Holiday Art Event at Jubilee Roasting Co. 6 to 10 p.m., Dec. 11 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Jubilee Roasting Co., 1452 Kenton St. Free. Visit jubileeroastingco.com or call 303-519-4817 for more information.
Well, the rapture is officially upon us — just ask the politicos, community activists and city officials who have been fighting for a place like Jubilee Roasting Co. to open in north Aurora for the better part of two decades. Located at 1452 Kenton St., Jubilee is the embodiment of everything city planners have been pining to bring to ZIP code 80010, hand-stamped bags of artisanal beans and all. The company also boasts a small gallery and six cozy studios for artists, which will be on full display at the shops’ first art event this weekend. Resident artists Sandra Clark, Mark Visser, Lane Geurkink and David Pierce, as well as about eight other visiting artisans, will showcase their work, with most items bearing price tags that are a pleasant surprise this time of year. Jubilee owner Peter Wanberg said that most items will hover around the $50 mark. Hello, gift that’s not a tie/socks/gift card.
Aurora Cultural Arts District holiday tree lighting 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12, Fletcher Plaza 9898 E. Colfax Ave. Free. Visit auroraculture.org for more information.
Santa Claus is coming to Colfax. Urban Aurora’s annual tree-lighting ceremony is taking over Fletcher Plaza and the big man, yes the one with the cotton ball beard and velveteen suit, is expected in attendance. As is tradition, the Urban Aurora team will be providing hot cocoa, cookies and some free gifts for kids while supplies last. There will also be remarks by Ward I Councilwoman Sally Mounier and Mayor Steve Hogan — fingers crossed several times over that it’s the latter who dawns Mr. Kringle’s garb. If not, let’s hope Krampus’ more benevolent relative brings Aurora’s top dog some new Nike Pumps, or something, because word around the water cooler is that the man could use some help in the shoe department.
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 and $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 one 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 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 Sceince is a delightful, entertaining foray into the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Emma Messenger is back as Sheryl in the world premiere of Jeffrey Neuman’s “Exit Strategies,” following her acclaimed work in “‘Night Mother” earlier this year. Also starring Missy Moore, Emily Paton Davis and Andrew Uhlenhopp, the show centers on a playwright’s return to the inescapable chaos of his family’s struggles upon the death of his father.
Little Women 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 & 12, or 2 p.m. Dec. 13. The Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. Tickets start at $22. Call 303-739-1970 or visit aurorafoxartscenter.org for more information.
The United States was on its way to becoming one helluva place in 1868. Ulysses S. Grant beat out Horatio Seymour to become the country’s 18th president. Wyoming became a territory. Civil rights legend W.E.B. Du Bois was born. And Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” was published for the first time. Despite the fascination that everyone shares regarding the first few entries in that aforementioned historical list, the latter is where attention should be focused. Directed by Bev Newcomb, “Little Women” is The Fox’s holiday show this year. Propped up by Music Director Martha Yordy’s spritely orchestral quartet, the show is a solid nod to “Sound of Music,” wrapped in the antiquated perplexities of “Little House on the Prairie,” and basted with a thin coat of Rosie the Riveter’s brass. Led by Angela Mendez as head sister and resident spitfire, the Fox’s cast does a fine job of breathing some life into a dusty, albeit beloved tale. The show runs through Dec. 27.