Coming Attractions

The romantic habits of rattlesnakes and dinosaurs

Recommended activities for the coming week

Posted 1/22/18

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, there are some date ideas that have been done to death — fancy dinner, movie for two, going out dancing. While all fun, none of these are particularly unique. …

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Coming Attractions

The romantic habits of rattlesnakes and dinosaurs

Recommended activities for the coming week

Posted

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, there are some date ideas that have been done to death — fancy dinner, movie for two, going out dancing. While all fun, none of these are particularly unique.

Fortunately, Dinosaur Ridge has those looking for something a little different covered, with Sex, Science and Saurians: A Dinosaur Ridge Valentine’s Celebration.

“We wanted to try an event that would be just for adults, 21 years old and older,” explained Erin LaCount, education programs coordinator with Dinosaur Ridge. “We know plenty of adults are very interested in getting back into dinosaurs and science, and we thought this would be a fun way to do so.”

The event goes from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the American Mountaineering Museum, 710 10th St. in Golden, and in addition to drinks and a chocolate fountain, ticketholders will also have a seat to two scientific, scintillating and hilarious presentations — “Salacious in the Cretaceous,” an examination on how dinosaurs had sex from LaCount, and “Sex, Lies and Rattlesnakes,” from Mary Ann Bonnell, visitor services manager with Jefferson County Open Space.

“I’m known as the area rattlesnake sexpert,” Bonnell said with a laugh. “Between Erin and I, we cover ancient and past animals that so interest people.”

Both Bonnell and LaCount have developed their presentations based on research, and have honed them to be funny, informative, and a little bit naughty. Where the science is unknown, there will be good caveats and logical scientific connections.

“Since this is an adult-only event, I’ve developed a presentation that uses some pretty hilarious language and approaches,” LaCount said. “For me, it’s all about making people laugh with some interesting facts.”

This is the first attempt at an event like this for Dinosaur Ridge, but if the event goes well, they could become a more regular experience.

“It’s a chance to celebrate the ridge, past and present,” said Bonnell. “This is just a great date night, that most people wouldn’t think about.”

For tickets and more information, visit http://dinoridge.org/valentines-event.html.

Clarke’s Concert of the Week — The Secret Sisters at Swallow Hill

The first time I saw Laura and Lydia Rogers, who record and perform as The Secret Sisters, they absolutely blew me away with their intertwining vocal harmonies, particularly on a cover they did of Sam Cooke’s “Cupid.”

The pair perform the kind of warm, welcoming folk music that is the perfect pair for a cold winter evening, and that makes The Secret Sisters the perfect performers for Swallow Hill’s Daniels Hall, 71 E. Yale Ave. in Denver at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25.

The duo’s most recent album, “You Don’t Own Me Anymore,” is made up of songs about surviving tough times, inspired by the sisters being dropped by their label in 2015. Before making this album, they almost gave up music all together, but inspired by friend and producer Brandi Carlile, they decided to give it another go. That strength shines through in every note.

To score tickets, visit www.swallowhillmusic.org.

The Evil Dead return to Denver

In 2013, the Equinox Theatre Company hosted a production of “Evil Dead: The Musical” that went on to sell out a packed four-week run. Demand was so high that in 2015, the theater hosted a six-week run that also did extremely well.

Now the hilarious and gruesome “Evil Dead: The Musical” has shambled back to life and is lurching its way to The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. in Denver, from Jan. 26 through Feb. 17. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For gore enthusiasts, there are also Splatter Zone seats available in advance only for $25.

The initial run won the Broadway World award for Best Comedic Musical, and is based on director Sam Raimi’s classic campy horror film series. A group of friends head out to the woods for a vacation that soon turns bloody when demons get involved. Some of the musical numbers include “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

Tickets and more information available at www.EquinoxTheatreDenver.com.

Finding a home at Miners Alley

Golden’s Miners Alley Playhouse is kicking off 2018 with the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home,” which tells the story of the well-known Bechdel Test.

“Fun Home” will run at Miners Alley, 1224 Washington Ave., from Jan. 26 through March 4. Tickets run from $15 to $40, and performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, the show made history when its writing team because the first female team to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score. When Alison’s father dies unexpectedly, she goes on a trip to the past to her childhood at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home to come to grips with herself, her family, and growing up questioning her sexuality.

For tickets and information, call 303-935-3044 or visit www.minersalley.com.

Taking steps to ensuring a healthy future

The debate over the future of health care in this country seems to be a never-ending one, but no matter what it looks like, there’s alot patients need to know to make the best decisions.

Elizabeth Kaufmann, who spent years at St. Anthony Hospital and OrthoColorado as a physical therapist, tapped into her past as a journalist to write “An Insider’s Guide to Orthopedic Surgery — A Physical Therapist Shares the Keys to a Better Recovery.”

In the book, Kaufmann tackles everything patients need to make sure their knee, hip, shoulder, and ankle replacements, as well as spine surgeries, give them the best possible outcomes.

Kaufmann will be at a book signing and talk from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Barnes & Noble Denver West, 14347 W. Colfax Ave.

Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached creader@coloradocommunitymedia.com.

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