Coming Attractions

Lakewood Cultural Center returns with new season

Recommended activities for the coming weeks


Figuring out what audiences want isn’t an exact science, but when it came time to bring the performing arts back to the Lakewood Cultural Center, Rita Sommers, the center’s administrator, wanted to get a sense of what people were yearning for now that stages are reopening.

“We participated in several local and national surveys that gauged when audiences might be ready to return to the theater along with what kind of experience they wanted to have when they came back,” Sommers said. “Audiences are looking for fun, joy and relief from the weight of this past year.”

With those desires in mind, Lakewood has announced its 2021-2022 season, which picks up where the organization left off with performances that had to be postponed due to the pandemic. The season runs in tandem with a range of performances by other local and regional organizations who utilize the Lakewood Cultural Center as their performance home, so expect the opportunity for more shows as these organizations announce them.

Here’s the season:

“The Drowsy Chaperone” co-presented with Performance Now Theatre Company, running Sept. 10 through 26.

A show about a theater fan who puts on a recording of his favorite Jazz Age musical comedy and inadvertently kicks off an extravagant fantasy.


Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, on Saturday, Nov. 13.

The Rocky Mountain region’s only professional period-instrument orchestra presents “Cross-Currents,” weaving together melodies in Baroque style from Latin America and Europe.


Timothy P. and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers, on Dec. 4 and 5.

Timothy P. Irvin returns with his blend of western, bluegrass and folk music, all for the holidays.


ETHEL’s Documerica, on Thursday, Feb. 17.

An indie-classical string quartet, ETHEL’s multimedia concert blends imagery from a 1970s photographic archive commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency with music from some of today’s most well-known composers.


TAKE3, on Friday, March 4.

A crossover trio of violin, piano and cello, led by violinist Lindsay Deutsch, can play tunes that range from Beethoven to Justin Bieber.



The Lao Tizer Quartet featuring Nelson Rangell on Saturday, March 12.

This quartet delivers a cocktail of jazz, rock, classical, funk and world rhythms.


“1776” co-presented with Performance Now Theatre Company, running March 18 through April 3.

A Broadway take on the founding of our country and the crafting of the Declaration of Independence.


The Small Glories, on Thursday, May 19.

Wailin’ Jennys members Cara Luft and JD Edwards create a roots duo that delivers interwoven vocals with stomping clawhammer banjo, guitar and harmonica.

“There really isn’t anything quite like live performance for eliciting and sharing the depth of human emotion,” Sommers said. “I think it will be rather cathartic to have this shared experience again after what we’ve all been through in the last year, collectively as well as individually.”


Details and tickets can be found at 303-987-7845 or


A ride through Northglenn’s past

Bicycling is one of the best summertime activities — a way to get exercise, be outdoors and travel in an environmentally friendly way. The City of Northglenn has something historic in mind with its Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Full Moon Bike Ride at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 23.

The free event is open to riders of all skill levels and will feature a casual five- to 12-mile ride that highlights the city’s trail system, parks and historic areas. The ride begins at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive, and will head south to Deza Estates, the oldest neighborhood in the city.

To register, call 303-450-8800 or visit


Stanley Marketplace takes visitors on Parade of Playhouses

Longtime metro area residents will undoubtedly already be familiar with the annual Colorado Parade of Homes. This summer Stanley Marketplace, 2501 N. Dallas St. in Aurora, is hosting a slightly smaller take on the event — the Parade of Playhouses.

On display through Saturday, Aug. 7, the event features one-of-a-kind children’s playhouses created and donated by professional local builders, according to provided information. The houses can be seen for free or visitors can purchase raffle tickets to win one of the playhouses, with all proceeds benefiting Junior Achievement programs.

Get all the details at


Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Guster at Red Rocks

Boston’s Guster has made a name for themselves playing a melodic take on indie rock that owes as much to the Beach Boys as cult artists like Big Star.

Guster is returning to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway in Morrison, for their first collaborative performance with the Colorado Symphony since 2012. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. The group will be joined by The Lone Bellow, a fantastic folk trio that will be live streaming their performance for those who can’t attend in person.


Get tickets for the show at For the live stream, visit


Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at

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