Playbill: This week's performing arts picks

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As a break from this weekend's flag-waving and fireworks, wouldn't it be nice to cool off indoors in a darkened theater for an hour or two? Here are some options -- ambitious, naughty or light-hearted, depending on your mood -- to chill with over the holiday.

See also: Dead Man Walking, Central City Opera

The Unexpected Laboratory: Surrounded East Theatre, Dairy Center for the Arts 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5 $11-$15

The Longmont-based Unexpected Laboratory ends its world-premiere run of Surrounded -- a unique multi-media, multi-disciplinary, collaborative piece starring ten young performers from across the nation -- on Saturday, before heading out for reprises in Chicago and at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Through theater, film and dance, the cast takes on the issues of increased violence in the modern world.

Continue reading for more theater picks.

Restomod Blacklight Burlesque Voodoo Comedy Playhouse 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 3 $8 in advance, $10 at the door

In the quest to find new ways to showcase her VaVaVettes burlesque troupe, big-voiced leader Cora Vette has outdone herself this summer by turning out the lights. In Restomod Blacklight Burlesque, the ladies will be all aglow under blacklights instead, for a psychedelic ode to undressing -- and the costumes won't be the only things they'll be flashing.

Victorian Garden Romance Germinal Stage 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, though July 20 $20, half-price tickets July 4 303-455-7108

The region's beloved Germinal Stage continues its fortieth season as a troupe and its first season in a new home with a summertime-friendly trio of short Shaw confections: the comedies How He Lied to Her Husband, Her Tongue and Overruled. To celebrate the holiday, Germinal is offering half-price tix on the Fourth of July, but if that conflicts with your picnicking plans, the show runs through July 20 at the regular price.

Find a stage near you: Check out Westword's online listings for more theater and dance events for this week.

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