What: Five sweet singing boys take the stage for the Off-Broadway musical comedy Altar Boyz. Matthew, Luke, Mark, Juan, and Abraham are a religious-themed boy band on a Raise the Praise tour, and their clever songs ring with notes of parody that will have the audience in stitches.
Why: Where else can hear lyrics like “Jesus called me on my cell phone/no roaming charges were incurred”? The show’s catchy tunes won the coveted Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Off-Broadway.
Bonus: Arvada may be the last stop for the New York-based touring cast, but the actors haven’t lost their enthusiasm. After their show, the actors are likely to greet you in the lobby with a handshake.
Details: Through June 1. Tue 7 p.m.; Wed 1:30 p.m., 7 p.m.; Thu 7 p.m.; Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. $38-$48. For more information, call 720-898-7200 or visit www.arvadacenter.org.
What: At the Annual Ladies Only Sample Tour, independent stores from five local shopping districts join forces to offer one afternoon of free samples and incredible shopping.
Why: With the purchase of a $10 bracelet, you get access to one of these shopping districts: Old South Pearl Street, Historic Downtown Littleton, Historic Downtown Golden, Old South Gaylord, and Historic Olde Town Arvada. Your entry bracelet then entitles you to free samples (think free boxes of stationary and mascarpone cream puffs) from various stores within your designated ‘hood.
Bonus:. Each bracelet comes with a book of coupons good for discounts in all of the five shopping districts. Watch out for deals like free ice cream cones and reduced-price haircuts.
Details: Thu, 4-7 p.m. Multiple locations. $10. For more information, call 303-797-6756 or visit www.originalshoppingdistricts.com
What: Denver Art Museum continues its spring film series this week with a special double feature of Detour (1945) and Blood Simple (1984).
Why: The spring series celebrates the influence of classic films on their more modern cinematographic successors. Detour is an example of classic film noir, a style which inspired Joel and Ethan Coen’s Blood Simple.
Bonus: Film curator Thomas Delapa hosts this event as well as the following Friday showings of Tokyo Story (May 9) and Stranger Than Paradise (May 16). Also, don’t forget to check out the Inspiring Impression exhibit, which is in its last month.
Details: Fri, 7 p.m. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. $8. For more information, call 720-865-5000 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org.
What: London-based contemporary photographer Trevor Appleson displays works from his project in Mexico. The Mexico photographs, taken at dawn or dusk in Appleson’s open-air studio, depict luchadores (fighters, wrestlers, and boxers) with everyday objects of Mexican society, like piñatas and eggs.
Why: Although Appleson has displayed his other work in New York, this is the first time he brings his Mexico portfolio to the United States.
Bonus: Catch Appleson’s exhibit this Friday, and combine it with a First Friday art tour. Other shows worth hitting up are Tate Hamilton’s Impressions of Manhattan at Michael Walter Art & Design (www.michaelwalterart.com) and Bill Murphy’s desert drawings at Artists on Santa Fe (www.artistsonsantafe.com).
Details: Through August 10. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St. Free with paid admission. For more information, call 303-298-7554 or visit www.mcadenver.org.