THE GUIDE: The Mix – Week of June 4, 2015

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

AROUND TOWN

KidSpree 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 6 on the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. Free. Organizers of Aurora’s annual KidSpree said they really wanted everyone’s inner child to run free this year, and so they decided to make nearly everything free — face painting, pony rides, just about everything short of food and merchandise is gratis. Some of those free attractions include Top Hogs (billed as “the country’s premier trick pig act”), magic shows, ventriloquists, a petting farm, Colorado Disc Dogs and a contortionist. A collection station will be set up for attendees to help support The Little Flower Assistance Center in Aurora, which is accepting non-perishable food items. For full details, visit www.auroragov.org/kidspree.

Planet Con Colorado 2015 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Red Lion Hotel, 3200 Parker East Trail. For fans of comics, anime, video games and the like, there’s no offseason. So even though the annual Denver Comic Con delivered plenty of sights and lively panels for everyone’s inner nerd, this smaller, closer-to-home convention whets an insatiable geek appetite. Regular admission is $45; cosplayer admission is $35. Details at www.facebook.com/events/480453458754646.

Slow Meat Fair 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Auraria Campus MSU Club Sports Field and Hospitality Learning Center. Speakers including Dr. Temple Grandin and vendors such as Marczyk Fine Foods, Infinite Monkey Theorem and HighPoint Creamery all will extol the virtues of the slow-food movement and sustainably raised meat. While there will be plenty of spirited discussion of product labeling and antibiotic use for your mind, your taste buds also will get a chance to enjoy a sampling of charcuterie, cheese and craft beers, as well as traditional tastes of the Navajo Nation, Mexico and South Africa from Terra Madre Kitchen. Entry is free, and many ticketed events are available at varying costs. Learn more at www.slowfooddenver.org.

Free Fridays During regular operating hours at six of Aurora’s city pools. We’re still seeing more than the Front Range’s share of cloudy days, but the summer weather is finally starting to show up. To get a break from the heat, six of the city’s pools will be offering free drop-in admission on Fridays for children and adults alike: Aqua Vista Pool (18700 E. Wagontrail Circle), Meadow Hills Pool 3609 S. Dawson St.), Moorhead Pool (2390 Havana St.), Parklane Pool (13003 E. 30th Ave.), Pheasant Run Pool (14971 E. Pheasant Run Pkwy.) and Village Green Pool (1300 S. Chambers Circle). Grab your goggles, some sunblock and dive on in.

ONSTAGE

Brighton Beach Memoirs  7:30 p.m., June 5 and 6 or 6 p.m. June 7, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Tickets are $23. For more information, call: 303-935-3044 or visit minersalley.com. A comedic memoir of a sex-obsessed wisenheimer living in Brooklyn in the 1930s? We’re in. That delightful description is the bedrock of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” an autobiographical show premiering in Golden this weekend. The show is penned by Neil Simon, who cut his teeth as a comedy writer alongside the likes of the sardonic Mel Brooks and Woody Allen, so, yeah, the guy is good. Michael Kosso stars as the irreverent Eugene Jerome, who manages to fight both the hard times of the depression and occasionally his family, too. The show runs through June 28.

Play Crawl 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, starting at the Oriental Theatre, 4335 W. 44th St. in Denver. Keeping it short and simple, And Toto too Theatre Company kicks off their 10th anniversary season with their fifth annual Play Crawl. A mixer and silent auction kick off the evening before attendees head off for 12, two-minute plays written by local female playwrights in the galleries and shops on Tennyson Street. Music from DJ Savior Breath starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available at www.andtototoo.org or by calling 720-583-3975.

UNMarried in America 7:30 p.m. June 5 and 6 or 2:30 p.m. June 7, 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 June 21. If “the case for love is now in session” isn’t copyrighted and it isn’t the slogan of a daytime divorce court show before the year is over, somebody is seriously missing out on some sweet, sweet dough. That catchy jingle is, in fact, the slogan for “UNMarried in America,” the K.D. Carlson-penned work that centers on the Proposition 8 trial to reverse California’s controversial gay marriage ban. An admitted page-turner for Vintage Theatre Executive Director Craig Bond, the show centers on the relationships of a court reporter who transcribes the trial and begins to delve deeper into just how the trial affects those around her. With a stacked cast that includes Kelly Uhlenhopp of the uber-popular production of “Beets” at the Aurora Fox Cultural Arts Center this past winter, the show is all but guaranteed to be at the very least intriguing.

Emily Kinney and Dylan Garnder 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. in Denver. The stage at the renovated Airedale building will be turned over to two performers who don’t even look like they’re old enough to sit at the bar: Multi-instrumentalist Gardner, 18, will be sticking to Cokes and the occasional Ben Folds cover, while the 29-year-old Kinney is best known to some for playing the teenage Beth from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” — she’s best known on the show for her singing, which she’ll be doing plenty of sans the acting bit as part of her This is War tour.

ONSCREEN

Film on the Rocks: “The Shining” with Munly & The Lupercalians and Stella Luce   Doors open at 6:30 p.m., bands begin playing at 7 p.m., movie starts at dusk. $12 general admission. Even before Colorado’s connection to Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece was cemented with the Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, the Front Range’s indispensable venue — Red Rocks in Morrison — was serving up summer flicks with tunes to go with them. This week, a quick trek up to the vaunted venue affords you a chance to revisit the classic film as it marks 35 years of making non-5280ers worry about what sort of mischief we’re getting up to in the mountains.

  • Aldo Elmnight

    At the Kidspree now. What is up with all the baracades and unconstitutional bag searches. Thank you city council for turning my city into a police state.