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The Show Must Go On! Five Options for Mother's Day

The Show Must Go On! Five Options for Mother's Day
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

You may not be able to take Mom to an outdoor market or patio today, but the show must go on — whether indoors or online.

Here are five entertainment options for Mother's Day 2021:

Queens Girl in the World
Sunday, May 9, 2 p.m.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora

The Aurora Fox’s doors are open to theater-goers for a ’60s-era coming-of-age story by Caleen Sinnette Jennings about a middle-class Black teenager who leaves her school in Queens to attend a progressive private school in Greenwich Village with a predominantly Jewish student body. In the backdrop? The burgeoning civil rights movement and a lot of sweet Motown tunes. Actress and comedian Janae Burris stars and April Axé Charmaine directs; find details and tickets, $15 to $40, here.

2021 Spring Show: ComePassion
Sunday, May 9, 3 p.m.
Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre, 119 Park Avenue West

The final performance of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance's fiftieth-anniversary season will be in person (and also streamed online), and will both highlight the struggles of the past year and look forward to the future. Get tickets and find out more at

Through Sunday, May 9, online

Theater and documentary collide in CO2020, the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's latest production, which zeroes in on how Coloradans responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Movement for Black Lives in 2020. This was the first time that BETC created a virtual documentary theater effort; the project, which is now revived by popular demand, was almost a year in the making. More than fifty people were interviewed for the 75 hours of video that were condensed into this amazing piece. “These stories subvert our assumptions about people, and about what a narrative of 2020 looks like,” says John Moore, one of six co-creators. Get pay-what-you-can tickets, $10 and up, here.

CoronaVox: Stories From the Front
Now through May, online
In the style of Phamaly’s past “Vox Phamalia” programs, CoronaVox: Stories From the Front is a compilation of theatrical pieces created and performed by over fifty Phamaly writers and actors. They're based on fellow community members and their unique experiences during COVID-19, particularly essential workers who have been the unsung heroes of the pandemic: a health-care worker, a teacher, a food preparer, a caregiver and more. In classic Phamaly fashion, the stories come to life with vitality, respect, humor and heart, demonstrating that even during the darkest of times, we can find light in human connection and storytelling. Tickets start at $20; get them here.

Small Mouth Sounds
Now through May 30
Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
The Arvada Center is reopening for live performances with this production of Small Mouth Sounds, postponed from 2020. The poignant off-Broadway hit follows six participants at a silent yoga retreat and their attempts to connect and solve the problems of their lives. Tickets are $45 to $50; get them here.

Know of a great event around town? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]
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