Things to do in Denver this weekend
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Though originally set in Texas, this musical fits Colorado perfectly as it encapsulates the Christmas spirit as explored through the lens of the Hispanic community.The show, written by Anthony J. Garcia, incorporates songs by the well-known Mexican-American songstress Tish Hinojosa to highlight the bonds of family in an increasingly busy holiday season, and how those families keep their ethnic traditions alive. Hinojosa will even join the cast for a few numbers.
What: A performance of “Á Colorado en una Noche de Navidad” (“To Colorado on a Christmas Night”) .
Where: King Center, Denver
When: Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Info: 303-296-0219 or http://www.suteatro.org.
Most sculptures carved from bronze, clay, wood or other mediums exist to be admired. But one form, the ice sculpture, lasts for a only a short period of time, and perhaps they’re more beautiful for it. The Denver Downtown Partnership’s Ice sculpting in Skyline Park brings a talented ice sculptor to town for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each day, the sculptor will carve a giant block of ice into a unique, holiday-themed sculpture that will only last for the duration of the day; it will later be destroyed to make way for the next sculpture. While they work, they’ll be accompanied by holiday music swirling in the background. It’s a rare, free opportunity to see an unusual artistic skill unfold right before your eyes.
What: Ice Sculpting in Skyline Park.
Where: Skyline Park, 1825 Arapahoe St., Denver
When: Friday through Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Info: http://www.downtowndenver.com or 303-534-6161.
For a ’30s-era celebration of song, dance and everything naughty or nice about the holidays, you can’t beat the St. Julien Hotel’s Holiday Revue. Led by cabaret singer and dancer Kim Franco, of the famous Cabaret Diosa, the show descends upon the St. Julien’s elegant ballroom and features songs like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and “Count Your Blessings.” It’s all done tastefully, but a few flirty moments with burlesque artists like Peggy Tulane mean kids under 12 shouldn’t come. Amidst all the ragtime and hot jazz, don’t forget to dress up: This was a swingin’ time, when dames wore flashy dresses and fellas wore suits, especially during the holidays.
What: St. Julien Hotel Holiday Revue
Where: St. Julien Hotel, Boulder
When: Sunday, 7 p.m.
Info: Call 720-406-9696.
To slow down the holidays, take in a performance of Colorado Homegrown Tales’ “In A Holiday Mood,” wherein local authors give dramatic readings based on their holiday memories. Some are funny, others offbeat, while others simply seek to warm the cockles of your heart. Featured authors include Linda Berry, Margaret Coel, Will McCarthy, Wayne Faust and Beth Groundwater (pictured). “Vaughn, New Mexico, Christmas Eve 1956,” a memory piece by playwright and director Terry Dodd, might remind some of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”
What: Colorado homegrown Tales’ “In A Holiday Mood.”
Where: The parlor at the Byers-Evans House, on Bannock in Denver.
When: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Info: Call 720-233-0811 for reservations.
By Dec. 26, Christmas and Hannukah will be gone, but take a break from presents, because the oft-forgotten Kwanzaa is just beginning. The principles behind Kwanzaa (Swahili for “unity”) include unity, self-determination, responsibility, sharing, purpose, creativity and faith, so it already bears something in common with the Big Two. Denver’s Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre helps launch Kwanzaa in style with a blowout parade, which audiences are encouraged to join with dancing, drums or any other instruments you’d like to bring. The parade begins at The Five Points and marches all the way to the troupe’s home base on Park Avenue. Whether you’re a veteran or a newcomer, it’s never too late to join a Kwanzaa celebration.
What: Kwanzaa Pamoja Parade and celebration
Where: Parade leaves from Welton and 26th in Denver.
When: 6 p.m., Wed. Dec. 26.
Info: Call Sadora Jackson at 303-371-4793.