Dino-soar. It’s Get Outside Day and the folks at Dinosaur Ridge on Saturday June 14 have a reason to drive a little ways west. From 10 am to 2 pm, Dinosaur Ridge AKA the Hogback of Morrison where I-70 meets the foothills in Golden, are offering free hands-on activities such as gold panning, fossil sifting, metal detecting and dinosaur track painting at the Visitor Center. Try geode cracking and sluicing for a small fee. Visit the Geocaching Colorado booth to learn about geocaching, borrow a GPS and search for geocaches and earthcaches hidden on Dinosaur Ridge. On the trail, guides will explain the geology and fossils along Dinosaur Ridge. Biking or hiking the trail is free or visitors can take the shuttle for $4/per person, under 3 rides free. Dinosaur Ridge is located just west of the C-470 exit at Alameda Parkway. Visit www.dinoridge.org/ or call 303-697-3466 x103 for more information.
City Park Jazz: Ritmo Jazz Latino, 6 p.m., Sunday, City Park, Colorado Blvd. and E. 17th Ave., Denver. Free admission. Information: cityparkjazz.org. Details: Forget boring brunches and ugly ties. The hippest way to celebrate Father’s Day with your pop is taking in some of the best jazz the metro area has offer in an outdoor setting. Denver’s free City Park Jazz concert series features some of the city’s best musicians, and the show on June 15 is no exception. Ritmo Jazz Latino, one of the area’s most talented Latin jazz ensembles, will take the stage. The group features accomplished musicians like Walter Barr, Paul McDaniel and Cristine Barbosa. A typical setlist covers jazz from Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and other Latin American musical traditions.
“American Mixtape,” Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Garner Galleria Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver. Tickets start at $36. Information: 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org. Details: The Second City improv troupe out of Chicago is legendary. Just look at a brief list of the company’s successful alums from the past 50 years: Dan Aykroyd, Tina Fey, John Candy, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, etc., etc. The Second City theater is a go-to source for cast members for Saturday Night Live, and it’s trained some of the most successful comedians of the past five decades. With that in mind, it’s always a treat to catch the young troupe members when they’re still in their formative stages. The upcoming “American Mixtape” touring show will spotlight some of the Second City’s most promising young troupe members. The show about dating, romance and love will offer Denver audiences a glimpse of performers who very well may be headed for an international stage.
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“Lobby Hero,” Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Tickets start at $26. Information: 303-856-7830 or vintagetheatre.com. Details: There’s something exciting about seeing a gritty cop thriller play out live on stage. The taut drama “Lobby Hero” by Kenneth Lonergan adds a more immediate dimension to the run-of-the-mill detective story. When it debuted in 2001, critics raved about the show’s intriguing plot and compelling characters. The show revolves around Jeff, a security guard drawn into a high-stakes murder investigation. The case draws in a wide cast of players, including a young rookie cop who has to drill down beyond loyalties and procedure to get to the heart of the case. The nuanced plot would fit into any number of popular TV cop shows, but the difference here is format. It’ll be tough for audiences watching the case unfold on the Vintage Theatre stage not to feel invested.
“Snow Queen,” 10 a.m., Friday, 1 p.m., Saturday, Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. Information: 303-739-1970 or aurorafoxartscenter.org Details: Each year the Aurora Fox hosts it’s ‘Little Foxes’ theater program for young actors across the city and each year the students offer better and better performances. This year, the production of “Snow Queen,” based on the story of the same name by timeless children’s author Hans Christen Anderson” made popular by the movie “Frozen,” will be on stage at the Fox. Directed by Hugo Jon Sayles, the production features a cast ranging from 7 to 16 years old with two adult actors. The story revolves around a queen cursing others to only see the negative around them. After her cousin falls under the spell, Gerda travels to save him from the spell and encounters talking flowers, a princess and a band of thieves along the way. Tickets are available from the Fox box office.