Johanna Mueller and her fantastical creatures. (Heather L. Smith / The Aurora Sentinel)
From heartwarming musicals to fantastical creatures to kung-fu demonstrations, there's plenty of fun stuff going on in Aurora this week.
1. “The Wedding Singer” at the Aurora Fox
The Aurora Fox production of the Broadway musical “The Wedding Singer” relies to some degree on nostalgia. The show, written by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin and based on the 1998 film starring Adam Sandler, is seeped in ‘80s culture and gags — Boy George and A Flock of Seagulls play a part in creating the comedy’s mood and feel. A timeless, old-fashioned love story hides underneath the nostalgic schtick, however, and directors Mandy and Missy Moore have worked to balance the big hair gags with a compelling narrative. “The Wedding Singer” will run at the Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., from Feb. 11 to March 6. Tickets start at $24. For more information, call 303-739-1970 or log on to www.aurorafoxartscenter.org.
2. “Creature Show” at Red Delicious Press gallery
Johanna Mueller’s prints mix personal mythology with timeless imagery; her impossibly detailed pieces use animal characters to explore human truths and universal themes. A collection of Mueller’s prints will be on display until Feb. 26 at the Red Delicious Press gallery, 9901 E. 16th Ave. For more information about exhibition schedules and making an appointment, call 303-366-2922 or log on to www.reddeliciouspress.com.
3. “Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World”
The Hebrew phrase “Tikkun Olam” means “heal the world,” and the Mizel Museum’s exhibit seeks to find that healing through a shared acknowledgment of pain. The exhibition includes pieces by 54 participants from 27 countries, works that express suffering, transition and recovery. The contributors share personal stories of challenge and triumph, experiences that stem from the darkest moments in modern history. The exhibit will run until March at the Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway. For more information, call 303-739-6600.
4. Chinese New Year at Aurora History Museum
Traditional storytelling, Kung-Fu demonstrations, crafts and other cultural activities will mark this year’s Chinese New Year celebration at the Aurora History Museum. The Denver Chinese Cultural Center is set to participate in this year’s event, which will start at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway. Volunteers will lead participants in crafts activities including making Chinese calligraphy bookmarks, rabbit lanterns, Chinese scrolls and New Year Rabbit puppets. Admission is $6. For more information and to pre-register, call 303-326-8650.
5. Tera Blu at the Zephyr Lounge
Tera Blu is respectful of the giants of blues genre. The local diva pays tribute to innovators like Etta James and Tina Turner in her brash, bold vocal style. The singer will pay homage to the greats for Aurora audiences during a live performance 9 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Zephyr Lounge, 11940 E. Colfax Ave. For more information, call 303-364-8981.