Weekend Arts Roundup: Artists comment on consumerism, a holiday mash-up and more

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Carla Edwards' "Untitled" was made from recycled American flags. Edwards is one of twelve artists featured in "Boundary Battle."

RedLine presents “Boundary Battle”
Dec. 5 - Jan. 31, 2015
Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery, Denver

Bringing together 12 artists working across disciplines, this group exhibition examines the correlation between our individual identities and the current global culture of commodification and consumption.

"Moulin Scrooge"
Dec. 5 - 20
The Bug Theatre, Denver

Co-produced by Front Range theater companies The Catamounts and the Band of Toughs, and created by Peter Gwinn of “The Colbert Report,” this adult-themed musical mash-up combines the 2001 hit “Moulin Rouge” and the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.”

Ars Nova Singers “December Reflections”
Dec. 12 and 13
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder, Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village

This Boulder-based vocal ensemble specializing in a cappella music of the Renaissance period well as the 20th and 21st centuries presents its annual holiday concert. The program features works by English Renaissance period composers John Plummer, Robert Parsons and more.

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The cast of WYNOT Radio Theatre perform throughout December at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs.

WYNOT Radio Theatre presents “Death Wore Elevator Shoes”
Dec. 11 - 14
Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs

This Pueblo-based live old-time radio parody troupe presents the very first adventure of Rick Luger: Private Dick. Luger is WYNOT Radio’s main character and the show is an homage to the great radio noir detectives of the 1940s.

"East and East - Alternative Visions"
Dec. 12 - Jan. 24, 2015
Gallery 1261, Denver

This combined exhibition features 40 new paintings from contemporary artists Quang Ho and Vincent Xeus.

Boulder Opera presents “Hansel and Gretel”
Dec. 11 - 14
Nomad Theatre, Boulder

Boulder Opera’s new production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s most popular opera - featuring an ensemble orchestra led by Mathieu D’Ordine and directed by Bjorn Arvidsson, both Colorado residents - puts a family-friendly spin on the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tale.

Horseshoe Holiday Market
Dec. 13 and 14, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Highlands Masonic Temple, Denver

This annual holiday market brings over 100 Colorado handmade and vintage vendors to northwest Denver and offers everything from artisanal caramels to hand-sewn leather goods.

Wonderbound presents “Winter”
Dec. 10 - 18
Junction Box, Denver

This Denver dance company shares the stage with singer/songwriter Jesse Manley and his band, visual artist Kristopher Collins, perfumer Michelle Roark and four of Denver’s top chefs in a new seasonal story ballet that aims to engage audience members’ senses of smell, touch and taste as well as the more usual hearing and seeing.

Colorado Symphony performs “Holiday Brass”
Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree

Featuring guest conductor Brian Buerkle, the Colorado Symphony Brass performs seasonal favorites stretching from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to the music of Hollywood’s most popular Christmas movies.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”
Dec. 13 and 14
Aspen District Theater, Aspen

Featuring ballet, flamenco, a Chinese sword dance and an aerialist, this cast of 60 dancers, actors and circus artists add a modern twist to the family-friendly holiday classic.

“Bill The Galactic Hero”
Dec. 13, 8:00 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse, Littleton

Alex Cox, director of the film based on Harry Harrison’s 1965 satirical science fiction novel of the same name, will be on hand to present the film and give a post-film Q&A.