THE MIX: Top picks for Aurora, Denver metro entertainment

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Chip Winn Wells (left) and Rachel Bouchard in a scene from the Vintage Theatre production of “Always a Bridesmaid.” DenverMind Media
Chip Winn Wells (left) and Rachel Bouchard in a scene from the Vintage Theatre production of “Always a Bridesmaid.” DenverMind Media

Always A Bridesmaid 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday or 2 p.m. Sunday. The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Tickets are $32 at the door. Call 303-856-7830 for more information.

The long-standing tradition of the rhythmically predictable American sitcom hasn’t been killed off just yet. At least, not at the Vintage Theatre in Aurora. Ceaseless punchlines? Check. Excessive eye-rolling and exaggerated frowns? By the bucketload. Crass, hollow jokes about love, sex and marriage? Naturally. The only missing ingredient that would have turned The Vintage’s current summer production into an 8 p.m. front runner is a laugh track. Well, that and a campy, brassy theme song accompanied by 30 to 60 seconds of goofy glances at the camera and an undue number of aerial shots of fill-in the blank-coastal city. Though slightly predictable, “Bridesmaid,” which is shooting for its penultimate weekend starting Aug. 21, is a goofily comical take on recurring wedding preparation. Starring Cindy Hall, Suzanne Nepi, Kathi Wood, Cindy Ladadio-Hill and Rachel Bouchard, the 90-minute romp plays out quite a bit like a “Golden Girls” episode, which, honestly is sorta great — in doses. So, thank you for being a Bridesmaid, or something.

Clarence Darrow for the Defense 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The Aurora Fox Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. Tickets are $25. Call 303-739-1970 or visit aurorafoxartscenter.org for more information.

Eat your hearts out, legal wonks and history nerds. One of the most decorated American lawyers of all time — outside of Charlie Kelly and his burgeoning bird law practice, that is —Clarence Darrow took part in some of the most well known, yet infamous, trials of the early 20th century, including the Scopes “Monkey” trial as well as that for thrill killers Leopold and Loeb. This new Slingshot Theatre production at The Aurora Fox Arts Center walks through some of Darrow’s more notable lifetime achievements and takes audiences to a time in American history when he was busy carving out the niche of “sophisticated country lawyer.” It was a move that helped lay the groundwork for Gregory Peck to win an Oscar for much the same type of personage. David Casiano stars. The show runs through Aug. 30.

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Kristian Matsson

Kristian Matsson is the best thing to have come out of Sweden since those delicious red fish — those, and the mouth-watering spheres of meat served at Ikea. Under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, Matsson has wooed the indie rock world with a croaky brand of folk that is just about perfect to blast on any Colorado mountain pass. 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. Tickets start at $30. (Photo by Matt Perich)

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Terracotta Warriors 3D

Terracotta Warriors 3D 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday with additional performances at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The Newman Center at the University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver. Tickets start at $39.

If you can’t afford to schlep to China this summer — or maybe you don’t want to deal with/have to read about that whole currency debacle — you can get a dose of Chinese culture at the University of Denver’s Newman Center this month. Centering on the tale of Emperor Qin, who ruled in the second century B.C., the musical is a dazzling spectacle of Chinese costumes and culture with more than 50 performing artists in town special for the show. It’s a tad unclear as to how the whole 3-D aspect plays into things, but if whatever that “Alice in Wonderland” thing from 2010 can sorta, kinda, somewhat pull it off, here’s to thinking maybe the folks at DU can as well. Maybe.