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18 biggest tickets for Colorado entertainment in 2018: Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Shania Twain and more

January 3, 2018 Updated: January 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm
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Might I suggest a New Year's resolution that involves zero discipline and deprivation?

How about upping your culture quotient by attending as many big-ticket shows, exhibits and performances around Colorado Springs and the rest of Colorado as possible? Here are 18 for 2018.

Cirque Du Soleil: Crystal

If you've wondered what bodies could do when they're not restricted by silly bones and pesky organs, "Cirque Du Soleil: Crystal" is the ticket. Just kidding. The performers have bones. But this is one of the best ways to insert some early shock and awe into your year. Plus, it's the first ice show from the world's largest theatrical producer. It runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 4 at The Broadmoor World Arena.

Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic

"Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic" will make a stop at The Broadmoor World Arena Feb. 3-4. Courtesy. 

At what age do you stop feeling that urge to take selfies with Disney characters? Teens, 20s, perhaps 30s? Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you'll be pleased to see your old favorites at "Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic" when the show visits Pikes Peak Center Feb. 3-4. Selfie stick not included.

Degas: A Passion for Perfection

Denver Art Museum deserves some bragging rights for bringing "Degas: A Passion for Perfection" Feb. 11 through May 20. The famous French artist particularly loved to paint dancers. The exhibit features more than 100 of his works from 1855 to 1906.

Chicago's greatest hits

A glance back at rock band Chicago's greatest hits - "You're the Inspiration," "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" and "If You Leave Me Now" - could transport you back to the 1980s, a most unglamorous time for many of us. Here's hoping we're all in a better place than we were during Chicago's heyday on the radio. Check out the band March 20 at Pikes Peak Center.

Kid Rock

According to Kid Rock, his bid for a Republican Senate seat earlier this year was fake. What is real is his upcoming tour bringing the singer and rapper to Denver's Pepsi Center on March 20.

Jeff Dunham

Say the name Jeff Dunham, and you might immediately think, "On a stick." That's the classic response of his puppet sidekick José Jalapeño. The popular ventriloquist and comedian will bring his hot pepper on a stick, among other personable dolls, to The Broadmoor World Arena on April 5.

Beautiful Trauma World Tour

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US singer Pink performs during the TV casting show 'The Voice of Germany' in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP) 

Buying a ticket to a Pink concert gets you two shows for the price of one: a healthy dose of her pop music and her aerial acrobatic stunts, to boot. Her "Beautiful Trauma World Tour" is coming to Denver's Pepsi Center on May 8.

Celtic Woman

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Celtic Woman - Destiny Foto: Günter Distler 14.02.2016 

Celtic Woman is not one woman, nay. It is a four-woman Irish musical ensemble that performs traditional Celtic tunes, modern songs and more. The group will bring its "Homecoming Tour" to Pikes Peak Center on May 23.

Reputation Stadium Tour

Oh Tay Tay, you have an inherent talent for keeping yourself in the headlines. Taylor Swift might not even have to keep putting albums out, but fans would miss scouring her lyrics for tidbits about her perpetually turbulent personal life. The singer songwriter's "Reputation Stadium Tour" comes to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on May 25.

Bill Maher

Bill Maher didn't think Donald Trump had even the slimmest chance at becoming the president of the United States. That's what he said prior to his last tour stop at Pikes Peak Center. Perhaps he'll chat about his prognostication fail when he returns May 27.

Bryan Adams: The Ultimate Tour

More 1980s and early '90s nostalgia is headed your way when "Bryan Adams: The Ultimate Tour" visits Red Rocks in Morrison on June 12. Chances are excellent he'll perform the much karaoke-covered songs "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," "Summer of '69" and "Run to You."

The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore

Here's an idea for singer songwriter and rapper Kesha and rapper Macklemore: When your new tour "The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore" is over, consider pursuing it as a children's book. Dollar signs, yo. You're welcome. The dynamic duo will stop by Pepsi Center in Denver on June 17.

Kenny Chesney

Country star Kenny Chesney will perform June 30 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Courtesy. 

If country singer Kenny Chesney came out on stage minus his signature hat, odds are good folks might think he was a crew guy setting up the mic. His "Trip Around the Sun Tour" is June 30 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.

Harry Styles

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Singer Harry Styles performs during the Victoria's Secret fashion show at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) 

If you have any tweeners or teenagers in the house, surely they are well-versed in all things Harry Styles. And now, by proxy, so are you. The former One Direction member ventured out on his own earlier this year after his popular boy band went on a long-term hiatus in early 2016. Styles seems to be doing all right for himself - who needs a bunch of dudes cramping your style anyway? He'll perform July 3 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Shania Twain

 

It's been 15 mournful years for Shania Twain fans. That's how long it's been since her last album, 2002's "Up!" "Now" dropped in September, and fans are sleeping a little easier. Her "Now Tour" will stop by Denver's Pepsi Center on July 27.

Sam Smith

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FILE - This is a Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 file photo of British singer Sam Smith as he performs on stage during the V Festival 2015 at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex, England. The choice was shrouded in mystery and denials, but British singing sensation Sam Smith has surfaced as the singer of the theme song for the new James Bond film, “Spectre.” He had denied the rumors, but came clean Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, tweeting that taking part in the Bond film was a high point in his remarkable, multiple-award winning career. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File) 

Judging by some of his recent interviews, English singer songwriter Sam Smith is the definition of a cheeky monkey. The Grammy Award winner will bring his wit and award-winning music to Denver's Pepsi Center on Aug. 21.

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

"Game of Thrones" fans can't get enough of the bloody medieval fantasy epic that features lots of hot bods in the raw. There won't be any nudity here, but followers can soak up even more of the HBO show before its eighth and final season begins sometime in 2018. "Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience" features an orchestra, choir and visual effects inspired by the world of Westeros. It's Sept. 14 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Dior: From Paris to the World

Your highfalutin friends will want to make tracks to the Denver Art Museum for "Dior: From Paris to the World" Nov. 18 through March 3, 2019. The exhibit will feature 70 years of the House of Dior: 150 couture dresses, accessories, costume jewelry, runway videos and other archival material.

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