From The Hip New Studio Grand Opening Party 4-6 p.m. May 20, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. Free. For more information, visit The Stanley Marketplace Facebook page.
This weekend, it’s time for the shutterbugs to celebrate at Stanley Marketplace. Following a string of weekends catered to mac’n’cheese lovers, horse racing aficionados, and of course, the ceaseless sea of the Stapletonian bourgeois, it’s time for photographers to have some fun. The Stanley crew is hosting at least a pair of openings this weekend, at least one of which will feature free wine — that’s right free wine — from the nearby Infinite Monkey Theorem. So, they have a bit of a leg-up there. Owners of From the Hip Photo, Nina and Danny, will be treating Stanley patrons to free vino and some food for the grand opening of their new studio May 20. If that’s not enough new commerce for you, the team at MindCraft Makerspace in Stanley is also debuting its new space starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Don’t blink on Dallas Street these days, otherwise you’d be liable to miss the opening of some über-hip new business. And the free wine, too. That would really stink.
Cabaret 7:30 p.m. May 19 & 20; 2 p.m. May 21. Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington, Ave., Golden. Tickets start at $18. Call 303-935-3044 or visit minersalley.com for more information.
The delightful chintz of the Kander/Ebb/Masteroff classic, “Cabaret,” is once again hitting a Colorado stage this spring — KitKat folks and all. The smash musical, set in late 1920s Germany and based on John Van Druten’s early 1950s play, is coming to Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden this weekend and will run through June 25. Len Matheo directs this local incantation of the beloved musical with Jim Walker taking Emcee duties, Adriane Wilson, Luke Sorge, Tim Fishbaugh, Kristen Samu, Alaina Beth Rell and Rory Pierce filling out the rest of the roles. Steph Holmbo, Kenzie Kilroy, Abbey Kochevar, Kayla Mally, Parker Fowler and Gabe Morales take on KitKat duties this time around. Don’t miss this gem of a musical on an ideal, intimate stage just off one of the most adorable streets in Jefferson County.
A Time To Kill 7:30 p.m. My 19 & 20; 2:30 p.m. May 21. The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Tickets start at $24. Call 303-856-7830 or visit vintagetheatre.org for more information. The show runs through May 21.
It’s the last “A Time to Kill” this weekend at the Vintage Theatre on Dayton Street. Based on John Grisham’s best-selling novel of the same name, the show follows young lawyer Jake Brigance (Drew Hirschboek) as he attempts to keep a client off of death row. Newcomer and alum of HBO’s “The Wire” Robert Lee Hardy takes on the role of Brigance’s client, Carl Lee Hailey. Now, we dare you: Try saying Robert Lee Hardy and Carl Lee Hailey five times in a row and remind us who is the character and who is the actor. Too much eery similarity going on there. Vintage mainstay Bernie Cardell directs.
Misery 8 p.m. May 19 & 20; 6 p.m. May 21, The Edge Theater, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Tickets are $28. Visit theedgetheater.com or call 303-232-0363 for more information.
The most twisted “number one fan” in literature and cinema is ending her run on the Lakewood stage this weekend with the final performances of a local adaptation of “Misery,” Stephen King’s gripping tale of creepy obsession. Directed in Lakewood by Warren Sherrill, the show centers on Annie Wilkes (played by Kathy Bates in the 1990 film version) who rescues/captures/tortures/pines over Paul Sheldon (James Caan in the movie) who’s an acclaimed romance writer. Played by regional dynamo Emma Messenger in the Edge production, Wilkes forces Sheldon (Rick Yaconis) to rewrite the ending of his new book after disagreeing with the fate of one of her favorite characters. In typically King fashion, it’s morbid, eerie and absolutely gripping. Led by local heavyweights in this local version, the show is all but guaranteed to be a worthwhile outing. The show closes this weekend.
Performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 20 and 21. The BiTSY Stafe, 1137 S. Huron St., Denver. Free. Reservations can be mare at bitsystage.com, by emailing patti@BitsyStage.com or by calling 720-328-5294.
Finding free activities to do with kids — whether they’re your own, or you somehow fell into looking after a gaggle of tots like that Leslie Nielsen flick “Rent-a-Kid” — can be tough. But that’s what the BiTSY Stage is here for. The Denver-based company is presenting “The Silent Princess: A Turkish Tale,” through June 11 at 1137 S. Huron St. in Aurora’s neighboring city to the west. The best part? All performances are free. That’s right, no ticket prices, no navigating where your kiddo lands on the latest age/price bracket. Just quality entertainment on a fine weekend day in the Queen City of the Plains. We can get on board with that. (Donations are accepted, too.)