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Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch
Fri. & Sat., Sept. 22 & 23
Saturday Afternoon Concert
FREE
Coastal VA’s premier original music festival comes to North Branch. Fri. at 7:00PM, Songwriters-in-the-Round. Enjoy three writers' music and conversation about their writing and inspiration. Sat. at Noon, concurrent, 60-minute workshops in guitar, songwriting or indie music promotion. 2-5PM: FREE Concert On The Quad featuring sets by three bands. LOCAL MUSICIANS: Bring your instrument and join the jam in the Pickers Tent! Sat. at 7:00PM, Tall Tales & Troubadours with the Mike Aiken Band.
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Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards
Thurs., Oct. 19 at 1PM

Propelled by rich vocal harmonies and arresting original songs, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards have emerged as one of the most intriguing, versatile, and refreshing groups in the bountiful New England folk scene. Solidly grounded in traditional fiddle styles, this all-female string group reaches for the sky with their original compositions, arrangements and interpretations of old-time, bluegrass, country, and Celtic music. Their sound? Bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger.
Babylon
Sandglass Theater
Sat., Oct.. 21 at 3PM
Tickets: $15

The fallen mythic civilization of Babylon becomes a metaphor for the destruction and destabilization that is leading much of the world into a refugee crisis of mythic proportion. Performed by five actors/singers/puppeteers, the puppets bring to life seven refugees at a metaphorical hearing about their need for asylum.
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The Other Mozart
Samantha Hoefer
Tues., Oct. 24 at 1PM

The true, forgotten story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother, to equal acclaim, but whose work and story faded away, lost to history. This performance transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight, but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. There, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart at last tells her story.
Crankie Storytelling
Katherine Fahey
Sun., Nov 12 at 3PM, Tickets $15

A variety of shadow puppet crankies based on songs and tales. The crankies are intricate papercut scrolling artwork, through which shadow puppets appear. Katherine Fahey has performed nationally at festivals, Puppet Slams, the Baltimore, Seattle, and Sandglass crankie festivals, Artscape, schools, libraries, and universities.
Nobuntu
Sun., Nov. 19 at 2PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

This powerful female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to afro jazz to gospel. Their voices, energy and breath-taking performance on stage is an experience that inspires and touches people of all cultures and walks of life.
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The Elephant in Every Room I Enter
Gardiner Comfort
Tues., Nov. 28 at 1PM

This intimate solo piece is about living with Tourette's Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by uncontrollable physical and vocal tics (sudden movements and sounds). Using an erratic and energetic performance style, and evocative details of his week attending the Tourette Syndrome Association National Conference, Gardiner Comfort shares his life as an actor with this neurological disorder and discovers, for the first time in his life, how he can be himself.
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Tim Farrell
Thurs., Nov. 30 at 1PM

With so many guitarists trying to make their mark these days, it’s not easy being a trailblazer. Yet, that perfectly defines Tim Farrell. His fingerstyle playing displays an elegant simplicity that celebrates the purity of the acoustic guitar. Come and enjoy Farrell’s melodic grace as he performs a colorful array of seasonal favorites sure to bring warmth and good cheer to your holiday season.
Christmas with The Annie Moses Band
Sun., Dec. 3 at 2PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

The Annie Moses Band’s unique combination of chamber strings, soaring vocals, and infectious rhythms transform your favorite songs of the season into pure excitement. These virtuoso musicians combine the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. Share this very special performance with your loved ones this season!
Live from WVL Radio Theatre
It’s a Wonderful Life

Tues., Dec. 5 at 2PM
Tickets: $15

It’s Christmas Eve in 1945, and only a handful of WVL Radio’s actors have braved the blizzard to perform that evening’s broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life and keep the station afloat. This clever 1940s radio-style stage adaptation breathes new life into the poignant story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls, a tale that remains as fresh and relevant as ever.
The Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet
Fri., Dec. 8 at 4PM
Tickets: $40 & $50

Moscow Ballet’s spectacular scenic design, gorgeous costumes and the exquisite artistry of 40 top Russian dancers have made The Great Russian Nutcracker an American holiday tradition not to be missed. Beloved Russian fairytale characters add to the whimsical and imaginative storytelling that sets this Nutcracker apart.
Nutcracker Tea Party
RVCC Grand Conference Room A
Fri., Dec. 8 at 6:30PM
Tickets: $30/adults $25/children
Between performances of
Great Russian Nutcracker by Moscow Ballet!

For an extra-special Nutcracker experience, we invite you to attend our popular Nutcracker Tea Party. This unique holiday event, perfect for children and their families, will be held between performances of The Great Russian Nutcracker. It’s a wonderful way to make lasting holiday memories with your loved ones!
A Christmas Carol
Nebraska Theatre Caravan
Sun., Dec. 10 at 2PM
Tickets: $40 & $50

This celebrated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and tells this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Featuring a cast of 24 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences cherish this sumptuous holiday classic.
March to Freedom March to Freedom
February 1-28, 2018: Ongoing Photo Exhibition
Grades: 5+
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MC, SS

FREE Reservation Required
In honor of Black History Month, March to Freedom is a photo exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma-Montgomery marches and the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act. This traveling exhibit features rare images from the collections of UT Austin’s Briscoe Center for American History, and select photos from the April 2014 Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library. March to Freedom follows a determined and undaunted group of marchers, both black and white, as they try on three different occasions to take their cause to Montgomery and the steps of the Alabama Statehouse.
It’s Dark Outside
The Last Great Hunt
Sat., Feb. 10 at 3PM
Tickets $15

From creators of international smash-hit The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer comes an epic western about redemption and dementia. As the sun sets, an old man goes wandering into the night. He is swept up in a surreal western, on the run from a mysterious tracker hell-bent on hunting him down. A heartfelt exploration of dementia told through puppetry, mask, animation and live performance, this award-winning adventure tells the tale of an old man chasing his memories as they escape into the wild.
Peking Acrabats Peking Acrobats
Fri., February 16, 2018 at 12PM
Grades: 3+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MC, MU, S, WT

Plate spinning! Pole climbing! Chair balancing! This troupe of elite gymnasts, cyclists, jugglers and acrobats leave audiences breathless, defying gravity with amazing displays of strength, balance, agility, grace and artistry. Experience the epitome of a rich and ancient Chinese folk art tradition, highlighted by today’s technology that melds the traditional with modern wonders of the 21st century. Prepare to be astonished—but remember, don’t try this stuff at home!
The Gruffalo
Tall Stories
Sun., February 25 at 1PM &
3:30PM*
Ages 3+   All tickets: $10

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
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Tayo Aluko
Tues., Feb. 27 at 1PM

Paul Robeson is a world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he gets too radical and outspoken for the establishment's liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, is harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. One of the 20th Century’s most impressive but overlooked figures is revived in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force performance that takes audiences on a roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable, eventful life.
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Thurs., Mar. 1 at 1PM

Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs, and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance. A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from
A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Keith Terry is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer who has collaborated with a host of inventive performers including Bobby McFerrin, Robin Williams, Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles, and Bill Irwin.
Voces del Sur
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Sun., Mar. 4 at 2PM
Tickets: $25 & $35

Voces del Sur is a glimpse into the mysterious land of Andalucía, the Southern region of Spain known as the “cradle of flamenco” that has been the home to a diverse group of cultures. From these many “voces” (voices), Flamenco Vivo, one of America’s premier Spanish dance companies, pays tribute to the region’s rich and unique cultural traditions.
Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty
Elaine Bromka
Fri., Mar. 9 at 2PM
Tickets: $15

Tea For Three is an intimate portrait of three remarkable first ladies who suddenly found themselves in the limelight. Emmy-award-winning actress Elaine Bromka stars in this deeply moving and witty one-woman play in a performance hailed as a “subtle feat of brilliant acting.”
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Doreen Oliver
Tues., Mar. 13 at 1PM

A funny, heartfelt one-woman show about a workaholic film producer whose life goes off-script. Just when Oliver feels like she’s got this parenting thing down, her hair catches fire, her mother tells her she’s doing everything wrong, and her son is diagnosed with autism. Guided by an irrepressible crew of old-school matriarchs, she does everything possible to “fix” her son — and starts to unravel when she realizes she can’t. A funny yet honest look at how we try to change the people that matter most to us, and how we cope when we realize we can’t.
Hup
Starcatchers
Saturday, March 17 at 10am & 2:30PM
Ages: 0 - 24 months    All tickets: $10

Hup is an enchanting musical experience that combines live classical music with a heart-warming storyline in a beautiful performance specially designed for very young children.
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Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
Tues., Apr. 10 at 1PM

UnFRAMED is the emotional, powerful, and uplifting self-portrait of Iyaba Ibo Mandingo—poet, painter, playwright, husband, father. After reveling in an idyllic childhood in Antigua, Iyaba is rudely awakened when, as an eleven year-old, his family moves to the United States—where he believes the streets are paved with gold. Instead, what he meets is a world of betrayal and racism. Yet, through poetry, storytelling, song and the portrait he paints as he tells his tale, Iyaba shares his joy in the journey of finding his voice for change.
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Thurs., Apr. 12 at 1PM
Martin Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist. Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him "THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation." He dazzles audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, and a strong stage presence while his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world's foremost exponent of solo fingerstyle guitar playing. Taylor has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated by guitarists all over the world.
The Young King
Slingsby
Sun., April 15 at 1PM & 3:30PM
Ages 8+ All tickets: $10

This coming of age story grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership and compassion. The achingly beautiful language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally-acclaimed theatre company, Slingsby.
The Polar Bears Go Up
Fish And Game/ Unicorn Theatre
Saturday, April 21 at 10AM &
2:30PM*
Ages 2+ All tickets: $10

Two lovable polar bears are intrepid explorers, famous for their wild expeditions. Now, they must step up and explore unknown territory: the sky above their heads.
Farfalle
Compagnia TPO
Mon., May 14, 2018 at 9, 10:30AM and 2:30PM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 9, 10:30AM & 2:30PM
Ages 4+ All tickets: $10

Farfalle creates an innovative, magical relationship between children and performers. Wondrous, other-worldly “sensory gardens” take audiences on a magnificent interactive journey through the story of a butterfly’s life cycle.
 
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