Two worthwhile local theater productions end their runs this weekend: Paragon Theatre's The Real Thing and Picasso at the Lapin Agile, presented as a benefit for Senior Housing Options in the lobby of the Barth Hotel in LoDo. Paragon's version of Tom Stoppard's comedy begins at 7:30 p.m. nightly through Saturday at its current digs at 1387 South Sante Fe Drive; tickets are two-for-one tonight and $17 to $21 on the weekend. And Steve Martin's witty Lapin imagines a 1904 meeting between Picasso and Einstein in the accommodating confines of the Barth, 1514 17th Street; admission is $25 to $45.
Or take your movies like a parent or like an adult: As a parent, you can bring a blanket and a picnic to the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road (one quarter-mile south of C-470, off Wadsworth Boulevard in Littleton) for an outdoor screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - just the thing for folks of all ages who are pining for the coming big wrapup of the Potter series. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the film starts at dusk; admission is $4 to $5 (children ages three and under admitted free).
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And as an adult, you can also head out to the sticks for Movie and a Martini at the Wildlife Experience Museum, 10035 S. Peoria Street (at Lincoln Avenue in Meridian Park, Parker), featuring the classic musical West Side Story and popcorn after a reception where the aforementioned martinis will be served. Tickets range from $20 to $25; call 720-488-3300.
For more recommended events happening today and through the weekend, visit the Night & Day calendar page.