THE MIX: Top to-do’s around Aurora/Denver, Oct. 8 – 14

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ONSTAGE

Dogfight 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11, The Aurora Fox Arts Center Studio Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. Tickets start at $28 for adults. Call 720-362-2697 for more information.

If candy corn, plastic skeletons and all-pumpkin-everything isn’t exactly your preferred M.O. this fall, don’t fear — there’s more to the season than just Halloween frills. And Ignite Theatre is here to fill the non-orange-and-black void. Directed by Keith Rabin Jr., Ignite’s “Dogfight” centers on three young Marines who go out for a night of troublemaking before being deployed to Southeast Asia in 1963. The trio gets a bit more than they bargained for, however, when it encounters Rose (McKenna Seckman), who quickly and effectively changes the timber of the evening and the show. If for no other reason, seeing this onstage incarnation of “Dogfight” is a fantastic excuse to revisit the prowess of the late River Phoenix in the 1991 Warner Brothers film.

Night of the Living Dead, LIVE! 8 p.m, Oct. 9 and 10, The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Call 303-477-5977 or visit bugtheatre.org for more information.

Discounted tickets for people who show up to the performance dressed as zombies? For it. Billed as “the biggest and best Halloween tradition in town,” The Bug Theatre’s horror-com show features a cast of seven spooky folks tapped in a farmhouse on Halloween Night. So classic. But even if you’ve seen “Night” during any of the past six times it’s been to town, director Kris Hipps changes things up for each year’s show, including a new opener and a handful of new content. So get into the season a tad early this year with the zombie-folk at The Bug. And remember: it’s never, ever too early to restock your zombie face paint collection.

Any Given Monday 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11. The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Call 303-856-7830 for more information.

Vengeance and football — that’s what Philadelphia does. Well, at least for the next two weeks at Aurora’s Vintage Theatre. The peculiar trio of the cheesesteak city, retribution and the brassy spiritualism of a certain “buh-buh-buh-buuuum” courtesy of the American Monday night tradition makes for an oddly heady backdrop in the Vintage’s fall production, “Any Given Monday.” Penned by Philly theater powerhouse Bruce Graham in 2010, the show offers a sharp, vitriolic take on suburban monotony while simultaneously mincing nearly every hot button in the zeitgeist of the untouchable — from liberal guilt to infidelity. And even if your football expertise is limited to 30-second spots paid for by DirecTV, the production’s sadistic chuckles more than justify the cost of admission, which start at $22, by the way.

AROUND TOWN

May Farms Pumpkin Patch 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 10 and 11, May Farms 64001 US Highway 36, Byers. Admission is $10. Call 303-822-5800 or visit mayfarms.com for more information. The patch is open every weekend through October.

Pumpkin beer, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin patches. There’s no doubt that pumpkin is king when it comes to fall festivities. Take a break from sporting all of that bronco orange to find something else persimmon to sink your teeth into. May Farms, at 64001 US Highway 36 in Byers, is a good bet for not only picking up some prime pumpkins, but for learning about life on the farm. Be sure to check out the beautiful array of gourds and pie-ready pumpkins at the farm stand. Other activities include bale mazes, a corn cannon, tractor-pulled hay rides and a barrel train. Mrs. May’s Homemade Chili is also a must-eat.

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The Portal

The Portal Rock Opera:

When you describe an event as “part concert, part movie, and part performance inspired by Burning Man, Pink Floyd, EDM and world mythology,” you have our attention. That’s the exotic description for The Portal Rock Opera at the Glitter Dome, which sounds like a trippy yet transcendental introduction to the Halloween season. Choreographed by Aurora’s own guru of dance, Kim Robards, The Portal promises to harken back to a more tie-dyed era with a show that’s not for the closed-minded.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10 at The Glitter Dome, 3600 Wynkoop St., Denver. Tickets start at $17.50. Call 714-418-7813 or visit www.theportalrockopera.com.