Ara James & Beth Wood: Stand and Sway

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Texan-raised, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Beth Wood has won almost every major songwriting competition in the United States, and with 20 years of touring and 11 studio albums under her belt, she’s done. With anything that doesn’t bring her joy. So she’s added publishing poetry now, and tortilla making, and teaching songwriting and poetry to pass the torch of music for music’s sake. Beth’s mission is to communicate and share the joy she feels through singing – through music as a spiritual practice. When you see her live you’ll taste this, and you’ll understand why Beth has long been one of the most beloved singer-songwriters in the industry.

Appalachia-raised, Washington-based Ara James (formerly Ara Lee) is a singer, poet, and activist with an unmistakable sound, commanding presence, and a voice that will leave you speechless. Ara has been singing professionally for over 20 years as an award-winning soloist, studio vocalist, and songwriter. Rooted in the traditions of gospel and deep South soul, Ara holds court on stage like a modern-day mystic. When you see her live you’ll wonder what just happened to you, and you will understand why Beth grabbed her after a show and said “We have to work together.”

And so they did. As a duo, Wood and James push the boundaries of soul and folk music and attempt to break down the walls that have separated the worlds of music and poetry. Wood and James Stand and Sway. The two also sit down and cry when it’s tough, laugh when it’s useless, and sing really, really loud often. They write, speak, tour, and teach poetry and singing workshops to inspire those disempowered to find their voices, because they agree that women singing unapologetically together can rattle glass ceilings. Their upcoming album, set to be released in the Spring of 2019, takes soul, folk, spoken word, Americana, gospel, and blues, shakes them around in a basket of harmony, and makes what they affectionately call “grown-out-roots-music.”

What began as a collaboration on the anthem “Nasty Woman” has evolved into its own beautiful thing – Stand and Sway: a meeting of minds, voices, hearts, and spirits. Wood and James’s distinct and powerful voices stand strong on their own, and together they create magic, energy, and community everywhere they go.

Tickets for this “Stand and Sway” show at the Lincoln CIty Cultural Center are $22 general/$20 seniors and students/$15 youth ages 18 and under. LCCC membership discount will apply.

 

Celtic Series: The Outside Track

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Winner of ‘Best Group’ in both the Live Ireland awards and the Tradition In Review awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. They were ‘Best Live Act’ nominees in the MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards, and won the German Radio Critics Prize, for their album Flash Company. Live Ireland called them, ‘Among the top bands in the world – stunning on every cut!’. The Outside Track’s marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. Their blend of boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre has won them a large following around the globe. Part of the LCCC’s first full season of Irish, Scottish, American and fusion music and dance from around the Celtic-verse. Advance tickets $25 adults/$23 seniors/$10 youth ages 18 and under; LCCC membership discount applies. For details head to lincolncityculturalcenter.org or call 541-994-9994.

 

Sweetheart Dance with the Lincoln Pops

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Enjoy three sets of quintessential Big Band music, from the 25 musicians of the Lincoln Pops Orchestra. There will be punch, cookies and a sweet flower for every lady, along with no-host beer, wine and sodas. Bring a friend, bring your love, dance along or just sit and listen. Everyone is welcome to this community celebration of love and music. LCCC member discount applies!

 

Celtic Series: Realta

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Hailing from the Ulster city of Belfast, Realta is an award winning multi-instrumentalist group presents an enchanting program of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song. While Conor Lamb and Aaron O’Hagan pursue the melody on uilleann pipes and whistles, guitarist and vocalist Deirdre Galway explores the harmony and rhythms within the tunes. All-Ireland champions Dermot Mulholland and Dermot Moynagh complete the line-up with dynamic accompaniments on double bass, bouzouki, banjo, voice and bodhrán, making this one of the most exciting acts on the Irish music scene today. Part of the LCCC’s first full season of Irish, Scottish, American and fusion music and dance from around the Celtic-verse. Advance tickets $25 adults/$23 seniors/$10 youth ages 18 and under; LCCC membership discount applies. For details head to lincolncityculturalcenter.org or call 541-994-9994.

 

Festival of Illusions: Rudi Gallindo

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Teatro Pachuco combines the elements of silent film and European clown and distills it with the passion of the Mexican-American culture. The result is a unique style of physical theatre that has entertained more than a million smiling faces on four continents. From the jungles of Nepal to the red clay streets of Mexico, Teatro Pachuco brings laughter to the masses. Reserved seats are $16 adults, $14 for seniors/students, $8 for youth ages 5-18, and free for kids age 4 and younger.

 

Festival of Illusions: Jeff Evans

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Jeff’s career in magic began at age 12, when he found a book on coin tricks at his grandparents’ house. Today, Jeff regularly performs for appreciative audiences throughout the Northwest, and he’s one of the Festival of Illusion’s favorite magicians. Fan favorites include “Sparky the Trained Chicken” and his “ridiculously dangerous” escape stunt from ropes, chains, and padlocks. No wonder he was named the 2013 Seattle’s Funniest Magician and ParentMap Magazine’s 2013 “Golden Teddy Award” for Best Live Entertainment. http://www.simplymagic.org/. Reserved seats are $16 adults, $14 for seniors/students, $8 for youth ages 5-18, and free for kids age 4 and younger.

 

Festival of Illusions: The Amazing Bubble Man

Mar 26, 2019 - Mar 27, 2019

The Amazing Bubble Man (aka Louis Pearl) is one of the world’s leading bubble-ologists, who has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years, with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles and even people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. We’ve got two showings this year: Tuesday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 27, both at 7 pm. Reserved seats are $16 adults, $14 for seniors/students, $8 for youth ages 5-18, and free for kids age 4 and younger.

 

Festival of Illusions: Brian Ledbetter

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Ace mentalist Brian Ledbetter makes jaws drop with his uncanny display of mindreading: predictions come true, thoughts are read and objects are moved without anyone touching them. Brian’s exciting and interactive show combines comedy and audience participation with truly remarkable feats of mentalism. Prepare to be amazed. Reserved seats are $16 adults, $14 for seniors / students, $8 for youth ages 5-18, and free for kids age 4 and younger. On Sale Dec. 27!

 

Festival of Illusions: Iman Lizarazu

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00 PM

“Basquette Quese” starring Iman Lizarazu is a poetic tale about a clown in a war to fall asleep! In her classic comedic battle, Iman, the consummate Pierrot (the iconic character of mime and Commedia dell’Arte) cooks up hilarious strategies to exhaust herself. The result is a rollicking whirlwind of bed-time antics – juggling pillow feathers – a Flamenco ballet while juggling seven rings – a pirate’s adventure atop a rola bola – and even a Tango that brings life to Max, her clothes hanger! Iman’s performance totally mesmerizes the audience. Her world-renowned physical comedy, brilliant mime, dance and juggling deliver original, invigorating, tender and genuine, entertainment. Reserved seats are $16 adults, $14 for seniors/students, $8 for youth ages 5-18, and free for kids age 4 and younger.

 

Festival of Illusions: Henrik Bothe

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Danish born Henrik Bothe has entertained audiences around the world with his unforgettable physical comedy show. It spans from plate spinning a la the Ed Sullivan Show to comedy magic and juggling such as escaping a straight jacket while riding a unicycle. This had led to the thrill of being featured on the Tonight Show, on TV in France, Italy and China. Henrik has performed in four languages, 50 states, and 22 countries since 1984. Reserved seats are $16 adults, $14 for seniors/students, $8 for youth ages 5-18, and free for kids age 4 and younger.

 

Festival of Illusions: Mystery Performer

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:00 PM

A juggler, a magician, a performer of astounding physical comedy? Stay tuned for the featured performer in today’s Festival of Illusions show. Reserved seats are $16 adults, $14 for seniors/students, $8 for youth ages 5-18, and free for kids age 4 and younger.

 

Festival of Illusions: Stefano Iaboni

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Born and raised in Rome, Italy, Stefano Iaboni trained in a professional circus school in Holland and spent 10 years working as an actor and comedian in Barcelona. He offers a family-friendly show that includes magic, juggling, comedy and volunteer participation. Reserved seats are $16 adults, $14 for seniors/students, $8 for youth ages 5-18, and free for kids age 4 and younger. Tickets on sale Dec. 27!

 

Celtic Series: The Tannahill Weavers

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better…yet continue to do just that. The final concert in the LCCC’s first full season of Irish, Scottish, American and fusion music and dance from around the Celtic-verse. Advance tickets $30 adults/$25 seniors/$15 youth ages 18 and under; LCCC membership discount applies. For details head to lincolncityculturalcenter.org or call 541-994-9994.

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