Colorado Arts Spotlight: Things to do around the state Dec. 8-10

· Dec. 7, 2023, 4:00 am
Contemporary ballet company Wonderbound's new production, Icy Haught.Contemporary ballet company Wonderbound's new production, Icy Haught.(Garrett Ammon)
Contemporary ballet company Wonderbound's new production, Icy Haught.

This week, holiday-themed events dominate the arts scene in Colorado, but there are still options available for those who may not be ready to dive into the festive spirit just yet. 

Miners Alley, a new performing arts center, just opened in Golden and is offering a campy holiday musical for adults, composed by Colorado artist David Nehls. 

However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and seasonal illnesses, some events may be canceled last minute. So, it is important to stay alert and keep an eye out for any communication from event organizers regarding ticketed events.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening night of "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical," a campy holiday musical for adults, at Miners Alley performing Arts Center in Golden, Dec. 2, 2023.

Friday, Dec. 8

Contemporary ballet company Wonderbound premieres Icy Haught, a new show by artistic director Garrett Ammon and associate choreographer Sarah Tallman. The company describes the piece as a “daring and saucy holiday entertainment option.” The dancers take the audience on a trip to places where nostalgia reigns, and puns are hilarious. All performances will be held at Wonderbound’s new Dahlia Street home in Denver through Dec. 17.

Icy Haught from Dec. 7 through Dec. 17 at Wonderbound at 3824 Dahlia St., Denver. Free parking is available in Wonderbound’s surface lot and along Dahlia St. and Eudora Way.

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre is staging a Christmas chamber musical based on O. Henry's short story, "The Gift of the Magi". The theatre says it was incorporated as Summit County's first non-profit in 1976 and is now the oldest year-round theatre company on the Western Slope. This family-friendly production of "The Gift of the Magi" will run until Dec. 30.

"The Gift of the Magi" from Dec. 6 through Dec. 30 at Breckenridge Theater at 121 S Ridge St. in Breckenridge.

Former students and parents from the Cherry Creek school system created the Cherry Creek Chorale in Arapahoe County in 1980 as a way for all ages to keep singing. This season, The Cherry Creek Chorale’s holiday concert, “A Merry Little Christmas” features familiar holiday music and new arrangements. 

The concerts are Dec. 8 & 9 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village. 

Saturday, Dec. 9

On Saturday, Roshni, an organization that helps connect New Americans to the performing arts, is hosting Holiday Stories — an afternoon of stories and dances and more from their youth, women, and guest artists at its House of Friendship in Aurora from 2-4 p.m.

Holiday Stories is Dec. 9 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the House of Friendship, 1 E. 16th Ave in Aurora. RSVPs are requested.

In an act of transformation, the historic Allen's Farm north of Boulder, founded in 1865, has reopened as a cultural venue. Starting Saturday, it will present the inaugural Yellow Barn Film Festival. The new event will screen an eclectic mix of narrative, documentary, and art films that will examine our shared connection to the land. 

University of Colorado at Boulder faculty member Geoff Marslet directed the centerpiece presentation, “Quantum Cowboys.” This psychedelic Western adventure features actor Lily Gladstone, from “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

Yellow Barn Film Festival - Dec. 9 at the Yellow Barn Farm, 9417 N. Foothills Hwy, Longmont. 

Parking is located on-site, along Mountain Ridge Pl. (the main road that cuts through the property.) Accessible parking is available nearest to the Barn Box.

All weekend

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance presents the annual holiday multicultural celebration, Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum. The annual multicultural celebration is creatively reimagined each year, as it recounts Granny's illustrious life as a dancer around the world. Performances run through Dec. 17 at the Cleo Parker Robinson theater in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood.

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum, weekends through Dec. 17. at 119 Park Ave W., Denver.

The twentieth annual Vail Film Festival runs this weekend. It features a variety of films including narrative features, documentaries, short films, and student films. In addition to screenings, the festival also includes parties, panels with filmmakers, and Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

Vail Film Festival Dec. 7 - 10 at various venues around the town.

Other arts and culture events around Colorado

How we pick our events: Colorado Arts Spotlight highlights events around the state to give readers a sense of the breadth of Colorado’s arts and cultural happenings, it is not — and can not possibly be — a comprehensive list of all weekly events. Entries are not endorsements or reviews. Each week’s list is published on Thursday and is not updated. Some groups that appear on the list may also be financial sponsors of CPR, but have no input into our editorial choices.

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