30 Aug 2016

Season Passes to the Theater in Lowry

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John Hand Theater is tucked away near 1st and Quebec in the Colorado Free University building. Originally named “Toad Hall,” it was renamed in honor of its founder, John Hand.

The theater is housed in the historic Air Force Base Fire Station, the main stage and backstage areas reside where fire trucks once stood at the ready. Hand procured seats from a defunct movie theater in California, keeping with the historic charm.

The theater seats 85 patrons, creating an intimate setting and ensuring that everyone gets a good seat. Outside there is easy, free parking and inside you can find a small selection of reasonably priced snacks and drinks to enjoy with the show.

The greatest part of this lovely theater is that they have not one but two theater companies that perform great plays through the year, what this means is that there is almost always something playing at The Hand. The seasons run like an academic year – end of August through August of the following year, so now is the time to buy your season passes!

Firehouse Theater Company offers a season pass for just $70 and Spotlight Theatre Company offers a season pass as well through September 24th for $89 Buy it here. 

Firehouse Theater Company 2016-2017 Season
For tickets/passes 303- 562-3232, www.firehousetheatercompany.com

October 8 – November 5
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Peter Hughes
An American Theatre masterpiece, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, is a chilling psychological exploration of the disturbing effects of mob mentality during intellectually unstable and spiritually confronting times. Inspired by the McCarthy Committee on Un-American Activities “witch hunt” trials of the early 1950’s, and set during the Salem witch hunts of the 1600s, The Crucible unleashes the shadow side of the human experience when fear and attack become the driving forces behind defending our faith and securing our position in society.

January 7 – February 4, 2017
By Steven Dietz
Directed by Lorraine Scott
Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. BECKY’S NEW CAR is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.

April 1 – April 29, 2017
By Beth Henley
Directed by Jim Landis
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.

June 17-July 15
ROCK OF AGING A Parody/Revue of the Music of the 60’s and 70’s
By Deborah Montgomery Lyrics Adapted by Bill Paddock & Deborah Montgomery
What happens when one hasn’t planned very well for retirement? The fading yet formerly hit 60’s and 70’s rock and roll group of Willy Withers, Tina Tumor, and Rickie D. Bones are finding out. These aging rockers, forced to sing for their supper by taking any gigs they can, notice more each day how hard it is to “keep on keepin’ on.” The group forges a new bond as they give the songs of their youth fresh meaning–singing about such aging maladies as weight gain, memory loss, and gastric issues (think about having that first colonoscopy performed to the chorus, “Snake it up doctor, if you twist I’ll shout!”). Together these Boomers learn that while aging “ain’t for sissies,” they’re more than ready, with the help of their beloved rock and roll, to face and to celebrate all the challenges that growing older brings.


Spotlight Theatre Company – 2016-2017 Season
For tickets/passes: 720-530-4596,  http://www.thisisspotlight.com/current/

August 27 – September 24, 2016
by Tennessee Williams
a suspenseful and poetic masterpiece
What really happened last summer on the beaches of Cabeza de Lobo where young Sebastian Venable mysteriously died?  Catharine Holly knows, but Sebastian’s mother Violet will go to any length to keep the truth hidden forever.  Suspenseful and shocking, this is Tennessee Williams at his most poetic and revelatory.

November 19 – December 18, 2016
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: a live radio play
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: a live radio play
by Joe Landry and Kevin Connors
a delightful holiday repertory!
YULE love these two holiday shows playing in repertory.  All of your favorite characters from It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol are here, created by five actors who play over fifty roles!  Joins us as we re-create a 1940’s radio station, complete with microphones, applause sign, and sound effects station!  Capture the glow of the holiday season with these two nostalgic trips down memory lane!

February 18 – March 18, 2017
by Samuel Taylor
a sparkling romantic comedy!
This classic romantic comedy was the toast of Broadway and the subject of two movie adaptations.  When the daughter of a chauffeur falls in love with not one, but both sons of the wealthy Larrabee family, complications (and hilarity!) arise.  Set on Long Island in the 1950’s, this Cinderella story will capture your heart and tickle your funny bone!

May 6 – June 3, 2017
by Jeffrey Hatcher
a mystery of unsinkable obsession
As history and human obsession collide, no one is who they seem to be in this atmospheric mystery.  When a young woman is discovered adrift in the north Atlantic, seemingly a survivor of the decades-old Titanic disaster, a mysterious stranger must discover if she is telling the truth or creating an elaborate fraud. Scotland Road examines the power of secrets in this psychological cat and mouse thriller.

June 23 – July 30, 2017
by Terrence McNally
a riotous comedy about Broadway!
(a co-production with Vintage Theater playing at Vintage Theater)
Starring Spotlight Artistic Director Bernie Cardell!
It’s opening night on Broadway, and playwright Peter Austin anxiously awaits reviews alongside his best friend, a doped-up diva, a daffy producer, a lethal drama critic, and the coat-check guy!  This riotous comedy by four-time Tony Award Winner Terrence McNally is a celebration of theatre at its best… and theatre people behaving at their not-so-best!

July 29 – August 26, 2017
by Ernest Thompson
a nostalgic and heart-warming comedy
Starring Ken Street and Jan Cleveland as Norman and Ethel Thayer!
Touching, poignant, and witty, this award-winning classic is the love story of Norman and Ethel Thayer who travel to their summer home on the lake for the 48th year.  When their estranged daughter arrives, old family resentments come to the surface.  While the ties that bind are put to the test, Norman and Ethel rediscover the joy and romance of their twilight years.

23 Aug 2016

First Friday Concerts

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Swallow Hill Music is bringing First Fridays concerts to Lowry at the Eisenhower Chapel this fall. These shows and more go on-sale Tuesday, August 9, featuring: Swallow Hill Music instructors in October, Covenhoven and King Cardinal in November, and Owen Kortz and Phillip Mark in December.

Night of Acoustic Jazz feat. Swallow Hill Music Faculty at Eisenhower Chapel Friday, October 7 at 8pm; $18 in advance, $20 day of show Swallow Hill Music started classes at Colorado Free University nearly three years ago and this concert will give the Lowry neighborhood a chance to see some of our instructors in action. This evening of acoustic jazz will be filled with unexpected arrangements and instrumentation, putting the talents of some of our teaching staff on full display.

Covenhoven and King Cardinal at Eisenhower Chapel Friday, November 4 at 8pm; $20 in advance, $22 day of show Covenhoven’s ethereal balladry evokes a not-too-distant past filled with ghosts and inspiration, and puts listeners on notice that songwriter Joel Van Horne’s voice is one to be reckoned with. King Cardinal’s soulful folk, meanwhile, can slip effortlessly from soft and contemplative to raucous and celebratory all in the snap of a snare drum.

Owen Kortz and Phillip Mark at Eisenhower Chapel Friday, December 2 at 8pm; $20 in advance, $24 day of show This showcase of talented singer-songwriters features Owen Kortz’s mix of introspective, funky, folksy and bluesy music known to spur audiences out of their seats to celebrate. Phillip Mark’s story songs are lifted by intricate guitar playing that contrasts between fingerstyle and flatpicking.

For more details and tickets go to: http://swallowhillmusic.org/denver-concerts/search/first+friday/

16 Aug 2016

Suddenly Last Summer

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Presented by Spotlight Theater Company
written by Tennessee Williams
a suspenseful and poetic masterpiece
Directed by Bernie Cardell

Playing: August 27 – September 24, 2016
What really happened last summer on the beaches of Cabeza de Lobo where young Sebastian Venable mysteriously died?  Catharine Holly knows, but Sebastian’s mother Violet will go to any length to keep the truth hidden forever.  Suspenseful and shocking, this is Tennessee Williams at his most poetic and revelatory.

Suddenly Last Summer  previews August 26 and runs August 27 through September 24 at the John Hand Theater in Lowry with performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, September 12 at 7:30.p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m and Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $14 – $22 and available by calling 720-880-8727 or online at www.thisisspotlight.com.

Director Bernie Cardell has assembled a talented cast that includes Emma Messenger (Violet Venable), Maggy Stacy (Catharine Holly), James O’hagan-Murphy (Dr. Cukrowicz), Darcy Kennedy (Mrs. Holly), Carter Edward Smith (George), Linda Button (Foxhill) and Kelly Alyane Dwyer (Sister Felicity).

Tennessee Williams was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose works include, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Glass Menagerie” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Along with Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three foremost playwrights in 20th-century American drama.

Spotlight Theatre
“Suddenly Last Summer
What really happened to young Sebastian Venable that summer?
Previews Friday, August 26
August 27 through September 24
Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, September 12 at 7:30.p.m, Sundays at 2 p.m (no Sunday performance on Sept 4)and Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $14 – $22
720-530-4596 or online at www.thisisspotlight.com
The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver, CO 80230
Free parking.

16 Aug 2016

Hope Floats

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This Saturday, Augusts, 20th, at 11am join Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, at our Great Lawn in Lowry, for the 4th Annual derby duck race, Hope Floats.

Hope Floats draws hundreds of Coloradans to Lowry each year to join in this fun, family-friendly, festival-like-event, culminating in 5000 rubber ducks racing to the finish line to compete for the same great prizes.

This year Hope Floats will be complete with live music, entertainment, food, games and activities for the whole family. Duck adoptions start at $5.

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, formerly Metro Crisis Services, has become a leader in collaboration, striving to reduce redundancy in the behavioral health system by providing access to care and continuity of care though partnerships with existing providers. RMCP strives to help shape the future of Colorado’s behavioral health system through its insight and demonstrated expertise.

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners is a proud provider of Colorado Crisis Services and operates its crisis and support line. The crisis and support line is a free, confidential, 24/7 hotline for mental health and substance use crises, information, and resource referrals, staffed by masters’ level professional clinicians and trained peer support specialists – the first statewide resource of its kind.

The enormous need for quality behavioral health care has never been more evident than it is today – particularly access to intervention in a moment of crisis. RMCP serves to fill this gap in Colorado’s system of care. In 2011, Metro Crisis Line was selected as the local affiliate for the national suicide prevention hotline, Lifeline.

For more information on Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners and for access to our resource directory, please visit us at http://www.RMCrisisPartners.org

Download the flyer for the event, Click Here. 

04 Aug 2016

The 1, 2, 3’s of Your Trees

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As Lowry’s trees mature, we are enjoying the benefit of a beautiful, shady tree canopy.  Last week the City of Denver completed their tree audit in Lowry and identified ways that we can continue to Which trees should you be maintaining?  Unless you live in a sub-association that maintains your landscaping, any tree that is on your property OR in the tree lawn – the grassy strip between the sidewalk and the street adjacent to your property – is your responsibility to maintain.

1.  Replace Dead or Dying Trees:

2.  Prune Your Trees:

  • Tree branches overhanging the sidewalk or street must be 8′ or higher from ground level.  Remove low-hanging branches or trim them back.
  • Remove dead branches – they pose a safety hazard!
  • Promote tree health by doing selective branch pruning – a tree company can help with this or there are a lot of how-to’s online.
  • Tree pruning video, click here. 

3.  Treat Trees for Pests:


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