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Six More Things to Do in Denver Today

Boulder Burlesque shows the love.
Boulder Burlesque shows the love. Sway Photography
The weekend's not over yet! There are some sweet things planned in the heart of Colorado, including a gathering at Luvin' Arms Animal Sanctuary, a self-love show with Boulder Burlesque, and recently added performances of theater productions that have been selling out.

Saving money for your valentine? Find five free things to do here, as well as art openings here. Now keep reading for six events today worth the price of admission:

Gelato's Valentine Day
Sunday, February 12, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary, 3470 County Road 7, Erie
Grab your kids for a sweet time at Luvin Arms, where you can wander around the sanctuary and receive valentines from the animal occupants, including Gelato, the rescued goat. Adults get in free with children, whose tickets are $15. Get them here.

Hotter Than Egypt
Sunday, February 12, 1:30 p.m.
Kilstrom Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Middle East American Distinguished Playwright Award winner Yussef El Guindi’s Hotter Than Egypt is set in the withering heat of Cairo, where detente breaks down among aging married tourists dealing with a foreign culture, tangling the personal and political. The now-completed play, first presented at the 2020 Colorado New Play Summit, opens at the Kilstrom this weekend; it will also be an element of the 2023 Summit, happening later this month. The run continues through March 12; find information and tickets, $25 to $76, here.

The Year of Magical Thinking
Sunday, February 12, 2 p.m.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Ave, Aurora
Denver stage diva Billie McBride will hold you spellbound in The Year of Magical Thinking, based on Joan Didion’s elegiac grief memoir of the same title, during a run of the one-woman show at the Aurora Fox. As Didion, McBride makes sense of a period in the journalist’s life marked by daughter Quintana Roo’s extended illness and the death of her husband of nearly forty years, John Gregory Dunne. The actress and the National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning book will come together in a dramatic tour de force. Shows run Thursdays through Saturdays through February 26. Tickets are $15 to $40; reserve seats and learn more here.

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Boulder Burlesque gets lucky in love.
Sway Photography
Self-Love Showcase
Sunday, February 12, 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.)
The Spark Theater,  4847 Pearl Street, B4, Boulder

Blending consent culture, body positivity and authentic sexual expression, Boulder Burlesque is back for its biggest show of the year, the annual Valentine’s Showcase performance. This showcase will include the debut of the Beginner Troupe, select treats from the Advanced Troupe performers, and opportunities for audience engagement, all in the theme of radical-self love. Ten percent of all profits will be donated to Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence; tickets are $20 to $25. Get them here (if you can; these shows have been selling out).

Ms. Holmes and Ms. Watson, Apt 2B
Sunday, February 12, 2 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder

After seventeen years leading the Butterfly Effect Theater of Colorado (formerly the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company), BETC founders Rebecca Remaly and Stephen Weitz are collaborating on their last production with the company, Ms. Holmes and Ms. Watson, Apt 2B. The show, which runs through February 25, has been selling out (seats are gone for this weekend) but new dates have been added; find tickets here.

The Death of Napoleon: A Play in Less Than Three Acts
Sunday, February 12, 3 p.m. (sold-out), Monday, February 13, 7:30 p.m. (sold-out), Thursday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street

There’s no other stage experience in Denver — or anywhere — quite like an original show by the creative conspirators of Buntport Theater, who have a knack for reconstructing history and creating theatrical milestones that march to the beat of their own ridiculous drummer. The Death of Napoleon focuses on the monarch’s last exile on St. Helena, where he died in 1821 at the age of 51 — but expect the unexpected, since Buntport plays generally swerve away from the truth. Or do they? Sunday's show is sold out, as is the industry-night performance on Monday, February 13 (you can put your name on a waitlist thirty minutes before each of those performances), but tickets are now available for a show added on Thursday, February 16! The run continues through March 12; get name-your-own-price tickets here.

Do you know of a great event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]
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