Mac & Cheese Cookoff at Stanley 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 30, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. A $5 ticket gets you unlimited mac and cheese. A $10 VIP includes drink discounts. Visit the Stanley Marketplace Facebook page for more information.
There’s no such thing as too much cheese. Sure, you could probably find a bountiful crop of dietitians and lactose intolerants who would vehemently disagree with that sentiment, but we’re neither dietitians nor lactose intolerant. So, we’re all-in on cheese. Cheese in the morning, cheese at night — maybe even work on your night cheese like a certain Liz Lemon. For those truly cheese-obsessed grease heads out there, the folks at Stanley Marketplace are hosting an event this weekend that you’re not going to want to miss. For the measly price of $5, you can eat all the cheese — and noodles — you can stuff into your gullet over the course of about seven hours. Yeah. If that sounds like a challenge, well, it just may be, Kemosabe. It just may be. Visit the Stanley Facebook page for details.
House of Poetry All-Star Show 8 to 10:30 p.m. April 29, Cherry Creek Harbor. 13740 E. Quincy Ave. Visit the 5280 Artist Coop Facebook page for details.
Was there something in that sangria or are we seeing double? The local creatives at the 5280 Artist Coop are hosting poetry slam events on back-to-back weekends this month, following up last weekend’s performance on Dallas Street with a special all-star show April 29 at the Cherry Creek Harbor in south Aurora. Don’t miss this star-studded display of local talent. Jeanette “SistaSoul” Cooper will be one of the featured poets, among other notable poetry slam mainstays. A limited number of open mic spaces will be available, and food and drink will be served.
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Performances 7:30 p.m. April 28 & 29; 2p.m. April 30; through May 28. The Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. Tickets starts at $26. For more information, call 303-739-1970 or visit aurora fox.org.
Let’s try that again. After a encountering a series of snafus with several set pieces slated to be featured in the Aurora Fox Arts Center’s latest musical, Fox chief Charlie Packard was forced to cancel two performances on opening weekend, April 21 and April 22. It was a disappointment for the many patrons who still showed up at the theater last Friday night, but if there’s any sort of silver lining, the promised intricacy of the sets and costumes — so much that it may endanger the actors — has once again piqued our interest. This sure sounds like one helluva grand display. Directed at The Fox by local icon Eden Lane, the local adaptation (a regional premier, no less) of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” is a musical take on the 1994 Australian cult film of nearly the same name. The story centers on two drag queens and a transgender woman who make their way across the Australian outback in a lavender bus named, of course, “Priscilla.” Ride along.
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow 7:30 p.m. April 28 & 29; 2:30 p.m. April 30. The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Adult tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Group discounts are also available. Call 303-856-7830 or visit vintagetheatre.com for more information.
Comedy can move an audience in a way that a drama just can’t manage to do. When it comes to a straight tear-jerker, the audience knows what they’re getting into: depressing story arcs, heartbreak, probably someone dying. If a character starts coughing in the first act, you know they’re going to die of consumption by the time the third act wraps all up. The audience can see the sadness coming from a mile away and they can put up walls to keep it from hitting them hard. Vintage Theater’s production of “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, An Instant Message with Excitable Music” is the perfect example of a comedy that builds to a dramatic punch in the gut. It might not be expected from a play that features a genius with obsessive compulsive disorder, a robot with a propensity for cheerleading, a stoner pizza delivery boy and a Mormon learning about sex over instant messenger. But that’s why it’s such a success. Mark Pergola directs.
Crimes of the Heart
7:30 p.m. April 28 & 29, The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Pl., Denver. No performance April 30. Adult tickets are $23. Call 303-562-3232 or visit firehousetheatercompany.com for more information.
An attempted murderer, a failed singer and a Mississippi spinster walk into a hospital. No, that’s not the start to some hackneyed yuck — it’s the skeleton of “Crimes of the Heart,” the Jim Landis-directed show closing in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood this weekend. Penned by Beth Henley, the show focuses on three sisters who grew up in Hazlehurst, Mississippi but diverged paths later in the life. They return to their small town to wish goodbye to their grandfather, who’s passing his waning hours in a local hospital. Part slapstick and part sobering, the show is a tasty lesson in the love and dysfunction of family.