Thursday, March 10, 2011

Top Five Tadoos in Aurora -- March 11 to March 17

Photo by Heather L. Smith / The Aurora Sentinel

Here comes "K2," along with some music by Ravel and a giant invisible rabbit...

“K2” at the Aurora Fox
The two mountain climbers who face a life-and-death situation are the only speaking characters in Patrick Meyers’ stark drama “K2.” The story relies on their interactions for its power and effect — the plot is rooted in the pair’s constant fight against the bitter elements. A third, voiceless character plays a role in the plot that’s just as important, however. K2 itself, which looms more than 28,000 feet in the air, serves as the play’s constant backdrop, but also as its silent antagonist. The Aurora Fox’s small studio theater becomes the cramped confines of a small ice cliff on K2, an imposing setting that makes the human drama all the more compelling. “K2” by Patrick Meyers will run at the Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., from March 11 to April 3. Tickets start at $24. For more information, call 303-739-1970 or log on to

Aurora Symphony
Orchestra’s Children Concert
The Aurora Symphony Orchestra’s annual children’s concert will give familiar fairy tales a symphonic soundtrack. This year’s children’s program includes Maurice Ravel’s impressionist “Mother Goose Suite,” as well as Engelbert Humperdinck’s more modern piece “Hansel and Gretel.” The free concert will include performances from members of the South Jeffco Youth Orchestra and the Audience of One Youth Theatre. Children will have the chance to try their hand at classical instruments during an audience participation segment. The show will start at 4 p.m. on March 12 at the Smoky Hill Vineyard Church, 20050 E. Smoky Hill Road in Centennial. For more information, call 303-873-6622 or log on to

“Harvey” at the
John Hand Theatre
When Mary Chase wrote the comedy “Harvey” for the stage in 1944, she was hoping to cheer up a friend who’d lost her son during World War II. The story of Elwood Dowd and his invisible friend Harvey, a 6-foot-tall white rabbit, had a much larger effect, winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama and becoming the inspiration for a popular film of the same name in 1950. The Spotlight Theatre Company has revived Chase’s original stage play, hoping to bring smiles to a new audience of modern theatergoers. “Harvey” will run until March 26 at the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place at Lowry.

“Place: A Travel Memoir”
at the Red Delicious
Artist Fawn Atencio found inspiration in her travels to Asia and Africa. Atencio, a member artist at the Red Delicious Press gallery in Aurora, drew on imagery from her travels for her latest collection of work. “Place: A Travel Memoir” comprises print works that share a common theme: the enrichment and growth found in a foreign environment. The exhibit will run at the Red Delicious gallery, 9901 East 16th Ave., from March 11 to April 30. The opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 11. For gallery hours and other information about the exhibit, call 303.366.2922 or log on to

“A Millinery Tale”
Women’s love for fashionable hats goes back centuries. The exhibition titled “A Millinery Tale: The History of Ladies Hats” running at the Aurora History Museum until April 17 traces the history of feminine head wear to its European roots in the 16th century. European artisans titled “Millaners” earned their nicknames from Milan, where hatmakers would get the best ribbons and straw. The exhibit includes samples from across the years, including a collection of fashionable hats from the 1960s. The museum, located at 15051 E. Alameda Parkway, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 303-739-6666 or visit

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