THE MIX: Top Aurora/Denver entertainment picks, Nov. 5-11

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Sturgill Simpson is a pretty weird dude. But that’s kind of an obvious statement of fact for a guy whose debut album is called “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.” Despite the atmospheric title, his music is surprisingly accessible, genuine and sits behind a classically deep, twangy country-accented voice. If you’re that friend who always has to find the best thing first, give him a shot and brag to your drinking pals how you’ve found the best buttery crooner since Ray Lamontagne. Shows at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6 at The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Tickets are $30. Visit ogdentheatre.com for tickets.

Painting and Brews 4 p.m. Nov. 7, Coda Brewing Co., 2101 N. Ursula Ct. Tickets are $40 and include painting materials, instruction and one beer. Registration is required. More info on the Coda Brewing Co. Facebook page.

As all viewers of the 2012 hypnotic documentary “Somm” know perhaps too well, people can make a living recommending what pairs exquisitely with a certain chardonnay or Shiraz. But tippling twosomes aren’t limited just to the fermented grape variety. This is Colorado, after all, and beer is sort of a big deal around here. And the best counterpart to a tall pint of hoppy bliss is not a naked hand or basket of salty treats, but a blank canvas. Creativity and libations have a storied history, one that has inexorably cemented the two together into an inseparable conglomerate – from Gaudí to van Gogh, many of the world’s best received a helping hand from a sip or two of naughty water. Thankfully, the masterminds at Coda Brewing Co. are offering up a chance for a lucky band of Aurora denizens to honor this storied tradition Sept. 8. More than just get you in the right place at the right time. they’ll hook you up with the materials and a complimentary pint of silly seltzer to make inspiration inevitable. No judgment if you’ve got more of a Jackson Pollack rather than a Monet at the end of the evening.

Painted Picados by Tracy Weil 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 6, Weilworks Gallery, 3611 Chestnut Pl., Denver. More info at Weilworks.com.

It’s time to flip the script on one of the Front Range’s most prolific artistic juggernauts. As founder of the River North Art District in Denver and now executive director of the Aurora Cultural Arts District, Tracy Weil has seen his share of other artist’s exhibits and galleries. But Weil is also an artist himself, and this Friday marks the unveiling of his newest series of works, a collection of painted picados inspired by the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos. Featuring plenty of iridescence and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” style calaveras, the works are a fun and festive investment in the season. Supporting local art is never regrettable, and when it is married to the art scene in both Denver and Aurora, it’s just that much better.

ONSTAGE

Smoke 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-7, The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. General admission tickets start at $22, but will be $15 for the Nov. 5 performance. Call 720-583-3975 for or visit andtototoo.org for tickets.

Whenever a show’s description includes a phrase like “a kink play party in New York City,” it tends to grab our attention. The And Toto too Theatre Company managed to do just that with a recent snippet regarding the troupe’s newest regional premier, “SMOKE” by Kim Davies. Starring James O’Hagan Murphy and newcomer Kate Poling, the show promises to be a steaming lesson in sex, suspense and the overall weirdness of just about every NYC-based relationship. Susan Lyles directs.

My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding Final weekend. Curtains at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Avenue, Denver. Tickets start at $23. Call 303-830-9214 for more information.

The mission of Theatre Or is to bring unusual productions to town, and they’re sticking to that goal by staging “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding.” A musical coming-of-age tale, the show centers on a teenager and his mother, who comes out as gay late in life and does the whole new-identity, self-discovery thing. If for no other reason, the production should prove to be an interesting test for the Soiled Dove as it’s the venue’s first foray into the world of theater. Richard H. Pegg directs.

“The 39 Steps” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 & 6 or 2 p.m. Nov. 7, Center Stage, 27608 Firewood Dr., Evergreen. Adult tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 303-674-4934 or visiting evergreenplayers.org.

Horror with the twist of Mr. Bean. The beloved show, based on the book by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, comes to Evergreen with a dash of Monty Python farce and more than a few layers of macabre courtesy of the Master of Suspense. Scott Ogle directs.