THE MIX: Top Entertainment & Events in Aurora-Denver, May 12-18

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Grand Opening of Illegal Pete’s on Colfax Activities start at 7 a.m. May 13. Illegal Pete’s 2001 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Start times for different event vary throughout the weekend. Check the Illegal Pete’s Facebook page for more information.

Just because it’s Friday the 13th doesn’t mean that life has to be surrounded by rain clouds and frowns. It’s still a Friday. Celebrate the latest installment of that peculiarly voodoo-ridden day this Friday with free beer, bodacious burritos and stiff margaritas at the newest outpost of Illegal Pete’s on East Colfax Avenue. The latest hipster institution to invade Denver’s nefarious artery, Pete’s will be slinging breakfast starting at 7 a.m. May 13, followed by discounted drinks and Happy Hour starting at 3 p.m. The following day, May 14, the festivities will continue with beer provided by New Belgium Brewing Company. A $10 donation to Denver Food Rescue at the door gets you no-cost New Belgium suds until the pourers run out. Mile High Soul Club will begin spinning vinyl on-site at 6 p.m.

Intro to Digital Photography Class 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19, The Collection Gallery, 9801 E. Colfax Ave. The class runs for four weeks, Thursdays through June 9. The entire series is $50, single class drop-ins are $15. Register at thecollectiongallery.webs.com.

The second installment in an ongoing series catered to the deaf community, the team at The Collection Gallery on East Colfax Avenue is hosting digital photography classes for the next four weeks. Taught by local photographer Kat Mills, classes will cover lighting techniques, photo editing and technical overviews on printing and exposure. Classes will be taught in both American Sign Language and English.

ONSTAGE

"Catch me If You Can" opens Friday April 22nd and runs through May 15th at the Aurora Fox Arts Center. Photo Credit; Christine Fisk Starring Tim Howard, Keegan Flaugh, Heather Lacy, Sharon Kay White, Andy Sievers, Lindsay Fuller, and a stellar ensemble of singers and dancerCatch Me If You Can 7:30 p.m. May 13 & 14; 2 p.m. May 15 at The Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. For more information, call 303-739-1970 or visit www.aurorafoxartscenter.org.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Leonardo DiCaprio finally shed the primary label of “International Playboy” by finally winning an Oscar earlier this year. And not a moment too soon. His portrayal of Frank Abagnale, Jr., in Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can” helped launch the musical of the same name, taking a much livelier approach to the tale of the serial chameleon, posing under any number of identities while on the run from the authorities. Directed and choreographed by Piper Lindsay Arpan, starring Tim Howard as Frank Jr. and Keegan Flaugh as Carl Hanratty. As we previously reviewed, the show is a mathematical anomaly, defying the maxim that the sum must equal the total of all the parts. The musical boasts a killer story, some of the best musical writers in the business and a famous movie as a kickstarter, and the Fox has once again accumulated astounding talent and an eye-popping set. Don’t miss this real life blockbuster before it leaves The Fox for good May 15.

November 7:30 p.m. May 12, 13 & 14; 6:30 p.m. May 15.  The Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver. Tickets are $27.50. For more information, call 303-321-5925 or visit avenuetheater.com. The show runs through May 21.

The journey to find decent political theater these days is a short one. A simple jaunt to The Internet, a newspaper, or just about any damn public space in this 3,000-mile-wide swath of varied land yields some take on the latest stunts pulled by the hot dogs currently running for the nation’s top post. And most of it is absurdism. For a slightly more comical and less consequential dose of political satire, the Avenue Theater is serving up “November,” the raucous farce penned by David Mamet. The show follows the beleaguered quest of President Charles Smith as he foolishly attempts to win a second term. A lot of goofy antics — not far removed from Politico headlines — ensue. John Ashton directs.

TBND 1“The Boys Next Door” Curtains at 7:30 p.m. May 13-14, 2 p.m. May 15, at The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Pl., Denver. Tickets are $22. 303-562-3232 or www.firehousetheatercompany.com.

Once able to lay claim to the title of “most-produced play in America,” Tom Griffin’s classic is storming back into the metro this summer. The show follows the toils and tribulations of four disabled men who are supervised by jaded social worker Jack. Set in urban New England, the heady production is a reminder that humans are humans, no matter their capacity. Andrew Uhlenhopp, Greg West, Luke Terry and Joe Von Bokern star as the featured foursome, and Peter Marullo assumes the role of Jack,