Avourneen at Swallow Hill 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Quinlan Cafe at Swallow Hill, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver. Tickets are $10 for members or $12 in advance or day of show. Visit swallowhillmusic.org or visit 303-777-1003.
The annual gathering of everything green, corn beef and Guinness may still be about two months away, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s too early to enjoy a few tunes based in the style and tradition of the Eire. And that’s precisely what local Celtic/folk/all-around rockers Avourneen (pronounced ah-vore-neen) will be serving up Jan. 21 at the group’s first-ever show at the Denver institution Swallow Hill Music Hall. Though thoroughly underscored by traditional Irish themes, the group’s sound careens around the musical gamut and grants a nod to a slew of contemporary, American influences. Headed by Aurora native Adam Goldstein on guitar and vocals, the trio is rounded out by CL Morden on violin and multi-instrumentalist Aeryk Parker on, well, just about everything else. Don’t miss this chance to get in the Irish spirit, albeit a few weeks early. Oh, and check out the group’s take on the holiday staple “Fairytale of New York” on YouTube. It’s a hoot.
Full Moon Hike 5 p.m. Jan. 23, Coal Creek Arena, 20255 E. 6th Ave. Entry is free, but registration is required. To register, call 303-326-8445. For general information on the event, call 303-326-8650 or visit auroragov.org/recreation.
Pop on your Van Morrison because it’s a marvelous night for a moon dance. Take this chance to walk the area surrounding the Coal Creek Arena — which includes the newly renovated Aurora Sports Park and the Colorado Freedom Memorial — and bear witness to the ethereal moonbeams as they slowly envelop the area’s bevy of flora and fauna. There’s nothing quite like a lukewarm evening amid a much-needed January thaw to remind us that, yes, one day the sun will stay out longer than 5 p.m. and the grey globs of parking lot ice will eventually fade. At least, we hope so. So, and please fill your Thermos with some sort of mulled concoction and enjoy an evening of relaxation and fresh air. Oh, and Van Morrison, of course.
American Idiot Curtains at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. The Aurora Fox Arts Center 9900 E. Colfax Ave. Adult tickets start at $28. Call 866-811-4111 or visit ignitetheatre.com for more information.
Ah, yes: The fall of 2004. When gas was, well, about the same price it is now, the NHL started a nice, healthy lockout, and Green Day’s “American Idiot” etched itself into the collective American psyche forever. Proof of that lingering obsession is in the theatrical pudding this January as Spotlight Theatre is staging their very own production of the musical version of the 2004 smash at The Aurora Fox Arts Center. Directed by Jeffrey Parizotto, the Ignite show at the Fox stars Brian Robertson, Brandon Lopez, Caleb Reed, Lindsey Falduto and Valerie Igoe. It showcases life post-Sept. 11 and features a bulk of the tracks on “American Idiot” as well as Green Day’s follow-up “21st Century Breakdown.” The closes this weekend with a final performance on Jan. 24, so don’t miss your final chance to relive those sweet, sweet days when “Goodies” by Ciara featuring Petey Pablo was ruling the Billboard charts. Remember: Green Day was cool, but certainly not cool enough to usurp the power of Ciara, Usher, Alicia Keys and all of the other pop music royalty of the early 2000s.
Arabian Nights Curtains at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The Aurora Fox Arts Center Studio Theater. 9900 E. Colfax Ave. Tickets start at $22. Call the box office at 303-739-1970 for more information.
Looks like you still have to know somebody special to get into this one. With several upcoming performances already sold out, the Aurora Fox Arts Center’s first show of 2016 promises to be a lively retelling of a classic, timeless tale. You know the gist of it: Cunning Scheherezade survives 1000 nights with murderous King Shahryar by telling him tales so riveting he can’t help but keep her alive in order to hear the next installment of her compelling, winding yarns. Starring Aurora Fox favorite Lilli Hokama as Scheherezade and newcomer Abner Genece as Shahryar “Arabian Nights” at The Fox should be an enchanting take on a bona fide staple.
Despite an eerily similar spelling to Tyler Perry’s never-ending franchise, the classic work of theater by Euripides is, well, different than just about everything in Perry’s catalogue. Originally produced in 431 B.C., the production features all sorts of Greek revenge, temptation, killing and all the other pillars of the classics.