The Mix: Top to-do’s in Aurora and Denver, Oct. 1-7


Live Bats in City Council Chambers 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Aurora Municipal Center Council Chambers, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. Tickets are $5. To purchase tickets, visit pr call 303-326-8650.

No, seriously. Although there have been plenty of batty epithets tossed around at city hall over the years, this Saturday there really will be the real deal, winged mammals in the regal room. Participants will learn about the usage of echolocation, how the creatures fit into the ecosystem and what residents can do to help bats reasonably thrive in Colorado’s third-largest burg. That last part really should be no sweat at all, however, as politicos and partisan agnostics alike have witnessed the exuberant prosperity of plenty of first-rate, bat-excrement-crazy folks not only in Aurora, but just down Colfax in Denver’s golden dome, too. Word has it that if you wish upon the proper star — or blood moon — that a bat will leave just a titch of guano on your “favorite” council member’s chair.

Tea with Rosie the Riveter 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Pkwy. Tickets for residents are $20. For more information, call 303-739-6660.

A la Tyler Durden, Rosie the Riveter is an idea — and a powerful one at that. Apart from the innumerable bullets and bolts American women created during the war effort of the early 1940s, J. Howard Miller’s poster of a no-nonsense Rosie flexing laid some of the early bedrock for upswells of female empowerment in later decades. Colorado had its very own batch of Rosies who pumped out thousands of munitions at the Remington Arms Factory in Denver. Though there was no single Rosie, local author Gail Beaton has created a character who is a composite of the many real-life women of the World War II era. Beaton, also author of “Colorado Women: A History,” embodies the composite character of “Gail Murphy” to honor the Rosies of yesteryear, and to teach a new generation of women that there’s more to the idea than a red bandana and blue denim shirt. She’ll be sipping tea and taking names at the Aurora History Museum this Saturday.

Docktoberfest 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Dry Dock’s South Dock, 15120 E. Hampden Ave. Entry is free. Visit for more information.

Fresh off winning a pair of medals at the Great American Beer Festival, it’s safe to say that the folks at Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Company have more to celebrate than the mere the fact that leaves are changing and calendars are in their 10th month of use. Whatever the excuse is needed to slug a few oat sodas, it’s officially drinking season and Dry Dock is aiming to kick things off right with their annual Docktoberfest shindig. Set to feature the brewery’s classic Oktoberfest Lager, the day-long festival also boasts a home-brew competition at 1 p.m. and live music courtesy of the Rhinelanders. If you weren’t able to make it to Denver’s version of autumnal debauchery, Dry Dock’s take on the festivities is a pretty superb way to make up for lost time. Oh, and costumes are highly encouraged.

Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical Curtains on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., The Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9980 E. Colfax Ave. Call 303-739-1970 for more information.

El Armstrong was nothing if not honest. The director of the Aurora Fox Arts Center’s season opener, “Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical,” laid out weeks before opening night that the show was going to be a provocative punch to the viscera. “It’s really sexy and really violent and really violently sexy,” Armstrong said of The Fox’s take on the ephemeral lesson in the duality of man. “I think we’ll push the edges of the envelope for the audience and that’s OK.” He’s a modest salesman. It’s better than OK.Through a dark and dingy steam punk aesthetic, as well as a salubrious dosage of sinister minor chords, The Fox’s “Jekyll” is an impressive rendering of a moldy tale. It’s brazen, it’s sensual and somehow — as the East Colfax crew has proven to be plenty capable of crafting time and again — it’s spectacular.

My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding

My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding

The mission of Theatre Or is to bring unusual productions to town. They meet that goal with “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding,” a musical coming-of-age tale centered on a teenager and his mother, who comes out late in life and does the whole new-identity, self-discovery thing. It should prove to be an interesting test as the Soiled Dove’s first foray into the world of theatre. Richard H. Pegg directs. Curtains at 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 7401 E. First Ave., Denver. Tickets start at $23. 303-830-9214 for info.