Dark Night Poster


The longest nights of the year are weeks away, marked by Winter Solstice when western Colorado will experience 14 hours of darkness. Paonia has been marking this event for the last 11 years with a dynamic storytelling show called "DARK NIGHT," held in the historic Paradise Theater. This year, the two performances will cross Winter Solstice, Dec 20th and 21st. 

Produced, directed and performed by local, nationally celebrated author Craig Childs, Dark Night is a series of stories told through spoken word, visual multimedia, and live musical accompaniment. This year's theme is "time", and Childs says the show will range from "archaeology to the end of the universe." 

Childs is known for his writing about adventure, nature, and science. The Los Angeles Times says “his writing is like pure oxygen” and “stings like a slap in the face." The New York Times calls him "a modern-day desert father." With a backdrop of dazzling and haunting natural images and a troupe of talented musicians, he takes the audience to wild places, "riding the fringes of the natural and supernatural." 

Tickets for evening performances are available online atBrownPaperTickets.com, or locally at The Paradise Theatre and The Cirque in Paonia.