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Arts and Entertainment

  • Local theater staging fund-raiser for nonprofit

    Theatergoers have a chance to support a local nonprofit while enjoying some memorable oldies from the ’50s and ’60s.

    Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center again has teamed with TLC Meals on Wheels for a night of fund-raising on April 21. The evening, which raises funds for TLC, features cocktails, a raffle and a special performance of the center’s current production, “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”

  • ‘Next to Normal’ a frank look at mental illness

    Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center is set to open “Next to Normal,” a Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical about one family’s struggles with mental illness.

    The rock musical, which opens Friday, takes a frank yet sensitive look at how one mother’s bipolar disorder affects her and her family. The musical’s ability to deal with such a specific topic in a way that anyone can relate to makes it a powerful piece of art, said director Nick Sugar.

  • Cleaning house with laughter

    Brazilian actress Viviane Rinaldi is making her debut at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center in the upcoming production of “The Clean House,” an award-winning comedy centered on domestic life — and the life of domestic help.

    Rinaldi is featured in the role of Matlide, a housekeeper and aspiring comedian who is more interested in polishing the perfect joke than in housecleaning. Set in the home of a married couple who are both doctors, the play offers a whimsical and poignant view of class structure and the nature of love.

  • Plein as day: Artist exhibiting locally paints 2,000 works outdoors

    Evergreen artist Ted Garcia is a person who meets his goals.

    Over the past 5 1/2 years, he set four goals to create an outdoor painting each day, and he has met all of those goals, painting 2,014 works in that many days.

    Much like the iconic mailman, Garcia, 47, painted in snow, rain, sleet, hail and heat. He painted early in the morning and late at night. He painted when he was sick and when he had a broken finger on his painting hand.

    He even painted through family obligations: graduations, births and deaths.

  • It takes two to tango

    By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Soaring vocals paired with fancy footwork when the Voices West choir and Littleton-based Adventures in Dance combined forces on Saturday.

  • Pint-sized classic rock cover band big on sound

     By Stephanie Alderton

    For the Courier

    When Dane Schley, 13, tells his friends he’s in a band, they often think he’s talking about his school’s jazz ensemble.

    But his band practices take place miles away from his classes at Deer Creek Middle School in a nondescript warehouse off Evans Avenue in Denver. And few middle school jazz bands begin their practices by playing a loud Black Sabbath medley with hair-flinging, head-banging gusto. 

  • 10,00 Maniacs, Marshall Tucker headline Rocky Mountain Music Fest

    The Rocky Mountain Music Festival is set to provide concert-goers with a taste of the classic and a taste of the new. 

    The all-day concert Aug. 10 at Clement Park features headliners 10,000 Maniacs kicking off the day’s music and the Marshall Tucker Band closing the show at night. In between the two classic bands, the audience will hear eight local groups battling for the title of best blues, rock, country and acoustic bands in the Rockies.

  • Shakespeare play, venue are a dream

    Shakespeare came to the park — Clement Park — last Friday.

    The Foothills Theatre Company presented the Bard’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at South Jeffco's premiere outdoor venue. The comedy of errors centers on two young couples, unrequited love, mischievous fairies and one man’s unfortunate transformation into a donkey.

    The 500-year-old play still elicits plenty of laughs from a 21st-century audience — thanks to the amazing source material, said audience member Larissa Packer.

  • Creedence Clearwater Revisited coming to Hudson Gardens on Sunday

    The music of Creedence Clearwater Revival — one of the seminal rock bands of the ‘60s and ‘70s, responsible for classic songs like “Proud Mary,” “Fortunate Son,” and “Bad Moon Rising” — is coming to Littleton this Sunday.

    Creedence Clearwater Revisited, a band that features original drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook, will perform to a sold-out crowd at Hudson Gardens on July 27 as part of the venue's summer concert series.

  • Keep Kalm rocks its way to Battle of the Bands title

    The talent at Foothills Park and Recreation’s Battle of the Bands made for some tough choices for judges and audience members. 

    Yet in the end, local hard-rock band Keep Kalm edged out second-place band Sunset Summer. Regina Smith, head of Foothills’ arts programs, said it was the closest point differential in the three years of the competition. 

    The concert, on June 14 at Clement Park’s amphitheater, featured four local middle- and high-school-age bands.