African Children’s Choir from Uganda, October 19
Fill your ears with the vocals and drums of passionate young people as they transport you to their native East African culture. These children auditioned to join the 45th African Children’s Choir while still in Uganda; now they’re touring the United States for an entire year, raising money for their own middle and high school educations back in Africa. To support their cause, donate at the concert or visit the group’s website. Wed 7 p.m. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church 8545 E. Dry Creek Rd., Englewood. 303-740-2688. Free.
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James and the Giant Peach, October 21
Your children will be swept up in a fantastical new world with this inventive adaptation of a classic Roald Dahl novel. When a young boy discovers a mysterious oversize peach, he meets some peculiar new friends living inside it—and before long, he’s carried away on an adventure he never expected. Phamaly Theatre Company will have your tykes laughing, singing, and learning as its members tell the familiar tale through the lens of disability. Fri 6:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. Lakewood Cultural Center 470 S. Allison Parkway, Denver. 303-365-0005. $6-$12.
Boneless, October 21-23
Spectators at this fresh performance will enjoy two distinct but equally fascinating pieces when MFA candidates Rachel Dodson and Colt Irvin team up for an evening of contemporary dance and, refreshingly, skateboarding. Dodson’s opening act explores the many levels of human existence—physical, emotional, and spiritual—through fluid, writhing movement; performers, donning headlamps, will alternate between exposing and hiding parts of their bodies. Irvin continues this exploration of reality versus appearance in part two, a work that interweaves skateboarding acrobatics and modern dance, with, perhaps most surprisingly, food. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. Charlotte York Irey Theater, University of Colorado campus Boulder. 303-492-8008. $11-$16.
Wild n’ Free Art Gala and Auction, October 22
Celebrate the land where the buffalo roam by contributing to bison preservation efforts at this inspiring art gala and auction. Graze on hors d’oeuvre from Blackbelly Market and sip boozy offerings by Scarpetta Wines and Sanitas Brewery while taking in the stunning visual art at Rembrandt Yard. Stick around for a live auction featuring foodie vacation packages and Yellowstone fly fishing getaways, plus view a short documentary by filmmaker Thia Martin about the plight of the wild buffalo in the American West. Sat 6 p.m. Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center 1301 Spruce St., Boulder. 303-301-2972. $85.
Bloody Mary Fest, October 23
At this boozy event, attendees can sample 11 Denver-made mixes and cast their votes for the best Bloody Mary in the Mile High City. As participants mill about, tasting entries from Denver Biscuit Company, Ace Eat Serve, Highland Tavern, Snooze, and other local favorites, they can also enjoy culinary offerings from food trucks such as What Would Cheesus Do and The Colorado Pig Rig. Musical stylings from Denver’s DJ LuvGroove complete the afternoon. Sun 1-4 p.m. Exdo Event Center 1399 35th St., Denver. 303-468-5443. $40-$75.