The Mix: Top Aurora/Denver entertainment picks for Nov. 19-25



Gears & Grub Trivia with Denver Food Rescue 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 19, Green Spaces 1368 26th St., Denver. Visit for more information.

Whenever there’s mention of trivia, bike tune-ups, and free food and beer, it’s pretty much guaranteed that an evening is going to be a raucous, well-lubricated good time — both for the bike gears and livers in attendance. But when you add the option to learn about and possibly lend a hand in increasing food equity across metro Denver, well, then that’s just gravy, friend. Local nonprofit Denver Food Rescue is readying just such an evening Nov. 19, with their first-ever member rally, which is slated to be replete with trivia, suds and grub compliments of the talented veg-heads over at City, O’City. For the unfamiliar, DFR works to reduce wood waste around Denver and Aurora by biking fresh, but unwanted produce from grocery stores and food distributors to community centers, where it is then given out for free to neighbors who need it. They also provide food for local refugees by working with Project Worthmore right here in Aurora, so you don’t have to feel like a Benedict crossing the border at Yosemite. See what the DFR buzz is all about, maybe get a bit buzzed yourself, and find out how you can get involved with one of the neatest nonprofits in town.

Homebrewer’s Night at Dry Dock 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 19, The Brew Hut, 15120 E. Hampden Ave. Free. Visit the Dry Dock Facebook page for more information.

It’s finally here. After months of tinkering, adjusting and adding everything in the kitchen sink to the army of stainless steel pots in your garage/basement/kitchen, the time has come for you to debut that sometimes good, sometimes bad, your-friends-say-they-really-like-it-but-never-take-more-than-one-sip brew to the world. Dry Dock is hosting their regular home brewer’s night Nov. 19, giving every weekend warrior suds-slanger a chance to showcase his or her bottled baby to the increasingly high-nosed, beer-guzzling masses. With many a local home brew diehard sure to be in attendance, it’s sincerely a great chance to bounce ideas off of other aficionados, talk ingredients, and all the rest. When an event is billed as a great opportunity to talk to other brewers on their Facebook page, you know it’s going to be something.


THE.MIX.11.19.IIIA TUNA CHRISTMAS: Thurston, Arles, Bertha and Joe Bob. No, they’re not Ted Cruz rally attendees; they’re the inhabitants of fictional Tuna, Texas. Just two actors, Christian Mast and Seth Maisel, play all the roles, making for a quick-changing, fast-paced and assuredly yokel-friendly performance. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 & 21, & 2 p.m. Nov. 22, at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden.  Tickets start at $23; call 303-935-3044 or visit

Coming to America 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 3 p.m. Nov. 22, ACAD Gallery Theatre, 1400 Dallas St. $26 at the door for adults, or $23 with reservations. Call 720-492-9479 for more information or to make reservations.

We don’t think there could be more a pertinent or cogent show to cap a week inundated with xenophobia than the one Theatre Esprit Asia is debuting this Saturday at the ACAD studio in Aurora. “Coming to America” features three one-act vignettes centered on the stories of folks coming to the U.S. from Vietnam, Iran and China. Two of the three playwrights, Peter Trinh and Maria Cheng, are TEA veterans, having performed for the still newly formed theater several times in the past — Cheng is also the founder and executive director. Jon Vogels and Lilli Hokama are newcomers to the TEA scene, however, and will make their debut with ‘Foundations” the tale of a young woman who flees Iran to become an architect in the U.S. Sure to be entertaining, enlightening and astronomically relevant, don’t miss this chance too support Aurora’s booming theater scene and catch three tales for the price of one.

Red Riding Hood 6:30 p.m., Nov. 19, Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy. Call 303-987-7845 or visit for more information.

You pretty much can’t go wrong when it comes to Phamaly Theatre Company, and the local troupe’s newest production promises to fall in line with that trend. “Red Riding Hood” spins the classic tale of the maroon-caped crusader on its head, and blends in a few extra pinches of fantasy. Written by Mike Kenny and lyrics by Julian Butler, this weekend’s show in Lakewood marks the show’s last metro area tour stop for 2015, although i will be back in the area and throughout the state next spring. Tickets start at $5.