THE MIX: Top Entertainment & Events in Aurora-Denver, Oct. 13- 19

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AROUND TOWN

Aurora FallFest 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oct. 15, Fletcher Plaza beside the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave. Free. Visit auroragov.org for more information.

lastromance_003As if a recent debut of a vampire musical wasn’t enough, autumn will officially and unequivocally slam into north Aurora this weekend. Saturday, Oct. 15, marks the arrival of the 21st annual FallFest in Fletcher Plaza, complete with pumpkin bowling, an obstacle course and giant tic-tac toe. The local fair, featuring live music, crafts and games like giant Jenga for kids, was the brainchild of Doris Emsley, a north Aurora community leader and former member of the neighborhood action team, according to Peg Alt, a community development outreach specialist with Original Aurora Renewal. The first incarnation of FallFest took place in 1995 and stemmed from Emsley requesting $50 from OAR to host a small gathering for about 35 children in the then-new Beeler Street Community Garden, according to Alt. Located at 1675 Beeler St., Emsley worked with the city and Denver Urban Gardens to develop the garden in 1992. This year’s festival will also feature bluegrass tunes compliments of Lonesome Days, brass music from the Gora Gora Orkestar and ditties from south of the border at the hands of Las Dahlias.

DANCE

Kim Robards Dance: Musings on Motion and Music 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15, Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St., Brighton. 1 p.m., Oct. 16, KRD Venue, 9990 E. Colfax Ave. Tickets range from $5-$20. Call 303-825-4847 for more information.

The maven of metro area dance is back for her fall performance this weekend, offering two different times and locations to catch her latest work: The Armory Performing Arts Center in Brighton on Saturday and at the KRD Venue on East Colfax on Sunday. Discounted tickets start at $5.

ONSTAGE

The Glass Menagerie Showtimes vary Tuesdays through Sundays Sept. 9 – Oct. 16. No performance on Mondays. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Ricketson Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver. Tickets start at $35. Call 800-641-1222 or visit Denvercenter.org for more information.

Based on a Tennessee Williams short story entitled “Portrait of a Girl in Glass,” “The Glass Menagerie” dissects the buttoned-up mayhem of the Wingfield family, a semi-proper southern clan that slowly, but systematically unravels. The tribe consists of Tom, a poet drowning in self-inflicted mediocrity who’s forced to provide for his mother and sister by working for $65 a day in a shoe factory; Laura, a disabled shut-in who is socially paralyzed by her own anxiety; and Amanda, the hen-like southern matriarch obsessed with the opulence of a former life. The plot centers on Amanda’s relentless quest to match her daughter with a gentleman caller, despite her child’s cripplingly anti-social tendencies. Laced with an ongoing skirmish with Tom over his happiness and commitment to the family, the show weaves in and out of different planes of reality and memory in a manner akin to the magical realism spun out by Williams’ Latin American contemporaries. The show closes this weekend.

Water by the Spoonful Performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays. Sept. 3 – Oct. 15. 1080 Acoma St., Denver. Tickets start at $24. Call 303-623-0524 or visit curioustheatre.org for more information. 

If ghouls and other seedy personalities are off your theatrical radar this season, Denver’s Curious Theatre Company is here to satiate your dramatic druthers. Curious is staging “Water by the Spoonful,” the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning drama centers on the struggles, and galvanization, of a 21st century family. Penned by Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed in Denver by Chip Walton, the production is a devastating and powerful analysis of what gels, and destroys, a struggling clan. Gabriella Cavellero stars as Odessa. The show closes this weekend.

The Last Romance 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 & 15; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. The Shaver-Ramsey Showroom, 2414 E. 3rd Ave., Denver. Tickets are $35 for adults. Visit CherryCreektheatre.org or call 303-800-6578 for more information.

This fall’s production at the Cherry Creek Theatre Company not only marks the final romantic foray for revived protagonist Ralph (Joey Wishnia), but the last chance for metroplex theatergoers to catch a professional-quality production in the bowels of a luxury carpet boutique. After several years of performing in the Shaver Ramsey showroom in Denver, The Cherry Creek Theatre Company is moving to the Mizel Arts and Culture Center on South Dahlia Street early next year. Don’t miss this final chance to watch two old souls find love beside piles of wildly elaborate rugs.

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