THE MIX: Top Aurora/Denver entertainment picks for Jan. 14- Jan. 20

Top entertainment picks for Aurora and Denver from Jan. 14 to 20

AROUND TOWN

Yoga and Beer 10 – 11 a.m. Jan. 16, Dry Dock Brewing Company – South Dock 15120 E. Hampden Ave. Registration is $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents. Visit auroragov.org for more information.

Coda.Barleywine.1.14.16We have to admit it, the folks at the City of Aurora nailed it with this one. Because, seriously, with so much football anxiety floating around the metro area this weekend, is there really a better way to start off Saturday than with gentle stretching, breathing exercises and calming suds? We think not. All three of those offerings will be featured in the city’s new fitness partnership with Dry Dock Brewing Company, aptly and simply titled “yoga and beer.” No confusion there. For a measly $8, get an hour of rejuvenating yoga practice followed by discounted Dry Dock oat sodas. Because there’s nothing like cleansing your body only to instantly refill it with liver-straining poison. Plus, this is a great chance to get double your money’s worth in the yoga pants department: Utilizing the athletic elasticity for the yoga, and the tummy absorbing stretch for bloated beer bellies.

Spoonful Bourbon Barrel Aged Bottle Release 12 p.m., Jan. 16, Coda Brewing Co. 2101 Ursula Ct.

Get ‘em while they’re hot. Or, maybe cold, in this case. In any event, snag one of the 112 bottles of bourbon barrel barleywine hitting the line at Aurora’s Coda Brewing Company this weekend. Clocking in at a formidable 10.2 percent alcohol by volume, the beer that was aged for nine months in bourbon barrels is a real-deal winter warmer that could serve as the perfect nerve-calmer for anxious football fanatics this weekend. A keg of the stuff will also be tapped at the brewery on Saturday.

ONSTAGE

The Normal Heart Curtains at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 & 16; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 17. The Vintage Theatre, 1462 Dayton St. Tickets start at $22. Visit vintagetheatre.com or call 303-856-7830 for more information.

Oscar Wilde be damned. Despite the novelist’s many famous musings on the tendency for life to imitate art, there’s still plenty of evidence to suggest the contrary. Just ask Craig Bond. Co-founder and owner of Vintage Theatre Productions on Dayton Street in Aurora, Bond knows painfully well the desperate need for art — particularly live theater — to reflect the world’s woes and to provide context and catharsis amid the madness. Through Feb. 21 at The Vintage, he’s portraying Felix Turner in “The Normal Heart,” a 1985 drama by Larry Kramer that depicts the early devastation of the HIV/AIDS epidemic that swept cities across the country in the 1980s. At times heartbreaking, and at times angry, the show is an important history lesson oozing with relevance. The show plays through Feb. 21.

The Big Bang Curtains at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays. The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Pl., Denver. Tickets start at $22. Call 720-530-4596 or visit thisisspotlight.com for more information.

Jim Parsons isn’t the only one who knows how to make science a profitable, frenzied extravaganza. O contraire, mon frere. The folks at Spotlight Theatre Company and the John Hand Theatre know a thing or two about that topic as well, and are putting their purses right alongside their bookish mouths with the Janurary production of “The Big Bang,” a new musical comedy that offers a snippet of just about everything. More or less a bowl of theatrical potpourri, the show centers on two desperate actors who are forced to stage a last-minute audition for backers of their new show, entitled — you guessed it — “The Big Bang.” Using a slew of impromptu props, the duo walks through the history of the world, from the loud, instantaneous creation of the universe to Cher. The show runs through Feb. 6.

Medea 8 p.m. Jan. 15 &16; 6 p.m. Jan. 17, The Edge Theatre, 1560 Teller St., Ste. 200, Lakewood. Tickets are $26. Call 303-232-0363 for more information.

No Tyler Perry here. Despite an eerily similar spelling to Perry’s never-ending snowball of a franchise, the classic work of theater by Euripides is, well, different than just about everything in Perry’s ever-expanding catalogue. Originally produced in 431 B.C., the production features all sorts of Greek revenge, temptation, killing and all the other pillars of the classics. The local production opens this weekend and boasts Karen Slack as the protagonist, Drew Horwitz as Jason, Rick Yaconis as Creon, Mark Collins as Aegeus, C. Kelly Leo as Nurse and Jim Valone as Tutor. Playing at the Edge Theatre in Lakewood, the production will also feature local favorites Drew Hirschboek and Kelly Uhlenhopp. The show runs through Feb. 14.

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