THE MIX: Top entertainment picks for Sept. 17 – 23

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Lone Tree Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest Starts at 11 a.m. Sept. 19, Lone Tree Brewing Company, 8200 Park Meadows Dr., Suite 8222. Free entry. Visit Lone Tree Brewing Company’s Facebook page for more information.

Everybody who’s ever murmured “guten tag” or maybe even considered dawning some lederhosen knows that a small army of beer-guzzling buffoons are headed to Downtown Denver this weekend for the Queen City of the Plains’ annual Oktoberfest debauchery. But, what many Front Range folks don’t realize is that there are copious other suds-happy options taking place elsewhere along the metro region land swath this weekend — and with a few less buckets of bile. Lone Tree Brewing Company is hosting just such a gathering this weekend with its own take on the German, beer-guzzling tradition at its headquarters in, you guessed it, Lone Tree. The event is slated to boast stein hoisting, chicken dancing, stein racing, and, of course, plenty of glasses brimming with foamy liquids. If your looking to enjoy a day of oat soda sans the capital chaos, the team at Lone Tree has got it covered.

Front Range Bus Tour 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Sept. 19. Pickup is at the Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Pkwy. Registration includes lunch and costs $18 for residents, $23 for non-residents. Call 303-739-6660 for more information.

If you’re itching to get out of town this weekend but don’t have access to transportation, the city of Aurora is here to fill that void. Retired geology teacher Dick Jensen is hosting a historical bus tour of the Front Range from Golden to Morrison. Now an Aurora insurance agent, Jensen will inform attendees of how the foothills got here and why. Lunch is optional, as the bus will stop for a meal break at the newly coined National Historic Landmark, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

National Beat Poetry Festival 8 – 11 p.m. Sept. 18. The Collection, 9801 E. Colfax Ave. Entry is free. Visit thecollectiongallery.webs.com for more information.

Poetry in Aurora seems to have become a bit of a sticky subject this summer due in no small part to the wheelings and dealings on East Alameda Parkway. But, regardless of what the nabobs in city council chambers say or decide, the blossoming crop of Front Range Beat ports isn’t going to be deterred any time soon. A crop of nearly half-a-dozen rhymesters are slated to take over Satya Wimbish’s The Collection art gallery on East Colfax Avenue Sept. 18, spitting verses “dedicated to advancing and furthering the dynamics of poetry and all of its sub-genres and traditions,” according to a Facebook post. Though an open-mic will follow, featured artists include Steven Dunn, William Seward Bonnie, Arielle Roberts and a woman billed as Rachel Poetry. If that is in fact the latter’s real name, she just may lay claim to the most apt vocation/title in the game, narrowly dethroning Ms. Ella Vader, heir to the Otis Elevator Company regime.

Marilyn Minter exhibit opening celebration 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sept. 18, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delghany St., Denver. Entry is $45. 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. And remember, if you can’t afford the opening cocktail/fashion show reception, MCA charges just a single copper coin for entry on the first Saturday of each month.

Attitude on Santa Fe 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. Tickets are $75 and include a three-course meal, wine and three ballet performances. To register, visit coloradoballet.org/events.

Wait, there are things to do on Denver’s Santa Fe Drive other than on the first Friday of each month? Yes, and the folks at the Armstrong Center for Dance are out to prove just that with a surprisingly elegant evening in Denver’s artistic hub. Sure, the tickets may seem pricey, but the offering will boast a three meal, wine, and three new ballet performances compliment of Colorado Ballet dancers — not a shabby combination of gastronomy and art.

ONSTAGE

Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical

Curtains on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Show runs weekends through Oct. 11. The Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9980 E. Colfax Ave. Call 303-739-1970 for more information.

Top hats, brass gears and slews of shadowy personas. For the uninitiated, those are some of the basic tenants of steampunk, a subgenre of science fiction with aesthetics based in steam-powered, Industrial Revolution-era technologies. It’s gloomy and leathery and riddled with time period-bending anachronisms. A quick google image search of the quirky term yields panes of people dressed in shiny, antiquated garb that falls somewhere in between “Gangs of New York” and “Mad Max Fury Road.” The team at the Aurora Fox Arts Center is aiming to exploit the offbeat style’s unique, time-erasing ability over the course of the next month by using steampunk as the backdrop for the theater’s first production of the 2015/16 season, “Dr. Jekyll and My. Hyde,” which opens Sept. 18. Jeffrey Parker is primed to impress in the title role and his first Fox production. Tickets start at $22.