The Song of the Lorax at Dairy Center for the Arts
Visit the Dairy Center for the Arts for a fascinating, immersive experience combining live music with spoken word, incredible photos and sound installation. The Song of the Lorax is a new multimedia show that includes live music performed by the Ivalas String Quartet with a forest sound installation, spoken word, and photography by conservation photographer T.J Watt. The exhibit is designed to inspire viewers to understand the worsening effects of climate change, but also to offer hope for the future. Nov. 26 and 27 at the Carsen Theater, Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder. Tickets range from $10–$30 at thedairy.org. All proceeds benefit the Ancient Forest Alliance.
The Goonies 80’s band at The Louisville Underground
Sometimes, you just wanna enjoy your favorite hits from the 80’s played by a live band, and no one in Colorado delivers better than The Goonies. The Boulder-based quartet is a peerless high-energy party band that skims the catalogue of all of your favorites, ranging from A-ha to Bonnie Tyler to The Cure, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Joan Jett, the Human League, MJ, Prince, Pat Benetar, Journey, Madonna, and dozens more. And they’re a perfect match for getting together with friends during the holiday season at The Louisville Underground, 640 Main Street in Louisville on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $18 at thelouisvilleunderground.com.
Camp Christmas at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park
One of the biggest and most popular new Denver traditions is back for another dazzling year of lights and spectacle. Visit the immersive winter wonderland that is the Denver Center’s Camp Christmas. It’s a 6-acre landscape filled with decorations, music, memorabilia, and more. You can bring the family to visit the Jolly Old Elf himself on select days, enjoy seasonal cocktails and hot cocoa throughout the tour and, of course, grab the perfect ‘gram-ready photo at tons of different holiday photo installations. Tickets range from $8–$25 at DenverCenter.org. The installation runs through Jan. 2, 2022 at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, 801 S. Yarrow Street, Lakewood.
Al Franken at Boulder Theater
You might remember Al Franken as the former Democratic Senator from Minnesota who served from 2009 to 2018, when he stepped down amid allegations of sexual misconduct. But long before his stint on Capitol Hill, he was a popular comedian and one of the original staff writers on Saturday Night Live where his trademark character Stuart Smalley seeped into national consciousness. He’s back on tour now, with his comedic sights set firmly on his stint in the Senate and his experience with one of the more contentious “me too” movement moments. At the Boulder Theater, Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $50, bouldertheater.com for more information.
White Christmas at BDT Stage
Relive the magic and holiday wonder of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as BDT Stage spruces up for the season. This perennial favorite captures the original splendor of the Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye film — live and on stage. Enjoy the story of singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis as they join with sisters Betty and Judy Haynes to perform an annual Christmas show. Holiday tickets always go fast, and with a delicious dinner included, this ticket is sure to sell out well in advance. Nov. 13–Jan. 8, 2022 at BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. 303.449.6000 or bdtstage.com. Tickets range from $70–$80.
Sound of Music at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Another local dinner theater is bringing out the classics — this time with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse presents this popular musical featuring all the classics — from “My Favorite Things” to “Do Re Mi” and “16 Going on 17.” Both dinner and show-only options are available, plus select Wednesday shows are dessert-only options, so there are a variety of prices and meals for every taste and budget. Tickets range from $29–$66, Nov. 26–Jan. 30, 2022. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown. 970.744.3747 or coloradocandlelight.com.