In 1896, a wealthy jeweler commissioned a lavish, Victorian brownstone to be built on Denver’s Capitol Hill. It was one of the area’s finest homes, with Tiffany windows, ornate crown molding, and stylish woodwork throughout. In later years, the building was divided into apartments and then transformed into a luxury hotel. More than a century later, The Holiday Chalet still contains many of the original design elements.
Today, the building houses a bed and breakfast with four room types. Each room is outfitted with antiques, period furniture, and a fountain spouting Earl Grey tea. Some even have private kitchens. While the rooms retain much of their original Victorian décor, they’ve been updated with flat-screen TVs and WiFi.
For 25 years, World of Dance has taught ballroom dances including the cha-cha, waltz, salsa, and foxtrot to students whose skill levels range from recreational to competitive. The studio’s approach is simple yet effective. Students typically start with one-on-one or group lessons so they can learn techniques and basic body positions. They then apply what they’ve practiced during the studio’s regular dance parties, performing the waltz to demonstrate their graceful new moves or the tango to fulfill their latent desires to chew on roses.
Kenneth Donald Rogers—an American country-music star, photographer, producer, actor, and fellow with a nice beard—has won three Grammys and more than a dozen American Music Awards for his sweet, stirring crooning. Though he won't be toting his dozens of awards, Mr. Rogers will be bringing an impressive showcase of selections from his extensive collection of country hits. To prep the crowd for the main event, The Herndon Brothers—a local act lead by Ray Herndon, a country star known for livin' the dream—will layer the crowd in hometown vibes from their wide library of inspiring and honest tracks.
In February, you can keep up with a trio of slippery-tongued soccer moms as a random Sunday day at the field evolves into an unexpectedly animated adventure. Laugh-inducing ladies Gina Wencel, Megan Van De Hey, and Emily Paton Davies thrill audiences with their suburban housewife hijinks, including gym-teacher seduction, impromptu goal kicking, and nonstop gossiping. Catch the show Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through the month of February. In March, welcome Denver native Nick Ross back to the stage with his nationally acclaimed show Highly Evolved Human. Attempting to resolve the mental fallout of his diagnosis and experience with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Ross's performance is an inspiring and acclaimed comedic romp through the human spirit.
Tony Bennett, the preeminent singer’s singer, gifts audiences with the smoothness of his showmanship and golden voice, crooning the tunes that epitomized American music in a very special evening at the historic Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Effortlessly charming the pantaloons off the greatest generation, melting the scowls of the MTV generation, and filling the coldly logical robot generation with joy, Tony will smile-sing through his canon of dependable torch songs and big-band swingers. Tony’s musical magic has endured for more than half a century due to his graceful voice and boyish manner. Floating with Tony on this enchanting night, daughter Antonia Bennett joins her papa for swooping duets, proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the larynx.
A lot has changed in the century since the Paramount Theatre was founded, but the theater's crowd-pleasing entertainment wouldn't have been out of place in Aurora's turn-of-the-century theater scene. When the Venice-inspired art-deco venue was first built, it joined an already-bustling local tradition of vaudeville, silent films, concerts, and circus acts. Photographs dating back to 1931 guided a 1976 restoration, in which artisans completely retraced and repainted eight original murals, re-gilded the fluted columns, and patched up the sheets of every ghost. Concerts, comedy, and community events fill the theater when it's not occupied by the dazzling production values of a professional musical-theater company, which launched what the Chicago Tribune called a "thrilling debut season" in 2011.