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The 21 Best Events This Week, April 29-May 5

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click to enlarge No language barrier here. - LUIS DE ALBA FACEBOOK
No language barrier here.
Luis de Alba Facebook
Friday, May 3

Since it began in 2009 as an experiment in urban agriculture for early RiNo denizen and RiNo Art District co-founder Tracy Weil, Denver’s Heirloom Tomato Farms has grown into a working wholesale operation. But every May, Weil and his off-location partner in tomato-growing, Carolyn Janssen, sell a crop of tomato seedlings (plus assorted peppers and eggplants) to the public. Get ready for the 2019 backyard growing season at the Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3, and repeats from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, at both growing locations: 3611 Chestnut Place and 475 Corona Street. Depending on stock, the sales will continue on weekends through May 19. All plants are $6; get more info and a sneak peek at the hundred or so mouthwatering heirloom varieties at heirloomtomatofarms.com.

click to enlarge You say tomato.... - HEIRLOOM TOMATO FARMS
You say tomato....
Heirloom Tomato Farms
Join PEN America members and local journalists as they gather in recognition of World Press Freedom Day Open Mic Night at 5 p.m. Friday, May 3, at BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street. They'll read excerpts of important works that emphasize the importance of the free press (come at 4:30 if you want to sign up, too), culminating in the reading of PEN America’s Press Freedom Manifesto. The event is free, and light refreshments will be provided — including a World Press Freedom Day-themed sangria. We'll drink to that! Find out more at bookbardenver.com.

Live theater is everywhere these days, including Denver’s proliferation of brewpubs. Root Baby: A Play With a Drinking Game and a Rock Band, a full-length faerie fantasy that includes puppetry, live music and imbibing, is what's on tap next at Diebolt Brewing Company, 3855 Mariposa Street. The Sphinx's Riddle Theatre Co. production opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, and runs Fridays and Saturdays through May 18; find details and tickets, $15 (or $30 VIP), at eventbrite.com. Learn more on the event Facebook page.

The animated frivolity of Mexican comedy maven Luis de Alba transcends language barriers, even though only fluent Spanish speakers will catch the nuances of a performer who bayonets the bourgeoisie with merciless satire. Famous in his home country for creating the highly quotable and meme-worthy sketch character El Pirruris — who regularly appeared on the hit program El Mundo de Luis de Alba — de Alba peppers his act with more outlandish characters and an abundance of good cheer. The floppy-haired, besuited funnyman takes the stage at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at the Denver Improv, 8246 East 49th Avenue; get tickets, $25 to $50, and more information at denver.improv.com.


click to enlarge Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Aurora. - AURORA CULTURAL DISTRICT
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Aurora.
Aurora Cultural District
Saturday, May 4

Custom furniture designer Where Wood Meets Steel is doing some spring cleaning and holding an open house at its shop/warehouse at 4903 Washington Street, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Everything from stumps and burls to slabs and bases will be on sale, along with some finished pieces of furniture, including walnut credenzas. Stop in, fuel your imagination (and body with free refreshments), and purchase a few components for your own inspirational home-improvement project. Find out more at wwms.net.

Looking for a kinder, gentler, more culturally correct Cinco de Mayo fest? You’ll find it in Aurora, where diversity rules and the fun is people-sized. Aurora Cinco de Mayo 2019 runs from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and again from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Fletcher Plaza, 9898 East Colfax Avenue in friendly downtown Aurora, with traditional dancing, vendor booths, delicious Latin eats and live performances by local talents, including Chilean vocalist Victor Dominguez and Mexican songstress Vita Prado. Learn more at auroraculture.org or visit the Aurora Cinco de Mayo page on Facebook.

The prettiest place in town to watch the ponies has to be Union Station: Its soaring ceiling and wealth of natural light will make the celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, one for the ages (of selfies). Live music will kick off the free Derby Day With Union Station festivities, and if you and your best-dressed date manage to impress the judges, you'll get a complimentary night at the swanky Crawford Hotel. Looking to rise above it all? Ascend the stairs to the Cooper Lounge, where you'll be able to look down on the rest of the station from the mezzanine while indulging in free drinks, apps and private TV screens — God forbid you should share a television set with a stranger from the street — for $80. Call the lounge at 720-460-3738 to get your VIP tickets, but if you're the type who thinks a house party is better when the whole city is invited, just show up.

There’s no better day of the year for a space-themed fundraiser than May the Fourth, and although A Galactic Adventure offered by the Catamounts isn’t exactly Stars Wars-related, it’s still rocket-fueled (with drink and galactic bites). And if your out-of-this-world costume happens to resemble Yoda or Princess Leia, no one’s going to turn you away. Enjoy a photo op in the Milky Way, get your chart read and bid for goodies in a live auction from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Galvanize Boulder, 1023 Walnut Street; find info and advance tickets, $50 to $55 ($65 at the door), which benefit the Catamounts’ theatrical season and outreach programs, at brownpapertickets.com.
click to enlarge Sal's Paradise Tiki Bar, gone but not forgotten. - COLFAX MUSEUM
Sal's Paradise Tiki Bar, gone but not forgotten.
Colfax Museum
Colfax Avenue’s storied tiki-bar past is vanishing, but Jonny Barber isn’t about to let that slip away. At his soon-to-open Colfax Museum, he and other members of the Denver Tiki Tribe have collected elements and memorabilia from a handful of local tiki havens — including Tiki Boyd’s and Tiki Lounge (which both inhabited the Ramada Inn on East Colfax at different times), Tiki Kai and the recently closed Hangar Bar — to create Sal’s Paradise Tiki Bar, a period-perfect display of retro tiki treasures (but, sadly, not an actual bar, though it will be pouring at special events). Catch the memorial's debut at the museum space, 6851 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 4; find details on the event Facebook page.


Opera Colorado's auspicious season draws to a merry close with the courtly comedy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, an enduring classic of the opera buffa repertoire composed in the Italianate style (complete with a libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte). The timeless tale of a guileful barber outwitting his rivals and earning the affections of his beloved Susanna premieres at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; catch reprise performances at the same time on Tuesday, May 7, and Friday, May 10, before the season concludes with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 12. Buy tickets, $25 to $250, and learn more at operacolorado.org.

Sunday, May 5

For many fans, mid-century design, with its playful colors and space-age angles, has never gone out of style. If you count yourself among the ranks of post-war design zealots, add the Denver Art Museum’s Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America to your art-going list ASAP. A collaboration of design curators Darrin Alfred of the DAM and Monica Obniski of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the exhibition covers lots of ground with its focus on timeless designs by Charles and Ray Eames, as well as those of Irving Harper, inventor of the ball clock, Colorado’s Herbert Bayer and others. Serious Play opens on Sunday, May 5, and runs through August 25 at the DAM, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, and is included in the regular gate admission of $8 to $13 (free for those eighteen and under). Learn more at denverartmuseum.org.

Get high and holistic at Inception: The Cannabis Coven Launch Party, a celebratory soirée for sativa-smoking spiritualists. Self-care remedies and metaphysical wonderment will abound at an amiably low-key introduction to the seminars, marketplaces and communal gatherings offered by the newly formed Coven. "Donate, congregate and elevate" while munching on snacks with a complimentary side of charm courtesy of chef cum comedian Adrian Mesa at the collective's stony soft opening on Sunday, May 5. The 21+ party gets started at 2 p.m. and winds down at 6. Get tickets, $10 to $15, and further details (a location will be provided at time of purchase) at eventbrite.com.

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