The events we're talking about in November.
Broadway powerhouse Idina Menzel shot to fame when she won a Tony Award in 2004 for her bewitching role in the smash hit Wicked. Since then, her voice has popped up everywhere, from the movie version of Rent to the geeks-can-be-cool TV sensation Glee. This month, Menzel stops in Denver to add her voice to the instrumentals of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, led by legendary conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Expect tunes from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cole Porter, as well as selections from crowd favorites such as Cats, Evita, A Chorus Line, and, of course, Wicked—including the much-lauded “Defying Gravity.” November 5, Boettcher Concert Hall
Confectionary genius Buddy Valastro has seen it all: four-tier cakes toppling down staircases, bridezillas decorating their own cakes, and deliveries gone horribly wrong. It happens when you’re the head honcho at Carlo’s Bakery and star of TLC’s Cake Boss. The Jersey boy hits the Mile High City to regale the audience with tales from the bakery, answer questions, and lead an interactive demo to reveal how he makes his culinary masterpieces. The Boss may even invite you onstage to try your hand at decorating. An edible motorcycle replica may be beyond your artistic reach with frosting, but at least you’ll be learning from the master. November 15, Paramount Theatre
Artists find inspiration in myriad things—even each other. For Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s latest show, three Denver-based visual artists become the muses for three choreographers, each of whom will create a world premiere dance based on the artist’s work. Garrett Ammon, BNC’s artistic director, teamed up with sculptor Mark Allen Henderson, who creates surrealist pieces from found objects like discarded dolls. Ammon’s work will attempt to transform his dancers into moving versions of Henderson’s sculptures. Other featured artists include Laura Merage and Mark Sink. Don’t miss the chance to see how these unexpected collaborations come together.November 5–7, Lakewood Cultural Center, and November 12–14, Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School
For more than two decades, Uganda was home to a violent civil war—one that left many women widowed and unable to care for their families. Enter the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, a Denver-based nonprofit that provides microfinance loans and educational programs for oppressed women in northern Uganda. In an effort to foster a connection between Denver and Uganda, the WGEF is hosting a fund-raiser for Ugandan women, where special guests will share their emotional stories about life in a conflict-torn region. The ultimate message is one of hope—one that portrays the strength of a people moving forward despite unimaginable strife. Over cocktails and dinner, learn about the importance of empowering these women—and discover how you can help. December 2, Craig Hall, University of Denver