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Spotlight Series 2015-2016 

Shining a Light on the Best Entertainment 

 

 

    

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The Kingston Trio

Friday, October 2

7:30 p.m.

Kentwood Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $15 youth

 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

 

The Kingston Trio was formed in 1957. Using only acoustic guitars and banjos, and singing simple yet memorable melodies, they revolutionized popular music and began the “folk music revival” of the 60s. The Kingston Trio was the number one vocal group in the world, a musical and cultural phenomenon whose record sales and concert draws were matched only by the Beatles. The group now consists of George Grove, Bill Zorn, and Rick Dougherty. With trademark three-part harmony, and a clean, crisp sound, The Kingston Trio is the most vocally complete since the original days.

 

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Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble

Friday, October 16

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $27 general, $25 senior $15 youth

 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

 

With roots firmly grounded in Japanese Taiko tradition, Kenny Endo stretches the genre by incorporating funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Hawaiian elements. For his 40th Anniversary, Kenny will embark on a nationwide tour. Among the stellar artists joining him are Abe Lagrimas (vibraphone, drums, ukulele), Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese bamboo flutes), Masaru Koga (flute, drums), Shoko Hikage (koto, dance), and Michihiro Sato (shamisen). Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts and Washington State Arts Commission
 

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The Second City “Holidazed and Confused”

Thursday, December 3

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $30 general, $28 senior, $15 youth

 

Co-sponsored by Curran Law Firm and Judy Woods

 

For over 50 years, Chicago’s famous, daring, and hilarious comedy company, The Second City has performed social and political satire in the form of scripted sketches, music, and improvisation. Their alumni is a veritable “Who’s Who” of comedy including Bill Murray, John & Jim Belushi, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, John Candy, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, and so many more. “Holidazed and Confused” will have audiences laughing through the festive holiday season.

 

*May include mature/adult content

 

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Magical Strings 29th Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert 

Sunday, December 6

3:00 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $25 general, $22 senior, $15 youth

 

The Boulding Family’s musical celebration of the holiday season is a treasured tradition in Kent. Once again, Pam and Philip Boulding are joined by their children, grandchildren, and guests for an afternoon of enchanting Yuletide music. The Bouldings perform on Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, whistles, strings, percussion, and harp-like instruments from around the world.  Guests add Irish step dancing, drumming, and storytelling for a festive and memorable performance.
 

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International Guitar Night

Friday, January 29

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

 

International Guitar Night is North America’s premier traveling guitar festival, bringing together the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists. Each tour, International Guitar Night founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to participate in a special evening of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar.  On this tour, Gore will be joined by three of Europe's leading acoustic guitarists: Gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt, contemporary fingerstyle innovator Mike Dawes and multi-genre showman Andre Krengel.
 

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 Antics “Sneaker Suites”

Friday, February 5

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $20 general, $18 senior, $15 youth

 

Antics is a Los Angeles-based hip-hop dance theater company that creates multimedia urban dance performances. “Sneaker Suites” utilizes the expressiveness and virtuosity of street dance, as well as provocative poetry to tell the stories of sneakers: of those who make them, those who wear them, and those who dance in them. Partial Funding from WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington State Arts Commission       
 

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A Fiddler’s Feast

featuring Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

Friday, February 26

7:30 p.m.

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $28 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

 

Sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation

 

“A Fiddler’s Feast” brings two acclaimed duos together. Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, along with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason deliver everything from Scottish dance music to a wide range of American roots genres, and tunes ranging from poignant to sizzling.

 

Alasdair Fraser has been called “the Michael Jordon of Scottish fiddling” by the San Francisco Examiner. His concert and recording career spans 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and performances on movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic). Cellist Natalie Haas, a graduate of Juilliard School of Music, has helped Fraser return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.

 

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason achieved international acclaim when their performance of Ashokan Farewell became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns’ The Civil War on PBS. Jay and Molly are musicians of enormous talent who draw their repertoire and inspiration from a wide range of American music styles.
 

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 Al Stewart

Friday, March 18

7:30 p.m.

Kentwood Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $28, $25 general, $15 youth

 

Sponsored by the Pete and Pat Curran Family

 

By the time he was 22, Al Stewart had met the Beatles and played John Lennon’s guitar, opened for The Rolling Stones, shared an apartment with Simon & Garfunkel, recorded for Jimmy Page, and spent a year playing guitar for Yoko Ono. Stewart came to stardom as part of the folk revival of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, and developed his own distinctive style of combining folk-rock music with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events of history. He is best known for his #1 hit “Year of the Cat” from the platinum album of the same name, and his follow up album “Time Passages, which also went platinum. 
 

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Sister’s Easter Catechism

Friday, April 1

7:30 p.m.

Kentwood Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $25 general, $22 senior $15 youth

 

Celebrate the Easter Season with Sister as she answers time worn questions like “Who was Mary Magdalene?”, “Why isn’t Easter on the same day every year like Christmas?”, and “Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?”  This installment of the sinfully funny Late Nite Catechism series unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter baskets, Easter bonnets, and, of course, those yummy Easter Peeps.  Get ready to participate as Sister runs her own version of the Easter Egg Hunt, with special rewards, and candy giveaways

 

Dear Friends,

 

In 2015, the Kent Arts Commission celebrates its 40th anniversary. Over the past four decades the Arts Commission’s performing arts program has grown from a humble handful of concerts in the park to a year-round program including a full series of free summer concerts and the award-winning, popular Spotlight Series. 

 

In celebration of the 40 years of arts and culture in Kent, I am pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Spotlight Series line-up, featuring performers from a variety of musical genres, theatre, dance, and comedy.

 

We will kick off the season with The Kingston Trio – a legendary group that has been performing their wildly popular folk music for nearly 60 years.  Other musical offerings include Japanese Taiko drumming, a Celtic Yuletide celebration, virtuoso guitar, an evening of diverse fiddling, and the return, after many years, of Spotlight Series favorite Al Stewart.

 

Chicago’s legendary comedy troupe, The Second City also returns to Spotlight Series, and bringing even more laughs to the season is everyone’s favorite Sister from the Late Nite Catechism series.

 

We are also pleased to welcome Los Angeles based hip hop dance company Antics to Spotlight Series. They will partner with local dance crews to deliver a fresh, high-energy evening of poetry and street dance called “Sneaker Suites.”

 

As always, we’ve worked hard to put together a season with something for everyone. Take a look through the brochure and pick your favorites and maybe try something new! You get a 10% discount if you buy tickets to 4 or more of the shows.

Thanks for your on-going support. We love seeing you at the shows.

 

 

Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager

 

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We rely on the generosity of our patrons to bring top quality performing artists to Kent. Ticket sales and other sources of earned income account for between 70-80% of Spotlight Series' annual revenue. Sponsorships from individuals and businesses make up the difference and ensure the continued success of Spotlight Series.

 

Please consider supporting the Series through an exclusive artist sponsorship of one of the 9 exciting performances or an educational activity. Sponsors receive a variety of promotional opportunities to increase their visibility in the community, as well as VIP benefits for entertaining clients, building employee morale or just for fun! For more information on sponsorships, please call the Kent Arts Commission office at (253) 856-5050.

 

2015-2016 Sponsors

Spotlight Series is presented by the Kent Arts Commission and City of Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. 

Sponsors include 91.3 KBCS, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, The Pete and Pat Curran Family, Curran Law Firm, Pat and Pete Curran through the Kent Parks Foundation and Judy Woods.

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SUBSCRIPTIONS

  Create your own subscription series 

  • Purchase tickets to any four or more separate performances and receive 10% off on each ticket price.
  • Subscription rates will be calculated automatically if you order tickets online.
  • All tickets must be purchased in the same transaction.

GROUP RATES

  • Buy 10 or more tickets to any one performance and receive 10% off.
  • Buy 20 or more tickets to any one performance and receive 20% off.
  • Group rate discounts are not available online. Purchase by phone or at the box office; details below.
  • All tickets must be purchased in the same transaction

SENIOR AND YOUTH TICKETS

  • Age 60 and older qualifies for senior ticket rates.
  • Age 25 and younger qualifies for youth ticket rates.

HOW TO PURCHASE SPOTLIGHT TICKETS

  • Purchase tickets ONLINE.
  • MAIL us at Kent Arts Commission, Spotlight Series, 220 4th Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032-5895 Best available seats will be issued for mail-in orders; do not send cash.
  • CALL (253) 856-5051, Monday through Friday, 6am-9pm; Saturday, 8am-9pm. A Visa or MasterCard is required for phone orders.
  • WALK IN to the Kent Commons, 525 4th Avenue North, Kent, Monday through Friday, 6am-9pm; Saturday 8am-9pm.  

REFUNDS/EXCHANGE

  • No refunds or exchanges.
  • Ticket purchases are final.

SEATING

  • All seating for Spotlight Series events is assigned/reserved.
  • Seating will begin 30 minutes prior to performance time.
  • Late seating is not guaranteed, and is at the discretion of the performers and House Manager.

SPECIAL NEEDS

  • Please let us know in advance how we might be able to help and we will provide reasonable accommodations to those needing special assistance. For wheelchair seating, please advise when purchasing tickets.

CHILDREN

  • Spotlight Series is family friendly but some performances may not be appropriate for young children - please use discretion when choosing performances for young patrons.
  • Children over 12 months must have a ticket for all shows.  

Performance locations are on Kent's East Hill, a short drive (approximately 30-40 minutes) from Seattle and Tacoma.  Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center

10020 SE 256th Street, Kent, WA
Free parking is available in the school parking lot.

DIRECTIONS

  • Take the Kent-Des Moines exit (#149 off I-5 southbound, #149A off I-5 northbound).
  • At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn east (toward valley) onto Kent-Des Moines Road.
  • Proceed down the hill. Go through Meeker street intersection, Washington Avenue intersection and continue until the road dead-ends onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Smith Street.
  • Kent-Meridian is on the left at the top of the hill just past French Field.
  • Turn left at the light (101st Avenue) into the school parking lot.
  • Free parking is available in school lot.

Kentwood High School Performing Arts Center

25800 164th Avenue SE, Covington, WA
Free parking is available in the school parking lot.

DIRECTIONS

  • Des Moines exit (#149 off I-5 southbound, #149A off I-5 northbound).
  • At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn east onto Kent-Des Moines Road.
  • Proceed down the hill. Go through Meeker street intersection, Washington Avenue intersection and continue until the road dead-ends onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Central Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Smith Street.
  • At the top of the hill the road will "Y". Stay left on 256th and go straight through the light.
  • Proceed for approximately 4.5 miles.
  • Turn right at the light onto 164th Avenue SE. Kentwood High School is on the left.
  • The first building on the right as you turn into the parking lot is the Performing Arts Center.
  • Free parking is available in school lot.