We know this summer tradition isn’t necessarily “cheap”, but it sure is lots of fun. (Actually, 15 bucks for a concert, comedian and flick isn’t so bad, right?) The Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues are once again hosting Film on the Rocks at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. (Could you ask for a better backdrop?) The 2017 season includes 9 movies throughout the summer, including cult-classics and past fan-favorites. Each film is preceded by a live concert and local comedian. Here’s the line-up for the 18th season: May 15 – Superbad, May 22 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, May 25 – Long Strange Trip, June 5 – Dirty Dancing, June 12 – TBA: Fan-Voted Wedding Film — Vote Here, June 19 – The Fifth Element, July 17 – The LEGO Movie, July 20 – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and September 11 – Twister. Gates open 6:30 p.m., bands play at 7 p.m. and the movies start at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.) General admission tickets are $15 each. You can purchase tickets online. However, a $3 convenience fee per ticket applies. (Purchase tickets in advance, because they’re higher on the day of the show at the Red Rocks box office.) Parking is FREE.
Where can you see two music superstars for just $25? Denver welcomes multi-platinum-selling, multiple Grammy Award-winning music icons Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey to the Pepsi Center for a concert filled with decade-spanning hits. Get ready to sing along, as Richie works his way through the song catalog that made him a living legend. He’ll share the stage with Carey, whose powerful pipes are set to belt out a string of untouchable, record-setting R&B and pop anthems. They hit the stage on Tuesday, August 29 at 7 p.m. Thanks to Goldstar, get a ticket for just $25 (reg. $51.15) or $35 ($72.75) — that’s more than 50% off and makes each superstars’ set just $12.50! (Additional fees apply.) To buy tickets, click here.
After nearly 13 years in business, DVD Stop (8075 Sheridan Blvd., Unit C) in Arvada is hitting “stop” for good. (The entertainment business has changed so much in the last several years, right?) Currently, they’re offering 35% off new merchandise and 60% off used. I don’t know the final day of business. However, I would assume it would be at the end of April, as they just announced they’re closing a few days ago on Facebook. As of now, their hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Many businesses shorten their hours, when closing. You may want to call ahead, before making a special trip — 303.657.2849.) Special thanks to reader Rebecca for finding the sale!
See some of the latest kid-friendly films for FREE during Saturday Movie Time at the Arvada Library. Not only will the kiddos enjoy family-friendly flicks, but there’s FREE popcorn, too! Screenings run from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s the line-up: Saturday, April 15 — Moana, Saturday, June 10 — Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Saturday, June 24 — Sing and Saturday, July 22 — Monster Trucks. 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada.
We know that the Central City Opera summer season is several months down the calendar, but tickets for the super-affordable family matinee in the tiny jewel of a theater sell out fast. Introduce your kids (and yourself) to opera at a special matinee performance of “Carmen” on Tuesday, August 1 at 2:30 p.m. This fully staged production performed by the talented artists of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program in Central City includes a narrator’s preview and an autograph session with the singers. Tickets are currently $20 each, but prices can change. If you ae concerned about the content, check the synopsis.
Arts Brookfield puts the lobby in its building at 1801 California to good use during April with a series of four FREE lunchtime concerts. Lunchtime Listening: Friends of Chamber Music takes place every Tuesday this month from noon to 1 p.m. On tap to perform: April 4 – Yuanmiao Li and Quanshuai Li, violin duo. April 11 – Altius Quartet. April 18 – Trio Thessalia. April 25 – Avium Quartet. After your midday musical break, explore the current exhibition, “Shelter of Desire,” a collection of paintings by artist Xi Zhang.
If you’re a regular reader, you know I love Regal Cinemas’ Regal Crown Club. (I have nearly 350,000 points in my account!) Not only is membership FREE, but the club offers lots of rewards, discounts and promos. Whether you go to the movies a few times a year or every week, you’d be foolish not to sign-up for just the savings. Every Tuesday, members get 50% off any size popcorn, with paid admission.
With the discount, a small is about $3.50, a medium about $4 and a large about $4.50. (When going with family and friends, and for maximum value, get the large because it includes one FREE refill. I just take a tub home for a snack later — a few minutes in the microwave and tastes hot and fresh again. It’s perfect for sharing!) If you’re not a fan of crowds, Tuesday is the perfect day to see a movie in a more relaxed setting and, also, because of the “cheap” popcorn. (If you’re not a member of Regal Crown Club, you can sign-up at the box office and access the benefits immediately — joining is quick, easy and, best of all, FREE.)
This just in… some news should be gloriously fake. Bovine Metropolis Theater premiers an improvised news program to wade through irrelevant tweets and fumbling press conferences. Luckily, the savvy experts at Bovine are stepping in to make us laugh with their newest creation, Fake Network News (FNN) running Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. from March 29 to May 17.
Performed in the style of Meet the Press, AC 360 and other cable news programs, FNN features interviews, recurring segments and round-table discussions between their fake news anchors and a ‘virtual who’s who’ of counterfeit experts, pundits and commentators. [Read more…] about Fake Network News – Fun New Show at Bovine Metropolis Theater
Year-round Swallow Hill Music holds Open Stage nights in its cafe. You can see the best of the best the third Friday of every month in the Tuft Theatre at 7 p.m. Best of Open Stage is a showcase of five artists, chosen from previous open stage events. Each perform a 20 minute set. This allows the performer to share more of their material and the audience to hear more that just a couple of songs. The event is FREE for Swallow Hill members, $1 for non-members. 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver.
Banking on the idea that music can bring people together, the Denver Public Library is hosting a series of FREE concerts at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and will feature world-class musicians from Denver and Colorado. These “Harmony Street” concerts are designed to foster community through music in Denver’s historic Five Points Neighborhood. The next concert is Saturday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. and features Bluez House, a high-energy band fronted by gospel singers. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors will enjoying some outstanding music. Light refreshments are available after each performance. Upcoming Performances: April 8, Mary Louise Lee, May 13, Community Sing Along with Tom Riis and Austin Okigbo. 2401 Welton St., Denver.
Belmar Cinephiles is a FREE film series that appeals to every taste and interest. Hosted by Belmar Library, the monthly Saturday screenings offer film lovers the opportunity to catch up with independent features, docudramas, documentaries and topical films that were limited in distribution. If you missed them during their all-too-brief runs at art houses, here is your chance. All showings are FREE, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and appropriate for adults 18 and older. Next up: Saturday, April 8 — Arrival, the award-winning “thinking person’s” science-fiction film, starring Amy Adams as a linguistics professor leading an elite team of investigators hoping to open the doors of communication, when gigantic spaceships touch down around the world. 555 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood.
Have you ever had a craving for movie popcorn at home? (Movie theater popcorn always tastes better than the homemade stuff, right?) Thanks to Harkins Theatres, you can feel like you’re at the movies, while sitting on your couch. The movie theater sells a Big Party Popcorn to take home for just $10. Harkins Big Party Popcorn is available every day of the year and perfect for birthdays, office celebrations, holiday parties or any gathering with family and friends. We couldn’t find an actual size, but Harkins states the bag is, “Big enough to serve up to 10 of your friends.” Colorado has only one Harkins Theatre at 8300 E. Northfield Blvd.
Saving money at the box office can be as tricky as the latest suspense thriller…or full of laughs like a comedy. However, we found 8 ways you can be a superstar saver at Regal Cinemas. Even those who must see a film on opening weekend can save a few bucks. The key is to plan ahead and be flexible. (However, Regal Cinemas seems to be making it harder for frugal film fans to save money, as they have stopped or changed some discounts in the past year.) We never pay full-price at the box office or concession stand, so we’re happy to share our money-saving tips and tricks with you. (Bryan is nearing 300,000 points on his Regal Crown Club, so he’s definitely our in-house expert.) Lights! Camera! Discounts! [Read more…] about 8 Superstar Ways to Save at Regal Cinemas
Like blockbusters, but on a budget? If so, make Sunday your “movie day.” This “reel deal” is now only available at just one location — Meadows Stadium 12 (9355 Park Meadows Dr. in Littleton.) Every Sunday, the theater offers the chain’s Value Days promo. It’s the only Regal theater in Colorado to do so. (Note: Regal Cinemas just closed its Greenwood Village 12 location, unexpectedly.)
Tickets are just $7 each. However, I especially love the deal because it includes new releases — a rarity in movie discounts. However, there is an upcharge of $3.50 per ticket for 3-D, making those tickets $10.50 each.
A “Value Days” ticket at Meadows Stadium 12 is the lowest possible ticket price the movie chain offers (at least, here in Colorado) and that includes senior, student and military discounts, as well as coupons. It seems to be getting more difficult to find any deals on tickets, especially at Regal Cinemas.
Here’s an interesting freebie. Laura, Bryan & Claire are big fans of Broadway musicals, but you don’t have to go to New York City to hear musical theater. AccuBroadway delivers. It’s the first multi-channel Broadway radio station and FREE with no downloading required. Simply go to the website and the choose from more than two-dozen channels from classic to modern shows, or choose between decades or composers. We are listening to Chicago, while writing this post.