THE MIX: Top to-dos for Aurora and Denver, Sept. 10-16



Behind The Badge: Public Safety in Aurora 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tues. – Fri. and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 15051 E. Alameda Pkwy. Free. Call 303-739-6660 for more information.

Eat your heart out, Roger Moore. From life-saving ash trays to early flame retardant suits that put the former James Bond’s “Moonraker” garb to shame, one the newest exhibits at the Aurora History Museum highlights the evolution of Aurora, and those who have worked to protect it for over 100 years. But even with the pizazz of artifacts that could make Ian Fleming squirm with delight — like a tricked out Honda dirt bike originally ridden by members of the Aurora Direct Action Response Team — “Behind the Badge: Public Safety in Aurora” centers on the people and anecdotes behind each neatly pressed uniform and crime fighting gizmo on display. The exhibit, as well the adjacent “Scenes from the North American Indian Project,” close this weekend, so don’t miss this final chance to peep the myriad touchstones of a bygone era. The exhibits both close Sept. 13.

DeLaney Farm Open Day 1 – 4 p.m., Sept. 12, DeLaney Farm, 170 S. Chambers Rd. Free. Call 303-739-6661 for more information

At Aurora’s DeLaney Farm, sepia is more than just an option on Instagram — it’s a way of life. The educational farm and barn on South Chambers Road have been honoring the city’s past through historical tours of Aurora’s oldest building, The Gully Homestead for, well, just about ever. Though the tours do take place in full color, it’s been said that if you squint your eyes just right, images might just begin to appear as if they’re covered in a layer of rust-colored nostalgia. Or, something like that. On top of three-hours of tours, local musician Sam Parks Mumford (no familial relation to Marcus) will be wooing with old-school licks on guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Monocles and petticoats, aren’t required, but highly encouraged.

A Gathering of Dragons 5 – 9 p.m., Sept. 11, Aurora Cultural Arts District Gallery, 1400 Dallas St. Free.

It’s no secret that dragons have been enjoying quite a nice stint in the sun over the past several years. Following the niche dragon/donkey romance in the Shrek franchise, Dreamworks scored with winged lizards again via “How to Train Your Dragon.” And, of course, Khaleesi has had the American zeitgeist in a doe-eyed choke hold for five seasons with her large reptilian friends on “Game of Thrones.” Clearly, dragons are hot. But before any of those recent cultural reintroductions, the famous mythical monsters have been the obsession of local ACAD artist Daniel Sorensen — who’s also a 53rd level LARPer — for, well, ever. The local craftsman will be displaying his many labors of love at the ACAD studio on Dallas Street this Friday with a showing of his newest and copious scaly efforts. Sorensen’s paintings are big, colorful and oddly adorable depictions of the infamously medieval creatures. With free finger food and Mu Brewery beer on tap, the show is primed to be full of fire-breathing fun.

DAVA’s Mulitiverse

Multiverse Opening Reception: 4 – 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at DAVA Studio, 1405 Florence St., Free.

If you’ve noticed any animatronic beings moseying down Florence Street this summer, don’t worry. You’re not going crazy. Students at Downtown Aurora Visual Arts have been hard at work perfecting their wearable robot suits for the past few months, creating blinking, beeping contraptions. The robots, as well as sculptures and films, will be on display to the public through Nov. 18.


Any Given Monday 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sundays., Sept. 4 — Oct. 25, The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Call 303-856-7830 for more information.

Community theatergoers and diehard football fans don’t typically blend particularly well, but the folks at The Vintage Theatre in Aurora are brazenly trying to shirk that longstanding convention this September. The Vintage’s “Any Given Monday” centers on Lenny, a well-intentioned family man who uses football to rebuild his life after his wife leaves him for a slick Walmart franchisee — basically the pinnacle of commercial success in America. Directed by Sam Gilstrap and starring Kelly Dwyer, Michelle Grimes and Robert Kramer, the show will be an interesting fork in the current national narrative surrounding America’s most popular sport.