SCENE & HEARD: Virtual reality, Code Ninjas and a post-apocalyptic clown performance

A curated weekly roundup of the most interesting events and happenings in the Aurora metro region. Got an occasion worth featuring? Send it to n[email protected] 

Colorado Day of the Dead Festival 2020

4 p.m. to 9 p.m.daily through Nov. 22. La Plaza Colorado, 15200 E. Colfax Ave. Tickets purchased at the door are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Tickets may be purchased in advance at discounted rates on 

When someone says “this will be the largest altar display in the country,” color our interest piqued. Such is the case for the annual Day of the Dead Festival set to be held on Aurora’s stretch of East Colfax Avenue this month. Organized by Norberto Mojardin, the event will feature a smattering of local vendors and tienditas to peruse while remembering and honoring family members on this annual celebration of ancestors. As is the case with all goings-on in 2020, the event will look a bit different this year, with designated time slots for attendees to enter the parking area near the intersection of Colfax and Chambers Road. Search for the event on Facebook for more information. And if you can’t make it this week, the same event is slated to be held every day through Nov. 22.

Aurora Code Ninjas grand opening

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7, Code Ninjas, 7450 Gartrell Rd. Unit A-1. Free. Visit the Aurora Code Ninjas Facebook page for more information. 

There are a surprising amount of ninjas in this modern world. You’ve got your standard Japanese mercenaries, but then you’ve got your blenders, your coffee makers, your toasters and even that fluorescent-haired Youtuber who is worth more money than could fill Scrooge McDuck’s swimming pool. Now, Aurora is getting its own batch of hooded covert agents, too. Well, sort of. The international franchise Code Ninjas is setting up a shop in the city this weekend with a grand opening celebration with a bevy of raffle prizes, schwag and sugary snacks. For the uninitiated, the company teaches tots how to code through gamified learning mechanisms. It’s pretty slick and pretty important that the next generation knows how to speak the same language as our computer overlords. We olds are already relegated to those archaic leaflets known as books and using old Gameboys as coasters for our dirty martinis. 


7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Daily starting Nov. 8. Virtual performance. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by searching for The People’s Building event page on

The term “post-apocalyptic clown performance” is just a bit too on the nose for 2020. But it is perhaps the most apropos theme for a new one-man show based at the People’s Building on East Colfax Avenue. And it is just such the description for Circo de Nada’s new performance staged by Nick Trotter. Part clowning, part cabaret and part commedia, the virtual show is billed as “the liminal space between the psychologist’s office and a night club,” which, honestly, just sounds like a Tuesday in 2020, but we’re still intrigued by the concept. Search for the event on Facebook for additional information. 

Holiday outdoor market in Parker

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7, 115 Corsair Cir. in Parker. For additional information and a complete list of vendors, search for the event on Facebook. 

Well shiver our timbers, it’s the season of holiday markets in Colorado. While you may still have an orange gourd on your porch, local pharmacies and artisans are already pining to cash in on capitalism and sling their holiday wares. The outdoor market in Parker this weekend is hosting a slate of just such vendors this weekend, with more than two dozen makers and purveyors slinging everything from sporting goods to peanut brittle. Whether you’re ready for an excuse to purchase some early stocking stuffers or just in desperate need of some retail therapy after this week’s election and general hellscape of a year, head to the corner of Delbert Road and Thunderbolt this weekend. Masks and social distancing are of course vehemently encouraged. 

Virtual Day of Jubilee

4 p.m. Nov. 6, Online event organized through the People’s Building. Visit the venue’s Facebook page for more information. 

Ah yes, 2019: When free coffee flowed like wine and in-person art galleries were ubiquitous. This year may have robbed us of those creature and cultural comforts, but luckily some enterprising Aurorans are endeavoring to provide a dose of art and music in these dour times. Though Jubilee Roasting Co. won’t be pouring free joel in this digital setting, local musicians LAPOMPE will be staging a digital concert this Friday, and creatives will be providing a digital showing of the exhibition “Remind me Tomorrow” by Korean artist Sammy Lee. Don’t miss this bohemian shot in the arm to ring in the first full weekend in November. 

Carne y Arena (Virtually present, physically invisible)

Daily at Stanley Marketplace through January. 2501 Dallas St. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at

Ok, we get it: There’s a lot going on at Stanley Marketplace these days. In other news, the sky is freaking blue. But this one seriously caught our attention. Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu — yes, the same dude who brought you “Birdman” — is staging a virtual reality exhibition focusing on refugees right here in north Aurora. For us old-timers, it’s rather mind-bending that an exhibit that debuted at the gosh darn Cannes Film Festival is setting up shop in Bob Stanley’s once derelict airplane hangar. The show is intended to muddy the lines between subjects and bystanders, immersing participants into the narrative centered on the stories of Central and Mexican-American refugees. If you can’t make it for the opening this weekend: Fear not. The show will be up through early 2021. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8, All C’s Gaming Arena, 1254 Abilene St. Entry is $5. Visit the All C’s Facebook page for more information. 

Ah, yes, the age-old question: Link, Samus or Yoshi? If that means nothing to you, pick yourself up a Nintendo 64, GameCube or whatever else the kids are smashing their thumbs on these days (some of us stopped gaming in like 2005, ok?) and play some Super Smash Bros. If you could bloviate on that topic for hours on end, get yourself to All C’s Gaming in Aurora this weekend. The local hobby shop is hosting a gaming tourney featuring hard cash prizes. And your parents said your gaming would never amount to anything — what do they know? Here’s the rub: It’s $5 to enter the venue and another $5 to actually enter the tournament. If only four to seven players enter, it’s winner takes all. With more than eight players, the prize money is split between the first, second and third place participants. Best of luck, Aurora. And choose your character (wisely).

Foul-Mouthed Stitchery 

Nov. 8, 1710 S. Broadway, Denver. $5 for all materials. Visit the Grandma’s House Facebook page for additional information.

Spruce up your home decor‭ ‬—‭ ‬still sporting a‭ ‬“Live Laugh Love”‭ ‬poster from Target‭, ‬really‭? ‬—‭ ‬with a scandalous new cross-stitch from Grandma’s House‭. ‬We’re not talking about your literal Grandma’s House, to be clear. It’s a bar. But hey, after months inside, we won’t dock you for forgetting that reality exists outside of your four-block-radius.The Denver suds-slangers has revamped its salacious, yet homey, cross-stitching event. They provide patrons with all the necessary materials‭ ‬to vent all your frustrations through yarn‭. ‬Most of the examples aren’t suitable to print in this particular fishwrapper‭, ‬though we’re confident the moldy garbage disposal known as our present day and age will give you plenty of inspiration by Sunday‭.‬


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