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The Temptations make a stop in Lone Tree

Start 2018 with karaoke, history and Tennis

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This summer, one of my closest friends got married in a beautiful ceremony in Arvada. I was sitting with friends during the reception, when the DJ pressed play on perhaps one of the most famous guitar intros of all time — The Temptations’ “My Girl.”

It’s been 53 years since the song was first released by the Detroit group, but I’m here to tell you, when “My Girl” is played loud, it still sounds absolutely incredible. And that’s not the only classic The Temptations are responsible for — they also gave the world “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”

The group, with the current lineup of Otis Williams (founder and original member of The Temptations), Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr., will be bringing its sweet sounds to the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 6.

The Motown group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles, and three of their songs are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

It seems like we’re losing musical icons all the time, and this is an opportunity to see one of the crucial soul groups perform live. Do not miss it.

To get your ticket, go to www.lonetreeartscenter.org.

Start 2018 off with karaoke

“American Idol” is returning this year, so prospective singers can get their vocal warmups at Spotlight Karaoke every Thursday from 10 a.m. to close at Tavern Tech Center, 5336 DTC Boulevard, in Greenwood Village.

There are food and drink specials during karaoke, including two-for-one house wine, well drinks and all draft beer, as well as half-priced appetizers.

But the real draw is the karaoke setup, which includes more than 30,000 songs to pick from, as well as state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting. For newbies and old hands alike, it’s the popstar in the making’s dream.

Head to www.tavernhg.com/tech-center for more information.

Getting lost in the woods in Lakewood

In the local theater world, 2018 might be the year of Steven Sondheim, with several bringing the Broadway stalwart’s works to the stage.

Lakewood is the first up to the plate, hosting Performance Now Theatre Company’s production of “Into the Woods” at its Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Performances run Jan. 5 through 21.

The show brings together a variety of classic fairy-tale characters for a story that is both familiar and modern, with some truly wonderful music.

Tickets begin at $20, and can be purchased at 303-987-7845 or lakewood.showare.com.

Tennis at The Ogden

Tennis, the Denver-based band made up of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, have been slowly building up a following since 2010, when they released their debut album, “Cape Dory.”

Last year was perhaps their best to date, with the release of their fourth album, “Yours, Conditionally,” as well as an EP called “We Can Die Happy.” The pair have been sailing enthusiasts for years, and “Yours, Conditionally” was inspired by a trip to the Pacific Ocean. It was also released as the Denver-based Vinyl Me, Please record club’s “Album of the Month.”

Now Tennis will be taking to the stage at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, at The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave.

Tickets are available at www.ogdentheatre.com, and fans of astoundingly good indie pop shouldn’t miss the chance to support a local group.

A front row seat to the Fetterman Fight

Many may not have heard of the Fetterman Fight, but it was one of the biggest losses suffered by the U.S. Army in the 1800s.

History buffs can learn more about the battle thanks Dr. John H. Monnett’s Eyewitness to the Fetterman Fight: Indian Views. The event will be from at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Lone Tree Hub, 8827 Lone Tree Parkway in Lone Tree, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, at The Fort Restaurant, 9192 Highway 8 in Morrison.

The fight occurred on Dec. 21, 1866 — during Red Cloud’s War, which was between the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Northern Arapaho tribes and the United States in Wyoming and Montana territories from 1866 to 1868. An organized force of 1,500 to 2,000 Oglala Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors annihilated a detachment of seventy-nine infantry and cavalry soldiers—among them Capt. William Judd Fetterman.

There were no U.S. Army survivors, so Monnett’s lecture culls information from Lakota and Cheyenne participants.

For more information, visit www.tesoroculturalcenter.org/historic-lecture-series.

Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached creader@coloradocommunitymedia.com.

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