SCENE & HERD: Editor’s picks for week of Nov. 1


Evergreen is abuzz with laughs in WASP comedy The Dining Room

Ah, dining rooms. The room that brings families together for dinner and tears them apart afterwards because of a political argument started by your inebriated uncle talking about the Founding Fathers’ vision of gun rights. Feel better before this inevitable Thanksgiving argument by going to see a more dysfunctional family in the Evergreen Players’ production of the hilarious WASP comedy The Dining Room. A series of vignettes, each one introduces a new set of people and events, dovetailing swiftly and smoothly into a rich theatrical experience of compassionate humor and abundant humanity. Hopefully, it will give you both catharsis and empathy to your family members with different views. . . unless they don’t like the Broncos because are they even family at that point?

The show runs now until Nov. 11, Fri./Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for youth, $20 for seniors and students, and $25 for adults, all available at or 303-674-4934.

Et tu, ballet? The Nutcracker dances back to the stage this November

Colorado Ballet is presenting their 58th annual production of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs states, “Colorado Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker remains one of Denver’s favorite holiday traditions.” It’s not hard to see why. For one half, it’s the ballet version of Apocalypse Now where men are eaten alive by their enemies. The other half is anthropomorphic candy. Just anthropomorphic candy. If that doesn’t get you excited to see it, we don’t know what will.

The show begins its 27- show run Nov. 24 and ends Dec. 24. Tickets range from $30 to $155 and can be purchased at or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2. Tickets sell fast, so purchase tickets early. Dates and times of shows are available through the website.

Over the River and Through the Woods to Lousiville we go

It’s no secret that Americans love to watch Italian-Americans commit crime. Just look at The Godfather I and II, The Sopranos, Goodfellas, Casino, or Francis Ford Coppola for making The Godfather III. So it’s nice to see Italian-Americans represented in a humorous way in Coal Creek Theater of Lousville’s production of Over the River and Through the Woods. While Patsy’s may be gone, we’re sure that Italian spirit will live on in this comedy.

Show begins now until November 10. Fri./Sat. At 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Adult and senior/student tickets are $20 and $17 respectively. Group discounts are available. All tickets can be purchased by either visiting or calling 303-665-0955.

Frankenstein is brought to life with the help of the Lakewood Cultural Center

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a classic gothic tale of hubris, isolation, and mortality, so basically the thoughts we have when we think of getting McDonald’s at midnight. The Lakewood Cultural Center is working with Aquila Theatre, one of the foremost producers of touring classical theater in the United States. Don’t miss it so people don’t have to constantly tell you that Frankenstein is the scientist and the monster is known as Frankenstein’s monster.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. both Nov. 8 and 9. Tickets start at  $20 and can be purchased at, by calling 303-987-7845, or visiting the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway (Wadsworth and West Alameda Avenue).

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at Aurora Fox Theater Nov. 7

Heritage is important. It helps know who we are and where we came from. So head down to the Aurora Fox Theater on Nov. 7 to help celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

The event will feature Aztec Groupo Huitlzliopotchli, Native American storyteller Red Feather Woman and Mexican Folklorist  Rita Wallace.

Show begins at 12 pm. Aurora Fox Theater, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. Aurora. Admission is free. Parties of 10 or more please RSVP.  For more information call 720-329-0869 or [email protected]