The Seventh Annual Colorado Burlesque Festival Two shows Thursday, July 7, followed by a Friday VIP intimate showcase and late night naughty nightcap. Events Saturday and Sunday, July 9 & 10. Visit www.coloradoburlesquefestival.com for details and prices.
We still haven’t quite figured out the origins of the burlesque scene in Denver — other than Lannie’s in the Clocktower needed more than just magic shows and Ms. Garrett’s exceptional voice to fill the room throughout the week. But in any case, the scene here at a mile high has evolved beyond “burgeoning” and is a full-fledged entertainment phenomenon in its own right.
Colorado Black Arts Festival Through 8 p.m. July 8, 9 & 10, at Denver City Park West, 17th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard., Denver, colbaf.org or 888-363-1823. Parking available in the park and the blocks around west City Park.
Now in its 30th year, the Colorado Black Arts Festival has offered the best in local arts, dance and music from Colorado’s black culture. This year, the three-day festival will again celebrate the culture and history of Colorado’s African and black culture with the theme of “Origins.” The top performer to grace the Kuumba Stage this year is Denver’s own Sheryl Renee. There will be a community drum circle, and the Boogaloo Celebration Parade is always worth watching. Admission is free.
The Colorado Irish Festival July 8, 9 & 10 at Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, coloradoirishfestival.com or 303-973-1209. $10 to $16 per person daily passes.
Colorado may be a long way from Ireland’s green shores, but that doesn’t mean the Celtic doesn’t hold sway in the Centennial State. All the proof you need is at the Colorado Irish Festival, a three-day celebration from July 8 to July 11 that features all the best in terms of Irish music, drink, food and culture. From hurling contests to traditional jigs, this celebration in Littleton is set to spotlight just how deep Irish roots run in Colorado. It may be a bit of a drive from Aurora, but it’s a much shorter trek than that vacation to Ireland. Tickets start at $10 in advance, to $16 at the gate on weekend days.
case/lang/veirs at Denver Botanic Gardens 6:30 p.m. July 10, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. Ticket prices vary. Visit concerts.botanicgardens.org for more information.
Barely a month removed from their eponymous debut, case/lang/veirs is already being billed as the next best supergroup, and deservedly so. Featuring uber accomplished musicians Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs, the trio serves up cerebral yet bouncy indie-pop that will make for an ideal soundtrack at The Gardens. And sure, it may be “sold out,” but it’s also 2016 and Craigslist, StubHub and the like are superb digital marketplaces to snag a few last-minute entry slips.
“The Addams Family” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8 – 31. Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Dr., Evergreen. Adult tickets start at $25. Call 303-674-4934 or visit evergreenplayers.org for more information.
Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Thing, Lurch and all of the other members of 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 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. Also, a word to the wise: Do not — repeat, do not — google the theme song from the Addams’ eponymous TV show. Unless, that is, you want that little ear worm bouncing around your noggin for no less than 36 hours.
“No Sex Please, We’re British!” 7:30 p.m. July 8, 2 p.m. July 9. No show on Sunday, July 10. The John Hand Theater, E. 1st Pl., Denver. Tickets start at $12. Call 720-530-4596 or visit thisisspotlight.com for more information.
The folks at Spotlight Theatre could not have planned this one better. Fresh on the heels of the “Brexit” heard ‘round the world, “No Sex Please, We’re British!” could just as easily be the headline of an upcoming edition of The Borowitz Report as the title of a farcical comedy at the John Hand Theater in Denver. For the moment, only the latter has come to fruition. The show centers on a young couple who must scramble to ride themselves of a wrongly addressed parcel teeming with Scandanavian pornography. Luke Allen Terry directs.