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    September 2017

    As a warm-up for the Washington Premiere of “A Very Sordid Wedding” on Friday, September 15, Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the cult hit “Sordid Lives” on Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.

    “Sordid Lives” is an independent film released in 2000, written and directed by Del Shores, based on his play of the same name. The film follows a gay West Hollywood actor as he returns home to his small Texas town for his grandmother’s funeral. Three generations of his dysfunctional family collide and the hilariously trashy truth of their lives are revealed.

    The film’s remarkable cast includes Olivia Newton-John (Grease), Delta Burke (TV’s “Designing Women”), Bonnie Bedelia (TV’s “Parenthood”), Beau Bridges (TV’s “Masters of Sex”) and Leslie Jordan (TV’s “Will and Grace”).

    “Sordid Lives” was followed in 2008 by the television series “Sordid Lives: The Series” which expanded on the events of the original film and included many of the original cast members. A sequel film “A Very Sordid Wedding” is currently in limited theatrical release and the September 15 screening at the Power House will be the official Washington Premiere of the film. Filmmakers Del Shore (writer/director) and Emerson Collins (producer/actor) will be in attendance.

    “Sordid Lives” is rated R (language, nudity) and runs approximately 1 hour 50 minutes. Snacks, beer, and wine will be available for purchase.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre will host the Washington Premiere of the 2017 independent film “A Very Sordid Wedding” on Friday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. Two of the filmmakers, Del Shores (writer/director) and Emerson Collins (producer/actor) will be in attendance. A portion of every ticket sale will be donated to the Triple Point program (details below). “A Very Sordid Wedding” (2017) is a direct sequel to “Sordid Lives” (2000) and takes place seventeen years later in the same small Texas…

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    There is only one classic batman and his name is Adam West. Growing up on a wheat ranch just outside of town, Adam West, was always proud of his beginnings in Walla Walla. Come celebrate the legacy of our hometown hero with a FREE screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary “Starring Adam West” at 7:00 p.m. at Gesa Power House Theatre. A live Q & A panel with Director James Tooley and Producer Ralph Garman will immediately following the showing.

    In June the City of Walla Walla proclaimed September 19, 2017 as Adam West Day and will include a full day of festivities on the anniversary of Adam West’s birthday. A number of close friends and family members will be in attendance.

    “This is a community joining together to honor someone who they love and that the residents of this city are quite proud of,” said Jonathan Grant, front office manager at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center and a co-organizer of the event.  “Frankly, it is something we should have done years ago, but I am excited that we are doing it now.”

    Proceeds and donations from Adam West Day will go support cancer charities. For more information about Adam West Day, please visit. www.adamwestday.com.

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    Walla Walla Valley Honda presents “Micah and Me” on Friday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. This family dance party is part of the ongoing Little Watts Series of Family Entertainment at Gesa Power House Theatre.

    Micah and Me is a band made up of three at-home dads who entertain, educate and empower young children (0-7) through the power of music. They have played hundreds of live shows throughout Oregon and Washington.

    Micah and Me play ukulele, guitar, bass drum and bass guitar while singing and dancing their hearts out. The show is 45-60 minutes long, depending on the attention span of the audience. Kids, parents, and the young at heart engage in guided and free form dancing throughout the show. Other elements, such as parachute play, scarves, bubbles and percussion instruments, are often incorporated into the fun. At the end of the show they offer an instrument petting zoo.

    Micah and Me were recently voted one of the top five Children’s Entertainers in Portland, Oregon by PDX Parent!

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Chase Padgett in “6 Guitars” on Saturday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.

    “6 guitars” is a pitch perfect blend of music, comedy, and characters. Chase Padgett becomes six different guitar players each with their own distinct voice, views, and musical style (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk, and Country). During this 85 minute show, each of the characters ranging from a 19 year old rock prodigy to an 87 year old blues man share their journey with music from discovery to mastery through songs and stories that leaves every audience laughing, crying, and falling in love with music all over again.

    “6 Guitars” premiered in the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival where it was greeted with sold out houses and standing ovations. Since then is has traveled internationally, becoming one of the most successful shows from the Canadian Fringe Festival Circuit by breaking attendance records and receiving high praise from critics. In 2013 it became one of the top 5 highest grossing shows in the history of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival by selling nearly 3000 tickets in 12 days. In 2015 it broke that record with 3200 tickets.

    Chase Padgett has been a professional actor and musician for most of his adult life. While attending the University of Central Florida, he studied and worked at the Sak Comedy Lab in Orlando Fl, one of the best improv companies in the southeast. After graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music he worked at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in various comedic and musical roles including custom song writing for special events.

    In 2014 Chase was hand picked to perform a sketch comedy showcase for NBC in Los Angeles where he got to work with some of the best comedy talent in the field. When not touring or auditioning in LA he resides in Portland, OR where he can be seen working with the Curious Comedy Theatre as a writer, performer, improviser, and musician.

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    Every Brilliant Thing September 29 - October 1

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents “Every Brilliant Thing” starring Kevin Loomer and directed by Nancy Simon, with performances September 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and October 1 at 2:00 p.m.

    “Every Brilliant Thing” is a one-actor play, adapted by playwright Duncan McMillan from his own short story “Sleeve Notes”. British comedian Jonny Donahue, who originated the role, shares in the writing credit. The play’s title refers to a list – of everything wonderful in the world – that the narrator writes in response to his mother attempting suicide. He starts the list at age seven with items like “ice cream” and “staying up past your bedtime”, and as the narrator grows older, the list grows longer.

    The play’s story spans nearly three decades and several life-changing events, evoking laughter and tears in equal measure. The play has received critical acclaim in London, Edinburgh, and Off-Broadway in New York City.

    “Every Brilliant Thing” invites some audience participation, primarily through asking people to read a few words aloud during the performance from slips of paper they are given as they enter the theater. A few audience members are incorporated into scenes, with the actor doing most of the heavy lifting. The play will be performed “in the round” with on-stage seating.

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    October 2017

    BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will perform a concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Friday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. They previously played to a sold out Power House audience in 2014.

    For the past 42 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleands jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England.

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    A new group of Walla Walla celebrities take to the stage at Gesa Power House Theatre on October 7 at 7:00 p.m. for the second annual “Dancing with the W2 Stars” fundraising event for Valley Residential Services. Local participants will be paired with professional dancers and have a week of rehearsals to learn a ballroom dance routine before the live performance and a judging panel.

    Valley Residential Services has enlisted participation from a fantastic lineup of local “celebrities”.

    W2 Stars Dancers:

    Chris Coates, Director of Sales at Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center – sponsored by Community Bank
    Zachary Fraser, President of Walla Walla Sweets Baseball – sponsored by Lillie Rice Center
    Mary Derby, Winemaker/Owner of DAMA Wines – sponsored by Coldwell Banker First Realtors
    Scott Peters, Manager at Columbia REA – sponsored by Columbia REA
    Jodi Worden, Director of Continuing Education at Walla Walla Community College – sponsored by Michael Fluharty, CPA
    Jim McCarthy, Sr. VP at E.K. Riley Investments – sponsored by E.K. Riley Investments
    Teri Barila, Community Organizer – sponsored by Kathy Ruggeri, RN
    Jason Valentine, Weather Evening Anchor KAPP/KVEW-TV – sponsored by Jazzercise Walla Walla

    W2 Stars Judges:

    Tom Maccarone, T. Maccarone’s
    Kathy Covey, Blue Mountain Action Council
    Janet Byerley, Jazzercise
    Roger Esparza, Williams Team Homes

    In addition to seeing the Walla Walla Stars dance, the professionals teaching the stars will perform excerpts from their award-winning showcase “Ballroom Fever”. Audiences can expect to see breath-taking lifts, hundreds of costumes, theatrical story lines, and a variety of ballroom dance styles, from the sexy Cuban Salsa to the energetic American Swing to the elegant Viennese Waltz.

    The professional dance ensemble are members of the United States National Formation Championship company in both Latin American and Standard ballroom dancing, and their company tours internationally, with more than 100 performances each year.

    Valley Residential Services provides personalized support in safe, comfortable, home environments for developmentally disabled individuals, residences for veterans with rehabilitation opportunities, and family assistance services.

    $40 – reserved seating only
    $65 – reserved seating ticket + admission to the After Party Dance Party with the performers (includes one beverage and appetizers)
    Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the recent documentary film “Food Evolution” on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.

    Amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion, “Food Evolution”, by Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film, narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time.

    In the GMO debate, both pro and anti camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right? “Food Evolution” shows how easily misinformation, confusion and fear can overwhelm objective analysis. How do we ensure that our food supply is safe, and that everyone has enough to eat? How do we feed the world while also protecting the planet? Has genetic engineering increased or decreased pesticide use? Are GMO foods bad for your health? And, most importantly, what data, evidence and sources are we using to approach these important questions?

    While the passionate advocates in the film are all concerned with the stewardship of safe, nutritious food for the planet, their differing views over what constitutes the truth have pit them against each other, rendering the very subject of food itself into an ideological battleground.

    Enlisting subject matter experts as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, this bold documentary separates the hype and emotion from the science and data to unravel the debate around food, and help audiences reach their own conclusions.

    The film was commissioned and funded by The Institute of Food Technologists, a nonprofit scientific society of more than 17,000 members from around the world.

    Reserved seating tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

    “Food Evolution” runs approximately 90 minutes. For more information, please visit foodevolutionmovie.com.

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    Grammy Award-winning artist Layzie Bone from the platinum group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will launch “The Game Sold Not Told” tour in conjunction with Mo Thug Family & Capo Music on Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. at Gesa Power House Theatre.

    Artist headlining this tour include:
    • D Rado
    • Stewdeez
    • M-Burb
    • Lil Wiley
    • Phifty Caliber
    • Agallah Don Bishop
    with special guest performances

    VIP Tickets ($53) includes meet-and-greet, a choice of two items, and a raffle ticket for a cash/vacation giveaway.

    Pre-sale tickets to the concert ($17) are available to the first 100 people. Additional $25 tickets will be available at the door. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Gesa Power House Theatre box office at 509-529-6500. Recommended for ages 18 and up.

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