SCENE & HERD: Editor’s picks for week of Dec. 20

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The Nutcracker dances back to the stage presented by Colorado Ballet

Colorado Ballet is presenting their 58th annual production of the classic ballet, “The Nutcracker.” Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs states, “Colorado Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker remains one of Denver’s favorite holiday traditions.”

It’s not hard to see why.  For one half, it’s the ballet version of Apocalypse Now where men are eaten alive by their enemies.

The other half is anthropomorphic candy. Just anthropomorphic candy.  If that doesn’t get you excited to see it, we don’t know what will.

The show begins its 27- show run Nov. 24 and ends Dec. 24. Tickets range from $30 to $155 and can be purchased at coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2. Tickets sell fast, so purchase tickets early. Dates and times of shows are available through the website.

Renowned inventor and computer savant to appear at Gaylord’s A-List in January

Silicon Valley keeps getting bigger and bigger and with the influence of the tech industry rapidly expanding through the metro area, understanding that trend will keep Aurora on the right side of business progress. Who better to get as the keynote speaker for the “Dawn of a New Aurora” than Steve Wozniak, designer of the Apple’s Macintosh. His achievements are nearly endless with a Heinz Award in Technology, Economy, and Employment as well as a place in the Inventors Hall of Fame among many more accomplishments.  This is a black-tie event and will be the first official gathering at the new luxury hotel and convention center.

6 P.M., Jan. 17, 2019. Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Blvd. tinyurl.com/ycgn3s9x; 303-755-2223

Star Wars comes to a symphony orchestra not so far, far away

Star Wars is not an institution, for many, it’s a way of life. If you were to say something as heretical as “I enjoyed The Last Jedi,” good luck ever showing your face in this country again. John Williams’ score for The Empire Strikes Back will be brought to life by the Colorado Symphony, performing the score live while screening the movie. Luckily for the Colorado Symphony the music of the series has been warmly received for decades, so The Last Jedi controversy can be avoided.

Tickets go on sale 10 A.M., Dec. 21. Shows are 2 P.M. March 23 and 24.

Haute couture fashion moves into the Denver Art Museum

From brash and bold to subtle and subdued, Dior has been at the forefront of fashion for decades. The Denver Art Museum hopes to shed light on the fashion giant’s works, following the journey of founder Christian Dior to modern fashion icon.

The exhibit will show more than 200 dresses and include jewelry, accessories, photographs, and more, covering seven decades of Dior. Tickets are not included with general museum admission.

On view through March 3, 2019. Tickets start at $24, general admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, military members, and, college students; and free for 18 and younger. 100 W 14th Ave., Denver.  Denverartmuseum.org; tinyurl.com/yaabkwtb; 720-913-0130