others to stage a fabulous fantasy experience for all audiences. Mixing dexterous sleight of hand, Chaplin-esque vaudevillian comedy and ingenious visual effects, SNAP conjures a marvelous, magical cabaret perfect for the whole family.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $32-$48
Phone: 720-509-1000

NEXT WEEK: Wednesday, January 31

Chris Voth has been a regular at Comedy Works for 20 years! Voth has appeared on Last Comic StandingComics Unleashed, and The Late Late Show. He just finished working as Ron White’s exclusive opener for his “Last Call” tour, doing over 200 shows at theaters all across the country. 

His first nationally released comedy album Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead Tired was released by Bad Password Records in April 2023. In addition, Chris is an award-winning filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in Camino Unreal, which has been featured at several film festivals this year. 

Beyond comedy, Chris teaches high school full time in Denver. He has a master’s in English and a doctorate in education, so expect smart, clever, fast-paced humor.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $18-$26
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday-Saturday, February 1-3

Randy and Jason Sklar began as one zygote and later guest starred in many TV shows. Including, Curb Your Enthusiasm, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, Playing House, IFC’s Maron, Better Call Saul, Glow, Roast Battle lll, CNN’s The History of Comedy. They can most recently be seen in FX’s What We Do In the Shadows.

The Sklars starred as conjoined twins in a memorable episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and as warring agents on HBO’s Entourage. The Sklars have also appeared in such films as Touchstone’s Wild Hogs, Fox Atomic’s The Comebacks, and the popular Netflix movie Teacher of the Year, alongside Keegan Michael Key. They also hosted the History Channel docu-comedy The United States of America and appeared monthly on Showtime’s Jim Rome in their regular segment Sklarred For Life. Their cult hit, Cheap Seats, is on ESPN Classic and they appeared in the regular segment The Bracket on ESPN’s SportsCenter. They regularly fill in as guest hosts for Jim Rome on his radio show.

They have two half hour Comedy Central Presents specials. The Onion A.V. Club named their comedy album Henderson and Daughters in their Top 10 Comedy albums of that year. They recorded, The Sklar Brothers: What We Are Talking About on Netflix to rave reviews. They later released another one-hour special – Hipster Ghosts – on the Starz Network.

Randy and Jason currently reside in LA where they record, View From the Cheap Seats, a podcast featuring guests from Bill Burr to Bob Costas. They also developed Dumb People Town, an animated half-hour comedy with Will Arnett.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$28
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, February 2

“Programming that enlightens as it entertains and grabs new listeners in the process.”
—New York Times

After the success of JALC Presents Songs We Love tour, this new and highly anticipated touring project from Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents celebrates the Great American Songbook in all of its playful and sophisticated glory.  Brought to life by two of this generation’s brightest stars, Bria Skonberg and Benny Benack III, each armed with prodigious trumpet talent and vocal charm. This talented duo will re-live and re-imagine some of the classic partners in jazz and popular songs by Gershwin, Ellington, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many more and joined by a who’s who of New York all-stars, this is an “unforgettable” evening of singin’ and swingin’.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $42-$62
Phone: 720-509-1000

Saturday, February 3

Head down the street for a journey to Atlantis – just minutes away from Crystal Valley. Dads and daughters, mothers and sons and families of all shapes, ages and sizes, are invited to a night of dancing and fun in a land under the sea. Enjoy light refreshments, dancing, opportunity drawings and more. Professional photos and flowers will be available to purchase.

Douglas County Fairgrounds, James R. Sullivan Events Center
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Admission: $18/pp
Info: 720-724-2083

Bert Kreischer’s career has evolved from being Rolling Stone’s 1997 “Number One Partier in the Nation,” to one of the top grossing stand-up comics in the business, and most recently, star of a major motion picture. According to Forbes, Kreischer has been hailed as, “one of the best storytellers of his generation, seamlessly and sincerely sharing anecdotes about his family and fatherhood while proving that there’s a way to take his [party-boy] antics into middle-age.” 

In March, Kreischer released his highly anticipated fifth stand-up special, Razzle Dazzle and his stand-up specials, Secret Time, The Machine, and Hey Big Boy are currently streaming on Netflix, as well. Razzle Dazzle has charted in the top five standup specials on Netflix and has been accompanied by at least one of his other three specials in the top 20 since its debut. Kreischer starred in and produced the film, The Machine, which premiered in the spring of 2023, based on his signature stand-up set recounting his true experience with Russian mobsters while on a booze-soaked college trip. The Machine has been in the top 10 on Netflix since its release on the platform.

In addition to being named “one of the US’s top stand-ups over the past decade” by The Guardian, Kreischer is a world-renowned top podcaster hosting Bertcast, with over 500 episodes, and 2 Bears, 1 Cave with Tom Segura, which consistently charts in the top 10 comedy podcasts worldwide. Bert also created, hosts, and produces the YouTube cooking show, Something’s Burning, which has gathered over 18.2 million views. On social media, Kreischer boasts impressive numbers, totaling 12.2M fans across all platforms, and 205.7 million total views on his YouTube channel alone

Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $25

In his New World Symphony, Antonín Dvořák frames his impressions of the music he heard in America through the lens of his Bohemian roots. For its 70th Anniversary, the Arapahoe Philharmonic will feature Masakazu Ito on guitar performing Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Chen Yi’s Ge Xu (Anitphony). Blind composer Joaquín Rodrigo interpreted the sounds from the gardens of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez to create a soulful meditation and unforgettable Guitar Concerto.
Chen Yi’s “Ge Xu (Antiphony) is inspired by the vividly competitive antiphonal singing of the Zhuang minority and folk dancing tune of the Yi minority in Southern China. “Masakazu Ito displayed conspicuous skill and tonal range… [he] proved himself to be a clean and technically adroit player, whizzing through thorny passages with aplomb.” – The LA Times

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $11-$32
Phone: 720-509-1000

Sunday, February 4

Yoga will take place in the Castle Great Hall, arrive at the Castle surrounded by nature and the beautiful mountainous Cherokee Ranch. Enjoy the wild turkeys in the meadow as you drive up to the Castle. Please bring your own mats. Class is taught by Stephanie White unless noted. Attendees will be able to explore the Castle with Castle staff immediately following Yoga. The Cherokee Castle is a rare example of a 15th century edifice containing world-class art and serves the public by producing an array of enriching programs.  Please note: there are no lockers, showers, or child-care facilities. Please do not bring food into the Castle. Limited mat rentals are available by advance arrangements with VIBE studio. 

Stephanie White, Co-Owner and Teacher, has studied meditation, yoga, acupuncture, naturopathy, and healing the body with the mind to help bring her body to a healthy state after a high risk, difficult pregnancy. 

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
9:00 a.m. Check In
9:30 a.m. Class
Cost: $36.50 Reservations Are Required
CALL: 303-688-5555

Cherokee Castle, with its majestic views and inspiring artwork often plays host to various expressions of Love! Enjoy a February afternoon rich with pure sounds of musical love notes that only vocals and piano combined can provide. These consummate artists will enthrall you with songs spanning the genres which share their excellence as true professionals. Repertoire may be from the Great American Songbook, pop hits, Broadway, and perhaps Ragtime. A few favorites they’ll share are “On the Street Where You Live”, “So in Love”, and “You Taught My Heart to Sing.” 

Ms. Perkins is acclaimed by industry insiders as, “that rare combination of beauty, smarts, comedic timing, as a wonderful singer and a magnificent actress.” 

Mr. Troy is a highly regarded jazz pianist, music director/instructor, recording artist, and arts educator, who may be recognized in Queen City Jazz Band, and from prior popular engagements at the castle, including with the Big Little Ragtime Band.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
1:30 p.m. Doors Open
2:30 p.m. Show in Two Acts 
Cost: $66 Reservations Are Required
CALL: 303-688-5555

The beautiful Belle finds herself in a spell-bound castle held captive by a beast…does she fall in love with the Beast before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl that has melted his heart? This show is filled with The Panto Company USA’s signature theatrical ingredients: lots of laughter, stunning costumes, music, and plenty of magic. The 4:00 p.m. show is a sensory-sensitive performance.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 & 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 720-509-1000

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