6:00am

Fri December 2, 2011
Arts & Culture

KUNC Entertainment Report

Music, Seasonal Celebrations... and (of course) the Nutcracker opening along Colorado's Front Range this weekend.

The Swell Seasonwhich opens tonight at the Denver FilmCenter, on East Colfax Avenue, following Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s love story from its fictional inception to a tangible courtship and back, then through an eventual breakup while continuing on as a band.  www.denverfilm.org or call at 303-595-3456.

It is First Friday, and many galleries and shops open their doors to share their beauty.  Check out the galleries in Steamboat Springs, Old Town Ft. Collins, Louisville and more!

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company returns once more to this hilarious and irreverent tale detailing Sedaris' real-life experience of working as an Elf in Macy's SantaLand. For those searching for the cure for the common Christmas show, look no further. This uproarious show has played to packed houses the last two years, and opens tonight  (12/2), and runs till December 24that Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Arts.  303-444-7328

A new twist on an old classic, Nutcracker with a Twist brings ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, acrobatics, gymnastics, special effects, and more to the stage. Come along on this year’s new wonderful journey as Clara and her sister Francine are given the gift of literacy this holiday season. As Clara falls asleep with a magical storybook, several classic stories come to life.  Opening tonight and running till this Sunday (12/4) at the Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre.  970-227-2203

Singer/songwriter  Cheryl Wheeler has a show at Avogadro’s Number tonight at 7:30 joined by openers Seth Glier and Ryan Hommel www.avogadros.comshe then heads down south to Denver’s Swallow Hill for an 8:00 performance tomorrow night.www.swallowhillmusic.org

Enjoy Home for the Holidays starting at 11 tomorrow morning at Old Town Lafayette’s Festival Plaza- visit with Santa and see live reindeer- enjoy Hot chocolate and cookies while you listen to or sing along with carolers!  The tree lighting is at dusk. The fun continues into the evening with open houses sharing cheer at many businesses, galleries and museums in Old Town.  www.oldtownlafayette.com

Ft. Collins’s OpenStage Theatre opens  Dylan Thomas’s  A Child’s Christmas in Wales  tonight, this holiday delight runs till December 30. www.openstagetheatre.com

The Longmont Chorale Presents "An English Christmas" Olde and New Texts with Olde Music Olde and New Texts with New Music tomorrow night (12/3)  at 7:30 pm at Niwot High School.  Tickets call 303-651-7664 More information at www.longmontchorale.org

The Ft. Collins Lincoln Center presents the winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot – an outrageous Broadway smash “lovingly ripped off” from the classic film, “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” Tonight and tomorrow  night (12/2 &3)  at 7:30 p.m and a matinee Sat., Dec. 3, at 2:00 p.m.

The Colorado Ballet’s dazzling production of The Nutcracker continues till December 24that the Ellie Caukins Opera House at Denver’s DCPA.

The Arvada Center brings their heartwarming production of the 1940’s Radio Hour to their main stage till December 23rd

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra will perform Bach's Orchestral Suite #3 in D Major, Williams' Lark Ascending and other Holiday Favorites featuring special guests the Yampa Valley Singers.

Boulder Ballet performs The Nutcracker with whimsy and magic at Longmont’s  Vance Brand Civic Auditorium with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra  tomorrow at 3 ans 7pm and Sunday at 2.   303-772-5796

Canyon Concert Ballet brings the magic of the Nutcracker to the Ft. Collins Lincoln Center next Thursday through Sunday in 7pm and 2pm performances, and the following weekend to Loveland’s Rialto Theatre  on Friday the 16ththrough Sunday the 18th

Barbed Wire Books presents a great night of bluegrass with the Steel Pennies performing traditional and original tunes at one of the coolest performance venues on the Front Range tomorrow night beginning at 7.  barbedwirebooks@gmail.com

The northern lights hover in the star-filled sky in this compelling story of love, levity and illumination in a small Maine town.  Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.  Bas Bleu Theatre in Ft. Collins continues its run of Almost Maine-- Thursday – Saturday performances at 7:30  And 2:30 Sunday matinees till December 30th.  www.basbleu.org

the  Broadmoor  in Colorado Springs,decked out in its holiday finery, is the host for the 3rd annualHoliday Chocolate Festival doors open at 11am  on Sunday.  Dozens of Chocolatiers and Chocolate Vendors selling and offering samples of fine chocolates and sweets, wine Sampling ,  Harp Music by EmmaLeigh, the great jazz of Vibes on Velvet, and a ballet performance with excerpts from The Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy and more www.holiday.chocolate-festival.org.

Sunday, Acoustic Eidolon with Special Guest Thomas Loefke presents their Friends cross the Ocean Tour at Nissis Bistro in Lafayette at 7:30pm www.nissis.com

Celebrating the many moods of the Christmas season with stories and songs
from the Irish tradition and beyond Colcannon December 6th at Nissi’s in  Lafayette

Wednesday night (12/7) , it’s Ladies night Out-- Woo Woo, Wine and Chocolate at a beautiful home in Ft. Collins starting at 7pm.  Enjoy wine, a variety of Epicurean Delights from local artisans and a 15 min. psychic reading by accomplished area mediums 970-290-9236 or 970-443-0732  www.beallaspark.com

“If Aretha ever had a soul sister, her name would have been Hazel Miller, and it is true! You can hear Hazel with her band performing a 7:30 show at Nissis Bistro in Lafayette on December 9th. 

Timothy P and the Stocking Stuffers – eleven of the best pickers on the Front Range will, delight with the fun and poignant A Bluegrass Christmas at the Lakewood Cultural Center starting Next Friday night (12/9th) and running through next Sunday in 7:30 and 2:00 performances.

The 1940’s White Christmas Ball, a fabulous 40’s and 50’s holiday party that will bring you back to the warmth & nostalgia of a more simple time, at Boulder’s Balch Field House next Saturday night (12/10) starting at 6pm.  Experience an enchanting evening of dancing to the Hot Tomatoes Big Band amidst movie set lights & props, re-enactors, sleighs, Christmas trees, a canopy of lights. Enjoy re-enactments from the timeless movies, “White Christmas,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and “A Christmas Carol,” and so many more surprises!

 The 17-voice women’s a cappella ensemble Sound Circle will perform Requiem for Roadkill: A Sound Circle Solstice Concert on December 9, 10, and 11 at Columbine Unity Church, 8900 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00 p.m. and the Sunday performance is at 5:00 p.m.

 

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