Friday, April 8, 2011

Aurora's Top Tadoos -- April 8 to April 15

Two opening productions and a funky R&B cover band top the list of best entertainment bets in Aurora this weekend. The Aurora Fox's last production of its 26th season, "While We Were Bowling," opens tonight, as well as "Cliffhanger" at the John Hand theater in Lowry. V-10 takes the stage at the Zephyr on Saturday, and the current exhibit at the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts gallery runs until the end of the month. Details after the jump ...

V-10 at the Zephyr Lounge
A typical setlist from V-10 includes tunes from Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, The Commodores, Al Green, Michael Jackson and Erykah Badu. The band will bring its ambitious melting pot of soul classics and contemporary tunes to the Zephyr Lounge this week, offering a diverse set list for Aurora crowds. The show starts at 9 p.m. on April 8 at the Zephyr, 11940 East Colfax Ave. For more information, call 303-364-8981 or log on
“Cliffhanger” at the John Hand Theater
The Firehouse Theatre Company is counting on the John Hand’s intimate dimensions and immediate feel to fully realize “Cliffhanger,” James Yaffe’s fast-paced thriller about ambition, murder and blackmail. The production is set to kick off on April 8. The show will run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and April 17 and May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place in Lowry. Tickets start at $17. For more information, call 303-562-3232 or log on to
“Photo ID” at DAVA
The students at the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts gallery are using photos to make personal artistic statements in “Photo ID,” an exhibit that focuses on personalities. The gallery pieces in photo-related media feature self-portraits by some of the city’s youngest artists, as well as guest pieces by professional artists Roddy MacInnes and Christopher R. Perez. The show will run until April 29 at the DAVA gallery in Original Aurora, 1419 Florence St. For gallery hours and additional information, call 303-367-5886 or log on to
“While We Were Bowling” at the Aurora Fox
“While We Were Bowling” is much more than a coming-of-age piece. While the dark comedy by Carter Lewis focuses on the travails and trials of a single Midwestern family in the 1950s, it also explores the cultural hang-ups and foibles of America in the Atomic Age. The constant threat of communism and the tectonic shifts in pop culture during the era serve as the constant backdrops, the spurs that drive the characters’ fears and discomforts. The Aurora Fox will host several special events for the play’s opening weekend, taking part in the Aurora Arts District’s second Friday walk on the evening of April 8 with a display of hand-painted bowling pins at the theater, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. The theater will also host a bowling league night on April 9, where all current members of a league will receive $6 off the regular ticket price of $24. The show runs until May 8. Tickets start at $24. For more information, call 303-739-1970 or log on to

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