THE MIX: Top Entertainment & Events in Aurora-Denver, May 26-June 1



Once Show times vary. The show runs through May 29 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Two hours plus 20-minute intermission. Tickets start at $30. Call 800-Drew Hirschboeck (Joe Gillis) Miranda Byers (Betty Schaefer)641-1222 or visit for more information..

There’s nary a Tony this musical didn’t win back in 2012 during its debut on Broadway, and the film remains a go-to flick for anyone mixing romance and Ireland (You have to admit, “Angela’s Ashes” isn’t exactly date-night material). This tale of a Dublin street player who renews his dedication to his craft on account of a young beauty who becomes entranced by his love songs is free of special effects — just songs and chemistry.

Time of My Life Curtains at 7:30 p.m. May 27 and 28. The show runs through June 4. The Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette. Tickets start at $10. Call 1-800-838-3006 or visit

Family dinners have a peculiar habit of going awry. Whether the culprit of a foiled celebration is a dry turkey or a gossip-laced bombshell about Cousin Shelly’s latest stint in rehab, there are quite a few variables to control — some would say too many. And just such an unraveling is the crux of “Time of My Life,” a hysterically dark piece of theater by playwright Alan Ayckbourn. After protagonist Gerry Stratton invites his sons to enjoy a birthday celebration at a North London restaurant, it’s one hiccup after another — and not the too-much-champagne kind. Ian Gerber directs.


Memorial Day Celebration Events begin at 11 a.m., concert begins at 2 p.m. May 28, Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride St. Free, but donations encouraged. For more information, call 303-739-7163.

It’s easy to confuse the true reasoning behind the upcoming long weekend with hot dogs and free concerts. Despite becoming synonymous with the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day is a time to reflect and remember, and the city of Aurora is offering a chance to do that at the Colorado Freedom Memorial May 28. First opened to the public on Memorial Day 2013, the monument conceived by artist Kristoffer Kenton displays the name of every Colorado resident killed in action or gone missing in action since the Spanish-American War in 1898. The memorial contains more than 6,000 names. Hosted by the City of Aurora, the event on Saturday will feature a free concert on the lawn surrounding the monument on Telluride Street.


M83 at Red Rocks Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. May 31 at Red Rocks Amphitheater, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison. Tickets $38.50 – $45. Visit for more information.

You wouldn’t be wrong for having missed this French electronic outfit’s outing at Coachella in April, seeing as they hadn’t put out a studio album since 2011’s “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” In fact, we’re willing to bet anyone unfamiliar with the word “shoegaze” won’t even recognize “Midnight City” as anything but “that song on the Victoria’s Secret commercial.” But Anthony Gonzalez & Co. are back with a new album, “Junk,” which gives off a definitively retro, 70s-and-80s-esque vibe, almost as though two decades of pop culture were slaughtered and rendered into a synthpop sandwich.

Let’s Dance: A Celebration of David Bowie Show at 7:30 p.m. May 28 at the Boettcher Concert Hall, 14th and Curtis streets in Denver. Tickets $29-$89.

This year is doing no favors to music fans, as the Grim Reaper hastaken the following greats from us: David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Phife Dawg and His Purpleness himself, Prince. That’s an awful lot of remembering and grieving. Jeans ‘n Classics will join with the Colorado Symphony to start in on all the musical mourning work that needs doing with a night dedicated to the Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust and all the other myriad incarnations of Mr. Bowie.

Sunset Boulevard Curtains at 7:30 p.m. May 27 and 28, 2:30 p.m. May 29 at the Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. For more information, call 303-856-7830 or visit

By now, anyone with a passing interest in Hollywood knows it well: Norma Desmond *is* big — it’s the pictures that got small. Co-directors Craig Bond and Evgueni Mlodik certainly emphasize the faded starlet of the silent era’s laments in this local production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-adapted musical. But don’t stall in catching this classic — originally scheduled to run through July, the show will now close this weekend with a final performance on May 29.