Gunner Harrison doesn't let go as his sheep tumbles at  the Arapahoe County Fair on July 23, 2015 in Aurora, CO. (Photo by Trevor L Davis/Aurora Sentinel)

Little Shop of Horrors 7:30 p.m. July 29 and 30; 2 p.m. July 31. The show runs through Aug. 21. Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave. Golden. Tickets start at $27. Call 303-935-3044 or visit minersalley.com for more information.

Playing at the always entertaining Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden through Aug. 21, Carter Edward Smith and Jacquie Jo Billings take the reins as leading lovers Seymour and Audrey, respectively. Jamie Billings is slated to direct this morbid classic, originally penned by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers Performances at 8 p.m. July 29 and 30; 6 p.m. July 31. 1560 Teller St., Suite 200, Lakewood. Tickets are $28. Call 303-232-0363 or visit theedgetheater.com.

We don’t think that there’s anyone more worthy, or deserving, of putting on a one-woman show than Emma Messenger. After taking home a Henry Award last year for her role in “‘Night, Mother” at Aurora’s Vintage Theatre, Messenger is hitting Lakewood with yet another larger-than-life role in Sue Mengers, a brassy Hollywood agent who repsresented some of Tinsel Towns brightest stars. Josh Hartwell directs. The show closes July 31.

The Addams Family Performances at 7:30 p.m. July 29 & July 30. 2 p.m. July 31. Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Dr., Evergreen. Adult tickets start at $25. Call 303-674-4934 or visit evergreenplayers.org.

Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Thing, Lurch and all of the other members in America’s quirkiest clan are squirming their way back into the local collective conscious this summer. With music and lyrics penned by Andrew Lippa, the 2010 musical based on the macabre cartoons by famed illustrator Charles Addams will be featured on Fireweed Drive this summer, with Timothy Kennedy taking directorial duties. McKenna O’Meara plays Wednesday and Edie Cherubino assumes the role of Morticia. The show closes July 31.


LCD Soundsystem reunion tour Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 2-3, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison.

By all accounts, this shouldn’t be happening. You’re not supposed to do what James Murphy and Co. did, which is announce you’re breaking up, stage an amazing farewell tour and document your last show with a 21st century equivalent of “The Last Waltz.” But it’s happening, alright. LCD Soundsystem are back to playing live shows again, which — considering their studio-perfect albums — are miracles unto themselves.


Denver County Fair Hours vary. July 29-31. Doors open at 4 p.m. July 29 and close at 6 p.m. July 31. The National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. Adult tickets are $10. Tickets for kids ages 5-12 are $5. For more information and a complete list of events, visit denvercountyfair.org.

The spur-heeled folks on East Quincy Avenue aren’t the only ones celebrating county-wide merriment this weekend. Equal parts Comic Con, concert and good ole fashioned street festival, the Denver County Fair is the beatnik older sibling of its counterpart in Arapahoe County — one that went to art school, drinks yerba mate by the gallon and opines the shortcomings of Tolstoy. Slated to host a “Freak Show,” kitten pavilion and “Pokemon Go” lure party, the gathering is sure to offer a bit more than your standard cotton-candy-and-corn-dog fare.

The Arapahoe County Fair July 18-31. Hours vary.  Gates open for the first time at 4 p.m. July 28. Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave. Adult tickets are $10 if pre-purchased or $15 at the gate. Parking is $5. Kids shorter than 36 inches tall are free. For a full list of events and times, visit ArapahoeCountyFair.com or call 303-795-4955.

Grab your best pair of cowboy boots and hockey-turned-rodeo helmet because it’s time for the Arapahoe County Fair. We’ve once again reached that special weekend, when about 20,000 visitors descend on Aurora’s eastern prairie to watch folks wrastle cattle, drink craft suds and cheer on canines as they leap into pools of water. Scheduled to host a livestock auction, craft brew fest and, of course, the fan favorite mutton bustin’ — during which youngins suit up to ride around a dirt pen atop a rambunctious sheep — this year’s gathering should be a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time.