THE MIX: Top Entertainment & Events in Aurora-Denver, Sept. 1- 7

Your guide to the top entertainment, events, concerts, games and activities taking place in the metro area

ONSTAGE

Darcy Kennedy-Carter Edward Smith-Maggy StacyMurder Ballad 8 p.m.  Sept. 2 and Sept. 3; 6 p.m. Sept. 4. The Edge Theatre, 1560 Teller St., Suite 200, Lakewood. Tickets start at $32. Call 303-232-0363 or visit theedgetheater.com for more information.

Triangles are more than just three lines where two points meet, they’re also the classic blueprint for a delectably dramatic love story. Such is the case in Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s dramatic musical “Murder Ballad,” which follows a trio of lovers who slowly unravel as secrets are uncovered. Actress Shannan Steele stars as Sarah, a debutante who finds herself stuck between two suitors, Tom (Kent Randall) and Michael (Robert Michael Saunders). The narrator, played by Mary McGroary, walks the audience through the romantic hullabaloo that ensues. Rick Yaconis directs.

Frankie and Johnny in Claire de Lune 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4. The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Tickets start at $24. Visit VintageTheatre.com or call 303-856-7830 for more information.

Is it seriously September? It’s seriously September. And with the arrival of the annual prohibition on white pants comes the final weekend of the Vintage Theatre’s late summer production, “Frankie and Johnny in Claire de Lune.” Real-life couple Kelly and Andrew Uhlenhopp star in Terrance McNally’s quirky and adorable two-person show, which closes at The Vintage this weekend. Kelly stars as Frankie, a lovelorn waitress who falls for Johnny, a loquacious short-order cook, played by her husband. The two engage in a seemingly singular one-night stand, though Johnny does his best to reel Frankie into his romantic tractor beam through some well-placed compliments and smooth storytelling. The show includes nudity and sexual situations and is recommended for mature audiences only.

Suddenly Last Summer 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3. No performance Sept. 4. The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Pl., Denver. Tickets start at $14. Call 720-530-4596 or visit thisisspotlight.com for more information.

Director Bernie Cardell has manufactured a dramatic powerhouse for this weekend’s debut of the Tennessee Williams epic “Suddenly Last Summer.” Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award-winning actresses Emma Messenger and Maggy Stacy star as Violet Venable and Catharine Holly, in this classically deceptive “whodunnit?”

AROUND TOWN

Drink with the Artist at North Dock 4-8 p.m. Sept. 2, Dry Dock Brewing Company — North Dock, 2801 Tower Rd. Free. Participants must be at least 21 years old. For more information, visit the Dry Dock Brewing Co. Facebook page.

Ah, yes, Colorado and beer. Together, they form a pair as perfect as Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, Vodka and Cranberry juice (maybe) — you get the idea. The duo is going to be on proud and unabashed display this weekend at Dry Dock Brewing Company’s North Dock canning facility. The Dry Dock team has invited local artist Kyle Stonner for a small exhibition and meet-and-greet with the artist himself. Born and raised in Colorado, Stonner’s works are made of refurbished wooden pallets, many of which riff on the general design of the Colorado flag. Attendees who purchase a pint will receive a raffle ticket that could lead to a free piece of art for an especially lucky winner. The raffle winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

City of Aurora Food Truck Rodeo 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 2, Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. Admission is free. Visit auroragov.org for more information.

Be sure to skip breakfast Sept. 2 as you’d be remiss to sacrifice any extra stomach space for the city of Aurora’s final food truck rodeo of the summer. Following two successful mobile feasts in July and August, the city is gearing up for this year’s final gastronomic adventure at the foot of the Aurora Municipal Center. No Chik-Fil-A today. The city has invited nine gourmet vendors to cater the meal this Friday, with menus ranging from New Zealand-inspired ice cream to New England-style seafood. Manna From Heaven, a Vietnamese-flavored operation, is also slated to be on hand with their mouthwatering banh mi sliders. Bon appétit.

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