THE MIX: Top Denver-Aurora entertainment picks, Nov. 12-18



The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205. Tickets are $23.95 for non-member adults, $17.95 for non-member children. Call 303-370-6000 for more information.

British accents can be a tough nut to crack. Made-up words aside, the silky, yet swallowed syllables of some Londoners can make for more than a few phrases that get lost in translation. Just ask Aziz Ansari and the writing crew on his new Netflix project “Master of None.” Apparently, the Ansari team thinks much the same as they poke fun of the difficulty of understanding Benedict Cumberbatch’s lines throughout the BBC sci-fi drama, “Sherlock.” So, please, for the love of Watson, please enunciate ‘Batch. Oh, that was also a roundabout way of mentioning that there’s a new Sherlock Holmes exhibit right next door in the Queen City of the Plains. Part do-it-yourself sleuth-fest, part history lesson, the exhibit at the Museum of Nature and Science is a delightful, entertaining foray into the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And it just may clear up a few of The Batch’s more marble-mouthed lines.

Marilyn Minter Pretty/Dirty 12 to 7 p.m. Tues. – Thurs., 12 to 9 p.m. Fri,, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delghany St., Denver. Call 303-298-7554 for more information.

Though your mind may still be reeling after checking out Mark Mothersbaugh’s wild, zany, fill-in-the-blank adjective “Myopia” exhibit earlier this year and last, it’s already time to check out the next dazzling exhibit at the MCA. Primarily a painter and photographer, New York-based artist Marilyn Minter has wowed with her glamorous, in-your-face style for nearly three decades. A quick Google image search yields a lot of sparkly, bejeweled tongues and mouths that are as unsettling as they are hypnotizing.

America Recycles Day 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 15, Central Facilities Recycling Drop-off Center, 13646 E. Ellsworth Ave., the south side of the wastewater/storm water lot. Free. Call 303-739-7173 for more information.

Finally: a chance to get rid of that piñata of carcinogens and grab bag of radiation gradually gathering dust in your basement, garage or the like — hopefully not on your night stand, though. Don’t miss this opportunity to safely and freely recycle any old mercury-containing devices Nov. 15 on America Recycles Day. Barometers, jars, containers, alkaline batteries and old gas cans will all be accepted. For those first in line, the city will be offering up new gas cans in exchange for old ones. Can you say best holiday gift ever?

Let’s Kill the Whistleblower Starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 & 14, The Lumber Baron Mystery Mansion, 2555 W. 37th Ave., Denver. Tickets start at $50, which includes a performance, dinner and beverage. Visit or call 303-477-8205 for details.

If you can’t decide between hitting the tables at Blackhawk or getting into a typical amount of debauchery around town this weekend, kill two nips with one tall boy and check out The Lumber Baron Mystery Mansion. The kitschy favorite features live music by Trevor Huster, as well as music and comedy by Dave Elstun and Matt Vander Meulen — all while a troupe of actors perform a murder mystery, similar to Michael Scott’s favorite time-killing activity set in Savannah, Georgia. Just, this is in Denver. Savanna, banana, tomato, tomahto, Snowdon, Snowden, what’s the difference?


LionKing.TheMix.11.12“The Lion King” — You can never go wrong with a quick revisit to Simba, Rafiki and the gang. The Broadway adaptation of the Disney flick returns to Denver to wow with the typical awe of stilted performers and insanely coordinated gymnasts (who also happen to be fully decked out in make-up and animal costumes. At the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver. Tickets starts at $30. Call 303-893-4100 or visit for tickets.

Voddville 7:30, Nov. 13 and 14, or 2 p.m. Nov. 15. The Aurora Fox Arts Center’s Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. For ticket information, call 303-739-1970 or visit

Usually, anytime Howie Mandell says, well, anything, we’re predisposed to do, well, nothing. But that general rule of thumb relating to the sparkly-scalped funny man and the rest of his “America’s Got Talent” cohorts can be broken every once in a while, and one of those “whiles” is storming into The Aurora Fox’s studio theater this weekend. As seen on AGT, Hitchcock Taylor’s riotous “Voddville” is starting a month-long run this weekend, complete with all sorts of zany, cantankerous hijinks. Co-written by Taylor and Robert Dubac — who impressed in town last year with “The Book of Moron” — the show is an insanely high-energy modern lampooning that has the potential to be all sorts of entertaining. And generally, we’re pretty on board with anything billed as, “the perfect balance between Blue Man Group and ‘When Harry Met Sally.”