Weekend Arts Roundup: A tribute to the Lions Lair, holiday productions and more

Photo: 36 Views of the Lions Lair
Denver photographer Gary Isaacs's “36 Views of the Lions Lair” offers 36 unique perspectives on this Colfax Avenue watering hole.

“36 Views of the Lions Lair”
Nov. 15 - Jan. 4
Leon Gallery, Denver

Denver photographer Gary Isaacs pays tribute to the Lions Lair, a mainstay bar on Denver’s East Colfax Avenue, while extending a nod to Japanese woodblock print artist Katsushika Hokusai’s “36 Views of Mount Fuji.”

A Survey of Contemporary Art in Colorado
Nov. 18 - Dec. 12
Curfman Gallery at Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins

Opening the newly renovated Curfman Gallery on CSU’s Fort Collins campus, this exhibition brings together 50 works from more than 30 Colorado contemporary artists, including Amelia Carley, Tomiko Jones and Derrick Velasquez.

Film screening and Q&A with Vincent Grenier
Nov. 30, 7:00 p.m.
Counterpath, Denver

Award-winning experimental filmmaker Vincent Grenier comes to Denver for a screening of his short films, including “Tabula Rasa,” which was included in the “Best Avant Garde Films & Videos of the Decade” program at the Lincoln Center. Also on display is an exhibition by Amy Letter, an assistant professor of fiction and new media at Drake University, focusing on her recent work at the Media Archaeology Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder.

"Pictorial Essays from Colorado Journeys 2014"
Nov. 15 - Dec. 10
Gilmore Art Center, Denver

This exhibition of Colorado conceptual realist painter Michael Charron's work features more than 30 new paintings from the artist’s llama trips into Colorado’s Zirkel Wilderness and autumn views of North Park Colorado.

Johnny Marr
Nov. 27, 9:00 p.m.
Gothic Theater, Englewood

Best-known as the guitarist from the 1980s rock band The Smiths, Marr comes to Colorado in support of his new solo album, “Playland,” released in October.

Photo: Visual Narratives“Visual Narratives”
Nov. 7 - Nov. 29
The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins

In this juried exhibition, 50 artists each tell a story – including both fictional narratives and non-fiction documentation – through photographs. The exhibition features the work of photographers from around the world, including Colorado’s Bob Barley and Katie Kalkstein.

“Santaland Diaries”
Nov. 28 - Dec. 24
The Jones Theatre, Denver

The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and Off-Center, the experimental performance wing of the Denver Center Theatre Company, present a comedic one-man show starring Denver native Matt Zambrano. The play is adapted from David Sedaris' well-known memoir about the author’s stint as a Macy's elf in New York City.

“She Loves Me”
Nov. 25 - Dec. 21
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada

A romantic comedy with a touch of holiday nostalgia, this musical follows the story of Georg and Amalia, two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930s, who find solace in anonymous, romantic pen pals.

“The Nutcracker”
Nov. 29 - Dec. 27
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver

The Colorado Ballet presents its 54th-annual production of this holiday classic, with costumes and scenery by internationally-renowned designer José Varona and Tchaikovsky’s musical arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“A Christmas Carol”
Nov. 28 - Dec. 28
The Stage Theatre, Denver

Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this musical adaptation by Richard Hellesen – with music and lyrics by David de Berry – traces money-hoarding miser Ebenezer Scrooge’s overnight journey to redemption.

“Red Ranger Came Calling”
Nov. 28 - Dec. 21
Aurora Fox Arts Center, Aurora

Based on the true story of playwright Berkeley Breathed’s father who, at age nine, insisted on being addressed as the “Red Ranger of Mars,” this musical tale follows the story of a moody young boy and crotchety old man who, through a chance encounter, restore each other’s faith in the magic of Christmas.

Dave Villano’s “Christmas Magic”
Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center (PACE), Parker

This Denver-based musician and his band play a selection of traditional, Celtic and contemporary holiday songs, with guest appearances by guitarist Dave Beegle and “American Idol” contestant Devan Jones.

Firefly Handmade Holiday Market
Nov. 29, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Nov. 30, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Watershed School, Boulder
Dec. 6, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m, and Dec. 7, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
EXDO Events Center, Denver

This “handmade-only” holiday market, which features the wares of more than 90 artisans, offers adult and children's clothing and accessories, home goods, artisanal food and drink, bath and body products, art and pet supplies.