Ellie Goulding, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Red Rocks Amphitheater, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison. Tickets: $37.50-$44.95; $50 day of show. Information: 720-865-2494 or redrocksonline.com. Details: English musician Ellie Goulding returns to Red Rocks in support of her follow-up to 2010’s critically-acclaimed debut album “Lights.” Goulding’s latest studio album, “Halcyon,” offers a unique blend of traditional pop vocals and electronic backtracking with a digital edge. Watch Goulding shine as an emerging headliner at the world-famous, always-breathtaking Red Rocks Amphitheater, where she performed last summer as an opening act for pop-sensation Bruno Mars. This time, the spotlight will be all her own.
First Friday Art Walk with live music by the Skyliters, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Skylite Station, 910 Sante Fe Drive, Denver. Free. Information: 303-250-8393 or skylitestation.com. Details: Great artwork and live music combine for this free First Friday event. The Skyliters band features veteran musician Sam “Lungs” DeSiato (the Quirks), world-class drummer Michael Dawe (Robert Palmer, Roxy Music) and seasoned studio guitarist Jim Mercado (Hat Trick). Artist Elissa Mallin Dawe will showcase her “Eastern Night, Western Light” exhibit, a collection largely inspired by her 2008 relocation to Colorado. The event will feature free snacks and a full cash bar.
“Grey Gardens,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Tickets start at $31. Information: 303-856-7830 or vintagetheatre.com. Details: The Vintage Theatre showed guts and dramatic glory with its 2011 production of “Grey Gardens.” Starring the luminescent Megan Van de Hey and the charming Aurora native Deb Persoff, the show popped with endearing life and impressive stage presence. The show was one of the best to run in the Vintage’s old homebase on 17th Avenue in Denver, and now it’s set to stake out new theatrical ground in Aurora. The Vintage is remounting the production in its larger digs on Dayton Street. Van De Hey and Persoff will return, as will the crew that made the original production so memorable. From a massive set that transforms completely in the space of intermission to a story that’s at once heartbreaking and inspirational, “Grey Gardens” boasts all the ingredients of great theater. That much hasn’t changed since 2011.
Jeremy Hotz, 7:15 and 9:45 p.m., Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village. Tickets start at $23. Information: 720-274-6800 or comedyworks.com. Details: Jeremy Hotz is proof that Canada has much more culture to offer than Bryan Adams. The stand-up comic has won over audiences north of the border with his confused and flighty style. He’s won multiple awards for his work on Canadian television, and his HBO Canada show “Call Me Fitz.” His achievements aren’t limited to his native Canada. Hotz has starred in several big-budget Hollywood films, and he’s served as a writer for high-profile gigs like “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The deadpan, cynical style that’s made him such a success behind the camera is just as compelling and plain funny during his stand-up shows. This is a chance to see a rising comic star in an unfiltered setting. That’s something Americans, Canadians and anyone else can appreciate.
“Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets start at $36. Information: 720-509-1007 or lonetreeartscenter.org. Details: William Hauptman and Roger Miller tapped into a staple of American literature for their 1985 musical “Big River.” The musical based on Mark Twain’s 1884 novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is a retelling of one of the most important stories in the history of American literature, the musical retells the story of the young ne’er-do-well Huckleberry Finn and his voyage down the Mississippi with Jim, the escaped stage. The Lone Tree Arts Center’s production of the musical is set to capture all of the scope and scale of the original musical. The show features some of the metro area’s most accomplished actors, including Harvy Blanks, Rob Costigan and Randy Moore. Broadway vet Felicia Fields is also set to star in this epic show directed by Tony Award-nominated director Randal Myler.