Put on your boogie boots at the Arvada center

Unexpected duets are one of the cornerstones of storytelling – it goes back almost as far as human history. And yet, somehow, we always find ways to give powerful new spins to the trope.

Enter “Kinky Boots,” with a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by legendary pop star Cyndi Lauper, which tells the story of two people brought together by a desire to create something new and better.

Now this story closes the Arvada Center 2021-2022 season.

“The show is based on a true story with lots of comedy as well as drama,” said Tim Howard, one of the two production leads. “It’s about who you are, accepting who others are, and the path you have to walk to find those truths.”

Directed by Rod A. Lansberry, “Naughty Boots” runs at the downtown Main Stage Theater, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., through Sunday, April 24. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. Wednesday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The show tells the story of Charlie Price (Howard), a factory owner who struggles to keep his family shoe business afloat by finding a way to change the product. Then he meets the drag queen Lola (David Kaverman) – and the fabulous Angels – and discovers another approach to the profession.

The cast includes Abigail Kochevar, Mairys Joaquin, Sael Charles and Heather Lacy.

“When I first heard about it, I just wanted to be on the show and I got my dream role,” Howard said. “The cast is one of the best I’ve worked with. There’s no negativity – everyone is really happy to be there and have the energy to perform again.

Like so many actors who have had to practice their craft via live streams or recordings, Howard said the power of performing for an audience has never been more apparent. Getting the energy from the cheering – and dancing – crowd adds an extra level of meaning every time they take the stage, especially with a show as uplifting as this.

“It feels good to say it’s okay not to know who you are right now – someone will accept you for who you are,” he said. “I think audiences will come away with a new perspective on life. If you’ve had a rough day, all of that will be a thing of the past, that’s how theater should be.

Information and tickets available at https://arvadacenter.org/events/kinkyboots.

Dance in the spring with Ballet Ariel

Taste spring in the City of Light, discover an “unsinkable” legend and explore the classical world with Ballet Ariel’s production “American in Paris. The show takes place at Lakewood Cultural Center470 S. Allison Parkway, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24.

This mix of spectacle and story features George Gershwin’s immortal classic “An American in Paris,” which follows a young woman who visits Paris for the first time; then there’s the company’s original “Tale of Molly Brown,” which accompanies the legendary figure from her early days in Leadville to Denver and the Titanic; finally, there is “Konservatoriet”, a classical ballet set at the Paris Opera Ballet in the famous romantic period painted by Edgar Degas.

For information and tickets, visit http://balletariel.org.

Banksy strikes in Denver

Finding out who the mysterious artist Banksy is has become a recurring joke in pop culture for many years. Which is a fun game and all, but the reason for the joke is the power and variety of his work. And now fans can see some of that work in Denver.

Banksy’s art features over 100 works by the street artist and runs until Sunday, June 12 at Denver Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway. Among the pieces that attendees can see are “Flower Thrower”, “Rude Copper” and original variants of “Girl with Balloon”, which was shredded at auction in 2018. According to the information provided, the exhibition “is not neither authorized nor curated in collaboration with the artist, but rather sourced from private collections allowing the public to view works that would otherwise remain hidden away in private homes or warehouses.

Tickets are available at banksyexhibit.com/denver/.

Clarke Concert of the Week — MICHELLE at Global Hall

We’re only a quarter of the way to 2022, but New York MICHAEL has already easily released one of the best albums of the year. The group – made up of Sofia D’Angelo, Julian Kaufman, Charlie Kilgore, Layla Ku, Emma Lee and Jamee Lockard – released “AFTER DINNER WE TALK DREAMS” in March and it’s a luminous collection of dream-pop and R&B . This music doesn’t grab you and shake you, but rather slips under your skin and into your bones.

The group will stop at Globe Room4483 Logan St. in Denver at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16. MICHELLE’s music will breathe beautifully in an intimate space like the Globe, making it the perfect place to immerse yourself in their work.

Tickets secured on https://globehall.com/event/michelle/.

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